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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

DIve 2014

AP Valves - Sponsor of British Splash-in Competition

Cameras Underwater - Sponsor of the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition

Paul Colley Underwater Photography

DiveLife, Manchester, Sponsor of the Open Portfolio Competition 2014

Frogfish Photography

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DiveQuest - Sponsor of the Underwater Excelence

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

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

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News - October 2014

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Hurricane Highlights by Roger Eve
Website of the Week - Frogsborn Diving
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Will Clark wins brochure cover contest
October BSoUP Meeting
Website of the Week - Massimo Franzese
50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Scimitar Diving to close in January 2015
Website of the Week - Paul Flandinette

Dave Smith wins Countryfile Photo Competition
BUPG - Next Meeting
NUPG - Next Meeting
DIVE 2014
Zac Macauley features in Nikon Europe
Website of the Week - Tony Ford
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Hurricane Highlights by Roger Eve

BSoUP Member Roger Eve has posted a short video made during a week's cruise aboard MV Hurricane with "BSoUP" members in June 2014 on Vimeo.

"We went South from Marsa Alam to dive in St John's and Fury Shoals in the Egyptian Red Sea. A mixture of caves, reefs and wrecks."

To view the video please visit vimeo.com/109358585

Hurricane Highlights by Roger Eve
Hurricane Highlight by Roger Eve


Richard Frost
Frogsborn Diving

Website of the Week - Frogsborn Diving

Based in North Wales, Frogsborn Diving Centre has been running successfully since 1995 under the guidance of BSoUP member Richard Frost, Senior Diving Instructor

Richard has over thirty years of diving and teaching experience.

"Being very close to Chester makes Frogsborn an easy choice for those looking to learn to dive and make that initial plunge (pardon the pun) in the Chester and West Cheshire, North Wales, Runcorn, Wrexham, Oswestry circles."

"We run regular midweek pool training sessions in Chester making it easy for working people to attend the sessions and we teach in open water all over the north west."


Wildlife Photographer of the Year

A selection of winning and finalist images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition have been revealed, among 100 going on show at the Natural History Museum from 24 October 2014-30 August 2015. Alongside the exhibition will be a special events programme starting with a unique master class from world renowned wildlife photographer Frans Lanting, exclusive preview of the exhibition, and champagne reception on 22 October.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

For more information and to book: www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for 50 years. Launching in 1965 and attracting just 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 42,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. This year’s 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour in 2014 that allows them to be seen by millions of people across six continents.

New for the fiftieth year will be a mobile site for visitors to access additional information on each image and a film featuring images from the past fifty years.


Oonasdivers brochure
OonasDivers 3oth anniversary ediiton of their brochure

Will Clark wins brochure cover contest

Congratulations to BSoUP member Will Clark (www.willclarkphotos.com) who won the OonasDivers brochure competition with his amazing photo (left) chosen as the cover for the special 30th anniversary edition.

"Discover information about worldwide diving holiday destinations, resorts and liveaboards, plus our specialist workshops. Also including our exciting new diving destination Fiji, hand picked for its world class diving and stunning scenery both above and below the water."

"Why not grab your copy now? Just give us a call on 01323 648924 or e-mail info@oonasdivers.com This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."


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 2BB [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”.  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'. 

Massimo Franzese
Massimo Franzese

Website of the Week - Massimo Franzese

Each week we highlight a BSoUP member's website.

This weeks choice is Massimo Franzese, Interceptor121 Underwater Photo and Video blog, which focuses on the Sony RX100 Mk II.

More than 70 BSoUP Members have their own websites and these are listed alphabetically at www.bsoup.org/Links/Members.php


50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year: How Wildlife Photography Became Art

by Rosamund Kidman Cox

This special collection is a celebration of 50 years of the world-famous Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and of wildlife photography itself. Featuring many of the greatest nature photographs of all time, it charts the development of nature photography, from the first hand-held cameras and the colour film revolution of the 1960s, to the increasingly sophisticated photographs of wild animals and unexplored places that are taken today. An incredible variety of styles, skills and approaches are on show, reflecting the great advances in technology and the many and varied ways of viewing and interpreting the natural world. The prize-winning images include ground-breaking portraits, breathtaking aerial shots, underwater photography, close-up imagery and much more.

50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year:
How Wildlife Photography Became Art

The images are accompanied by captions that put the photographs in context, explaining their importance and revealing the vision, talent, passion and technique of the world's leading wildlife photographers. All those who are passionate about photography and who have viewed this compelling exhibition since its inception 50 years ago, will treasure this astounding volume. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is an international showcase for the very best photography featuring natural subjects. The competition is owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth: the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. www.wildlifephotographeroftheyear.com

Scimitar Diving
Scimitar Diving

Scimitar Diving to close in January 2015

We are sorry to learn that Scimitar Diving in Portland will close shortly. Scimitar Diving sponsored this year's British Underwater Photography Competition and made their facilities available for registration and submission of entries.

Smudge, the owner, writes on Facebook "Its with much sadness that i have to inform you that Scimitar diving is soon to be no more. I've toiled over this decision for some time and it is without doubt the hardest decision of my life. Living the dream hasn't been all its cracked up to be the last year or so. I will continue as normal until the beginning of January but thereafter we will cease to be. In the meantime i will settle all bills, and any deposits for next season will be returned. Any bookings will be passed over to other boats in Portland and you groups/clubs will off course have freedom to say yay/nay. I will be contacting all relevant people/companies immenently and speaking to any concerned parties directly. Its been a hoot but its time for me to go and do something different."


