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BSoUP Meeting - October 2001

by Pat Morrissey

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Image 2001

The 10th International event organised jointly by Diver and BSoUP, Image 2001 attracted 15% more entries from 16 countries - 10 judges viewed 2500 images, presented nine trophies and 79 medals. The results - too numerous to list can be viewed by visiting

Focus On Final

It's that time again! End of another year and already the Focus On Final entries flick into life and adorn the screen before an anticipant, captive audience. Memorable shots rejuvenating inspiration; worthy reminders of the virtuoso among us!

In joint 4th place with 28 points - Pete Ladell and Vicky Major; 3rd placed honoured Ewan Shearer with 31 points for his ghost pipefish image using rear curtain sync. Anita Marshall took 2nd place with 32 points illustrating the abundant life beneath Town Pier. But this years Ist place, securing him the BSoUP Focus On Trophy Ken Sullivan with 34 points for his (small but perfectly composed) lion fish from Shark Bay. Congratulations!

Best of British Portfolio Competition

A littel closer to home with the BSoUP Best of British Portfolios - 9 entries admirably displaying many of the reasons not to forget UK diving. 3rd place occupied Pete Ladell with 41 points and a pleasant collection of tompot, kelp, anglerfish, boats, divers and basking shark. Brian Pitkin held 2nd place with 48 points, and a fine display of anglerfish, seal, lumpsucker, sunstar, courting velvet swimming crabs and an octopus. But pipped to the post by his nearest and dearest, Linda Pitkin - securing 1st place, 50 points and the BSoUP Best of British Trophy. UK beauty at it's finest; lumpsucker, john dory, ballan wrasse, octopus, seal and wolf fish. Brilliant! Congratulations one and all!

Early BSoUP - Warren Williams

I had a Hancock sketch in mind when WW took the limelight. I could hear old 'Kippers Hancock' enticing anecdotes of bygone years - 'Oh, come on. We've heard them all before but it's the way you tell 'em!'

But I hadn't heard them before. Despite WW's many renditions of early BSoUP, I found it far from repetitive, quite the contrary. I found it more a carefully choreographed arrangement that may one day catch up with BSoUP today' and complete another chapter of innovative engineering and photographic supremacy. There's a lot to tell after all and we were all offered gentle, modest reminders of how underwater photography really began.

I sat and scribbled and occasionally glanced up to see images of WW in a make shift weight belt (assisting him in his pursuance), or proudly holding prize Queen Anne whiskey (token to his efforts), and I couldn't help but think, 'It would be easy to forget the early years', the passion and determination of a small bond of resolute men with similar ideas and insatiable enthusiasm. It would be a great shame to forget such importance, the courage and tenacity, the genius that has enabled all of us to enter another world and capture creations otherwise just fantasy. It would be a shame to think that such history should fall on deaf ears and deny many of us the wonderment of BSoUP's early years. I would like to think of us all listening to the subscription with as much fancy as it was delivered!

Reproduced from in focus 73 (February 2002)

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