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Marine Conservation Society - Sponsor of the Splash-In 2014

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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

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

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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BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition

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UPY, London 2015
Website of the Week - Martin Edge
Pacific Northwest Diver - Latest issue
Pash Baker in Monserrat
Next BSoUP Meeting
Scuba Diving Guinness Record Live broadcast
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014
Website of the Week - Matt Doggett
UwP - Latest issue

SUPS - Next Meeting
NUPG - Next Meeting
BUPG - Next Meeting
BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2014
Website of the Week - Len Deeley
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UPY London 2015

UPY, London 2015

UPY is the Underwater Photographer of the Year, London 2015, a new international photographic competition aiming to celebrate excellence in all disciplines of underwater photography. The closing date is 5th January 2015, with category winners announced and prizes handed out on the PhotoZone stage at the London International Dive Show on 14th February 2015. The competition will name a Underwater Photographer of the Year, a British Underwater Photographer of the Year, a Most Promising British Underwater Photographer 2015. The winning images will be showcased in a special exhibit at LIDS, in a gallery on this website and widely in the media.

Partners include DIVER, BSoUP and Underwater Photography Magazine, Sponsors are Fourth Element and Scuba Travel and entries will be judged by Alex Mustard, Martin Edge and Peter Rowlands.

Full details at underwaterphotographeroftheyear.com


Website of the Week - Martin Edge

Martin Edge was born in Staffordshire, England in 1955, where he lived and grew up without any inclination towards diving or photography. Years later, together with his wife Sylvia they moved to the Dorset coastline and in 1977 it was here that they both learnt to dive in the temperate waters around Swanage, Weymouth and Portland. Soon after, driven by a desire to travel, explore and experience warm water diving they visited the Island of Minorca in the Mediterranean and Martin took his first underwater photographs.

He had never had any particular interest or tuition in photography but his desire to shoot pictures underwater grew into a passion bordering on an obsession. Frustrated by a lack of knowledge of camera equipment and how to best use it underwater, he set out to understand the 'minds eye' of those underwater photography whose work he most admired. In the 1980's he participated in numerous underwater photography competitions obtaining many awards from all over the world.

Martin Edge
Martin Edge

He began to write articles on such a diverse range of subjects simply has a medium to get his work published. Once judges and peers had vindicated his efforts in competitions, he quickly identified that his passion and potential was to teach and develop other aspiring underwater photographers. Over the last 20 years he has done just that. Introduced, developed, motivated and mentored many hundreds of underwater photographers from all parts of the globe. Martin is considered to be one of the most influential teachers of underwater photography in the world today.

In 2010 the fourth edition of his best selling book ‘The Underwater Photographer’ was published. This has taken the underwater world by storm and is considered to be the Bible on the topic. A Spanish translation is available from Anaya Multimedia. Russian, Czech and German translations will be available in later this year.

The other half of this successful partnership is Martins wife Sylvia who has also 30 years of diving, travel and photo experience behind her. Sylvia is responsible for tropical workshop logistics and planning. She acts as buddy and photo model to workshop participants and frequently provides a 'one to one' facility on every topic from underwater modeling to advanced composition.


Pacific North West Diver
Pacific Northwest Diver. Cover: Bob Bailey

Pacific Northwest Diver - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Pacific Northwest Diver is now available to download.

The September issue includes News Corner, Eelgrass Restoration in Puget Sound, Featured Photographers & Videographers, Richard Salas, Lisa Zazzi, Bob Bailey, Featured Operator: Salmon Safari, Campbell River, Travel Photo Album, Heber River Canyon Trip Photos, Campbell River Trip Photos, Technical Corner- Optical Ocean Resources, Manuals (Starting Out, Wide Angle, Composition, Maintenance, Comparison Charts (Strobes and Lights) , PNW Diver Team.

