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News - June 2005

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Splash-in 2005
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Splash-in 2005

BSoUP Annual Splash-In Competition 2005

Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth, Devon

Saturday 2nd July 2005

The 2005 BSoUP Splash-In is now less than a month away. Grab your dive gear, grease those o'rings and head for Devon for this challenging and fun event based right on the edge of Plymouth Sound. Underwater photographers
from all over the country gather in Plymouth once a year for this popular competition, vying for a host of prestigious awards in three categories of
film and digital on the day, and prints taken prior to the event. Judging takes place by the audience in the evening after a hearty barbeque and the
prizes are awarded on the spot.

In the past, advance registration has only been necessary for the print competition. This year, however, we are making a polite request for you to tell us about other requirements in advance.

Let us know whether you will be needing film (so we can determine external processing requirements), whether you require use of a laptop (so we can source them), and whether you
would like to join us for the tasty barbeque on Saturday evening (so we can warn the caterers). You are still very welcome to enter the on the day competitions on the day if you decide to come at the last minute - but please note that prints MUST
be registered in advance.

However, it would help us greatly if you could use the entry form and register everything in advance. Just amend it, save it and return to me by email (no need to sign). Alternatively, print it (adjusting the margins on your machine to make it a single page if necessary) and pop it in the post - the address is on the form. You can send a cheque with the form, pay electronically or pay on the day it's up to you, just delete the relevant bits on the payment section.

Return by Sunday 26th June is mandatory for prints.


The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday 15th June 2005 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. Further details - News.

The Holland Club, Imperial College, London SW7 5BD.


Travel is an integral part of pursuing our passion - whether down the road to the nearest beach or further afield to the myriad of near and far flung
places we journey to while seeking that elusive perfect or winning image.

This month we are very excited to introduce Chris Coe, a world renowned travel photography expert who created the 'Travel Photographer of the Year'
competition. Chris would very much like to see more underwater images entered so in the first part of the evening he will be telling us about the
competition and showcasing some of its previous winners.

Please email digital entries in advance to:

Advance entry is preferable, but we will accept digital entries on the night this month. We will run the digital and slide competitions separately again
if there are enough slide entries to warrant it, otherwise the competitions will be combined. For all other details on the monthly competitions please check Focus On Competition


In his role as a professional travel photographer Chris has embraced the world of digital photography rather cautiously.

He has some thought provoking musings on the pros and cons of digital cameras, their limitations and the misunderstandings about their capabilities that have been caused by (in his opinion) hyped up marketing from the manufacturers. Whether you are shooting digital now, considering how to make the transition from film, or even planning to stay with film for the foreseeable future, his main talk entitled "Digital, Why Bother?" should generate some stimulating thought and debate.

Chris is a self-taught photographer who, since turning professional in 1992, has combined his passion for photography with a love of travel. His work has been widely published in newspapers, magazines and books and his clients include major multinational companies. Chris has shot over 40 travel and coffee table books. His first book on photography, 'The Art of Landscape Photography' is widely used as a reference work. Chris lectures on a variety of photographic subjects, including travel, landscape and stock photography at major conferences and events such as Focus on Imaging and the Daily Telegraph Adventure Show.

In 2003, after many years working in the travel industry and seeing at first-hand what little recognition is given to many of the very talented photographers who shoot travel related images, Chris decided to set up the 'Travel Photographer of the Year' competition. In 2004, photographers from 40 countries participated and the overall winner was an amateur photographer and retired lecturer from Malaysia. This is a truly international competition. The 2005 competition has an impressive line-up of travel and photography prizes worth over £60,000 (see for details). Open to amateur and professional photographers, it features four portfolio
categories - Human Spirit, Travellers' Tales, Go Beyond and Natural World - and a Single Image category.

We anticipate an extremely interesting and inspiring evening. Gill

BSoUP Annual Splash-In Competition 2005

Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth, Devon

Saturday 2nd July 2005

The Annual BSoUP Splash-In 2005 will take place on Saturday 2nd July at the Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth, Devon. All underwater photographers are invited to participate, whether they are members of BSoUP or not.

There are three classes - Film and Digital images taken 'On the Day' and Prints taken prior to the event. Trophies and individual awards will be presented for winning images.

A barbeque will be held on the Saturday night prior to film competitors receiving their processed film back and it is hoped that all participants will attend. The cost is £8 and there is a vegetarian option.

To help the organisers, please register as soon as possible as film processing and food have to ordered in advance.

For full details and downloadable entry form, click here.

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