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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 

The Mount Batten Centre and the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, Devon, 12th July 2008

People 


Some of the 49 participants
Bob Soames
Bob Soames
Arthur Kingdon
Arthur Kingdon
Bert Lee
Bert Lee
Dario Navaro
Dario Navaro
Cathy Lewis
Cathy Lewis
Chris McTernan
Chris McTernan
John Souness
John Souness
Dave Peake
Dave Peake
Jo Horrocks
Jo Horrocks
Keith Lyall
Keith Lyall
Len Deeley
Len Deeley
Kam Ayra
Kam Arya
Mike Maloney
Mike Maloney
Pedro Vieyra
Pedro Vieyra
Martin Davies
Martin Davies
Peter Hewitt
Peter Hewitt

Sam Bean

Sam Bean

Tony Stafford
Tony Stafford
 

Robert Cuss
Robert Cuss

 

The Judges
Alan James
Alan James, Chairman of the Judges

Alan James, an award-winning photographer, has often scooped the top prizes at British Splash-In Championships. During an emotional farewell speech at BSoUP a few months ago, Alan told the audience that he and his wife Heather were now stepping back from underwater photography and scuba-diving, although they will still plan to do the odd dive. This year's competitors will therefore be privileged to have Alan on the panel of judges for what could be one of his last public appearances with BSoUP.

Alan chaired both the 'On the Day' and 'Prints' panel of judges.

Paul Cox is Head of Science and Learning at the National Marine Aquarium.  He came into Marine Biology as a career through overseas SCUBA experiences and, having moved to Plymouth to study, discovered the wonders of diving in the South West. 

Paul has been working for the Aquarium for the past 5 years and, during that time, has met and worked with many underwater and terrestrial photographers.

He bought his first digital SLR before a trip to the Arctic four years ago and has been trying to use it ever since.  It has not yet made it underwater!

Paul was of member of both the 'On the Day' and 'Prints' panel of judges.

Paul Cox
Paul Cox, National Aquarium
Emma Wright
Emma Wright, Oonasdivers

Emma Wright is a Director and Head of Marketing at Oonasdivers. One of her responsibilities is the organisation of overseas photo workshops. A diver for ten years, Emma has been known to take a compact camera underwater, although she prefers to enjoy the photographic successes of others! Oonasdivers are generously sponsoring this year's Prints competition for the first time by donating a one week diving holiday in the Red Sea. for the overall winner of the Prints competition.

The Prints competiton is now closed and the entries are on display at the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, Devon until midnight Saturday 12 July 2008.

Emma was a member of the 'Prints' panel of judges.

Neil Hope is Deputy Picture Editor of the Western Morning News, Plymouth, and a regular contributer to diving publications.
Since qualifying in 1989 in the North-East of England, Neil has lived and dived extensively throughout the UK eventually settling in Torpoint, Cornwall some five years ago.
Well aware of the challenging conditions which the underwater photographer often faces along our shores he is looking forward to see.

Neil was a member of the 'On the Day' panel of judges.

Neil Hope
Neil Hope, Western Morning News


The Award Winners


Cathy Lewis. Winner of the Close-up category

BSoUP President, Brian Pitkin, presents Cathy with the Sport Diver Trophy and an Olympus Mju 1030 digital camera donated by Olympus UK.


Helen Wehner. Winner of the Animal Portrait category

BSoUP President, Brian Pitkin, presents Helen with the BSoUP Trophy and an Olympus Mju 1030 digital camera donated by Olympus UK.



Charles Erb. Winner of the Wide-angle category

BSoUP President, Brian Pitkin, presents Charles with the Alan James Digital Image Trophy and an Olympus Mju 1030 digital camera donated by Olympus UK.



Steve Lawes, Best Beginner, with Maria Munn

Mari Munn, Ocean Visions, presents Steve Lawes with Ocean Visions Trophy and either a canvas print of one of their images or a free place on a one day course run by Maria Munn of Ocean Visions.

A copy of 'Reefs Revealed'' by Alex Mustard, donated by the publisher Constable and Robinson
or 'REEF'' by Scubazoo, donated by the publisher Dorling Kindersley.


John Souness. Winner of the Humor category

BSoUP President, Brian Pitkin, presents John with the AP Valves Trophy and Buddy stab jacket, donated by AP Valves


Helen Wehner, Splash-in Overall Winner

BSoUP President, Brian Pitkin, presents Helen with the grand prize of a one week liveaboard trip to the Red Sea kindly donated by Tony Backhurst Scuba and a copy of 'Wyland: Visions of the Sea', donated by the National Marine Aquarium


Robert Cuss. Winner British and Irish Prints

BSoUP President, Brian Pitkin, presents Rob with 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.


Trevor Rees. Winner Advanced British and Irish Prints

BSoUP President, Brian Pitkin, presents Trevor with the Alan James Photography Print Trophy, an Olympus SP-570 UZ camera from Olympus UK, and a year's family membership to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.


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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