After 4 days of underwater exploration, the 2019 “Love the Deep Blue” International Underwater Photography Competition successfully concluded on May 28th. Photographers from all over the country took beautiful underwater photographs, bringing a wonderful visual feast to the public. It is reported that during the contest, the organizers also held a "Rainbow Prohibition of Plastics, Guarding Deep Blue" environmental protection activity, calling on everyone to pay attention to the marine environment and raise awareness of environmental protection.
Leaders who attended the award ceremony included Deputy Director-General of the Sanya Tourist Association Federation (Deng Yongbo), Head of Sports Department of the Sanya Tourism Culture Radio Television and Sports Bureau (Wang Jin), Director of the Sanya Tourism Culture Radio Television and Sports Bureau (Haitang District), the Hainan Fun Play Water Sports Co., Ltd CEO (Bao Yongzhou), vice-president of the Wuzhizhou Island Tourism Area (Ding Feng) and Coral Hotel of Wuzhizhou Island CEO（Chen Yandong）.
At the awards ceremony, the winners of the Wide Angle Group, Micro-Distance Group and Mermaid Group were announced. Prizes included a stay at the Coral Hotel, Island Player tickets and Wuzhizhou Island unlimited diving privileges for a year. It is worth mentioning that Zhou Jiajun, an underwater photographer from Zhejiang, Hangzhou, is the first to attempt shooting the “Mermaid” theme in this competition, and won first prize in the Mermaid Group and the Wide-angle Group. He said: "When shooting on Wuzhizhou Island, I saw that the corals on artificial reefs are thriving. The ecological protection here is very good, and there are more choices for photographers. I hope that through this competition along with the mermaid, we can convey positive energy of environmental protection, self-confidence and bravery to more friends."
(Zhou JiaJun won first prize in the Mermaid Group and the Wide-angle Group)
Ding Feng said that Wuzhizhou Island is rich in island tourism resources, which is constructive to the development of water sports, events and activities such as rowing, water skiing, and sailing. Wuzhizhou Island is creating more eye-catching tourism products with distinctive features. It regularly introduces and supports high-quality sports events to promote the construction of sports tourism in our city.
(First prize in the Mermaid Group)
(First prize in the Micro-Distance Group)
(First prize in the Wide-angle Group)
As the organizer, the Sanya Sports Tourism Association has established a communication platform for the elites of the tourism, photography, diving, mermaid and other industries, and has been injecting new vitality into the development of sports and tourism integration. Bao Yongzhou said that the contestants were very dedicated and their pictures far exceeded expectations. He hopes that the photographer's pictures will show China's magnificent mountains and rivers and Sanya's rich underwater resources.
（Bao Yongzhou interviewed by Sanya Broadcasting and Television Station）
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