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Beginners Portfolio Competition 2002

Winner - Jane Morgan

Grouper and cleaner shrimp

Manta ray

Scorpion fish

Porcelain Crab

Oceanic White Tip

Anemone fish

My winning portfolio 2002

by Jane Morgan

I live in Teddington (about a stone throw from Diver Mag!). I currently work for Crusader Travel in
Twickenham, selling diving holidays! I am also a volunteer crew member of Teddington Lifeboat Station (RNLI). I am living with my boyfriend JP, who is also a diver (but more into video). I have been diving for 13 years - have always had a love for the water, and became a PADI Instructor in Feb 2000, then IAHD Instructor (International Association of Handicapped Divers) in 2001 after having worked with the Scuba Trust.

Jane Morgan
I spent several months in 1998 working for Coral Cay Conservation, first as a volunteer in Borneo, then as an Expedition Leader in the Philippines, after which I felt there was something missing from my diving - having been used to being so busy with things to do whilst diving. It wasn't until April 2001, when we went on a Red Sea Liveaboard that I took up photography.
Basically everybody else on board was a photographer, and I was convinced to do the PADI speciality course.. well it was love at the first shot. I returned with some reasonable results and very shortly after, purchased a second hand Motormarine II.
I then enrolled on a Martin Edge Course early this year and learnt loads. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the strobe of my MMII died on the Saturday morning of the course, so I borrowed Martin's housing (he said that there would be no going back, and he was right), so with a little push from Martin, and JP running over with deals from Alan James at the London Dive Show, I invested in a Nikon F90X, with a Sea and Sea Housing, and haven't looked back. All of the pictures in the portfolio, bar 1, were taken on my first trip after purchasing the camera in May this year. I was lucky enough to have a month away, in Australia and Komodo, with a few days in Bali at the end.
Grouper and cleaner shrimp

No.1. The grouper and cleaner shrimp were taken in Tulamben, Bali, just off the beach from where we were staying. Strangely, I did not expect many results from this film as I had inadvertently switched my 60mm lens onto Focus Limit. I was very lucky with this shot taken on F16, Aperture priority. This image worked really well at the top left corner, in a diagonal leading into the portfolio.


No. 2. The Manta was taken in Komodo during one of the few dives where I had taken my 20mm lens. The Manta appeared, and came in to us twice, swooping over my head. The shot was taken on Aperture priority, f8 or F11.

Scorpion Fish

No. 3. The Scorpion Fish was taken on a night dive in Komodo. He was an excellent subject, and allowed me to get really close, again Aperture priority and f16 - F20 with a 60mm lens.

Porcelain Crab

No. 4. The Porcelain Crab in the purple anemone was also taken in Komodo. It was at the end of a dive, and in very shallow water with a very strong swell, so it took several shots to get this one. Picture taken with 60mm lens, Aperture priority on F16.

Oceanic White Tip

No. 5. The Oceanic White Tip was taken in the Southern Red Sea, in Gota Sharm. He had spent a couple of hours under the boat, before we went for our afternoon dive. He didn't seem at all disturbed by our presence, but just after this photo was taken, he sailed straight over my head and took a dislike for my pony tail. I did not see any of the action, as he was behind me, but apparently his nose was between my pillar valve and head, and he was displaying very erratic behaviour... Probably a good job I could not see what was going on. He was beautifull, being about 1.5m. Like a puppy growing into his paws, the shark was obviously growing into his fins! Picture taken with 60mm lens, no strobes, on Aperture priority and f11 - without strobes to avoid disturbing the subject !

Anemone fish

No. 6. The anemone fish was taken in the Coral Sea, Australia. It was late in the day and the amenone was closed to feed, giving me an excellent chance to photograph its family of anemone fish. Taken on F16, Aperature priority.

All the photos were taken with my F90X in the Sea and Sea housing with a single 120 strobe. I have since invested in another 90 strobe, and hope to be able to purchase a 105 lens next year.

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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