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Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition

Sponsored by Diver Magazine

First prize: the DIVER Trophy and a cheque for £100

Winner: Paul Woodburn

Sponsored by DIVER Magazine

The Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition is held in November and is open to members & non-members alike, provided that they have not come first, second or third in a national or international competition, such as BSoUP's Open and Beginners Portfolio Competitions, Image, U/W Photographer of the Year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Marine Conservation Society, Antibes festival of underwater images, Dive Magazine’s British Underwater Image Festival etc.

The objective of the Beginners’ Portfolio competition is to identify photographers who can demonstrate a range of skills in underwater photography. The overall impression of the portfolio should communicate variety, not necessarily of subject, but certainly of approach and technique. 

This year’s competition was won by Paul Woodburn, aged 43, who lives in Gosport with his wife Lisa. Paul is from Barrow, Cumbria and Lisa is from Belfast. Paul said he was “Thoroughly chuffed to win”. Paul is a freelance contractor and generally work as a Ship Draughtsman. He has  been diving since 1999 and bought his  first underwater camera in 2002 along with a copy of Jack Johnson's book "Top Dive Sites of the World" and he always longed to go to all the places in his book. Paul and Lisa have been around the Caribbean, Thailand, Red Sea, Indone

sia, and the Maldives. Their favourite time of the year to travel is over Christmas and the New Year.
Initially Paul bought a Canon G9 compact camera in an Ikelite housing and DS125 strobe. He  also started UK diving to keep in practise. It then took him 2 years to get his first dSLR camera set up, which he subsequently since sold last Spring. He is  currently without an underwater camera system as he is  frustratingly awaiting for the next Nikon DX system!!

In 2008 Paul launched his own website www.scubysnaps.com to share his images and adventures. It is now in its fourth version.

Paul also loves fast cars and motorbikes and have just bought an Aprilia RSV-1000R. He also recently changed his car to a VW van and he is  now looking forward to customising it eventually and travelling a bit more around the UK diving with Lisa, hopefully the skipper won't mind dog-sitting Scuby while we're under!

It took Paul a few attempts  to choose his portfolio for this competition. He thinks selection is the hardest part of the hobby, along with finding an agent!

All images were taken with a Nikon D90 in an Aquatica housing with 2 Inon Z240 strobes:

 

Paul Woodburn
Winner 2012 © Paul Woodburn

DIVER Trophy winners


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 MALCOLM 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


Sponsors

       

Scuba Tours Worldwide - Sponsor of the Splash-In 2010, 2011, 2012,  2013,  2014

Paul Colley Underwater Photography

DiveQuest - Sponsor of the Underwater Excelence

AP Valves - Sponsor of British Splash-in Competition

Cameras Underwater - Sponsor of the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition

DiveLife, Manchester, Sponsor of the Open Portfolio Competition 2014

Frogfish Photography

Diver Magazine - Sponsor of the Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition and the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition

OonasDivers

Egyptian Ministry of Tourism

Marine Conservation Society - Sponsor of the Splash-In 2014

Federico Cabello

Scimitar Diving - Sponsor of the Splash-In 2014

Nudibranchs of the South West

O'Three - Sponsor of the Splash-In 2014

UnderWaterVisions - Sponsor of the Splash-in 2013 and 2014

SCUBA Magazine, Sponsor of the Best of British Portfolio COmpetition 2014

The Wildlife Trusts - Sponsor of the the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition

Scuba Travel

Sea & Sea - Sponsor of the British Underwater Photography Championship 2013

 


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