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The British Splash-in Championship - 2009
By Matt J. Weiss, July 21, 2009 @ 12:25 PM (EST)
Press Release-
Organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BsoUP) in association with the National Marine Aquarium

The Mount Batten Centre and the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, Devon, 4 July

Each year BSoUP organises an underwater photographic competition in Plymouth waters. Competitors register their camera’s memory card on Friday evening or early Saturday morning and have until 18.30 hrs to take images and enter a maximum of three images in three categories – Close-up, Wide-angle and Animal Portraits – for judging by the audience present at the evening’s viewing. In addition to trophies and prizes for the category winners and runners-up, an independent panel of judges choose the best image taken on the day to win a grand prize – this year a week’s live aboard trip kindly donated by Scuba Travel.

This year's event took place on Saturday 4th July at the Mount Batten Centre and the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth. All underwater photographers were invited to participate 'On the Day' to compete for trophies, some fantastic prizes and personal awards. A total of 52 underwater photographers participated in the 'On the Day' competition.

The presentation of entries, the judging and announcement of the winners took place in the National Marine Aquarium’s Atlantic tank room, following a BBQ in the grounds.

The winners & awards

Close-up category

The British Splash-in Championship Close Up Winner
Winner: Anemone by Rick Ayrton

Wide-angle category

The British Splash-in Championship Wide-Angle Winner
Winner: Anemones on wreck by Neil Skilling

Animal portraits category
The British Splash-in Championship Portrait Winner
Winner: Jellyfish by Jim Garland

Humourous category

 The British Splash-in Championship Humourous Winner

Winner: Jackson Four by Martin Davies


The British Splash-in Championship Beginner Winner

Winner: Anemone by Rick Ayrton


Judged by Mark Webster (underwater photographer, author and journalist), Linda Pitkin (underwater photographer, author and journalist) and Neil Hope (picture editor for wh Western Morning News and journalist).
The British Splash-in Championship Overall Winner
Winner: Plaice by Cathy Lewis

About Cathy: “I’m 45, and work as a magazine editor based at Future Publishing in Bath. I learned to dive in Australia in 1987, but got really hooked on the sport a year later when I joined Clifton BSAC club and discovered the joys of UK diving. I’m a BSAC advanced diver, but prefer relaxing dives with a camera to anything deep and adventurous. Favourite dive sites are around Falmouth, Penzance and St Abbs, but I don’t think you can’t beat the James Egan Layne for an easy dive with plenty of fish life.

I bought my first underwater camera (a Nik 5) on a whim in 1998, never expecting to take it very seriously, and I lay the blame for becoming totally addicted on to Alan James and the Bristol Underwater Photography Group. Between them they managed to turn my poor efforts into worthwhile results, and I’ve since had some success in BSoUP and other national competitions. I now use a Nikon D100 digital slr in a Sea & Sea housing with a motley selection of strobes.”

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