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BSoUP Meeting - April 2015

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UPY London, The Yearbook

Tuesday 21 April 2015

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 21 April 2015 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.

Martin Edge and Alex Mustard: Disputes, Discussion & Decisions: The Underwater Photographer of the Year 2015
By now we expect that you’ve seen the winners from the inaugural Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY 2015), and we’re not intending to talk you through them again! If you missed them, check out the UPY Yearbook.

Instead the aim of this evening is to help make you a more effective entrant, both by improving the type of photos that you set out to take and also the ones that you choose to enter into competitions, and by giving you insider knowledge of how judging really works. Even if you are not interested in competing yourself, there is much to be learned about creating images with impact.

First, UPY & HOW TO WIN - Alex Mustard

Alex will introduce the Underwater Photographer of the Year, revealing why and how we brought an International underwater photography competition back to the UK, for the benefit of British underwater photographers. Major competitions these days attract thousands of entries and to be honest, most of them are really, really good. Alex will discuss the opening round of judging, where thousands of really good images have to be culled to a hundred or so exceptional ones, pointing out the common mistakes that might stop your images reaching the business end of proceedings.

Focus On - Two of Something (A single image of any pair of underwater creatures, flora or artefacts.)
The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 38 entries in the Competition Slideshow.  You will be asked to log in if you have not done so this session. The competition has been judged by Martin Edge.  At the meeting all of the entries will be shown and Martin will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them. He will have judged using the same criteria he brings both as an official Camera Club Judge and to all the major underwater competitions that he judges around the world. Don’t just listen to what he thinks of your image, instead take away lessons about the images that excel in competitions. 
UPY, London, Results

Justin Beevor

Focus On - Two of something - Results

Congratulations to Justin Beevor who was the winner of this mont's competition with an image of two Caribbean Reef Sharks taken in Grand Cayman with a Sony NEX-6 and 10-18 mm lens in a Nauticam housing with dual Inon Z240 strobes at 1/160 @ f8, ISO 200.

Congratulations also to Arthur Kingdon and Trevor Rees who came second and third respectively. Arthur's image of two male Anthias was taken in the Egyptian Red Sea, Nuweiba with a Nikon D200 at 1/125th @ f11. Trevor's image of a male and female Harbour crabs was taken in Loch Carron with a Nikon D90 witha 60 mm lens.

a total of 38 entries and the competition was judged by Martin Edge.

The top six:-

Position Photographer Subject
1 Justin Beevor Reef Sharks
2 Arthur Kingdon Male Anthias
3 Trevor Rees Harbour crabs
4 Alex Mustard Rays
5 Mark Pickford Porcelain crabs
6 David Baker Trucks
Arthur Kingdon
Trevor Rees

The top six may be viewed on the Home Page and the top six in the Gallery.

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries enlarged in the Competition Slideshow Archive. BSoUP Members may also read a summary of Simon's feedback for more details. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

Next month's competition is Focus On - Abstract. The competition will open shortly.


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