Image © Martin Kiely, BIUPC Champion 2021

Great to be in partnership with BSAC for BIUPC 2022

BIUPC 2021 results/ image gallery

BIUPC 2022 will be on 3rd September 2022

BIUPC engages the British and Irish underwater photography communities in a one day photography shoot out. It is accessible to people who live and dive at different locations around Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland and England, including the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, the Isles of Scilly and the other 5000 or so other islands around our shores that are bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel and the North Sea. A late August/ early September on-the-day multi-location competition format reduces the travel and cost burden for competitors, whilst encouraging participation commensurate with a championship.

Photographers compete for a trophy in memory of one of BSoUP’s co-founders, the late Peter Scoones, and the title British & Irish Underwater Photography Champion.



Images can be taken and submitted electronically from anywhere within the championship geographic boundary from 10pm on the Friday to 10pm Saturday. The competition is open to all underwater photographers of all nations, but images must be from any body of salt or fresh water in the seas, rivers, streams and lakes of Britain and Ireland. PLEASE NOTE the special procedures in the camera set-up and image submission section (link above) about requirements to verify image validity.

BSoUP convenes a panel of judges during the week following the competition. The results are announced about 2-3 weeks after the competition in a live broadcast from the monthly BSoUP meeting after the competition.

BIUPC Points of Contact

[email protected] – Nick Watson, BIUPC lead

[email protected] – Sarah White, BIUPC competition secretary

BIUPC Judging Panel for 2022

Trevor Rees

I started diving over 40 years ago and quickly developed a passion for Underwater Photography. Several thousand dives later I continue to find and explore new sites around the British coast.  Learning how to improve my underwater pictures is a fun and ongoing challenge.  I am interested in any subject that makes an interesting and appealing image but my preference is for natural history shots.  It is often the common creatures that I spend most time on.

I have dived all around the British coast, from the Scilly Isles in the south, the Orkney Islands in the north, St Kilda in the west and the Farne islands in the east.  My nearest best diving is probably Plymouth on the south coast but the sheltered sea lochs on the west coast of Scotland are without doubt my favourite area. I also enjoy diving various freshwater sites that I reckon are often overlooked for their photographic potential.

Whilst I have dived quite a bit overseas, I get more satisfaction from capturing images that show how rich, colourful and diverse British waters can be. Many of my pictures have been successful in competitions and many have been published in diving and wildlife magazines.

I live near Worcester in the UK, which although a long way from the sea, does mean I am likely to head both north and south for my diving.  I am proud to have been associated with SCUBA magazine for 5 years where I co-author a monthly photography column.

Richard Thorn

Richard has been making pictures for almost sixty years; as a child, an environmental scientist and an enthusiastic student of the art of photography.  In another life, he would have been a full-time adventure photographer but ended up as an academic with adventure sports and photography squeezed in when time allowed.  He has studied photography with the Open College of the Arts, written about it as a diver and snorkeler and introduced the art to divers and snorkellers across Ireland.  He has served as President and National Diving Officer for Diving Ireland – the Governing Body for diving and snorkelling in Ireland.