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The British Underwater Photography Championship - 2014

Organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers
Portland Marina, Dorset on Saturday 5th July 2014

  Sponsored by  
O'Three Scuba Tours Worldwide Under Water Visions
  AP Valves MArine Conservation Society
Scimitar Diving Paul Colley Underwater Photography Nudibranchs of the South West
RESULTS

The annual British Underwater Photography Championship (Splash-In) 2014, organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers, after decades in Plymouth, took place at Portland, Dorset on Saturday 5th July.

On the Friday evening before the event 24 photographers registered to compete and their portrait was taken on the first frame of their camera’s memory card.

Many of the competitors dived from Scimitar Diving boats, whilst a few dived under Swanage Pier some one hour's drive away. All had from midnight Friday until 6.00 p.m. on Saturday to capture underwater images before selecting one image to enter in each of three main categories Marine Life, Mankind in the Sea and Compact Cameras. Competitiors could, if they chose, also enter one image in the Humorous category.

Following a BBQ at the Harbour Lights all submitted entries were projected to the assembled audience whilst the panel of judges, comprising underwater photographers Dan Bolt, Gavin Parsons and Stuart Philpott, made their selection of a winner and runner-up in each category except the Humorous category. The enties in the Humerous category were juged by the audience.

BSoUP Splash-In 2013 Group shot
Group Shot by Penny Piddock

OVERALL WINNER

Congratulations to Cathy Lewis who was the overall winner 'on the day' with an image of a Snakelocks anemone shrimp (Periclimenes sagittifer).

Overall - Winner ; Snakelocks anemone shrimp (Periclimenes sagittifer) vy Cathy Lewis
Overall Winner ; Snakelocks anemone shrimp (Periclimenes sagittifer) by Cathy Lewis

Cathy’s winning image of a Snakelocks shrimp (Periclimenes sagittifer) was taken with a Nikon D7000 with a 105 mm macro lens and flash at 1/80th sec @ f18 on her second dive of the day. The image beautifully captures the behaviour of this pretty little shrimp, known in Britain only from the south coast, hiding amongst the tentacles of its host anemone.

Cathy Lewis, Overall Winner, receiving the BSoUP Trophy from Gavin Parsons, one of the three judges.
Cathy Lewis, Overall Winner, receiving the BSoUP Trophy from Gavin Parsons, one of the three judges. Image: Penny Piddock.

Cathy was presented with the BSoUP Trophy by Gavin Parsons, one of the three judges.

MARINE LIFE

Winner

Cathy was also the winner of the Marine Life category with the same image. She was presented with the Under Water Visions Trophy, a one week diving holiday for two in the Maldives (exclusive of flights and taxes) courtesy of Scuba Tours Worldwide, a bag full of goodies courtesy O’Three and a copy of ‘A photographic guide to Nudibranchs of the South Westby Bernard Picton, Dan Bolt & Terry Griffiths courtesy of Dan Bolt

Cathy Lewis, Marine Life Winner receiving a voucher for a one week diving holiday for two in the Maldives
Cathy Lewis, Marine Life Winner receiving a voucher for a one week diving holiday for two in the Maldives
(exclusive of flights and taxes) courtesy of Scuba Tours Worldwide from last year's overall winner and one of this year's three judges Dan Bolt. Image: Penny Piddock.

Runner-up

The runner-up in the Marine Life category was Colin Whyte with an image of Leach's spider crab.

Marine Life Runner-up Leach's spider crab by Colin Whyte
Marine Life Runner-up Leach's spider crab by Colin Whyte

Colin's image of Leach's spider crab in a Snakelocks anemone was taken with a Canon PowerShot G9 compact camera at 1/400th sec @ f6.3 proving you don't necessarily have to have a more expensive Micro Four Thirds or DSLR camera to take dramatic shots of marine life.

Colin Whyte, Marine Life Runner-up, receiving a copy of 'Winning Images' from Paul Colley the book's author
Colin Whyte, Marine Life Runner-up, receiving a copy of 'Winning Images' from Paul Colley, the book's author, and a year’s membership to the Marine Conservation Society. Image: Penny Piddock.

Colin won a copy of ‘Winning Images with Any Underwater Camera: The Essential Guide to Creating Vibrant Photos’ by Paul Colley courtesy of Paul Colley and a year’s membership to the Marine Conservation Society.

MANKIND IN THE SEA

Winner

The winner of the Mankind in the Sea cateory was Terry Griffiths with an image of a diver.

Winner Mankind in the Sea: Diver by Terry Griffiths
Winner Mankind in the Sea: Diver by Terry Griffiths

Divers, particularly near the surface make great shots. Terry’s image was taken with a Nikon D7000 with a 10 mm fisheye lens at 1/125th sec @ f18 early on Saturday morning. It shows a diver with all his hoses neatly secured with Snell’s window and delicate rays of light in the background. Apart from cropping the diver’s left foot out of the picture, this is an excellent example of an image depicting  ‘Mankind in the Sea’.

Terry won the Sport Diver Trophy, a voucher for £250 courtesy of Under Water Visions, two days diving for two people courtesy of Scimitar Divers, a bag full of goodies courtesy of O’Three, a voucher for £100 courtesy of DiveLife and a copy of the iBook ‘A photographic guide to Nudibranchs of the South West by Bernard Picton, Dan Bolt & Terry Griffiths courtesy of Dan Bolt.

