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BSoUP Meeting - November 2013

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in Room G.01 in the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD (Directions). 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.

Annual Event: Beginners Portfolio Competition for the DIVER Trophy: A portfolio of 6 images. The competition is now closed. There were a total of 40 entries, four of which were disqualified as they did not comply with the rules. A total of 29 portfolios have been shortlisted for projection. Entrants whose portfolios have not been shortlisted have been notified by e-mail. BSoUP Members only may view the shortlisted portfolios in the Competition Slide Show. You will be asked to login if you have not done so already this session.

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition
BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition Awards

Michael Pitts
Michael Pitts

Michael Pitts: Fifty Shades of Blue and Shipwrecks of the Solent

The first presentation looks at 50 of Mike's images from different assignments around the globe. The wrecks talk looks at various wrecks he has been filming on behalf of English Heritage and the Maritime Archaeology Trust in the Solent Channel in minimal visibility and also in Lyme Bay. Time permitting Mike will also show an eight minute clip from a film he shot for National Geographic, 'Desert Seas', which won the merit award for underwater cinematography at last year's Missoula film festival.

Mike specializes in filming underwater and is regarded as one of Britain's foremost underwater cameramen. However, he is equally happy shooting on the surface or from the air. Amongst his many awards he has received Emmys for cinematography on two BBC landmark series: David Attenborough's 'Private Life of Plants' and 'Blue Planet'. He has just completed the underwater filming on Sky Atlantic's major 3D series on the Galapagos, presented by Sir David Attenborough. He is currently working the new BBC series 'Shark' and is about to start filming on the new BBC 'Atlantic' series and will be heading off to the South Atlantic early in the New Year. Besides his filming work he also shoots stills and his work has appeared in numerous publications and books.

Mark Drayton
Winner © Mark Drayton

Beginners' Portfolio Results

Congratulations to Mark Drayton who was the outright winner of this year's Beginners Portfolio Competition with images of Picasso Triggerfish, Caribbean Reef Squid, Ornate Ghost Pipe Fish, Christams Tree Worm, Balled Red Anemone and Anemone Fish and Juvenile Lettuce Sea Slug taken in Egypt, Dominica and the Philippines.

Congratulations also to Owen Clements and Jenny Stock who came second and third respectively. Owen's images were taken in Djibouti and Komodo with a Nikon 90 and Nikon 800.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Mark Drayton 64 16
2 Owen Clements 26 3
3 Jenny Stock 25 4
4 Terry Steeley 19 4
5 Azim Musthag 19 3
6 Andrew McKelvie 16 1

Owen Clements
2nd © Owen Clements

Jenny Stock
3rd © Jenny Stock

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery by clicking on the photographer's name in the table above.

BSoUP Members can view all the entries in the Competition Archive Slideshow (enlarged and named), but you will be asked to login if you have not already done so this session.

Next month's competition is the Open Portfolio, which is open to all photographers, BSoUP members and non-members alike. The competiiton will open shortly. Please read the Rules and guidelines before entering your portfolio of six images in two rows of three as a single jpg image at 1400 x 1050 pixels and 72 pixels/ inch.

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