Photosub Splash-in Date Change

The dates of this year’s Photosub Splash-In competition are being extended to include THE FIRST 4 WEEKENDS IN JULY.   This will give as many members as possible the chance to get in the water and take some pictures, hopefully avoiding other commitments and the worst of whatever the weather has in mind for us.

So, eligible images must have been taken anywhere in the UK or Ireland between the 1st July and 24th July 2016 inclusive.  

( Just for clarity, Photosub members’ images taken on Whirlwind in the Red Sea WILL NOT be eligible!!! ) 

This is a projected image competition and, if you choose, manipulation software can be used without restriction.  You may enter up to 3 images into the competition.  Full rules are on the Photosub web site.
 
The Photosub Splash-In is a unique competition because we always ask an experienced non-underwater photographer to judge the images for us, and this can result in some interesting and unexpected results! 

Your competition images need to be sent to Keith Lyall by Friday 29th July at the latest.

Photosub Summer Meeting

Photosub held a social meeting last Saturday night, very kindly hosted by Joss at her house in East Finchley.  Despite the inclement June weather, seventeen members and guests attended and enjoyed the usual informal socialising, excellent food and company, and sharing of projected images.

The projected image subjects were Nudibranchs and Shoals, as chosen by Joss, and about half a dozen of us treated the gathering to some excellent images.  It has to be said that there were some interesting interpretations of the subjects, including a ‘shoal’ of fish in the tentacles of a jellyfish and some fish-like nudibranchs. However, all good and entertaining stuff!  Thanks to everyone who brought images along.
 
I am sure you will be aware that this was our first meeting since learning of Len’s death.  This has been shocking and unhappy news, and we took some time to reflect on it, share our thoughts, express our feelings for Len and Pat, and to recognise Len’s fantastic contribution to Photosub, to underwater photography generally and to the enjoyment we have all had from our hobby.
 
We reflected on the great success Len had made Photosub into, and the desire we all have to ensure this continued.  And we agreed the need for some ongoing recognition of Len’s role and achievement in establishing Photosub and that the committee would look into this.

It is impossible to replace Len, his loss to the club is huge.  Some changes to the running of Photosub are now required to ensure its continued success.  We agreed that a few volunteers are needed to work with the committee to make these adjustments and to help with activities and events.  My sincere thanks to Martha and Keith for your offers of help, they are very much appreciated. 
 
If any other members would like to help with the running of the club or its activities, please could you let me know by return, it would be much appreciated.  Thank you. 
 
In closing, I’d like to thank everybody that came along and, especially, those who made the meeting happen.  To Joss as a great host and for treating us to some lovely food.  To those kind people (I’m sorry I didn’t find out who) who provided some very nice puddings.  And also to Martha and Anthony for providing and operating the projection equipment for us. Thank you all very much.
 
Our next meeting will be the annual BBQ and Photosub Splash-In Competition results meeting at Jo and Keith’s house on 6th August. 

Len Deeley FRPS

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It is with heavy hearts that we share the sad news of the death of our friend, fellow photographer and diver, Len Deeley. Len was taken ill on Wednesday evening 15th June 2016, with aortic dissection and was operated on at St Georges, Tooting but suffered a massive stroke. Len passed away on Thursday 16th June 2016. Our condolences and thoughts are with his beloved wife Pat and family this sad time.

Len began diving as a member of 562 Para Sqn. T.A. back in 1970 with BSAC London Army 328 Branch. When Len left the T.A. in 1975 he joined BSAC East Ham Branch 604. However, Len really settled into serious diving when he became a member of the Billericay Sub Aqua Club (1620) in 1980 when it formed.

In 1981 Len joined the British Society of Underwater Photographers, where he got to know many underwater photographers, some of international status. This was an invaluable part of a learning process, which helped him develop his underwater photography.

