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BSoUP's Splash-in Competition 2004

Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth, 3rd July

BSoUP goes digital

by Brian Pitkin



This year's event took place on Saturday 3rd July at the The Mount Batten Centre. All underwater photographers were invited to participate either by entering prints taken prior to the event or slides taken 'On the Day' to compete for the trophies and personal awards. In addition for the first time the competition also included a digital class.

More than 50 prints were submitted in advance in the British and Open class and despite the appalling weather forecast a total of 30 underwater photographers participated in the 'On the Day' competition - 20 film and 10 digital.

Jellyfish & diver Coral trout Diver in cave
Jellyfish and diver
Trevor Rees
2nd Overseas Prints
Coral trout
Len Deeley
1st Overseas Prints
Diver in cave
William Hewitt
3rd Overseas Prints

Being a first for the Society, the digital rules were kept simple. There was only one category but digital photographers could enter up to three images. The images had to be taken as JPGs, and were downloaded directly from the camera's memory card into the BSoUP laptop computer and resized to screen resolution for projection. No post processing, RAW conversion or any other form of manipulation was allowed.

Tompot blennies Cuttlefish Seal

Tompot blennies
Bob Soames
1st British Prints

Trevor Rees
2nd British Prints
Ken Sullivan
3rd British Prints

Films were issued to participants and digital camera memory cards checked on the Friday evening so that all could make an early start on Saturday morning. At the last minute on Friday evening the registration venue was switched to the adjacent Mount Batten Hotel bar, as the Mount Batten Centre, under new management, was not serving hot meals, except those pre-booked by noon.

Following breakfast on Saturday, where there was a second opportunity to register, participants set off in small groups, either by car to shore dive around Plymouth or by boat. Few ventured outside of Plymouth Sound due to the rough sea conditions, which meant visibilty was down to almost zero in places.

Jewel anemones
Diver in wreck
Tompot blenny
Jewel anemones
Alan James
1st On the Day - Digital
Diver in wreck
Trevor Rees
2nd On the Day - Digital
Tompot blenny
Joe Foxcroft
3rd On the Day - Digital

By tea-time, 20 exposed films were returned to for processing off site by Spectrum PhotoLabs. The prints were put on display in the Waterside Room for all to admire and judge. A barbeque was held on the patio alongside the Waterside Room and 30 photographers and their friends sat down to eat and swap tales of their recent exploits. By 8.00, the films were returned to their respective photographers to make a selection of their best two macro, wide-angle or fish photographs for projection. The assembled audience were then invited to vote for their favourite thee in the digital class and each of the four categories in the 'On the Day' class. Once all votes had been counted the results were announced.

Len Deeley won the Open Prints category with a photograph of a coral trout, beating Trevor Rees' jellyfish and diver and William Hewitt's diver in a cave's horse mackerel.

Bob Soames was the winner in the British Prints category with a pair of tompot blennies. Trevor Rees came second with a pair of cuttlefish. Ken Sullivan came third with a seal portrait.

Alan James was the winner in the DIgital category with a colouful shot of jewel anemones. Trevor Rees came second with an image of a diver in a wreck and Joe Foxcroft came third with an image of a tompot blenny.

Cuttlefish Corkwing wrasse Jewel anemones

Peter Hewitt
2nd On the Day - Macro

Corkwing wrasse
Cathy Lewis
1st On the Day - Macro
Jewel anemones
Hugh Miller
3rd On the Day - Macro

On the day the Macro category was won by Cathy Lewis with a Corkwing wrasse, beating Peter Hewitt's second place cuttlefish and Hugh Miller 's third place jewel anemones.

Breakwater Kelp Diver looking over the side of a boat
David Peake
2nd On the Day - Wide-angle
David Peake
1st On the Day - Wide-angle
Diver looking over the side of a boat
Paul Dawson
3rd On the Day - Wide-angle

Dave Peake took first and second place in the Wide-angle category with two very different but equally splendid shots of divers, beating Paul Dawson's kelp shot, who took third place.

Corkwing wrasse Wrasse Tompot blenny
Corkwing wrasse
Peter Ladell
1st On the Day - Fish
Anita Marshall
2nd On the Day - Fish
Tompot blenny
Bob Davies
3rd On the Day - Fish

Peter Hewitt's Tom-pot blenny took first place in the Fish category beating Mike John's Ballan wrasse, which came second, and Tom Cowan's John Dory, which came third.



Anita Marshall
1st On the Day - Creative/Humour

Anita Marshall took the most humorous shot on the day.

Trophies were awarded to the winners and personal awards to the first, second and third in each category by the Society's President, Brian Pitkin. The event set a record by finishing by 10.20 p.m., due in no small part to off-site processing and to an exceptional organising team!

The Society is grateful to all those members and their guests who helped to make the event such a success. First and foremost Gill McDonald, without whom the event would not have been the huge success it was. Gill was helped considerably by Martha Tressler, Anthony Holley, Jan Maloney and our digital wizard Alex Mustard.

BSoUP also extends its thanks to Alan James Photography, AP Valves, Greenaway Marine, Ocean Optics Ltd, and The Image Centre who each provided a trophy for the BSoUP's annual Splash-in competition.

Results . . .
Category/Position Points Photographer Subject
'On the Day' Digital    
1st 43 Alan James Jewel anemones
2nd 37 Trevor Rees Diver
3rd 33 Jo Foxcroft Tompot blenny
'On the Day' Macro . .
1st 33 Cathy Lewis Corkwing wrasse
2nd 30 William Hewitt Cuttlefish
3rd 27 Hugh Miller Jewel anemones
'On the Day' Wide-angle . .
1st 83 Dave Peake Kelp
2nd 79 Dave Peake Wreck
3rd 33 Paul Dawson Diver
'On the Day' Fish . .
1st 55 Peter Ladell Corkwing wrasse
2nd 42 Anita Marshall Gold sinny wrasse
3rd 29 Bob Davies Tompot blenny
Creative / Humour . .
1st 33 Anita Marshall Caspar
Overseas Prints . . .
1st 48 Len Deeley Coral trout
2nd 47 Trevor Rees Jellyfish and diver
3rd 39 William Hewitt Diver in cave
British Prints . . .
1st 85 Bob Soames Tompot blennies
2nd 57 Trevor Rees Cuttlefish
3rd 38 Ken Sullivan Seal

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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