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News - January 2005

December 2004
February 2005
News Archive

BSoUP members triumph at SUBIOS
January BSoUP meeting
Linda Pitkin's Exhibition at The Deep, Hull

Keema crew and guests safe in Maldives
DEC Tsunami Earthquake Appeal

January BSoUP meeting

Wednesday 19 January 2005 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.

N. B. Lecture Theatre 201 in the Skempton Building (Civil Engineering Building). Details and maps


This month we are extremely proud to present a special event at BSoUP; an evening with highly accomplished photographer, teacher, award winner, writer, mentor and speaker Martin Edge. Many of you will already be graduates of Martin's teaching techniques and invaluable courses, and if you are not - book one today.

In the first session, Martin will talk about wide angle (20mm - 16mm) flash lighting. In particular, his current thoughts on flash arms and guns i.e.
weight, type, balance, positions, angles etc. in an effort to achieve the best possible artificial lighting underwater and eliminate backscatter.

After the competition (see below) and break, Martin will continue the theme of wide angle and fisheye but focus more on how to use natural light
undersurface characteristics to add to the subject matter. 'We often notice these characteristics but we do not always 'see' them. At the end of the
evening, I am hoping people will go away with some new things to try, including alternatives on existing ideas'.

After growing up in Staffordshire without any inclination towards diving or photography, Martin moved to Dorset with his wife, Sylvia. Here they learnt to dive and Martin took his first underwater photographs on a trip to Minorca. His desire to shoot pictures underwater grew into a passion
bordering on an obsession.

Frustrated by a lack of knowledge of camera equipment and how best to use it underwater, he set out to understand the 'minds eye' of those underwater photographers whose work he most admired. In the 1980's he participated in numerous underwater photography competitions obtaining many awards all over the world. He began to write articles and quickly identified that his passion and potential was to teach and develop other aspiring underwater photographers. Over the last 15 years
he has done just that; introduced, developed, motivated and mentored hundreds of underwater photographers including many of the finest in the UK today.

In 1996 his book 'The Underwater Photographer' became an international best seller. It has been translated into two languages and is currently on the 3rd reprint of the 2nd edition. Martin is now hard at work on his next book, 'The Underwater Photographer Goes Digital'. Along with his popular
weekend courses and overseas workshops he is also available for private underwater photography instruction. Check out Martin's website at


THE TWO BEST IMAGES OF 2004. Entries can be slide or digital, maximum two images per member. If entering digital images please send them IN ADVANCE by NOON, Tuesday 18th January to

Guidelines for digital image sizing can be found at
Any problems or questions, please email Martha on or call Martha on 07764 603657.

Linda Pitkin's exhibition at the Deep, Hull - Jan 10th until April 2005
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. Further details about Linda's exhibition and prints for sale can be found at

Manta ray by Linda Pitkin
Manta Ray
© Linda Pitkin

Garibaldi by Linda Pitkin
© Linda Pitkin

BSoUP members triumph at SUBIOS

Congratulations to BSoUP member Pedro Vieyra who won first place in a public vote at SUBIOS 2004. Pedro's winning image was of a porcelain crab taken in Kungkungan Bay, Lembeh Straits, northern Sulawesi.

BSoUP members Alan James and Mark Webster came second and third. Alan James also won first place in the shootout competition. Well done both of you!

Photo: Porcelain crab by Pedro Vieyra
Porcelain crab © Pedro Vieyra

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.

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