In 1986 Len moved from Essex to Surrey and joined Cranleigh Sub Aqua Club and Godalming Photographic Club, with whom he developed an interest in other forms of photography and printing techniques. This led to his own darkroom and, latterly, digital imaging. Len also joined The Royal Society of Photography (RPS) and earned an ARPS distinction in the Applied Category using underwater images taken with slide film. This was followed in 2006 when Len achieved a Fellowship distinction with the RPS in the Nature category with digital prints.

Having the right type of diving is so important for underwater photography and that is unlikely to be found with a normal diving club. In 1988 therefore Len formed Photosub Underwater Photography Club. Our club, with a membership of circa 50 people, provided the backdrop for much of his diving. Len was the heart, sole and driving force behind the success of this highly social club, organising many events including meetings, competitions, presentations and the annual meal. Len and Pat opened up their home on so many occasions as the venue for regular club meetings.

Len had been on the lecture circuit of the Surrey Photographic Association since 1993 and regularly give talks, slide shows and lectures, including photoshop technique and how to produce digital audio visuals.

Len regularly organized diving trips for underwater photographers to locations worldwide, such as Red Sea, Indonesia, French Polynesia, Galapagos, Cocos Islands, South Africa, Mozambique, Philippines, Cuba, etc.

By building up successes with entries in various British Photographic Exhibitions affiliated to the BPE Crown Awards scheme Len achieved the BPE1 award certificate in March 2007, BPE2 in April 2007 and BPE3 in May 2008.

In 2009 Len was commissioned with a dive friend Karen Gargani to produce a book. The book, called Ultimate Diving Adventures, was released in UK in October 2009 with world wide publication thereafter. In March 2011 Len was awarded AFIAP distinction with the Federation Internationale Del’Art Photographique, and Len was awarded EFIAP distinction in May 2015.

Len was Chairman of Mid Thames AV Group and a regular attendee and entrant of AV Festivals. He was well known for his incredible underwater photography. His most recent success were for ‘Thistlegorm Remembered’ in the 2016 Peter Coles IAC International and for ‘A Compasionate Man’ in the 2014 Great Northern Festival. Both sequences received Special Judges Mentions.

Len was a big man in all ways and will leave a large hole in there lives of those who were fortunate enough to know him. We will all miss you Len, rest in peace.

Photosub Annual Dinner 2016

Saturday 5th March 2016 was the occasion of our 25th Annual Dinner and was well attended with 31 members and guests (was 33 but two had to cancel due to illness). Members gathered at around 7pm and had plenty of time to mingle and enjoy a few drinks before the meal. We sat down for an enjoyable meal at around 8.15pm and after that the digital entries were projected. Our guest of honour Arthur Kingdon (with his wife Ann) attended the dinner and Arthur had judged the digital images in advance of the evening. This was no mean task as the change in categories certainly increased the overall numbers entered:

GREEN WATER CLOSE UP/MACRO 22
GREEN WATER WIDE 27
BLUE WATER CLOSE UP/MACRO 62
BLUE WATER WIDE 51

Arthur had clearly spent a lot of time and effort in his evaluation of the digital images (he received them numbered only with no authors names) and brought along envelopes with the winning images listed. After all digital images had been projected each envelope was opened in turn and the winning images were projected again in reverse order and Arthur gave a few comments on each of them.

