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Beginners Portfolio Competition 1997

Winner - Sue Heaps

by Brian Pitkin


The annual Beginners Portfolio Competition for the DIVER Trophy attracted only 11 entries. Each portfolio was projected twice and the audience present invited to vote for their favourite three.

Fourth place with 47 points went to GARY CLARK. Third place with 50 points went to DARIO NAVARO. Second place with 62 points went to MARTHA TRESSLER. The winner with 86 points was SUE HEAPS.

Sue from Stevenage in Hertfordshire, was unable to be present at the meeting,. She was, however, "surprised and delighted to receive the DIVER Trophy and cash prize of �100" donated by Bernard Eaton of Diver Magazine at her branch (Stevenage Sub-Aqua Club) annual meeting two weeks later.

Sue undertook her first Open Water dive ten years ago. Four years later her husband, "who could never be persuaded to get his face underwater", gave her a Nikonos III and Sunpak Marine 32 flashgun as a present. "Thousands of prints and slides and several underwater photography courses later (not to mention the trail of flooded equipment), my photography progressed slowly. A few years ago I acquired a Nikonos 801S and a second-hand Subal housing, but I still have my faithful Nikonos III for natural light shots and as a backup."

All of Sue's slides were taken in 1997 in the Red Sea on two different live-aboard trips out of Sharm-el-Sheikh, using a Nikon 801S in a Subal housing. Lenses used were the full frame fish-eye, 20mm and 60mm macro.

Sue's portfolio comprised a fire coral and sunburst taken at Little Temple, a close-up of fire coral at South Laguna, her buddy on the wreck of the Carnatic, pin cushion urchin spines taken at Little Temple, and eagle ray taken at Ras um Sid and a close-up of a soft coral taken at South Laguna. Apart from the wreck shot, which was taken using natural light, Sue lit her shots with a Sea and Sea YS120 or YS50 flashgun and used Fuji Velvia for close-up and mcaro shots and Fuji Sensia for natural light for wide-angle shots.

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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