Photosub Open Digital Images Competition 2015

A very successful evening last night at the Photosub meeting attended by 21 members and guests. We were joined by Robert and Paula Bailey who were our guests of honour and after the usual social formalities and excellent food (thanks to Pat) we projected the 42 images entered into the competition. The winners had been pre-judged by Robert and envelopes were opened in reverse order announcing the winners. The results were as follows:

1st Place Male Anthia by Pash Baker
2nd Place Blue Sharks by Martyn Guess
3rd Place Cardinal Fish Portrait with Eggs by Gill Marsh
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Highly Commended
  • School of Snappers by Keith Lyall
  • Batfish, Sahl Hasheesh by Len Deeley
  • Harlequin Shrimp by Rob White
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all those who took part for making it such a successful competition.
1st Place Pash Baker

1st Place – Pash Baker

2nd Place - Martyn Guess

2nd Place – Martyn Guess

3rd Place - Gill Marsh

3rd Place – Gill Marsh

Highly Commended - Keith Lyall

Highly Commended – Keith Lyall

Highly Commended - Len Deeley

Highly Commended – Len Deeley

Highly Commended - Rob White

Highly Commended – Rob White

Photosub BBQ and Splash-in Competition Results 2015

A most enjoyable evening was had last night by about 25 club members and guests at the Photosub BBQ, which was hosted by Martha and Anthony at their delightful house in Southampton. The weather was kind, the food was great and it was an opportunity to meet up with our friends. So special thanks to Martha and Anthony for all of their efforts.

As most of you know we had to revise the rules this year for the Splash in as club members did not manage to ‘get wet’ on the weekend of the actual Splash in. So the rules were changed this year to enable entries to be from anywhere in UK waters taken during the month of July. Even that looked shaky but by the deadline I finally received 3 images from each of 5 club members, giving us 15 images in the competition. Keeping with tradition we had a well respected photographer (who is also a photographic judge on the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain circuit), Roy Lambeth but who is not a diver.

Roy judged the images in advance and brought the results to the BBQ, accompanied by his wife, Lyn.

All images were projected twice and then the envelopes were opened to announce the winners (a bit like the Oscars!). So the results. These are as follows:
  • 1st place Ballan Wrasse by Chris McTernan
  • 2nd place Carp, Wraysbury Lake by Len Deeley
  • 3rd place Swimming Crab by Chris McTernan
  • Highly Commended Seal with Diver by Jane Morgan

Chris won the book British Sea Fishes by Dr Frances Dipper and also a Buffalo Dry Bag. He will hold the competition trophy for one year and also gets a trophy to keep permanently. Len won a Beaver stainless steel pointer stick.

Congratulations to the winners and also to all that participated. At the end of the day we had a good quality competition.

The committee will be reviewing the Splash in rules for the future and will let you know the decision in due course.

1st Place - Ballan Wrasse by Chris McTernan

1st Place – Ballan Wrasse by Chris McTernan

2nd - Carp by Len Deeley

2nd Place – Carp by Len Deeley

3rd Place - Swimming Crab by Chris McTernan

3rd Place – Swimming Crab by Chris McTernan

Commended - Seal by Jane Morgan

Commended – Seal by Jane Morgan

Photosub Annual Dinner 2015

A very successful dinner last night at Farnham House Hotel. We had 33 members and guests including our guest of honour and judge for the evening Nigel Wade ARPS of Dive Magazine.

The following are the winning images in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places as well as the judges chosen Commended and Highly Commended selections.

In the Blue Water category we had only nine images from 3 club members. The results: were:
  • 1st place Pash Baker
  • 2nd place Pash Baker
  • 3rd place Caroline Worley
Green Water Advanced category. There were 39 entries from 14 members:
  • 1st place Nick Blake
  • 2nd place Keith Lyall
  • 3rd place Rob White
  • Highly Commended Rob White
  • Highly Commended Gill Marsh
  • Commended George Mitchell
  • Commended Joss Woolf
Blue Water Advanced category. There were 48 entries from 17 members:
  • 1st place Rob White
  • 2nd place Len Deeley
  • 3rd place Gill Marsh
  • Highly Commended Rob White
  • Highly Commended Martyn Guess
  • Commended Joss Woolf
  • Commended Sue Guess
Open Prints Category. There were 26 prints and the results were:
  • 1st place Bob Soames
  • 2nd place Bob Soames
  • 3rd place Wendy Eve
  • Highly Commended Peter Tatton
  • Commended Martyn Guess
Pash Baker - 1st Place - Blue Water

