In early 1990 Len Deeley discussed with a few individuals the idea of forming an underwater photography club. Publicity was mainly word of mouth and sufficient interest was shown to get the club off the ground.
In addition to Len, the other founder members of the club were Andy Austin, Bert Lee, Dave Ledger, Keith Webster, John Benn, Shirley Murray, Michael Maher, Roger Nash and Bob Bradley.
The intention was to form a club which complemented rather than replaced members own diving clubs and also, for those who were members, The British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSOUP).
The club was intended to be as informal and non-bureaucratic as possible with a strong emphasis on improving members photography, providing and participating in photographic competitions, and organizing diving trips tailored to photography. Also, the social side of the club was an important element, which was to be promoted by having regular meetings/social events in members houses.
A couple of meetings later, the club became official with a committee and a constitution and activities were planned for 1991. Since then we have not looked back, with a growing membership and very active program of events providing the main forum for most members diving.
The core activities for each year are :
- A Photosub Splash-in (usually May or June)
- Participation as a group in the BSoUP Splash-in (July)
- Participation in the St Abbs Splash-in (August)
- An Open Digital Images competition judged by a renowned underwater photographer (November)
- Regular meetings and social events through the year
- An annual BBQ which is the venue for the winner selection of the Photosub Splash-in by a guest of honour.
- An annual Dinner, at which a guest of honour selects the winners of Photosub’s annual slide and print awards.
In addition to the above, various members organize other dive trips both in UK and overseas, as well as supplementing other photographic expeditions.