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News - October 2016

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September 2016
Coming Soon
News Archive

Best of British Portfolio Results
Website of the Week - Susannah H. Snowden-Smith
October BSoUP Meeting
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016
Website of the Week - Richard Smith
Pacific NorthWest Diver - Latest issue
Website of the Week - Neil Rosewarn
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition
Ocean Art Competition 2016
World ShootOut 2016
Website of the Week - Duncan Robins
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Kirsty Andrews
Kirsty Andrews

Best of British Portfolio Results

Congratulations to Kirsty Andrews who was the winner of this year's Best of British Portfolio with images of a Blue shark taken in Cornwall with a Nikon D7200 and Tokina 10-17mm lens, Jewel Anemones with an Amphipod taken with a Nikon D7200 and Nikon 105mm lens in the Scilly Isles and a Fireworks Anemone and Crab taken with a Nikon D7200 and Sigma 17-70mm lens in Loch Duich, Scotland.

Congratulations also to Robert Bailey and Paul Colley who came second and third respectively. Rob's images of the Wreck of the Glen Strathallan, an Angler fish on the Wreck of the James Egan Layne and an Amphipod in Lochcarron were all taken with a Nikon D300. Paul's images of Grayling and Brwn Trout were all taken with a Nikon D4.

The top six portfolios:-

Pos. Photographer
1 Kirsty Andrews
2 Robert Bailey
3 Paul Colley
4 Spencer Burrows
5 Jason Gregory
6 Cathy Lewis

There were 19 portfolios entered. The competition was judged by Matt Doggett.

Kirsty Andrews
Kirsty Andrews
Kirsty Andrews
Kirsty Andrews

The winner and runner-up may be viewed on the Home Page.

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries enlarged in the Competition Slideshow Archive. and Matt's feedback on the top six. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

Next month's competition is the Beginners Portfolio: A portfolio of 6 images. The overall impression of the portfolio should communicate variety, not necessarily of subject, but certainly of approach and technique. The competition, which is open to all underwater photographers who qualIfy as beginners, will open shortly. Please read the rules before submitting your entry. The competition will open shortly.

Website of the Week - Susannah H. Snowden-Smith

Susannah H. Snowden-Smith is an award-winning underwater photographer.  She brings her unique eye to the underwater world to create her fine art photography, images that are sometimes referred to as "Susannah photos".  She also specializes in underwater archaeology photography and has photographed ancient shipwrecks--Phoenician, Roman, Bronze Age and more--all over the world.  Susannah has been diving for over 25 years and is a PADI Divemaster. 

Prior to growing fins and transitioning into full-time underwater work, she was an award-winning photojournalist.  Between assignments, Susannah is based out of Grand Cayman, where she dives and photographs in the crystal-clear water.  You can find her on Facebook and Instagram.  Or subscribe here to know what Susannah's up to next!

Susannah H. Snowden-Smith
Susannah H. Snowden-Smith

Laura Storm
Planet Plankton : Laura Storm

October BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 18th October 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.

Laura Storm - Peas in the Pod 

will present a detailed account of freediving with the wild pods of Atlantic spotted dolphin in Bahamian waters. Some of the topics within will look at the challenges encountered, dolphin behaviour, communication and intelligence (interaction with freedivers), her personal odyssey, photographic insights and if time allows, a brief Q&A.

Laura grew up in Kenya, a land of incredible contrasts, where her love for adventure, diving, extremes and wildlife flourished. She has tried her hand at almost everything going from technical (Trimix) to freediving. While she dabbled in camera work along the way, she only really caught the bug six years ago and now shoots with a Canon SLR in a Sea and Sea housing. 

In 2010 she set up Planet Plankton and shortly after was invited to collaborate with the Sylvia Earle Alliance and Mission Blue. Her role is as an ‘Explorer of the Oceans Story Contributor’ and she is involved in supporting Google Earth's 'Ocean Layer'. Among her other projects she has acted as technical consultant for the diving scenes in Simon Mayo’s adventure book series 'Itch' and worked with her partner-in-crime, Mark Harris, on his freediving for underwater photography book - Glass and Water.

In her other life she owns and runs her own remedial therapy clinic, specialising in sports injuries and soft tissue disorders. 

Competition:  Best of British Portfolio

'Best of British' is our annual portfolio competition which showcases the beauty of the underwater world in British waters. Three separate images are submitted, taken in British waters, and are shown full screen one after the other.

The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 15 entries in the Competition Slideshow.  You will be asked to log in if you have not done so this session. The competition has been judged by Matt Doggett whose comments on the top six will be presented at the meeting.

This competition has been sponsored by Scuba Magazine who have generously donated a cash prize of £200 for the winner who will also receive a BSOUP trophy.

Best of British

Matt Doggett
Matt Doggett

Dr Matt Doggett - The Black Bream

Matt is a freelance marine biologist and multi-award winning underwater photographer having received accolades at the BWPA, GDT and UPY in particular for his images of diving gannets. Matt's talk will introduce one of the UK's most charismatic yet little known fish species and one rarely encountered by divers, the black bream.

Together with friends and fellow divers Martin and Sheilah Openshaw, Matt has been working to reveal the secrets of the black bream's spawning behaviour. The Black Bream Project has revealed a new understanding of the species' breeding cycle and has provided a platform for outreach and education to a wide audience. Come and discover the remarkable nest-building and paternal care exhibited by black bream, learn how the findings are being used to inform conservation and fishery management decisions, and have a giggle over some of the technical trials and tribulations of capturing footage of this shy yet territorial fish.

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016

Congratulations to BSoUP's Chairman Paul Colley who was Highly Commended in the Animal Behaviour category for his image 'Hello Ducky' of a Brown Trout and photobombing Mallard duck.

