Image 2001 underway

The 10th International Festival of Underwater Photography and Film, Image 2001, organised by Diver Magazine in association with the British Society of Underwater Photographers, is at the starting gate.    Nine trophies and prizes, 66 gold, silver and bronze medals, and up to 100 Highly Commended and Exhibition certificates are there for the taking. And the competition will have no fewer than five categories and 18 classes for both experienced photographers and beginners, professionals and non-professionals. There are also special awards for film shot in British waters.    This provides the greatest opportunities for underwater photographers of all kinds and at all levels to be widely recognised by the diving community and rewarded for their talents with the camera.    The Festival is acknowledged as the worlds biggest and most prestigious competition for underwater photographers and film-makers. It has been the making of past award-winners, who have later turned into highly successful professionals.    The closing date for entries is 3 September, and the winning entries will be on display at Dive 2001 at the NEC in Birmingham over 13 and 14 October.


The Tenth International Festival of
Underwater Photography and Film


Sponsored and organised by Diver Magazine
in association with the
British Society of Underwater Photographers

NEC, Birmingham 13/14 October


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THE TENTH FESTIVAL
The International Festival of Underwater Photography and Film is famous for three reasons.
Firstly, it has long been recognised as the worlds biggest and most celebrated competition for underwater photographers and film makers of all kinds and all levels of ability.
Secondly, it is the worlds most rewarding competition, presenting winners not only with a glittering array of trophies and medals but also thousands of pounds worth of prizes.
Thirdly, it is a showplace for the worlds finest underwater photographs, slides and videos, a huge attraction for divers.
IMAGE 2001 is the 10th such Festival organised by Diver Magazine, and one aim has always been to provide divers with the widest possible opportunities to have their film and photographic talents recognised and rewarded. Indeed, a number of past winners have become highly successful professionals, such as Peter Scoones and Mike Portelly.
IMAGE 2001 will, in fact, have no fewer than 5 categories and 18 classes for both experienced photographers and beginners, professionals and non-professionals, and there are also special awards for film shot in British waters.
A total of nine trophies and prizes, 66 gold, silver and bronze medals, and up to 100 Highly Commended and Exhibition Certificates are to be won.
To add to all that, a wonderful Festival show will be presented in conjunction with DIVE 2001 at the NEC, Birmingham, on October 13/14. Enter or not, you must be there!
Please note: The closing date for entries is Monday, September 3, 2001. The address for entry forms, conditions of entry, and further information is:
IMAGE 2001, Diver Magazine,55 High Street, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 8HA, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 8943 4288.
Fax: +44 (0)20 8943 4312.
E-mail: ceta@divermag.co.uk

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

1The entry fee is£10 sterling per set of either six prints or six slides (plus an additional one-off fee of£10 per contestant in the case of the Grand Master section - see below), and£15 sterling per video/ciné film. Competitors may make as many entries as they wish, with the appropriate remittance. Entries will be returned only if an additional payment is enclosed as follows:£5 per contestant (UK addresses) for Recorded Delivery postage and packing; or£10 per contestant (overseas addresses) for Airmail dispatch Worldwide. Sterling cheques or Sterling bank drafts should be payable to Eaton Publications. MasterCard, Visa, Eurocard or Switch may also be used.
2Entries received without an entry form or an entry fee will not be eligible for judging, and will be retained until return postage is received. The entry form must be signed by the copyright owner, agreeing to these conditions of entry.
3Entries must be securely packed and sent post-paid to: IMAGE 2001, Diver Magazine, 55 High Street, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 8HA, UK. Entrants outside the UK are requested to assist safe and quick delivery of their entries by marking parcels with the following details: Photographic prints/slides/videos (whichever applies) - URGENT - no commercial value; solely for exhibition and return to sender.
4The Organisers of the Festival will have the right to make use of winning entries, and those chosen for exhibition, in the following ways:
(a)To distribute copies to institutions throughout the World who request the Organisers permission to exhibit or publish them in connection with publicising the Festival;
(b)To provide copies to such media as may wish to reproduce them in connection with publicising the Festival;
(c)To retain the mounted winning and exhibition prints for publicity and exhibition purposes.
Permission to show or reproduce entries as stated above will be granted at the discretion of the Organisers, and such permission must be requested. Every copy of an entry issued by the Organisers for showing or reproduction will be captioned to the effect that it may be shown or reproduced only provided that credit is given to IMAGE 2001, the International Festival of Underwater Photography and Film, the Organisers, the photographer and/or the copyright owner.
This clause is not an assignment of copyright, but is not subject to revocation. All uses other than for publicising the Festival will be referred to the copyright owners.
5The Organisers will take reasonable care of entries, but cannot accept responsibility for non-receipt, loss or damage.
6All entries will be viewed and judged before the Festival. The decision of the judges will be final and the right is reserved to withhold awards in any category should entries involved not reach the required standards.
7Entries must be received by no later than Monday, September 3. There are no restrictions on the type or manufacture of film stock used.
8A results notification will be despatched to all entrants after the Festival.
9In the Prints, Slides, Portfolios and Manipulated Images categories (1-4) all entries must have been exposed under water; aquarium shots will not be eligible, and material submitted must be the work of the contributor.
Macro photographs should be submitted only in the Macro classes or as part of a portfolio, and, in the interests of fairness, pictures created using multiple exposures or other special effects are disallowed in all but the Manipulated Images category. In all the above stills categories, entries must be submitted in print or slide form, NOT digitally, on disk, via e-mail, etc.
10Except in the case of Videos/Ciné Films, entries must not have previously won an award in a national or international underwater photography contest.
11In the case of the Videos/Ciné films category, further qualifications apply and these are referred to below.
The various categories and classes are now defined with the specific conditions that apply to them.


