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by Len Deeley

Reproduced from in focus 67 (February 2000)

I will avoid at all costs using the word Millennium (whoops, sorry), but it is a fact that Photosub is now in its 10th year as we first formed in 1990. Over that time the club has moved from strength to strength and the membership now includes some very respected exponents (of underwater photography!).

Although the club has developed around competition work, the informality of our meetings cum social events ensure that a sense of balance is maintained, after all the intention is to enjoy our selves (isn't it?).

There are a number of set pieces every year. These are our own Splash-in, which takes place in May, the BSoUP Splash-in and Fish Hunt, in July and on the August Bank Holiday the St Abbs Splash-in. In addition, we organise overseas trips, or join in with other organised underwater photographic events.

Four or five times a year we meet at one of several members' houses which can accommodate our growing numbers, including spouses and partners. The club subsidises the food and members bring their own liquid refreshment. Our meetings offer opportunities to discuss certain kit, or see presentations by club members or guests. Most of all though, they are opportunities for friends to get together and enjoy themselves.

Mid year we have a barbecue, when a quest of honour comes to select the winners of our Splash-in, and each year in February we have our annual dinner. Our guest of honour on that occasion has the job of awarding the club's annual print and slide awards. For the slides we have both a normal and an advanced category, as an important part of the club is to encourage people of all abilities and help each other improve our photography. Previous guests or honour have been Linda and Brian Pitkin, Les Kemp, Martin Edge, Peter Rowlands, Lincla Dunk, Gordon Jornes, Kevin Cullimore and Graeme Gourley, and this year we are pleased to welcome David and Jennifer George. Next year will be our 10th Annual Dinner, when we will be looking for someone very special indeed (Peter Scoones, are you out there?).

The strength of Photosub is the friendly and helpful participation of all of the members and we would be happy to hear from anybody who would like to join us. Currently we have a number of non-photographers, who are invaluable, as they often work with the photographers as models. The problem is that most of them get hooked and end up buying their own system.

We have plans in 2000 for a southern Red Sea trip (see below) and a trip to Bonaire plus the usual UK events. If you are interested in Photosub or any of the trips, please contact either our Chairman Ken Sullivan (Tel: 01462 627670. E-mail: or our Secretary, Len Deeley, (Tel: 01428 683284. E-mail: If you would like to 'browse' a few pictures then please visit our web sites at: (for Len) (for Ken).


PHOTOSUB is organising a Southern Red Sea Trip on the Ghazala Voyager for one week commencing the 7th June. The boat will be travailing overnight, to save time, to the very little dived reefs of St Johns on the Sudan border, Zabargad and Rocky Island. This is an area of pristine diving often with schooling hammerheads, mantas and other large pelogics. The trip is to oriented around underwater photography on a luxury motor yacht.

Cost is E980 inclusive, with a 10% discount if we fill the boat.

Anyone interested should contact ROBIN ORROW Tel: 01428 682278 or e-mail:

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