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BSoUP's monthly Focus On photographic competition

The monthly Focus On Competition takes place from January to August (excluding March). The competition is open to members only.

For all months except March, each photographer may submit one digital image on the publicised theme.

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.

RULES - Focus On


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. Aquarium shots are not eligible. Swimming pool shots are allowed where they are appropriate for the nature or theme of the 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, 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 imageor 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 should be formatted as follows

Maximum Resolution: 1400 pixels wide (landscape) or 1050 pixels tall (portrait)
Pixels per inch: 72
File size: less than 1MB
sRGB colour profile 

The change from previous formats provides better resolution for computer based judging.  Images will be optimized by the competitions secretary for projection at the BSoUP monthly meeting

Files which are not in this format will be disqualified. Larger portfolios will be rejected by the server.

See the 'Re-sizing Images for Competitions' for more details.

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. Images must be submitted to Please include details of image, camera and settings.


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' and in press releases in connection with the 'Focus on'' competition. Any such images will be credited to the photographer.

Focus On Winners

January Best of 2014 Becky Drayton
February Black & White Dougie Souness

August Big Animals Laura Storm
July Natural Light Alex Mustard
June Monochrome Trevor Rees
May Abstract Warren Williams
April Two of something Justin Beevor
February Macro / Close-up Trevor Rees
January Best of 2014 Bob Anthony

August Wrecks Clive Allcorn
July Green Waters Charles Hood
June Red Super Jolly
May Abstract Laura Storm
April People Laura Storm
February Molluscs Trevor Rees
January Best of 2013 Trevor Rees

August British Wide Angle Warren Williams
July Reflections Pash Baker
June Predation Mark Pickford
May Abstract Debbie Henshaw
April Close-up / Macro Andrew McKelvie
February Post-production Bonanza  Paul Colley
January Best of 2012 Alex Tattersall


August Conservation Shafraz Naeem
July Reef scene Rob White
June Anemonefish Pash Baker
May Crustaceans Trevor Rees
April Two of something Alex Tattersall
February Yellow Robert Bailey
January Best of 2011 Alex Tattersall

August British Waters Linda Ashmore
July Natural Light Nick Blake
June Marine Life Dan Bolt
May Mankind in the Sea Derek Haslam
April Monochrome Ross Gudgeon
February Shoals David Henshaw
January Best of 2010 Alex Mustard

August Wide-angle Rick Ayrton
July Anemone fish Amanda Cuff
June Reflections Joss Woolf
May Wide-angle with model Martyn Guess
April Movement Trevor Rees
February Two of Something Trevor Rees
January Best of 2009 Alex Tattersall

August Animal Behaviour Arthur Kingdon
July Green Waters Alex Mustard
June Macro Rick Ayrton
People Tamsin Eyles
April Abstract Ross Gudgeon
February Red Sea Images Gareth Lock
January Best of 2008 Alex Mustard











International Focus On

Green Waters

Wide Angle



Animal Behaviour

Best of 2007

Pedro Vieyra

Claude Ruff

Pedro Vieyra

Malcolm Nobbs

Shannon Conway

Arthur Kingdon

Anthony Holley

Alex Mustard

2007 Focus On Shannon Conway
2006 Focus On Jane Morgan
2005 Focus On Steve Jones
2004 Focus On Charles Hood
2003 Focus On Anita Marshall
2002 Focus On Alex Mustard

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