Competitions

Photosub Competitions

The club organises 3 underwater photographic competitions each year.

  • The Annual Splash-in Competition takes place early in the diving season and is now called the “end to end” splash in as members are allowed to present images taken from Southend to Lands-End. It is judged by an experienced photographer but who has no experience of underwater photography.
  • The Prints & Digital Competition takes place during the annual club dinner and is judged by an experienced underwater photographer.
  • The Open Digital Images Competition takes place in November and is judged by an experienced underwater photographer.

Annual Splash-in Rules

The rules of the competition are that 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.

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.

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.

Only Photosub members are eligible to take part in the competition.

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. Blue Water Wide Angle Projected Images
  2. Green Water Wide Angle Projected Images
  3. Blue Water Macro/Close Up Projected Images
  4. Green Water Macro/Close Up Projected Images
  5. Open Prints

The Rules:

Up to three images may be entered into each category as appropriate.

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.

Entries for the Projected Images categories must have been taken within the last three years.

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.

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.

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.

All images must have been taken underwater. Swimming pool and aquarium shots are not eligible.

The entrant must be the photographer.

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.

Open Digital Images Competition Rules

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.

Images can be produced either digitally or from film. If you are 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.

Up to three images can be entered. There is no restriction on where images are taken; they can be blue water, green water or even in a swimming pool.

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.

The Competition Secretary will select the judge or judges to assess the images and select the winning images. The judge’s decision is final.

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 Photosub Digital Images Trophy which he holds 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).

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.

Recent Posts

Photosub BBQ and Splash-in Competition Results 2017

Approximately 20 club members attended the 2017 Photosub Club BBQ which was hosted by Godfrey and Judith Bevan at their home in Battle, East Sussex. A warm sunny evening allowed members and guests to relax and enjoy the surroundings of the Bevan’s lovely garden. In addition Les Kemp and his wife Diane were invited as they now live in Battle. Some members will remember Les from the early Cranleigh Club days.

Following the success of recent years, images were eligible from any time in July and could be taken anywhere in the UK or Ireland. This allowed for more members to participate and help get around the usual issue of the British weather preventing diving. There were 21 images submitted by 8 members.

In keeping with tradition we were joined by Rick Moye and his girlfriend Jayne. Rick is a local professional photographer specialising in landscape photgraphy. Rick judged the images in advance and provided his picks prior to the meeting so that a final results presentation could be prepared. Rick was very impressed by the overall standard and particularly surprised at the colour in the images; his expectation had been of very dull images, so congratulations to all participants.

Following a welcome from Chairperson Bob Soames, the images were projected followed by results announced in reverse order, including a number of Commended and Highly Commended images. Rick provided narrative comments against his selections.

So to the results:

  • 1st place Plane wreck and diver, taken at Vobster by Keith Lyall
  • 2nd place Split-shot of seal taken at Lundy, by Gill Marsh
  • 3rd place Brittle Star by Peter Ladell
  • Highly Commended Tompot Blenny taken at Swanage by Jo Horrocks
  • Commended Jellyfish, taken at Lundy by Martyn Guess
  • Commended Jellyfish, taken by Peter Tatton
  • Commended Seal, taken at Lundy by Gill Marsh

Congratulations to the winners and thanks all that participated. Images are below …

Thanks go to:

  • Godfrey and Judith Bevan for opening up their house for the event, and to their daughter Xanthe and partner Gavin for helping with the catering.
  • Godfrey for organising the judge.
  • Rick Moyes for judging the splash-in competition.
  • All who provided desserts.
  • All participants in the competition.
  • Pat for the loan of the projection screen.
  • Photosub committee members for their various roles in organising the evening.

Winning Images

First Place - Keith Lyall

First Place – Keith Lyall

Taken at Vobster in Somerset, the nose section of the plane sits at about 14 metres. 2 off camera strobes were located just behind the windscreens of the cockpit. The shot was taken in essentially natural light with just enough power to trigger the off camera strobes. Channel mixer adjustments we made in Photoshop to remove the typical greenness associated with UK wide angle shots.

2nd Place - Gill Marsh

2nd Place – Gill Marsh

3rd Place - Peter Ladell

3rd Place – Peter Ladell

Highly Commended Images

Highly Commended - Jo Horrocks

Highly Commended – Jo Horrocks

Commended Images

Commended - Martyn Guess

Commended – Martyn Guess

Commended - Gill Marsh

Commended – Gill Marsh

Commended - Peter Tatton

Commended – Peter Tatton

 

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