Entries welcome in underwater photography competition

Tuesday 20th September 2011

Black faced blenny by Arthur Kingdon, 2010 winnerBlack faced blenny by Arthur Kindgon, 2010 winner

Photo-shoots with crabs, cuttlefish, kelp and other creatures are the order of the day for entrants in the annual British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) print competition, organised in association with DIVER Magazine. But they need to enter their resulting prints soon as entries close on Saturday 1 October. The Wildlife Trusts will judge entries in the British and Irish categories, which have a ‘Living Seas’ theme.

Portraits from previous competitions have emerged of curious shannies, mighty spider crabs, and graceful seals. The Wildlife Trusts hope 2011’s competition, run by BSoUP in association with Diver magazine, will yield some further gems. Shortlisted images will be showcased at the Dive Show at Birmingham NEC on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October. The winning ‘Living Seas’ images will earn photographers a year’s free membership to The Wildlife Trusts and a trophy.

The Wildlife Trusts are in the midst of their Petition Fish campaign, to which they are asking people to add their signature in support of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) around the UK.

Joan Edwards, Head of Living Seas for The Wildlife Trusts, said: “Thousands of people have been inspired to support UK marine life by signing our Petition Fish. The more names gathered, the stronger the message to Government that the UK public expects it to create and connect areas where marine wildlife can thrive, through adequate levels of protection.

“The stunning images submitted to the BSoUP competition will provide an important opportunity to highlight the Petition Fish campaign. The Wildlife Trusts want to show people what is at risk if we don’t secure protection for our seas. The images entered into our Living Seas category will do exactly that. We hope they will capture people’s imaginations and inspire them to voice their support for Living Seas.”

The shortlisted entries for the BSoUP print competition can be seen at BSoUP’s stand at the Dive Show, number 1245. For more details on how to enter the BSoUP print competition visit bsoup.org/BSoUP-DIVER_LIDS/2011/prints.php. All images entered into the competition will be eligible for the grand prize of a week-long trip to Marsa Shagra including five days unlimited shore diving.

Visit The Wildlife Trusts’ stand, number 404, at the Dive Show to sign Petition Fish. You can also sign online at www.wildlifetrusts.org/petitionfish or text ‘FISH’ with your name and postcode to 60777.


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