The 2013 British Underwater Photography Championships, organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP), will take place on Saturday 6th 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 send it with a cheque for the correct amount made out to BSoUP by post to Brian Pitkin, 12 Coningsby Road, South Croydon, Surrey, CR2 6QP to arrive by Saturday 22nd June 2013.
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 22nd June 2013.
If you want to participate in the buffet on Saturday evening please register your intention to attend by Saturday, 22nd June 2013 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 Friday 6th July. Note that registration will also be possible on the morning of 7th 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 session.
There are four categories: Marine Life, Mankind in the Sea, a Theme category to be announced on Friday 5th 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 or Theme Category.
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 6th 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.
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 5th 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. ML_15_JoeBloggs.jpg, MS_15_JoeBloggs.jpg, etc.
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 disqualified.
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.
To be announced.
If you have any questions about the competition or the rules please contact Brian Pitkin.
PRIZES, TROPHIES AND INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
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 Tours.
2. The winning Marine Life image will receive the Underwater Visions Trophy and a £250 voucher from Underwater Visions.
3. The winning Mankind in the Sea image the Sea & Sea Trophy and and a £200 voucher from Sea & Sea.
4. The winning Theme category image will receive the BSoUP Trophy and a £150 voucher from Sub Aquatic Art.
5. The winning Humorous image will receive the AP Valves Trophy and a Buddy ABLJ courtesy of AP Valves.
6. The Best Image with a Compact Camera will receive a a copy of Maria Munn's book 'Underwater Photography for Compact Camera Users'.
5. The runner-up in each category will receive a book courtesy of Edition Fifty Fathoms.
1. The winner of the Grand Prize will receive a glass trophy.
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 22nd June
Deadline for postal registration with payment by cheque for the Championship.
Deadline for online registration with electronic payment for the Championship.
Deadline to book Saturday evening buffet meal tickets.
Friday 5th July
Saturday 6th July
Submit 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. 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 does not organise nor accept any resposibility for diving. You should ensure that you have the appropriate third party liability insurance, which is automatically the case if you are a BS-AC member.
BSoUP extends its thanks to Maldives Scuba Tours for their sponsorship.