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O'Three - Sponsor of the Splash-In 2014

Scimitar Diving - Sponsor of the Splash-In 2014

SCUBA Magazine, Sponsor of the Best of British Portfolio COmpetition 2014

The Wildlife Trusts - Sponsor of the the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition


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Cameras Underwater - Sponsor of the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition and BIUPC 2015

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DiveLife, Manchester, Sponsor of the Open Portfolio Competition 2014

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Nudibranchs of the South West

DiveQuest - Sponsor of the Underwater Excelence

Diver Magazine - Sponsor of the Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition and the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition

UnderWaterVisions - Sponsor of the Splash-in 2013 and 2014

Sea & Sea - Sponsor of the British Underwater Photography Championship 2013

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News - March 2015

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February 2015
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Martin Edge Ambon Workshop March 2014
UwP - Latest issue
NUPG - Next Meeting
BUPG - Next Meeting
Coral Reefs - Secret cities in the sea exhibition
Our World Underwater Competition Winners
British & Irish Underwater Photography Championship

Cover shot - Dougie Souness
Black & White by Rob White
Website of the Week - Keith Lyall
Alex Mustard Masterclass
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Martin Edge Ambon Workshop March 2014

BSoUP Member Martin Edge has published a selection of his images taken on his workshop to Ambon earlier this month.

Said Martin 'These included sea horse, frog fish, scorpion fish, leaf fish, nudibranchs, morays and hawk fish to name a few. This gallery is a true reflection on my behalf of subjects, which were frequently in attendance during our stay.

To view Martin's images please visit

Martin Edge Full Frame

UwP 83
UwP Issue 83. Cover: Raffaele Livornese

UwP - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Uunderwater Photography Magazine is now available for download.

Issue 83 includes Editorial, News, Travel & Events, New Products, Product reviews, Competitions, Marine life, Locations, Techniques, and Parting Shot.

Also included with issue 83 is a link to download the UPY Competition Year Book, which includes all the winners, runners-up and highly commended and commended images.

To get your copy please visit

NUPG - Next Meeting

Monday 9th March

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group will take place on Monday 9th March at Gurkha Grill, 198 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LH. The meetings start at 8pm and usually last around two hours.

Competition Theme –  Groups

Favourite 5: Gary Grayson

Talk: The Wary, Lary and Downright Scary by Simon Rogerson (editor of SCUBA magazine)

Further details at

Northern Underwater Photography Group

Bristol Underwater Photography Group

BUPG - Next Meeting

Tuesday 10th March

The Meeting (start time 20:00hrs) will be at our normalvenue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)

Competition: Animal Behaviour

Competition: Macro /Close-up (held over from Janaury)

Annual Print Competition

Further details at

Coral Reefs - Secret cities in the sea exhibition

Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD

27 March - 13 September 2015

Coral reefs are home to almost a quarter of all marine species. In this new exhibition you will meet the inhabitants of these richly diverse habitats, and find out why reefs are so important and how their future is being secured.

Encounter 200 strange and beautiful specimens from our collections including the gigantic Turbinaria coral, the venomous blue-ringed octopus and coral collected by Charles Darwin. Take a virtual reef dive, see live sea coral and fish in our aquarium and enjoy spectacular underwater photography.

Dr Ken Johnson, Museum coral reefs expert, explains the importance of corals: 'Coral reefs are not simply beautiful environments. They provide food, income and storm protection for many millions of people around the world.' - See more

Coral Reefs Exhibition
Coral Reefs - Secret cities in the sea exhibition

Our World Underwater
Our World Underwater

Our World Underwater Competition Winners

The Our World Underwater international underwater photography and video competition winners have been announced. This competition has become known as the "Superbowl" of underwater imaging events and celebrates and highlights both art of underwater photography as well as the beauty of the ocean.

This year the celebrity panel of judges went through thousands of images and videos taken by novice to professional photographers from around the world.

$50,000 in prizes were awarded to the winners, who represented more than 15 countries. Congratulations to Anthony Berberian, who won Best of Show for his first place image from the Macro Unrestricted category, and to all the winners and honorable mentions in the various categories.

Congratulations to all the winners including BSoUP member Joe Daniels who won a Gold in the Macro Traditional category.

British & Irish Underwater Photography Championship

5th September 2015

Plan now! Register by 10 p.m. 28th August 2015

BSoUP is delighted to announce an exciting new competition for 2015. The competition is open to anybody, including non‐BSoUP members and international competitors, who can dive the rivers, lakes and seas around the UK & Ireland on Saturday 5th September.

