Lundy has been a Marine Nature Reserve since 1986 and the aim of the competition was to capture the diverse aspects of the marine environment and bring local and national divers together to celebrate the 6th year of Lundy’s No Take Zone and marine reserve.
The waters around the island are renowned for their diversity and competitors had subjects such as grey seals, rare corals and ship wrecks to photograph.
Nicola Saunders, Wildlife Warden on Lundy said, “Whilst the weather was a little unpredictable with strong winds, local charter boats & both Appledore & Ilfracombe Sub Aqua Clubs, braved the seas and made it across to the Island in time!” “
There were 13 entries into the competition, which was little lower than we'd hoped but good beginnings for a first time event, and given the weather we weren't too disappointed! All participants submitted their pictures in the early evening, before heading up to Lundy's lambing shed to enjoy our annual barn dance & lamb roast.”
On Sunday morning everyone was up bright and early and piled into the Tavern for breakfast, before heading across to the Church for the slideshow and competition judging. The event was hosted by Derek Green, Lundys General Manager with the judging open to all divers and visitors staying on the island. The images were judged by an audience of 50 The winning entries were by Mark Lavington with his picture of a Jewel Anemone in the Mega to Macro category, Mike Deaton with his picture of a Seal in the Marine Nature Reserve Ambience category and James Wright with his picture of a compass Jellyfish in the Marine Abstract category.
James Wright of Appledore Sub Aqua Club walked away with the main honours as the overall winner, with his Black and white image of a compass jellyfish being chosen by Neil Hope (Sport Diver), Dan Hopkins and Spencer Cobby (Cameras Underwater) from the top three images.
Due to the amazing generosity of our sponsors, we had a fantastic prize fund including £250 vouchers from Sea&Sea; £300 vouchers from Cameras Underwater; Nexus Nitrox dive computer from AP Valves Mares; Mission 2C Gauge and Compass Cressi and Cressi FrogPlus Fins. The overall winner also took home £350 worth of vouchers to spend on a winter helicopter break on Lundy. Other prizes included a BCD, flight regulator & octopus and a SubX undersuit as well as numerous books, magazine subscriptions and other dive & Lundy merchandise.
Nicola continued, “All in all the event was a great success and from small beginnings we hope it will grow into an annual event and we have provisionally booked the 12th June for the 2010 Splash-IN. On behalf of Lundy, all the competitors and myself I'd like to say a massive thank you to all our sponsors:
As well as Jessica Hettie Charters, Obsession Charters, Paul Kay & Paul Naylor