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Beginners Portfolio Competition 1986

Winner - Mike Wong

by Brian Pitkin

Reproduced from in focus 19 (December 1986)

Each year the Society organises a Beginner's Portfolio Competition for the DIVER Trophy. This event is open to all underwater photographers who have not won a place in a major competition. Each entrant is asked to submit a portfolio of six slides, mounted in glass mounts.

This year the event, as usual, was held immediately following the Society's Annual General Meeting. A total of 26 portfoilio each of 6 slides were received. Each portfolio was projected twice, using an automatic timer so that each slide and hence each portfolio was projected for exactly the same time. The audience present were invited to vote for their favourite three portfolios in order of preference.

Third place with 32 points, went to MALCOM BRAY from West Sussex for six slides taken in the Red Sea this year using a Nikonas V camera. These included close-ups of a clown fish in an anemone and a scorpion fish taken with an Ocean Optics close-up lens and a 1: 1 macro shot of a sunset coral on Kodachrome 64; and three scenic shots using a Subawider secondary lens on a 35 mm standard lens with Fujichrome 100.

Runner-up, with 57 points, was JOHN KORZOWSKI from Oldham, Lanes. John's portfolio included a mixture of slides taken in British and tropical waters using a Nikon F2 in an Oceanic housing. Two shots were double exposures - close-ups of dead man's fingers taken with a 55 am macro lens superimposed on silhouettes taken with a 20 mm lens at the Barefoots Marine Reserve, Eyemouth. His jellyfish shot was taken with a 35 mm lens, also at Barefoots, and John used a red filter on his flashgun to acheive the final image. His portrait of a wolf fish war. also taken with a 35 mm lens. Two diver shots taken with a 20 mm lens in the Red Sea completed John's portfolio.

Peter Rowlands (left) presents the Diver Trophy for the Best Beginner to Mike Wong

Peter Rowlands (left) presents the Diver Trophy for the Best Beginner to Mike Wong.

The winner of this year's Beginner's Portfolio was MICHAEL WONG from London, Michael used a Nikonos III with a 15 mm lens for all of his shots except two, one a macro shot of a hermit crab and the other a coral grouper taken with a Nikon F2 in a housing with a 50 mm lens. All, except for a shot of a Kanta Ray in the Maldives, were taken earlier this year in the Red Sea. Michael is in his third year as an underwater photographer.

BSoUP Beginners Portfolio Competition

Beginners Portfolio Competition Winners


2017 Nur Tucker

2016 Simon Yates

2015 John Parker

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


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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