Terry Griffiths receiving a voucher for £250 courtesy of Under Water Visions from Alex Tattersall
Terry Griffiths receiving a voucher for £250 courtesy of Under Water Visions, two days diving for two people courtesy of Scimitar Divers, a bag full of goodies courtesy of O’Three, a voucher for £100 courtesy of DiveLife and a copy of the iBook ‘A photographic guide to Nudibranchs of the South West by Bernard Picton, Dan Bolt & Terry Griffiths courtesy of Dan Bolt. from Alex Tattersall. Image: Penny Piddock.

Runner-up

The Runner-up in the Maniind in the Sea category was Rick Ayrton with an image of a Diver exploring a wreck.

Rick Ayrton
Runner-up Mankind inb the Sea: Diver explores Wreck by Rick Ayrton

Rick's shot of a diver exploring a wreck was taken with a Nikon D610 with a 15mm lens at 1/80th sec at f6.3.

Rick won a copy of ‘Winning Images with Any Underwater Camera: The Essential Guide to Creating Vibrant Photos’ by Paul Colley courtesy of Paul Colley and a year’s membership to the Marine Conservation Society.

Rick Ayrton
Rick receiving a copy of ‘Winning Images with Any Underwater Camera: The Essential Guide to Creating Vibrant Photos’ by Paul Colley courtesy of Paul Colley and a year’s membership to the Marine Conservation Society. Image: Penny Piddock.

COMPACT CAMERAS

Winner

The winner of the Compact Cameras category was Colin Whyte with an image of a Black-faced blenny.

Colin WHite: Black faced blenny
Black-faced Blenny, Winner Compact Cameras category by Colin Whyte

This year we included a separate category for those without a more expensive DSLR or Micro Four Thirds camera. Colin proved that compact cameras can be used to take striking images of small marine subjects. His image of a black-faced blenny placed just off centre is beautifully composed and lit. It was taken using a Canon PowerShot G9 at 1/125th sec @ f5.6 on Saturday morning.

Colin won a drysuit and a bag full of goodies courtesy of  O’Three, a day’s tuition for compact camera users courtesy of Stuart Philpott, and a copy of the iBook ‘A photographic guide to Nudibranchs of the South Westby Bernard Picton, Dan Bolt & Terry Griffiths courtesy of Dan Bolt.

Colin receving a voucher for a drysuit and a  bag full of goodies courtesy of O’Three, a day’s tuition for compact camera users courtesy of Stuart Philpott, and a copy of the iBook ‘A photographic guide to Nudibranchs of the South West’ by Bernard Picton, Dan Bolt & Terry Griffiths courtesy of Dan Bolt from Sean Webb, O'Three

Colin receving a voucher for a drysuit and a bag full of goodies courtesy of  O’Three, a day’s tuition for compact camera users courtesy of Stuart Philpott, and a copy of the iBook ‘A photographic guide to Nudibranchs of the South Westby Bernard Picton, Dan Bolt & Terry Griffiths courtesy of Dan Bolt from Sean Webb, O'Three. Image Penny Piddock.

Runner-up

The Runner-up in the Compact Cameras category was Paul Colley with an image of a pair of Shanny.

A pair of Shanny Runner-up Compact Category by Paul Colley
A pair of Shanny Runner-up Compact Category by Paul Colley

Paul's image of a pair of Shanny was taken with an Olympus XZ-2 compact camera at 1/160th sec at f8.

Paul won a copy of his own book ‘Winning Images with Any Underwater Camera: The Essential Guide to Creating Vibrant Photos’ and a year’s membership to the Marine Conservation Society.

Paul Colley
Paul Colley receiving a copy of his own book ‘Winning Images with Any Underwater Camera: The Essential Guide to Creating Vibrant Photos’ and a year’s membership to the Marine Conservation Society from BSoUP's President Brian Pitkin. Image Penny Piddock.

HUMOROUS

Winner

The Winner of the Humorous category was Trevor Rees with an image of an underwater photographer with a leek.

Trevor Rees
Underwater Photographer with a leek. Winner Humorous category by Trevor Rees

Trevor is best known for his amazing marine life images. This year he rose to the challenge to take a humorous shot. The perfectly exposed and in focus image depicts his shocked buddy and underwater photographer Charles Erb coming across a leek underwater. It was taken with a Nikon D600 with a 15 mm lens at 160th sec @ f16 on Saturday morning.

Trevor won the AP Valves Trophy, dive goods to the value of £200 courtesy of AP Valves and a goody bag full of goodies courtesy of O’Three.

Trevor Rees
Trevor Rees receiving the AP Valves Trophy, dive goods to the value of £200 courtesy of AP Valves and a goody bag full of goodies courtesy of O’Three. Image Penny Piddock.

Runner-up

The Runner-up with the same number of points but fewer firsts was Paul Colley with an image of a Shanny.

Paul Colley
'Pink-lipped' Shanny. Humorous Runner-up by Paul Colley.

Paul's image was taken with an Olympus XZ-2 compact camera at 1/200th sec at f8. The 'lips' have been enhanced post shooting, allowable under the rules governing Humorous images only.

Paul Colley
Paul Colley receiving a copy of his own book ‘Winning Images with Any Underwater Camera: The Essential Guide to Creating Vibrant Photos’ and a year’s membership to the Marine Conservation Society from BSoUP's President Brian Pitkin. Image Penny Piddock.

THANKS

BSUP is extremely grateful for the support of all of the Competition sponsors for their generosity in donating prizes for the Winners and Runners-up.

We would also like to thank Joss Woolf, Martin Davies, Sarah White, Spike and Penny Piddock and Brian Pitkin for all of their hard work.

BSoUP members, may view all of the entries in the Competition Slideshow Archive, but you will be asked to login if you have not already done so this session.


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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