Pash Baker – 1st Place Blue Water

Pash Baker - 2nd place   Blue Water

Pash Baker – 2nd Place Blue Water

Caroline Worley - 3rd place  - Blue water

Caroline Worley – 3rd Place Blue water

Nick Blake - 1st Place Green Water Advanced

Nick Blake – 1st Place Green Water Advanced

Keith Lyall - 2nd Place Green Water Advanced

Keith Lyall – 2nd Place Green Water Advanced

Rob White - 3rd Place Green Water Advanced

Rob White – 3rd Place Green Water Advanced

Rob White - Highly Commended Green Water Advanced

Rob White – Highly Commended Green Water Advanced

Gill Marsh - Highly Commended Green Water Advanced

Gill Marsh – Highly Commended Green Water Advanced

George Mitchell - Commended Green Water Advanced

George Mitchell – Commended Green Water Advanced

 Joss Woolf - Commended Green Water Advanced

Joss Woolf – Commended Green Water Advanced

Rob White - 1st Place Blue Water Advanced

Rob White – 1st Place Blue Water Advanced

Len Deeley - 2nd Place Blue Water Advanced

Len Deeley – 2nd Place Blue Water Advanced

Gill Marsh - 3rd Place Blue Water Advanced

Gill Marsh – 3rd Place Blue Water Advanced

Rob White - Highly Commended Blue Water Advanced

Rob White – Highly Commended Blue Water Advanced

Martyn Guess - Highly Commended Blue Water Advanced

Martyn Guess – Highly Commended Blue Water Advanced

Joss Woolf - Commended Blue Water Advanced

Joss Woolf – Commended Blue Water Advanced

Sue Guess - Commended Blue Water Advanced

Sue Guess – Commended Blue Water Advanced

Bob Soames - 1st Place Print

Bob Soames – 1st Place Print

Bob Soames - 2nd Place Print

Bob Soames – 2nd Place Print

Wendy Eve - 3rd Place Print

Wendy Eve – 3rd Place Print

Martyn Guess - Commended Print

Martyn Guess – Commended Prints

Photosub AGM – 2015

16 members and guests attended that Photosub Meeting on 31st January and was, as usual, a pleasant evening with good company, good food and drink followed by the projections of some 2014 images from Mario Vitalini, Ken Sullivan and Len Deeley. This was all preceded by the AGM.

The minutes of the 2015 AGM can be found here. The minutes also give information on various dive trips and events planned for 2015.

May I offer on the club’s behalf our thanks to Keith Lyall who has stood down as club Chairman but is continuing in the roll of Webmaster.

Wishing you all a good dive year.

Photosub Digital Competition 2014

The Photosub meeting took place at Keith and Jo’s house yesterday and we had a very pleasant and successful evening with over 30 members and guests turning up.
Our thanks to Keith and Jo for hosting the evening and also providing excellent food. Also thanks to those that helped them throughout the evening.
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Special thanks also has been sent to Trevor Rees who was our special guest for the evening and the judge for the Photosub Digital Photo Competition. Trevor was sent  the images for judging in advance and the results were announced on the night after all of the entries were projected. 55 images were entered by 20 members. The results were as follows:
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Commended (in no particular order)
Joss Woolf with a clownfish in anemone
Keith Lyall with fish shoals on a reef wall
Martha Tressler with Manattees
Rob White with whale shark and light rays
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3rd PlaceMartyn Guess with 3 dolphins
2nd PlaceLen Deeley with whale shark at surface and fish shoal
1st PlaceJoss Woolf with porcelain crab
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Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all those that took part in the competition.

Photosub Splashin Results 2014

The club BBQ was held on Sat 16th August at Swindon Sub-Aqua Club and there was an excellent turnout of 31 members and guests. The venue was really excellent and a tribute to Gill Marsh and the other members of SSAC who have been able to have this purpose built venue developed to such a high standard. A special thanks to Gill and Andy who hosted the evening, producing really excellent food, and also thanks to James and Roger from SSAC who ran the bar and helped out with the organisation. If you get a chance I would encourage you to pay a visit to SSAC sometime as the venue is quite unique.
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The guest of honour for the evening was Anna Stowe (see her own work at  www.annastowephotography.com ) , with her partner Mike Buy. Anna judged the competition in advance and brought her choice of winning images in sealed envelopes. All 17 images entered by 8 club members were projected and then the envelopes were opened to announce the winners.
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The results were as follows:
  • 1st Len Deeley with an image of a Tompot Blenny on James Eagan Layne wreck
  • 2nd Keith Lyall with a close focus wide angle image of a Velvet Swimming Crab shown in its environment taken at Selsey Lifeboat station
  • 3rd Martyn Guess with a close up image of a Velvet Swimming Crab taken at Selsey Lifeboat station

We will try to give plenty of notice for the date of the next Photosub Splash in so that members can clear their diaries for it and, hopefully, we can have a greater number of members entering next year.

