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BSoUP Beginners Portfolio Competition 2007

For the DIVER Trophy

Sixth - Eleonora Manca


Eleonora Manca - Beginners Portfolio - Sixth
Beginners Portfolio Competition 2006 - Sixth © Eleonora Manca

My portfolio

by Eleonora Manca

I’m 28 and I’m from a small town in the east coast of Sardinia, Italy. I graduated in Marine Sciences at Genoa University and I came to England for a Master in Coastal Engineering. I’m currently living in Southampton and I’m doing a PhD in Coastal Sciences at the National Oceanography Centre. In particular I’m looking at how seagrass influence waves and sediment dynamics.

My parents have always shared their passion for the sea and marine life with me. I’ve been snorkeling and sailing all my life. I’ve first dived when I was 12, in Sardinia, in 3 m of water with no BCD! The next summer I went to Belgium and took an Astronaut training course for teenagers, where we were shown how the Astronauts are trained to work in zero gravity. So I dived again in a massive tank at the European Space Agency! Since 1998 I have been an Advanced Open water diver.

I’ve been always playing with SLR cameras on land, but it wasn’t until I met my boyfriend Alex that I was able to realise what seemed like an impossible dream to take photos underwater. I took my first underwater photos 1 year ago in Cayman Islands, using my Nikon D80 in a housing borrowed from Ikelite. I have tried to attend most of the BSOUP meetings during the past year and to learn as much as possible from so many experienced photographers.

The photos in the portfolio were all taken on my second trip as a photographer in Bali during September. I used my D80 in Subal housing with Sea and Sea YS30 strobes. I based the portfolio on two complementary colours, blue and orange. I’ve chose this arrangement of the pictures in an attempt to guide the viewer in a clockwise circle.


Cuttlefish at Dusk Cuttlefish at Dusk. Seraya Secret, Nikon 60mm, 1/100 @ f/8, ISO 100.
Ribbon eel Ribbon eel. Coral Garden Tulamben, Nikon 60mm, 1/100 sec @ f/11, ISO 100
Cuttle fish with diver Cuttle fish with diver. Drop-off, Tulamben. Nikon 12mm, 1/50 @ f/8 ISO 100.
Barrel Sponge Barrel Sponge. Drop-off Tulamben, Nikon 12mm, 1/80 Sec @ f/8 ISO 200
Sweetlips queuing Sweetlips queuing. Liberty wreck, Tulamben, Tokina 12-24 zoom at 24mm, 1/40 @f/7.1, ISO 100
Blenny in sponge Blenny in sponge. Alamanda, Nikon 60 mm, 1/100 sec @ f/13, ISO 100

1st Anna James

3rd Jason Spafford

5th Martin Bailey

2nd Duncan Robins

4th Tamsin Eyles

6th Eleonora Manca


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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