International Underwater Photographic Competition by Greg Cassar
The seventh annual Blue Dolphin of Malta competition took place during the week of 2 November, 1993. As usual the competition was well attended with some 35 competitors from all over the world. The U.K. was represented by Les Kemp, Greg Cassar, Bill Hewitt, Michael Glasspool, Tom Cowan, Gavin Anderson and Frank Welch.
The competition was run over two days, with a roll of 36 exposures each day. In order to compete for the overall title one had to excel in three disciplines:- Creative, Macro/Close-up and Environmental. Other prizes were awarded for the Best Slide in each of the three disciplines.
The event was made more difficult by the weather, which in November is quite changeable. As a result the organisers' choice of site was limited to "Marfa Point", which is an area used as a ferry terminal for boats going to Gozo. The site is good for photography as it includes dropoffs and even has its own wreck.
Given that the weather conditions were not perfect, the overall standard was high and some of the creative shots were indeed creative with competitors using props, coloured gels, models, lights and even fibre-optics!
Each evening of the competition was spent looking at audio-visual presentations by some of the competitors, and this section, although with no official prize was clearly won by Les Kemp, who presented publicly for the first time his latest audio-visual "Eye Witness".
For the first time ever the competition was won by a Maltese competitor, Chris Borg Cardona. The U.K. contingent made a good showing with Les Kemp coming 5th, Greg Cassar coming 12th and Bill Hewitt coming 13th.
Photo Fish Hunt Competition
Following on, immediately after the Blue Dolphin, was the Ist Photofish hunting competition. Again owing to the poor weather conditions the organisers struggled to find a suitable site. In a way this benefited us because the selected site in Sliema was full of different species of fish. With this event each of the seventeen competitors was issued with a roll of 36 exposure film. The object was to photograph as many species as possible in a six-hour period.
Each shot submitted was scored according to how difficult the species is to find, how much of the frame was filled, and the technical quality of the photograph. Each shot can score a maximum of 10 points, but if you submitted a "bad" one, you could lose up to 100 points! Therefore selection was critical. You could only submit one shot of each species, although shots of a male and female were O.K. You also has to submit the Latin name for each species.