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BSoUP's Splash-in Competition 2002

The Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth, Devon, Saturday 13th July

by Brian Pitkin

BSoUP's annual Splash-in took place on Saturday 13th July at a new venue - the The Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth, Devon. 

The sun shone warmly and the winds dropped to a barely discernable breeze for the first time in what seemed like months. Thirty-eight members and others joined the queue at 9.00 a.m in the Waterside Room to collect a roll of E6 film from the event's organiser Gill McDonald assisted by Lesley Maw, to expose in Plymouth waters. Participants had until 4.30 p.m. to take up to four different types of picture - either macro, wide-angle, fish or humourous/creative to compete for one of the prestigious trophies and ten medals.

Wrasse by Ken Sullivan. Winner in the Macro category 'On the Day'. Taken with a Nikon 801s and 105 mm Nikkor lens in a Subal housing using a ring flash f16 @ 1/125 on Fuji Velvia in 12 Mtrs around the 'Tinker Buoy'.

Feather duster tube worm by Alan James. Runner-up in the Macro category 'On the Day'. Taken on the Mewstone Ledges using Nikon F5 fitted with a 105 mm Macro lens and a pair of Sea and sea YS 60 Strobes set to TTL control with 0.7 exposure compensation

Ken Sullivan

By 10.00 a.m. all had dispersed by hard-boat or by rib to sites as far away as Hillsea Point Rock and The James Eagan Layne or one of the Tinker buoys off Plymouth breakwater or by car to Fort Bovisand. The Centre became almost deserted and silent.

Bill Hewitt Ling by Bill Hewitt. Winner in the Fish category 'On the Day',. Taken with a Nikon F801S in a Subal housing with a Nikon 28 to 85mm zoom lens with a +2 close up lens set to about 50mm. Lit by a Nikon SB25 flash in a home made housing on Fuji 100 asa film. Autofocus, aperture priory set to F8. Alan James

The sea was smooth to slight, making boat rides both quick and comfortable. At 11.45 a.m., however, the tranquility was shattered by the start of the days celebration of the Queen's 50th Jubillee with a stunning air display just across the sound at Queen Anne's Battery. A succession of helicopters, jets and other aircraft flew low over The Mount Batten Centre, some trailing smoke. Divers disembarking for an early lunch covered their ears and look skywards. Several car alarms woke briefly to warn of an unseen intruder as a Harrier jet hurtled overhead.

Male cuckoo wrasse by David Stephens. Second in the Fish category 'On the Day', taken on the Mew Stone ledges using a Nikon F90x in a Sea and Sea housing with a 105 mm lens and a Nikon 105 strobe and Sea and Sea YS90 strobe, on Fuji Sensia 100.

Gold sinny wrasse by David Stephens. Third in the Fish category 'On the Day', taken on the Mew Stone ledges using a Nikon F90x in a Sea and Sea housing with a 105 mm lens and a Nikon 105 strobe and Sea and Sea YS90 strobe, on Fuji Sensia 100.

Ken Byrne

Reports filtered in of basking sharks at Hillsea Point Rock; sun fish and dolphins on the way back from Hands Deep; and huge jellyfish, Rhizostoma, at the east Tinker and the James Eagan Lane. Had anyone been lucky enough to be in the right place with film still unexposed in their camera? By 4.30 p.m. most of the films had been returned and the task of processing them began in earnest in Cabin 3 under the direction of Peter Ladell. At the same time, prints submitted in the British and Open categories were put on display by Gill and several volunteers in the Waterside Room for all to admire and cast their votes. And a very impressive display they made!

A new range of BSoUP T-shirts, sweat shirts, polo shirts, and jackets were available for members to purchase at the event, thanks to Martha Tressler. And many members were sporting the Society's colours (blue on white or white on navy) that evening.

Once the films had been processed, dried and sleeved they were returned to their respective photographers with two slide mounts per category. Light boxes, lenses and scissors appeared and practically every suitable surface in the Waterside Room and reception area at the Centre became the focus of attention of one or more photographer as he or she scanned each frame and either smiled, nodded or frowned depending on how successful they had been. Finally all of the slides were ready for projection and the huge crowd sat in rapt silence as each of them was projected for judging.

The evening concluded with the announcement of the winners and presentation of Trophies.

Diver and scenery by Len Deeley. Winner in the Wide-angle category 'On the Day'. Taken at Hands Deep using Nikon F90x with Nikon ;16mm lens in Aquatica housing, flash
Nikon SB26 and SB28 in 'Kevin Cullimore Housings' on manual. Film used Sensia 100.

Bill Hewitt on the James Eagan Layne by Peter Hewott. Third in the Wide-angle category 'On the Day'. Taken with a Nikon F801s in a Subal housing, dome port. Sigma 24-70 zoom lens set to 24mm. Nikon SB25 flash in a home made housing. Fuji 100 asa film. Autofocus, aperture priory set to F5.6.

