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Beginners Portfolio Competition 2016

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. 

The portfolio must comprise six images, set out in two rows of three, which do not overlap.  Each image may, or may not, have a border

All images were projected at the November BSoUP meeting, having been judged in advance by underwater photographers. This year's judges were underwater photographers Martyn & Sue Guess.

Simon Yates, was this year’s winner and won a BSoUP Trophy and a £100 courtesy of DIVER Magazine.

The Winner - Simon Yates
Winner - SImon Yates

Said Simon "I’ve been diving and a member of BSAC for over 30 years having learnt in my University days a long time ago. My wife and I have been active members of several clubs over the years including Totnes, Taunton and Wellington and are now both committee members of Worcester BSAC. I am currently an Advanced Diver / Advanced Instructor and Diving Officer for the club.

I work as a Manager for an Engineering Company in the Midlands, and have 2 sons.

Although I have had various underwater cameras over the years from an original Nikonos 5 to compact digital cameras, I have not really treated it seriously until the last few years. This year I took the plunge and upgraded to a mirrorless four-thirds system, and now have a system which covers fish eye to macro, all in Nauticam housings.

Certainly the standard of underwater photographers within our club is high, with Trevor Rees, Charles Erb and Anita Sherwood all setting standards to aspire to. I rarely find that I am diving without my camera set up accompanying me underwater.

This year I have really “got the bug” as I am now entering images in both BSoUP monthly competitions and have also joined the Bristol Underwater Photographers Group.

My favourite diving is UK, especially the West Coast of Scotland, and having recently purchased a VW Campervan we are often away on dive trips.

We still have a long list of UK sites earmarked for trips next year as well have several overseas trips – last trip to the Red Sea was particularly enjoyable."

Image 1 - Shot in Cornwall (Manacles) with my previous camera – Canon Powershot S90 in Ikelite housing (1/50 @f4, with twin YS110 strobes). Model is my wife, Janet, who was very obliging with aiming the torch in slightly murky conditions.

Image 2 - Long Clawed squat Lobster – taken in Loch Carron, Scotland in August this year. As with all of the following images it was taken with Olympus OM D EM 10 Mk 2. This one with 60mm macro lens (1/80, F8). This was our second visit to Conservation Bay, and it will definitely be an annual pilgrimage.

Image 3 - Flame Shell – taken at Strone Point, Loch Carron. (60mm, 1/80,F9.0)

Image 4 - Cuckoo Wrasse – shot as part of the BSoUP “Splash In” competition this year. Image shot on Eddystone reef, Plymouth. (Oly 12-50mm 1/80, f9)

Image 5 - .      Diver Inside Wreck of Doyle – this was taken on our club trip to Scapa Flow this year. Diver in shot is fellow photographer buddy, Darren Ashford. (Oly 12- 50mm, 1/80, F5)

Image 6 - Yarrells Blenny – Another shot from Conservation Bay, Loch Carron (Oly 60mm, 1/80, F8)

Martyn Guess, who judged the competition with his wife Sue, said "I liked this portfolio the minute I saw it although we wrestled a little with the positioning of the images with the larger Yarrell’s blenny image in the bottom right. It hovered around the first three places all week but In the end the vibrancy and colours and clarity of the images won the day - a great set of images that work extremely well together as a portfolio. Well done to the photographer."

Runner-up - Christian Llewellyn
Christian Llewellyn


Third - Carole Poletti
Carole Poletti


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