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BSoUP's Sponsors

Kungkungan Bay Resort

Winning Imaes by Paul Colley

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

Brtish Divers Marine Life Rescue - Sponsors of BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2017

Carpe Diem, Sponsors of BUIPC 2017

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Diver Magazine - Sponsor of the Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition and the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition

DiveQuest - Sponsor of the Underwater Excellence


BSoUP / DIVER Annual Print Competition 2014

Organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers
in association with DIVER Magazine

Win a 1 free holiday to Marsa Shagra or Marsa Nakari
Prize includes flight from Gatwick to Marsa Alam, transfers, 7 nights full board in a tent and 5 days unlimited shore diving courtesy of OonasDivers

OonasDivers
in association with

Egyptian Misitry of Tourism

DIVE SHOW, NEC Birmingham

25-26th October 2014

Deadline for entries is Wednesday 17th September 2014

The Awards Ceremony will take place at the BSoUP Meeting on Tuesday 18th November 2014 in the Meeting Room 3, Imperial College Union, London, SW7 2BB when the results were announced and subsequently posted to the BSoUP website.

Other sponsors

Sea & Sea DIVER Cameras Underwater
Frogifsh Photography The Wildlife Trusts Paul Colley

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 25-26th October 2014. 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 the grand prize.

CATEGORIES

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:

either 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 four prints and no more tham two in your 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

All prints entered in all categories will be eligible for a grand prize -a free holiday for one to Marsa Shagra or Marsa Nakari. Prize includes flight from Gatwick to Marsa Alam, transfers, 7 nights full board in a tent and 5 days unlimited shore diving courtesy of OonasDivers.

The best of show will be selected by an independent panel of judges.

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.

List of prizes.

The winning British and Irish Print will receive a trophy, copy of 'Underwater Photography. Art & Technique.'' courtesy of the author Nick Robertson-Brown of Frogfish Photography, a copy of 'Winning Images with Any Underwater Camera: The Essential Guide to Creating Vibrant Photos'' courtesy of the author Paul Colley , and an annual membership to he Wildlife Trust of the winner's choice, Paul Naylor's book- Great British Marine Animals and a Wildlife Trust mug and bag designed by Debbie Mason courtesy of The Wildlife Trusts.

The winning Overseas Print will receive a trophy, a £250 voucher courtesy of Cameras Underwater and a copy of 'Underwater Photography. Art & Technique.'' courtesy of the author Nick Robertson-Brown of Frogfish Photography

The winning Advanced Overseas Print will receive a trophy, a £200 voucher courtesy of Sea & Sea and a copy of 'Underwater Photography. Art & Technique.'' courtesy of the author Nick Robertson-Brown of Frogfish Photography .

The winning Advanced British and Irish Print will receive a trophy, a copy of 'Underwater Photography. Art & Technique.'' courtesy of the author Nick Robertson-Brown of Frogfish Photography, a copy of 'Winning Images with Any Underwater Camera: The Essential Guide to Creating Vibrant Photos'' courtesy of the author Paul Colley and an annual membership to he Wildlife Trust of the winner's choice, Paul Naylor's book- Great British Marine Animals and a Wildlife Trust mug and bag designed by Debbie Mason courtesy of The Wildlife Trusts.

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

PRINT RULES

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 17th September 2014

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. There are of course lots of different camera formats and not all are exactly A4.  If you don't want borders your image should be printed maximum size on A4 and trimmed. If you want to include borders your image should be printed with borders at maximum size and then trimmed. If printing via Phoroshop or Lightroom select A4 landscape or portrait as relevant and then use the 'Shrink to Fit' option.

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 17th September 2014. Entries may also be brought to the BSoUP meeting on Wednesday 17th September 2014.

80 short-listed prints, chosen by a panel of judges, will be displayed at the Dive Show, NEC, Birmingham, 27-28 October 2014, 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 17th September 2014 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 25-26th 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.

ENTRY FORM

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.

AWARDS CEREMONY

The awards will be presented with their trophies and prizes at the BSoUP November meeting, which takes place on Tuesday 17th November 2014 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. Meeting Room 3, Imperial College Union, South Kensington, London, SW7 2BB. See Directions for further details and maps.


BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition Winners  
(more recent results can be found in the competition galleries)  
Results 2017 Results 2012
Results 2016 Results 2011
Results 2015 Results 2010
Results 2014 Results 2009
Results 2013  


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