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Beginners Portfolio Competition 1993

Winner - Gavin Anderson

by Brian Pitkin

Reproduced from in focus 50 (January 1994)


Each year the British Society of Underwater Photographers organises a National competition for Beginners. This annual event, sponsored by DIVER magazine, is open to any underwater photographer who has not won first, second or third place in a National or International Underwater Photographic Competition.

Entrants had been invited to submit a portfolio of six 35 mm slides of their own choice, taken anywhere in the world. Aquarium shots were ineligible. All slides had to be mounted in GEPE glass mounts and bear the photographer's name and address on the reverse side. A coloured spot had to be placed in the bottom left-hand corner of the mount (when the slide is viewed the right way up and the right way round).

All portfolios were projected at the November meeting of BSoUP on Wednesday 17 November in the Holland Club, Sherfield Building, Imperial College, London SW7. Entries were judged by the audience present at the meeting.

More than twenty portfolios were received. Fourth place with 35 points went to SUE HEAPS. There was a tie for second place between LINDA DUNK and KEN SULLIVAN who both scored 40 points. The winner with 51 points was GAVIN ANDERSON, who was presented with the DIVER trophy for the Best Beginner's Portfolio.

Gavin, who lives in Fife, has been diving for six years and taking underwater photographs for three, although he used to photograph top side for fun before taking shots underwater. His portfolio comprised four slides taken in the Cayman Islands in 1992 - a wide-angle shot of a diver with a stingray, a close-up of a French Angel, a macro shot of an Arrow Crab and a wide-angle diver/boat shot with a red tube sponge in the fore-ground. Gavin's fifth slide, a close-up of a featherstar on a red encrusting sponge, was taken in the Gulf of Aqaba last year. His final slide, a wide-angle shot of a diver in a wreck, was taken on the west coast of Scotland, near Oban. 

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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