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News - March 2003
February 2003
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BSoUP March Meeting - Wednesday 19 March
BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2003
Sea and Sea DX-3000 digital underwater camera
Journey under the Sea by Linda Pitkin
BSoUP Meeting announcement
The European Basking Shark Photo-identification
Project (EBSPiP)

Dive Scotland
London International Dive Show

BSoUP March Meeting - Wednesday 19 March

The March BSoUP meeting was held on Wednesday 19 March.

Photo Techniques: Available Light - More than silhouettes and blue wrecks! - Alex Mustard

Focus On Competition: Macro

Main Event: Theme Portfolio Competition

Congratulations to Anita Marshall who won the March Focus on competition 'Macro' with a magnificant shot of a leafy seadragon taken in Australia.

Congratulations to Linda Dunk who won this year's Theme Portfolio competition with 'Rainbow'.

BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2003

BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition organised by BBC Wildlife Magazine and The Natural History Museum, London is now open.

Entry forms and entry information are available direct from this website. The closing date for entries is Wednesday 2 April 2003.

The aims of this competition are to find the best wildlife pictures taken by photographers worldwide, and to inspire photographers to visionary and expressive interpretations of nature. The judges will be looking first and foremost for aesthetic appeal and originality, and will also be placing an emphasis on photographs taken in wild and free conditions. The competition is open to anyone, amateur or professional, of any age and of any nationality.

Saltwater crocodile on a coral reef by Kelvin Aitken
The Underwater World - Specially Commended 2002

Saltwater crocodile on a coral reef by Kelvin Aitken

Canon EOS 3 with 20mm lens; 1/60sec at f5.6
Fujichrome Velvia 50; underwater housing

Sea & Sea DX3000 Digital camera housing

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:

Journey under the Sea by Linda Pitkin - Publication date: 27 March

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Price: £10.99 (Hardback) ISBN 0-19-910898-6 £7.99 (Paperback) ISBN 0-19-910899-4
48 pages, full-colour photographs, 305mm x 240mm

Readership: Age 8+ years

Also available in German - Reise in die Tiefsee by Linda Pitkin translated by Candauml;cilie Plieninge. Publisher: Beltz and Gelberg.

'.. an awe-inspiring introduction to the amazing diversity of life that exists beneath the ocean' Review.

Available from Oxford University Press

Journey under the Sea by Linda Pitkin Journey under the Sea by Linda Pitkin

BSoUP Meeting - Wednesday 19 March

Usual venue - Holland Club

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

Photo Techniques: Available Light - More than silhouettes and blue wrecks! - Alex Mustard

In the past, when the subject of available light has been discussed at BSoUP we have tended to concentrate on proven and classic techniques for capturing sunbursts, silhouettes or large vistas such as wrecks. While these images remain some of the most powerful in underwater photography, the aim of Alex's talk is to examine the available light techniques that allow us to take pictures that are less, well, blue.

By working in very shallow water, and/or by using filters, it is possible to produce vibrantly coloured images without flash. Natural lighting is also ideal for techniques such as reflections, split levels and long exposures. Alex will illustrate some of the lessons he has learned with these
techniques by showing a mix of successful images, shots that represent experiments with new ideas and pictures that are, according to the speaker, downright failures!

Alex is a BSoUP committee member, a highly accomplished photographer and very popular speaker. Alex's talks are always fascinating and he is forever seeking new and creative directions in his work.

He is also the founder of YUP - the Young Underwater Photographers' group and in 2002 received 4 awards at the Antibes Underwater Image Festival. Three of these four imageswere taken with only available light!

Focus On Competition : Macro

Competition rules are detailed on the website. Don't forget you can always enter by post - details on the website under 'Competitions'.

Extra event: Mark Geldenhuys - The Gauteng Uunderwater Photographic Society, South Africa.

We are delighted to introduce Mark, a guest speaker from Johannesburg (visa permitting). Mark will provide a brief overview of the many and varied diving opportunities in SA. He will also present some slides reflecting just a small sample of the very diverse local marine life.

Main Event : Theme Portfolio Competition

The main event of the evening is the annual Theme Portfolio competition held every March, which is open to members only. Each entry must comprise six
35mm slides on a particular theme, selected by the photographer, which will be projected simultaneously. The images may be taken in any open water
environment in the world. Photographs taken in an aquarium or pool are not eligible. The portfolio should be given a relevant title on entry. The winner receives the prestigious BSoUP Theme Portfolio Trophy.

The European Basking Shark Photo-identification Project (EBSPiP)

The European Basking Shark Photo-identification Project (EBSPiP) is the first of its kind and was set up in 2000 as a joint venture between the Shark Trust, the National Marine Aquarium and a number of other national and international conservation organisations. The catalogue focuses on collecting images of basking shark dorsal fins, but also includes images of other areas of the body that show identifiable characteristics. So far the database contains over 250 photo-identification images spanning from 1995 to the present and to date 58 sharks have been identified and assigned individual nicknames ranging from 'Admiral' and 'Badge', to 'Wrinkly' and 'Zip'.

More information

A basking shark feeding on plankton near the water's
A basking shark feeding on plankton

Dive Scotland

Dive Scotland - SECC - Glasgow
Saturday 29th March 2003 - 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 30th March 2003 - 10:00am-5:00pm

Further details:

London International Dive Show at ExCel - Docklands, London, 1 - 2 March
Saturday - 9:30am-6:00pm
Sunday - 9:30am-5:00pm
London International Dive Show at ExCel

Now in its 23rd year, LIDS has a well established reputation of being THE PLACE where the new diving season gets underway. And with over 250 exhibitors you can be sure of seeing the widest possible range of new equipment, holiday destinations and much, much more. And, with great deals to be had why bother dusting off your old kit? A wide range of presentations, seminars and in-hall features complement this vast exhibition making a visit both informative and highly enjoyable.

BSoUP has a stand at the exhibition, call by and say hello!

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