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News - May 2006

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

April 2006
June 2006
News archive

Light and Motion announce Titan housing for Nikon D200
Focus On - May winners
A P Valves sponsor Creative/Humorous category
May BSoUP Meeting
Il mare a Milano
Microsoft Future Pro Photographers Photography Contest
BSoUP newsletter spring issue now available

Alex Mustard interviewed by Easyjet
NELOS UW Photo, Film and Video Festival
SanDisk Red Sea International Photographic Competition
Guy and Anita scoop major awards in Houston
Digital BSoUP competition entries
BSoUP Splash In Print Competition

Underwater Photography magazine

Light and Motion announce Titan housing for Nikon D200

Light and Motion continues to move forward in Underwater Digital Photography with the introduction of the Titan D200 Digital SLR Photo Housing. Titan is a professional grade housing that pushes underwater digital photography to the next level. The Titan D200 builds upon the ROC empowered D100 housing with USB enabled finger tip controls.

The Titan D200 features include:

USB Advanced Technology

ROC Strobe Control

Electro-Mechanical Shutter Release

Light and Motion accessory lenses include a Macro Port as well as a Wide Angle Dome to support most Nikon lenses. Additional conversion rings allow the photographer to use domes from other manufacturers such as Subal, Aquatica and Sea and Sea.

Titan D200

Additional accessories include a NEW Wide Angle Dome to support the Nikon10.5 fisheye lens. Also NEW for the Titan D200 is an expanded viewfinder option that will significantly improve the camera's viewing area.

Full details

Pedro Vieyra
1st © Pedro Vieyra

Focus On - Macro - May winners

Congratulations! The first two each month qualify for the final in October, at which the overall winner will receive the BSoUP 'Focus On' Trophy - see Focus On

Position Photographer Points
1 Pedro Vieyra 45
2 Jane Morgan 43
3 Tony Baskeyfield 40
4 Eric Orchin 30
5 JP Trenque 28
6 Alex Mustard 27

A P Valves sponsor Creative/Humorous category at this year's Splash-in

BSoUP thanks Martin Parker of A P Valves who has kindly agreed to donate a Buddy jacket for the best shot taken on the day at this year's Splash-in in the Creative/Humorous category. Martin has won the A P Valves Trophy on a number of occasions in the past himself.

For full details of this year's Splash-in and all of the other great prizes to be won please see Splash-in.


A P Valves

May BSoUP Meeting

The May BSoUP Meeting takes place on Wednesday 17 May in Lecture Theatre 201, Skempton Building, CivilEngineering Building, Imperial College at 7.45 for an 8 p.m. start.

Please note the Holland Club is open for drinks before, during and after the presentations (so no need for a trek round leafy Kensington as some of us
enjoyed last month!).


The first half of the evening is aimed at beginners, inexperienced photographers, or those who are simply frustrated at the results of their underwater photography (I would guess that covers the vast majority of us). Martin will discuss the most common mistakes which plague both beginners and the not-so-new alike. He will also briefly describe his new book including the main structure and how it differs from those which have gone before.


There is a brand new method of entering the competition online, please see the end of this email for details.


For this part of the evening, we are privileged to be treated to the first outing of a brand new presentation. It is all about 'accessibility'. Martin has been working on this topic for some time with a varied supporting cast on his excellent workshops. 'The more I look at this' he says, 'the more I believe it is key to breaking out of mediocrity and catching up with the rest'. Exciting stuff.

Martin is a veteran of BSoUP and one of its most successful sons. Fuelled with a passion to learn and a thirst for knowledge, during the early-mid 80's he travelled to meetings from Dorset every month, determined to glean as much as possible from the rich pool of knowledge in the society. 'BSoUP was largely responsible for my own achievements' Martin told me 'and when I speak at BSoUP meetings now I endeavour to share with today's members the kind of topics I would have found invaluable when I was so eager for tips and ideas twenty years ago'.

