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BSoUP's Splash-in Competition 2000

by Andy Clark

Male Cuckoo Wrasse by Ken Sullivan
Winner On the Day

John Dory by Brian Pitkin
Third On the Day

Slender spider crab in snakelocks anemone by Chris McTernan Second: On the Day

It is almost customary now for Plymouth's Fort Bovisand to play host to the British Society of Underwater Photographers. To let accommodation, arrange meals and prepare a room worthy of the presence of hoards of tired and hopeful contestants of the annual 'Splash-in'.

In the twelve months past many have been honing their skills, enhancing creativity in an effort to become the proud new owner of the BSoUP 'On the Day' Trophy. Recognition of modest genius, aide to inspiration.

Liz Wood-Walker Photo Gill McDonald

In seven and a half hours the 42 entrants for this year's event had to shoot 36 frames for a chance of winning one or both of the two 'On the Day' competitions - the Best Colour Slide or the Best Humorous Slide. Both to be taken in Plymouth waters and both, as it states in the rules, to be shot on the day.

At 9 a.m. on the dot an orderly, for the most part, queue snaked its way through the door of Room 16 and a long the row of desks ably manned (or should I say wo-manned) by the jovial double-act of Linda Dunk and Hilary Driscoll.

A choice of film, Velvia or Sensia, entry forms to endorse and all that remained was to return the film by 4.30 p.m. laden with winning shots. But is wasn't about winning, not really, 'winning' was incidental.

The rule, unwritten and unspoken emphasised more the smooth running of the event and the enjoyment of all involved. And the constant billow of photographers returning from trips exchanging experiences, offering ideal locations for the skate, the cuttlefish and the tompots and volunteering genuine wishes of 'good luck', painted this picture of friendly rivalry.

The photographic equipment on display was both varied and impressive. Subal, Sea and Sea, Ikelite, housed and amphibious, even the first ever Nikonos. (circa 1963) hung round the neck, and the owners happy to chat, swapping advice and offering tips.

RIBS came and went, divers filled the harbour and rock pools. "There's not as much life as last year", I heard one say. "The viz. In the harbour is crap", said another. But it didn't seem to matter. People were diving, taking photographs and happy.

Pat Morrissey - before the drink
Photo Gill McDonald

Peter Ladell and Peter Tatton. Photo Gill McDonald

The deadline approached, nearly 4.30 and as films returned the print entries were carefully mounted on exhibition boards, entries for the 'Best British Print' and as many for the 'Best Overseas Print'. From the striking colours of clown fish in anemones, to the subtle dramatic black and white wrecks and models. They were all there, carefully arranged, balanced and ready to view.

As afternoon turned to evening, steady streams of anxious photographers appeared and disappeared, studying exhibits, making their votes and talking of the night ahead.

Guest speaker Clive James of the Shark Trust, in contrast painted a rather gloomy picture. Shocking the audience with news of the demise of the world's shark population, laying the blame at the feet of the shark fishing industry.

Sharks, unchanged for millions of years, adapting to ever changing climatic conditions now finds their survival firmly in the grasp of its ultimate threat - man. Clive told of the huge market for shark fin, of how a single basking shark fin can fetch $315,000 and of spotter planes being used to locate the much loved whale shark with an even more sickening price on its fins! Of the indiscriminate tuna fishing lines on which large numbers of shark become by-catch, have their fins removed and are thrown back alive into the sea - a sorry tale.

However, the Shark Trust is working hard to return shark numbers to stable levels. Through education projects, research and anti-finning campaigns, it is hoped to cultivate a better understanding of the shark and bring an end to shark fishing.

Who's in the shower with Anita Marshall? Photo Gill McDonald

Excitement heightened. Feverishly the audience shuffled in their seats and jostled fro standing room, attention focused, ready for the days images. Ready with pen and paper to pick the winners of the BSoUP Splash-in 2000.











Robin Orrow

Cuttlefish pair



Derek Haslam

Hawk fish in anemone



Ken Sullivan

Clown fish in anemone





Kelvin Curtis

Seal portrait



Dave Peake




Bill Hewitt

Velvet crabs





Ken Sullivan

Male cuckoo wrasse



Chris McTernan

Spider crab in anemone



Brian Pitkin

John Dory





Mike Kerslake


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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