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BSoUP Meeting - February 2009

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U?W Photography in the Celebes Sea, Borneo

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 18th February 2009 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, S. Kensington, London. Directions.

Photo techniques: U/W photography in the Celebes Sea, Borneo - Multiple speakers introduced by Brian Pitkin.

In November last year a number of BSoUP members participated in a photographic workshop organised by JP Trenque and Jane Morgan in the Celebes Sea, Borneo. They spent a week on the liveaboard 'Celebes Explorer' diving and photographing on the reefs of Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai and Siamil in Sabah and a week at the Maratua Paradise Resort diving and photographing the

reefs of Maratua, Sangalaki and Kakaban in the Derawan Islands, in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Speakers include Keith Lyall, Andy Cooper, Brian and Linda Pitkin, Mike and Jan Maloney who will talk about their images. Brian will also present a short slide show of Bill Bradley, Robert Kemp and Mark Roberts images and introduce Jo Horrocks' short video 'A taste of Borneo'.

Focus On Competition: Red Sea Images.

This month the category is Red Sea Images. The competition is open to BSoUP members only and all images must have been taken underwater in the Red Sea and should not previously have been entered into a national or international competition

Please read the Rules before submitting your entry via the online Entry Form.

U/W photography in the Celebes Sea, Borneo
U/W photography in the Celebes Sea, Borneo
Gavin Parsons website
Gavin Parsons' website

Main Event: How to annoy fishermen and save our seas by Gavin Parsons

Gavin spent a large part of the summer 2008 working for the environmental organisation Greenpeace. He worked on its Oceans campaign in the Mediterranean and on a project to protect an area of North Sea. As the photographer, his role was to be among the actions and activities to record what unfolded. It turned out to be a summer of mixing it up with fishermen - and they are not as nice as Captain Birdseye would have you believe A few were friendly and liked what Greenpeace was doing, but most expressed themselves with finger gesticulations, shouts, lead weights and shotguns. Gavins presentation is a humorous look at trying to save the seas both above, on and under the waves.

Focus On February 2009 - Results

Red Sea Images

Congratulations to Gareth Lock who won last night's Focus On competition with an image of divers exploring a wreck Gareth beat 41 other entries scoring 38 points.

Second place went to Arthur Kingdom with an image of a male Anthias taken with a 105 mm lens scoring 28 points.

Third place, with 21 points, went to Tony Baskeyfield for his image of a turtle.

Wreck © Gareth Lock
Wreck © Gareth Lock

Male Anthias © Arthur Kingdon
Male Anthias © Arthur Kingdon

The top 7 winners:

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Gareth Lock 38 9
2 Arthur Kingdon 28 6
3 Tony Baskeyfield 21 2
4 Malcolm Nobbs 20 3
5 Arthur Kingdon 16 4
6= Helen Parris 16 3
6= Richard Boutcher 16 3

If you were not in the top seven and would like to know how you fared please e-mail Brian Pitkin.

BSoUP members only may view all the entries in projected order in the Competition slideshow.

Next month's competition is the annual BSoUP Members Theme Portfolio Competition.

For full details please visit Theme Portfolio Competition.

Turtle by Tony Baskeyfield
Turtle © Tony Baskeyfield

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