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.
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:
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
3rd PlaceMartyn Guess with 3 dolphins
2nd PlaceLen Deeley with whale shark at surface and fish shoal
1st PlaceJoss Woolf with porcelain crab
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.
The guest of honour for the evening was Anna Stowe (see her own work at ) , 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.
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


Photosub Annual competition 2012

Guest of honour: Martin Edge
There was a good turnout of 37 members and guests for our 2013 Annual dinner, held on 2 March at the Farnham House Hotel. Our guest of honour Martin Edge  judged the images. A special thanks to Martin for all of his efforts in making his selection and all those who took part in the competitions.
Blue Water
1. Wendy Eve
2. Adrian Haines
3. Adrian Haines
Blue Water Advanced
1. Bob Soames
2. Martyn Guess
3. Ken Sullivan
Green Water
1. Rob Robertson
2. Artian Haines
3. Adrtian Haines
Green Water Advanced
1. Keith Lyall
2. Ken Sullivan
3. Bob Soames
Congratulations to the winners and also to JP Trenque and Bert Lee for their efforts in preparing the competition and organising the print stands respectively. Finally a thanks to Hon. Chairman, Keith Lyall for his efforts on the evening.
I hope everyone enjoyed the event. Next year’s dinner is booked for 1 March 2014 at the Farnham House Hotel.


Photosub AGM – 2013

We had 17 people attend the meeting yesterday, which included the AGM and was followed by some excellent food (no surprise there) and presentations of images from Jo, Keith, Joss, Ken, Bert, and myself.

Our thanks once again to Joss for hosting such an enjoyable evening.

The minutes of the AGM can be found here. These also give some information on some dive trips already planned for 2013.