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YUP - Young Underwater Photographer's group

by Alexander Mustard


Are you under 30 years old and interested in underwater photography. Yes? Then YUP wants to hear from you! YUP, true to its name, is a new Internet based group for young underwater photographers. This group has come about to help make it easier to get into underwater photography, which can be especially difficult for young people. Making the right choices when starting out is essential, and mistakes are costly. YUP has been set up to help.

The main aims of YUP are to encourage more young people to get into underwater photography, to provide an information resource and to put young photographers in contact with each other. In the UK one of our main objectives is to get more young people involved in BSoUP. Indeed two YUP members are giving "main event" talks during 2002. But we also hope to see young people succeeding in Focus On competitions, at the Splash-in and contributing articles to In Focus. You have been warned!

As I said above, YUP is based solely on the Internet, the URL of the web-site is The web-site contains a comprehensive set of links to Internet resources on underwater photography. There are links to camera, flash and housing manufacturers, shops, societies and to personal web-sites of top underwater photographers. Each member also has a gallery page (and I can say that YUP members love to try out new techniques) and a biography file, with topics including photographic style, kit, and favourite photographers, as well as our silliest mistakes! There is also a dairy of forthcoming events in the world of underwater photography, such as competitions, talks, conferences, and festivals.

Having been started this year in the UK, we are mainly British, but we already have members from Poland and Finland. One of the advantages of being on the Internet is that we can be truly international, and we hope to attract members from all corners of the globe. Best of all joining YUP is free! We are particularly keen for photographers who are just strating out, to get in touch. If you can avoid some of the mistakes we have made, YUP will be worthwhile. If you are interested in joining please send an e-mail to

So next time you are surfing the net, check out Not only are there some inspirational images, but the site is a great source of information for young photographers of all ages!

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