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Splash-In 2006

Exploring the Seashore

Introduction
Seaweed
Sponges & Sea Anemones
Worms
Limpets & Sea Snails
Crabs & Barnacles
Spiny-Skinned Animals
Seashore Fish

Coastal Walks

Eyemouth to St. Abbs
Bird Watching

Sailing

Local Facilities
Map of Eyemouth Approaches

Photographic Competition

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Previous Winners

August Bank Holiday Weekend saw the St. Abbs Marine Reserve’s Splash In come of age. In the 21 years since the Splash In started, it has been going from strength to strength with a record number of 44 divers taking part this year. The advent of the affordable digital camera has enabled more people to give underwater photography a try.

The week running up to the competition was a slightly nerve-wracking time as early forecasts were suggesting that the wind would be northerly force 5 so preventing any boats getting out of the harbour. Not much fun for anyone, but especially those who had travelled several hundred miles for the competition! However, the forecasters were wrong, and when Saturday dawned the sun was shining on a flat calm sea, perfect conditions!

The Splash In is really two competitions running side by side. One for those using traditional film and one for those using digital cameras. In each, there are three categories: Marine Life Portrait, Reserve Atmospheric & Most Humorous Shot. The photographers only have the Saturday morning to capture their images, which are then judged by the audience of a slide show on the Sunday evening. This audience, which reached a record number of 160 this year, is made up of fellow photographers and general members of the public, who vote for their favourite image in each category.

Apart from the prestige of taking a winning image, there were £2,300 worth of prizes to fight for; anything from a romantic meal for two to an expensive piece of dive equipment. All prizes were generously donated by local, national & international businesses. The prizes were presented by author & founder of the Marine Reserve, Lawson Wood, assisted by Sarah Goldie (the most humorous shot category being in memory of her dad).

In the digital competition Cathy Lewis was the clear winner of the Marine Life Portrait category (and also stole the prize for Best Digital Image) with her fantastic shot of two Wolf Fish snuggling up in a crevice. Steve Bateman came in second with his close up of a flatfish half buried in the sand. The Reserve Atmospheric category was a close run thing, but Mike Clark’s image of a diver approaching an Edible Crab hiding amongst Dead Men’s Fingers just pipped JP Trenque’s black & white image to the post. In the Most Humorous Shot category, Shaun Mitchell’s Logging Bottom Time was a resounding favourite with Jane Morgan’s Snake Charmer being the runner up. Andrew Bunyan got a prize for Best Digital Beginner.

In the film competition Bill Hewitt took first place for Marine Life Portrait with his close-up of an Angler Fish, with Jason Gregory being pushed into second place with his close up of a Ballan Wrasse. In the Reserve Atmospheric category a Ballen Wrasse was popular again in, this one hiding under an overhang in Brian Jubb’s wide angle shot. So popular, in fact, that it won Best Film Image too. Peter Ladell’s picture of a shoal of coleys came in second for Reserve Atmospheric. There was an overwhelming winner for Most Humorous Shot for Jason Gregory’s comment on the Parking Charges at St. Abbs, and Peter Ladell collected another second prize for his Party Animal. Best Film Beginner was won by Julie Forrest.

The Splash In then drew to a close for another year with everyone seemingly having had a good time. Not only is the weekend great fun, but it also gives non-divers a chance to experience the beauty to be found beneath the waves at St. Abbs. No wonder that the Marine Reserve has been working so hard to protect it for over two decades!

Many thanks go to all our sponsors for their generous support, and also to William & Bob at the St. Abbs Dive Centre & Amanda at Scoutscroft Divers who helped with getting sponsors on board & generally with making the whole event such a success.

Thanks to this years sponsors:

2006 Digital Competition Results

Marine Life Portrait

1st Prize
Cathy Lewis, A pair of Wolf fish.
2nd Prize
Steve Bateman, A close up of a flatfish.

Reserve Atmospheric

1st Prize
Mike Clark, A diver looking at an edible crab hiding amongst dead men’s fingers on.
2nd Prize
JP Trenque, A diver swimming through a gully (black & white).

The John Goldie Most Humorous Shot

1st Prize
Shaun Mitchell, Logging bottom time.
2nd Prize
Jane Morgan, Snake charmer.

Overall Winner

Cathy Lewis, A pair of Wolf fish.

Best Beginner

Andrew Bunyan

2006 Film Competition Results

Marine Life Portrait

1st Prize
Bill Hewitt, Close up of an Angler fish.
2nd Prize
Jason Gregory, Close up of a Ballan wrasse.

Reserve Atmospheric

1st Prize
Brian Jubb, A Ballan wrasse in a cave.
2nd Prize
Peter Ladell, A shoal of coleys swimming over a reef.

The John Goldie Most Humorous Shot

1st Prize
Jason Gregory, Parking charges.
2nd Prize
Peter Ladell, A party animal.

Overall Winner

Brian Jubb, A Ballan wrasse in a cave.

Best Beginner

Julie Forrest


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A pair of Wolf fish by Cathy Lewis.

A pair of Wolf fish by Cathy Lewis.

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A diver looking at an edible crab hiding amongst dead men’s fingers on by Mike Clark.

A diver looking... by Mike Clark.

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Logging bottom time by Shaun Mitchell.

Logging bottom time by Shaun Mitchell.

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Close up of an Angler fish by Bill Hewitt.

Close up of an Angler fish by Bill Hewitt.

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A Ballan Wrasse in a cave by Brian Jubb.

A Ballan Wrasse in a cave by Brian Jubb.

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Parking charges by Jason Gregory.

Parking charges by Jason Gregory.

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