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Beginners Portfolio Competition 1985

Winner - Martin Edge

by Brian Pitkin

Reproduced from in focus 14 (February 1986)

The Beginners' Competition for the Best Portfolio, organised by BSoUP and sponsored by DIVER magazine, has been held annually since 1980. Winners since that first National event have included GRAHAM PATTIE, BRIAN HUMPHREYS, MIKE VALENTINE, LINDA PITKIN and VIV PEARSON.

At our November meeting last, the DIVER Trophy and a cash prize of £50, donated by Bernard Eaton of DIVER magazine, were presented to MARTIN EDGE, who beat twenty other beginner's with his excellent portfolio of six slides. Martin's portfolio scored a total of 93 points, In second place, with 82 points was MICHAEL WONG, and in third place, with 53 points was PHIL KONIOTES.

The majority of Martin's portfolio slides were preplanned. They included photographs of a Spanish Dancer, a wreck shot, glass fish in a cave, a silhouette shot of soft corals and two unusual diver / marine life shots.
Martin started diving in 1979 and took up underwater photography just over a year later. He lives and works in the Poole area and dives on the Dorset coast during the spring and summer months.

He took his first photographs with a Nikonos III with 35 mm lens and American Sonic Research flashgun. Following a trip to Florida in 1982, Martin made his first audio visual, He entered Brighton '83, the International Festival of Underwater Photography, where one of his prints was exhibited.

Since Joining BSoUP in 1984, Martin has acquired an Oceanic 2003 and replaced his Subawider with a Nikonos 15 mm lens, purchased secondhand from another BSoUP member.

Last year, after his first trip to the Red Sea, he combined his talents with Jim Eldridge to produce 'Sea of Dreams', a superb six projector audio visual, which was shown at BSoUP and 'Cameras beneath the Waves'. This year, conditions permitting, he hopes to photograph sharks off the Dorset coast and is off to the Maldives in November.

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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