Image © Trevor Rees, award winner BIUPC 2020 (close-up category)

Every year since inception, there have been a small number of image disqualifications due to competitors not entering the correct category for experience level.  Please read this guidance carefully.

BSoUP seeks to identify and encourage new talent in underwater photography. The Best Newcomer will be selected from all of the entries in the three main categories. The spirit of the newcomer category is somebody who is genuinely new to underwater photography, not just somebody who has not won or been placed in a significant competition. Newcomers are eligible to be overall champion as well as best newcomer; it is the best images that will count for the overall championship, not the photographer’s equipment or experience.

So newcomers must have been creating underwater images for only the THREE YEARS prior to the competition date. Newcomers may use any type of camera.

Additionally, newcomers must not have taken an underwater image that was placed first, second or third or received an honourable mention in any national, international or other significant on-line or print competition. This includes all BSoUP monthly and annual competitions, the British Wildlife Photographer Awards, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Royal Photographic Society competitions, Ireland Love Your Coast competition and any equivalent international/ national or regional competitions including those run by BUPG, NUPG or other similar groups.

If in doubt, competitors should declare competition results and experience to the BSoUP competitions secretary using the contact page on this web and ask for a ruling before submitting entry forms.