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 Annual Dinner Competition takes place during the annual club dinner and is judged by an experienced underwater photographer. It covers 4 categories 1) Green Water Macro 2) Green Water Wide 3) Blue Water Macro and 4) Blue Water Wide.
  • The Autumn (Open) 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 images from 1st January to the competition closing date 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 plus Highly Commended and Commended images.
  • As well as the winner of the 1st prize receiving the Photosub Splash In trophy, which they can hold for one year, each of the three winners receives a trophy to keep.
  • The guest judge’s decision is final.
  • 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).


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

The Rules

  • There is no time restriction for images. This will open the competition to club members who are no longer diving.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 judge will select his choice for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place plus Highly Commended and Commended images.
  • The guest judge’s decision is final.
  • 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).

 


Autumn (Open) Competition Rules

The Rules

  • There is no time restriction for images. This will open the competition to club members who are no longer diving.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 plus Highly Commended and Commended images.
  • 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.
  • The winner of the Autumn/Open 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.

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

Recent Posts

Photosub AGM 2024

Date: Wed 24th Jan 2024, 20:00-20:45

Location: Zoom Call

Attendees (14): Keith Lyall, Jo Horrocks, Roger  Eve, Joss Woolf, Linda Pitkin, Martha Tressler, Anthony Holley, Jane Burnett, Anne Andic, Gill Marsh, Godfrey Bevan, Chris McTernan, Pash Baker, Rob White

APOLOGIES 

Apologies were received from Carole Hazelrigg, Pat Deeley, Bob Soames, Maria Kjellen, Martyn & Sue Guess and Wendy Eve

APPROVAL OF 2023 MINUTES

The minutes of the 2023 AGM had been circulated before the meeting. There were no matters arising. The minutes were proposed by Martha Tressler and seconded by Jane Burnett. The minutes were passed unanimously.

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

Joss Woolf reported as follows:-

Photosub Annual Meal – Saturday 25th March 2023

Events at the hotel in Farnham had become too expensive and, although we loved our evening last year at Cranleigh Golf Club, this again was prohibitively expensive. I’d like to thank Keith and Jo for identifying the Percy Arms Pub in Chilworth, Surrey for our annual meal on Saturday 25th March. We had the benefit of our own room for the event which was attended by 22 club members together with our guest judge Nick Blake and his wife Sharon.

Following a three-course buffet meal, the Annual Competition images were projected. The competition comprised the usual 4 categories:

  1. Green Water Macro/Close Up (26 entries)
  2. Green Water Wide (29 entries)
  3. Blue Water Macro/Close Up (42 entries)
  4. Blue Water Wide (38 entries)

With a dwindling number of active divers in the club, it had been agreed to allow members to submit images without any date restrictions. In the event, we had a total of 135 images (up from 109 last year) submitted by 15 members.

Our competition judge, Nick Blake, is well known to many club members particularly through BSOUP, and as a former member of Photosub before moving to live in the Lake District. Nick is a highly accomplished and well-respected underwater photographer with many competition wins to his name. Nick presented the results, along with his comprehensive feedback at the meeting. Members can access all of his comments via the website.

Len Deeley Trophy

Following the death nearly 8 years ago this summer of our club’s founder, Len Deeley, a new trophy was created by Pash Baker and Jo Horrocks in his memory. This trophy is now presented on a yearly basis at the club annual dinner.

Last year’s recipients were Martha Tressler and Anthony Holley in recognition of their support and contribution to the club including hosting barbecues at their home in Southampton along with Martha’s tireless energy working as Treasurer and Membership Secretary. Martha and Anthony have been members since the early days of the club and are regular attendees at club events.

Let’s say thank you to them again!

Photosub May 2023 Meeting

A Photosub social evening was hosted by Joss Woolf on Saturday 27th May 2023 at her home in North London. The event was attended by 18 Photosub members and the very kind summer weather allowed us to socialise in the garden. I made a Thai chicken curry as well as veggie and gluten free options which seemed to be enjoyed by all. The meal was completed with a selection of puddings brought by various members including the now legendary banoffee pie for which thanks, as usual, to Keith and Jo.

There was no competition at the meeting and in the end no images were presented either which enabled Keith to have a night off and we all had a relaxing time, simply socialising.

Photosub BBQ and Splash-in Competition 2023

Gone are the days of the “splash in weekend” or even “a splash in month”. Images are now eligible from any time in the calendar year up until the date of the competition and can be taken anywhere in the UK or Ireland. This enables more members to participate and getaround the usual issue of the British weather preventing diving. This, of course, is quite apart from the issue of the ever-decreasing number of active UK divers in the club. And, talking of the weather, the 14 club members who attended the 2023 Photosub Club BBQ, hosted by Keith and Jo at their home in Cranleigh on the 5th August, were forced to retreat indoors due to the wind and rain. A few stalwarts remained outside to cook the food under a parasol (parapluie?) but all of the socialising and eating took place inside.

Thanks very much Keith and Jo for opening up their home to the members, for organising a bbq and for organising the competition. Thanks also for the obligatory banoffee pie. Thanks to Martha and Roger too.

