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 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 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 2019

Club members met on Saturday 16th November for the annual Open Competition. This final competition of the year pits blue water against green water, macro against wide angle. The evening was hosted at Pat Deeley’s home and was attended by 33 club members.

After the usual socialising and excellent food, 44 images from 15 members were projected. The winners had been pre-judged by Paul Statham and Pat Williams who were able to attend the meeting. Our thanks go to Pat and Paul for taking time to judge the competition and providing comments on all images, and to Pat for hosting the evening.

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

As joint judges, we each considered all entries and formed a shortlist.   We then combined our shortlists before discussing what had attracted us to them and deciding on results.  It was a very difficult choice as the original shortlist had 17 photographs and inevitably personal preferences come into play.

1st Place:  Nick Blake

A stunning image, with interesting features all over the frame combining into a coherent whole.  The positioning of the diver relative to the reflection and light rays draws the eye and gives the impression of effortless flight.

2nd Place:  Rob White

The viewer is drawn into this image by the eye contact with the fish and the models perfect positioning and focus.  Models’ eyes can sometimes look unnatural and posed in photographs but here it is as if the photographer is not there and the model is enjoying the peaceful interaction with the bumphead.

It is interesting that the photograph may not be technically perfect, with only one fish eye fully visible and the diver’s bubbles rising, but the composition, colour and exposure overcome any minor issues.

3rd Place: Nick Blake

While this kind of shot of a stingray is fairly common, what distinguished it for us was the angle from which the shot was taken. It almost looks as though the photographer dug a hole in the sand to get below the subject!  The curve of the ray’s wing is pleasing as is the reflection on the surface and the dappled light on the sand. 

Highly Commended

Peter Tatton

We loved the “graininess” of the photograph as well as the amazing subject.  We loved the way the baby is nuzzling against its mother.  Technically very accomplished as the dolphins must have been moving at speed.

Pash Baker

Appears technically perfect in terms of focus and depth of field shooting such a tiny subject with super-macro.

Rob White

Would have been placed by one of the judges despite being a relatively simple subject.  The colour and lighting are perfect.

Pash Baker

Impressive shot with good exposure.  Brightness in top right corner slightly distracting.   Again, technically very good as the subject must have been moving quickly.

Commended

Martyn Guess

Beautiful shot of photogenic subject with good colour, surface interest and feeling of motion.  Difficult given the angle but having two eyes in view would have made this even better.

Nick Blake

We loved the composition of this shot with the seal leading the eye backwards and a good sense of the environment.

Random thoughts

Jo Horrocks

This is personal preference but we found the (apparently) distorted pier leg on the left hand side very distracting.  If this had been cropped out, this photograph would probably have been placed as it shows great interaction between the fish and the photographer with great colour and surface interest.

Sue Guess

Wendy Eve

We assume these are of the same subject as boxer crabs carrying eggs are pretty rare.  Photo 10 (snooted) is obviously impressive to capture what is usually a small, skittish subject in this way but is almost hoisted by its own petard in that the snooted light is not consistent across the anemones!  Photo 31 on the other hand provides interest between the background and the markings on the crab but raises the slight concern that the subject has been moved by a helpful dive guide.  We have all been in this situation but nonetheless it left us feeling uncomfortable.

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