Photosub digital competition 2013

This year’s digital competition contained 35 entries and was judged by Ocean Leisure Cameras‘ Dave Glanfield who sadly could not attend, but submitted very helpful feedback:

No 1 for me is without doubt image 29 (Bob Soames). I love the composition; the eel’s markings echoing the sand dune ridges, somewhat reminiscent of the sandworm in the 80’s movie Beetlejuice. The use of one strobe lifting the subject from the background, two strobes would have left it flat. Perfect sharpness and exposure of an interesting subject not normally seen like this – love it.

No 2 is image 17 (Wendy Eve). A classic shot beautiful composed and exposed. It must have taken a lot of patience to get this shot of these feisty little beasts.

No 3 is Image 27 (Bob Soames). This has a certain feel about it, which is hard to pinpoint. It’s such a clean photo with the background bleeding beautifully around the subject into the foreground. The exposure is absolutely spot on and if this image has been tweaked in Photoshop it’s been done beautifully covertly.

Special mention. Image 5 (Joss Woolf). I really love this photo. I see countless underwater images and rarely see one that makes me sit up and take notice. This is such a quirky photo with great composition.

Special mention. Image 6 (Joss Woolf). I really like the texture of this image along with its symmetry, it’s very appealing.


Photosub Splash-in 2013

A total of 23 people attended the BBQ last night, including the hosts, Godrey and Judith, and the guests of honour Dave and Gill Hughes. It was an excellent evening in the spacious garden with the weather keeping fine for us.

Dave Hughes is a member of Godalming Photographic Club and has a LRPS distinction with the RPS. He has had a number of successes with the Surrey Photographic Association and the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain as well as winning images in the Godalming Photographic Club. He was sent the 15 entries which were just numbered and a brief description but no authors and judged them in advance. All of the images (entries by Alex Tattersall, Keith Lyall, Len Deeley, Rob Robertson, Gill Marsh, Bob Soames) were all projected later in the evening and the results announced. They were as follows:

Highly Commended
Keith Lyall with image of a hermit crab taken at Selsey
Keith Lyall with image of nudibranch taken at Selsey
Len Deeley with close up of Tubularia Indivisa head taken on James Egan Layne

3rd place
Bob Soames with image of plumose anemone taken out of Plymouth

2nd Place
Len Deeley with image of white striped anemone taken on James Egan Layne

1st Place
Len Deeley with image of diver and plumose anemones on Scylla wreck (with heavy plankton bloom).

Dave Hughes gave briefly his reason for his selections. Prize money was £50 to the winner.

Hopefully we will see a greater number of entries next year. At the next meeting we can discuss the timing of the splash in for 2014. My view is that we should move it to later in the season, maybe mid to late July.

Here are the images


Photosub Annual competition 2012

Guest of honour: Martin Edge
There was a good turnout of 37 members and guests for our 2013 Annual dinner, held on 2 March at the Farnham House Hotel. Our guest of honour Martin Edge  judged the images. A special thanks to Martin for all of his efforts in making his selection and all those who took part in the competitions.
Blue Water
1. Wendy Eve
2. Adrian Haines
3. Adrian Haines
Blue Water Advanced
1. Bob Soames
2. Martyn Guess
3. Ken Sullivan
Green Water
1. Rob Robertson
2. Artian Haines
3. Adrtian Haines
Green Water Advanced
1. Keith Lyall
2. Ken Sullivan
3. Bob Soames
Congratulations to the winners and also to JP Trenque and Bert Lee for their efforts in preparing the competition and organising the print stands respectively. Finally a thanks to Hon. Chairman, Keith Lyall for his efforts on the evening.
I hope everyone enjoyed the event. Next year’s dinner is booked for 1 March 2014 at the Farnham House Hotel.


Photosub AGM – 2013

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.


Photosub Splash-in 2012

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 = (still under construction) and, where you will see among other things her ARPS
and FRPS distinction panels. Alan = .

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.

Photosub Splash-in this weekend

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).

Next Photosub meeting – 26 May

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.

Photosub Annual Competition 2011

Judged on 3 March 2012 by Paul Naylor

The Photosub 21st Dinner took place on Saturday 3 March 2012 with a few extra ingredients.

Len Deeley put an audio visual together of Photosub Revisited, with images of some of our members over the past 21 years. Kam Arya also had a 21st Birthday cake made by a dear 89 year old lady to celebrate our coming of age. There were 44 guests booked although unfortunately two were unable to make it. It was very nice to see some of our ex members who came for the special occasion e.g. Keith Webster and Ron Lee.

After the dinner and the cake cutting there were a few well chosen words from our new Chairman Keith Lyall and the audio visual was run. Our guest of honour was Paul Naylor with his wife Teresa and Paul then said a few words and thanked us for the invitation. Paul was sent the PDI images in advance for judging so they were already prepared to be run through and then the winners projected with comments from Paul on each of the winning images.

We had received :

  • 9 green water images
  • 34 green water advanced images
  • 14 blue water images
  • 44 blue water advanced images

Here are the winning images.