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BSoUP Meeting - March 2014

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Alex Mustard
Alex Mustard

BSoUP Meeting March 2014

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 18 March at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in Meeting Room 3, Union Building, Beit Quadrangle, Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7 [Entrance via Prince Consort Road] (Directions). New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome.

Alex Mustard: 10 Years As A Pro. Alex took his first underwater photographs 30 years ago, this year, and has been working as full time as an underwater photographer for ten years, this month. Established wisdom is that it is impossible to make a living as a full time underwater stills photographer. He hopes his talk disproves the theory! I will cover how I have made it work, including building and maintaining a portfolio, reputation, client base and income streams. Although this is a personal story, I hope it will be useful both to those with ambitions of going pro, and those who simply would like a greater return from their investment.

Alex is the current European Wildlife Photographer of the Year. His writing on the techniques of underwater photography is in demand around the world. He currently writes the IMAGES feature each month for Sport Diver (USA, the world's largest circulation diving magazine), the Be The Champ feature for DIVER (UK), the Fisheye column for Wild Planet Photo Magazine (UK) and contributes to the quarterly Masterclass Column in Ocean Geographic (Australia). He will be one of the featured photographers in the forthcoming book celebrating fifty years of the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year.

Theme Portfolio Competition for the BSoUP Theme Portfolio Trophy - a portfolio of 6 images. The competition is now closed. There were 20 entries so no shortlisting was required. BSoUP Members only may preview the Competition slideshow. You will be asked to login if you have not done so this session.

The winner will recieve a voucher for £250towards a diving holiday courtesy of Scuba Travel

Theme Portfolio Competition
Theme Portfolio Competition

Steve Jones
Steve Jones

Steve Jones: Frontier Photography - Deep wrecks.Taking a camera on a deep, dark wreck dive may appear at first to be a total waste of time.  However in this talk, Steve will explain how, by altering your technique and pushing the limits of your camera, you can succeed in these most challenging of photographic conditions. Steve will not only cover tips and techniques that can be applied by all wreck photographers regardless of depth, but also talk through the post processing methods he has mastered to really bring out the colour, even when shooting with only ambient light in deep water. These revealing techniques can be applied to a multitude of underwater conditions.

BSoUP member Steve Jones spent most of the 90's working as a professional instructor and dive guide in the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Med, Caribbean and North Atlantic. Specialising in guiding professional underwater photographers, Steve's own work was first recognised and published by Germany's Unterwasser magazine in 1996 and subsequently his images and articles have gone on to be published in over 25 countries. An allrounder as a photographer, Steve is a field editor at the Ocean Geographic Society and a member of the Ocean Artists Society

Robert Bailey
Winner: © Robert Bailey

Theme Portfolio Competition - Results

Congratulations to Robert Bailey who was the winner of this year's Theme Portfolio Competition. Rob's portfolio comprised images of grey seals taken in the Farne Island. He was presented with a voucher for £250by Tony Backhurst of Scuba Travel.

Congratulations also to Len Deeley and Trevor Rees who came a close second and third with portfolios of Whale Sharks taken in Djibouti and British soft corals and sea pens taken in Loch Linnhe, Scotland respectively.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Robert Bailey 42 7
2 Len Deeley 41 6
3 Trevor Rees 39 7
4 Martyn Guess 33 6
5 Mark Drayton 26 3
6 Arthur Kingdon 25 3


Len Deeley
Second: © Len Deeley

Trevor Rees
Third: © Trevor Rees

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

If you were not in the top six and would like to know how you fared please contact me.

BSoUP Members only may view all of the entries in the Competion Slideshow Archive. You will be asked to login if you have not already done so this session.

Next month's Focus On Competition - People is now open for entries. Please read the Rules before submitting your entry online.


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