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Cameras Underwater - Sponsor of the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition 2015 - 2018 and BIUPC 2015 and 2016

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BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2011

BSoUP / DIVER Annual Print Competition 2011
Organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers
in association with DIVER Magazine

at the

DIVE SHOW, NEC Birmingham

22-23 October 2011

Competition now closed

The Awards Ceremony took place at the BSoUP Meeting on Wednesday 16th November 2011 at our usual venue when the results were announced.

Sponsored by
Oonasdivers The WIldlife Trusts DIVER Magazine
Ocean Leisure Cameras
Mike's Dive Store Cameras Underwater

This year we have again teamed up with DIVER Magazine and The Wildlife Trusts to stage this major competition at the DIVE SHOW at the NEC, Birmingham over the weekend of 22-23 October. 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 week's holiday courtesy of Oonasdivers.


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

The British and Irish category is again being staged in association with The Wildlife Trusts (TWT), which is seeking UK marine images to support its marine activities on the theme 'Living Seas'. The winner will be selected by staff from TWT. The photographer of the images selected will be asked to allow his / her image to be used by the TWT in its work.


A total of 4 trophies and 10 individual awards will be awarded.

All prints entered in all categories will be eligible for the grand prize of a one free place at Marsa Shagra to be taken by 23 October 2012. Includes flights, transfers, 7 nights full board in a tent (upgrades available) and 5 days unlimited shore diving donated by Oonasdivers. The best of show will be selected by an independent panel of judges.

Diver Magazine is mounting the prints and providing display space at the Dive Show at the NEC, Birmingham.

The winning British and Irish Print will receive the Calumet Photographic trophy and a £250 voucher to spend at Calumet Photographic.

The winning Overseas Print will receive the Cameras Underwater Overseas Print Trophy and a £250 voucher to spend at Cameras Underwater.

The winning Advanced British and Irish Print will receive the Ocean Leisure Cameras Print Trophy and a £250 redeemable at both Ocean Leisure and Ocean Leisure Cameras plus a pair of tickets to one of OLC's forthcoming Sunday afternoon in-store training sessions (worth £100) donated by Ocean Leisure Cameras

The winning Advanced Overseas Print will receive the Mike's Dive Store Overseas Print Trophy and a and a £250 voucher to spend at Mike's Dive Store.

The winner and runner-up in each category and the winner of the grand prize will receive individual acrylic trophies.

The winner selected by The Wildlife Trusts in the British and Irish and Advanced British and Irish categories will receive an acrylic trophy and a prize yet to be announced.


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 1 October 2011

One copy of each print should be supplied unmounted as it will be mounted by the organisers.

Prints (including borders) must be no larger than 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 1 October 2011. Entries may also be brought to the BSoUP meeting on Wednesday 21st September 2011.

80 short-listed prints, chosen by a panel of judges, will be displayed at the Dive Show, NEC, Birmingham, 22-23 October 2011, 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 must be either sent by post to Brian Pitkin at the address on the entry form to arrive no later than Monday 1st October 2011 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 22-23rd 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. The Wild Life Trusts awards will be judged by TWT staff.


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 16th November 2011 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at the Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD. See Directions for further details and maps.

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