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BSoUP Beginners Portfolio Competition 2005

For the DIVER Trophy

Winner - Shannon Conway

Goby on whip coral

Martin Edge in Snell's window


Sfot coral and divers

Pygmy seahorse

Fan corals and diver

Winner © Shannon Conway

1st Shannon Conway
2nd Simon Brown
3rd Martyn Guess

4th Annelise Hagan
5th Richard Smith
6th Maria Munn

My winning portfolio

Shannon Conway

I live in Stourport-on-severn in Worcestershire, working in Telford as Managing Director for a computer services company. I have always had a love of the sea originally being born in Poole Dorset. My Wife Amanda and I are both keen divers and underwater photographers myself being a little more obsessive.

I have been Diving for 14 years learning to dive in Eilat Isreal, and latter joining a local dive club Wyre Forest Divers of which I am still a keen member. I took up underwater photography approximately 8 years ago but didn't start taking it seriously until I tried a Subal Housing on a Martin Edge Course about 6 years ago (expensive mistake). Steve at Ocean Optics was superb in helping me with advice and supply of my first Subal Housing an F90x I now use a Nikon D2x in a Subal Housing with twin Inon 220 strobes.

Martin Edge and wife Sylvia have helped me tremendously over the past few years encouraging me along with others to improve and eventually enter my first BSoUP Competition. It was fantastic to win and was great to see that the top six placed beginners were all 'Edge students'.

Nearly all our holiday time is know spent with Martin and Sylvia on the Divequest Photoquests which have taken us to places such as Sipadan, Bonaire, Dominica, Wakatobi etc. on which we have made many friends. Last October we continued our Photquest to North Sulawesi Indonesia which this portfolio was based on. I tried to get a balance with the Portfolio of wide angle blue water with divers and the eyes of macro.

No.1 Whip Goby taken with a 105mm lens at F32 125th, I wish they would keep still.
No.2 Snell's Window with Diver was taken off the beach at KungKungan Bay in the Lembeh, trying something different. I love the fisheye lens and intend spending more time mastering it 10.5 Fisheye at F13 200th
No.3 A Thorny Seahorse face taken with 105mm lens at f29 125th I wanted a profile rather than just a picture of a Seahorse. Shooting against blue water to create the black back ground.
No.4 Soft Coral with Divers was taken in Bunaken Marine Reserve I found the soft coral at the edge of a cave entrance using the curve of the coral to mirror the curve of the cave roof, the divers and blue water gave depth to the shot. 10.5 lens F8 125th.
No.5 Pigmy Seahorse taken at Nudi Falls Lembeh. I have taken a few pictures of Pigmy's but wanted something different. They are very difficult to get face on shots; this one was hanging out the bottom of the fan making it stand out against the background. 105mm lens f32 125th.
Fan corals and diver No.6 Sea Fan with diver and torch taken Manado. Amanda posing with a Torch to give the picture depth, lighting wide angle shots is an area that most photographers spend time working on. F8 125th.

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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