Opening Ceremony of 2013 World Championships
Courtesy of: Jean Marc Bosch
BARCELONA, Spain, July 19. THE 15th edition of the FINA Aquatics World Championships began with splashes of color and light in a spectacular opening ceremony held in the Palau Sant Jordi today in Barcelona.

Swimming World's special photo correspondent, Joan Marc Bosch, captured these photos of the ceremony, which featured synchronized swimming routines and a parade of nations around the temporary pool built by Myrtha Pools.

The opening ceremony was directed by Hansel Cereza and featured music performed by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. The ceremony, titled "Dreams of Water," prominently featured a child and an elderly man who journeyed to "an imaginary world ... when water and natural riches were the source of life," according to event organizers. The elderly man was portrayed by 90-year-old scuba diver and marine explorer Eduard Admetlla. Two aspiring divers, twins Julia and Paula Gilabert, alternated the role as the young child.

The sold-out ceremony featured Spanish distance swimmer Erika Villaecja taking the oath on behalf of the 2,293 registered for the competition. Also in attendace was FINA President Julio Maglione and Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias.

Competition begins in the morning in four of the six aquatic sports disciplines. In the meantime, enjoy these photos taken by Joan Marc Bosch!