Website of the Week - Paul Flandinette

"For over twenty years I've been writing, producing and directing films for some of the world's leading businesses and government organisations and have also produced a number of documentaries for broadcast. Over the years my production company has been lucky enough to have had our work recognised by top awards at US Film and Video Festivals and World Media Festivals.

I'm a keen scuba diver - my first SCUBA course was in 1973 and I qualified as a BSAC intructor in 1993 - over the years I've travelled widely and dived as much as I could, especially in the Far East, the Red Sea, the Caribbean and the UK.

Paul and Gill Flandinette
Paul Flandinette

In 2005 I re-discovered underwater photography after a long break when my old film camera and I got 'separated' on a dive. It wasn't until I realised how exciting and liberating digital photography had become that I decided to return to underwater photography.

Gill, my very patient wife and diving partner, and I are currently based in the Sultanate of Oman where I am working with Oman's Marine Science and Fisheries Centre and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Wealth to shoot and produce "Hidden Jewels of Oman" the first ever coffee table photographic book on the underwater world of Oman due to be published in 2015. We are shooting throughout 2014 in order to capture the varying effects of the seasons and the 'Khareef' on Oman's underwater life."


BBC Countryfil Calendar 2015
BBC Countryfile Calendar 2015

Dave Smith wins Countryfile Photo Competition

Congratulations to BSoUP member Dave Smith who was the winner of this year's BBC Countryfile Photo Competition with an image of five piglets which graces the BBC Countryfile Calendar 2015.

The theme for the 2015 calendar is ‘Animal Magic’ and each month features one of the finalists from the Countryfile Photographic Competition.

The BBC Countryfile Calendar for 2015 is now available for purchase at https://www.hcscalendar.co.uk/. The price is £9.50 including FREE UK delivery. Postage outside the UK will cost £2.75 per item.

Last year the calendar sold more than 300,000 copies, raising more than £1.4 million for BBC Children in Need.

A minimum of £4 from the sale of each calendar will be donated to the BBC Children in Need Appeal.


BUPG - Next Meeting

Tuesday 14th October  

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

The October monthly competition theme is 'Reflection'.

Annual Beginner's Portfolio Competition.

Cornish Blues by Paul Colley, who will show images from a recent trip to Cornwall

Photoshop Part 2  by Trevor Rees who will demonstrate his techniques from RAW conversion to finished image.

Further details at http://www.bupg.co.uk/

BUPG
Bristol Underwater Photography Group

NUPG
Northern Underwater Photography Group

NUPG - Next Meeting

Monday 13th October

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group will take place on Monday 13th OCtober at Gurkha Grill, 198 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LH. The meetings start at 8pm and usually last around two hours.

Talk by Paul Colley - Winning Images: the inside track on understanding composition for all underwater photographers

Competition Theme - Worms

Favourite 5 - Phil Medcalf

It is going to be another meeting not to be missed. Join us for a curry beforehand from 6:45pm. Meeting is from 8-10pm upstairs at the Gurkha Grill. Non-Members welcome (£4 entrance fee)

Further details at http://www.nupg.org.uk/


DIVE 2014

NEC, Birmingham on 25/26 October

Organised for more than 20 years by DIVER, Britain's best-selling diving magazine, each event attracts hundreds of exhibitors offering the latest diving holidays, training courses, and dive gear - on display and to buy - and is visited by thousands of experienced and aspiring divers from the UK, Europe and beyond.

The Dive Shows also deliver an unrivalled programme of free presentations from the world's top diving speakers. And this is combined with popular in-hall features such as the Try Dive Pool, Rebreather Pool, PhotoZone, and New Product Showcase, plus themed Travel and Dive-Training areas.

DIve 2014

The Birmingham Dive Show has taken place every year since 1991 and if you've been to one before, you'll know that everything under the sun (and the sea) can be found there. Compare or buy all that "essential" kit you've been hankering after; plan or book dive trips; or meet some of sport diving's biggest names.


Zac Macaulay

Zac Macauley features in Nikon Europe

For over 20 years BSoUP member Zac Macaulay has been going where few photographers venture – underwater. His passion for submerged shooting, both out at sea and in purpose-built tanks and flooded studios, has taken him and his crew all over the world, producing breath taking images for a client list including the likes of Sony, Diesel, BAA, Conde Nast, Boots, Guinness and Royal Caribbean. His many awards include Winner of the Palme d'Or, Advertising, 2007, and finalist in the 2012 Association of Photographers Awards in the Non-Commission Portrait/Moving Image category.

Find out how he got into this highly specialised and intriguing field, and why his Nikon D800 kit makes such a difference to his working life https://nikoneurope-en.custhelp.com/ci/documents/detail/2/Zac-Macaulay


Website of the Week - Tony Ford

Each week we highlight a BSoUP member's website. This week's choice is Tony Ford on SmugMug. Tony lives in Guildford, Surrey and has been taking underwater images since at least 2003.

To view Tony's images please visit tonyford.smugmug.com/Underwater

If you are a member and you website is not in our list at www.bsoup.org/Links/Members.php please contact us

Tony Ford
Tony Ford

 


Other News Sources See also Links/Overseas Magazines
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Diver Magazine National Geographic DepthFinder Scottish Diver Sport Diver
Domeport Underwater Times Underwater Photography Guide Wetpixel SCUBA


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