Photo credit: Martin Keily, BIUPC Champion 2021

BSAC is delighted to support the British and Irish Underwater Photography Championship (BIUPC), which will be held this year on 14 September.

The competition is open to anyone diving around the UK and Republic of Ireland on the day.  An important idea since inception in 2015 has been an on-the-day competition accessible to the widest-possible range of divers taking images from their favourite dive sites.  Pictures are entered online to compete for the highly-coveted Peter Scoones Trophy.

The competition has three categories: wide-angle; close-up; and human impact on marine and freshwater environments. The human impact category accepts images from any camera including drones, iPhones, GoPros or any other camera above or below water. 

The judges will be announced soon.

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Last year’s winner and this year’s organiser Paul Colley said:

[I am] delighted to be working with BSAC and hope that many members will take part because the competition has over the last decade created a fascinating annual snapshot of the waters in and around the UK and Ireland, with some superb images of its marine and freshwater life.

BSAC members can enter the competition for the modest sum of £10 and have a chance of winning one of the main category trophies.


And one talented person will take home the accolade of being crowned British & Irish Underwater Photography Champion 2024.

Find out full details at The British & Irish Underwater Photography Championship 2024 website.

Underwater Photography SDC Course

Underwater Photography

The course teaches the basics of underwater photography to a qualified diver. Open to anyone who has completed BSAC Sports Diver course (or have equivalent certification from another recognised training agency) and is very familiar with your diving equipment.

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