Rhizostoma jellyfish and diver by Alan James. Runner-up in the Wide-angle category 'On the Day'. Taken off of the bow of the James Eagan Layne. An unplanned opportunity taken at f5.6 at a 60th using an Nikon F5 fitted with
a16mm Fisheye lens in a Sea and Sea NX5 Housing . Flash Lighting was provided
by a Sea and sea YS300 Flashgun using TTL and minus 0.7 exposure compensation

ON THE DAY

Ken Sullivan won the 'On the Day' Macro category with a Wrasse taken with a Nikon 801s and 105 mm Nikkor lens in a Subal housing using a ring flash f16 @ 1/125 on Fuji Velvia in 12 Meters around the 'Tinker Buoy'.

Ken is a retired engineer, BSoUP's newsletter editor and a past winner at the Splash-in. He has just moved to a new house, still in Hertfordshire, where he continues to make housed ring-flash units.

Kevin Byrne won third 'On the Day' in the Macro category with a shot of a Candy striped flatworm, taken on the breakwater with Nikon F60 and Tokina 100mm macro lens in an Ikelite housing using Fuji Velvia, f11 at 1/60th.

Ken took up photography in 1978 and diving in 1985. He first combined the 2 around 1996. He is a member of Hartford Sub Aqua Club in Northwich Cheshire which has a number of keen underwater photographers among it's membership.

David Stephens

Candy striped flatworm by Ken Byrne. Third in the Macro category 'On the Day'. Taken on the breakwater with Nikon F60 and Tokina
100mm macro lens in an Ikelite housing using Fuji Velvia, f11 at 1/60th.

Len Deeley

WIlliam Hewiit came first in the 'On the Day' Fish category, with a ling taken near the James Eagan Layne with a Nikon F801S in a Subal housing with a Nikon 28 to 85mm zoom lens and a +2 close up lens set to about 50mm. Lit by a Nikon SB25 flash in a home made housing on Fuji 100 asa film. Autofocus, aperture priory set to F8.

David Stephens came second and third in the 'On the Day' Fish category, with a shot of a male cuckoo wrasse and a gold sinny wrasse both taken on the Mew Stone ledges using a Nikon F90x in a Sea and Sea housing with a 105 mm lens and a Nikon 105 strobe and Sea and Sea YS90 strobe on Fuji Sensia 100.

David is from Newport in South Wales and has recently started a new career as Hygiene Manager for Unilever Bestfoods based at Crumlin, where the infamous Pot Noodles are produced!! David has been diving for 8 years and is a PADI divemaster and member of Bristol Underwater photography Group and of course BSoUP.

Len Deeley won the 'On the Day Wide-angle category with a shot of a diver, taken at Hands Deep using a Nikon F90x with Nikon 16mm lens in Aquatica housing, flash - Nikon SB26 and SB28 in 'Kevin Cullimore Housings' on manual. Film used was Sensia 100.

Len started diving in early 70's with a BSAC army special branch (TA) but started diving seriously in 1980 and bought my first camera in about 1981. Len oined BSoUP in early 80's. Two years ago he gave up working in the City after 30 years with American bank to concentrate on photography and diving.

Len produces audio visuals, give shows regularly to photographic clubs etc and has achieved Associateship with RPS (Applied category with underwater slides) and Distinction with PAGB (for a/v). Len has his own website at www.imagine-photography.co.uk. He is the founder member of Photosub Underwater Photography Club, which is now in its 12th year; a Member of RPS Digital Group and Audio Visual Group; a Member of Mid-Thames Audio Visual Group; and Secretarymof Godalming Photographic Club.

Alan James came second in the Wide-angle category with a shot of a Rhizostoma jellyfich and diver, Taken off of the bow of the James Eagan Layne. An unplanned opportunity taken at f5.6 at a 60th using an Nikon F5 fitted witha 16mm Fisheye lens in a Sea and Sea NX5 Housing . Flash Lighting was provided by a Sea and Sea YS300 Flashgun using TTL and minus 0.7 exposure compensation

Alan has been a dedicated Underwater Photographer for over 20 years. and has been a member of BSoUP and the Bristol Underwater Photography Group throughout this time. Alan also works in the business at his Specialist Retail Underwater Photography Shop in Bristol.

Peter Hewitt came third in the 'On the Day' Wide-angle category with a picture of his brother Bill on the James Eagan Layne, taken with a Nikon F801s in a Subal housing, dome port. Sigma 24-70 zoom lens set to 24mm. Nikon SB25 flash in a home made housing. Fuji 100 asa film. Autofocus, aperture priorjtyy set to F5.6.

Bill Hewitt

Jubillee by Len Deeley. Winner in the Humour/Creative category 'On the Day'. Taken at Hands Deep using Nikon F90x with Nikon ;16mm lens in Aquatica housing, flash
Nikon SB26 and SB28 in 'Kevin Cullimore Housings' on manual. Film used Sensia 100.