SECTION ONE
Category 1: Prints
(a)Up to 6 prints (colour or black-and-white) will comprise one entry, up to 12 prints two entries, and so on. There are no restrictions on the number of entries.
(b)There are three classes in this category: (a) Marine Life; (b) People and/or Scenery; (c) Macro.
(c)Prints must not exceed 30cm x 42cm (A3) in size. They must NOT be mounted.
(d)All prints must have captions fixed lightly to the back, giving the name of the contestant, title or caption, category, and class. In the case of photographs taken in British Waters, contestants should add the words BRITISH ISLES and name the places at which they were taken so that they can be judged for the Special British Awards (see below).
(e)The judges reserve the right to place a picture in a class other than that for which it was originally submitted.
(f)The Organisers will mount the best 50 or more prints for exhibition purposes at their own expense.

Category 2: Slides
(a)Up to 6 slides will comprise one entry, up to 12 slides two entries, and so on. There are no restrictions on the number of entries, which must be originals or good-quality duplicates.
(b)There are three classes in this category, as above:
(a) Marine Life; (b) People and/or Scenery; (c) Macro.
(c)Slides must be submitted in glassless mounts measuring either 5cm x 5cm, 7cm x 7cm, or 9cm x 9cm. No super slides or half-frame slides will be accepted unless mounted in this way.
(d)Slides must be marked with the photographers name, title or caption, category, and class, plus a black spot in the bottom left-hand corner to aid projection. In the case of photographs taken in British Waters, contestants should add the words BRITISH ISLES and name the places at which they were taken so that they can be judged for the Special British Awards (see below).
(e)The judges reserve the right to place a slide in a class other than that for which it was originally submitted.

Category 3: Portfolios
(a)A portfolio of 6 images (either prints or slides) will comprise one entry, 12 images two entries, and so on. There are no restrictions on the number of entries.
(b)There are no restrictions in terms of subject matter, and individual portfolios can be broad-based (perhaps showing as wide a range as possible of the individual photographers skills), themed, sequential, or whatever.
(c)The conditions that apply to prints and slides as regards size, mountings and markings are exactly the same as those previously described for prints and slides.
(d)Contestants must write the word Portfolio and a number (1 to 6) on each print or slide and physically group the set together on a slide viewing sheet and/or in a negative bag. This will ensure that each set of 6 images will be viewed together and in the correct order.
(e)In the case of portfolios taken in British Waters, contestants should add the words BRITISH ISLES and name the places at which they were taken so that they can be judged for the Special British Awards (see below)
NOTE: Macro images submitted in categories 1-3 (above) must not cover a subject area greater than 108mm x 72mm (ie, a reproduction ratio of 1:3 when using 35mm film).


SECTION TWO
Category 4: Manipulated Images
(a)Up to 6 prints or slides will comprise one entry, up to 12 prints or slides two entries, and so on. There are no restrictions on the number of entries.
(b)Entries in this category may be double or multiple exposures (either in-camera or in-darkroom), or digital images. Contestants are free to use whatever means they wish so long as all the ingredients are shot under water, images are not taken in aquariums, and are the work of the contributor.
(c)The conditions that apply to prints and slides as regards size, mountings and markings are exactly the same as those described above for prints and slides, except that the additional words Manipulated Image must be written on the back of the print or slide mount so that entries can be judged in this category.


