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BSoUP's Annual Best of British Portfolio Competition

Prize: BSoUP Trophy

 

The Annual Best of British Portfolio Competition takes place in October and is open to BSoUP members only.

A portfolio is an collection of images intended to showcase a photographer's style or method of work. Typically, the work reflects a photographer's best work or a depth in one area of work.

'Best of British' is a new approach to our annual portfolio competition which showcases the beauty of the underwater world in British waters. Three separate images should be submitted, taken in British waters, and will be projected full screen one after the other and then, as an aide-mémoire during voting, as a group of three.

The competition is designed to replicate and help BSoUP members prepare for important international portfolio competitions, such as those at the Antibes Festival and Epson Red Sea competitions. At these events portfolios are judged and scored as sequences and photographers are rewarded for having a variety of excellent images in their entry. Each image must be no taller than 1050 pixels and no wider than 1400 pixels at 72 pixels/ inch. Larger images will be rejected. See 'Re-sizing Images For Competitions' for more details.

All entries will be projected on the night.  The nominated judge will have seen them in advance and have chosen the winners.  At the meeting, the judge will explain the process and rationale for choosing the top three, why the next three didn't quite make it, and possibly select one or two other entries to comment on.  Not forgetting the desire to keep the audience involved, there will be an opportunity for questions.  Those present will still be able to see whether their favourite images were selected by the judge and, if not, hopefully understand more about why.

The judge’s comments on the winning images and any others shortlisted will be made available to Members only - after the meeting.

     

Kirtsy Andrews

Kirtsy Andrews

Kirtsy Andrews

 

2016 Winner
Kirtsy Andrews

 

RULES

General

Members of the British Society of Underwater Photographers and those who participate in the Society’s competitions are expected to observe the Underwater Photographers Code of Conduct

1. All entries must have been taken underwater.

2. The entrant must be the photographer.

3. Swimming pool and aquarium shots are not eligible, unless specifically allowed in a special competition.

4. Images entered must not have come first, second or third in a national or international competition, such as the British and Irish Underwater Photography Championship, the St Abbs Splash-In, BSoUP/ Diver Print Competition, Image, U/W Photographer of the Year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Marine Conservation Society, Antibes festival of underwater images, etc. Within BSoUP competitions, images that have won any competition cannot be re-used in subsequent BSoUP competitions.  However, individual images in any BSoUP portfolio that did not win may be re-entered in Focus On. Similarly, individual images that haven’t previously won a Focus On competition may be entered as part of a subsequent portfolio. Bear in mind the judge may be looking for new images.

5. The competition is judged anonymously so please do not include your name on the image, but feel free to include your copyright information in the file metadata.

Competition Image Requirements

1. Entries must be digital and in JPG format. No PowerPoint or other formats will be accepted.

2. Images size must be

Maximum 1400 pixels wide and 1050 pixels high at 72 pixels/inch

Files which are not in this format will be disqualified. Larger portfolios will be rejected by the server. Smaller portfolios will not look sharp when projected.

See the 'Re-sizing Images for Competitions' for more details but please NOTE that individual image sizes given are for guidance only

3. As the image will be projected, it is advisable to convert it to sRGB, which is a better profile for projections.

4. File names should include your name (e.g. John_Smith.jpg). Please capitalise the first letter of your given and family names as this is how your name will appear as a caption in the Compeition Slideshow Archive. Please DO NOT include the subject or any other details except your name in the image file name.

Competition Entries

1. All entries for competitions at the monthly BSoUP meetings must be received by one minute to midnight on the Sunday 9 days before the event.

2. Iimages must be submitted to competitions@bsoup.org on the BSoUP website

Copyright

Copyright of all images submitted remains with the photographer. BSoUP reserves the right to use the winning images on its website, in its magazine 'in focus', in SCUBA Magazine and in press releases in connection with the 'Focus on'' competition. Any such images will be credited to the photographer.


Best of British Portfolio Winners

2016 Kirsty Andrews

2015 Trevor Rees

2014 Robert Bailey

2013 Trevor Rees

2012 Jane Morgan

2011 Trevor Rees

2010 Eleonora Manca

2009 Trevor Rees

2008 Trevor Rees

2007 Trevor Rees

2006 Arthur Kingdon

2005= Alex Mustard

2005= Sam Bean

2004 Martha Tressler

2003 Anita Marshall

2002 Cathy Lewis

2001 Linda Pitkin

2000 Warren Williams

1999 Peter Ladell

1998 Linda Dunk

1997 Charles Hood

1996 Dave Meates

1995 Warren Williams

1994 Peter Rowlands

1993 Peter Ladell

1992 Charles Hood

1991 Andy Purcell

1990 Warren Williams

1989 John Lee

1988 Warren Williams

1987 Martin Edge

1986 Peter Hewitt


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