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BSoUP Meeting - June 2005

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The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday 15th June 2005 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. Further details - News.

The Holland Club, Imperial College, London SW7 5BD.

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION - CHRIS COE

Travel is an integral part of pursuing our passion - whether down the road to the nearest beach or further afield to the myriad of near and far flung
places we journey to while seeking that elusive perfect or winning image.

This month we are very excited to introduce Chris Coe, a world renowned travel photography expert who created the 'Travel Photographer of the Year'
competition. Chris would very much like to see more underwater images entered so in the first part of the evening he will be telling us about the
competition and showcasing some of its previous winners.

FOCUS ON COMPETITION - BRITISH MARINE LIFE
Please email digital entries in advance to:

competitions@bsoup.org

Advance entry is preferable, but we will accept digital entries on the night this month. We will run the digital and slide competitions separately again
if there are enough slide entries to warrant it, otherwise the competitions will be combined. For all other details on the monthly competitions please check Focus On Competition

MAIN EVENT - DIGITAL, WHY BOTHER? - CHRIS COE

In his role as a professional travel photographer Chris has embraced the world of digital photography rather cautiously.

He has some thought provoking musings on the pros and cons of digital cameras, their limitations and the misunderstandings about their capabilities that have been caused by (in his opinion) hyped up marketing from the manufacturers. Whether you are shooting digital now, considering how to make the transition from film, or even planning to stay with film for the foreseeable future, his main talk
entitled Digital, Why Bother? should generate some stimulating thought and debate.

Chris is a self-taught photographer who, since turning professional in 1992, has combined his passion for photography with a love of travel. His work has been widely published in newspapers, magazines and books and his clients include major multinational companies. Chris has shot over 40 travel and coffee table books. His first book on photography, 'The Art of Landscape Photography' is widely used as a reference work. Chris lectures on a variety of photographic subjects, including travel, landscape and stock photography at major conferences and events such as Focus on Imaging and the Daily Telegraph Adventure Show.

In 2003, after many years working in the travel industry and seeing at first-hand what little recognition is given to many of the very talented photographers who shoot travel related images, Chris decided to set up the 'Travel Photographer of the Year' competition. In 2004, photographers from 40 countries participated and the overall winner was an amateur photographer and retired lecturer from Malaysia. This is a truly international competition. The 2005 competition has an impressive line-up of travel and photography prizes worth over £60,000 (see www.tpoty.com for details). Open to amateur and professional photographers, it features four portfolio categories - Human Spirit, Travellers Tales, Go Beyond and Natural World - and a Single Image category.

We anticipate an extremely interesting and inspiring evening.

Gill McDonald


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