Established in 2009, the aim of the competition is to:
- Recognise the talents of photographers practicing in the UK
- Celebrate the British and Irish underwater world in all its beauty and diversity
- Showcase the very best nature photography to a wide audience.
Photographers will compete for the awards and associated prizes, foremost being a trophy in memory of one of BSoUP’s co-founders, the late Peter Scoones, and the title British & Irish Underwater Photography Champion 2017. The main prize is a £1650 voucher for a liveaboard trip in the Maldives with Carpe Diem.
Images can be taken and submitted electronically from anywhere within the championship geographic boundary from 10pm Friday 25th August to 10pm Saturday 26th August 2017. The competition is open to all underwater photographers of all nations, with contestants demonstrating the underwater photographic and post-production skills to produce high impact British and Irish images within a limited time frame. Images can be from any body of salt or fresh water in the seas, rivers, streams and lakes of our islands.
BSoUP will convene a panel of three judges (to be announced) during the week following the competition. The results will be announced week commencing 11th September and the awards presented in London on 19th December 2017.