Competitions

Photosub Competitions

The club organises 3 underwater photographic competitions each year.

  • The Annual Splash-in Competition takes place early in the summer diving season with images eligible from the waters of UK and Ireland. It is judged by an experienced photographer but who has no experience of underwater photography. Results are announced at the club BBQ.
  • The Prints & Digital Competition takes place during the annual club dinner and is judged by an experienced underwater photographer. It covers 5 categories 1) Green Water Macro 2) Green Water Wide 3) Blue Water Macro 4) Blue Water Wide and 5) Prints.
  • The Autumn Competition takes place in November and is judged by an experienced underwater photographer. Images can be taken anywhere in the world.


Annual Splash-in Rules

The Rules

  • You may take as many images as you wish during the competition MONTH defined by the Photosub Committee. Note that images can be taken anywhere in UK or Ireland.
  • All images must have been taken underwater. This includes images taken in inland dive sites, rivers and ponds. Swimming pool and aquarium shots are not eligible.
  • Only Photosub members are eligible to take part in the competition.
  • If you are using film, you are responsible for having it processed and converted for digital projection as slides are no longer accepted.
  • There is no restriction whatsoever in how you create the final images, although all images must be taken during the period of the competition. Photoshop or any other manipulation software can be used, without restriction. The entrant must be responsible for all manipulation, although guidance by club members and use of other member’s equipment can be sought.
  • Compliance with the above rules, including when the images are taken and how they are prepared for presentation, is based on trust.

Image Preparation

  • Up to three images can be entered into the competition.
  • Entries will be accepted by email to the Competition Secretary no later than the published closing date.
  • Images must be in JPEG format, no wider than 1400 pixels and no higher than 1050 pixels
  • Filenames should include the name of the photographer e.g. DavidDoubilet-01.jpg, DavidDoubilet-02.jpg, DavidDoubilet-03.jpg.

Judging

  • The competition results will be announced at the club BBQ.
  • A guest of honour will be chosen, who will be an experienced photographer but not an underwater photographer.
  • The judge will select his choice for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. As well as the winner of the 1st prize receiving the Photosub Splash In trophy, which he can hold for one year, each of the three winners receives a trophy to keep.
  • The winner of the Photosub Splash In Trophy should return the trophy prior to the next competition, with their name engraved (engraving costs will be reimbursed by the club).


Prints & Digital (Annual Dinner) Competition Rules

The Categories

  1. (BWW) Blue Water Wide Angle Projected Images
  2. (GWW) Green Water Wide Angle Projected Images
  3. (BWM) Blue Water Macro/Close Up Projected Images
  4. (GWM) Green Water Macro/Close Up Projected Images
  5. Open Prints

The Rules

  • Entries for the Projected Images categories must have been taken within the last three years.
  • All images must have been taken underwater. Swimming pool and aquarium shots are not eligible.
  • The entrant must be the photographer.
  • Only Photosub members are eligible to take part in the competition.
  • Projected images will only be digital images. Transparencies are no longer accepted, for practical reasons, although they can be converted to digital for projection.
  • There is no restriction whatsoever in how you create the final images. Photoshop or any other manipulation software can be used, without restriction. The entrant must be responsible for all manipulation, although guidance by club members and use of other member’s equipment can be sought.
  • Macro or Close-up – images taken at close range either with a macro lens or a primary lens with a supplementary close-up lens  – typically small subjects life size or larger.
  • Wide Angle –  images taken with a wide-angle lens (whose focal length is substantially smaller than the focal length of a normal lens) – main subject usually smaller than life size. Close focus wide angle images are categorised as Wide Angle.
  • Prints must have been taken within the last three years.
  • Both darkroom and digital prints are acceptable, but marine life prints must fairly represent fauna and/or Flora in a natural way. This does not inhibit the presentation of fauna and/or flora in a pictorial way that is clearly not designed as a ‘natural image’
  • Prints should be mounted on card and can have a card mount frame. However, the total size of the print entry must be no greater than 50cm X 40cm, including the mount.
  • Exclusions: Photos that have previously come first, second, or third in any national or international competition CANNOT be used. Photos that have achieved first, second, or third in any national or international portfolio competition can be used. Entries that have come first, second or third in any Photosub competitions are NOT eligible.

Image Preparation

  • Up to three images may be entered into each category.
  • Entries will be accepted by email to the Competition Secretary no later than the published closing date.
  • Images be in JPEG format, no wider than 1400 pixels and no higher than 1050 pixels.
  • Filenames should include both the photographer name and the category e.g. DavidDoubilet_BWW_1.jpg for Blue Water Wide, DavidDoubilet_GWM_3.jpg for Green Water Macro etc.

Judging

  • A guest judge who is an underwater photographer will pre-judge the projected images prior to the event.
  • The print competition will be judged on the evening of the Photosub Annual Meal.
  • The winners of 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category receive a trophy which they keep, as well as the Photosub Annual Trophy for 1st place in each category, which they hold for one year and should be returned prior to the next competition, with their name engraved (engraving costs will be reimbursed by the club).
  • The guest judge’s decision is final. Should there be any contention, however, with regard to the rule regarding natural marine life print and digital images the judge will be subsequently asked to adjudicate by reviewing the original digital file or the print.

