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BSoUP / DIVER Annual Print Competition 2014
Organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers
in association with DIVER Magazine

at the

DIVE SHOW, NEC Birmingham

25-26th October 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


PRIZES, TROPHIES AND INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

The annual BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition was held at Dive 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham over the weekend of 25th-26th October. Eighty of the best prints in four categories were mounted for display and judging by the visiting public. This year more than a thousand visitors completed voting slips and 4,046 valid votes were counted.

The best of show and winner of the Grand Prize was selected by an independent panel of judges comprising Nigel Eaton, Chief Editor of DIVER Magazine, Martin Edge, author and underwater photo-journalist, and Steve Jones, underwater photo-journalist.

Results - The Judges's Choice

Winner

British underwater photographer Terry Steeley was the overall winner with an image of a diver in Taj Mahal Cenote. Mexcico with a Canon 1DX.

Winner - Terry Stelley
Overall Winner: Taj Mahal Cenote and diver © Terry Steeley

Terry lives in Woodbridge, Suffolk where he is Graphic Designer/Photographer. He has been taking u/w images for two and a half years and is a member of BSoUP and Lexar Elite.

An active and passionate diver since 1997, it was not until the Spring of 2012 that Terry first took a DSLR camera into the water. Immediately hooked, he describes himself as 'no longer a diver. I am now an observer, and the oceans, rivers and lakes are my studio.''

His love for underwater photography led him to take a work sabbatical in 2013, choosing to challenge himself to shoot in many different environments to further his knowledge and experience. During this time Terry travelled to the Bahamas, Maldives, Philippines, Egypt, South Africa, Alaska, Thailand and Wakatobi. With sand between his toes and a taste of the ocean on his lips Terry never returned full-time to his office but continues to shoot the wonders of the deep from the very small to the spectacularly large. Big animals have become his passion and his insatiable appetite keeps him motivated and constantly looking for new adventures.  A huge fan of Mexico, Terry will be leading two trips in 2015 to Banco Chinchorro near Belize to share intimate experiences with American Crocodiles for Big Fish Expeditions.

"Timed right, diving a cenote can be a truly magical experience, hugely rewarding and unlike most other scuba adventures. Diving for five weeks in Mexico this summer, I returned to the Taj Mahal cenote many times but on each occasion the clouds conspired to create lack lustre moments that were underwhelming in my camera's preview. The final day was different, navigating my way through the tunnels to Bill's Hole provided a real treat, the intimately lit cavern set against a backdrop of energetically dancing light beams layered with vivid hues of colour forged as the sun shone brightly on the mangroves above was breathtaking and a worthy final dive. Absolutely, one of my favourite images from the trip and I cannot wait to return."

Terry won the Grand Prize of a week in Marsa Shagra or Marsa Nakari for one including flights from Gatwick to Marsa Alam return, transfers, 7 nights full board in a tent and 5 days unlimited shore diving courtesy of OonasDivers and an individual BSoUP glass trophy.

Highly Commended

The judges highly commended three prints

Highly Commended Kirsty ANdrews
Highly Commended: Fireworks anemone © Kirsty Andrews

Kirsty was also a winner in the British and Irish category with the same image (see below for further details).

Highly COmmended Ealine White
Highly Commended: Diver on Land rover © Elaine White

Elaine was also a winner in the Overseas category with a different print (see below for further details). Her print of a Land rover was taken in Chepstow N.D.C. with a Nikon D7000.

Highly Commended - Nick More
Highly Commended: Blue shark © Nick More

Nick was also a winner in the Advanced British category (see below for further details).

Nick used an Olympus OM-D E-M1 with Panasonic 8mm Fish-eye lens in a Nauticam housing with dual Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes. 'We had flat, calm conditions 20 miles out in the Atlantic, which allowed me to capture the shark''s reflection and also its bow wave as it patrolled the surface. This was one of my favourite encounters of the year and really whetted my appetite for UK diving. I''ll be in UK waters an awful lot more next year!' 

Judges comments

Steve Jones commented "One of the key observations from judging this years print competition was the high quality of entries in the non-advanced categories - this bodes very well for up and coming talent. Another pleasing observation was the excellent entries in the British and Irish category - good to see our photographers producing such fine imagery in local waters. These observations are reflected in our choices of winners and commended images - with all three commended coming from British and Irish categories and the winner coming from the non-advanced overseas. As for the winning shot, all three judges were unanimously agreed (after due discussion). For me, it is a classic cave/cavern shot that portrays a scene that is both mysterious and inviting - it made me want to go there! The lighting on the shot is beautiful, in particular the way the leaves and branches are subtly highlighted and I love the way it's been framed in the darkness surrounding the scene. Quite simply, I wish I'd taken it."

"One final note was that we found that for some entries, good images were let down by the reproduction quality of the prints. Good choice of paper, a good printer and proper preparation of the image is essential if a fine quality print is to be achieved. If in doubt, it's worth getting a print done in a professional lab. After all, the print is the end result of all that money, hard work and time it and shouldn't be the weakest link in the chain, especially in a print competition."

Martin Edge added "For the first time in quite a few years my fellow judges, Nigel Eaton, Steve Jones and I, had little to disagree with. I thought that the three cenote prints in the Overseas category were all outstanding, but it came down to the quality of print of the image by Terry Steeley. A stunning shot."

"A fond favourite of mine from the very first moment that I walked into the gallery at 9am on Saturday morning was the print of a Land rover and diver by Elaine White taken in Chepstow N.D.C.. A crafted Image indeed. The balance, composition and lighting were first class with the print quality adding to the overall impression."

"The Jelly fish shot by Nick Blake also grabbed my attention early Saturday morning. During the judging we cogitated on the format choice and discussed whether or not a landscape format would have enhanced the composition even more. Not withstanding our discussions, it was a worthy highly commended image. During the weekend, whenever I visited the Photozone, which was quite often, I could not avert my eyes from this particular print."

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