We had 17 people attend the meeting yesterday, which included the AGM and was followed by some excellent food (no surprise there) and presentations of images from Jo, Keith, Joss, Ken, Bert, and myself.
Our thanks once again to Joss for hosting such an enjoyable evening.
The minutes of the AGM can be found here. These also give some information on some dive trips already planned for 2013.
Congratulations to Wendy Eve who submitted a portfolio of underwater shots to the RPS and has be awarded ARPS (Associateship). Her portfolio can be seen at Wendy Eve Facebook
About 30 people attended the BBQ on 18 August and our thanks go out to Jo and Keith for an excellent evening with excellent food, the evening made even more enjoyable
because of the perfect weather.
During the evening our honoured guests, Veronica and Alan Barrett, judged the
Photosub Splash-in images. Veronica and Alan are both excellent photographers and
there work can be seen on their web pages:
Veronica = www.vabphotos.com (still under construction) and
www.crystal-lightphotography.co.uk, where you will see among other things her ARPS
and FRPS distinction panels.
Alan = www.alanbarrettimages.com .
This year we had a disappointing number of members entering (4 with a total of 11
images), maybe due to the generally bad weather leading up to the Splash-in weekend.
As you probably know in the event the weather on that weekend was excellent, so
hopefully the faint-hearted will participate next year and increase the numbers
entering. The Splash-in is the only Photosub competition where prizes are given in
addition to trophies.
And the results;
- In first place was George Mitchell with a profile portrait of a male cuckoo wrasse.
George wins a £25 voucher for Oxygene in Cranleigh as well as holding the Photosub Splash-in trophy for one year, and a glass shield.
- In second place was Len Deeley with a group of jewel anemones. Len wins a Beaver automatic safety light.
- In third place was Chris McTernan with a diver on the Glen Strathallan wreck. Chris
wins a Lionfish self build model.
Here are the three winning images.
The next meeting will be on 24th November which will also include the results of the
Photosub Digital Image Competition. We will be in touch with you nearer the time to plan your entries. The venue is likely to be Little Culmer, Wormley. However, building work is
underway so we will let you know if that changes.
I hope everybody who attended enjoyed the BBQ evening and our thanks once again to
Jo, Keith, Veronica and Alan.
Reminder that the Photosub bbq is at Keith and Jo’s place on 18th August. Also the selection of the Splash in winners by two highly respected photographers from Alan and Veronica Barrett . Arrangement will be as usual, small fee for the meal (£6) and bring your own beverage. Usual people bring sweets if you are able. I will email also.
For those entering the SPLASH IN send your images to me (not JP) . They should be 1400 x 1050 pix and you can enter upto 3. There does not look like being many people entering so if you have images put them in as higher chance of walking away with a prize.
Feel free to contact them to book a room if you want to staty the night and make sure you tell them it’s for the Photosub dinner.
More details to come.
Reminder that the Photosub Splash in dive weekend is this weekend.
You can dive anywhere from Southend to Lands End (south coast) and the judging will be on 18th August at the BBQ.
Please remember to set your camera date and time and we reserve the right to ask to see the raw images. There will be prizes for this competition and the weather is looking good. So good diving. (see full rules).
I can now give you details of the next meeting. This will be held on 26th May in Lawnsmead Church Hall in Wonersh nr Guildford and is adjacent to the village green. It has been organised by Kam. It is the same one that was used for an earlier event. (See Map) . Kam says if it is a nice day people can come early as it is a picturesque village and a good photo opportunity. We will be making a small charge of £2 towards the hire of the hall. For a change we will be arranging a ‘fish and chip supper’ which will be delivered in by a local fish shop. The choice of menu follows and you can pay on the day:
- Cod and chips £5.30
- Chicken and chips £5.30
- Pie and Chips £4.00
- Sausage and chips £2.90
We will arrange for roll and butter to be provided. Meals will be boxed and cutlery will be available in the hall. You need to bring your own drinks.
Please let me know your requirement as soon as possible and we will put in the order.
We have arranged for a speaker for part of the evening. This is Suzy Q and her talk is ‘Sharks: Fear and Fascination’.
Suzy has worked in the field of shark research and conservation for over 10 years and runs Africa Diver which specialises in taking shark diving tours out to Southern Africa. She is the UK Director for the Shark Research Institute and has worked with whale sharks in Western Australia, Tanzania, Djibouti, India and Honduras. After which she found herself working with great white sharks in South Africa and filming, amongst other things, for a Discovery documentary – great whites without cages. A freelance wildlife film maker she recently produced a film about diving with crocodiles in the Okavango. She strongly believes that introducing people, whether divers or non-divers, to the marine environment is one of the most effective conservation tools available. The talk covers topics including the philosophy of fear, psychology of human rational thought, shark behaviour and shark ecotourism.
In addition I will bring along the entries for the last annual competition for everyone to see and also a short AV , Photosub Revisited, which introduces some of past and present members of Photosub over 21 years.