British Underwater Film Festival Launched for 2007

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The UK's largest scuba diving magazine, DIVE, announces the launch of a major underwater film and photography competition.

Following the enormous success of the first British Underwater Image Festival (BUIF) in 2006, images are now being accepted for the 2007 event. BUIF is to be held on the 16-18 March next year at the Birmingham NEC as part of the Go Diving! show which is part of The Outdoors Show.

The competition is aimed at all abilities, from professional television documentary makers to first-time photographers. Finalists will be exhibited and shown at the NEC during the Outdoors Show.

Thousands of pounds worth of prizes are on offer to the winners, and will be announced in the coming months. The best 50 prints from the Open Category, ten from the Portfolio Category and ten from the Digital Compact Category will be displayed on the walls outside the DIVE theatre, while six finalists in the film categories will be shown throughout the show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

'Last year's inaugural BUIF showed just how much talent there is out there and this year we want to uncover even more so we've raised the stakes,' said DIVE editor Simon Rogerson. 'It will be another magnificent showcase of new and existing talent in underwater imaging.'

Print categories

1. Open - anything goes

2. Digital Compact: Images must have been taken with a digital compact camera

3. Portfolio, six prints to be arranged in two rows of three

Special prizes

1. Best British Image of show

2. The people's choice (chosen from images submitted to a monthly competition on http://www.divemagazine.co.uk).

Video categories

1. Professional category: 30-minute maximum documentary-style

2. Liveaboard category: ten-minute maximum open style (must have been filmed by a resident liveaboard or dive centre videographer)

3. Amateur category: ten-minute maximum short, open to all comers - suggested categories include scientific; imaginative; humorous; storyboard and holiday

Full details about the BUIF can be found on DIVE magazine's website. Entry forms can be downloaded from the site and a full set of rules is available.

BUIF is run by DIVE magazine – the UK’s largest circulation scuba diving magazine.

Contact:

Jane Morgan, DIVE Magazine, +44 208 332 88423

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