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News - December 2004

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Keema crew and guests safe in Maldives
DEC Tsunami Earthquake Appeal
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2005
Exhibition at The Deep, Hull

DEC Tsunami Earthquake Appeal

Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this devastating tragedy. All those who have helped us enjoy these areas both underwater and on land are especially in our thoughts as is anyone who was diving or snorkelling when the tsunami struck.

We urge our members to give generously to help all those in desperate need both now and in the future.

If you haven't already done so and would like to make a donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee, a coalition of all the major British charitable agencies, then visit

Keema crew and guests safe in Maldives would like to thank all of their customers that have mailed or called in enquiring about the welfare of the Keema and her crew. They are pleased to say that Chris, Ibrahim and the rest of the crew are safe and well and that the boat is operating normally with guests on board. Also all our guests in resort are safe and that Kuredu and Velidu are unaffected.


Call of the wild: from the deepest ocean to the tallest mountain, the search for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2005 has begun

An imaginative eye, a love for the natural world and a camera are all it takes to enter the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, the world's longest-running and most prestigious wildlife photographic competition. Open to both amateurs and professionals of all ages and nationalities, the competition last year attracted over 18,500 entries from more than 50 countries, including Poland, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Finland and Brazil. All entries must be submitted by 4 April 2005 to have a chance to win a share of the £16,500 prize pool.

Doug Perrine from the USA won the overall title Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2004 for his dramatic image of bronze whalers charging a baitball, and Gabby Salazar, also from the USA, became the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2004 with her image of a green anole lizard. Any category winner has the chance to carry off the grand title, with categories ranging from Animal Behaviour and Wild Places to the Underwater World and Urban and Garden Wildlife, and three age categories for photographers

Any category winner has the chance to carry off the grand title, with categories ranging from Animal Behaviour and Wild Places to the Underwater World and Urban and Garden Wildlife, and three age categories for photographers

17 and under.

Winning photographers not only receive a share of the £16,500 prize fund, they also see their images featured in a special supplement with BBC Wildlife Magazine. The winning images, those considered the most outstanding and memorable, together with at least 50 commended ones, will go on display at the Natural History Museum, London, from October 2005 before touring the UK and worldwide. They will also be published in a hardback commemorative portfolio book by the BBC.

Photographers have until 4 April 2005 to submit their entries.

Entry forms are available in the February issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine, from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition office (020 7942 5015) and on the competition's website:

The Natural History Museum (co-organiser and exhibition venue) and BBC Wildlife Magazine


The Deep, Hull's £45.5m Millennium Commission lottery project, is hosting an exhibition of underwater photography by Linda Pitkin. This exhibition is running at The Deep from 10th January to April 2005, and will feature a selection of her stunning images of marine animals and scenes from tropical and temperate waters around the world.

Manta ray by Linda Pitkin
Manta Ray
© Linda Pitkin

Garibaldi by Linda Pitkin
© Linda Pitkin


The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday 15 December at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.

The Holland Club, Imperial College, London SW7 5BD.

Open Portfolio Competition

The Annual Open Portfolio Competition is open to members and non-members alike. Each entry must comprise a portfolio of six images selected by the photographer. The six images may be submitted as 35 mm slides or as a single digital image. If you are submitting your six images digitally then please see the guidelines on resizing and preparing your images for projection.

Entries must be in by MONDAY 13th December. The images may be taken anywhere in the world but not in an aquarium or pool. The winner receives the BSoUP Trophy and a cheque for £100 donated by DIVE Magazine, who reserve the right to publish the winning entries. The prize will be presented by Graeme Gourlay, publisher of DIVE Magazine.


Wine, food, chat, party. That's it!

Seasons greetings to all and we wish you a peaceful and fulfilling 2005.

gill mcdonald


December 31st is the last day for submitting entries to the 2005 Beneath the Sea Worldwide Underwater Photo/Video Competition.

andmiddot; Underwater photographers, digital and film, will compete for the coveted David Doubilet award for excellence in underwater photography. The Grand Prize is a trip on an Explorer Ventures live aboard

* Underwater Videographers will compete for the distinguished Stan Waterman award for excellence in underwater video. The Grand Prize is a trip to the Cocos Islands off the coast of Costa Rica aboard the distinguished Undersea Hunter live aboard.

* Underwater Photographic Artists will compete for the celebrated Jim Church award for excellence in underwater creative photography. The Grand Prize to be a trip aboard the Peter Hughes Wind Dancer in Tobago.

Wherever you live in this wide world, submit your underwater photographic entry to the Beneath the Sea 2005 Worldwide Photo/Video Competition. For contest rules and entry blank visit Beneath the Sea at their Internet site: There you may see the images of previous winners, get a set of rules and regulations, and download an application form for this year's competition.

The winners of the Beneath the Sea 2005 Worldwide Photo/Video Competition are announced at the Film Festival the weekend of Beneath the Sea's Dive and Travel Exposition, March 18th, 19th, and 20th, 2005, at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. In addition to the awards that the Grand Prize winners of each category will receive, there will be prizes for all First, Second and Third place winners.

BSoUP T-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts and jackets.

Martha Tressler, our Hon. Treasurer, has a selection of BSoUP branded items of clothing for members to purchase. T-shirts will be available in navy blue or white with a white or blue BSoUP logo and the full name of the Society. Other items, sweatshirts and polo shirts, in navy blue with white BSoUP logo and name. Caps by special order!

Prices from £10 for T-shirts to £24.00 for jackets. You can buy yours at any of the monthly meetings of the Society or contact Martha Tressler

To order please contact

Martha Tressler

109 Lisbon Ave, Twickenham, Middlesex TW2 5HL

Tel : 0776 460 3657 (days)

Tel : 0208 255 4765 (eve, wknd)

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