Visitors to the 2017 Dive Show at the NEC were able to partake in the judging of this year’s DIVER Magazine and British Society of Underwater Photographers Print Competition.
There was strong competition for top honours. The judges had already whittled down 130 entries to 80 that were displayed at the show. Organisers Mark Feldman and Dave Smith of BSoUP encouraged the public to fill out nearly 1000 voting slips, marking the event once again as one of the most popular exhibits at the Dive Show.
The images covered both UK and overseas underwater photography in categories for inexperienced and seasoned photographers.
The public vote gave first place in the British & Irish category to Mark Launchbury for his beautiful behaviour shot of a curious cuttlefish.
Henley Spiers claimed the crown for best Advanced photographer in the British & Irish section with another cracking behaviour shot, this time of two Tompot Bennies fighting.
Meanwhile Catherine Holmes won the Overseas category by capturing a Tarpon swimming through a school of Silversides and photo pro Mario Vitalini took top spot in Advanced Overseas with his wonderfully moody image of a Giant Moray.
Competitors took home trophies from BSoUP and prizes from very generous sponsors, including British Divers Marine Life Rescue (a marine mammal rescue course), Doug Allen (his book Freeze Frame), Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown (their book Deadly Oceans) and Cameras Underwater (two £125 vouchers).
The Grand Prize was sponsored by Kungkugnan Bay Resort in Lembeh, who very generously provide the winner with a fabulous diving holiday at the resort. For this, a panel of three judges convened at the Dive Show. This year the Chairman of judges Paul Colley (Chairman of BSoUP) was joined by photo pro Martin Edge and DIVER Magazine’s Nigel Eaton. They unanimously agreed that Nick More’s superb Blue Shark image was the best print of the show and commended several other photographers for their work.
You can see the full list of winning images, sponsors, awards and judges’ comments on the BSoUP web.