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BSoUP's Sponsors

Kungkungan Bay Resort

Winning Imaes by Paul Colley

Cameras Underwater - Sponsor of the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition 2015 - 2018 and BIUPC 2015 and 2016

Brtish Divers Marine Life Rescue - Sponsors of BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2017

Carpe Diem, Sponsors of BUIPC 2017


Diver Magazine - Sponsor of the Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition and the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition

DiveQuest - Sponsor of the Underwater Excellence

The British Splash-in Championship - 2007

Organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers in association with the National Marine Aquarium and Wildlife Trusts

The National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, Devon, 16 June - 14 July

Wildlife Trusts Print Selection

On the Day winners

Print winners

People Pics

The print competition was staged in association with The Wildlife Trusts, who were seeking an image for its Marine Bill campaign.

The purpose of the campaign is to ensure that the Marine Bill contains strong and effective measures to protect marine habitats and wildlife, including a suite of Marine Reserves. The photographer of the image(s) selected (in either the British and Irish category or the Advanced category) will be asked to allow his/ her image to be used for purposes of the campaign.


Grey Seal by Martha Tressler Jewel anemones by Sally Sharrock

Grey Seal, Farne Islands - Martha Tressler

The Grey Seal is one of the more playful inhabitants of our seas, however seals could face an uncertain future as the fatal and highly contagious distemper virus (PDV) has been recorded in Denmark with fears it could spread to UK shores.

Jewel anemones - Sally Sharrock

Jewel anemones are a type of coral. At times they form large, bright, multicoloured colonies, individuals clone resulting in whole colonies that have the same parent. Small, exquisite and beautifully coloured, jewel anemones are appropriately named.

Jump by Trevor Rees Basking shark by JP Trenque

Boy jumping - Trevor Rees

Rock pools are some of the most interesting and diverse areas on the sea shore. Some organisms may spend their entire lives in a single rock pool. It a hard life living in a rock pool where dog whelks predate other snails using a drill-like tongue and secretion of acid to get through the shell and soften the insides. Snake lock anemones fire darts of poison at any passing prey then entangle them in their tentacle waiting for them to die.

Basking Shark - JP Trenque

The basking shark is the biggest wild animal to regularly visit Britain. They can grow up to 12m in length and can weigh up to 7 tonnes. This mighty behemoth chooses to spend most of each summer in coastal waters around Britain, often feeding at the surface in the view of the land. Although it has teeth, they have little to with the feeding process, as the basking shark, in common with many of the great whales, feeds only on tiny phytoplankton.

BSoUP extends its thanks to Tony Backhurst Scuba, the National Marine Aquarium, Canon UK, Ocean Optics Ltd, Cameras Underwater, A.P Valves, Ultimate Sports, Sea and Sea, Martin Edge and Ocean Visions for sponsorship.

In addition to our sponsors who have provided prizes, BSoUP is grateful to the National Marine Aquarium charity for providing running costs of the print competition.

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 thanks the judges Peter Rowlands, John McIntyre and Kelvin Boot.

BSoUP is grateful to all those members and their guests who helped to make the event such a success. First and foremost Martha Tressler, Anthony Holley and JP Trenque helped by Dave Peake, Jane Morgan, Mike Russell, Muna Muammar, Maria Munn, Pete Ladell, Gill McDonald, Jan Maloney, Brian Pitkin, Alison Major and Martin Davies.

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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