SECTION THREE
Category 5: Moving Images (Video or Ciné)
(A) Non-Professional
(a)All entries must be submitted on video cassette (VHS [PAL or NTSC] or low-band Umatic), whether or not they were originally shot in this form. One video cassette will comprise one entry, with no restriction of the number of entries.
(b)At least 60 per cent of the footage of each film, excluding titles and leaders, must have been exposed under water (not in an aquarium).
(c)Films may be black-and-white, colour, or a combination of the two, with or without sound. Any narration should, for preference, be in English. If not, an additional written English summary of no more than 250 words may be submitted.
(d)Films must be no longer than 55 minutes, and the organisers reserve the right to show only extracts at the Festival if necessary.
(e)The running time must be indicated.
(f)Each film must be the work of the contributor (or contributors, where a group is involved) without payment, commission, assignment, or order from any other party or parties to make the film. The film must not be sold prior to the Festival.
(g)Titles may be prepared and photographed by a professional for compensation.
(h)A film in this section will be ineligible if: (1) it is narrated by a professional narrator or reader; (2) assistance is given by a professional in the preparation of narration, music or other sound effects, or the preparation of sound, for compensation.
(i)Recording of the sound on to records, tape or optical track may be done professionally for compensation.
(j)All films must have beginning and ending titles.
(k)The name of the contributor and the film title must be clearly marked on the video cassette.
(l)In the case of film shot in British waters, the package should be clearly marked with the words BRITISH ISLES so that this material can be judged for a Special British Award.
(B) Professional
All films which do not qualify for entry in the preceding (Non-Professional) category must be entered in the Professional category. They must conform to the following sub-sections in the preceding category: a,b,c,d,e,j,k,l.

Grand Master of Underwater Photography
The general conditions of entry and the specific conditions laid down in categories 1,2 and 3 (SECTION ONE) apply here, with several exceptions. These are:
(a)Such is the value and prestige of this competition that Grand Master contestants are required to pay a charge of£10 per person (not entry) in addition to the normal fee for their entry or entries.
(b)The words Grand Master must be added to prints/slides.
(c)Details must be given on the entry form of an award previously won to justify entry in this section of the competition.

SPECIAL BRITISH AWARDS

There will be special awards for the best entries in each of the categories 1,2,3 and 5 for images produced in waters around the British Isles. Grand Master contestants will be eligible for these awards.
Contributors wishing to include entries in this special section should (as stated above) clearly mark all relevant material with the words
BRITISH ISLES, and name the place at which
the image/footage was taken.
Entries should be submitted in the normal way for judging in the overall category to which
they belong. Classes should be indicated where these apply.
The fact that material is marked BRITISH ISLES will ensure that it is automatically entered in the SPECIAL BRITISH AWARDS section. Thus, it will be possible for such an entry to win two awards.




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CATEGORIES & CLASSES

SECTION ONE
This section is NOT, repeat NOT, open to those who have previously won an award in a national or international underwater photographic competition.

Category 1: Prints
Classes:

  • (a) Marine Life
  • (b) People and/or Scenery
  • (c) Macro

Entrants placed first, second and third in each class will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.

Category 2: Slides
Classes:

  • (a) Marine Life
  • (b) People and/or Scenery
  • (c) Macro

Entrants placed first, second and third in each class will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.

Category 3: Portfolios
Six slides or six prints.
Entrants placed first, second and third will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.


SECTION TWO
This section is open to ALL underwater photographers, whether or not they have previously won an award in an underwater photographic competition.

Category 4: Manipulated Images
To include double or multiple exposures (either in-camera or in-darkroom), and digital images. Such images are not eligible for the Prints or Slides categories in Section One.
Entrants placed first, second and third will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.


SECTION THREE
Category 5: Moving Images
Videos and ciné films:

  • (a)Non-professional
  • (b)Professional.

Entrants placed first, second and third in both will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.

Grand Master of Underwater Photography
Separate awards will be made to those who have previously won an award of any kind in a national or international photographic competition.
The categories and classes named in Section One - ie, categories 1, 2 and 3 - will apply here. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded in each appropriate case.

SPECIAL BRITISH AWARDS
There will be additional special awards for the best entries in categories 1, 2, 3 and 6 for images/footage shot in waters around the British Isles. Grand Master contestants will be eligible
Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded in the relevant categories and classes.

TROPHIES

  • A trophy for the Best Festival Print will be awarded to one of the gold medallists in Category 1
  • A trophy for the Best Festival Slide will be awarded to one of the gold medallists in Category 2
  • A trophy for the Best Festival Portfolio will be awarded to one of the gold medallists in Category 3
  • A trophy for the Best Manipulated Image will be awarded to the gold medallist in Category 4
  • A trophy for the Best Video/Ciné Film (Non-professional) will be awarded to the gold medallist in Category 5 (a)
  • A trophy for the Best Video/Ciné Film (Professional) will be awarded to the gold medallist in Category 5 (b)

PLUS:

  • A trophy for the Most Promising Underwater Photographer will go to the photographer whose entries in Section One show the greatest promise in the opinion of the judges
  • A trophy for the Best British Underwater Photographer will go to the British photographer whose overall entry in categories 1 to 4, wherever shot, is of the most outstanding quality, proving consistent photographic technique and talent
  • The Diver Trophy for the Grand Master of Underwater Photography will go to the photographer whose overall entry in categories 1 to 4 is of the most outstanding quality, proving consistent photographic technique and talent

Diver Magazine,
55 High Street, Teddington,
Middlesex TW11 8HA, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 8943 4288.
Fax: +44 (0)20 8943 4312.

E-mail: ceta@divermag.co.uk

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