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The British Underwater Photography Championships - 2011

Organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers
Mount Batten, Plymouth, Devon on Saturday 9th July 2011

A one-week liveaboard holiday to the Maldives (excl. flights) for two people
courtesy of Maldives Scuba Tours



Diving in Plymouth

Sport Diver
AP Valves
Ocean Visions
Wildlife Trusts - Sponsors of BSoUP Splash-in 2008 and BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition 2009, 2010, 2011

The 2011 British Underwater Photography Championships, organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP), will take place on Saturday 9th July at Mount Batten, Plymouth, Devon. All underwater photographers are invited to participate, whether they are members of BSoUP or not.

Prizes, trophies and individual awards will be presented for winning images in each category as well as a grand prize for the best overall image.  All prizes except that for the Humorous category will be awarded by an independent panel of judges; the Humorous category will judged by the audience present

Viewing and judging of the images entered will take place at the Mount Batten Centre on the Saturday night.  Earlier in the evening the Hotel Mount Batten will again be putting on a substantial Buffet dinner for us.


EITHER complete the entry form, as a Word.doc or as an Adobe pdf, and submit it with a cheque for the correct amount made out to BSoUP by post to Alan Larsen, 35 Kilgour Road, Honor Oak Park, London SE23 1PG

OR register online

AND pay by bank transfer using Sort Code: 40-05-31; Account no: 71021273. Please add "your name" and 'Champs' as a reference, as otherwise we won't know who you are.

If you want to participate in the Buffet on Saturday evening please register your intention to attend by Wednesday 29th June latest (sooner if possible). If you have not registered in advance we cannot guarantee Buffet tickets.

If you want to take part in the Championships, but do not want the Buffet, you may register in person on 8 July, although we would prefer you to register in advance.

Note that registration will also be possible on the morning of 9 July, but must be arranged in advance with the organisers.


There are four categories: Marine Life, Mankind in the Sea, a Theme category to be announced on 8 July, and Humorous. A maximum of one entry per category is allowed.

Images entered in the Marine Life, Mankind in the Sea and Theme categories will also be entered in the overall competition for the grand prize.

Championship category definitions

1. Marine Life (ML) - any image which shows marine life - animals, plants, scenery and/ or wrecks, but does not include any people.

2. Mankind in the Sea (MS) - an image which shows one or more people in the marine environment (under water!).

3. Theme category (T) - definition to be provided on 8 July.

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.

Compact Cameras

In addition awards will be made for the best image taken with a compact camera in each category, excluding the Humorous category, and for the overall best compact camera image. A compact camera is defined as a camera without interchangeable lenses.  The category excludes the new 'EVIL' cameras with interchangeable lenses. Note that add-on lenses on the outside of the housing are fine. Please identify yourself on the entry form if you qualify for this category.


1. Each competitor must be at the Hotel Mount Batten in the bar between 8.30 and 10.00 pm on Friday 8 July to enter 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 cannot arrive on Friday night and wishes to enter on Saturday morning this can be arranged but must be specially requested in advance.

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 (see 5 below for more details).

3. Competitors must hand in their chosen images on Saturday afternoon between 16:30 and 18:00 in the Hotel Mount Batten bar. NO IMAGES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 18:00.  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.

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 above under Championship category definitions). 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 reserve the right to examine the untouched images on their shortlist to determine whether the amount of postproduction affects their choice.

5. Images should be submitted in JPEG format in the same size and resolution as they were taken - no change to size or resolution should be made. File names should comprise the category, competitor number and photographer's name, e.g. ML_15_JoeBloggs.jpg, MS_15_JoeBloggs.jpg, etc.  If downloaded straight from a card, they will be renamed and rotated as applicable in Photoshop by the organisers.

6. Original, unchanged images must be kept on the card and the card brought to the evening event.  For all winning and runner-up images, including Best Image with a Compact Camera, the original, unchanged image will be downloaded by the organisers at the end of the evening to ensure that they were taken on the competition day and have not been changed other than as allowed by the rules.

7. Submitted entries will be projected later in the evening at the Mount Batten Centre (after the Buffet dinner at the Hotel Mount Batten) for viewing by the audience present and by the panel of judges. The audience will be asked to vote for the winner in the Humorous category.  The judges will withdraw to make their decision as to the winner, runner-up and best compact camera image for each of the other categories, and the winner of the grand prize.  At the end of the evening the winners will be announced and trophies and prizes presented.

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.


BSoUP are delighted to confirm that the panel of judges for this year's British Underwater Photography Championship (Splash-in) comprises Peter Rowlands, Alex Mustard and Neil Hope.


If you have any questions about the competition or the rules please contact Martin Davies, JP Trenque or Martha Tressler by emailing all three at, and and one of us will get back to you.


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

1. All entries in the Marine Life, Mankind in the Sea and Theme competition categories will be eligible for the grand prize of a 7-day live-aboard holiday for two in the Maldives (exclusive of flights and taxes) courtesy of Maldives Scuba Tours.

2. The winning Marine Life image will receive the Sport Diver Trophy and an Olympus TG-810 marine camera courtesy of Olympus UK.

3. The winning Mankind in the Sea image will receive the Inon Trophy and an Olympus TG-810 marine camera courtesy of Olympus UK

4. The winning Theme category image will receive the BSoUP Trophy and an Olympus TG-810 marine camera courtesy of Olympus UK

5. The runner-up in the above three categories will receive a copy of Paul Naylor's Great British Marine Animals 3rd Edition, purchased in support of the Marine Conservation Society.

6. The winning Humorous image will receive the AP Valves Trophy and a Buddy BCD donated by AP Valves.

7. The overall Best Image with a Compact Camera 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.

8. The Best Image with a Compact Camera in each category will receive a copy of the book 'Underwater Photography for Compact Camera Users' by Maria Munn, donated by  Maria Munn

9. The Wildlife Trusts will be presenting a bag of 'goodies' to the best image in a special category 'Living Seas' and publicising the winning images. Details to be announced.

Sponsorship for running costs of the competition is being provided by Sport Diver Magazine


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

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

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

4.  The Best Image with a Compact Camera in each of the Marine Life, Mankind in the Sea and Theme categories, and the overall Best Image with a Compact Camera will receive individual acrylic trophies.


Wednesday 29th June

Deadline for voluntary advance registration for the Championships.

Deadline to book Saturday evening Buffet meal tickets.

Friday 8th July


Participants register their digital cards in the Hotel Mount Batten bar.

Saturday 9th July


Digital entries at Hotel Mount Batten.


Buffet meal at the Hotel Mount Batten.


Projection of images and judging at the Mount Batten Centre.


Announcement of results and presentations of prizes.


The Society would be pleased to hear from any member or guest who will be at Mount Batten on the day of the competition and would be willing to help in any way. Volunteers are required to hand out voting slips, count votes, answer enquiries etc. Please contact any committee member if you would be willing to help your Society on this busy weekend.


Participants are responsible for their own safety and for the proper use of their diving and photography equipment. Divers must dive within the limits of their own dive certification level and according to the local diving regulations.

BSoUP cannot accept responsibility for the safety of participants during their diving activity, nor does it accept responsibility for any damage to personal equipment that may occur as a result of diving activities.
If you are diving in Plymouth Sound you should use a Surface Marker Buoy at all times.


BSoUP extends its thanks to Maldives Scuba Tours, Olympus UK, AP Valves, Ocean Visions and Sport Diver.

BSoUP also extend its thanks to Ocean Optics, Sport Diver and AP Valves who have each provided trophies for the 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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