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BSoUP's Splash-in Competition 1995

by Brian Pitkin

Reproduced from in focus 55 (September 1995)

BSoUP's annual Splash-in this year was held one month later than usual on 7 July in an attempt to avoid the poor conditions that have prevailed in recent years. The move proved to be a good one, as the weather was excellent and visibility, although not as good as that experienced at Plymouth four weeks earlier, was reasonable.

The event was sponsored this year by the Plymouth Development Corporation who generously provided film and processing chemicals. A total of 44 members and non-members participated in the "On the Day" and "Humour" categories, collecting a numbered roll of 36 exposure Fuji Velvia or Provia film from the reception area at Fort Bovisand Underwater Centre for exposure in Plymouth waters before tea time. BRIAN and LINDA PITKIN, JAN MALONEY and FLEUR FILLINGHAM registered participants, collected entry fees and issued film.

Each competitor was asked to expose the first frame by taking their own picture or one of the harbour at Bovisand. This done they were free to take the remaining 35 frames underwater of subject they chose. Some photographers took advantage of the Bovisand shuttle, others went off in small groups either by RIB or inflatable or on chartered boats to dive further afield, whilst those without transport shore dived. Several dived out at Eddystone where visibility was a little better than inshore.

By 4.30 only 41 of the 44 films had been returned, at least one having been lost in an unfortunate camera flood! The unenviable task of processing the films began in earnest under the direction of DAVID NARDINI who was assisted by CHARLES HOOD, LES KEMP and MIKE MALONEY. The Society has its own 25 litre deep tanks and sufficient stainless steel spirals to process three lots of 36 films. The three bath PhotoSpeed E6 chemicals had been mixed late the previous evening by BRIAN PITKIN and had been left overnight to warm up gradually to 38'C ready for the day. Once the first 36 films had been wound onto spirals processing started, whilst the remaining films were loaded ready for processing. Three hours later all films had been processed and were hung up to dry.

The BSoUP display stand, transported to the Fort by DEREK BIGINTON was erected on Friday evening. Prints submitted for the "British" and "Open" categories were put on display at tea time on the Saturday by JAN MALONEY and FLEUR FILLINGHAM. Members, their guests and other visitors to the Fort were then invited to vote for their favourites. The impressive display included a total of 70 photographs, mostly at the maximum allowable size of 10" x 8", taken prior to the event.
As the weather was so good the barbecue planned for 6.30 p.m. did not have to be cancelled as had happened on previous occasions. A very good spread was provided by Fort Bovisand, assisted by our FLEUR FILLINGHAM, on the roof of the centre adjacent to the bar! This proved popular, nearly sixty participants and their guests participating whilst the films dried.

By 8.30 p.m. the films were dry and sleeved ready for return to the photographers, who were then given an hour to select their best two serious photographs and one humorous shot for judging. A total of 85 slides were each projected twice and the audience present invited to vote, a task made more difficult by the high standard achieved in the better conditions experienced.

Third place in the "Humour" category went to KEN SULLIVAN for his "Man eating shark". Second place went to GREG CASSAR for a shot of a diver watering an artificial plant. The winner of the "Humour" category was MARTIN PARKER for his shot of a diver looking for a socket to plug in her "Buhlman Trimix Computer". Martin was awarded the Aquamatic Trophy.

Third place "On the Day" went to PETER LADELL for his macro photograph of a mate cuckoo wrasse. Peter, who lives in Luton, took his third place shot with a Pentax LX with a 50 mm macro lens in a housing. Peter also came second with a wide-angle shot of a male cuckoo wrasse among kelp. This shot was also taken with a Pentax LX, but with a 17 mm wide-angle lens. Both shots were taken at Eddystone lighthouse. The winner "On the Day" was DAVID NARDINI with a wide-angle shot of an anchored inflatable with his buddy holding a torch just about to descend. David was awarded the BSoUP Trophy for the winning shot, taken with a Nikon F801 with a full frame fish-eye lens in a housing fitted with a Warren Williams wideangle dome port.

In the British Prints category, third place went to ALAN JAMES for his sea] portrait. Second place went to WYN ROBERTS for his close-up of an angler fish. The winner of the British category was MARK WEBSTER for his wide-angle photograph of a lump sucker swimming over kelp. Mark was awarded the Ocean Optics Trophy.

The rules allow "Brifish Prints" to also compete in the Open category. This year third place in the "Open Prints" category went to WYN ROBERTS for his angler fish. Second place went to KEN SULLIVAN for his close-up of a sweet lips with a cleaner fish in its open mouth. The winner was MARK WEBSTER with his lump sucker. Mark was awarded the Greenaway Marine Trophy. Suzanne Webster accepted the Trophies on Mark's behalf.

The event was a great success and thanks are due to all those who made it possible - Plymouth Development Corporation for providing film and chemicals, Fort Bovisand Underwater Centre and their staff for facilities and assistance, BSoU`P members Greg Cassar, Fleur Fillinghain, Charlie Hood, Les Kemp, Jan and Mike Maloney, David Nardini and Brian and Linda Pitkin for help on the day, and to Derek Biginton for transporting the BSoUP display stand to and from Fort Bovisand.

RESULTS    
ON THE DAY    

Position

Points

Photographer

Subject

       

1

56

David Nardini

Diver and inflatable boat

2

54

Peter Ladell

Male cuckoo wrasse

3

39

Peter Ladell

Male cuckoo wrasse

HUMOROUS SLIDES    

Position

Points

Photographer

Subject

       

1

125

Martin Parker

Diver and dive computer

2

82

Greg Cassar

Watering can

3

42

Ken Sullivan

Man eating shark 

BRITISH PRINTS    

Position

Points

Photographer

Subject

       

1

50

Mark Webster

Lump sucker

2

23

Wyn Roberts

Angler fish

3

20

Alan James Seal
OVERSEAS PRINTS    

Position

Points

Photographer

Subject

       

1

50

Mark Webster

Lump sucker

2

26

Ken Sullivan

Cleaner/Sweet lips

3

23

Wyn Roberts

Angler fish

 


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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