PRIZES, TROPHIES AND INDIVIDUAL
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
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
British underwater photographer Terry Steeley was
the overall winner with an image of a diver in Taj Mahal Cenote.
Mexcico with a Canon 1DX.
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
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
The judges highly commended three prints
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
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: 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!'
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
print of the image by Terry Steeley. A stunning
"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
"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
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