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The British Underwater Photography Championship - 2013

Organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers
Mount Batten, Plymouth, Devon on Saturday 6th July 2013

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

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The annual British Underwater Photography Championship 2013, organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers, took place at Mount Batten, Plymouth, Devon on Saturday 6th July 2013.

The weekend's weather turned out to be the hotest for many years and with a light breeze the sea conditions were relatively calm.

On the Friday evening before the event 25 photographers registered to compete by photographing a registration sheet with a unique number and their name on the first frame of their camera’s memory card. They had from midnight until 6.00pm on Saturday to capture images underwater before selecting one image to enter in each of three main categories Marine Life, Mankind in the Sea and this year’s Theme Reflections. Competitiors could, if they chose, also enter one image in the Humorous category.  Compact camera users competing in the three main categories were also eligible for the Best Compact Shot.

Following an evening buffet at the Hotel Mount Batten all submitted entries were projected at the Mount Batten Centre, despite some 'technical' difficulties.

BSoUP Splash-In 2013 Group shot
Group Shot by Pete Ladell

Judging of the three main categories was carried out by photojournalists Charles Hood and Jane Morgan.

Judging of the Humorous category was carried out by the audience present

OVERALL WINNER

Congratulations to Dan Bolt who was the Overall winner with an image of himself inside a wreck taken with an Olympus E-PL5 at 1/60th @ f10 ISO 320.

 

Overall - Winner ; Snorkeller in wreck by Dan Bolt
Overall - Winner ; Snorkeller in wreck by Dan Bolt

 

Dan won a one week diving holiday for two in the Maldives (exclusive of flights and taxes) courtesy of Scuba Tours Worldwide and an individual glass trophy.

MARINE LIFE

Congratulations also to Alex Tattersall who was the winner of the Marine Life category with a macro image of a nudibranch on kelp taken with a Nikon D7100 at 1/200th @ f29 ISO 320.

Marine Life - Winner - Nudibranch by Alex Tattersall
Marine Life - Winner - Nudibranch by Alex Tattersall

Alex won the Underwater Visions/Nauticam UK Trophy, a £250 voucher (which his company Underwater Visions/Nauticam UK generously donated) and an individual glass trophy.

Runner-up in the Marine Life category was Dan Bolt with an image of a Snakelocks anemone taken with an Olympus E-PL5 at 1/250th @ f18 ISO 200.

“This was a completely made up shot… at 1430 Saturday afternoon I wanted to swim out from Thurlestone beach to a reef called ‘The Books’, it’s about  ½ a mile swim but abut 200m in I suffered cramp in both calf muscles and decided enough was enough – I had been up for 32hours at this point – so looked around the reef for a subject I could shoot with my fisheye prime lens. In 8m of water there are lots of Snakelocks Anemones on the reef so I tried some sun-burst shots with a single (snooted) strobe. Given the circumstances I’m chuffed with the outcome!”

Marine Life - Runner-up - Snakelocks anemone by Dan Bolt
Marine Life - Runner-up - Snakelocks anemone by Dan Bolt

Dan won an individual glass trophy and a copy of Secret Seas, Edition Fifty Fathoms.

MANKIND IN THE SEA

Dan Bolt also won the Mankind in the Sea category with the same overall winning image of himself inside a wreck taken with an Olympus E-PL5 at 1/60th @ f10 ISO 320.

“I kayaked from Outer Hope at Hope Cove in the hope of getting into the cave where HMS Ramillies lies (its only a 1.5 nautical mile paddle each way), but there was a ‘big ass’ old swell rolling in so the caves were off limits. Instead I decided to visit the wreck of the Jebba which I have only been to once before (two years ago in rubbish vis) and battled that old swell for over an hour to get this shot in 8m of water. The swell was so bad I needed to use my weightbelt to anchor the tripod down – obviously that effected things massively for my personal buoyancy. I definitely feel the old 300 foot Liner ‘Jebba’ was having fun with me, but she’s been there for 106 so perhaps she’s a bit bored!”

Mankind in the Sea Winner : Snorkeller in wreck by Dan Bolt
Mankind in the Sea Winner : Snorkeller in wreck by Dan Bolt

Dan won the Sport Diver Trophy and a £200 voucher generously donated by Sea & Sea.

The runner-up in the Mankind in the Sea was Keith Lyall with an image of a diver with a torch hovering over a colourful group of plumose anemones using a Nikon camera.

Mankind in the Sea - Runner-up: Dver with a torch hovering over colourful plumose anemones by Keith Lyall
Mankind in the Sea - Runner-up: Dver with a torch hovering over colourful plumose anemones by Keith Lyall

Keith won an individual glass trophy and a copy of Secret Seas, Edition Fifty Fathoms.

THEME - REFLECTIONS

Dan Bolt was the winner of the Theme category 'Reflections' with an image of himself with a torch his reflection in the surface taken with an Olympus E-PL5 at 1/80th @ f4 ISO1600.

"A self-portrait shot at about 0200 on Saturday morning in the shallows at Babbacombe. I had a torch on a tripod about 10m away from my camera which was on another tripod. Using my camera’s ‘custom timer’ function I had 15 seconds to get into position and then the camera took a photo every 0.5 seconds for 10 exposures. I’d like to say it was an easy thing to do, but I ended up taking over 200 photos in the 2 hours I was playing with this idea so I need to tighten things up a bit!"

Theme - Reflections Winner : Snorkeller with a torch by Dan Bolt
Theme - Reflections Winner : Snorkeller with a torch by Dan Bolt

Dan won the BSoUP Trophy, a cheque for £200 courtesy of BSoUP and an individual glass trophy.

The runner-up in the Theme category was Len Deeley with an image of an anemone reflected in a mirror.

Theme - Reflections - Anemone and reflection by Len Deeley
Theme - Reflections - Anemone and reflection by Len Deeley

Len won an individual glass trophy and a copy of Secret Seas, Edition Fifty Fathoms.

HUMOUR

Joss Woolf took the best Humorous image which was entitled 'Having a bad hair day' taken with a Nikon D300 at 1/125 @ f8 ISO 400.

Best Humorous Image - Winner - 'Having a bad hair day' by Joss Woolf
Best Humorous Image - Winner - 'Having a bad hair day' by Joss Woolf

Joss won the AP Valves Trophy, a Buddy BCD donated by AP Valves and an individual glass trophy.

COMPACT CAMERA

The Best Compact Camera image was taken by Paula Bailey of a male Cuckoo Wrasse using a Canon PowerShot S95 at 1/320th @ f4 EB -1.7 step.

Compact Camera - Winner - Male Cuckoo Wrasse by Paula Bailey
Compact Camera - Winner - Male Cuckoo Wrasse by Paula Bailey

Paula won the new Ocean Visions Trophy, ‘Underwater Photography for Compact Camera Users’ by Maria Munn, 'Secret Seas', Edition Fifty Fathoms, and an individual engraved glass BSoUP trophy.

BSoUP is grateful to Charles Hood and Jane Morgan for judging the competition and presenting the awards; to all our sponsors Scuba Tours Worldwide, Underwater Visions, AP Valves, Sea & Sea and Fifty Fathoms without whom no prizes would have been presented; and to Brian Pitkin, Joss Woolf, Martin Davies and Pete Ladell ran the event

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