EventOur honor commission
Dr. Miguel Albuquerque
It is with great honor and satisfaction that the Autonomous Region of Madeira receives from 4th to 9th October 2021, in Porto Santo, the 18th Underwater Photography World Championship and, simultaneously, the 4th Underwater Video World Championship.
Honor and satisfaction, not only because they are unprecedented events in our country, but also because this organization corresponds, I am sure, to the recognition of a set of pioneering efforts undertaken by the Region since the beginning of the 70s of the XNUMXth century.
I refer to the creation of the Selvagens Islands Reserve, also accompanied, at the time, by the avant-garde process of creating the Natural Park of Madeira.
A pioneering step in the preservation and maintenance of our natural heritage and its biodiversity and precursor of the marine protected areas of Desertas, Garajau and Porto Santo.
All of them – Selvagens, Desertas, Garajau and Porto Santo – are today unequivocally emblematic marine areas, as evidenced by underwater photographer and filmmaker, Nuno Sá, in the 2019 television series 'Sea a Última Fronteira'.
The Autonomous Region of Madeira it is today one of the regions of the world with the most protected areas – more than 80% of the maritime territory up to 12 miles, as well as 65% of the terrestrial territory has some type of protection.
Facts that must be assumed, without prejudice, especially when integrated into clearly defined sea policies, strategically delineated and executed over time, such as the sinking of two corvettes, one in Porto Santo and the other in the Madeira in 2016 and 2018, respectively, with the objective of creating artificial reefs for recreational diving activities.
I'm sure the Swimming Association of Madeira, the Portuguese Federation of Underwater Activities, the World Underwater Confederation and Pedro Vasconcelos, promoter of the initiative, to whom I extend a special thanks for his boldness and persistence, will be great hosts and will provide the best memories for everyone involved in the competitions.
To the participants, on behalf of myself and the Government of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, I send you a word of welcome, with the wish that you become active ambassadors of the wonderful underwater world around our Islands and the hospitality of our people.
I wish you all a lot of success in the competition.
Dr. João Paulo Rebelo
These events reinforce the identity of a region, are a stimulus for involvement in sports and for the development of tourism.
I am sure of the importance of the role that local authorities play in the development of sport and it is with events of this magnitude, organized with sport federations, that we fulfill this purpose.
We trust that the Portuguese Federation of Underwater Activities and the Swimming Association of Madeira and the Municipality of Porto Santo will know how to organize this World Cup with rigor, determination and success.
I would also like to welcome the athletes and national teams who visit us, as well as all their delegations, hoping that their stay in Porto Santo will be an opportunity to interact with our people, our culture and in particular in autonomous region of Madeira.
These are events of this nature that dignify Sport in Portugal and have not only support from the Government, but the greatest sense of recognition for the various entities that get involved, organize or participate in them through voluntary work.
The Secretary of State for Youth and Sport,
João Paulo Rebelo
Dr. Teófilo Cunha
The sentence of the Chinese philosopher Confucius “A picture is worth a thousand words”, perfectly qualifies the importance of the Underwater Photography and Video World Championship for the external image of Porto Santo.
If the word gives poetic beauty to a place, the image, by itself, is the precision of the captured details.
It is from this angle of vision, observed from the simplicity and enthusiasm of those who, like me, dive in and delight in the beauty of our seabeds, that I welcome this event in Porto Santo, in a partnership between the Regional Government, through the Regional Secretariat of Sea and Fisheries, and the Swimming Association of Madeira.
This will be one of my last official acts for which I congratulate the organization and wish everyone every success. Thank you all.”