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BSoUP's Sponsors

Kungkungan Bay Resort

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Cameras Underwater - Sponsor of the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition 2015 - 2018 and BIUPC 2015 and 2016

Brtish Divers Marine Life Rescue - Sponsors of BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2017

Carpe Diem, Sponsors of BUIPC 2017


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O'Three - Sponsor of the BIUPC 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018

Underwater World Stony Cove

Diver Magazine - Sponsor of the Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition and the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition

DiveQuest - Sponsor of the Underwater Excellence

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Theme Portfolio Competition for 2018

The Theme Portfolio competition this year is for six images on a common theme.

RULES - Portfolio


1. Members of the British Society of Underwater Photographers and those who participate in the Society’s competitions are expected to observe the Underwater Photographers Code of Conduct

2. All entries must have been taken underwater.

3. The entrant must be the photographer.

4. Swimming pool and aquarium shots are not eligible.

5. Images entered must not have come first, second or third in a national or international competition, such as the British and Irish Underwater Photography Championship, the St Abbs Splash-In, BSoUP/ Diver Print Competition, Image, U/W Photographer of the Year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Marine Conservation Society, Antibes festival of underwater images, etc. Within BSoUP competitions, images that have won any competition cannot be re-used in subsequent BSoUP competitions.  However, individual images in any BSoUP portfolio that did not win may be re-entered in Focus On. Similarly, individual images that haven’t previously won a Focus On competition may be entered as part of a subsequent portfolio. Bear in mind the judge may be looking for new images.

6. The competition is judged anonymously so please do not include your name on the image, but feel free to include your copyright information in the file metadata.

7. All entries for competitions at the monthly BSoUP meetings must be received by one minute to midnight on the Sunday 9 days before the event.

8. Digital images must be submitted as attachments to an email addressed to includes details of subject, location camera make, mode,l lens,and camera settings in the body of the email.

9. The sponsor of the competition reserves the right to publish the winning portfolios.

10. Since the competition is judged anonymously you shouldn't include your name on the image. We recommend you include copyright information (and more) in File Info without it appearing in the image. If you use Photoshop or Lightroom open the file and click on File and then select File Info from the drop down menu. You will see a tabbed dialogue box. The first tab includes Copyright Status with a drop down – select Copyrighted. In the Copyright Notice include your name (and other details if you wish). Then click on the OK button.

Format of competition entries

11. Entries must be in JPG format. PowerPoint and other formats will be not be accepted.

12. The portfolio must comprise six complete photographs. Each photograph does not need to be defined with a border .

13. The images should submitted 1400 pixels wide by 1050 pixels tall at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch..

Maximum 1400 pixels wide and 1050 pixels high at 72 pixels/inch

Files which are not in this format will be disqualified. Smaller images may not look sharp when projected.

14. See the 'Re-sizing Images for Competitions' for more details but please

15. It is advisable to convert the image to sRGB, which is a better profile for projections.

16. File names should include your name (e.g. John_Smith_01.jpg). Please capitalise the first letter of your given and family names as this is how your name will appear as a caption in the competition slideshow archive. DO NOT include the subject or any other details except your name in the image file name.


Copyright in all images remains with the photographer. However, BSoUP reserves the right to use any or all of the images submitted to its competitions, on its website, in its magazine 'in focus', and in press releases in connection with its competitions. All images will be credited to the photographer.

Images submitted to BSoUP competitions will NOT be passed on to a third party, except to the sponsor of a competition as set out in the competition rules.

Theme Portfolio Winners


2017 Martyn Guess

2016 Mikko Voipio

2015 Pash Baker

2014 Robert Bailey

2013 Martyn Guess

2012 Keith Lyall

2011 Trevor Rees

2010 Martyn Guess

2009 Trevor Rees

2008 Arthur Kingdon

2007 JP Trenque

2006 Alex Mustard

2005 Alex Mustard

2004 Jane Morgan

2003 Linda Dunk

2002 Linda Dunk

2001 Linda Dunk

2000 Sue Heaps

1999 Bob Allen

1998 Bob Allen

1997 Anne Owen

1996 Ken Sullivan

1995 Anthony Holley

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