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The British Splash-In Championship - 2008

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 12 July 2008

Diving in Plymouth



If you want to join the buffet meal on Saturday evening please register your intention to attend by Friday 4 July latest (sooner if possible). If you have not registered in advance we cannot guarantee buffet tickets.

If you want to take part in the Splash-In, but do not want to join the buffet, you may register on 11 or 12 July, although we would prefer you to register in advance.

Please register by one of the following methods:

registering online

emailing with a completed entry form

sending an entry form by post to Martha Tressler at the address on the entry form


On the Day

Download either On-the-Day.doc  OR On-the-Day.pdf


There are four categories; Close-up, Wide-angle, Animal portrait and Humorous. 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 category.

Images entered in the Close-Up, Wide-Angle and Animal portrait 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.

2. Wide-angle - photograph taken of an area greater than A4 size.

3. Animal portrait - photograph in which a fish or other marine animal is the main focus of the image.

4. Humorous - 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.


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.


1. Each competitor must be at the Mount Batten Centre either in the bar between 8.30 -10.00 pm on Friday 11 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). If a competitor can not arrive on Friday night and wishes to register on Saturday morning this can be arranged but must be specially requested.

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. Two stations will be available for competitors to hand their chosen images in - between 4.00 and 4.30 pm at the Mount Batten Centre, quick entries for those who do not wish to come to the Aquarium before the evening event, or between 5.15 and 6.15 pm at the Aquarium. NO IMAGES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 6:15.  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 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 1400 pixels wide or 1050 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 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 Animal Portrait 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.


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

1. All entries in the Close-Up, Wide-Angle and Animal Portrait 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 Sport Diver Trophy and an Olympus Mju 1030 digital camera donated by Olympus UK.

3. The winning Wide-Angle image will receive the Alan James Digital Image Trophy and an Olympus Mju 1030 digital camera donated by Olympus UK.

4. The winning Animal Portrait image will receive the BSoUP Trophy and an Olympus Mju 1030 digital camera donated by Olympus UK.

5. The winning Humorous image will receive the AP Valves Trophy and Buddy stab jacket, donated by AP Valves

6. The Best Beginner will receive a choice of a canvas print of one of their images or a free place on a one day course run by Maria Munn of Ocean Visions.

7. The runner-up and the best beginner in each category will receive a copy of the book 'Reefs Revealed' by Alex Mustard, donated by the publisher Constable and Robinson, or 'REEF' by Scubazoo, donated by the publisher Dorling Kindersley.

Sponsorship for running costs of the On the Day competition is being provided by Sport Diver magazine 


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

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

10. The winner of the Humorous category will receive an individual acrylic trophy.  

11.  The Best Beginner in each of the Close-Up, Wide Angle and Animal Portrait 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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