Blue Water – Macro

1ST PASH BAKER

1ST PLACE PASH BAKER

2ND PLACE BOB SOAMES

2ND PLACE BOB SOAMES

3RD PLACE DANIEL TAYLOR

3RD PLACE DANIEL TAYLOR

HIGHLY COMMENDED KEITH LYALL

HIGHLY COMMENDED KEITH LYALL

HIGHLY COMMENDED GILL MARSH

HIGHLY COMMENDED GILL MARSH

COMMENDED PETER TATTON

COMMENDED PETER TATTON

COMMENDED MARTYN GUESS

COMMENDED MARTYN GUESS

-COMMENDED BOB SOAMES

COMMENDED BOB SOAMES

COMMENDED ANTHONY HOLLEY

COMMENDED ANTHONY HOLLEY

Blue Water – Wide angle

1ST PLACE NICK BLAKE

1ST PLACE NICK BLAKE

2ND PLACE MARTYN GUESS

2ND PLACE MARTYN GUESS

3RD PLACE MARTYN GUESS

3RD PLACE MARTYN GUESS

HIGHLY COMMENDED KEITH LYALL

HIGHLY COMMENDED KEITH LYALL

HIGHLY COMMENDED GILL MARSH

HIGHLY COMMENDED GILL MARSH

COMMENDED ROB WHITE

COMMENDED ROB WHITE

COMMENDED MARTYN GUESS

COMMENDED MARTYN GUESS

Green Water – Macro

1ST PLACE KEITH LYALL

1ST PLACE KEITH LYALL

2ND PLACE ROB WHITE

2ND PLACE ROB WHITE

3RD PLACE ROB WHITE

3RD PLACE ROB WHITE

HIGHLY COMMENDED GILL MARSH

HIGHLY COMMENDED GILL MARSH

COMMENDED LEN DEELEY

COMMENDED LEN DEELEY

COMMENDED DANIEL TAYLOR

COMMENDED DANIEL TAYLOR

COMMENDED CHRIS MCTERNAN

COMMENDED CHRIS MCTERNAN

Green Water – Wide Angle

1ST PLACE NICK BLAKE

1ST PLACE NICK BLAKE

2ND PLACE NICK BLAKE

2ND PLACE NICK BLAKE

3RD PLACE ROB WHITE

3RD PLACE ROB WHITE

HIGHLY COMMENDED ROB WHITE

HIGHLY COMMENDED ROB WHITE

HIGHLY COMMENDED MARTYN GUESS

HIGHLY COMMENDED MARTYN GUESS

COMMENDED KEITH LYALL

COMMENDED KEITH LYALL

COMMENDED ROB WHITE

COMMENDED ROB WHITE

Prints

COMMENDED LEN DEELEY

COMMENDED LEN DEELEY

COMMENDED LEN DEELEY

COMMENDED LEN DEELEY

 

 

Photosub Open Digital Images Competition

A very successful evening last night at the Photosub meeting attended by 21 members and guests. We were joined by Robert and Paula Bailey who were our guests of honour and after the usual social formalities and excellent food (thanks to Pat) we projected the 42 images entered into the competition. The winners had been pre-judged by Robert and envelopes were opened in reverse order announcing the winners. The results were as follows:

1st Place Male Anthia by Pash Baker
2nd Place Blue Sharks by Martyn Guess
3rd Place Cardinal Fish Portrait with Eggs by Gill Marsh
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Highly Commended
  • School of Snappers by Keith Lyall
  • Batfish, Sahl Hasheesh by Len Deeley
  • Harlequin Shrimp by Rob White
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all those who took part for making it such a successful competition.
1st Place Pash Baker

1st Place – Pash Baker

2nd Place - Martyn Guess

2nd Place – Martyn Guess

3rd Place - Gill Marsh

3rd Place – Gill Marsh

Highly Commended - Keith Lyall

Highly Commended – Keith Lyall

Highly Commended - Len Deeley

Highly Commended – Len Deeley

Highly Commended - Rob White

Highly Commended – Rob White

Photosub BBQ and Splash-in Competition Results 2015

A most enjoyable evening was had last night by about 25 club members and guests at the Photosub BBQ, which was hosted by Martha and Anthony at their delightful house in Southampton. The weather was kind, the food was great and it was an opportunity to meet up with our friends. So special thanks to Martha and Anthony for all of their efforts.

