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BSoUP Beginners Portfolio Competition 2006

For the DIVER Trophy

Winner - Kam Arya

Kam Arya
Winner Beginners Portfolio Competition 2006 © Kam Arya

1st Kam Arya
2nd Rich Smith
3rd Mike Davidge



My Portfolio

by Kam Arya

 

Steve Jones

I took up diving in 1994 through a local dive shop in Guildford who were giving NVQ PADI courses. At the time it seemed a good idea as I was going to Mauritius and then onto Australia and NZ. Initially I was petrified of diving but sheer persistence paid off. I have had an ‘accident’ or two but have come through those and now thoroughly enjoy diving.

I started of with a Motor Marine II and gradually added accessories such as strobes and lenses and managed to take average pictures. I would say that one perhaps two pictures per roll would have been good.

In October I met up with Jane Morgan on a Red Sea trip and then soon after ‘invested’ in Nikon F100 with Sea and Sea housing and slowly built up the system with a veritable selection of accessories. Pictures improved with SLR but I still had a long way to go in improving the quality and the contents of the images I took.

Digital invaded and I initially started with Fuji Finepix 700 and finally in late 2005 I went for Nikon D70, Sea and Sea Housing, INON strobes. Photography took on a new meaning; my images began to improve and since then have become more engrossed in this ‘hobby’.

People like Jane, JP Len Deeley and many others both at BSoUP and Photosub have helped and encouraged me to take better pictures. I am grateful to Len in helping me improve my art of taking images and all the images for The Beginners Portfolio were taken on the dive trips with him. I am hoping to continue to improve my images and one day I would be an honour to help someone achieve their goal.

This is my first very successful run with digital photography and by no means the last.

All the images were taken in Lembeh Straits, Gangga Resort, North Sulawesi in April of this year EXCEPT for the Eagle Rays (bottom centre) which was at Cocos in October 2005.
The equipment used is Nikon D70 SLR in a Sea and Sea Housing, INON Z220 Strobes, Nikon lenses

© Steve Jones

Image 1: Pigmy Seahorse (if you look close enough there are two together the second one is close the midreef of the main image).

Lembeh Straits, Gangga Resort, North Sulawesi in April of this year

© Steve Jones

Image 2: Lion Fish hovering in a cup shaped coral.

Lembeh Straits, Gangga Resort, North Sulawesi in April of this year

© Steve Jones

Image 3: Seahorse when muck diving.

Lembeh Straits, Gangga Resort, North Sulawesi in April of this year

© Steve Jones

 

Image 6: Mandarins mating (Dusk dive)

Lembeh Straits, Gangga Resort, North Sulawesi in April of this year

© Steve Jones

Image 5: Eagle Rays (wide Angle) 28mm lens. Cocos in October 2005.

 


© Steve Jones

 

Image 4: Clown fish

Lembeh Straits, Gangga Resort, North Sulawesi in April of this year

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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