To download your copy please visit pnwups.com/


Pash Baker in Monserrat

BSoUP Member Pash Baker recently returned home after spending 3 weeks capturing images of the wildlife to be found both in the forests of Montserrat and under the ocean's surface, and also shots of life on a Coral Cay Conservation site. Pash has a long history with CCC having joined us on both our Cambodia and Philippines sites in the past. Pash loves nothing more than escaping to new and exciting locations and capturing their beauty through the eye of a lens. "I love working with CCC. I've seen first hand the incredibly positive effects of their work on the diverse environments and local communities involved. It's always a privilege to join an expedition and meet like minded volunteers and staff, and I'm looking forward to meeting the next challenge whatever that may be!"

The montage (right) is just a taster but we'll be taking the opportunity to show off more of Pash's photos over the next few weeks on the CCC Facebook page. Prints are available to purchase so check out Pash Baker's website to see more of her beautiful photos, including those taken on the Philippines and Cambodia sites.

Coral Cay COnservation Expeditions
Main Story PASH BAKER
The montage of a few of Pash Baker's photos
from Moserratt


Alex_Tattersall
Underwater Visions

Next BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 16th September 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.

Alex Tattersall: Macro - technical and artistic thoughts.  Alex will start the evening with a presentation of some new and innovative products and how these can be used to vary and develop the photographers’ macro portfolio (lock up your credit cards).

Underwater Excellence – a portfolio of 3 images that demonstrate variety (with at least one wide angle and one macro image), strong composition and technical excellence.  The images can stand alone; they do not need to work in harmony with each other.  Images can be from any location world-wide, but must show a range of photographic techniques. The Competition is now closed. There were a total of 34 entries of which 12 portfolios have been shortlisted for projection. Entrants whose portfolios have not been shortlisted have been notified by e-mail.

The winner will receive a trophy and a cheque for £250 courtesy of DiveQuest

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.

Underwater Excleence
Underwater Excellence

Alex Tattersall
Alex Tattersall

Alex Tattersall: Macro - technical and artistic thoughts continued...  Alex’s main talk will focus on the artistic and technical sides of macro photography drawing on a wide range of stunning imagery (mostly other people’s). He will share his own techniques that have been developed through many hours of trial and error and discussion with photography peers and friends.
 
Alex has been taking photos underwater for almost 10 years, a shameless digital baby, the film days were not something he had to endure. He is now the French, Irish and UK distributor of the Nauticam range although he will do his best to limit using the N word to a minimum during his talk. Alex runs photo workshops for Oonasdivers and is enraptured by underwater wildlife photography.


Scuba Diving Guinness Record Live broadcast

September 12th

This will not be just another new record. It’s one that’s based on the support and participation of all divers worldwide. It’s a collective record achieved by all fans of the 7 seas wherever they are and it cannot be done without you!

So here’s the deal. On Friday morning, September 12th, we’ll be witnessing one of the most magnificent dives ever carried out. In an operation yet to be seen in the world, hundreds of divers, 26 diving instructors, 32 production members and 12 professional photographers, will all be diving together at the Satil - missile boat wreck in Eilat, Israel.

Using a sophisticated technological setup, the dive will be live broadcasted on YouTube, enabling millions of viewers, online surfers and smart phone owners from all over the world, to take part in this extraordinary event.

Guiness Record
Scuba Diving Guinness Record


British Wildlife Photographer Awards
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014

The winning and highly commended images of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014 have been announced. The Awards celebrate both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife.

Congratulations to BSoUP Member Alex Mustard who won the British Nature in Black & White and Coast and categories with images of a Blue Shark taken in Cornwall and BSOUP Member Trevor Rees who was highly commended in the Coast and category with an image of an Anemone Shrimp taken in Devon.

Winning and commended images are chosen from thousands of entries in sixteen separate categories including a special film category for Wildlife in HD Video and three junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.


