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BSoUP's Splash-in Competition 1994

by Brian Pitkin

Reproduced from in focus 52 (August 1994)

Each year the British Society of Underwater Photographers organises a national on-the-day competition at Fort Bovisand Underwater Centre, Plymouth. This year's event, sponsored in part by AGFA who supplied film and processing chemicals at 50% of normal retail price, took place on Saturday 5 June and attracted 42 underwater photographers.

At 9.00 in the morning each competitor was issued with a roll of Agfachrome 36 exposure 35 mm RS50 PLUS or RS100 PLUS slide film to expose in Plymouth waters before 4.30 in the afternoon. Returned films were then processed in the Fort's darkroom by BSoUP member PETER ROWLANDS, assisted by DEBBIE PERRIN, and subsequently returned to the competitors to make a selection of their best slides for projection and judging during the evening.

Additionally, prior to the day, photographers had been invited to submit up to three prints, to a maximum A4 size, taken underwater anywhere in the world. A total of 54 prints were received and these were put on display during the evening for those present to choose their favourite three. As usual the entries were of a high standard and en masse were a very fine sight.

Unfortunately for those competing on-the-day, the weather was appalling, with gale force winds raging across Plymouth harbour and whipping the sea into a frenzy, reducing visibility inshore to virtually nothing. Despite this a few competitors did find a quiet and reasonably clear patch of water, although the majority of competition entries were macro or extreme close-up shots, as dictated by the very poor visibility.

During the evening about a hundred people gathered for the projection and judging. All of the slides were projected twice and the audience invited to vote for their favourite three in each of two categories - straight and humorous. Third place overall went to ALAN JAMES from Bristol for his macro photograph of a cup coral. The runner-up was CHARLES HOOD from Wimbledon, London with a wide-angle shot of seaweed. The winner, with a macro photograph of a strawberry anemone, was DAVE PEAKE from Yelverton, Devon. Dave was presented with the BSoUP trophy and a gold medal by the Society's Chairman, Brian Pitkin. Second and third placed photographers, Charles and Alan, were presented with silver and bronze medals respectively.

The winner of the humour category was MARTIN PARKER from Redruth, Cornwall, with a photograph of diver seemingly taking a dog(fish) on a leash for a walk. Martin was presented with the Aquamatic Trophy and a gold medal.

Third in the British prints category was WYN ROBERTS from Llangollen, Clwyd, with a close-up photograph of a scorpion fish. The runner-up was GREG CASSAR from Hartfield, Sussex with a close-up photograph of a pipe-fish. The winner, with a portrait of a seal, was CHARLES HOOD, also runner-up on-the-day. Charles was presented with the Ocean Optics trophy and a gold medal. Silver and bronze medals were presented to Greg and Wyn.

Third and second in the Open prints category was PETER ROWLANDS from Hammersmith, London, with wide-angle photographs of a shipwreck and a coral silhouette. Peter was presented with silver and gold medals. The winner, with a photograph of a diver admiring lion fish amongst a shoal of glass fish, was KEVIN CULLIMORE from Chingford, Essex. Kevin, who retreated to London on seeing the water and weather conditions, won the Greenaway-Marine trophy and a gold medal.

After the event, Brian Pitkin commented that "despite the appalling conditions the event proved to be extremely successful and was enjoyed by all who attended. This is due, in no small way to the hard work of several members, particularly the film processors, to whom the Society is extremely grateful. We are also indebted to Alan Bax and all his staff at Fort Bovisand for use of facilities and to Pierre Muller at AGFA for discounted film and processing chemicals. Next year, however, we shall hold the competition in July, rather than June, in the hope of better conditions."

RESULTS    
ON THE DAY    

Position

Points

Photographer

Subject

1

52

Charles Hood

Strawberry anemone

2

33

Alan James

Seaweed

3

23

Greg Cassar

Cup coral

 HUMOROUS SLIDES    

Position

Points

Photographer

Subject

       

1

28

Martin Parker

Diver and dogfish on lead

2

12

Charles Hood

Untitled

3

6

Tony Rood

Speedo swimmer

BRITISH PRINTS    

Position

Points

Photographer

Subject

1

17

Charles Hood

Seal portrait

2

16

Greg Cassar

Pipefish

3

13

Wyn Roberts

Scorpion fish

OVERSEAS PRINTS    

Position

Points

Photographer

Subject

       

1

48

Kevin Cullimore

Sweepers and diver

2

47

Peter Rowlands

Coral silhouette

3

19

Peter Rowlands

Wreck and diver

 


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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