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
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.
Image Format and Size