Website of the Week - Matt Doggett

"Earth in Focus was created and developed by Adam SewardGeorge StoyleMatt Doggett and Richard Shucksmith - a result of our shared interest for photography, education and the natural world. We all met whilst studying at university and discovered our shared interest in photographing the world's wildlife and wild places. Over time this turned into understanding the pressures, conflicts and benefits that exist between mankind and mother nature.

We use our professional and scientific knowledge to tell insightful, captivating stories, generating a unique blend of science and creative vision.

Our numbers have swelled and we are delighted to have new members - Dan Bolt, Kleber de Burgos, Steve Race and Gary Peart, all of whom are working with Earth In Focus, contributing to our blogs, stories and expeditions.

Matt Doggett
Matt Doggett

Earth in Focus images are used to promote the valuable work of national and international conservation organisations and tell nature's stories that many wouldn't see. Our images have excelled in a number of international photographic competitions and appeared in books, magazines and newspapers around the world."

UwP 80
Underwater Photography Magazine issue 80.
Cover by Phil Rudin

UwP - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Underwater Photography Magazine is now available to download.

Edited by Peter Rowlands with articles by BSoUP members and others issue 80 includes Editorial, News, Travel & Events, New Products, Competitions, Product Reviews, Marine Life, Techniques, Locations and Parting Shot.

To download your copy please visit www.uwpmag.com


SUPS - Next Meeting

Tuesday 9th September

The next meeting of the Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society takes place on Tuesday 9th September at the Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage, SG1 1XN. We open at 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start.

Focus On: Sun

Talk: Colin Noel - Diving in Mauritius

Further details at http://www.sups-online.com/

SUPS
Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society


NUPG
Northern Underwater Photography Group

NUPG - Next Meeting

Monday 8th September

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

Talk – Alex Tattersall – Making Miniature Masterpieces – Thoughts and techniques to create memorable macro imagery.
Favourite 5 – TBC
Competition – Legs

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


BUPG - Next Meeting

Tuesday 9th September

The next meeting of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group will be on Tuesday 9th September at their normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)  

The competition theme is 'Natural Light'.

There will have two presentations:

Cenotes Diving by Arthur Kingdon, who will show images from a recent trip to Mexico, and Photoshop Workflow 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


BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2014

Deadline: Wednesday 17th September 2014

Organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers in association with DIVER Magazine

At the Dive Show, NEC Birmingham 25-26th October 2014

Win a free holiday for one to Marsa Shagra or Marsa Nakari. Prize includes flight from Gatwick to Marsa Alam, transfers, 7 nights full board in a tent and 5 days unlimited shore diving for one person courtesy of OonasDivers

We are delighted to announce that, in addition to the main prize from OonasDivers, Cameras Underwater, Frogfish Photography, Paul Colley Photography, The Wildlife Trusts and Sea & Sea have so far also agreed to sponsor the event.

Further details


Website of the Week - Len Deeley

I began diving as a member of 562 Para Sqn. T.A. back in 1970 with BSAC London Army 328 Branch. When I left the T.A. in 1975 I joined BSAC East Ham Branch 604. However, I really settled into serious diving when I became a member of the Billericay Sub Aqua Club (1620) in 1980 when it formed. My first camera was a Nikonus IVA. A couple of years later I moved on to a Canon F1, which I housed in an Ikalite housing, accompanied by an Ikalite 225 flashgun. In 1998 I changed again to a Nikon F90, housed in an Aquatica Housing, using a Nikon SB26 flashgun, twinned up with a Nikon SB28 . Both of these were housed in custom made Housings'. In 2006 I made the transition to digital by purchasing a Nikon D70s, which I housed in a Sea and Sea housing. I also changed the flashgun arrangement to Inons. In 2010 I upgraded to the Nikon D300 in a new Sea and Sea housing.

Len Deeley
Len Deeley

In 1981 I joined the British Society of Underwater Photographers, where I got to know many underwater photographers, some of international status. This was an invaluable part of a learning process, which helped me develop my underwater photography. More at http://www.imagine-photography.co.uk/
 

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