News - November 2005
5 steps to
Nikon recalls some EN-EL3
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
Beneath the Sea 2006 competition
British Underwater Image Festival competition
Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide.com International
5 steps to digital
Peter Rowlands, publisher/editor
Photography, was the main speaker at BSoUP's November meeting
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
Peter Rowlands at BSoUP's
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
Check Nikon website
Competition for the DIVER Trophy.
Congratulations to Shannon
Conway, this year's winner of the DIVER Trophy for the
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
There were 17 entries this year.
All portfolios, digital and slide, were projected twice and the
audience present invited to vote for their favourite
Shannon Conway is
presented with the Diver Trophy by BSoUP's chairman Martha
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.
COMPETITION - BEGINNERS
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 www.bsoup.org/Articles/Six_of_the_best.php for portfolio
hints and tips.
PHOTO CRITIQUE - PETER
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 www.uwpmag.com - 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
what gives an image impact and what can make it miss the
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
Whale shark © Steve Jones
Focus on Final
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
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.
Swimmers © Alex Mustard
John Dory © Samantha Bean
BSoUP website visits on
Last month we reported that the
BSoUP website had 6,000 visits in September. In October this rose to
Shoal © JP
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 www.jptrenque.com
The Bristol Underwater
Photographic Group now have their own website www.bupg.co.uk. 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
Beneath the Sea
Closing date 31 December
For contest rules and entry
blank visit Beneath the Sea at their Internet site: www.beneaththesea.org.
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,
Contest Hotline: (718) 409-0240
E-Mail: Photo@BeneathTheSea.org or
British Underwater Image
Organised by DIVE and
National Geographic Channel
Closing date 31 December
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 www.oceans-image.com will act as one of the
2006 - 1st Annual
Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide.com
... in association with Our
Closing date February 3
Official Websites: Wetpixel
Our World Underwater http://www.ourworldunderwater.com/contest.html
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 © 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
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.