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BSoUP Annual Splash-In Competition 2006

Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth, Devon
Saturday 1 July 2006

 


The annual BSoUP Splash-In 2006 will take place on Saturday 1 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 categories - film and digital images taken 'on the day' and prints taken prior to the event. Prizes, trophies and individual awards will be presented for winning images in each category (see below for full details). In addition, a grand prize will be awarded for the image selected by an independent panel of judges as the best taken in local waters on the day. This is a fabulous one week liveaboard holiday in the Red Sea generously donated by Tony Backhurst Scuba.

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

ENTRY FORMS

Entry forms (separate forms for the Print and the On-the-Day competitions) are available from:

Splash-In 2006
25 Bemish Road
Putney
London SW15 1DG

bsoup@catalyst5.freeserve.co.uk

OR

may be downloaded as a Word document (doc) or Adobe Portable Document File (pdf).

On-the-Day.doc On-the-Day.pdf
Prints.doc Prints.pdf

TIMING

Entries for the print competition must be sent by post to the above address to arrive no later than Saturday 27 May 2006. They may also be brought to the May BSoUP meeting on Wednesday 17 May. The print competition will be on display at the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth from 10 June, for judging by Aquarium visitors (see below for more details).

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 bsoup@catalyst5.freeserve.co.uk with a completed entry form by Friday 23 June latest (sooner if possible!). Numbers for the barbeque are needed in advance, as are the number of film entries to arrange processing. If you have not registered in advance we cannot promise barbeque tickets or first choice of film.

Requests from digital competitors for access to laptops (see below) must be received by Friday 23 June.

PRIZES AND SPONSORSHIP

Tony Backhurst Scuba has generously donated a one week liveaboard holiday in the Red Sea aboard the Grand Sea Serpent (itinerary of the winner's choice) as the grand prize in the 'on the day' competition. All entries in the film and digital Close-Up and Wide-Angle categories will be eligible for this prize, which will be selected by an independent panel of judges.

The winning Wide-Angle digital image will receive the Digital Image Trophy and a £125 voucher to spend at Alan James Photography.

The winning Close-Up digital image will receive the Image Centre Trophy and a day’s tuition from Martin Edge.

The winning Wide-Angle slide will receive the Greenaway Marine Trophy and a YS25 Strobe donated by Sea and Sea.

The winning Close-Up slide will receive the BSoUP Trophy, £100 and a year’s subscription to Dive Magazine donated by Dive.

The winning Humorous/Creative shot will receive the AP Valves Trophy and a Buddy jacket kindly donated by A P Valves

In the Print competition the winner of the British Print category will receive a £250 voucher from Ocean Optics Ltd, and a year's family membership to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

The winner of the Overseas Print category will receive a £250 voucher from Cameras Underwater, and a year's family membership to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

In addition to our sponsors who have provided prizes, funding has been provided by the National Marine Aquarium charity for the running costs of the print competition and by Canon UK for the cost of mounting the prints to be displayed at the Aquarium.

DIGITAL

This is the third year for the digital category at BSoUP's Splash-In and the first year that digital and film will compete head to head for a top prize. Consequently, some changes have been made to the rules. This competition is for digital images taken on the day in local waters, with a digital camera.

There are three categories, the same as for film. In addition, images entered in the Close-Up and Wide-Angle categories will be entered in the overall competition for the grand prize to be chosen by a panel of judges.

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 -10.00 pm on Friday 30 June or the Waterside Room between 8.00 - 9.00 am on Saturday 1 July to register and pay their entrance fee, demonstrate that their memory card is empty and take a photograph of the numbered BSoUP identification card(s).