Martin's achievements and accolades in underwater photography are far too great and numerous to list here, but to mention one - in 1996 his book 'The
Underwater Photographer' was published and became a bestseller on the subject throughout the world. It has been translated into a number of languages and is currently on the 3rd reprint of the 2nd edition. In my view, the underwater photography world is populated by people who already own and use Martin's book as a bible, and those who are going to.

The new book is a complete re-write of the original. Containing four hundred pages of essential information, including all new pictures, it explores how to use both film and digital SLR cameras as well as digital compacts. In effect, it is two books in one, with the second half looking in-depth at composition, lighting, close-up/macro and wide angle disciplines.

Martin's new book will be available to purchase at the meeting next week (£24.99 - cash, cheques or credit card all ok) and Martin will be very happy to sign yours on the spot.

Martin's website:

Alex Mustard's review of Martin's book


Starting with the 'focus-on' Macro competition this month, we have introduced a new and better way of sending your competition images using the
BSoUP website. To upload your files, log-on to and follow the on-screen instructions. If the upload is successful, you
will receive an immediate confirmation email. Please note that images submitted for competitions should be JPG files and have a maximum size of 1024 pixels wide by 768 pixels high. We can no longer accept high-resolution images and Power Point files.

For the May competition you can also e-mail your images to - however, PLEASE NOTE this facility will NOT be available after May. If you miss the 16 May deadline to send us your files, you can still bring them on the night on a CD or flashcard etc.

This promises to be a hugely enjoyable evening. If you are within striking distance of London I do hope you can make it.

gill mcdonald

IL MARE A MILANO - 10th edition
ten years of science, art, entertainment, and adventure

Acquario Civico di Milano Viale Gadio 2
Showing from May 13th to 21st 2006

Opening Saturday and Sunday: 9.30 - 23.30
from Monday to Friday: 09.00 - 13.00; 14.00 - 17.30; 21.00 - 23.30

Hundreds of photos, slides and films related to the sea. Thematic evenings, exhibits, shows and more...


more information check the festival's website

Microsoft Future Pro Photographers Photography Contest

For student photographers, this is an opportunity to Kick Start Your Career as a future professional photographer. The exciting prize packages include a Grand Prize of US$20,000 cash and a digital workflow prize package. There will also be three First Place winners in the following categories: Nature and Landscape; People and Portraits; and Fine Art who will each win US$2000 cash and a digital workflow prize package as well.

Microsoft Future Pro Photographers Photography Contest is open to all students who are 18 (eighteen) years of age or older at the time of entry and actively enrolled at a two-year, four-year, or advanced degree granting college or university.

The submission period is May 1st through May 31st, so enter now. Full details at

BSoUP newsletter spring issue now available

The spring issue of BSoUP's newsletter `in focus' is now available. It includes articles on Diving with Sabrina by Lesley Maw, Photo Freedom by Sam Bean, New look BSoUP Splash-in by Martha Tressler, A week in Kinasi by Joss Woolf, BSoUP Beginners Portfolio 2005, BSoUP Open Portfolio 2005, A whirlwind tour of the other down-under by Jane Burnett, Editor's choice images, Loch long perpectives by Elaine Whiteford, Monthly meetings reports by Andy Clark, Classifieds, Forward planning, How to find us, BSoUP Officers 2005-6.

If you would like to receive printed copies of in focus as and when it is published then why not join BSoUP today.

This is the last issue edited by Pat Morrissey. Pat moved last year to the south coast and has taken up teaching English in a secondary modern school. BSoUP extends its thanks to Pat for his skillful editing and irrepressible humour over the last few years.

Gill McDonald takes over Pat's role as Editor starting with the summer issue. Anthony Holley will continue as Production Editor.

