I've been busy with organising the St Abbs and Eyemouth VMR annual underwater photography competition of late, the Splash In. The event will be held on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August this year. On the Saturday, up to 45 amateur and professional photographers will take to the waters of the Marine Reserve hoping to catch what will be a prize winning image. On the Sunday, there will be a slide show presentation of all the images at the Old School, St Abbs, where the audience acts as judges voting on their favourite photos. There are prizes for images in 3 categories: Reserve Atmospheric, Marine Life Portrait and Most Humorous Shot. There are prizes for beginners as well, so everyone has the chance of taking home a prize. There is also a prize for the best image in show. The photo above shows a Yarrell's Blenny, taken by Brian Jubb, which won the Marine Life Portrait category and best image in show in 2009.
The main thing to organise has been finding a suitable venue, and after some last minute deliberations and the kind offer of some technical help in setting up an AV link between rooms, I have decided to hold the slide show in St Abbs this year. The prizes are all sponsored by companies and organisations working in the diving industry, so another big task is contacting sponsors and asking for their help. Luckily I had the help of local diver Bob Clay, who knows many of the companies personally so he put in a good word for me!
For more information and to download competition rules, visit the VMR website www.marine-reserve.co.uk