2. Competitors may take as many images as they wish, as long as they are on memory cards which have been registered (more than one memory card may be used). Images may be taken in any format but entries must be entered 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 at 4.00 to log back in (the same time that film competitors must hand in their films), and then between 5:30 and 6:30 pm 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. MINIMAL digital manipulation using sharpening, colour correction, brightness and contrast adjustment may be made to the whole image ONLY except in the Humorous/ Creative category (see below). No cropping is allowed. The BSoUP committee members present at the event reserve the right to examine the original untouched image. Their opinion as to whether an image submitted for the competition is eligible will be final. In addition, the judges for the grand prize will be invited to examine the untouched images on their shortlist to determine whether the amount of post production affects their choice in competition with slide entries.

6. Digital competitors who do not have access to a laptop may request the organisers to arrange access. This request must be received by Friday 23 June. Please note that the length of 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. For ease of monitoring the level of digital manipulation entrants will be asked to download a copy of the untouched image to the BSoUP laptop at the same time that they download the version for entry.

9. Submitted entries will be projected later in the evening and judged by the audience present. At the same time the winner of the grand prize will be chosen from the entries in the film and digital Close-Up and Wide-Angle categories by an independent panel of judges.

10. BSoUP reserves the right to publish winning images both in the society newsletter and on the website. Winning images may also be used in future promotional material for the event royalty free, but copyright remains with the photographer.

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

FILM

Entrants are provided with one or more rolls of 36 x 35 mm film either on the preceding Friday evening or early on the Saturday morning and have until 4.00 pm to expose it in local waters. Films will be processed off-site by Spectrum PhotoLabs in Plymouth. This means any films not handed in by this time will not be eligible.

There are three categories, the same as for digital. In addition images entered in the Close-Up and Wide-Angle categories will also be entered in the overall competition for the grand prize to be chosen by a panel of judges.

FILM RULES

1. Each competitor will be provided as part of their basic entry fee with one roll of film of 36 exposures, 35 mm colour transparency film. Additional rolls of film may be requested for an extra fee to cover film and processing costs. 100 ISO and 400 ISO films will be available; competitors can specify which they want in their advance registration, otherwise they will receive what is available on the day.

2. Entrants must collect their film and pay their entrance fee in the bar at The Mount Batten Centre between 8.30 - 10.00 pm on Friday 30 June or in the Waterside Room between 8.00 - 9.00 am on Saturday 1 July.

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

4. Rolls of film must be returned to the Waterside Room by 4.00 pm latest on the same day, having been exposed in local waters. Films are being processed off-site - so if you miss the 4.00 pm deadline for any reason your film cannot be accepted.

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

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 with a dot to indicate the lower left corner when viewed the right way up and the right way round. No cropping/ masking is allowed.

7. Submitted entries will be projected later in the evening and judged by the audience present. At the same time, the winner of the grand prize will be chosen from the entries in the film and digital Close-Up and Wide-Angle categories by an independent panel of judges.

8. BSoUP reserves the right to publish winning images both in the society newsletter and on the website. Winning images may also be used in future promotional material for the event royalty free, but copyright remains with the photographer. The organisers will retain the winning slides to scan for publicity purposes and they will be returned at or 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'.

COMPETITORS WISHING TO SHOOT BOTH FILM AND DIGITAL

As in previous years competitors who wish to enter both the film and digital competitions may do so, paying the entry fee for each competition. However they may only enter 4 images in total across both categories.

PRINTS

This year we are very excited to have teamed up with Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium to stage a major, five-week exhibition and competition, opening on 10 June. The prints entered into the competition will be displayed at the Aquarium and judged by the thousands of people who visit there from 10 June to 1 July, and will then remain on display until 14 July (with the photographer's name added to the display for this last fortnight).

As a result, several changes have been made to the rules, including an earlier deadline and the need for two copies of each (one unmounted). If provision of two copies causes any problems, please contact the BSoUP committee for advice.

There are two categories in the print competition - British and Overseas.

PRINT RULES

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

2. One copy of each print 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; the second copy shall be supplied unmounted. Please note that when the unmounted print is mounted approximately 5 mm will be lost on each edge

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 four prints may be submitted per entrant, three in any one category.

