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Forthcoming events

Plan now! Register by 10pm 28 August 2015

BSoUP's Sponsors

Scuba Tours Worldwide - Sponsor of the Splash-In 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Marine Conservation Society - Sponsor of the Splash-In 2014

in association with
Egyptian Ministry of Tourism

O'Three - Sponsor of the Splash-In 2014

Scimitar Diving - Sponsor of the Splash-In 2014

SCUBA Magazine, Sponsor of the Best of British Portfolio COmpetition 2014

The Wildlife Trusts - Sponsor of the the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition


Swindon BSAC

AP Valves - Sponsor of British Splash-in Competition

Cameras Underwater - Sponsor of the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition and BIUPC 2015

Paul Colley Underwater Photography

DiveLife, Manchester, Sponsor of the Open Portfolio Competition 2014

Frogfish Photography

Nudibranchs of the South West

DiveQuest - Sponsor of the Underwater Excelence

Diver Magazine - Sponsor of the Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition and the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition

UnderWaterVisions - Sponsor of the Splash-in 2013 and 2014

Sea & Sea - Sponsor of the British Underwater Photography Championship 2013

Scuba Travel

Federico Cabello. Sponsor of the Open Portfolio 2014


Nauticam UK

Competition Registration

Next competition: Focus On - Natural Light

Deadline to enter images: 2015-07-12 23:59:00

Please also read the Rules if you haven't already done so.

Images should have a maximum width of 1400 pixels and a maximum height of 1050 pixels. The projector doesn't need a larger image !

The file size for each image should be no larger than 1MB. The projector doesn't need a bigger file!

Image manipulation is allowed, but bear in mind that this is an underwater photography competition, not a Photoshop creativity competition!

You can send your images several times, but we will only keep your latest entry. If you are a forum member (and fully paid-up BSoUP member), you will be able to log-in and change your entry up until the deadline.

Good luck !

All fields are compulsory. If your last name includes an apostrophe please replace it with an underscore.
First name (Capitalise first letter)
Last name (Capitalise first letter)

RULES - Focus On


Members of the British Society of Underwater Photographers and those who participate in the Society’s competitions are expected to observe the Underwater Photographers Code of Conduct

1. All entries must have been taken underwater.

2. The entrant must be the photographer.

3. Swimming pool and aquarium shots are not eligible, unless specifically allowed in a special competition.

4. Images entered must not have come first, second or third in a national or international competition, such as BSoUP's Open Portfolio or Beginners' Portfolio Competitions, the BSoUP or St Abbs Splash-Ins, BSoUP/ Diver Print Competition, Image, U/W Photographer of the Year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Marine Conservation Society, Antibes festival of underwater images, Dive Magazine’s British Underwater Image Festival, etc.

5. Since the competition is judged anonymously you shouldn't include your name on the image. We recommend you include copyright information (and more) in File Info without it appearing in the image. If you use Photoshop or Lightroom open the file and click on File and then select File Info from the drop down menu. You will see a tabbed dialogue box. The first tab includes Copyright Status with a drop down – select Copyrighted. In the Copyright Notice include your name (and other details if you wish). Then click on the OK button.

Competition Image Requirements

1. Entries must be digital and in JPG format. No PowerPoint or other formats will be accepted.

2. Images size must be

Landscape : maximum 1400 pixels wide

Portrait: maximum 1050 pixels high.

Resolution : 72 pixels/inch (to facilitate insertion into PowerPoint)

Files which are not in this format will be disqualified. Larger portfolios will be rejected by the server. Smaller images may not look sharp when projected.

See the 'Re-sizing Images for Competitions' for more details but please NOTE that individual image sizes given are for guidance only

3. As the image will be projected, it is advisable to convert it to sRGB, which is a better profile for projections.

4. File names should include your name (e.g. John_Smith.jpg). Please capitalise the first letter of your given and family names as this is how your name will appear as a caption in the Compeition Slideshow Archive. Please DO NOT include the subject or any other details except your name in the image file name.

Competition Entries

1. All entries for competitions at the monthly BSoUP meetings must be received by one minute to midnight on the Sunday 9 days before the event.

2. Images must be submitted using the Competitions entry form on the BSoUP website


Copyright of all images submitted remains with the photographer. BSoUP reserves the right to use the winning images on its website, in its magazine 'in focus' and in press releases in connection with the 'Focus on'' competition. Any such images will be credited to the photographer.

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