Congratulations also to BSoUP Member Adam Hanlon who was Highly Commended in the Marine and Coast category for his image 'Welcome to the party' of a Grey Seal.

The overall winner of the Competition was George Stoyle with his image 'Hithchiickers' of a Lion's Mane Jellyfish with a small shoal of juvenile fish sheltering in its stinging tentacles.

All of the winners and highly commended entries may be viewed on the BWPA website.

George Stoyle, Overall winner BWPA 2016
George Stoyle, Overall winner BWPA 2016

Richard Smith
Richard Smith

Website of the Week - Richard Smith

British born Richard learnt to dive in 1996 and has since logged well over 3000 dives and training up to PADI Dive Master status. Diving allows Richard to indulge his love of natural history and through his skills as a photographer he is able to communicate his love to a wider audience. Richard graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology from the University of Southampton, England in 2002 and an MSc in Marine Ecology and Evolution from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2005, for which he was also awarded the Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement.

In 2007 Richard began researching for his PhD on the biology and conservation of pygmy seahorses.  His doctorate was awarded in April 2011 making his the first biological research, and first doctorate, on these diminutive fishes. His work focuses on the gorgonian associated species, Denise’s (Hippocampus denise) and Bargibant’s pygmy seahorses (Hippocampus bargibanti).

In 2016, Richard was invited to join a small group of syngnathid researchers and conservationists in the IUCN Seahorse, Pipefish and Stickleback Specialist Group (SPSSG).  The group is the recognised world authority of these fishes, and is dedicated to their conservation through the World Conservation Union (IUCN).  This great honour allows Richard to use his technical expertise in the practical conservation of marine species and the environments they live in. More ..

Pacific NorthWest Diver - Latest issue

The Fall 2016 issue of Pacific NorthWest Diver is now available for download.

The Fall 2016 issues includes:-

  • Featured 5 artists: Tiare Boyes, Chris Sherwood, Lidia Burlakova, Aaron Moser and Ron DeVries!
  • Operator features: Yellow House at Hoodsport, Washington
  • Gas Management
  • Photos on the Fly: Scooter Diving and Photography, 
  • Underwater Portraiture
  • ABIS Project update
  • BigBlue Headlamp Review
  • Dome issues and repairs
  • News: Retra Snoot
  • Scuba Expo Returns

Pacific NorthWest Diver
Pacific NorthWest Diver

Neil Rosewarn
Neil Rosewarn

Website of the Week - Neil Rosewarn

Neil Rosewarn has enjoyed a passion for photography and art for the past 20 years. He studied photography at Portsmouth University and during his time there had an overwhelming urge to take his camera underwater. His first project was to photograph swimmers during their daily training sessions at Portsmouth Northsea swimming club.

Being passionate about art, design and photography as well as nature, outdoor pursuits and travel; underwater photography provides Neil with a perfect medium in which to work. Travelling to Egypt, Malaysia, Seychelles, Cayman, Philippines, Micronesia and of course the Cornish coast provides a feast of visual opportunity.

Neil is an active member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) and regularly enters competitions. His most recent and significant achievment to date is winning the Scuba Pro Young Photographer Award in the British Underwater Image Festival. He has also reached the semi final of the 2007 Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards as well as 2nd and 3rd in the best photo of 2006 BSoUP Focus On competition. He uses a Nikon SLR camera with a Sea and Sea housing.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition

21st October - 10th September

From an inquisitive orca, to an elusive golden langur. See a snapshot of the planet’s most extraordinary sights at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

Book tickets

Associate sponsor DONG Energy.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Trailer

San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition

San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition

7th October

The San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition (SDUFEX) Organizing Committee announced today that tickets for its Friday, October 7, 2016 and Saturday, October 8, 2016 Film Festival shows are now available for purchase.

Now in its 17th year, the SDUFEX Film Festival features 10 minute (or less) High Definition films shot in underwater locations from all over the world with topics ranging from some of the world's smallest creatures to Blue Whales, the world's largest mammal.   The Film Festival is presented each evening (7PM start time) at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, using its state of art High Definition projection and audio systems. 

Each evening's program is different and there will be 28 films shown (14 each night).  These 28 films have been selected by a panel of three independent judges from the approximately 70 entries that were submitted to SDUFEX. 

Tickets are $18 each and are available at Ocean Enterprises (7710 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111) and on the SDUFEX website (  Previous years have been sell outs, so please purchase your tickets early.

WORLD SHOOTOUT 2016 - Dive, Shoot & Win!

Deadline: November 1st, 2016

This is the 6th year in a row that the World ShootOut global underwater photo competition takes place worldwide, allowing photographers to participate in an online competition which awards the winners with extraordinarily worthy prizes.
Choose your own diving destination and submit your images taken during January 1st - November 1st, 2016 to 7 different categories and WIN WIN WIN!

Free Registration for Amateurs Category

Register now

World ShootOut 2016
World ShootOut

Ocean Art 2016
Ocean Art 2016

Ocean Art 2016

Deadline: November 22nd, 2016.

The Ocean Art 2016 have just announced the 2016 Competition. Join one of the most prestigious underwater photo competitions in the world for a chance to win from over $75,000 in prizes across 16 categories.

Open to all photographers.

Winners choose their own prizes.

Further details at

Website of the Week - Duncan Robins

Duncan Robins is a UK based photographer with a specific interest in wildlife and underwater photography.

Based in Newbury, Berkshire he travels when he can both home and abroad.

His website shows some examples of his photography. Any of the photos on his site are available as prints or electronically for media use.

Duncan Robins
Duncan Robins


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