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News - February 2003

January 2003
March 2003
News Archive

BSoUP Newsletter in focus No. 75
2003 photo contest winners

Sea and Sea DX-3000 digital underwater camera
Underwater Photography - a web based magazine

Gates new video housings

Shores of Silence - Whalesharks of India
An exhibition of underwater photographs by Mark Webster
BSoUP Meeting - Wednesday 19 February
David Chandler, SEA and SEA, offers use of pool to BSoUP members

BSoUP Newsletter in focus No. 75

The winter issue of in focus, delayed by circumstances, Ken's move, and his computer crash, is back from the printers and should tumble through member's letter boxes shortly.

This issue includes meetings reports, an article on the Splash-in 2002 by Andy Clark, an article by Pat Morrissey on his experiences in Catalina Island, California photographing garibalbis in kelp forest and blue sharks in the open ocean, an article by Lesley Maw with a personal account of her developing underwater photographic skills, a report on the Blue Dolphin of Malta plus other news, classifieds, programme and committee contacts list.

If you aren't a member and would like to receive copies of in focus, why not join BSoUP?

in focus 75 2003 photo contest winners

The winners of the 2003 photo contest have just been announced.

Check out the winning entries at...

Winners include BSoUP members: -

Alexander Mustard (Gold - Macro and Gold - Under/Over)

Len Deeley (Silver - Macro and Silver - Wrecks).


Sea and Sea DX-3000 digital underwater camera

Carlsbad, CA (Feb. 25, 2003) Sea and Sea USA, the global leader in underwater imaging gear, has released the new DX-3000 digital underwater camera. This highly-anticipated product combines the convenience and quality of digital photo technology, with the advanced design features and dependability underwater photographers have come to expect from Sea and Sea products.

Further details:

Sea and Sea DX-3000 digital underwater camera

UwP Cover Photo: Jurgen Brauer
Cover photo: © Jurgen Brauer

Underwater Photography - a web based magazine - latest issue free!

Underwater Photography is a web magazine edited by Peter Rowlands with articles by BSoUP members and others.

The February/March 2003 issue of Underwater Photography (UwP no. 11) is now available for download free at Underwater Photography.

Gates new video housings

San Diego, California February 17, 2003. Gates Underwater Products today announces the new MC200 and F717 housings, specifically designed for the Canon Optura 200mc/MVX2i camcorders and Sony F717 camera, respectively. Both new housing introductions are instilled with Gates legendary reliable construction, yet contain rich new features appealing to a wide variety of users.

The MC200 housing is rooted in the popular PC-series housing from Gates, which allow the camera LCD to be open as the underwater viewfinder no need to buy extra external monitors to capture stunning images. A tiny traveler, the MC200 requires little luggage space, yet can accommodate the largest Canon battery for maximum shooting time. And the MC200 has fingertip controls for easy, effortless imaging.

Further details: www.

Shores of Silence - Whalesharks of India

ARKive Theatre, 3rd Floor, At-Bristol

Thursday 20th February 7:30pm

Another chance to see this Wildscreen 2000 award-winning film which has never been screened on UK television, yet has been instrumental in changing the world. Whale sharks are the largest fish in the ocean, found in warm tropical waters.

Every year thousands of these enigmatic giants were being killed for their liver oil and meat. Indian film makers risked not only all of their equipment in a small fishing boat but their lives too, to reveal the killing of hundreds of whale sharks on the western Indian coastline. Setting out to raise awareness of this carnage, the film helped change Indian law, with the killing banned and the whale shark now protected in India. We will be joined by Sarah Fowler, Head of IUCN's Shark Specialist Group.

Shores of Silence - Whalesharks of India

Wildscreenings - Bristol

An unmissable series of hosted film screenings from the ARKive library, spanning 60 years of natural history filmmaking. Each event will last for approx 90 minutes and will take place in the intimate 80 seat ARKive Theatre, 3rd Floor, At-Bristol

For further information contact or call 0845 345 1235.


Grouper by Mark Webster

An exhibition of underwater photographs by Mark Webster

An exhibition of underwater photographs by Mark Webster will take place between 11 Janury - 1 March 2003 at the Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth, Cornwall.

Mark is a world class underwater photographer and the author of The Art and Technique of Underwater Photography. published in 2001 by Fountain Press Limited.

BSoUP Meeting - Wednesday 19 February

Usual venue - Holland Club

The February meeting of the Society will take place on the 19th in the usual venue at the Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington.

This month, we are delighted to present two extremely highly respected and knowledgeable speakers. They will address realistic and practical ways in which we can apply more consideration to our photography to achieve better
and more successful pictures.

Photo Technique: PAT MORRISSEY - 'Composition in Close-up'

Pat has historically favoured wide-angle shots, with considerable success both in competitions and magazine publications. However, recently his interest in macro possibilities gained momentum. Pat quickly recognised the mistaken assumption that macro work involves little or no compositional effort. He will explore ways in which, rather than pre-setting the camera for close up and clicking away regardless, much greater care and thought can be applied concerning overall photograph shape, layout, background etc.

Pat is the society secretary and a familiar and popular character at the meetings. His hint of an Irish brogue and sometimes irreverent delivery style are always well received and this month will no doubt be no exception!

Focus On Competition: Swimming Pool Shots

Competition rules. Don't forget you can always enter by post! Also see Sea and Sea's offer of free pool use below!

Main Event: LINDA DUNK - 'Genesis - the birth of a picture'

Linda will be describing the process by which a selection of her pictures became a tangible reality - from conception, through work-in-progress development to the final shot. Some of these pictures relate to very common UWP subjects, locations and situations, and Linda will be stressing the problems associated with, and suggesting possibilities for trying to maximise potential and aim for something a bit different with 'hackneyed old subject matter'. Linda considers that not all of the final pictures are satisfactory or successful in terms of the original idea, and she is hoping this will allow the audience to interact with her and offer some feedback.

Linda is a past chairman of BSoUP. Among many awards and prizes, Linda won the BSoUP Open Portfolio Competition in 1994, 1995, 1996 and again recently in 2002. Linda has given numerous presentations on underwater photography and her work has appeared in a variety of publications. She also runs underwater photography teaching courses on location. Linda is currently showcasing her work until 29th January, along with last month's speaker Tony White, at a gallery exhibition in South London.

While we realise the London meetings are not easily accessible to all our members, we feel it important to keep everyone informed of what is going on in the society in terms of events. Don't forget that remote postal entries can be made to the Focus On Competitions.

David Chandler, SEA and SEA, offers use of pool to BSoUP members

We are located in sunny Paignton Devon, just a few minutes from the sea. Accommodation is very inexpensive at this time of the year, and we open the pool 7 days a week. En suite rooms can be booked for as little as £17.00 per night - BandB.

There is room for several photographers to work in the pool and we can vary the colour of the underwater lights, this can give some great underwater effects.

The BBC have used the pool to film TV programs and have found it ideal.

In addition visitors can see the complete range of SEA and SEA imaging equipment.

I look forward to welcoming BSoUP members here who want to enter the [February Swimming pool shots] competition.


Philip House Aspen Way
Paignton Devon
Telephone: +44 (0)1803 663012
Facsimile: +44 (0)1803 663003


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