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BSoUP Annual Splash-in Competition 2005

Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth, Devon
Saturday 2nd July 2005

The Annual BSoUP Splash-in 2005 will take place on Saturday 2nd July at the Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth, Devon. All underwater photographers are invited to participate, whether they are members of BSoUP or not.

There are three classes - Film and Digital images taken 'On the Day' and Prints taken prior to the event. Trophies and individual awards will be presented for winning images (see below for full details).

A barbeque will be held on the Saturday night prior to film competitors receiving their processed film back and it is hoped that all participants will attend. The cost is £8 and there is a vegetarian option.

ENTRY FORMS

Entry forms are available from:

Ms Gill McDonald (Splash-in 2005)
25 Bemish Road
Putney
London SW15 1DG

OR

may be downloaded as an Adobe Portable Document File (pdf), OR as a Word document (doc). If you opt for a Word document you will need to select all text and reset the left margin to 0 and the right margin to 18.5 to fit the entry form onto a single page.
Entry forms for prints must be completed and sent to Gill McDonald by post at the above address or by email to gill@catalyst5.freeserve.co.uk to arrive no later than Sunday 26th June. (Note that the prints themselves can be sent in advance or brought on the day, but the entry MUST be registered in advance.)

Requests from digital competitors for access to laptops (see below) must also be received by Sunday 26th June.

Numbers for the barbeque are needed in advance, and the number of film entries to arrange processing, so while entries for the 'On the Day' Splash-in are not required in advance we ask that you register your intention to attend by emailing gill@catalyst5.freeserve.co.uk with a completed entry form by Sunday 26th June latest (sooner if possible!)

DIGITAL

This is the second year for the Digital Class at BSoUP's Splash-in and some changes have been made to last year's rules. This competition is for digital images taken on the day in local waters, with a digital camera. There are now three categories, the same as for film. The organisers reserve the right to exclude any images that they believe contravene the rules.

DIGITAL RULES

1. Each competitor must be at the Mount Batten Centre either in the bar between 8.30-10.00pm on Friday 1st July or the Waterside Room between 8.00 - 9.00am on Saturday 2nd July to register (if not already done so) and pay their entrance fee, demonstrate that their memory card is empty and take a photograph of the numbered BSoUP identification card.

2. Competitors may take as many images as they wish, as long as they are on the same memory card. Images may be taken in any format but entries must subsequently be supplied in JPEG format.

3. There are three categories, 'Close-Up', 'Wide-Angle', and 'Humorous/Creative' (this category is combined with slide entries). A maximum of 4 images per entrant, and 2 in any one category, will be allowed.

4. Competitors must return to the Mount Batten Centre between 5:30 and 6:30pm to download their chosen images to the BSoUP laptop. Images may be downloaded to the competitor's own computer to check quality, and to perform any whole image optimisation as defined below, prior to downloading to BSoUP's computer.

5. Digital manipulation such as sharpening, colour correction, brightness and contrast adjustment and cropping may be made to the whole image ONLY except for in the Humorous/ Creative category (see below). The BSoUP committee members present at the event reserve the right to examine the original un-manipulated image. Their opinion as to whether an image submitted for the competition is eligible will be final.

6. Digital competitors who do not have access to a laptop may request the organisers to arrange access to one. This request must be received by Sunday 26th June and it should be noted that the length of that access will depend on demand and may only be 20-30 minutes - just time to review, select and 'tweak' 4 images. It should also be noted that this is access - not coaching!

7. Original unchanged images must be kept on the card for the organisers to review to ensure that they were taken on the day and have not been manipulated other than as allowed by the rules.

8. Images should be submitted in JPEG format at a maximum size of 1024 pixels wide or 768 pixels high or if downloaded straight from a card will be resized and rotated as applicable in Photoshop by the organisers. File names should comprise the photographer's name and the category, eg "MTresslerCloseUp1, MTresslerCloseUp2, etc.

9. Competition entries will be projected later in the evening and judged by the audience present.

10. The organisers retain the right to use all entries for publication or publicity purposes.

11. The organisers' decision on any matters arising from these rules shall be final.

FILM

Entrants are provided with a roll of 36 x 35 mm film either on the preceding Friday evening or early on the Saturday morning and have until 3.30 pm to expose it in local waters. Films will be processed off-site by Spectrum PhotoLabs in Plymouth, which means any films not handed in by this time will not be eligible.

The Film class includes three categories, 'Close-Up', 'Wide-Angle', and 'Humorous/Creative' (the last category being combined with digital entries).

FILM RULES

1. Each competitor will be provided with one roll of film of 36 exposures, 35 mm colour transparency 100 ISO film.

2. Entrants must collect their film and pay their entrance fee in the bar at the Mount Batten Centre between 8:30 - 10:00pm on Friday, 1st July or in the Waterside Room between 8.00 - 9.00am on Saturday, 2nd July.

3. Rolls of film must be returned to the Waterside Room by 3.30pm at the latest on the same day, having been exposed in local waters. Films are being processed off-site - so no late-comers can be accepted!

4. All submitted films will be given standard E6 processing and returned to the entrant with four slide mounts per film, into which entries for projection will be mounted and submitted.

