09 September 2005

British photo group goes international

The British Society of Underwater Photographers has held its first international digital underwater photography competition.

BSoUP's International Focus-on received 52 entries from 17 countries. Results were judged by some 60 of the society's members at an August meeting at London's Imperial College.

The winning shot, of manta rays at a cleaning station, was taken by Mike Veitch. A trophy was duly dispatched to Veitch, who lives in Yap. The runner-up was Briton Charles Hood, while another Briton, Heather Hammond, and Giles Shaxted of the Cayman Islands tied for third.

"The response in entries wasn't bad for a first time," co-organiser Jean Philippe Trenque told Divernet. "We thought it would be a good way to get BSoUP out into the international circuit. It has worked well, as many people have been discussing it on Wetpixel and the like."

British citizenship is not a membership requirement for BSoUP. "We have members all over the world," said Trenque.

A full BSoUP International Focus-on competition display can be seen at www.bsoup.org

Source: www.divernet.com


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