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Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition

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

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The Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition, organised by the British Scoiety of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) is held in November and is open to BSoUP 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.

Winner

This year's winner was Sue Guess from West Sussex. Sue is married to Martyn Guess and they have two adult sons.  Sue went to art school and studied Fashion Design, worked in the industry for a few years and then had children. She found that soft furnishing was a more suitable career as she could work from home and divide her time better.  After some time the need for something new sent her out on the road for about 10 years woking in relocation, finding homes in London and Surrey for ex-pats who worked for large international companies.  She then tired of that too and is now back with her sewing machine.

Mark Drayton
Winner 2014 © Sue Guess

Said Sue 'I started diving, reluctantly, in 1999 to fulfil a rash promise to our younger son that I would learn with him when he turned 12, as Martyn had when our older son was old enough to learn.  We did our PADI Open Water in Sharm el Sheikh, and to date I have only dived in warm water, although there was a one-off dive in the Med that was only about 16 deg, but never again'.  

Since then Sue and Martyn have travelled first as a family and then on our own to Menorca, the Carribean, the Maldives, Indonesia, Micronesia and Papua New Guinea with our diving kit.  'As an antidote to boredom while Martyn took his thousands of shots, I bought a compact camera and housing with the idea of taking video, which I enjoyed but found the editing somewhat tedious.  Eventually in June 2012 I had my first trip with my Sony, which has brought me to winning this competition.  Having been on many Martin Edge trips and living with Martyn and his enthusiasm and expertise, I had a head start with underwater photography - the theory at least - and have enjoyed learning a new skill'.

Joss Woolf and Sue Guess
BSoUP Chairman Joss Wollf presenting the DIVER Trophy to Sue Guess

Sue's images

Mating octopus (unfortunately the mate is out of shot) taken in the Red Sea on the Barge June 2014. Sony NEX5N 30mm macro lens, 1/125 f14.  His relaxed state allowed me to take far more shots than an octopus will usually permit before moving on, which helped me to take this one.

Split shot also in the Red Sea June 14, this time at Ras Kati.  Same camera, E2.8/16 wide angle lens, 1/60 f18.  Towards the end of the trip and feeling like a snorkel rather than a dive, the shallow reef at Ras Kati and Whirlwind moored up for the night gave a very good opportunity to try taking a split shot, to prove to the sceptics that it can be done with a very small dome. 

Nemos taken in North Sulawesi Sept 13. This time with Martyn's Nikon D800 105 lens, 1/320 f22.  I had a flood in my housing so had to use which ever camera and lens he didn't want! Probably essential subject matter for this portfolio.

Wreck taken on Tubbataha reef the Philippines May 14.  Back to the Sony with wide angle lens, 1/160 f13.  I'm not usually a wreck fan, but this one was very decayed and so gave some interesting shapes against the light the shallow water.  After many years of modelling for Martyn, he was happy to swim into my shot and be on the receiving end of my gesticulations.  

Colman shrimps taken in Lembeh Sept 13.  Before the flood, so with my Sony with standard 18-55 lens, 1/125 f22.  The urchins were at about 25m and the Colman shrimps seemed to be on every one, so there was plenty of choice to find them well positioned for the shot.

Dusk shot also at Tubbataha reef, in the shallows, in May 14. Sony again, wide angle lens, 1/125 f9.  I found the dramatic coral formation first and then waited for the sun to drop to the optimum height to give the rays without burning out.

All images were taken using Nauticam housings.


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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