British & Irish Underwater Photography Championship

Photographers can dive wherever they wish and submit images electronically to a central panel of judges. BSoUP will announce results and award prizes on 19th September at a special event. There are categories for wide angle and close up photography, for experienced photographers and beginners, and for SLR users through to compact and action cameras.

Full details are now available on a dedicated event web site, where you will be able to register for a modest fee and compete for the title British and Irish Underwater Photography Champion 2015. Please visit

Cover shot - Dougie Souness

The latest issue of Scottish Diver includes a cover image by Glasgow-based BSoUP Member Dougie Souness, which headlines a six page portofolio of his work taken on his travels around the world.

Dougie says "As I'm sure many will agree, it's more often than not a lot easier to visualise the shot in the mind than it is to capture it through the lens. I love diving and I love photography so being able to combine them both is the ultimate for me and it's not very often that I'll get in the water without my camera these days".

"It seems a long while since completing my PADI open water course in Loch Long but with my full time job keeping me pretty busy most of the time, I find that I have to make the best use of any chance to get away from it all so I can focus on diving and taking pictures. I'm fortunate to have gotten the opportunity to visit some amazing places and there's quite a few on the target list yet.

See also BSoUP Members Cover Shots.

Scottish Diver

Nalc and White - Rob White

Black & White by Rob White

For those of you who missed Rob White's Presentation at the February meeting, he has kindly made a pdf of his updated Powerpoint slideshow available for BSoUP Members to download. See Meetings Presentations. You wll be asked to login if you have not already done so this session.

Rob covers what he believes to be the important components of a good black and white image along with some examples.  He also describes several ways to produce black and white images using Adobe Lightroom.  This is in anticipation of our June Focus On competition, the subject of which is Monochrome!

Website of the Week - Keith Lyall

"I am Keith Lyall, I have been diving since 2000 and am a PADI Divemaster with over 1000 logged dives.

Prior to learning to dive I was a keen land photographer and as such underwater photography was a natural extension of this interest, in fact my overall interest in general photography has been significantly rekindled through diving, and when not diving I am developing my landscape photography at every opportunity.

My first experience of underwater photography was with a disposable camera in a plastic housing. Although the results were less than impressive, this ignited a desire to take further images and acquire the skills required to develop as an underwater photographer.

I am a member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) and Chairman of Photosub."

Keith Lyall

Alex Mustard's Masterclass
Masterclass: Understanding Underwater Photography
with Alex Mustard

Masterclass: Understanding Underwater Photography with Alex Mustard

10th March 2015 , 16.50-21.30

Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD

Enjoy an evening exploring Alex Mustard’s exquisite work. A six-time award winner at Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Alex has an impressive portfolio to share. He will offer unique insights into the techniques and approaches he uses, with an opportunity for audience questions.

Tickets £45, Members £40.50
Book tickets online

Alex’s dynamic underwater photography showcases the extraordinary biodiversity of our oceans. From tiny fluorescent krill to impressive sharks and seals, Alex’s stunning images capture the vibrant colours and incredible species of our seas.

Journey through Alex’s six award-winning images and the expedition stories surrounding them. Learn how he has honed his skills to combine artistry with technical accomplishment and pioneering approaches, while also championing marine biodiversity conservation.

The evening will also include:
- a viewing of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 exhibition
- a complimentary drink from the bar
- the chance to meet Alex Mustard after the event

The exhibition will open at 18.15 and the Masterclass will start at 19.30. Entry is via Exhibition Road. There will be no cloakroom available at this event.

Visit the Wildlife Photographer of the Year website for competition updates.

Part of the season of events celebrating the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

Alex is also talking at the Royal Geographical Society on 4th March, alongside Monty Halls, as part of the London Diving Chamber’s Dive Lectures. That event is already sold out. Alex is keen to point out that the two talks are polar opposites. The RGS talk is about my work on the Thistlegorm wreck, the NHM talk is about marine wildlife photography.

Other News Sources See also Links Overseas Magazines
DigiDeep Digital Photography Review Dive Magazine Dive News Wire Dive Photo Guide
Diver Magazine National Geographic DepthFinder Scottish Diver Sport Diver
Domeport Underwater Times Underwater Photography Guide Wetpixel SCUBA

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