As most of you know we had to revise the rules this year for the Splash in as club members did not manage to ‘get wet’ on the weekend of the actual Splash in. So the rules were changed this year to enable entries to be from anywhere in UK waters taken during the month of July. Even that looked shaky but by the deadline I finally received 3 images from each of 5 club members, giving us 15 images in the competition. Keeping with tradition we had a well respected photographer (who is also a photographic judge on the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain circuit), Roy Lambeth but who is not a diver.

Roy judged the images in advance and brought the results to the BBQ, accompanied by his wife, Lyn.

All images were projected twice and then the envelopes were opened to announce the winners (a bit like the Oscars!). So the results. These are as follows:
  • 1st place Ballan Wrasse by Chris McTernan
  • 2nd place Carp, Wraysbury Lake by Len Deeley
  • 3rd place Swimming Crab by Chris McTernan
  • Highly Commended Seal with Diver by Jane Morgan

Chris won the book British Sea Fishes by Dr Frances Dipper and also a Buffalo Dry Bag. He will hold the competition trophy for one year and also gets a trophy to keep permanently. Len won a Beaver stainless steel pointer stick.

Congratulations to the winners and also to all that participated. At the end of the day we had a good quality competition.

The committee will be reviewing the Splash in rules for the future and will let you know the decision in due course.

1st Place - Ballan Wrasse by Chris McTernan

1st Place – Ballan Wrasse by Chris McTernan

2nd - Carp by Len Deeley

2nd Place – Carp by Len Deeley

3rd Place - Swimming Crab by Chris McTernan

3rd Place – Swimming Crab by Chris McTernan

Commended - Seal by Jane Morgan

Commended – Seal by Jane Morgan

Photosub Annual Dinner 2015

A very successful dinner last night at Farnham House Hotel. We had 33 members and guests including our guest of honour and judge for the evening Nigel Wade ARPS of Dive Magazine.

The following are the winning images in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places as well as the judges chosen Commended and Highly Commended selections.

In the Blue Water category we had only nine images from 3 club members. The results: were:
  • 1st place Pash Baker
  • 2nd place Pash Baker
  • 3rd place Caroline Worley
Green Water Advanced category. There were 39 entries from 14 members:
  • 1st place Nick Blake
  • 2nd place Keith Lyall
  • 3rd place Rob White
  • Highly Commended Rob White
  • Highly Commended Gill Marsh
  • Commended George Mitchell
  • Commended Joss Woolf
Blue Water Advanced category. There were 48 entries from 17 members:
  • 1st place Rob White
  • 2nd place Len Deeley
  • 3rd place Gill Marsh
  • Highly Commended Rob White
  • Highly Commended Martyn Guess
  • Commended Joss Woolf
  • Commended Sue Guess
Open Prints Category. There were 26 prints and the results were:
  • 1st place Bob Soames
  • 2nd place Bob Soames
  • 3rd place Wendy Eve
  • Highly Commended Peter Tatton
  • Commended Martyn Guess
Pash Baker - 1st Place - Blue Water

