Who will judge the competition?

The judges will be announced closer to the date, so make sure you keep up to date with our various social media pages or check back here.

How do I register?

Please complete the online application form. When you submit the form, you will receive an email acknowledgement with a contestant number. You then need to pay your entry fee into the bank account mentioned in our email and quote your competitor entry number as the reference. Payment can also be made via PayPal during the registration process. 

When & Where can photographs be taken?

When? From 22:00hrs on the night before competition day to 16:30hrs on the competition day. (See Competition Timeline)

Where? The Geographic Area: Torbay, Devon. “Dives in Torbay” shall be defined as including any site located between Berry Head, Brixham and the north of Oddicombe Beach, Torquay within the boundaries of Torquay Harbour as shown on maritime charts. Note that if weather conditions do not permit safe diving within Torbay, the geographical area for the competition may be extended (as happened in 2019). All registered contestants will be informed of the change ASAP.

Photos may be taken on a shore or boat dive.

Various charter boats in Torquay, Teignmouth and elsewhere may be available for bookings on the day of the competition. These are your own responsibility.

Method of submitting entries

By USB flash card only please. The files must be named as per the completion rules, with the competitor number and competition category. Entries to be handed in by the deadline to members of Torbay BSAC at the display stand on Beacon Quay, Torquay Harbour.

Evening Event – Buffet, Exhibition & Presentations

Everyone is welcome to our presentation evening, so please feel free to bring along a guest! Admission is by ticket only. Tickets may be purchased when entering the competition. Additional tickets may be obtained by e-mailing the club. A limited number of ‘last minute’ tickets may be available on the day.

All the photographs entered in the competition will be on display. 

The weather and other unforeseen circumstances

If adverse weather conditions develop in the days before the competition, the club will be guided by advice from HM Harbourmaster, Torquay and by HM Coastguard.

Torbay BSAC reserves the right to change the Geographical constraints of the competition or cancel the event at short notice if we feel conditions dictate. Every reasonable effort will be made to contact competitors by phone or text. We will also place a notification by means of a post on the club Facebook page.

It is the responsibility of the individual competitor to determine if it is safe to dive from any particular location on the day of the competition.


Rules of the competition

  1. All entrants must observe the Underwater Photographers Code of Conduct. The code can be found at the following website. http://www.bsoup.org/Code.php
  2. All entries must be taken underwater save that “split” shots or “over unders” are permitted.
  3. All entries must be taken on the competition date. The competition will begin at 22:00hr on the night before the competition day and end at 16:30hr on the competition day. Photographs taken during shore dives and boat dives are permitted. Note the submission cut off point below.
  4. All entries must be taken during the course of dives within the specified geographic area.
  5. There shall be Four “competition categories”: -
    • Best wide-angle image.
    • Best macro or close up image.
    • Best compact camera image.
    • Beginner  

Beginner is defined as a competitor who has not received payment for the publishing of a photograph and has not won any category in an open underwater photography competition.

  1. The entrant must be the person who took the image entered into the competition.
  2. No image entered should have been entered in any other photography competition whatever it is and irrespective of who organised it.
  3. The competition is judged anonymously.
  4. The judging of the competition will take place on the evening of the competition and the winning entries announced at the evening Presentation
  5. All contestants shall be personally liable for their own safety during and after diving. They are responsible for their own diving practices. They are responsible for ensuring that they are suitably qualified and experienced to complete the diving they plan to conduct. They are responsible for planning their dives, the timing of dives, for providing safety cover on-shore – if that is considered necessary - and for determining whether and if so, where and when it is safe to dive, taking into account wind, weather conditions, prevailing tides,navigation and all other hazards.
  6. No responsibility for the personal safety of contestants shall attach to or remain with Torbay BSAC, with BSAC or with any member or official of either organisation.

Image Format and Size

  1. Entries must be digital and in JPG format. No other format will be accepted.
  2. All entries must be submitted on a USB flash drive, not a camera card.
  3. The winner may be asked to produce the original JPG, RAW or TIFF image for examination by the Judges and agrees to do so.
  4. While cropping is permitted, images should be submitted in the largest size jpg possible, please do not resize your image. Whereever possible, please format to 300dpi and use sRGB colour profile.
  5. Filename should be in the format “Contestant Number_category_image number.jpg”. For example, contestant number 12 would use: “12_wideangle_1.jpg”, “12_wideangle_2.jpg”, “12_closeup_1.jpg” and “12_compact_1.jpg” and so on.
  6. Only 2 images per contestant are permitted in each of the competition categories.
  7. Remote control photography (e.g. pole cams) is permitted.
  8. There is no limit (other than those imposed by sensible diving practices) to the number of dives a competitor may make within the window set out at 3 above, provided they are submitted prior to the deadline mentioned below.
  9. All automatic and manual in-camera processing is allowed but must remain within the spirit of the competition.
  10. Out-of-camera processing is permitted as follows: -
    • Cropping to improve composition.
    • Global adjustments intended to restore colour and contrast are allowed. Similarly, changes to colour balance, exposure, contrast, tone, highlights and shadows, clarity, noise, vibrancy, saturation and lens distortion corrections are permitted by global adjustment conducted through software packages.
    • No localised changes to specific parts of an image are permitted. This includes cloning for back-scatter removal, partial image blurring or the inclusion of artificial vignettes.

Competition Entries

  1. All images must be submitted to the designated location no later than the cut-off time on the competition day.


  1. Torbay BSAC reserves the right to publish winning images in the diving press, on its social media outlets and on its website www.torbay-bsac.co.uk.
  2. Images may also be used royalty free in media coverage of the event, in the local newspaper and as future promotional material for this and future competitions, but copyright will always remain with the photographer, who will be consulted for any other use of images not declared here.


Our Address

Torbay BSAC
Unit 0008
Beacon Quay