Trevor Rees, a prolific British underwater photographer has won the British and Irish Underwater Photography Championship for the third time. The Championship engages British and Irish photographers in a demanding on-the-day shoot out, where competitors can chose to dive anywhere in the UK or Ireland, but they have limited time to take photographs and submit them to the judges. There are strict limits on image processing.
At the announcement in London last night, the Chairman of the British Society of Underwater Photographers Paul Colley revealed that both British and Irish photographers had shared honours overall, but the judges had given top marks to Trevor’s in-camera composite of an anemone, which won the wide-angle category and overall Championship. As well as the individual trophies, Trevor retains the Peter Scoones trophy, which was created in memory of BSoUP’s most famous founding father.
Karen Ho won best newcomer and Jane Morgan took the close-up category with a striking colourful rendition of an amphipod in an anemone. The recently-established new category for mankind’s impact on the environment was won by Yo-Han Cha, chairman of the Northern Underwater Photography Group and the compact category was won by Grant McCarry.