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News - February 2006

January 2006
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The Reef Series wins 17th award
SanDisk Red Sea U/W Photo Competition
Focus On February 2006
Beneath the waves with the Nikon D2X
February BSoUP meeting

Antibes Festival moves to Nice - Photo Contest Winners 2005
Major exhibition of BSoUP prints

'The Reef Series' wins 17th award

Congratulations to Guy and Anita Chaumette, speakers at the May 2005 BSoUP meeting, on their most recent win!

Last weekend in Russia, their film 'The Circle of Life' was awarded with the 'SILVER AWARD' for 'BEST ANIMAL FILM' at The Moscow International Film Festival Mosfest, Russia!

'The Circle of Life' was part of the Official Selection and Award Nominated for the prestigious 'GRAND PRIX' of the Festival, missing this highest spot by just one point and coming in a close second!

This is the first Festival participation for 'The Circle of Life', 'Episode 2' of The Reef Series', with the final film of the series yet to be completed and brings the number of Awards for 'The Reef Series', now released for TV Broadcasting, to a grand total of 17 Awards!!

Guy and Anita run the multiple award winning underwater documentary film production company Liquid Motion Film (

Anita Chaumette - Liquid Motion Films
Anita Chaumette - Liquid Motion Films

SanDisk Red Sea Underwater Photo Competition

About SanDisk: The contest is sponsored by SanDisk, the world's largest Flash memory card manufacturer: www.

About SanDisk Red-Sea 2006 Underwater Photo Competition: SanDisk 2006 is organized by David Pilosof, renowned underwater photographer and producer of the world famous 'Samantha' album; YAM, the Israeli diving magazine; and the diving portal idive ( Additional sponsors include Isrotel hotels, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and the Red Sea Resort Tourism Administration.

For more information:
David Pilosof

Phone: 972-9-745-7055, Mobile: 972-52-480-8722
Fax: 972-9-741-1628


Eilat's Shoot-Out

The best 5 Images
First Prize- 10,000 $ Cash !!!
+ 3 weeks Diving Trip for 2 to Papua New Guinea with:
Walndi, Loloata Resorts and aboard Star Danser (15,000 $)

The best Singular entry
First Prize- 1000 bottles of beer
+ 7 Days Diving Trip for 2 to Palau
Aboard Ocean Hunter ( 5,400 $ )

The Judges prize
Seacam Housing for Nikon D-100 (5,000 $)

Mayor of Eilat's prize
2,000 $ Cash !!!
For the competition's Album cover

Images of the World

The best 5 Images
First Prize - 3,000 $ cash !!!
+ 7 Days Diving Trip for 2 to the Red Sea
Aboard 'Vip1' (2,200 $)

The best color print
First Prize- 3,000 $ Cash !!!
+ 7 Days Diving Trip for 2 to the Red Sea
Aboard 'Ghazala'

SanDisk Red Sea Underwater Photo Competition

Update Prizes and give away Flash memory cards

First Prize- 10,000 $ Cash, + 3 weeks Diving Trip for 2 to Papua New Guinea with: Walndi, Loloata Resorts and aboard Star Danser (15,000 $).

100 Flash cards of 1 Gigabyte for the first 100 enrollers - Free of charge, as a gift by Sandisk Corp.

Sandisk Red-Sea Competition, Eilat Israel, Feb 25th, 2006: Sandisk Corp. and 'Yam', the Israeli Diving magazine, has announced today, the opening of the enrollment to the grand underwater competition, 'Sandisk Red Sea Underwater Photography Competition', which will be held on April 24th-29th, in Eilat, Israel.

Underwater photographers from all over the world, has begun to send their photos to the 'Images of the world' category, and also to the 'Eilat Shoot-out Party'. Sandisk Corp. has announced that the first 100 enrollers to the Eilat's Shoot-Out will receive a free Compact Flash or an SD flash card - free of charge in Eilat.

The SanDisk 2006 Red Sea Underwater Photography Competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers, shooting with film or digital cameras.

Selected categories are open to competitors from all over the world, whose photos can be shot at any time and from any location. Contestants can send photographs in by mail. Registration is now open and details available at: www.

. 'The last competition received a great deal of attention among underwater photographers and divers from around the world', said David Pilosof, the competition's originator. 'We expect even more entrants and press coverage this year due to the larger prizes.'

Other events taking place during the April 24-29, 2006 contest include an Opening Cocktail Party at the Eilat Red Sea Marine Park, a Shoot-out party at the Dolphin Reef, the April 28 screening of the Antibes film festival winning films and the April 29 Friday Show Party and Prize Ceremony at the Ambassador hotel.

