BSoUP's Splash-in Competition 1984
by Brian Pitkin
Reproduced from in focus 4 (June 1984)
Participants in the 'On the Day' section of our
Annual Underwater Photographic Competition at Fort Bovisand were
taken by surprise this year. Instead of the usual poor to appalling
conditions, the sky was blue, the sea flat calm and the visibility in
excess of 10m.
A record fifty-nine underwater Photographers
collected a roll of 64 or 200A. SA Ektachrome from the reception area
in the morning and set off either by boat or fin to dive on sites as
far away as the Eddystone Lighthouse or the James Eagan Lane or just
plopped over the harbour wall. Once on site they set about taking
some hopefully winning shots for projection and judging that
Above: Humphead wrasse by David George, which won
the Black and White prints section.
Above: Yolande by David George, which came second in
the Black and White prints section.
Whilst the Plymouth waters resounded with .he
clicking of shutters, the entries for the black and white and colour
sections were on display for the general public to admire and, if
they chose to, vote for their favourite three in each section. The
choice, particularly amongst the colour was difficult, as the overall
standard was very high.
The unusually good visibility had encouraged many
participants to try something completely different in order to win
the award for the Best Contrived / Humorous / Novelty shot. I saw
everything from chests of gold, to swords, microchips and sunglasses
hauled furtively out of cars and into dive bags to be taken
surreptitiously beneath the mirror surface of the sea to play the
star role in some photographers fantasy. The more serious minded
concentrated on scenery or the wealth of marine life, such as
jellyfish, wrasse, sea hares, ton riot blennies or crabs which had
turned un for the competition right on cue.
At the end of the afternoon all but three of the
exposed films had been handed back for processing and people
dispersed to sunbathe, eat and drink whilst the volunteers in the
dark room worked flat out.
Above: Snorkeller by David George, which came third
in the Black and White prints category.
Above: David George receiving the Ocean Optics
Trophy for the best Black and White Print from Ian Irvine, BS-AC
The processed films, comprising nearly 2,000
images, were returned to their respective owners along with two slide
mounts each, in which to mount their best shots. and what shots they
were! Eighty-two slides with subjects as diverse as wrecks, seascapes
and close-ups of marine life were submitted for projection in hope of
winning the coveted BSoUP Trophy for the Best 'On the Day' slide. The
audience present, some 150 people, were invited to vote for their
favourite three slides and the slide they considered to be the Best
Contrived. Whilst the votes were counted the bar filled up and did
some very brisk business.
The new BSAC Chairman, IAN IRVINE who took part in
the competition (as MIKE GLOVER's buddy and model) volunteered to
present the prizes to the winners.
Above: Seascape by Linda Pitkin. The original won
the Colour Prints category
Above: Moray eel by Jimmy Wilmot, which came second
in the Colour Prints category.
Each competitor in the black and white and colour
print sections had been allowed a maxim, of three prints per section.
DAVID GEORGE's black and white entries took first, second and third
place! The winning shot (Front cover) was a Humphead Wrasse. The
wreck of the Yolande and a diver over soft coral against a sunlit sea
were the subjects of David's other two winners (also reproduced in
this issue). David won the Ocean Optics Trophy plus a five-day
holiday at Fort Bovisand, a close up lens and a Nikonos service, a
year's subscription to Sub Aqua Scene and a BSoUP Sweat Shirt.
Above: Blue spotted ray and grouper by George
Ristich, which came third in the Colour Prints category.
Above: Ian Irvine presents a medal to George Ristich
for his Colour Print, which came third.
In the colour print section LINDA PITKIN won with
an almost surreal seascape and was presented with the Greenway and
Morris Trophy and a Sunpak Marine 32 Flashgun. Second place went to
JIMMY WILMOT with a very smart Moray Eel, which won him a Mini C Lite
and holder and a BSoUP Sweat Shirt. Third place went to GEORGE
RISTICH for his shot of a Blue spotted Ray and a Grouper. Mention
should also be made of MICHAEL PITTS and KEVIN CULLIMORE who were
only a point or two behind George, who won a year's subscription to
Sub Aqua Scene.
Above: Urchins by Bill Hewitt. The original colour
slide won the Aquamatic Trophy for the best Contrived shot 'On the
Above: Bill Hewitt receiving the Aquamatic Trophy
for the Best Contrived shot 'On the Day' from Ian Irvine.
The Best Contrived shot taken on the day was by
WILLIAM HEWITT who's Sea Urchin in sunglasses, seemingly addressing
urchins of lesser rank. William won the Aquamatic Trophy, a BSoUP
Sweat Shirt and a Fuji Professional Film Voucher.
The Society is grateful to all those who helped on
the day including STEVE BIRCHALL, PAUL BLANFORD, PAUL CLARK, JOAN
FUNNELL, DAVID and JENNY GEORGE, CHARLES HOOD, PAUL LANGLEY, DAVID
NARDINI, KEN (The Washer) PATRICK, BRIAN and LINDA PITKIN, PETER
ROWLANDS and PETER SIENIEWICZ.
Above: Les Kemp, winner 'On the Day' receiving the
BSoUP Trophy from Ian Irvine, BS-AC Chairman.
Above: Diver by Les Kemp. The original colour slide
was winner 'On the Day'
We are also very grateful to all our sponsors -
Fujimex, Greenaway Marine, Kodak Ltd, Macdonald and Co (Publishers)
Ltd, Ocean Optics Ltd, Ocean Publications Ltd, Plymouth Ocean
Projects Ltd, Sea and Sea Ltd, Spirotechnique (UK) Ltd and C.Z.
Scientific (Intruments) Ltd and especially to Ian Irvine for
presenting the prizes and Alan Bax and all the staff at Fort Bovisand
for making us all so welcome once again. Thanks also to all those who
came along and supported the event. See you all next year!