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News - January 2006

December 2005
February 2006
News Archive

Focus on January 2006
Major exhibition of BSoUP prints
SanDisk Red-Sea Underwater Photo Competition

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
January BSoUP meeting

Focus On - January 2006 - Best shot of 2005

Congratulations to Peter Scoones who won February's Focus On Competition.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points
1 Peter Scoones 30
2 Jane Morgan 30
3 Malcolm Nobbs 23
4 Tony Baskeyfield 19
5 Pedro Vieyra 15
6 Richard Smith 12

The winning and second place slides/images will be retained for the final in October, at which the overall winner will receive the BSoUP 'Focus On' Trophy.

Major exhibition of BSoUP prints

The annual BSoUP Splash-in will have a new look this year.

The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth will be hosting a display of the prints entered in the Splash-in. The exhibition will run from 10 June until 14 July and be seen by thousands of members of the public. Until the day of the Splash-in, visitors to the Aquarium will be invited to vote for their favourite prints. Their votes will be combined with those cast at the Splash-in to establish the winners.

Prizes will be presented to the winners of each of the two print categories (British and Open) - vouchers generously donated by Ocean Optics Ltd and Cameras Underwater for use in their respective stores, plus a year's Aquarium family membership.

The deadline for print entries will be some time in late May (exact date to be advised shortly) and entrants will be asked to submit two copies of their prints, one for display at the National Marine Aquarium and one for display at the Mount Batten Centre during the Splash-in.

The On-the-Day Splash-in will run in the usual way on 1 July, but this year there will be prizes as well as trophies for the winners (as judged by members, guests and visitors to the Centre) in each of the 4 categories (film and digital, close-up and wide angle).

In addition there will be a grand prize of a Red Sea holiday generously donated by Tony Backhurst Scuba for the best entry, as judged by an independent panel.

We are very excited about these new opportunities - watch this website for more details shortly!

Martha Tressler

SanDisk Red Sea Competition

April 24-29, 2006 - Eilat, Israel

First Prize $10,000

The SanDisk 2006 Red-Sea Underwater Photo Competition is pleased to announce that the First Prize winner will go home with a cash award of US $10,000. The SanDisk 2006 Red-Sea Underwater Photo Competition will be held in Eilat, Israel, April 24-29, 2006. Due to the amazing success of the 2005 SanDisk competition, the 2006 competition will now be open to photographers from around the world.

With two additional cash prizes of $3000 each, and another prize of 1,000 bottles of beer for the winner of the 'Best Single Picture' category, the 2006 SanDisk competition promises to be not only profitable but also fun.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2006

Closing date 31st March 2006.

Photographers around the world are invited to enter their best photographs in this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Yesterday a new sponsor, Shell, joined as title sponsor for two years. The new sponsorship provides an opportunity to update things that have not been possible in the past few years, as well as bringing new elements for both visitors and photographers:

Online entry - For the first time, photographers can submit digital entries online through the competition website

Creative Visions of Nature - NEW for 2006 - Photographs entered for this new category should take inspiration from nature, but reveal new ways of seeing natural subjects or scenes. They can be figurative, abstract or conceptual and use any format, but must provoke an emotional or thought-provoking reaction, whether through their beauty or imaginative interpretation. Judges will be looking for originality and artistic vision.

Nature in Black and White - Now in its second year, this category will be open to digital entries as well as film.

People's Choice Award - Visitors to the exhibition will be able to vote for their favourite winning or commended image. The overall favourite will be awarded the People's Choice Award near the end of the exhibition.

The Shell Wildlife Photographger of the Year competition is organised by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine.

January BSoUP meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday 18 January at 8.00 p.m. in The Holland Club, Imperial College, London, SW7 5BD.


The monthly 'focus on' competition will take place halfway through the evening. Subject: Your best images of 2005 - maximum 2 entries per member please.

Send digital entries to


The January 2006 meeting brings our second Photoshop workshop.

Apart from the competition, following a short introduction the whole evening will be a hands-on workshop with a number of sessions to choose from. The specific topics being demonstrated are:

1. Quick tips for fixing images for projection and websites (Alex Mustard)

2. Selections (Martha Tressler)

3. Monochrome (JP Trenque)

4. Layers - including masks and blending options (Anthony Holley)

Choose from 3 simultaneous demonstrations in each of the first and second halves of the evening. The first half has 'Quick tips', 'Selections' and 'Monochrome'. The second half has 'Quick tips', 'Selections' and 'Layers'.

The introduction will give you an idea of what will be covered in each.

'Quick tips' and 'Selections' are suitable for any level of experience including beginner, for the 'Monochrome' session you might want somePhotoshop experience, where 'Layers' will probably be most use to more advanced users.

If you are bringing a laptop, we can provide you with copies of the images being used in the demonstrations to follow along with. If you want to transfer copies of images please try and arrive early, 7.30 onwards.

In addition to the demonstrations, there will be an 'image surgery' where you can ask questions and bring images with particular problems - on amemory stick or CD if you are not bringing a laptop.

Please think about which sessions you want to attend in advance, and whether you have any specific questions on other topics to bring along.

Please note that the last Photoshop evening was such a success we could have carried onall night... we have a lot to get through and intend to start on time at 8p.m. so please be prompt if possible. We look forward to seeing you on the 18th.

gill mcdonald

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