Keith presented the results of the 2023 Photosub Splash-in. There were 14 images submitted by 5 members. In keeping with the club’s tradition, the competition was judged by a non-diving photographer; on this occasion, Emma Stokes. Emma lives in Kent and is an award- winning landscape photographer, selling much of her work at local fairs. Unfortunately, Emma was unable to attend in person, but provided her comments for Keith to read out.

Photosub Open 2023

Club members met on Saturday 25th November 2023 for the annual Open Competition. This competition pits blue water against green water, macro against wide angle. The evening was kindly hosted by Martyn and Sue at their home in Farley Green and was attended by 10 club members.

Although lower on numbers than usual this gave members more opportunity to catch up and a very pleasant evening was had by all. After a winter warming lasagne and general socialising, 45 images from 15 members were projected. This was one of our largest set of entries for this competition, no doubt as a result of the rule change to remove the date restriction so that non diving members can participate by entering

older images. The competition had been pre-judged by JP Trenque, a former Photosub member and a former Chair of BSOUP. JP was unable to attend in person but provided his comments on the results.

Huge thanks to Martyn and Sue for hosting, to Keith for his part in the organising of the evening, to Keith and Jo for providing the statutory banoffee pie and thanks also to Roger and Martha for their help with organising as well. And thanks to me for providing a cheese platter!

During the evening, the future of Photosub was discussed, on a casual basis, given the spiralling decline in numbers of both active divers and members who attend the three gatherings each year. We agreed that, for now, we would continue because we still enjoy it but, as everyone knows, if you don’t use it, you lose it.

Nobody puts in more effort than Keith to maintain this club by organising the competitions and the annual meal, together with help from Roger Eve and Martha Tressler.Please, please, even if you have stopped diving, try to continue to support our meetings as much as possible.

Dates for this year:

Annual Dinner 6th April 2024 – Annual Dinner will again be at the Percy Arms on the 6th April. In order to have our private room again, they require a minimum number of guests but we will be able to choose from a set menu, albeit in advance, rather than a set buffet meal.

Jane Morgan has kindly agreed to be our judge for the evening and Keith and Jo have offered to put her up for the night to save on costs.

May Venue – Joss 25th May 2024

Summer BBQ August 10th – Martha and Anthony

November – yet to be determined

TREASURER’S REPORT

We remain comfortable financially with a small £78 surplus for the year. Member numbers are down again from 33 to 28 (25 diving, 3 non-diving). Both the annual dinner and the BBQ showed a small profit and contributions collected at regular meetings continues to cover about half of those costs. Other expenses – trophies, website – were similar to previous years.

The proposal is to leave the subs unchanged at £15 for diving members and £8 for non-diving members. Martha also proposed we increase the meal fee at the May and November meetings from £3.00 to £5.00pp.

These changes were passed unanimously.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

The current officers were prepared to be re-elected and as no others came forward the meeting unanimously agreed to the following:

  • Chair – Joss Woolf
  • Treasurer – Martha Tressler
  • Hon Secretary – Roger Eve
  • Competition Secretary and Webmaster – Keith Lyall

SPLASH-IN

Keith reported that with so few members now diving in the UK he was doubting the viability of the competition. This was discussed at length. The meeting resolved that for this year (2024) there would not be a judged competition but members would bring UK images from any date, to be shown at the BBQ. This decision would be reviewed at the 2025 AGM.

2024 CALENDER

Annual Dinner: The date of the Annual Dinner has been set for Saturday 6th April. As last year it would be held at the Percy Arms in Chilworth. We will need a minimum of 20 to give us the private room. However this year, rather than a buffet, we will have an individual choice of dishes from a selected menu e.g. three options for each course. These will be ordered in advance as in previous years. It is anticipated that the cost should be similar to the £44pp charged last year but the final cost is still to be agreed. Jane Morgan has kindly agreed to be a judge for this competition.

Roger will send out an email with all the necessary information as soon as this is available.

NB it is important that we all promptly respond to Roger’s email to ensure we secure the room at the Percy Arms.

  • May Meeting: Joss Woolf agreed to host this meeting on 25th May.
  • August BBQ meeting: Martha and Anthony have agreed to host this on 10th August.
  • November Meeting: The host is yet to be announced.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

During the meeting there was a little discussion on raising the profile of the club to try and attract new members who are actively diving and taking photographs. The committee will look into this matter.

The meeting close at 20.45pm just as the Zoom meeting shut down!

  1. Photosub Open 2023 Comments Off on Photosub Open 2023
  2. Photosub BBQ and Splash-in Competition 2023 Comments Off on Photosub BBQ and Splash-in Competition 2023
  3. Photosub May 2023 Meeting Comments Off on Photosub May 2023 Meeting
  4. Photosub Annual Meal – 2023 Comments Off on Photosub Annual Meal – 2023
  5. Photosub AGM 2023 Comments Off on Photosub AGM 2023
  6. Photosub Open 2022 Comments Off on Photosub Open 2022
  7. Photosub BBQ and Splash-in Competition Results 2022 Comments Off on Photosub BBQ and Splash-in Competition Results 2022
  8. Mike Maloney Comments Off on Mike Maloney
  9. Photosub Annual Meal – 2022 Comments Off on Photosub Annual Meal – 2022