Pash Baker – 1st Place Blue Water

Pash Baker - 2nd place   Blue Water

Pash Baker – 2nd Place Blue Water

Caroline Worley - 3rd place  - Blue water

Caroline Worley – 3rd Place Blue water

Nick Blake - 1st Place Green Water Advanced

Nick Blake – 1st Place Green Water Advanced

Keith Lyall - 2nd Place Green Water Advanced

Keith Lyall – 2nd Place Green Water Advanced

Rob White - 3rd Place Green Water Advanced

Rob White – 3rd Place Green Water Advanced

Rob White - Highly Commended Green Water Advanced

Rob White – Highly Commended Green Water Advanced

Gill Marsh - Highly Commended Green Water Advanced

Gill Marsh – Highly Commended Green Water Advanced

George Mitchell - Commended Green Water Advanced

George Mitchell – Commended Green Water Advanced

 Joss Woolf - Commended Green Water Advanced

Joss Woolf – Commended Green Water Advanced

Rob White - 1st Place Blue Water Advanced

Rob White – 1st Place Blue Water Advanced

Len Deeley - 2nd Place Blue Water Advanced

Len Deeley – 2nd Place Blue Water Advanced

Gill Marsh - 3rd Place Blue Water Advanced

Gill Marsh – 3rd Place Blue Water Advanced

Rob White - Highly Commended Blue Water Advanced

Rob White – Highly Commended Blue Water Advanced

Martyn Guess - Highly Commended Blue Water Advanced

Martyn Guess – Highly Commended Blue Water Advanced

Joss Woolf - Commended Blue Water Advanced

Joss Woolf – Commended Blue Water Advanced

Sue Guess - Commended Blue Water Advanced

Sue Guess – Commended Blue Water Advanced

Bob Soames - 1st Place Print

Bob Soames – 1st Place Print

Bob Soames - 2nd Place Print

Bob Soames – 2nd Place Print

Wendy Eve - 3rd Place Print

Wendy Eve – 3rd Place Print

Martyn Guess - Commended Print

Martyn Guess – Commended Prints

Photosub AGM – 2015

16 members and guests attended that Photosub Meeting on 31st January and was, as usual, a pleasant evening with good company, good food and drink followed by the projections of some 2014 images from Mario Vitalini, Ken Sullivan and Len Deeley. This was all preceded by the AGM.

The minutes of the 2015 AGM can be found here. The minutes also give information on various dive trips and events planned for 2015.

May I offer on the club’s behalf our thanks to Keith Lyall who has stood down as club Chairman but is continuing in the roll of Webmaster.

Wishing you all a good dive year.

Photosub Digital Competition 2014

The Photosub meeting took place at Keith and Jo’s house yesterday and we had a very pleasant and successful evening with over 30 members and guests turning up.
Our thanks to Keith and Jo for hosting the evening and also providing excellent food. Also thanks to those that helped them throughout the evening.
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Special thanks also has been sent to Trevor Rees who was our special guest for the evening and the judge for the Photosub Digital Photo Competition. Trevor was sent  the images for judging in advance and the results were announced on the night after all of the entries were projected. 55 images were entered by 20 members. The results were as follows:
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Commended (in no particular order)
Joss Woolf with a clownfish in anemone
Keith Lyall with fish shoals on a reef wall
Martha Tressler with Manattees
Rob White with whale shark and light rays
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3rd PlaceMartyn Guess with 3 dolphins
2nd PlaceLen Deeley with whale shark at surface and fish shoal
1st PlaceJoss Woolf with porcelain crab
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Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all those that took part in the competition.

Photosub Splashin Results 2014

The club BBQ was held on Sat 16th August at Swindon Sub-Aqua Club and there was an excellent turnout of 31 members and guests. The venue was really excellent and a tribute to Gill Marsh and the other members of SSAC who have been able to have this purpose built venue developed to such a high standard. A special thanks to Gill and Andy who hosted the evening, producing really excellent food, and also thanks to James and Roger from SSAC who ran the bar and helped out with the organisation. If you get a chance I would encourage you to pay a visit to SSAC sometime as the venue is quite unique.
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The guest of honour for the evening was Anna Stowe (see her own work at  www.annastowephotography.com ) , with her partner Mike Buy. Anna judged the competition in advance and brought her choice of winning images in sealed envelopes. All 17 images entered by 8 club members were projected and then the envelopes were opened to announce the winners.
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The results were as follows:
  • 1st Len Deeley with an image of a Tompot Blenny on James Eagan Layne wreck
  • 2nd Keith Lyall with a close focus wide angle image of a Velvet Swimming Crab shown in its environment taken at Selsey Lifeboat station
  • 3rd Martyn Guess with a close up image of a Velvet Swimming Crab taken at Selsey Lifeboat station

We will try to give plenty of notice for the date of the next Photosub Splash in so that members can clear their diaries for it and, hopefully, we can have a greater number of members entering next year.