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Beginners Portfolio Competition 1983

Winner - Linda Pitkin

by Brian Pitkin

Reproduced from in focus 1 (December 1983)

Linda Pitkin (right) with BSoUP's President, David George (left)

Above: Winner of the Best Beginners Portfolio Competition 1983, Linda Pitkin (right) with BSoUP's President, David George (left).

The annual competition for the DIVER Trophy for the Best Beginner's Portfolio organised by BSoUP was held at the November meeting following the A.G. M. Anyone who had not won a place in a major competition was invited to submit a portfolio of six slides of their choice, all taken underwater, to compete for this important trophy.

The audience present were invited to vote for their favourite three portfolios, in order of preference. Each portfolio was projected twice and then the votes collected for counting. After a short break the results were announced, as usual in reverse order. Brian Pitkin came third with 39 points. Charles Hood came second with 118 points. In first place with 144 points was LINDA PITKIN.

BSoUP's President, David George, presented Linda with the attractive DIVER Trophy, which comes with a £50 cash prize, kindly donated by Bernard Eaton of DIVER, incorporating Underwater Worlds Magazine. Last year's winner, Mike Valentine also generously donated two tickets for next February's 'The Best of British' underwater film and audio visual spectacular at Imperial College, London.

Extremely pleased at winning Linda said 'When I took up diving I had no thought of taking photographs underwater. But one fateful day my husband Brian handed me his camera, set up ready, for me to take a photo of him. I was instantly hooked. I soon picked up a second?hand Nikonos II and flashgun and I am rarely persuaded to enter the water without it now. I started with close up and macro photography, difficult enough when subjects won't cooperate and pose in that framer, but with fewer variables to contend with than wider angle photography. More recently I've been having a go with wider angle photography too.

I've been taking photographs for three years, mostly in British waters, although I have visited the Red Sea. I find that British waters are almost as exciting and rewarding for photography!.

BSoUP Beginners Portfolio Competition

Beginners Portfolio Competition Winners

2014 Sue Guess

2013 Mark Drayton

2012 Paul Woodburn

2011 Sean Arrowsmith

2010 Will Clark

2009 Daniel Norwood

2008 David Henshaw

2007 Anna James

2006 Kam Arya

2005 Shannon Conway

2004 Judy Winterman

2003 Samantha Bean

2002 Jane Morgan

2001 Cathy Lewis

2000 Tony White

1999 Mike Maloney

1998 Gary Clarke

1997 Sue Heaps

1996 Hilary Driscoll

1995 Malcom Hey

1994 Nigel Doe

1993 Gavin Anderson

1992 Paul Naylor

1991 Howard Bunyan

1990 Dave Meates

1989 John Lee

1988 Alfredo Rock

1987 Mark Taylor

1986 Michael Wong

1985 Martin Edge

1984 Viv Pearson

1983 Linda Pitkin

1982 Mike Valentine

1981 Brian Humphries

1980 Graham Pattie


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