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BSoUP Meeting - September 2014

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October BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 21 October 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.

Super Jolly: Getting the best from a compact camera.  Super's talk will cover her training in a muddy puddle in West London, the equipment involved and some of the techniques used in getting the best out of a compact camera¬Ě.  All of her underwater images to date have been taken with a Canon S95 or S90 compact camera.

Super Jolly
Super Jolly

Best of British
Best of British

Super is an underwater photographer and writer with a love of travel, and a passion to explore the world. She started underwater photography in 2008 and has had much success in competitions, including winning a trip to the Canadian Sub-Arctic Circle to see Polar Bears and Beluga Whales. Super's pictures are being used for the promotion of a new liveaboard in Truk and are on sale with various stock image sites including Getty.  Following four articles in national and international newspapers in 2014 she is now looking for further opportunities in photo journalism, features & photo-essays.

Focus On - Best of British a portfolio of 3 images taken in British waters that typically reflect a photographer's best work or depth in one area of work.  The images should showcase the beauty of the underwater world in British waters.  The images can stand alone; they do not need to work in harmony with each other. 

The Competition is now closed. There were a total of 17 entries of which 12 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 entries in the Competition Slide Show. You will be asked to login if you have not already done so this session.

Simon Rogerson: The Wary, the Lairy and the Scary: 10 challenging subjects and how to shoot them.  This talk is about the problems we encounter in approaching and photographing certain subjects, from the everyday fish of an Egyptian Reef to big whales and sharks in the Pacific. I want to share the pain, sometimes artistic, sometimes literal, of working with these creatures. But I'd also like to help inspire people to take on difficult subjects or find a different interpretation of an otherwise over familiar photo. Ultimately, this talk is about pushing beyond your comfort zone and finding ways to keep your natural history photography fresh.

Simon is the editor of SCUBA magazine, having previously edited DIVE and been named Editor of the Year in the 2005 PPA Awards. He is first and foremost a writer, but took up underwater photography because he found it a challenging way of recording his dives. Besides SCUBA, he writes regularly on diving and natural history for the Sunday Times, Esquire, Food & Travel, BBC Wildlife, the Independent, the Telegraph and GQ.  Simon was co-author, with John McIntyre, of a guidebook, 'Dive Red Sea'. 

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Grey Seal © Robert Bailey

Best of British - Results

Congratulations to Robert Bailey who is the winner of this year's Best of British Portfolio Competition with images of a Grey Seal taken in the Farne Islands, a John Dory taken in Porth Kerris and an Amphipod taken in Loch Corran. All of Rob's images were taken with a Nikon D300.

Congratulations also to Arthur Kingdon and Paul Colley who came second and third respectively. Arthur's images copmprised the Nudibranch Flabellina pellucida taken in Loch Creran, near Oban, a Jellyfish, Snells Window and boat taken in Newquay and Leach's spider crab on a snakelocks anemone taken in Swanage. Paul's images comprised Blue sharks taken in South Cornwall, Spider crab & diver taken in North Cornwall and a Grey Seal taken in the North Sea.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Robert Bailey 49 11
2 Arthur Kingdon 42 6
3 Paul Colley 29 5
4 Alex Tattersall 28 5
5 Warren Williams 28 4
6 Trevor Rees 19 3


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John Dory © Robert Bailey
Rob Bailey 3
An ampihipod © Robert Bailey

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

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

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

Next month's competition is the Beginners Portfolio Competition for the DIVER Trophy. The competition is now open.

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