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BSoUP Meeting - August 2011

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The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 17th August 2011 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD. New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome

Photo techniques: Photographing Seals around the Farne and Puffin islands by Caroline Robertson-Brown.

Focus On Competition: British Is. (UK and Republic of Ireland). The competition is now open to BSoUP Members only. Please read the Rules before entering.

Main Event: South Africa: Sharks and Sardine Run by Nick Robertson-Brown.

Black-tip Shark by Nicck Robertson Brown
Black-tip Shark by Nick Robertson Brown

Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown
Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown run Frogfish Photography, based in South Manchester. Nick has long been interested in photography and is an associate member of the British Institute of Professional Photography (ABIPP), whereas Caroline has only recently caught the bug and only took a camera underwater for the first time a couple of years ago when Nick upgraded. Both Nick and Caroline have degrees in Biology and are PADI Master Instructors.

Caroline will be talking about the differences in behaviour and how it affects your approach to photography of two seal populations. The Farne Island seals are very well known and many have dived with them, whereas the Puffin Island seals do not see so many divers. Caroline will be discussing how she gets up close and personal with them both. Caroline has a Masters in Animal Behaviour, while Nick went on to become a teacher. Now they offer advice and equipment sales, tuition and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad.


Linda Ashmore
1st - Linda Ashmore
Fireworks Anemones (Pachycerianthus multiplicatus)
Loch Hourn - Western Scotland

Focus On - British Isles - Results

Congratulations to Linda Ashmore who came first in this month's Focus On Competition with an image of a pair of Fireworks Anemones (Pachycerianthus multiplicatus) taken at Loch Hourn - Western Scotland.

Runner-up was Robert Bailey with an image of a diver and Dahlia Anemone taken at Loch Long, Scotland.

Third place went to Trevor Rees with an image of Grey Seals taken in the Farne islands; fourth to Cathy de Lara with an image of a diver and prop of an unknown wreck in Cornwall; fifth to Ken Sullivan with an image of a Pike taken in Guildenburgh Water; sixth to Nicholas Watson with an image of a Valentine Tank near Poole, Dorset and a diver.

There were a total of only 23 entries.

How the top six scored:

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Linda Ashmore 48 10
2 Robert Bailey 42 7
3 Trevor Rees 24 5
4 Cathy de Lara 20 2
5 Ken Sullivan 18 4
6 Nicholas Watson 18 2

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

Robert Bailey
2nd - Robert Bailey
A diver and Dahlia Anemone taken at
Loch Long, Scotland

Trevor Rees
3rd - Trevor Rees
Grey Seals taken in the
Farne islands

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries in the Competition Slideshow, but you will need to login if you have not already done so this session and select Slideshow Archive from the Members menu.

If you entered and are not in the top six and would like to know how your fared please e-mail Brian Pitkin.

The September Underwater Excellence Portfolio Competition - is now open to BSoUP members only. The winner will receive a cheque for £250 kindly donated by DiveQuest. Images entered must not have come first, second or third in a national or international competition. Please read the Rules before entering online using the Entry Form.


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