 


Autumn Competition Rules

The Rules

  • There is no restriction on where images are taken; they can be blue water, green water, inland dives sites, rivers, ponds or even in a swimming pool.
  • The entrant must be the photographer.
  • Only Photosub members are eligible to take part in the competition.
  • Images can be produced either digitally or from film. If you are still using film, you are responsible for having it processed and converted for digital projection. There is no restriction on the use of digital imaging software.
  • Photos that have previously come first, second, or third in any national or international competition CANNOT be used. Photos that have achieved first, second, or third in any national or international portfolio competition can be used. Entries that have come first, second or third in any Photosub competitions are NOT eligible.
  • The original image must have been taken within the last three years.

Image Preparation

  • Up to three images can be entered into the competition.
  • Entries will be accepted by email to the Competition Secretary no later than the published closing date.
  • These must be in JPEG format, no wider than 1400 pixels and no higher than 1050 pixels
  • Filenames should include the name of the photographer e.g. DavidDoubilet-01.jpg, DavidDoubilet-02.jpg, DavidDoubilet-03.jpg.

Judging

  • A guest judge who is an underwater photographer will pre-judge the projected images.
  • The competition results will be announced at the club autumn meeting (typically November).
  • The judge will select his choice for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The overall winner receives a trophy which he keeps as well as the Autumn Trophy which they hold for one year. The winner should return the trophy prior to the next competition, with their name engraved (engraving costs will be reimbursed by the club).
  • The guest judge’s decision is final. Should there be any contention, however, with regard to the rule regarding natural marine life print and digital images the judge will be subsequently asked to adjudicate by reviewing the original digital file or the print.The winner of the Autumn Trophy should return the trophy prior to the next competition, with their name engraved (engraving costs will be reimbursed by the club).

Competition Notification

The Competition Secretary will send out a reminder email with the closing date for entries for each competition. Entrants must provide appropriate images by the publicised date.

Winning images for all competitions will be notified by email and on the Photosub website and all entries will be projected at the Photosub meeting followed by the announcement of the results of the competition.

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Photosub Open 2021

Club members met on Saturday 20th November 2021 for the annual Open Competition. This competition pits blue water against green water, macro against wide angle. The evening was hosted at Keith & Jo’s house in Cranleigh and was attended by 20 club members.

After the usual socialising and pasta themed meal, 32 images from 11 members were projected. The winners had been pre-judged by Nur Tucker, avid underwater photographer and Competition Secretary for BSOUP. Nur attended the meeting with husband Paul and provided detailed feedback on her choice of images.

Our thanks go to:

  • Nur for judging the competition, and to Nur & Paul for joining us at the meeting
  • Keith & Jo for hosting the evening and providing the meal
  • Roger & Wendy, Carole & Tim, Martyn & Sue and Ann & Pat for providing desserts
  • Keith for organising  and running the competition
  • All entrants who submitted images to the competition

The winning images are as follows with judges comments in italics:

1st Place – Martyn Guess

I love the creativity here. I think this is an image overlay of two different lenses. Not only it is a creative idea but also a good execution. Needs a little crop from top right corner.

2nd Place – Martyn Guess

What a cutie, what a character. Amazing shot and taken very well. Looks like it is snooted. I like the way the author achieved separation here to draw the attention to the intricate details of this beautiful animal. If there was more space on its top or if it was a portrait shot, it could have done better.

3rd Place – Mike Davidge

Clearly a master photographer was in action here. Beautifully executed shot of a symbiotic relationship between the Commensal Emperor shrimp and Ceratasoma Nudibranch.

Highly Commended – Mike Davidge

I love this shot. Beautiful peak of the action or turning point of the anthia. Eyes are sharp and looking into the photographer. Beautiful colours are in sharp contrast to the black background. A little bit less DOF and more exposure would have been even better

Highly Commended – Martha Tressler

I like this cuttlefish portrait. The colours look very striking, but would have benefitted from a tighter crop. The top right corner does not do much for me. Redundant space, little tweaks like this can move this shot up in ranking.

Highly Commended – Jo Horrocks

John Dory, a very nice image, good lighting and great detail. Would have been better to change the orientation a bit and also show the beauty of the dorsal and pectoral  fins of this beautiful fish.

Commended – Martyn Guess

This was one of my favourites and it could have done better if it was not for the photoshop brush strokes being so visible on the final layer. Very  good use of natural light. Great proximity and  eye contact.

Commended – Martha Tressler

Lovely image. Anemones are creating a great negative space here. I love the way yellow and purple creating contasting colours. Lighting is good and good use of rule of thirds and diagonals. 

Commended – Keith Lyall

The photographer is on to a great image here. A very nice portrait of a cuckoo wrasse. Great proximity, good eye contact, even the mouth is open a little as if wanting to communicate with the photographer. Good solid black bacground. But this kind of image needs a great scale of symmetry. I can see one side of the fins, and also the right side of its face is in the dark. Shot looks lopsided.

Commended – Keith Lyall

I like this shot. Good angle, good use of diagonals. Looks like it has been taken with magic filters? It could have done better in this competition if the author increased the contrast a bit. B&W photos are all about drama and the way to achieve that is to reduce the middle grey tones and increase the end values of black and white as in the name

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