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News - July 2005

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New underwater photo and film competition
Support The Scuba Trust
July BSoUP meeting
BSoUP Member's websites

Tony Baskeyfield and Pedro Vieyra win at SUBIOS 2005
Red Sea liveaboard sinks

New underwater photo and film competition

17-19 March 2006


Underwater imaging is to enter a new golden age in Britain, with the introduction of a festival to celebrate the best in video and stills. The British Underwater Image Festival will run from 17 to 19 March next year at the Birmingham NEC as part of the Go Diving! show.

The competition has been designed to apply across a range of abilities, from professional television documentary makers to first-time photographers. Plans are underway for the entries to be exhibited and shown in an event that will mirror the Antibes underwater imaging festival in the South of France.

Organisers of the show are currently putting together a set of lavish prizes for the winners, which will include top-end liveaboard trips, holidays and diving equipment. The best 50 prints will be displayed on the walls outside the dive theatre, while six finalists in the film categories will be shown throughout the show on Friday and Saturday.

'Britain used to have high-quality imaging festivals representing the work of divers, but there hasn't been anything of note for a long time,' said DIVE editor Simon Rogerson. 'Now we are putting on something which could grow into a showcase for the incredible talent I know is out there. In France, they have the Antibes Festival, which is a red-letter day for anyone who makes pictures underwater. I believe the British Underwater Image Festival could grow into something just as important.'

A panel of high-profile judges was being set up as DIVE went to press, with legends Peter Scoones and David Doubilet lined up to lend their weight to the festival. The British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP - will also be involved in the planning and execution of the festival and Matthew Ford of the picture library will act as one of the judges.

Print stills
1. Open - anything goes
2. Young photographers: entrants must be under 30 yrs old on 17th March 2006
3. Portfolio, six prints to be arranged in two rows of three

Rules for print stills
o maximum of six prints per entrant and one portfolio per entrant
o there is no entry fee, but a payment of £5 will be required if you want the prints to be returned
o prints must be A4 size with no exceptions, and will be mounted by DIVE
o portfolios must be six A5 prints, accompanied by a guide showing in which order they should be viewed, with three images on top and three on the bottom - again, they will be mounted by DIVE

1. Professional category: 30 minutes' documentary-style
2. Liveaboard category: ten minutes open style (must have been filmed by a resident liveaboard or dive centre videographer)
3. Amateur category: five-minute short, open to all comers - suggested categories include scientific; imaginative; humorous; storyboard and holiday

Rules for video
o films must have been shot or broadcast during 2005
o the six finalists' films will be shown throughout the show on Friday and Saturday, interspersing documentaries with shorts
o judging will take place in advance of the Go Diving! show and the decision of the judges will be final.

Support The Scuba Trust

New BSoUP member Maria Munn is selling greetings cards of some of her underwater photographs to raise money for The Scuba Trust, a non-profit charity created to promote scuba diving for all abilities. Currently eleven different images, including the 'Sealion at Play' (left), are available, which can be viewed on her website at and ordered on-line.

Sealion at Play © Maria Munn
Sealion at Play © Maria Munn



Kicking off the evening, following yet another highly enjoyable and successful Splash-in at Plymouth our President and Splash-in MC Brian Pitkin will present a 'debrief' of the event, including the impressive winningshots.


Deep, shallow, atmospheric, living reefs - dig out your favourite wreck shots, try your hand at the monthly 'focus on' competition and pit your
images against other members. Both slide and digital entries can be brought along on the night or sent ahead to - check the information on the website for how to enter in advance at:


Alex is one of our most popular speakers - innovative, inspiring and engaging Alex brings a digital expertise and creative approach to BSoUP that always leaves the audience buzzing.

With digital photography, apertures are still apertures and shutter speeds are still shutter speeds.

Alex avers it is possible to take exactly the same sort of pictures on digital as on film.

However, he also passionately believes that simply reproducing film images completely misses the most exciting digital developments. For the underwater photographer, the new technology empowers us to evolve our techniques and create types of images we have never been able to before. Alex's talk, 'Shooting for Digital', explains how to achieve this.

Describing the technical features of digital cameras, Alex will explain how we can develop our techniques to exploit these features and extend the boundaries of what we can achieve as underwater photographers. He will also
cover both positives and negatives of digital cameras and his talk will be stacked full of practical tips on how to get the most out of digital.

Alex is our committee digital officer, he also co-administrates the US based Wetpixel website, is a member of the prestigious Club Prima at the Antibes Festival and is the current holder of the BSoUP Open Portfolio trophy among many other accolades and achievements too numerous to mention.

We do hope you can make it and please do enter the competition even if you

BSoUP Member's websites

BSoUP member Lesley Boyes now has a website. If you are a member and have a website which is not included in our list of Member's websites, please contact Gill McDonald.

Tony Baskeyfield and Pedro Vieyra win at SUBIOS 2005

Congratulations to BSoUP member Tony Baskeyfield who won first place in the public vote for the image of a clown fish at this year's SUBIOS festival. Tony was also commended for a shot of the Red Sea wreck, the Giannis-D.

Congratulations also to BSoUP member Pedro Vieyra whose French Angel came second.

The awards ceremony in the capital Victoria, with the Seychelles president and ministers, was televised.

Photo: Clown fish © Tony Baskeyfield

Giannis-D © Tony Baskeyfield French Angel © Pedro Vieyra

Tony gave a 45 minute presentation on underwater photography.

The SUBIOS competition is more than just an international underwater photographic competition. Its a week-long educational event about the sea and all that is in it. So there were poems about the sea and sea creatures for the young as well as swimming competitions. Films and presentations for all were given in the evenings in Beau Vallon on Mahe, with marquees and a big screen close to the beach.

Red Sea liveaboard MV Coral Queen sinks
British divers aboard the MV Coral Queen liveaboard were forced to abandon ship when the vessel hit a reef and sank in the southern Egyptian Red Sea in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The vessel immediately filled with water and began sinking after the collision at the Sha'ab Sataya dive site in Fury Shoals.

The 26m-long liveaboard, built in 1996, was owned by diving enthusiast Guido Sherif until the end of last year, when she was sold to Hamada and Karina Hamelynck, owners of the Queen Juliana liveaboard. Equipped for long-range cruises, Coral Queen carried up to 12 divers on southern Egyptian Red Sea trips for UK tour operator Oonasdivers.

The divers had no time to recover their possessions before they were rescued by liveaboard, MV Heaven Majesty, moored close to the Coral Queen the night before the crash.


MV Coral Queen
MV Coral Queen

According to Oonasdivers, all of the divers escaped unhurt and were taken to shore and transferred to the Egyptian capital to obtain new passports. Oonasdivers also said it hoped to set up an operation to recover the vessel, which settled 10m below the surface.

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