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The British Splash-in Championship - 2007

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

Mount Batten Centre and the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, Devon Saturday 7 July 2007

Judged by Kelvin Boot, John McIntyre, and Peter Rowlands

Diving in Plymouth

SPLASH-IN

SPLASH-IN COMPETITION RULES AND ENTRY FORM
While entries for the on the day Splash-in are not mandatory in advance, if possible please register your intention to attend by Wednesday 27 June latest (sooner if possible) by one of the following methods:

registering online

emailing jp@jptrenque.com with a completed entry form

sending an entry form by post to JP Trenque at the address on the entry form

including an on the day entry form with your print competition entry

Barbeque bookings are essential in advance, as are the number of film entries. If you have not registered in advance we cannot guarantee barbeque tickets or first choice of film.

ENTRY FORMS

Entry forms (separate forms for the print and the on the day competitions) may be downloaded as an Adobe PDF file, or as a Word document (to allow electronic editing if you need to send by email).

On-the-Day.doc    On-the-Day.pdf

OR they are available from: jp@jptrenque.com

OR to register online for the on the day event click here.

SPLASH-IN CATEGORIES

There are four categories; Close-Up, Wide-Angle, Fish and Humorous/Creative. A maximum of four images per entrant, two in any one category for the first three categories are allowed. In addition, each photographer may enter one image for the Humorous/ Creative category.
Images entered in the Close-Up, Wide-Angle and Fish categories will also be entered in the overall competition for the grand prize to be chosen by a panel of judges.

Splash-in category definitions

1. Close-Up - photograph taken of an area A4 size or less, excluding one which qualifies for the Fish category.

2. Wide-Angle - photograph taken of an area greater than A4 size, excluding one which qualifies for the Fish category.

3. Fish - photograph in which a fish, several fish or a school of fish is the main focus of the image. For example, a close focus wide-angle shot with a lit ballen wrasse in the foreground and the silhouette of a wreck in the background would qualify as a fish shot, but a wide angle shot of a wreck with fish swimming above it in the background would qualify as wide-angle, not fish. 

4. Humorous/Creative - any form of image manipulation including composite images (several images joined together) is allowed as long as all of the components were taken in the sea on the day.

Beginners

In addition awards will be made to the Best Beginner in each category, and to an overall Best Beginner as selected by the audience. A beginner is defined as someone who has not come first, second or third in a national or international competition, such as BSoUP's Open and Beginners Portfolio Competitions, BSoUP or St Abbs splash-ins, Image, BUIF, U/W Photographer of the Year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Marine Conservation Society etc.  Please identify yourself on the entry form if you qualify.

DIGITAL RULES

1. Each competitor must be at the Mount Batten Centre either in the bar between 8.30 -10.00 pm on Friday 6 July or on the ground floor of the Mount Batten Centre between 8.00 - 9.00 am on Saturday 7 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. Competitors must return to the Mount Batten Centre at 4.00 pm to log back in. ANY COMPETITOR NOT LOGGED BACK IN BY 4.00 pm WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR ENTRY.  They then have some time to choose their favourite images. Two stations will be available for competitors to hand their chosen images in - between 5.00 and 6.00 pm at the Mount Batten Centre or between 5.30 and 6.30 pm at the Aquarium. 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. Unfortunately, due to time and resource constraints, laptops cannot be provided by the competition organisers. If you would like to be able to work with your images on a laptop and do not have one of your own it is strongly advised that you make your own arrangements in advance.

4. 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 also reserve the right to examine the untouched images on their shortlist to determine whether the amount of post production affects their choice in competition with slide entries.

5. Original, unchanged images must be kept on the card for 24 hours after the vote for the organisers to review if requested, to ensure that they were taken on the competition day and have not been changed other than as allowed by the rules.

6. Images should be submitted in JPEG format at a maximum size of 1024 pixels wide or 768 pixels high, and with a resolution of 72 dpi. If downloaded straight from a card, they 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.

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

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

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

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 who register in advance will have the choice of film they would like to use. Photographers who register on the day will receive what is available that 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 6 July or on the ground floor of the Mount Batten Centre between 8.00 - 9.00 am on Saturday 7 July.

3. Rolls of film must be returned to the Mount Batten Centre by 4.00 pm at the latest on the same day, having been exposed in local waters. Films will be processed off-site by Spectrum PhotoLabs in Plymouth. ANY FILMS NOT HANDED IN BY 4.00 pm WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR ENTRY. Competitors may not process their own film or use processing facilities other than that provided by the organisers.

4. All submitted films will be given standard E6 processing and returned to the entrant with five slide mounts per competitor, into which entries for projection should be mounted and submitted. This will take place at the National Marine Aquarium immediately preceding the barbeque. Some light boxes and loupes will be available; please bring your own if you wish.

5. Each slide mount must bear the entrant's name, registration number and the category e.g. Close-Up, Wide-Angle, Fish 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.

6. Submitted entries will be projected later in the evening at the National Marine Aquarium alongside the digital entries and judged by the audience present. At the same time, the winner of the grand prize will be chosen from all entries in the Close-Up, Wide-Angle and Fish categories by an independent panel of judges.

7. BSoUP reserves the right to publish winning images both in the society magazine and on the website. Winning images may also be used in future promotional material such as magazine publications 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.

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

PRIZES, TROPHIES AND INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

A total of 4 trophies and 11 individual awards will be awarded.

1. All entries in the Close-Up, Wide-Angle and Fish 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.

2. The winning Close-Up image will receive the Image Centre Trophy and an Olympus Mju 770 digital camera donated by Olympus.

3. The winning Wide-Angle image will receive the Alan James Digital Image Trophy and an Olympus Mju 770 digital camera donated by Olympus.

4. The winning Fish image will receive the BSoUP Trophy and an Olympus Mju 770 digital camera donated by Olympus.

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

6. The Best Beginner will receive a free place on a one day course run by Maria Munn of Ocean Visions.

The runner-up in each category will receive a book kindly donated by Edge Underwater Photography or by Ultimate Sports.

INDIVIDUAL TROPHIES

7. The winner of the grand prize will receive an acrylic trophy.

8. The winner and runner-up in each category, excluding Humorous/Creative, will receive individual acrylic trophies.

9. The winner of the Humorous/Creative category will receive an individual acrylic trophy.  

10.  The Best Beginner in each of the Close-Up, Wide Angle and Fish categories, and the overall Best Beginner will receive individual acrylic trophies.


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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