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News - November 2005

October 2005
December 2005
News Archive

5 steps to digital dominance
Nikon recalls some EN-EL3 batteries

Beginners Portfolio Competition 2005
November BSoUP meeting
Focus on 2005 winner
BSoUP Best of British Portfolio competition
BSoUP website visits on the up!

BBC News : Photographer of the Year 2005
Bristol Underwater Photographic Group website
Beneath the Sea 2006 competition
British Underwater Image Festival competition and International Photo Competition

5 steps to digital dominance

Peter Rowlands, publisher/editor of Underwater Photography, was the main speaker at BSoUP's November meeting (see below).

Peter has recently written an article for DIVE Magazine outlining his '5 steps to digital dominance' when using digital compact cameras.

Peter's article is available on DIVE's website

Peter Rowlands at BSoUP's November meeting
Peter Rowlands at BSoUP's November meeting

Nikon recalls some EN-EL3 batteries for Nikon D50, D70 and D100
Nikon has issued an advisory asking owners of cameras with the model EN-EL3 Lithium-Ion battery to return them for exchange. This battery was included with the Nikon D50, D70 and D100 as well as sold as an accessory. Apparently some affected batteries can short out and overheat. Nikon has published a list of 'lot numbers' of the affected batteries, at the moment we only have information from Nikon USA, if you live in other regions you should check with your local distributor.

Check Nikon website

Beginners Portfolio Competition for the DIVER Trophy.

Congratulations to Shannon Conway, this year's winner of the DIVER Trophy for the Best Beginners Portfolio. Shannon (left) was presented with the Trophy and a cheque for £100 donated by DIVER Magazine by BSoUP's chairman, Martha Tressler for his Indonesian portfolio.

Second place went to Simon Brown; third to Martyn Guess; fourth to Annelise Hagan; fifth to Richard Smith and sixth to Maria Munn.

There were 17 entries this year. All portfolios, digital and slide, were projected twice and the audience present invited to vote for their favourite three.

Shannon Conway is presented with the DIVER Trophy
Shannon Conway is presented with the Diver Trophy by BSoUP's chairman Martha Tressler

BSoUP November Meeting

November kicks off with the AGM - this constitutional obligation is dealt with as soon as possible so we can get on with the 'fun' bits of the evening. You should have received the Agenda, Minutes of 2004 AGM, Proposed Committee List and Ballot Form and 2005 Accounts.


Open to both members and non-members provided they have not been placed in a National or International competition such as BSoUP's Open Portfolio Competition, the BSoUP or St. Abbs Splash-Ins, Image, Underwater Photographer of the Year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year etc. Each entry must comprise 6 images taken by the entrant. Aquarium or pool shots are NOT eligible. The winner will receive the DIVER Trophy and a cheque for £100 donated by DIVER Magazine, who reserve the right to publish the winning portfolio slides. Please check the full Rules and Regulations

Check out for portfolio hints and tips.


Following the competition is a rather different presentation which we are really looking forward to and which we think will prove immensely useful and informative. We are very proud to host Peter Rowlands who runs UWP, the free online digital Underwater Photography Magazine - a veteran of BSoUP (honorary life member) and originator of the Ocean Optics retail store, Peter will illustrate his talk with images submitted by BSoUP members to discuss what works, what does not and why, how an image could have been improved etc. This is a unique opportunity to really understand
what gives an image impact and what can make it miss the mark.

Peter will be examining themes that emerge and we sincerely anticipate you will go away from the evening with a much greater understanding of why a picture is successful or otherwise.

If you are able to join us we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday

gill mcdonald

Whale shark by Steve Jones
Whale shark © Steve Jones

Focus on Final 2005

Congratulations to Steve Jones who won the final of this year's Focus on competition with an image of a whale shark (right).

Runner-up was Ken Sullican with an image of a Humpback whale. Steve's and Ken's images can been seen on the Focus on page, along with some of the other finalists.

BSoUP Best of British Portfolio competition

Congratulations to Samantha Bean and Alex Mustard who tied to win the Society's Best of British Portfolio competition in Ocotober.

The images reproduced here represent just one from each of their portfolios. Click on either to view the respective winning portfolio. Details of Sam's portfolios will be publised shortly.

Swiimers ny Alex Mustard
Swimmers © Alex Mustard

John Dory by Samantha Bean
John Dory © Samantha Bean

BSoUP website visits on the up!

Last month we reported that the BSoUP website had 6,000 visits in September. In October this rose to 7,200 visits!

Shoal by JP Trenque
Shoal © JP Trenque

BBC News : Photographer of the Year 2005

The BBC News: Photographer of the Year competition attracted some 12,000 entries

After many weeks of competition a winner has been chosen by the public, but only just. Following a close run final, BSoUP Member JP Trenque just edged ahead of Martina Brandstetter to take the title of BBC News Photographer of the Year 2005.

Congratulations to JP! More of JP's images can be seen at

Bristol Underwater Photographic Group

The Bristol Underwater Photographic Group now have their own website The site's webmaster is Arthur Kingdon, who is also the Secretary of BUPG.

The site includes News, Newsletters, Competitions, Competition Details, Links and Contact information.

Beneath the Sea 2006

Worldwide Underwater Photo/Video Competition

Closing date 31 December 2005

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.


Register Online by clicking here.

Please complete the 2006 Beneath The Sea Photo Competition Entry Form and return to:

495 New Rochelle Road,
Suite 2A,
NY 10708

Contest Hotline: (718) 409-0240
E-Mail: or

British Underwater Image Festival

Organised by DIVE and sponsored by
National Geographic Channel

Closing date 31 December 2005

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.


Download the BUIF Entry form here.

Please send all entries to arrive by 31 December 2005 to:

DIVE Magazine
British Underwater Image Festival
83-84 George Street

2006 - 1st Annual and

International Photo Competition
... in association with Our World-Underwater

Closing date February 3 2006

Official Websites: Wetpixel


Our World Underwater

For more information, contact:

Antibes Festival 2005

Congratulations to BSoUP members Len Deeley and Alex Mustard for their success in Le Festival Mondial De L'Image Sous-Marine. Len was runner-up in the Black and White print category for his shot of a oceanic whitetip shark taken in the Red Sea. Alex was third in the slide portfolio category (for sets of 10 images).

Oceanic white tip by Len Deeley
Oceanic white tip © Len Deeley

The slide portfolios category was won by Manu San Felix of Spain, Manuel Lazcano of Mexico won the colour prints and Michael Aw of Australia won the Black and White prints.

According to Alex, the photographic highlight of Festival was Laurent Ballesta's new book Planete Mers, which won the Book award and sets new standards in underwater photography. There were no British award winners in the films section.

For most people the most memorable part of the festival was a special evening event showing of Mike Portelly's seminal film The Ocean's Daughter.

After his film was shown Mike made an articulate and emotional speech about the important role that underwater photographers and film makers can play in promoting environmental awareness of the state of the oceans.

After his presentation, the packed audience in the main auditorium rose to their feet and showed their appreciation of Mike's work with a standing ovation.

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