 

Photosub Annual Dinner 2014

The Photosub Annual dinner was held at the Farnham House Hotel (near Guildford). 34 club members met for drinks, socialising and a 3 course dinner. The annual competition this year was judged by Photographer and Lightroom guru, Saeed Rashid. Saeed teaches photo journalism at Bournemouth University and is himself an underwater photographer of over 13 years; he runs photo trips with Blue O2. There are 5 categories:

  • Blue Water Projected
  • Blue Water Advanced Projected
  • Green Water
  • Green Water Advanced
  • Print Competition

There was a good showing in all categories:

  • Blue Water Projected (15 entries)
  • Blue Water Advanced Projected (44 entries)
  • Green Water (11 entries)
  • Green Water Advanced (24 entries)
  • Print Competition (23 entries)

The results can be found on the results page.

Thank you Saeed for taking the time to judge the competition, to Len Deeley for organising the evening and the competition and to Bert for the print stand. Finally thanks to all members who took time to enter the competition and congratulations to those placed in the competition.

Blue Water Projected (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

2014 BW 1st

2014 BW 2nd

2014 BW 3rd

Blue Water Advanced Projected (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

2014 BWA 1st

2014 BWA 2nd

2014 BWA 3rd

Green Water Projected (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

2014 GW 1st

2014 GW 2nd

2014 GW 3rd

Green Water Advanced Projected (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

2014 GWA 1st

2014 GWA 2nd

2014 GWA 3rd

Photosub AGM – 2014

Approximately 20 members attended the Photosub AGM meeting on 18th Jan 2014. Reports were made by Keith Lyall (Chairman) and Kam Arya (Treasurer), followed by re-election of officers.

The AGM was followed by an excellent selection of food, and projections of video from Jo Horrocks and images from Joss Woolf and Len Deeley. Thanks to Joss for hosting the evening and slaving over the stove to provide excellent food.

The minutes of the AGM can be found here. The minutes also give information on various dive trips and events planned for 2014.

Photosub digital competition 2013

This year’s digital competition contained 35 entries and was judged by Ocean Leisure Cameras‘ Dave Glanfield who sadly could not attend, but submitted very helpful feedback:

No 1 for me is without doubt image 29 (Bob Soames). I love the composition; the eel’s markings echoing the sand dune ridges, somewhat reminiscent of the sandworm in the 80′s movie Beetlejuice. The use of one strobe lifting the subject from the background, two strobes would have left it flat. Perfect sharpness and exposure of an interesting subject not normally seen like this – love it.

No 2 is image 17 (Wendy Eve). A classic shot beautiful composed and exposed. It must have taken a lot of patience to get this shot of these feisty little beasts.

No 3 is Image 27 (Bob Soames). This has a certain feel about it, which is hard to pinpoint. It’s such a clean photo with the background bleeding beautifully around the subject into the foreground. The exposure is absolutely spot on and if this image has been tweaked in Photoshop it’s been done beautifully covertly.

Special mention. Image 5 (Joss Woolf). I really love this photo. I see countless underwater images and rarely see one that makes me sit up and take notice. This is such a quirky photo with great composition.

Special mention. Image 6 (Joss Woolf). I really like the texture of this image along with its symmetry, it’s very appealing.

 

Photosub Splash-in 2013

A total of 23 people attended the BBQ last night, including the hosts, Godrey and Judith, and the guests of honour Dave and Gill Hughes. It was an excellent evening in the spacious garden with the weather keeping fine for us.

Dave Hughes is a member of Godalming Photographic Club and has a LRPS distinction with the RPS. He has had a number of successes with the Surrey Photographic Association and the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain as well as winning images in the Godalming Photographic Club. He was sent the 15 entries which were just numbered and a brief description but no authors and judged them in advance. All of the images (entries by Alex Tattersall, Keith Lyall, Len Deeley, Rob Robertson, Gill Marsh, Bob Soames) were all projected later in the evening and the results announced. They were as follows:

Highly Commended
Keith Lyall with image of a hermit crab taken at Selsey
Keith Lyall with image of nudibranch taken at Selsey
Len Deeley with close up of Tubularia Indivisa head taken on James Egan Layne

3rd place
Bob Soames with image of plumose anemone taken out of Plymouth

2nd Place
Len Deeley with image of white striped anemone taken on James Egan Layne

1st Place
Len Deeley with image of diver and plumose anemones on Scylla wreck (with heavy plankton bloom).

Dave Hughes gave briefly his reason for his selections. Prize money was £50 to the winner.

Hopefully we will see a greater number of entries next year. At the next meeting we can discuss the timing of the splash in for 2014. My view is that we should move it to later in the season, maybe mid to late July.

Here are the images