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Photo: Alex Mustard
Giannis D, Red Sea © Alex Mustard

Alex Mustard interviewed by Easyjet

For those flying on Easyjet this month be sure to look out for a 5 page interview with BSoUP member Alex Mustard about underwater photography. The interview is an introduction to taking pictures underwater and Alex's book. For those not flying on Easyjet in May, you can read the article here:

NELOS UW Photo, Film and Video Festival

The 18th bi-annual NELOS UW Photo, Film and Video Festival is scheduled to take place during the week end of December 2-3rd just south of Antwerp in Belgium.

Further details will be announced as they become available.

NELOS Film Festival website



Steve Jones

SanDisk Red Sea International Photographic Competition

BSoUP members Charles Hood and Steve Jones did well in the recent Sandisk Red Sea International Photographic Competition. Steve's image of a whale shark was highly commended in the Album Cover and Colour Print categories and Charles' images were highly commended in the Portfolio category. Steve's image may be seen on the sandisk website at and his own website at

Charles' Portfolio may also be seen on the on the sandisk website at


Guy and Anita scoop major awards in Houston

Last weekend, at the Houston International Film Festival, USA, 'The Perfect Reef' by Guy and Anita Chaumette, Liquid Motion Films, was awarded the "THE GOLD REMI AWARD" for ';Marine Science'. With 57 films in this category alone, this was a great achievement. 'The Circle of Life' also won 'THE GOLD', in a separate category: 'Underwater and Marine Biology'
'The Reef' films are now being represented for TV Broadcast by TVF International, Liquid Motion Films exclusive Distributor and one of the worlds leading providers of Nature and Wildlife films for television. Officially launched by TVF in Cannes last month, the films can be seen under 'top programmes' on TVF's website -

Perfect Reef, one of the three films in the Reef Series

Guy and Anita, who were guest speakers at BSoUP last year, are currently based in Fiji, where they run a small dive resort, filming their subsequent 'secret project' and building the funds to go forwards with production. Soon they will be moving to Australia, where they will film and work with Dr. Justin Marshall, a scientist specializing in the 'colours' of the marine life.

Digital submission of BSoUP competition entries

From 1 May you can submit your entries for our monthly Focus On competitions and annual Portfolio competitions via the web. JP has created the form, back-end database and all the necessary functionality to make submission and administration simple.

This month's Focus On category is Macro - image area A4 or less. Rules.

The entry form is at

Please give it a try, rather than e-mailing your entries.You will receive an automatically generated acknowledgement that your images have been received.

BSoUP Splash-in Print Competition

The deadline for this year's annual BSoUP Splash In Print Competition is Saturday 27 May.

See Entry form and rules for fuller details

Entries (one copy mounted and one copy unmounted of each entry; maximum of four entries per competitor; maximum of three entries per category) for the print competition and a completed entry form must either be sent by post to

Splash-in 2006
25 Bemish Road
London SW15 1DG

to arrive no later than Saturday 27 May 2006 or may be brought to the BSoUP meeting on Wednesday 17 May.

Please note that unmounted prints will lose approx. 5 mm on each edge when mounted!

This year we are very excited to have teamed up with Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium to stage a major, five-week exhibition and competition, opening on 10 June. The prints entered into the competition will be displayed at the Aquarium and judged by the thousands of people who visit there from 10 June to 1 July, and will then remain on display until 14 July (with the photographer's name added to the display for this last fortnight).

The winner of the British Print category will receive a £250 voucher from Ocean Optics Ltd and a year's family membership to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

Sponsored by

Ocean Optics Ltd

National Aquarium

Cameras Underwater


In addition to the sponsors who have provided prizes, funding has been made available by the National Aquarium charity for the running costs of the print competition and by Canon UK for the cost of mounting the prints for display at the Aquarium.

See Entry form and rules for fuller details

UWP May/June 2006
UwP Cover shot by Leigh Bishop

Underwater Photography magazine

The May/June issue of the FREE bi-monthly web based magazine Underwater Photography (UwP) is now availablee at

The magazine is produced by former BSoUP Chairman and current BSoUP member Peter Rowlands and includes articles by BSoUP members and others.

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