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Bobtail squid picture wins British and Irish Underwater Pictures Championship 2022


A Bristol-based photographer has been awarded prime honours in a prestigious pictures competitors together with her beautiful picture of a Bobtail squid, taken whereas evening diving off South Devon.

The British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) has introduced outcomes of The British and Irish Underwater Pictures Championship (BIUPC) 2022, which was held on 3rd September.  

Competitors format

Not like a conventional ‘splash-in’, BIUPC permits footage to be taken anyplace inside the coastal or inland waterways of the UK and the Republic of Eire. This has massively elevated the richness and number of footage submitted for judging, and so actually permits for a snapshot of the underwater atmosphere captured photographically round these shores underneath time stress.

In complete, 53 photos had been submitted from 30 entrants, and three within the restricted class. The judges had been Richard Thorn and Trevor Rees, and outcomes had been introduced on-line on the BSoUP month-to-month assembly held on twentieth September 2022.

There are three most important classes for opponents: 

  • Vast Angle (open)
  • Shut Up (open) 
  • Compact Digital camera (restricted)

Classes have one winner, one runner-up, and two extremely counseled entries. One Total Champion can be chosen from these three photos. The final word prize is the coveted Peter Scoones Memorial Trophy. 

There are additionally classes for:

  • Human Influence on UK and Irish Marine and freshwater Environments (however this isn’t included for the Total Champion)
  • ‘Newcomers’ – those that have been taking footage underwater for lower than three years, and are eligible to develop into Total Champion  

Profitable photos for 2022

Vast Angle

[L-to-R] Paul Pettitt’s Blue ray limpets on kelp, Cornwall (extremely counseled), his Bib Shoal with usurpers, Cornwall (runner-up), and John Bennett’s Blue Shark taken 20km south of Kindle in Co Cork, Eire.

BIUPC Wide Angle 2022 

Paul Colley Rainbow trout BIUPC Paul Colley

Paul Colley’s profitable shot within the Vast Angle class reveals lovely education Rainbow trout, taken within the River Take a look at at Stockbridge, Hampshire.

Shut Up

[L-to-R] Alison Pettitt’s picture of a Compass Jelly in Port Gaverne, Cornwall (extremely counseled), Shannon Moran’s Frequent Dragonet within the Helford Estuary, Cornwall (runner-up), and Kirsty Andrews’s Snooted flatfish on an evening dive at Hope Cove, South Devon (runner-up).

BIUPC 2022 Close Up

Kirsty Andrews Close Up BIUPC Kirsty Andrews

Kirsty Andrews’s beautiful picture of Bobtail squid, taken throughout an evening dive at Hope Cove, South Devon received the Shut Up class winner, and makes Kirsty 2022 Champion and winner of the Peter Scoones memorial Trophy.

Compact Digital camera

[L-to-R] Derek Bolton – Blue Shark, taken south of Lings Rocks outdoors Oysterhaven Co Cork, Eire, (extremely counseled), Joanna Cale’s picture of a Higher Pipefish noticed within the seaweeds at Babbacombe Seashore, and one other of Derek Bolton’s Blue Sharks (each runners-up).

BIUPC 2022 Compact Camera

Grant McCarry Compact Camera BIUPC Grant McCarry

Grant McCarry took this profitable picture of an octopus at Twin Piers in Loch Lengthy, Scotland.  

Human Influence

[L-to-R] Mark Harris took this picture referred to as Recent or Foul? It is the sewage works at Esher pumping out handled effluent into the River Mole (extremely counseled), John Bennett’s  Fish heads left on seashore at Oysterhaven, Co. Cork, Eire, and Mark Kirkland’s Discarded Mackerel heads in Portencross, Ayrshire, Scotland (runners-up).

BIUPC Human Impact 2022

Jon Bunker Human Impact BIUPC Jon Bunker

Jon Bunker took this profitable picture within the Human Influence class which reveals a ship wrecked in March 2003 at Land’s Finish, Cornwall.

You’ll be able to study extra in regards to the competitors on the British Society of Underwater Photographers web site.

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