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 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.
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.
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:
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
Bob Soames with image of plumose anemone taken out of Plymouth
Len Deeley with image of white striped anemone taken on James Egan Layne
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
Winner – Len Deeley
2nd – Len Deeley
3rd – Bob Soames
Highly Commended – Len Deeley
Highly Commended – Keith Lyall
Highly Commended – Keith Lyall
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 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).
Our guest of honour and judge for the evening was Peter Rhodes
- 1st and 2nd place went to Alex Tattersall
- 3rd Place went to Joss Woolf
Alex was awarded the Photosub Splash in trophy, which he retains for a year as well as a permanent trophy.
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!)