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News - January 2019

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Focus On - Sharks - Results
January BSoUP Meeting
Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia
in focus 113 - Winter 2018
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Focus On - Sharks - Results

Congratulations to Henley Spiers who came first in this months Focus On Competition - Sharks with an image of a Bull shark.

Congratulations also to Nick More and Josef Litt who came second and third respectively with images of Oceanc white-tip and Hammerheads.

There were a total of 35 entries. The competition was judged by Joe Daniels.

Henley Spiers
Henley Spiers
Nick More

The top six:-

Pos. Photographer Subject
1 Henley Spiers A bull shark
2 Nick More Oceanic white-tip,
3 Josef Litt


4 Martyn Guess

Blue shark

5 Susannah H. Snowden Smith Caribbean reef shark
6 Kirsty Andrews Blue shark


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

BSoUP members may view all of the entries in the Competition archive and see the judge's comments. You will be prompted to login if you haven't already done so this session.

Next month's Competition is Black & White. The competition will open shortly.

Please submit your image at 1400 pixels wide (landscape) or 1050 pixels tall(portrait) at 72ppi and at a size less than 1M. Please indicate what your subjects is, where it was taken and what camera system you used.

Josef Litt
Josef Litt

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Entrance to Union Building, Imperial College, SW7

January BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting is on Tuesday 15th January at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.  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.
Hung and Hanna Quan - The Underwater World in 3D
Although there will be some pairs of 3D glasses available, if you possess your own, then please bring them if you can.  Hung and Hanna's 3D images have not been artificially created or manipulated in any way, and have been shot mostly in the Maldives, Indonesia and French Polynesia. 

Hung and Hanna, originally from Vietnam,  live in cold, land-locked Alberta, Canada with not many opportunities for diving. They learned to scuba dive relatively recently in the Maldives (in 2012) and even on their first introductory dive in a lagoon, fell in love with the underwater world.  Within just a few months, armed with a Nikon SLR camera, they went to Wakatobi where they learned to take photos with the dive guide and did their first night dive. They took their own fluorescence filters and lights with them and apparently became the first guests to take fluorescence night time pictures in 2013.

However, they soon became frustrated with the limitations of two dimensional images.  Underwater photographers always have to try to isolate their subject with blur, defocus, art techniques or snoot lighting in order to separate it from the messy background of the coral reef.  Having trained as an eye doctor, and using what he knows about how the brain processes images, Hung then tried 3D underwater photos and videos. 3D imagery brings back how your eyes see naturally. It reveals details and depth that 2D photographers try to recreate using different techniques. We dive in a 3D space, the fish swim around in 3D, they even follow the inverted reef and swim upside down. Then why not take pictures in 3D?  3D brings the viewer in and connects with the viewer emotionally.

Monthly Competition - Sharks
Definition:  An image featuring at least one shark or ray, taken anywhere in the world.  

The competition is now closed.  There were 35 entries and these have been judged by Joe Daniels who will present the top six along with his comments at the meeting.  Members may view all of the entries for this month's competition in the Current Slideshow   You may be asked to log in if you haven't already done so.


Underwater Eden

Joe Daniels    Underwater Eden - The Marine Life of Seychelles

Underwater Eden is a photographic coffee table book which I co-authored alongside my good friend Chris Mason Parker. The book was published in September 2018 and is the result of ten years of exploring the reefs, rivers, atolls, mangroves, coral cays and mountain forests of the Seychelles archipelago. The idea for the book was conceived at a time when Cap Ternay, a location of personal significance to us, was under the threat of development to accommodate a luxury hotel resort. Had the project proceeded, it would have involved dredging the Baie Ternay Marine National Park with potentially damaging results for the sensitive marine ecosystems found within its boundaries.

We wanted to convey the importance of Baie Ternay as an example of one of the few remaining healthy, interconnected coastal ecosystems found on Mahé Island, but also to highlight the incredible marine life found throughout the Seychelles. Fortunately the development did not go ahead so for now the Baie Ternay Marine National Park continues to astound everyone with its natural beauty.  

Chris and I met whilst working for an international conservation and community development organization with a marine research base located at Cap Ternay on Mahé Island. Our spare time was nearly always spent diving and snorkelling around the northwest coast of Mahé Island, photographing the incredible diversity of marine flora and fauna.

Joe first visited the Seychelles in 2007 whilst volunteering with Global Vision International on their marine conservation expedition. During this time Joe became fascinated with using his camera to capture the underwater world. Every minute he wasn't conducting scientific marine surveys, Joe was freediving in the waters around the inner islands. His love of underwater photography was further developed during his travels through New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Mexico and Indonesia. Every new country was a new opportunity to capture images of unique species and habitats.  The Seychelles were never far from his thoughts and Joe took the opportunity to return to the archipelago in 2010 to assist Marine Conservation Society Seychelles with their Whale Shark research and again in 2011 as Dive Officer for Global Vision International.  Joe had the chance to focus on his photography when he moved to Indonesia in 2013 to manage a photography orientated dive resort. Since then he has won numerous awards and has been published nationally and internationally.  Now based in the south of France, Joe is able to spend his time exploring the cooler (but no less fascinating) waters of Europe in-between photography trips.

Copies of Joe's book can be bought on Amazon (see Joes' website).

Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia

The 14th edition of the Underwater Competition Series, organized by founders DivePhotoGuide and Wetpixel, has returned! And once again, we have over $100,000 worth of prizes for the taking.

Open since November 21, the series comprises the Our World Underwater Competition, the “Super Bowl” of underwater imaging events, and the DEEP Indonesia Competition, the signature component of Indonesia’s popular diving, adventure travel and extreme sports expo.

The awesome prizes include trips with some of the world’s top dive resorts and liveaboards, as well as hot underwater photo and video gear. The prizes are awarded to winners in 13 categories, with the grand prizewinner of the Our World Underwater Competition receiving $1000 in cash for the “Best of Show” image.

Our World Underwater Competition closes on Saturday, January 26, 2019 11:59PM PST. DEEP Indonesia closes on Saturday, March 9, 2019 11:59PM PST

Underwtaer Competition
Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia

in focus 113 - Winter 2018

The latest issue of our newsletter has been mailed to all members.

Cover Image: Silky Shark by Dougie Souness


Something Completely Different – Dr Jeremy Brown
The British Wildlife Photography Awards
Through Snell's Window - Justin Beevor
Focus On Competition Results
Galapagos Islands Trip report - Catherine Holmes
BIUPC Competition Results
The Bends: A Goose's Journey - Tony Neal

This issue was edited by Joss Woolf and produced with help from Chris, Mike and Paul.

BSoUP Members only may download a pdf version, but you will be prompted to login.

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