Now a well-established event on any diver’s calendar, the fourth Lundy Splash-IN underwater photography competition will take place on Saturday 7 July. To take part divers can reserve a place in advance by completing a pre-registration form available from the Marine Warden (firstname.lastname@example.org). Otherwise divers can enter on the day of the competition on arrival to Lundy, the total of 45 places will be allocated on a ‘first-come, first serve’ basis. A maximum of four underwater photographs can be entered, and must be taken that day. All photos will be judged on the evening of the 7 July, and prizes and presentation taking place during the evening barn dance.
Lundy is a granite outcrop roughly three and half a miles long, and around half a mile across, lying off the North Devon coast in the mouth of the Bristol Channel. The north-south orientation of the Island causes the different sides of it to have very contrasting features. The west coast is battered by the full force of the Atlantic Ocean, as that is all that stands between it and America. The east coast, in comparison is much more sheltered. Combined with its southerly location, this makes Lundy one of Britain’s natural wonders, with a huge diversity of wildlife in both its terrestrial and marine habitats.
Lundy’s marine habitat area is especially important, as well as the island location and orientation, it is an area where the cooler northern currents meet the warmer southern ones, leading to a mix of marine wildlife not seen elsewhere in British waters. Lundy leads the way in the conservation of marine habitats in the UK; in 1971 it was the first designated voluntary Marine Nature Reserve, leading to it being the first statutory one in 1986. Then in 2003 the first No Take Zone (NTZ) in the country was established in a 3.3km area off the east coast of the island, this is still only one of three that exist within all of the UK’s seas. It then became the country first designated Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) in January 2010.
Donald Malone, Marine Warden on Lundy, said: “Lundy is a Mecca for divers, due to the unique variety of habitat and species found within such a small area. The clear waters surrounding Lundy, combined with the numerous shipwrecks and diverse marine life make it an ideal place for underwater photography”
The 2012 Lundy Splash-IN categories are:
• Mega to Macro: close-up portraits of marine species (both landscape and portrait orientation)
• Marine Ambience: showing Lundy’s spectacular underwater scenery at its best, and these can include other divers within the photograph
• Marine Abstract: Use your imagination!
The entry fee is £20.00, which includes free camping on Lundy on the Saturday night, and entry to the evening barn dance, where a slide show of all entered photographs will take place, and presentations to the winning photographers. A bar and food will also be available and all are invited along to the evening entertainment.
Donald Malone says: “There is a variety of fantastic prizes on offer, worth over £2,750, kindly donated for the event by Suunato, Olympus, A.P. Values, Scuba Travel, Mares, Scuba Travel, Sea&Sea and Cameras Underwater.
So the best judged photos will be well rewarded, and hopefully all competitors will enjoy the event and take home some great snaps and memories of the special underwater world that is to be found at Lundy”