Focus On - February 2006 - Monochrome

Congratulations to Alex Mustard who won the February Focus On Competition.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points
1 Alex Mustard 52
2 Steve Jones 50
3 Peter Scoones 34
4 Pedro Vieyra 30
5 Jane Morgan 27
6 Alan Keal 23

There were 35 entries. 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.

January winners

Beneath the waves with the Nikon D2X
Sunday, January 22, 2006 | by Eamon Hickey
There's no way to be sure, but Alex Mustard could well have been the first person to jump in the ocean with a Nikon D2X. He got his camera in late February 2005, on the first day they were available in Britain. More surprisingly, he was able to get an underwater housing for it almost simultaneously. The Austrian housing manufacturer, Subal, had used the nearly identical body and controls of Nikon's D2H to develop a housing for the D2X before it had even shipped. A plane ticket to the environs of the Red Sea completed the recipe, and a week after taking delivery on Nikon's flagship digital SLR, in early March 2005, Mustard had it submerged in seawater, just where he wanted it. . . . . For the full story visit Rob Galbraith Digital Photography Insights at

Alex Mustard with his housed Nikon D2X
Alex Mustard, BSoUP member and Digital Competitions Officer,
with his housed Nikon D2X

February BSoUP meeting


'Taking pictures of the cool fish we see while diving is what prompted many of us to pick up cameras in the first place' says Alex. 'However, great fish photos remain elusive and are always a challenge'. Alex will share his tips for finding and getting close to the subject. He will also discuss
various options for framing, lighting and composing fish images. As ever, Alex's talk will be full of tips and ideas to try so don't forget your pen and paper.

Although Alex is BSoUP's digital officer, this talk will appeal to all photographers with an interest in natural history subjects. Alex's fish pics have won him multiple awards at both the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and Antibes Festival.

Alex is a well known and regular speaker at BSoUP who I have biographied many times, but here is some news - Alex's first book 'The Art of Diving' is
being printed and is due for release at the end of the month. A collaboration with Nick Hanna, the book is a celebration and exploration of the world of scuba diving. David Doubilet says 'This is the best book about diving since Jacques Cousteau's 'The Silent World'... Alex has a unique eye, this is dynamic underwater imagery at its best'.


If you heard JP's talk at the Photoshop workshop last month now is the time to put it into practice. If not, have a go anyway if you have access to Photoshop or similar, any image can be monochromed' and the results can be

N. B. Slides are still very welcome for monthly 'focus on' competitions, portfolio competitions only will be projected exclusively digitally.

For all information and competition rules see Competitions - please send digital entries to or bring on the night.

'When we dive, we are often presented with circumstances and conditions that are...well...challenging' asserts Simon, 'accordingly, I would like to address this through the experiences of a working journalist'. Simon has had to cope with low light, unpredictable animals, psychotic captains, bad viz and worse divers all as part of his job. He will shed some light on these issues through his own recollections and photographs.

Simon is editor of DIVE magazine. He started diving in 1992 as a means of escape from his then job as a crime reporter. Joining DIVE in 1999 he became editor in 2002. Simon is also the diving correspondent for the Sunday Times travel supplement and writes freelance for various reputable (and disreputable) publications. He is currently writing a book on the Red Sea for Adventure Sports Publications. He has been taking photographs underwater since his very first dive, with a Minolta Weathermatic, some say
the Minolta years may represent his finest work...

This looks to be an excellent evening with masses of useful and interesting information from a couple of highly accomplished divers and photographers. Do come along if you can.

Happy snapping
gill mcdonald

Antibes Festival moves to Nice

The 33rd World Festival of Underwater Pictures will take place at the end of October 2006 in the Acropolis Centre of Nice (France).

Daniel Mercier, Philippe Vallette and the usual Festival team will be pleased to welcome you during this 33rd edition, under the usual festive atmosphere, but with more space for exhibition.

The honorary guest of the 2006 Festival is Papua New Guinea, well known in the dive world.

For further information Visit their web site at or e-mail

Last year's poster

Shark by Len Deeley
Shark © Len Deeley - Photo Contest Winners 2005

Every January a panel of judges select the best images entered in the online photo contest taken in the previous year.

Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded for the top three from each category in order of merit.

Congratulation to BSoUP member Len Deeley who won a Gold medal for his shark image in the Marine Life (wide-angle category).

All the winners can be seen at

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

Full details: Splash-in 2006

Martha Tressler

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