The 2012 British Underwater Photography
Championships, organised by the British Society of Underwater
Photographers (BSoUP), will take place on Saturday 14th 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
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 send 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
to arrive by Saturday 30 June 2012.
OR register online
AND pay by bank transfer using
Sort Code: 40-05-31; Account no: 71021273. Please add "your name" and
'Splash2012' as a reference, as otherwise we won't know who you are.
The closing date for online entries with electronic payment is
Saturday 7 July 2012.
If you want to participate in the buffet on
Saturday evening please register your intention to attend by Saturday
7th July latest (as part of your competition
registration or separately). 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 13th July.
Note that registration will also be possible on the morning
of 14th July, but this must be arranged in advance with the
organisers. However there will be a £5 late registration charge
for registering and paying on Friday night or Saturday morning. We
strongly urge you to register and pay in advance as this minimises
what is required during a very busy Friday night registration
There are four categories: Marine Life, Mankind in
the Sea, a Theme category to be announced on 13th 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
2. Mankind in the Sea (MS) - an image which shows
one or more people in the marine environment.
3. Theme category (T) - an image that matches a
subject theme - definition to be provided on 13th 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 to the main categories above an award
will be made for the Best Image taken with a Compact Camera from all
images entered (excluding the Humorous category), and for a runner-up
Compact Camera image. A Compact Camera is defined as a camera without
interchangeable lenses. The category excludes the new 'EVIL' or
4/3rds cameras with interchangeable lenses. Note that add-on 'wet'
lenses on the outside of the housing are fine. This category is only
for people who use a compact camera as their primary camera for the
competition; those who are competing with a Dslr camera and carrying
a compact as a second camera are not eligible.
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 13th July to complete registration by
demonstrating that their memory card is empty and taking a photograph
of the numbered BSoUP identification card(s). Note that each
competitor may only register one memory card. As explained above,
competitors who have not pre-registered may also register and pay on
Friday but there will be a £5 late registration fee. 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 the memory card which has been
registered. No images should be deleted from the memory card during
the competition. Only one memory card may be used and in only one
camera. 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. Competitors are
urged if at all possible to prepare their images for entry by
renaming them, converting them to jpeg format (if necessary) and
putting them on a memory stick before submitting them for
entry as this speeds up the entry process significantly. For those
who do not have the technology to do this in advance a laptop will be
made available in the entry area but additional time should be
allowed by the competitor as this must be completed before the end of
the entry period (18:00) and there is likely to be a queue!
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.
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.
You are advised to write your name on the card, which will be
returned by Sunday morning at the latest.
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 and runner-up for each of the other
categories, the best Compact Camera image and runner-up, 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 'in focus' and on the website
www.bsoup.org. 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. BSoUP fully endorses the Marine Conservation
Society's Photographer's Code of Conduct. Photographers must take
all reasonable care not to disturb marine life and the marine
environment in pursuit of images. Any images which in the opinion of
the judges or committee members present have been created as a result
of handling, placing or interfering with wildlife may be
10. All images must be taken under water on the day
of the competition.
11. 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 Paul
Ives, MA FBIPP, Advertising Commercial
& Underwater Photographer, Mark
Webster, Photo-journalist, Author and Award winning
underwater photographer and one other to be announced.
If you have any questions about the competition or
the rules please contact Martin Davies (firstname.lastname@example.org).
PRIZES, TROPHIES AND INDIVIDUAL
A total of 4 trophies and 10 individual awards will
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 luxury liveaboard holiday for two in the Maldives
(exclusive of flights and taxes) courtesy of Maldives Scuba
2. The winning Marine Life image will receive the
Underwater Visions Trophy and a £250 voucher from Underwater
3. The winning Mankind in the Sea image will
receive the Sport Diver Trophy and a £200 voucher from Sea & Sea.
4. The winning Theme category image will receive
the BSoUP Trophy and £150 voucher from Sub Aquatic Art to be used for
a work of art based on an underwater image taken by the winning
5. The runner-up in the above three categories will
receive a copy of the BSoUP photobook - Images Taken in British
6. The winning Humorous image will receive the AP
Valves Trophy and a Buddy BCD donated by AP Valves.
7. The Best Image with a Compact Camera will
receive a free place on a one-day course run by Maria Munn of
Visions. The runner-up will receive a copy of the book
'Underwater Photography for Compact Camera Users' by Maria Munn,
donated by Wiley Nautical
8. All category winners and runners-up will receive
a personalised dive cylinder cover courtesy of ScubaCool.
9. The winners in the above three categories will
receive a canvas copy of their entry so they can mount it as a
picture courtesy of ScubaCool.
Sponsorship towards the running costs of the
competition is being kindly provided by Sport Diver
1. The winner of the Grand Prize will receive a
2. The winner and runner-up in each category,
excluding Humorous, will receive individual glass trophies.
3. The winner of the Humorous category will receive
an individual glass trophy.
4. The winner and runner-up of Best Image
with a Compact Camera will receive individual glass trophies.
Saturday 30th June
Deadline for postal registration with payment by
cheque for the Championship.
Saturday 7th July
Deadline for online registration with electronic
payment for the Championship.
Deadline to book Saturday evening buffet meal
Friday 13th July
Saturday 14th July
Submit digital entries at Hotel Mount
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. Divers are
responsible for their own insurance.
BSoUP accepts no responsibility for the safety of
participants during their diving activity, nor does it accept
responsibility for any loss or 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.
Where appropriate you should contact the Queens
Harbour Master on 01752663225 regarding your diving plans in Plymouth
Sound. If you are on a commercial diving boat this should have been
taken care of by the boat's skipper.
BSoUP extends its thanks to Maldives Scuba
Tours, Underwater Visions, AP Valves, ScubaCool, Sport Diver and
Wiley Nautical for their sponsorship.
BSoUP also extend its thanks to Underwater
Visions, Sport Diver and AP Valves who have each provided trophies for the