Peter Hewitt and Bob Soames

BRITISH PRINTS

Lesley Maw won the British Prints category with a shot taken under Swanage Pier using a Motormarine IIEx with a 20mm lens . Her shot was taken using natural light in late afternoon in May this year at 1/60th @ f5.6. Film was 100 ASA.

Lesley has been taking photo's u/w for about 2 yrs, in which time she has had 5 trips overseas.(Red Sea, Bonaire and South China Seas). She has had the Motormarine longer, but she was just a point and shoot person then. Lelsey is getting into the UK side this year. Her usual equipment is a housed SLR, ,but she tends to 'clip on' her MMII, much as you clip on a reel - 'just in case', as believes it will stand more abuse than the housing! Lesley thinks the MM takes good w/a natural light shots - she used it in the South China Seas on a deep wreck, using BandW film, where she didn't want to take the housing (narcosis and very strong surface currents being the deciding factor!). This is the second time Lesley has entered the Splash-in competition - she came 2nd in the Macro category last year.

Peter Ladell came second in the British Prints category with a portrait of an Angler fish taken at St Abbs with Nikon F90X and 105 mm lens on Velvia 60 @ f11.

Swanage Pier by Lesley Maw. Winner in the British Prints category. Taken with a Motormarine IIEx witha 20mm lens under Swanage Pier - natural light in late afternoon in May this year at 1/60th @ f5.6. Film was 100 ASA

Peter Ladell

Angler fish at St. Abbs
by Peter Ladell. Second in the British Prints category. Taken with Nikon F90X and 105 mm lens on Velvia 60 @ f11

Lesley Maw

Carp by Kevin Cullimore. Third in the British Prints category

Leafy sea dragon by Tony White, Winner in the Open Prints category.

OPEN PRINTS

Tony White came first and second in the Open Prints category. His winning shot of a Leafy sea dragon was taken at Kangaroo Island South Australia Jan/2002 with a Nikon F90X camera with 60mm lens housed in a Sea and Sea N90ZX housing; lighting was a Inon Quad flash fromOcean Optics taken at 1/60th @ F16; film stock was Fuji Velvia.

Tony's second place shot in the Open Prints category of a Seahorse was taken on the Mediterranean Coast of Turkey in the vicinity of Fethiye, in no more than 6 metres of water in an area of seagrass it was unusual to see a seahorse in transit. Hippocampus ramulosus, although not common in this region is fairly prolific in this bay. Taken with a Nikon F90X camera with a 105 mm macro lens 1/125th @ f11 in Sea and Sea NX90ZX housing with a YS300 flashgun positioned over port in TTL on Fuji Velvia.

Turtle and jacks by Kevin Cullimore. Third in the Open Prints category.

Tony White is a full time underwater photographer who has won many awards at a national and international level he contributes to nature and dive magazines worldwide most notabily the BBC Wildlife Magazine. He leads groups of underwater photographers to some of the most exciting dive locations in the world more information can be seen at www.seaofdreams.co.uk

Sea horse by Tony white. Second in the Open Prints category.

BSoUP extends its grateful thanks to Gill McDonald for all her hard work in preparing all of the necessary entry forms, voting slips, posters; for registering the 'On the Day' entries; for sorting and collating all of the print entries; and supervising their display; for counting votes and collating the results. Without Gill, the event would not have been the huge success that it turned out to be.

Thanks are also due to Lesley Maw, Annie Hirst, Tony Sullivan, Sarah Banks, Liz Wood-Walker and Jan Maloney who helped Gill in so many ways.

And of course the event would not have been possible without Peter Ladell, who masterminded the E6 processing, ably assisted in the darkroom by Guy Middleton, Andy Clark and Ken Sullivan and by Dave Peake who transported BSoUP's processing equipment to the new venue. Many thanks!

Results      
Category/Position Points Photographer Subject
'On the Day'      
Macro      
1st 47 Ken Sullivan Wrasse
2nd 30 Alan James  
3rd 25 Ken Byrne Flatworm
Wide-angle      
1st 40 Len Deeley Diver and scenery
2nd 29 Alan James Rhizostoma jellyfish and diver
3rd= 18 Bob Soames  
3rd= 18 Peter Hewitt  
Fish      
1st 34 Bill Hewitt Ling
2nd 27 David Stephens Male cuckoo wrasse
3rd 22 David Stephens Gold sinny wrasse
Creative / Humour      
1st 16 Len Deeley Queen's 50 Jubillee
Open Prints      
1st 29 Tony White Leafy Seadragon
2nd 23 Tony White Seahorse
3rd 21 Kevin Cullimore Turtle in school of fish
British Prints      
1st 38 Lesley Maw Swanage Pier
2nd   Peter Ladell Anglerfish
3rd   Kevin Cullimore Carp in lake

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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