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BSoUP's Splash-in Competition 1993

What a corker!

by Brian Pitkin

Reproduced from in focus 48 (June 1993)

This year's winner of the BSoUP Trophy and a gold medal for the best photograph taken 'On the Day' was none other than BSoUP's Chairman, BRIAN PITKIN. His shot of a male corkwing wrasse in breeding colours beat more than eighty other slides taken in Plymouth waters on Saturday 12 June at the British Society of Underwater Photographers' annual Splash-in. Despite the north westerly gales sweeping across the Sound on the day of the competition, the event, sponsored by AGFA (UK) Ltd and held at Fort Bovisand Underwater Centre, attracted a total of fifty-three underwater photographers.

Male corkwing wrasse by Brian Pitkin, winner 'On the Day'

Brian Greaves, AGFA (UK) Ltd presenting Brian itkin with the BSoUP Trophy.

Brian's winning shot was taken in the harbour, literally within half an hour of the close of the competition, using a Pentax LX camera with a 55mm macro lens at 1/60th at f11-16 in a Hugyfot housing with a Sunpak Marine 32 flashgun on half power with a one-stop diffuser. "The corkwing wrasse was building and guarding its nest on a weed covered rock in about 3 metres of water. It approached the camera lens repeatedly in an attempt to drive me away", said Brian, "and I took the opportunity to take a dozen shots at a variety of different angles before time dictated I hurry ashore to hand in my film for processing." Brian has been taking photographs for many years but until last year when he won the Macro category at the Isle of Man Splash-in has only had very limited success in competitions. He did however shoot most of the underwater photographs for Reg Vallintine's recent book "Learn to Scuba Dive in a Weekend", published by Dorling Kindersley.

Alan James, second 'On the Day', receiving his silver medal.

Andy Hirst, third 'On the Day'

Runner-up 'On the Day' was ALAN JAMES for his macro-photo of a Jewel Anemone. Third place went to ANDREW HIRST for his portrait of a Pipe Fish. Alan and Andrew were presented with silver and bronze medals respectively by AGFA (UK) Ltd's Product Sales Manager, Mr Brian Greaves.

The winner of the Aquamatic Trophy and a gold medal for the most humourous shot taken 'On the Day' went to MARTIN PARKER for a shot of his buddy with "fish and chips".

Les Kemp, winner in the Open Prints category

Les' winning shot in the Open Prints category of a diver in cave

In addition to the 'On the Day' category, underwater photoaphers were invited to submit up to three British and three Overseas prints taken prior to the event. A total of eighty-five prints were entered and displayed during the evening for members and their guests to choose their favourite three. The overall winner of the prints category was LES KEMP for his photograph of a diver with a torch in the mouth of a cave. Les was presented with the Greenaway Marine Trophy and a gold medal.

Seal by Charlie Hood, runner-up in the Open Prints category and winner in the British Prints category.

Charlie Hood receives his silver medal.

The runner-up was CHARLES HOOD for his photograph of a seal taken in the Farne Islands. Charles was presented with a silver medal and his shot also won the Ocean Optics Trophy for the best British print. Third place overall went to MARTIN EDGE for his portrait of a Tom Pot Blenny. Martin was presented with a bronze medal and his shot also won him a silver medal for the second best British print. Third place in the British prints category went to DAVE PEAKE for his squat lobster on a fan coral.

Dave Peake receives his award for coming third in the British Prints category

Diver with anemone by Martin Edge, which came fourth 'On the Day'

Tompot blenny by Martin Edge. The original print came third in the Open Prints category and second in the British Prints category

Martin Edge

The Society is grateful to AGFA (UK) Ltd for generously sponsoring the event by providing film and chemicals and a watch and two fun cameras for the raffle, to their Product Sales Manager, Mr Brian Greaves for presenting the awards; to ScubaPro who donated a mask for the raffle; to Peter Rowlands, Debbie Perrin, Peter Ladell and Peter Funnell for processing the film so efficiently; to John Langford and Jon Field for collating the results and organising the raffle; and to the management and staff at Fort Bovisand Underwater Centre for making us so welcome.

Peter Rowlands in the dark room hanging processed film to dry










Brian Pitkin

Corkwing wrasse



Alan James

Jewel anemone



Andrew Hirst

Pipe fish









Martin Parker

Fish and chips



Greg Cassar




Jan Maloney






Les Kemp

Diver in cave



Howard Bunyan

Manta ray



Benny Sutton






Charles Hood

Seal portrait



Martin Edge

Tom pot blenny



Dave Peake

Squat lobster on coral


BSoUP's Splash-in Competition Winners

Digital (overall and category winners)

2014 Overall Winner - Cathy Lewis Mankind in the Sea - Terry Griffiths Marine Life - Cathy Lewis
  Best Compact - Colin Whyte    
2013 Overall Winner - Dan Bolt Mankind in the Sea - Dan Bolt Marine Life - Alex Tatttersall
  Best Compact - Paula Bailey Reflections - Dan Bolt  
2012 Overall Winner - Tim Priest Mankind in the Sea - Charles Erb  
  Best Compact - Paula Bailey Crustacea - Rob White  
2011 Overall Winner - Dan Bolt Mankind in the Sea - Derek Haslam Abstract - Rob Cuss
    Marine Life - Dan Bolt  
  Best Compact - Colin Yule Compact - Mankind in the Sea - Martin Rishton Compact - Abstract - Mark Brooke
2010 Overall Winner - Charles Erb Close-up - Julie Kaye Animal Portraits - Cathy Lewis
    Wide-angle - Martin Davies  
2009   Close-up - Rick Ayrton Animal Portraits - Jim Garland
    Wide-angle - Neil Skilling  
2008   Close-up - Cathy Lewis Animal Portraits - Helen Wehner
    Wide-angle - Charles Erb  
2007   Wide-angle - Arthur Kingdon Fish - Alan James
    Close-up - Alan James  

Film & Digital (overall & category winners)

2006 Overall Winner - Dave Peake Film Wide-angle - Martin Davies Film Close-up - Jan Maloney
    Digital Wide-angle - Trevor Rees Digital Close-up - Alan James
2005   Film Wide-angle - Martin Davies Film Close-up - Jean Manson
    Digital Wide-angle - Charles Erb Digital Close-up - Charles Erb

Film (category winners)

2004 Macro - Cathy Lewis Wide-angle - Dave Peake Fish - Peter Ladell
2003 Macro - David Stevens Wide-angle - Dave Peake Fish - Peter Hewitt
2002 Macro - Ken Sullivan Wide-angle - Len Deeley Fish - Bill Hewitt
2001 Macro - Tom Cowan Wide-angle - Guy Middleton  

Film (overall winners, no categories)
  2000 Ken Sullivan 1991 Kevin Cullimore 1982 Peter Salmon
  1999 Derek Haslam 1990 Kevin Cullimore 1981 Warren Williams
  1998 Pat Morrisey 1989 Paul Clark 1980 David McBride
  1997 Peter Tatton 1988 Peter Rowlands 1979 Warren Williams
  1996 Linda Pitkin 1987 Warren Williams 1978 Dave Nance
  1995 Dave Nardini 1986 Peter Scoones 1977 Geoff Harwood
  1994 Dave Peake 1985 Kevin Cullimore 1976
  1993 Brian Pitkin 1984 Les Kemp 1975
  1992 John Souness 1983 Peter Hewitt 1974 Warren Williams

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