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BSoUP Meeting - November 2011

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BSoUP/DIVER Print COmpetition 2011
BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition Awards

BSoUP - Next Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 16th November, 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.

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition Awards All of the winning images from this year's Print Competition will be projected and the trophies and prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Beginners Portfolio Competition for the DIVER Trophy: A portfolio of 6 images. The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members only may view all of the portfolios in the Competition Slide Show. You will be asked to login if you have not done so already this session.

2020VISION by Linda Pitkin.

2020VISION is the most ambitious nature photography project ever staged in the UK. Using the power of visual imagery, it aims to enthuse the public at large about the value of restoring our most important habitats - not just for healthy wildlife, but for the well-being of us all.

Linda Pitkin is the author of four books and has over a thousand published images to her credit. She is one of only two underwater photographers on the project (the other is Alex Mustard). She will talk about her assignments and show many of the images she has taken this year. The project has pushed those involved to new challenges. Linda, has had a mixture of successes and failures, battling with near impossible missions and British weather!

To learn more about Linda and see some of her work please visit


Sean Arrowsmith
Winner: © Sean Arrowsmith

Beginners Portfolio Competition for the DIVER Trophy

The annual Beginners Portfolio Competition for the DIVER Trophy is open to anyone who has not won first, second or third in a national or international competition. This year's event attracted a total 29 entries. All were projected and the audeince present invited to vote for their favourite three.

Congratulations to Sean Arrowsmith who was the winner. Sean wasn't present at the meeting, but he will be awarded the DIVER Trophy and a cheque for £100 at his next appearance.

It was fiercely fought contest between Sean and Mark Pickford, who had the same number of votes but fewer first places.

How the top six scored:

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Sean Arrowsmith 45 9
2 Mark Pickford 45 7
3 Andrew McKelvie 30 5
4 Robert Kemp 25 5
5 Caroline Roberston-Brown 21 6
6 Gaby Zimmermann-Nenadal 21 3
Mark Pickford
Runner-up © Mark Pickford
Andrew McKelvie
Third © Andrew McKelvie

The top six may be viewed larger in the gallery by clicking on a photographer's name (above).

BSoUP Members only may view all of the entries in the Competition slideshow, but you will be asked to login if you haven't already done so this session.

If you were not one of the top six and would like to know how your scored, please contact Brian Pitkin.

Next month's competition is the Open Portfolio Competition, which is open to all underwater photographers.

Please read the Rules before submitting your six images online as a single jpg image.

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2011 Awards

The Awards for the winning entries in this year's BSoUP / DIVER Print Competiton, held at the Dive Show at the NEC Birmingham over the weekend of 22-23rd October, were presented at the monthly meeting at Imperial College last night.

Tanya Perdikou, Press Officer for The Wildlife Trusts, presented awards to the top six British prints. Brian Pitkin, helped by Anthony Holley, presented the trophies and prizes to the winners and runners-up present at the meeting in the four main categories.

To see the results and winning images with details and comments, please visit Results.

BSoUP would like to thank the competition sponsors DIVER Magazine, Oonasdivers, The Wildlife Trusts, Calumet Photographic, Cameras Underwater, Ocean Leisure Cameras and Mike's Dive Store for their generosity.

Overall Winner : Alex Mustard's winning shot of sea lions bursting through a shoal of baitfish in California
Overall Winner
Alexander Mustard's winning shot of sea lions bursting
through a shoal of baitfish in California

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