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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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Nauticam UK
AP Valves - Sponsor of British Splash-in Competition

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

Winning images by Paul COlley

DiveLife, Manchester, Sponsor of the Open Portfolio Competition 2014

Frogfish Photography

Glass & Water by Mark Harris. Sponsor of BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2015

Nudibranchs of the South West

DiveQuest - Sponsor of the Underwater Excellence

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

Under Water Visions - Sponsor of the Splash-in 2013 and 2014 and BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2015

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

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News - February 2016

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Website of the Week - Anthony Holley
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016
Website of the Week - Mark Harris
LIDS 2016
BSoUP / UPY Dinner

Our World Underwater 2016
DEEP Indonesia 2016
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Website of the Week - Anthony Holley

"I hope my website will be a useful reference for the many nudibranch fanatics around the world. I use the term 'nudibranch' in the layman's reference to all the animals in the Opistobranchia subclass of the phylum Mollusca, rather than restricting it to the order Nudibranchia only. Sea slugs is another all-encompassing common name.

   I was introduced to nudibranchs when I started taking macro pictures back in 1985. My pages catalogue some of the hundreds of nudibranchs I have seen and photographed in more than 3,600 hours of diving in over twenty countries. Some of these countries are not represented here due to most of the diving there being research or other work, and so I was not taking pictures for my own use."

Anthony Holley
Anthony Holley

British WIldlife Photography Awards
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016

Call For Entries

BWPA are delighted to announce the 2016 competition is now open. Whether a characterful portrait, dramatic behaviour, atmospheric woodland scenes, or the secret world that lives in the undergrowth we want to see your pictures and films. Share your vision with us and compete for a chance to win a prestigious prize and the opportunity to be featured in a touring exhibition launching in London. Reaching millions through National Media.

Be part of a competition that is supported by the UK's major conservation charities and celebrates excellence in wildlife photography

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Website of the Week - Mark Harris

Mark has been on a long apprenticeship with his underwater photography and reached the point where one or two of his images are passable. One was selected by Brian Skerry in 2013 to be part of an exhibition at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. As a retired freediver he has competed, judged, and taught the subject with students as diverse as whale shark tagging vets, Hollywood actors and TV presenters. He has been four times UK freediving champion and holder of a number of UK freediving records.

Mark is the author of Glass and Water, The Essential Guide to Freediving for Underwater Photography. To purchase a signed copy of this publication (for UK customers via PayPal only), then please get in touch from the Contact page.

MArk Harris
Mark Harris

LIDS 2016
LIDS 2016

LIDS 2016

11-14 February, ExCeL, London Docklands

If you've been to the London International Dive Show 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.

Check out the website regularly for all the latest news!

Thursday 11th February - 1:00pm-8:00pm
Friday 12th February - 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday 13th February - 9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday 14th February 2016 - 9:00am-5:00pm

Why not join us at the BSoUP /UPY Dinner on Saturday evening.

Chair of the UPY judges, Alex Mustard said, "this is a competition run by photographers for photographers, to give our community the competition it deserves to celebrate excellence in all branches of underwater photography." Following the success of the inaugural UPY competition, which was immediately established as one of the largest annual events in our community's calendar, UPY 2016 continues with the same format.

BSoUP are organising a special UPY/BSoUP Dinner on Saturday evening, 13th February, which is open to all.

BSoUP / UPY Dinner

Saturday, 13th February 2016 at 7.00 p.m. for 8.00

Ibis Styles Hotel, 272 Victoria Dock Rd, London E16 3BY [Map]

BSoUP are organising a dinner at the Ibis Styles Hotel just minutes from the ExCel Centre in London Docklands to celebrate the Underwater Photographer of the Year.

All underwater photographers are invited to attend. The cost is £28.00 per person, excluding drinks (see Bar Menu 2015). If you are attending the London Interantional Dive Show on Saturday why not join us?

To book a place please visit BSoUP/UPY Dinner.

Ibis Styles Hotel
Ibis Styles Hotel, 272 Victoria Dock Rd, London E16 3BY

Our World Underwater
Our World Underwater 2016

Our World Underwater 2016

Deadline: February 6th, 2016

The Our World Underwater international underwater photography and video competition, now in its 11th year, has become one of the biggest and most respected photography competitions in the world. The competition not only celebrates the beauty of the ocean, but the art of underwater photography as well.

The OWU competition is part of a unique series that, together with the DEEP Indonesia competition, comprises the largest and most prestigous underwater photography competition. Winners also take pride in being named one of the world’s best underwater photographers, and their images will be exposed to millions of readers of dive, travel and photography magazines and websites worldwide. Esteemed judges this year include professional underwater photographer Alex Mustard, Backscatter owner Berkley White, professional underwater photographer Keri Wilk, Scuba Diver AustralAsia and Asian Diver magazine editor Alice Grainger, and professional underwater photographer Amanda Cotton.

Underwater photographers of all levels, from novice to professionals, will compete in what has become the “Superbowl” of international underwater imagery events. Along with thousands in prizes of photo gear and world class trips, the Best of Show will receive a cash prize of $1,000!

This unique competition series continues to be hosted by its founders, the popular underwater photography websites and The competition is held in association with the Our World Underwater dive expo in Chicago.

DEEP Indonesia 2016

Deadline: February 25th, 2016

The prestigious DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition is part of a unique series hosted by DivePhotoGuide & Wetpixel, in association with DEEP Indonesia, Indonesia’s first-ever diving, adventure travel and extreme sports expo.

Photographers will compete in six themed categories to win over $45,000 in prizes, including underwater photo equipment and premium dive travel packages to some of the top photo destinations in the world.

DEEP Indonesia
DEEP Indonesia 2016

The DEEP Indonesia competition is part of a unique series that, together with the Our World Underwater competition, has a prize pool of over $100,000. The prestige of these contests means that winners also achieve the glory of being named some of the world’s best underwater photographers. Esteemed judges this year include professional underwater photographer Aaron Wong, underwater photographer and Webpixel editor Abi Smigel Mullens, professional underwater photographer Daniel Botelho, and DivePhotoGuide editor Joseph Tepper.

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