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BSoUP Open Portfolio Competition 2008

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Winner - JP Trenque

JP Trenque - Winner Open Portfolio 2008

Open Portfolio 2008 © JP Trenque

1st -JP Trenque
2nd= - Trevor Rees
2nd= - Jane Morgan
4th - Simon Brown
6th - Arthur Kingdon

My portfolio

by JP Trenque

JP Trenque

37-year old JP Trenque has lived in London since 1994. His day job as an information consultant for the Northern Trust bank sees him travelling to the Canaries five times a week (Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs, that is).

Current Chairman of BSoUP, JP has been diving for 28 years, taken still images for the past 6 and was a keen videographer before that. He currently uses a Nikon D200 in a Sea and Sea housing and some of his images and articles can be found on

When not busy taking pictures in some exotic location or saving the world from total financial meltdown, JP volunteers as an RNLI helmsman on the Thames lifeboat.

'I wanted to create a classic-looking portfolio, with as little manipulation as possible. There were originally 3 images I wanted to use. I thought the 2 wide-angle silhouette shots would work well because, while I found them very pleasing, they were very simple, uncluttered shots. These would go to opposite ends of the portfolios, but at this stage, I hadn't yet decided whether they would fit better on the top or bottom line. The jellyfish with its reflection would add warmth to the composition.

To keep some symmetry in the portfolio, I knew I needed 2 more warm images and one blue one. I chose the lionfish image because the soft coral matched the orange of the jellyfish nicely. I also liked the movement of the fish in the picture. This would be my top left image.

The 2 middle images were the most difficult ones to choose. I originally wanted another orange dominant colour for he bottom image but couldn't find any that would fit. So I decided to add some red and yellow with this tiny yellow damsel (is it actually a juvenile yellow damsel ?). For the top middle, I decided to go for a second reflection shot but was worried that the image was too complex to project as part of a portfolio.

I was going to dispense with the frame around the image, but the black background of the jellyfish and the yellow damsel would have unbalanced the portfolio. So I created a very thin (1 pixel) yellow frame around each image.

Lion fish

Image 1

Subject : Lionfish
Location : Layang Layang, Sabah, Malaysia
Date : 22/05/07
Camera : Nikon D200
Lens : 16mm
Settings : ISO 100 / 1/60sec @ f/6.3 2/3EV
Strobes : 2 x SandS YS90


Image 2

Subject : Needlefish
Location : Jackson Reef, Straits of Tiran, Egypt
Date : 25/06/06
Camera : Nikon D200
Lens : 105mm
Settings : ISO 200 / 1/80sec @ f/13
Strobes : 2 x SandS YS90


Image 3

Subject : Jellyfish
Location : Kakaban lake, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Date : 29/11/08
Camera : Nikon D200
Lens : 60mm
Settings : ISO 400 (because I'd forgotten to reset it !) / 1/200sec @ f/20
Strobes : 2 x Inon Z220


Image 4

Subject : Turtle
Location : Barracuda Point, Sipadan, Malaysia
Date : 21/11/06
Camera : Nikon D200
Lens : 10.5mm
Settings : Magic filter, ISO 400 / 1/400sec @ f/8 Shutter Priority
Strobes : None

Yellow damselfish

Image 5

Subject :Yellow damselfish
Location : Si Amil, Sabah, Malaysia
Date : 19/11/08
Camera : Nikon D200
Lens : 60mm
Settings : ISO 100 / 1/60sec @ f/11 1EV
Strobes : 2 x Inon Z220


Image 6

Subject : Manta
Location : Turtle Traffic, Maratua, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Date : 26/11/08
Camera : Nikon D200
Lens : 10.5mm
Settings : Magic filter, ISO 160 / 1/125sec @ f/14 Shutter Priority
Strobes : 2 x Inon Z220

BSoUP Open Portfolio Competition

BSoUP's Open Portfolio Competition Winners 1984-

2017 Mark Drayton

2016 Taner Altigan

2015 Cathy Lewis

2014 Mark Drayton

2013 Jackie Campbell

2012 Mark Pickford

2011 Dray van Beeck

2010 Giordano Cipriani

2009 Trevor Rees

2008 JP Trenque

2007 Shannon Conway

2006 Steve Jones

2005 Jane Morgan

2004 Alex Mustard

2003 Charles Hood

2002 Linda Dunk

2001 Tony White

2000 Gary Clark

1999 Guy Middleton

1998 Hilary Driscoll

1997 Malcolm Hey

1996 Linda Dunk

1995 Linda Dunk

1994 Linda Dunk

1993 Linda Pitkin

1992 Charles Hood

1991 Georgette Douwma

1990 Mike Wong

1989 Mike Wong

1988 Mike Wong

1987 Georgette Douwma

1986 Georgette Douwma

1985 Warren Williams

1984 Georgette Douwma

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