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BSoUP Meeting - August 2007

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Wednesday 15th August 2007

The next meeting takes place on Wednesday 15th August 2007 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in The Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7. Directions. If you attending - please get your drinks at the bar in time to start promptly at 8.00 p.m.

Planning and preparing a winning portfolio - with Sam Bean LRPS

BSoUP member Sam Bean will outline how she selects, rejects and organises her images for winning slide, digital and print portfolios. Sam's talk will cover the importance of classic factors such as image

Sam Bean's Open Portoflio 2006
Sam Bean's Open Portfolio 2006
Sam Bean's British Portfolio 2005
Sam Bean's British Portfolio 2005

composition, subject choice, colour balance, harmony or contrast, and the combination of macro and wide-angle shots. Additionally Sam will cover how important it is to respond to the needs of the voting audience and deliver the 'wow' factor using fresh ideas, creative and unusual images and breaking with traditional rules.

Sam is highly qualified to provide tips on portfolios having a string of impressive achievements to her name. Like many successful photographers she first learnt and developed her photography with veteran BSoUP member and teacher Martin Edge.

Following her first workshop with Martin in 2002 Sam went on to win the BSoUP Beginners Portfolio 2003, came joint first with Alex Mustard in the BSoUP Best of British Portfolio 2005, and 2nd in the BSoUP International Open Portfolio in 2006. At the prestigious British Underwater Image Festival 2007 Sam was thrilled to achieve first place in the Sea and Sea portfolio category. As if this was not enough, Sam's most recent portfolio success has been the Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society for her portfolio panel of ten print images.

Sam Bean's Beginers Portfolio 2003
Sam Bean's Beginners Portfolio 2003

'Focus on' competition - International 'Focus on'

Try your hand at our 3rd international competition inviting underwater photographers from around the blue planet. Last year we had entries from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, the Cayman Islands, Egypt, France, Germany, Monaco, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Switzerland, Turks and Caicos and the UK. Upload your images here. View last year's winning images here.

Portfolio workshop

Following our past successful workshop sessions, this evening we will complement Sam's talk with an interactive portfolio workshop evening. Some accomplished photographers will be on hand to offer advice and suggestions in creating your own, perfect portfolio. Hopefully members received the planning email late July. The idea is for members to bring one of their own portfolios partially constructed with a number of alternate images so the experts can comment on what you have done and help you improve it. You may wish to bring 20 or 25 images to give a good selection (but not much more than that please or it will be too many to get through).

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Nudibranch by Francesco Visintin
Nudibranch by Francesco Visintin

International Focus On 2007

A total of 57 entries from 18 countries were received for this year's International Focus On competition.

Congratulations to Francesco Visintin from Italy whose striking image of a nudibranch was judged by the audience at last night's BSoUP meeting as the best image submitted.

John van Lent form the Netherlands came second with an image of a retreating Thresher Shark. There was a tie for third place which was shared by Ethan Daniels from the U.S.A. and BSoUP member Alex Mustard from the U.K.

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