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My winning Beginners Portfolio 1999

by Mike Maloney

Mike Maloney

You are never to old to buy a Subal system - as a veteran with 40 years of continuous diving in various sites around the world including the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and various sites in Asia, with the majority of my diving around the UK, a change of life has come upon me.

In the early days I started off with a Nikonos II and a bulb flash and moved onto a Nikonos III with an electronic flash and a 28 mm lens finally ending up with the ultimate 15 mm Nikonos lens and viewfinder.

This served me very well and gave very pleasing results. I attended various courses with Martin Edge and also some photographic trips and saw how popular the Subal set up was with the photographers. It was on one of these trips to Sipadan that Martin loaned me his Subal housing with a Nikon 801 and a 60mm lens.

After a short time in the water with this set up I realised that I was hooked on the system. I found that my images had improved with just one roll of film. On my return from this trip it was straight into Steve at Ocean Optics to purchase a Subal with the various ports and attachments for the Nikon F90X. I find the handling of this system easy and compact in the water.

I have tried to use all the advice, help and techniques that I have been given on these courses, trips and at the BSoUP meetings to improve my images.

Since changing to the Subal system using a SB26 flash in a custom made housing and the 16mm fish eye, 60mm macro and a 105 mm macro, I find this covers every aspect of the type of photography I enjoy. My photography has vastly improved with the ultimate accolade of winning the Diver Magazine Best Beginner Trophy at the BSoUP Best Beignner's competition.

To see my name joining the long list of famous previous winners was so satisfying and rewarding for all the years I have spent photographing in various spots around the world.

Mike Maloney Slide 1. A shoal of Head-band butterfly fish taken in Thailand using a 60mm AF Nikkor macro lens.
Mike Maloney Slide 2. A shoal of Gold spot emperors taken in Sipadan, using a 16 mm AF Nikkor fish-eye lens.
Mike Maloney Slide 3. A Scorpion fish taken in Sipadan using a 60 mm AF Nikkor macro lens.
Mike Maloney Slide 4. A pair of Barracuda taken in Sipadan using a 105 mm AF Nikkor lens.
Mike Maloney Slide 5. A Clown anemone fish taken in Sipadan using a 105 AF Nikkor macro lens.
Mike Maloney Slide 6. A Coral Grouper taken in Sipadan using a 60 mm AF Nikkor macro lens.
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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