This year we have again teamed up with DIVER Magazine to stage this major competition at the DIVE SHOW at the NEC, Birmingham over the weekend of 26-27th October 2013. A total of 80 of the best prints will be displayed at the show and all categories judged by visitors. A panel of judges will choose the overall winner of a grand prize.
There are four categories in the Print Competition:
British and Irish (images taken in UK and Irish waters)
Overseas (images taken in overseas waters)
Advanced British and Irish (images taken in UK and Irish waters by an Advanced entrant)
Advanced Overseas (images taken in overseas waters by an Advanced entrant)
The Advanced categories are for anyone who has:
won a major national or international underwater photographic competition (e.g. BSoUP's Open Portfolio competition, BSoUP Splash-in, Antibes, BUIF, U/W Photographer of the Year or Wildlife Photographer of the Year, etc.)
or takes or has taken underwater photographs for a living
or is otherwise significantly involved in commercial underwater photograph
Competitors who match one of the criteria above must enter the Advanced categories; all others may enter any of the categories.
You may enter a maximum three (3) prints per entrant, maximum two (2) prints in any category
All short-listed prints will also be entered in the overall competition for the grand prize to be chosen by a panel of judges.
Anyone who is uncertain whether they qualify as Advanced should consult the BSoUP Committee whose decision is final
PRIZES, TROPHIES AND INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
A total of 4 trophies and 10 individual awards will be awarded.
All prints entered in all categories will be eligible for a grand prize - a week in Tobago for 1 including flights from Gatwick, transfers, 7 nights B&B at Toucan Inn and 5 days diving/10 dives courtesy of OonasDivers. The best of show will be selected by an independent panel of judges comprising Alex Mustard, Martin Edge and Nigel Eaton.
The public will be asked to vote for winner and runner-up in each of the four categories. Last year more than 1,000 visitors voted.
The winning British and Irish Print will receive the Calumet Photographic trophy, a voucher for £100, courtesy of Calumet Photographic plus a year's membership of The Wildlife Trusts and a copy of Paul Naylor's book 'Great British Marine Animals' courtesy of The Wildlife Trusts.
The winning Overseas Print will receive the Cameras Underwater Overseas Print Trophy and a voucher for £250 courtesy of Cameras Underwater.
The winning Advanced Overseas Print will receive the Mike’s Dive Store Overseas Print Trophy and a copy of Secret Seas, courtesy of Fifty Fathoms
The winning Advanced British and Irish Print will receive the Ocean Leisure Cameras Print Trophy plus a year's membership of The Wildlife Trusts and a copy of Paul Naylor's book 'Great British Marine Animals' courtesy of The Wildlife Trusts.
Diver Magazine is mounting the prints and providing display space at the Dive Show at the NEC, Birmingham.
Prizes will be announced in due course.
Images entered must not have come first, second or third in a national or international competition, such as BSoUP's Open Portfolio or Beginners' Portfolio Competitions or the BSoUP or St Abbs splash-ins, BUIF, BSAC Travel Club, U/W Photographer of the Year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Marine Conservation Society etc.
All images must have been taken within the three years prior to 15th September 2013
One copy of each print should be supplied unmounted as it will be mounted by the organisers.
Prints (including borders) must A4 size. Only include borders if you want them to show.
Prints shall be genuine underwater photographs i.e. not from a fish tank.
The entrant must be the photographer.
A maximum of three prints may be submitted per entrant, no more than two in any category.
Prints will not be returned.
On the reverse of each print along one edge you must put an arrow clearly showing which direction is up. Do not write anything else directly on the reverse of the prints
Attach a post it note or a piece of paper using a small piece of sellotape to the reverse of each print with the category, entrant’s full name and an identifying number 1 to 3. NO SELF-ADHESIVE LABELS – MUST BE ABLE TO PEEL OFF EASILY!
In addition, a single piece of paper must accompany the prints, headed with the category, entrant’s full name, and containing for each print (using the identifying number referred to above) the category it is entered in, the subject, the location taken and the camera used.
All entries must be sent to Brian Pitkin, 12 Coningsby Road, South Croydon, CR2 6QP with a completed entry form to arrive no later than 18th September 2013. Entries may also be brought to the BSoUP meeting on Wednesday 18th September 2013.
80 short-listed prints, chosen by a panel of judges, will be displayed at the Dive Show, NEC, Birmingham, 27-28 October 2013, for judging by visitors to the show. An independent panel of judges will also award the grand prize.
BSoUP reserves the right to publish winning images both in the Society magazine and on its website. Winning images may also be used in future promotional material for the event royalty free, but copyright remains with the photographer. BSoUP may ask for a digital version of the image to be provided.
The organisers' decision on any matters arising from these rules shall be final.
ENTRIES FOR THE PRINT COMPETITION
Entries for the Print Competition must be either sent by post to Brian Pitkin at the address on the entry form to arrive no later than Wednesday 18th September 2013 or or brought to the September BSoUP meeting.
The top 80 entries in the Print Competition will be on display at the DIVE SHOW, NEC Birmingham 26-27th October. The four categories will be judged by visitors to the Dive Show. The grand prize will be judged by a panel, yet to be announced.
Please complete an entry form Word.doc or Adobe.pdf and pack it with your prints. We recommend you stiffen your package with card or similar to prevent bending.
The awards will be presented with their trophies and prizes at the BSoUP November meeting, which takes place on Wednesday 18th November 2013 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. ion the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD. See Directions for further details and maps.