6. Two copies of each print must be provided, one for display at the National Marine Aquarium and one for display at The Mount Batten Centre on 1 July. The copy displayed at the Aquarium will be mounted by BSoUP (cost of mounting sponsored by Canon UK) and will not be returned. In addition, the winning print in each category displayed at The Mount Batten Centre will be presented to the sponsor of the prize in that category.

7. Each print must bear the entrant's name and address, state whether British or Overseas, and identify the subject, location and camera used on the reverse side.

8. All entries must be sent to BSoUP, 25 Bemish Road, Putney, London SW15 1DG with a completed entry form to arrive no later than Saturday 27 May 2006. Entries may also be brought to the May BSoUP meeting on Wednesday 17 May or they may be delivered by hand to a committee member before 27 May. Payment must accompany entries.

9. The entries will be on display at the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth from 10 June, for judging by Aquarium visitors. Entries will also be judged by the general public at The Mount Batten Centre on the day of the Splash-In competition.

10. As stated above, the print copies displayed at the Aquarium will not be returned. The organisers will retain the winning prints displayed The Mount Batten Centre to scan for publicity purposes and runner-up prints will be returned at or following the July meeting of the Society.

11. BSoUP reserves the right to publish winning images both in the society newsletter and on the website. Winning images may also be used in future promotional material for the event royalty free, but copyright remains with the photographer.

12. A maximum of 200 prints can be displayed.

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

PRIZES, TROPHIES AND INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

A total of 7 trophies and 14 individual awards will be made.

All entries in the film and digital Close-Up and Wide-Angle on the day competition categories will be eligible for the grand prize of a one week liveaboard holiday in the Red Sea donated by Tony Backhurst Scuba, which will be selected by an independent panel of judges. The winner of this prize will also receive an acrylic trophy.

FILM IMAGES

1. The winning Close-Up slide will receive the BSoUP Trophy, £100 and a year’s subscription to Dive Magazine donated by Dive

2. The winning Wide-Angle slide will receive the Greenaway Marine Trophy and a YS25 Strobe donated by Sea and Sea.

DIGITAL IMAGES

3. The winning Close-Up digital image will receive the Image Centre Trophy, and wins a day’s tuition from Martin Edge.

4. The winning Wide-Angle digital image will receive Alan James Photography Digital Image Trophy and a £125 voucher to spend at Alan James Photography.

FILM AND DIGITAL IMAGES

5. The winning Humorous/Creative shot will receive the AP Valves Trophy and a Buddy jacket kindly donated by A P Valves.

PRINTS

6. The winning Overseas Print will receive the Alan James Photography Print Trophy, a £250 voucher to spend at Cameras Underwater, and a year's family membership to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

7. The winning British Print will receive the Ocean Optics Trophy, a £250 voucher to spend at Ocean Optics Ltd, and a year's family membership to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

INDIVIDUAL TROPHIES

8. Individual acrylic trophies will be presented to the winner and runner-up in each category, excluding Humorous/Creative.

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

TIMETABLE

Saturday 27 May

Deadline for entries for the Print competition.

Friday 23 June

Deadline for voluntary advance registration for the Splash-In.
Deadline for digital photographers to register a request with the organisers for access to a laptop on the competition day.
Deadline for film photographers to request specific films.
Deadline to book barbeque tickets.

Friday 30 June

8.30 - 10.00 pm Participants collect their films and register their digital cards in The Mount Batten Centre bar.

Saturday 1 July

8.00 - 9.00 am Last chance for participants to collect their films and register their digital cards.

4.00 pm Deadline for return of films to the Waterside Room for professional processing offsite and for digital competitors to log in.

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 Tony Backhurst Scuba, the National Marine Aquarium, Canon UK, Ocean Optics Ltd, Cameras Underwater, Alan James Photography, A P Valves, Ultimate Sports, Sea and Sea and Dive Magazine for sponsorship.

BSoUP also extend 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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