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BSoUP Meeting - October 2015

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BSOUP Meeting Tuesday 20th October

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 20 October 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.

Ellen Cuylaerts: Belugas in the Wild. Beluga whales gather in Hudson Bay every summer to give birth, molt and feed on capelin, before they head back to colder Arctic waters. In July Ellen travelled to Churchill, Hudson Bay for the second year running; in 2014 adverse conditions meant she came home without a single underwater image of a beluga whale! She will talk about the logistics and the choices made to make the most of this trip under all circumstances and share her amazing images with us.

Ellen Cuylaerts
Ellen Cuylaerts

Ellen is from Belgium (currently living in Grand Cayman). She only started diving and taking a camera under water in the summer of 2011, followed by workshops with Alex Mustard in 2012 and in 2013. Since 2012 her in water activities have moved from diving to snorkelling due to health issues. Her main focus is photography of bigger animals in the snorkel zone using a Nikon D800 with 16mm fisheye lens. She travels the world with her family and focusses on awareness and education as a freelance wildlife and underwater photographer. 2015 was ‘the year of the cold’ as the first trips to document Arctic life were made. More of that will follow in the future!

Best of British Portfolio
Best of British Portfolio

In the BSoUP Diver Print Competition she won the grand prize in 2013 and the Advanced Overseas category in 2014, and won the 2013 competition.  She also came 1st in two categories in the 2015 United Nations World Ocean Day competition (2014 had a 1st and a 2nd).

Best of British Portfolio (A portfolio of 3 images taken in British waters that showcase a photographer's style or method of work and the beauty of our local underwater environment.  The portfolio can have subjects with a single theme, but each will be judged on its own merits, so the images do not have to work together visually.) The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 16 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 Joe Daniels.  At the meeting all of the entries will be shown and Joe will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them. 

Joe Daniels: The Photographic Diversity of Ambon.  Any serious critter diver or macro photographer will be aware of the abundance of opportunity for macro photography around Ambon Bay's mucky slopes. But Joe will be taking you through some of the lesser known photographic opportunities that Ambon has to offer – it’s not just macro! He has just returned after spending two years on the island with his partner Emily managing Maluku Divers Resort. During that time he explored Ambon's photographic diversity extensively and will present what he captured.
Joe's underwater photography has developed through his love for the marine world which began from a very young age. In 2007 he volunteered on a marine conservation project in the Seychelles and then spent over 2 years in New Zealand and Australia, including a year working with Manta Rays and Whale Sharks on Ningaloo Reef off Western Australia.

Joe Daniels
Joe Daniels

He returned to the Seychelles for 3 months as a volunteer on the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles (MCSS) Whale Shark Monitoring Project and after completing his dive instructor course in South Africa returned to the Seychelles as Dive Officer for Global Vision International, a marine conservation NGO.

In the clear waters of Australia and the Seychelles free diving was his preferred method, shooting many of his wide angle images with little other than a mask and fins.  With a move to Ambon in 2013 and a focus more on macro subjects,  he utilised his scuba diving skills in order to spend more time with each subject.  Joe continues to find inspiration in the ocean and hopes that his images can bring awareness to the fragility and diversity of the underwater environment. He took gold in the traditional macro category of the 2015 Our World Underwater Competition and in 2014 won BSoUP’s Underwater Excellence competition, was commended in the  Outdoor Photographer of the Year and was a finalist in the HIPA Life In Colour competition.

Winner : Trevor Rees
Winner : Trevor Rees

Best of British Portfolio Results

Congratulations to Trevor Rees who was the winner of this year's Best of British Portfolio Competition. Trevor's portfolio comprised images of a Dahlia anemone in brittlestar bed taken in Lochcarron, Scotland with a Nikon D600, Sigma 15mm lens; a Long clawed squat lobster taken in Loch Sunart, Scotland with a Nikon D600 + Nikkor 105mm lens & +5 Marumi dry diopter; and a Compass jellyfish taken in Cawsand bay, Plymouth a Nikon D600 + Sigma 15mm.

Congratulations also to Kirsty Andrews and Paul Colley who came second and third respectively. Kirsty's portfolio comprised a Blue shark and reflection taken near Penzance, Cornwall with a Nikon D7200, Tokina 10-17mm lens; a Nudibranch on kelp taken in Loch Carron, Scotland with a Nikon D300, 105mm lens; and a Spawning sea star taken in Loch Carron, Scotland with a Nikon D7100 and 105mm lens.

Paul's portfolio comprised one image of a Rainbow trout and two images of a Brown trout all taken in the River Test, Hampshire with a Nikon D4, and Sigma 15mm prime lens in home made housing.

A total of 16 portfolios were received and these were judged by Joe Daniels, who presented his feedback at the meeting.

The top six:-

Position Photographer
1 Trevor Rees
2 Kirsty Andrews
3 Paul Colley
4 Martyn Guess
5 Cathy Lewis
6 Arthur Kingdon

Winner : Trevor Rees
Winner : Trevor Rees

Winner : Trevor Rees
Winner : Trevor Rees

The top two portfolios may be viewed on the Home Page and the top six portfolios 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 Joe'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 Beginners Portfolio. The competition will open shortly. Please note this competition is open everyone, whether a BSoUP member or not. Submit your three images as sRGB jpgs at a max. 1400 pixels wide, 1050 pixels high at 72 pixels/inch. Please read the Rules before entering.

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