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BSoUP Meeting - September 2009

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The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, September 16th 2009 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, S. Kensington, London. Directions.

Photo Techniques: Aperture and Mac - an able field tool for busy underwater photographers? by Paul Morgan.

Underwater Excellence: A total of 26 entries were received before the deadline and these are with the pre-selection judges. The best 12 will be projected at the meeting for the audience to choose an overall winner to receive an invidual tropy and a cheque for £250 kindly donated by DiveQuest.

Main Event: Malpelo, Columbia by Pedro Vieyra.

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Coral Hermit Crab © Ross Gudgeon
Coral Hermit Crab © Ross Gudgeon

Underwater Excellence - Results

There were a total of 26 entries for our first BSoUP Members Underwater Excellence Competition. 12 of these were pre-selected for judging by the audience at last night's BSoUP meeting.

Congratulations to the winner Ross Gudgeon whose images are reproduced here. Ross (aka Gudge) and his wife Mary met and started diving together in 1984, getting married two year's later. Along with their dog Digger, they now live in Exmouth, Western Australia and dive regularly on Ningaloo Reef.

In Australia Gudge and Mary have dived the south coast of New South Wales, Melbourne and Perth areas, Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and of course Ningaloo Reef.

Their favourite overseas destination is Indonesia with trips to Bali (5), Lombok, Bunaken (3), Lembeh (2) and Wakatobi.

All three of Ross' images were taken on his home patch at Ningaloo Reef with a Canon 50D set at 200 ISO. The Coral Hermit Crab (above) was taken with a Canon 100 mm macro lens at F16 @ 1/250th. The Red Jellyfish (below right) and and the Estuarine Cod and Cleaner Wrasse (below left) were taken with a Tokina 10-17 lens at f13.

Had he been present at the meeting Ross would have received an individual trophy and a cheque for £250 kindly donated by DiveQuest from DiveQuest's Rachel Horsfield.

To learn more about Ross and see some of his other images please visit

Red Jellyfish © Ross Gudgeon
Red Jellyfish © Ross Gudgeon
Estuarine Cod and Cleaner Wrasse © Ross Gudgeon
Estuarine Cod and Cleaner Wrasse © Ross Gudgeon

How the top six scored:

Pos. No. Photographer Points Firsts
1 8 Ross Gudgeon 51 11
2 3 Tony Baskeyfield 24 5
3 6 Shannon Conway 24 3
4 11 Robert Bailey 22 3
5 5 Trevor Rees 21 3
6 9 Georgette Douwma 20 4

The top six are included in the Gallery.

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

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