And the winner of January’s best photo in this last month of the contest is, Francisco J. Van Baumberghen!

© Awarded by the popular jury, Francisco José Van Baumberghen is the winner of january’s best photo.

​ The underwater photographer Francisco José Van Baumberghen as been awarded with the prize for January’s best photo in this last month of the 2nd Online Open Fotosub “El Hierro, un Puerto de Vida” with an image submitted to the “invertebrate” category. The photo itself is a wonderful macro shot of a shrimp, Palaemon elegans. Francisco shot this photo while diving in January with Centro de buceo El Hierro, one of the official collaborating diving centers of this 2nd Online Open Fotosub.

Francisco started scuba diving in 1997 and his growing passion for the sea lead him to start taking underwater pictures. He is currently an open and closed circuit technical scuba diver, and a 3 star FEDAS diver at the Club Naosub of La Palma.

He has collaborated in the RedPromar with an unusual sighting of a hawksbill sea turtle in La Palma. Among his successes, he has been champion of the Island of La Palma in the FEDAS competition in three occasions, which classified him for the Canarian Championship of Underwater Photography.

Winner of the best photo and second best portfolio in the 1st Open de Fotografía Artística y Creativa of the Island of La Palma in 2014.

1st prize in the Online Open Fotosub, in January 2016.

2nd prize in the algae and invertebrate categories in the first Online Open Fotosub Island of El Hierro 2016.

Winner in the 20th Open Fotosub Isla de El Hierro, best portfolio of the Desafío Open Fotosub 2016.

With this last monthly prize given out by popular jury, we now have to wait for the decision of the professional jury, who will decide the winners for the best portfolios and best images of each category, also the best videos of the 2nd Online Open Fotosub.

Here you can see all the images submitted to the contest for each of the months.

Good luck to all the participants!