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BSoUP / DIVER Annual Print Competition 2017

Organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers
in association with DIVER Magazine

DIVE SHOW, NEC Birmingham

21-22nd October 2017

Deadline for entries is Tuesday 19th September 2017


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Doug Allan


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Once again we have again teamed up with DIVER Magazine to stage this major competition at the DIVE SHOW at the NEC, Birmingham over the weekend of 21-22nd October 2016. A total of 80 of the best prints will be displayed at the show and all categories judged by visitors. A panel of judges will choose the overall winner of the grand prize.


There are four categories in the Print Competition:

British and Irish (images taken in UK and Irish waters)

Overseas (images taken in overseas waters)

Advanced British and Irish (images taken in UK and Irish waters by an Advanced entrant)

Advanced Overseas (images taken in overseas waters by an Advanced entrant)

The Advanced categories are for anyone who has:

either won a major national or international underwater photographic competition (e.g. BSoUP's Open Portfolio competition, BSoUP BIUPC, Antibes, U/W Photographer of the Year or Wildlife Photographer of the Year, etc.)

or takes or has taken underwater photographs for a living

or is otherwise significantly involved in commercial underwater photography

Competitors who match one of the criteria above must enter the Advanced categories; all others may enter any of the categories.

You may enter a maximum of four prints, no more than two in an Overseas category and no more than two in a British and Irish category

All short-listed prints will also be entered in the overall competition for the grand prize to be chosen by a panel of judges.

Anyone who is uncertain whether they qualify as Advanced should consult the BSoUP Committee whose decision is final


The best of show will be selected by an independent panel of judges.

Grand Prize:

A 7 night all inclusive package with 12 dives at Kungkungan Bay Resort, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Price includes a beach front cottage suite, 3 meals per day, 2 dives x 6 diving days and tax (excluding flights).

The public will be asked to vote for winner in each of the four categories.

The Non-advanced categories are for photographers who have never won a national or international

British and Irish Print: The winning British and Irish Print will receive a trophy.

Overseas Print: The winning Overseas Print will receive a trophy

The Advanced categories are for photographers who have previously won a national or international

Advanced British & Irish Print: The winning Advanced British and Irish Print will receive a trophy

Advanced Overseas Print: The winning Advanced Overseas Print will receive a trophy

Diver Magazine is mounting the prints and providing display space at the Dive Show at the NEC, Birmingham.


Images entered must not have come first, second or third in a national or international competition, such as BSoUP's Open Portfolio, BSoUP's Beginners' Portfolio Competitions, BSoUP's BIUC, St Abbs Splash-In, SAC Travel Club, U/W Photographer of the Year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Marine Conservation Society etc.

All images must have been taken within the three years prior to 9th September 2017

One copy of each print should be supplied unmounted as it will be mounted by the organisers.

Prints (including any borders) must be no larger than A4 size – no more than 29.7cm on the long edge, 21cm on the short edge. Only include borders if you want them to show.

Prints shall be genuine underwater photographs i.e. not from a fish tank. Swimming pool shots with fashion models are allowed, but should be entered and judged in the Overseas Category, regardless of the shoot location, which would have no sigificant material impact on the image outcome.

The entrant must be the photographer.

You may enter a maximum of four prints, no more than two in an Overseas category and no more than two in a British and Irish category

Prints will not be returned.

On the reverse of each print along one edge you must put an arrow clearly showing which direction is up.  Do not write anything else directly on the reverse of the prints

Attach a post it note or a piece of paper using a small piece of sellotape to the reverse of each print with  the category, entrant's full name and an identifying number 1 to 4. NO SELF-ADHESIVE LABELS - MUST BE ABLE TO PEEL OFF EASILY!

In addition, a single piece of paper must accompany the prints, headed with the category, entrant''s full name, and containing for each print (using the identifying number referred to above) the category it is entered in, the subject, the location taken and the camera used.

All entries must be sent to Dave Smith, 8 Frinton Road, Kirby Cross, Frinton-on-Sea, CO13 0LF with a completed entry form to arrive no later than Tuesday 19th September 2017. Entries may also be brought to the BSoUP meeting on Tuesday 19th September 2017.

80 short-listed prints, chosen by a panel of judges, will be displayed at the Dive Show, NEC, Birmingham, 21-22nd October 2017, for judging by visitors to the show.  An independent panel of judges will award the grand prize.

BSoUP reserves the right to publish winning images both in the Society magazine and on its website. Winning images may also be used in future promotional material for the event royalty free, but copyright remains with the photographer. BSoUP may ask for a digital version of the image to be provided.

The organisers' decision on any matters arising from these rules shall be final.


Entries for the Print Competition must be either sent by post to

Dave Smith
8 Frinton Road
CO13 0LF

or brought to the September BSoUP meeting.

The top 80 entries in the Print Competition will be on display at the DIVE SHOW, NEC Birmingham 21-2nd October. The four categories will be judged by visitors to the Dive Show. The grand prize will be judged by a panel, yet to be announced.


Please complete an entry form Word.doc or Adobe.pdf and pack it with your prints. We recommend you stiffen your package with card or similar to prevent bending.


The awards will be presented with their trophies and prizes at the BSoUP November meeting, which takes place on Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. Meeting Room 3, Imperial College Union, South Kensington, London, SW7 2BB. See Directions for further details and maps.

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Results 2015 Results 2010
Results 2014 Results 2009
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