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News - August 2005

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August BSoUP meeting
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
BSoUP International Focus-on Competition

vodan 2005
Coral Cay Conservation seeks volunteers

August BSoUP meeting.

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday 17th August 2005 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at The Holland Club, Imperial College, London SW7 5BD.

As Summer swelters forward, some of us will retire to a dark, downstairs room in Imperial College, South Kensington and once again be inspired andenthused in our underwater quests.

Our very own and favourite speaker ALEX MUSTARD will be back to basics with 'THE BASICS OF LIGHT', followed by a brief demo on 'Constructing a Digital Portfolio'. Alex, a highly accomplished and award winning photographer, not to mention marine biologist and BSoUP digital guru, always presents excellent talks which are hugely popular and highly informative and this month will be no exception.

The 'focus on' competition is very exciting this month as we are opening it out to a broad, international arena, indeed it is entitled 'BSoUP International Focus-on Competition' (see below)

The main event will provide very interesting food for thought for all current and budding UK photographers. SIMON ROGERSON, editor of DIVE magazine, will present 'UK DIGITAL - ADVENTURES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN LOW LIGHT'.

Simon starting taking photographs underwater in 1997. Setting out in journalism as a crime reporter, he became editor of DIVE in 2002. He also regularly contributes to the Sunday Times Travel Section. He has been a digital convert for a year and a half and has become increasingly fascinated by the opportunities now afforded by digital technology in low light, providing an entirely new and exciting way of seeing the UK underwater environment. Simon is a self-confessed underwater addict and says 'it is the huge variety of underwater sights and experiences which I find so incredible, which keep me coming back for more.'

So, some treats in store if you can attend the meeting. However, if not you can still enter the monthly competition described below.

Gill McDonald

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2005
The best images of nature revealed

Media preview: 20 October 2005, 10.30-13.00
Exhibition open to the public: 22 October 2005 - TBC

An orang-utan cradling her baby, a rare blue iceberg in Antarctica, a leopard lying in the moonlight, bronze whaler sharks chasing sardines and African elephants watching a grey heron - just some of the past winners of the coveted title Wildlife Photographer of the Year. On 19 October, photographers from around the world will find out if their dedication and talent have created an image impressive enough to name them Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2005. The overall winning photograph will take centre stage in a major exhibition of award-winning images at the Natural History Museum, opening on Saturday 22 October.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, organised by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine, is the most prestigious and successful event of its kind in the world. It is open to amateur and professional photographers, and this year a panel of wildlife and photography experts scrutinised more than 16,500 entries from over 55 countries for their composition and originality. The exhibition will launch at the Natural History Museum, and tour across the UK and five continents after its London debut.

'The Wildlife Photographer of Year Competition is an exciting event that is eagerly awaited around the world,' said Deborah Sage, Competition Manager. 'This year's images show nature at its best and will be enjoyed by lovers of wildlife, photography, travel and adventure.'

Every picture tells a story, and each image in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is captioned to reveal the tale of how and why it was taken. For most wildlife photographers, raising awareness of the threats faced by animals, plants and habitats is just as important as capturing the beauty of a moment with perfect composition and timing.

The competition endeavours to showcase the very best photographic images of nature to a worldwide audience, showing the splendour, drama and variety of life on Earth and inspiring people to care for its future. It also aims to show the artistry involved in wildlife photography and encourage a new generation of photographers to produce visionary and expressive interpretations of nature.

All prize-winning pictures will be reproduced in a special souvenir brochure with the November issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine. The winning and commended images will also be published by the BBC in a commemorative book, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 15, priced £25, available from the Museum Shop, and all good retailers.

BSoUP International Focus-on Competition

The British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) is introducing its first ever International Focus-On competition on 17 August 2005.

Photographers around the world are invited to send one image to compete with the United Kingdom's finest photographers. This fun competition is free to enter, open to all photographers and will be judged by the audience of attendees at the society's next meeting on 17 August.

The winning photographer will be presented with a trophy and the image will be displayed on the BSoUP website. No theme is being imposed on the participants this year although the photograph must have been taken underwater. Aquarium and pool shots are not eligible.

Photos should be saved as jpg images and be no larger than 1024 by 768 pixels. The file size should be under 500Kb. Please email your entry to Alex Mustard at The closing date for accepting images is 16th August, 2005.

vodan 2005

The 8th International underwater photo and video contest takes place on 8 October at Nova Gorica, Slovenia. Film and digital entries are invited. Closing date for entries 8 September. Entry form (pdf)

Further details:

vodan 2005

Coral Cay Conservation


Coral Cay Conservation (CCC), the international coral reef conservation organisation, is urgently appealing for Volunteers to help perform crucial
baseline wildlife assessments in the Philippines.
'Our research is central to the development and initiation of appropriate educational and planning tools which underpin effective Marine Protected
Area designations. However inorder for us to undertake a comprehensive assessment of coastal marine resources in the Philippines we need
volunteers to join our project,' says CCC's Director of Science, Dr Craig Turner.

Human impacts such as over-fishing and the use of destructive techniques like coral dynamiting, nutrient enrichment of coastal areas and sedimentation, threaten the health and diversity of reef ecosystems in the Philippines. CCC has worked in parnership with the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation Inc (PRRCFI) and local communities to survey and safeguard reef and rainforest areas of the Philippines since 1995. The Southern Leyte Coral Reef Conservation Project needs volunteers to survey Sogod Bay, an important feeding ground for a range of marine megafaunal species including pilot whale and whale shark.

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Providing resources to help sustain livelihoods and alleviate poverty through the protection, restoration and management of coral reefs and tropical rainforests.

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