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.
The guest of honour for the evening was Anna Stowe (see her own work at ) , 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.
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.


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 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

Well I hope many of you managed to get into the water last weekend and got some images for the Splash in competition in August. I had 9 divers on my charter in Plymouth but only 4 were Photosub members. The conditions were the best I have seen for many a year. Calm both days and on Sunday we were at Eddistone Light which was flat calm.  Excellent visibility too. You will be notified where to send the images in due course for the competition. Rules as apply on the website. In the meantime it would be useful to know how many people will be entering. Drop me an email and let me know.

ps do not forget to contact me re the meeting on 26 May and place your food order.

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).

Photosub Splash-in 2010

Our guest of honour and judge for the evening was Steve Laurenson a well known photographer in the Surrey area and circuit judge with the Surrey Photographic Association. He was tasked with selecting the winning entries for the Photosub Splash in. There were 16 entries but three had to be withdrawn as the author mis-understood the rules and thought that the entries were allowed from the weekend of the BSoUP Splash in, whereas the competition dates were the 8/9 May. Therefore, the final results were as follows:

  • 1st place Bob Soames with a picture of a Tompot Blenny
  • 2nd place Alex Tattersall with a picture of a nudibranch
  • 3rd place Bob Soames with a picture of a sea slug egg ribbon

Bob was awarded the Photosub Splash in trophy, which he retains for a year as well as a permanent trophy. He also won a DVD fish guide and a waterproof storage bag. Alex wins a woodcut construction kit of a blue whale (and may he have many happy hours constructing it!)