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 http://www.yup.org.uk 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
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 www.yup.org.uk Not only are there some inspirational
images, but the site is a great source of information for young
photographers of all ages!