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
ANDpay 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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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 email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com and one of us
will get back to you.
PRIZES, TROPHIES AND INDIVIDUAL
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
2. The winning Marine Life image will receive the
Sport Diver Trophy and an Olympus TG-810 marine camera courtesy of
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
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
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
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
Deadline for voluntary advance registration for the
Deadline to book Saturday evening Buffet meal
Friday 8th July
Saturday 9th July
Digital entries at Hotel Mount Batten.
Buffet meal at the Hotel Mount Batten.
Projection of images and judging at the Mount
Announcement of results and presentations of
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
BSoUP also extend its thanks to Ocean Optics, Sport Diver and
who have each provided trophies for the competition.