5. A maximum of 4 slides per entrant, and 2 in any one category, will be allowed.

6. Each slide mount must bear the entrant's name and the category e.g. 'Close-Up', 'Wide-Angle' or 'Humorous/Creative'. Slide mounts must also be marked to indicate the lower left corner when viewed the right way up and the right way round.

7. Returned entries will be projected later in the evening for judging by the audience present.

8. The organisers retain the right to borrow all entries for publication or publicity purposes. Any slides borrowed will be returned following the July meeting of the Society.

9. The organisers' decision on any matters arising from these rules shall be final.
Slide photographers - don't forget to bring lightboxes and loops if you have them!

CATEGORY DEFINITIONS/ RULES

1. 'Close-Up' - Photograph taken of an area approximately A4 size or less.

2. 'Wide-Angle' - Photograph taken of an area greater than A4 size.

3. 'Humorous/ Creative' - any form of image manipulation is allowed as long as all of the components were taken 'on the day'.

PRINTS

There are two categories in the Prints class - British and Overseas.

PRINT RULES

1. Images that have previously won a major competition are not eligible for entry.

2. All prints shall be mounted on card no thicker than 2mm and up to a maximum size of A4 (297 x 210 mm or 11 3/4" x 8 1/4"), including the mount.

3. Prints shall be genuine underwater photographs i.e. not from a fish tank.

4. The entrant must be the photographer.

5. A maximum of three prints may be submitted per entrant.

6. Each print must bear the entrant's name and address and state whether British or Overseas on the reverse side.

7. All entries must be registered with the organiser IN ADVANCE, BSoUP, c/o Gill McDonald, 25 Bemish Road, Putney, London SW15 1DG with a completed entry form by Sunday, 26th June. Entries may be brought to the June BSoUP meeting or they may be delivered by hand to the organisers at the Mount Batten Centre either in the bar on Friday 1st July between 8.30 - 10.00pm or in the Waterside Room on Saturday 2nd July between 8.00 - 9.00am. Unregistered entries will NOT be accepted on the day. Advance payment needs to accompany prints mailed to Gill McDonald or brought to the BSoUP meeting.

8. The entries will be judged by the general public at the Mount Batten Centre on the day of the competition.

9. The organisers retain the right to borrow all entries for publication or publicity purposes. All borrowed prints will be returned following the July meeting of the Society.

10. The organisers' decision on any matters arising from these rules shall be final.

TROPHIES AND INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

A total of 7 trophies and 19 individual awards will be made.

FILM IMAGES

1. The winning 'Close-Up' slide will receive the BSoUP Trophy.

2. The winning 'Wide-Angle' slide will receive the Greenaway Marine Trophy.

DIGITAL IMAGES

3. The winning 'Close-Up' digital image will receive the Image Centre Trophy.

4. The winning 'Wide-Angle' digital image will receive Alan James Photography Digital Image Trophy.

FILM AND DIGITAL IMAGES

5. The winning Humorous/Creative shot taken on the day will receive the AP Valves Trophy.

PRINTS

6. The winning Overseas Print will receive the Alan James Photography Print Trophy.

7. The winning British Print will receive the Ocean Optics Trophy.

INDIVIDUAL TROPHIES

8. Individual 1st, 2nd and 3rd place acrylic trophies will be presented to the first, second and third respectively in each category, excluding Humorous/Creative.

9. An individual acrylic trophy will be presented for the best Humorous/Creative shot taken on the day.

TIMETABLE

Sunday 26th June

Deadline for registering entries for the Print competition.

Deadline for digital photographers to register a request with the organiszers for access to a laptop on the competition day.

Friday 1st July

8.30 - 10.00 pm

Participants collect their films, register their digital cards and hand in their registered print entries in the Mount Batten Centre bar. Note that food is again available in the Mount Batten Centre and will be served until 9:00pm on Friday evening.

Saturday 2nd July

8.00 - 9.00 am

Last chance for participants to collect their films, register their digital cards and hand in their registered print entries.

3.30 pm The deadline for return of films to the Waterside Room for professional processing offsite.

5.30 - 6.30 pm Digital participants download their selected images to BSoUP laptop in Waterside Room.

5.30 pm Print entries put on display in the Waterside Room for judging.

7.00 - 8.00 pm Barbeque - Waterside Room Patio

7.30 pm Processed films returned in the Waterside Room to competitors.

8.30 pm Projection of slides, digital images and judging in the Waterside Room.

10.00 pm Announcement of winners and presentation of Awards in the Waterside Room.

VOLUNTEERS PLEASE

The Society would be pleased to hear from any member or guest who will be at the Mount Batten Centre on the day of the competition and would be willing to help in any way. Volunteers are required to put up the display panels, print entries, hand out voting slips, project slides, count votes, answer enquires etc. Please contact any committee member if you would be willing to help your Society on this busy weekend.

SAFETY

All participants are reminded that diving safety is their responsibility. BSoUP recommend that all diving be carried out in accordance with currently accepted codes of practice. BSoUP cannot accept liability for any incident arising from the event.

If you are diving in Plymouth Sound you should use a Surface Marker Buoy at all times.
Fort Bovisand is out of bounds except to MOD personnel.

SPONSORS

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


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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