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News - September 2006

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August 2006
October 2006
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Focus on - September results
Our World Underwater
DIVE Photo Gallery
Members websites
BSoUPSeptember meeting
Visions in the Sea 2006
NCUPS Sea 2006 Competition

SEAS Expo 2006 Competition
LAUPS 2006 International Competition
Anintroduction to Digital Photography
UwP - free web magazine

St Abbs Splash In
BSoUP Forum

Focus on September 2006 - The world in our hands

The first three in our monthly Focus On Competition for September 2006 were:

1. Arun Madisetti (43 pts)
2. Jane Morgan (38 pts)
3. Anthony Holley (33 pts)

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

Our World Underwater Show Photo Competition

In association with the Our World-Underwater Show and have teamed up again to celebrate the beauty and delicacy of the marine environment with their 2nd annual international underwater photography and video competition. The competition aims to become the "Superbowl" of international underwater photo competitions - with fantastic prizes, celebrity judges and the opportunity to have your images showcased to the world as some of the world's best.

Full details at

Dive Photo Guide /Our World Underwater 

Celebrity judges Stephen Frink, Dr. Alexander Mustard, and Eric Cheng will select winners after the Jan 7, 2007 deadline. Winners will be announced on stage at the 2007 Our World-Underwater film festival in Chicago, Illinois (February 9-11, 2007),

NEW! DIVE Photo Gallery

DIVE has launched a new Photography section dedicated to underwater images, where you can share your underwater snaps with divers online all over the world. Whether you are a budding David Doubilet or simply want to showcase your latest diving holiday snaps, here's your chance to upload your own gallery on diving's best website.

Vote for your favourite snaps, discuss images in the forum pages and enter the monthly Hot Shots competition for a chance to win 2GB of memory for your digital camera.

All Hot Shot winners' pictures will be printed in DIVE magazine. They will also be entered into a separate competition, that you can vote for, to win a fabulous prize at the British Underwater Image Festival in March 2007.
You can also access a full archive of articles dedicated to underwater photography, from equipment tests to skills advice.
Visit the 'reviews' section and you can comment on all your latest camera kit and read what other people think.

Members websites

Two additions have been made to the links to BSoUP members websites - Maria McGlynn and Tamsin Eyles.

If you are a BSoUP member and there is no link to your website on the list please send your name and URL of your site to Gill McDonald.

Reminder: If your website is listed, please ensure that you include a link to the BSoUP website ( on your's.

BSoUPSeptember meeting

Wednesday20th September 2006 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in The Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7.


Martha Tressler

Ouresteemed chair Martha will kick off at 8 with a returnto some of the more essential techniques of underwaterphotography. She will discuss apertures and shutter speed , depth of field and natural light together with the effectof different lenses. Her talk will be ideal for thosenewer tothe discipline,and also provide a useful reminder for those who are longerin the tooth, underwater image wise.

Marthafirst picked up a marine camera in the mid 90's but countsher underwater photography from a trip to Sipadan in 1997with Martin Edge, after which she traded in her Nik V fora housed SLR.

But it was her move to digital in late 2004that made her seriously reconsider her use of the camera,which had reached a reliance on its many automatic functions - safe and predictable. Her talk is aimed at going backto the basics of camera use.


Environmental,conservation, human damage to the oceans and seas etc. Entriesmust be in by Tuesday midnight September 19. Entryform.

PAULKAY - The power of RAW

Paul has been perfecting the art of underwater photography for 25 years. Heis a professional freelance photographer with a degree in scientificphotography and an FRPS. He's also a BSoUP member. Paul specialises intemperate, marine natural history stills photography with the occasionalcommission in video. He is based in North Wales and dives mostly around theUK/Ireland, although he was spotted enjoying New Zealand earlier this year.Paul uses digital equipment in Seacam housings which he also outlets atwww.underseacameras.comPaul will talk about image processing, its capabilities and how it can pushimagery forward. He will start with the RAW conversion and then move intooptimisation/ adjustment/ enhancement/ manipulation/ falsification - enoughfood for thought he thinks!

gill McDonald

Visions in the Sea 2006

The 10th Annual Visions in the Sea takes place on 4 and 5 November 2006 in London. The event is unique in the northern hemisphere and promises underwater photographers a winning combination of presentations that will showcase awesome underwater images from around the globe, together with talks designed to jelp them get their own stunning images.


This year's speakers include Michael Aw, Andrea and Antonella Ferrari, Constantinos Petrinos, Peter Rowlands, Charles Hood, Alex Mustard, Martin Edge, John Collins and Phoebe Rudimino-Dusiacke.

Full details

Northern California Underwater Photographic Society Sea 2006 Competition

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society announces the 42nd Annual International Underwater Photographic Competition and the Bob Commer Award of Excellence in Underwater Photography.

Entries must be received by October 13, 2006. Winning entries will be announced on the NCUPS website in November 2006.

Full details

SEAS Expo 2006 Underwater Photo Competition

The SEAS Expo 2006 Underwater Photo Competition is open to entrants of all skill levels, including amateurs and professionals. For purposes of the competition an "amateur" is defined as an individual for whom the majority (greater than 50%) of his or her income is derived from photography or the instruction of photography in any form.

Full details

Entry fee is $15 per photo per category. A completed entry form and entry fee must accompany all submissions. Forms may be downloaded and printed from the SEAS Expo website ( or by emailing a request to Remittance of entry fee is payable by check or money order in U. S. funds to: NCADO.
Please mail all entries to SEAS Expo 2006 Underwater Photo Competition, 2109 Howson Road, Raleigh, NC 27603. Entries received without accompanying entry form and entry fee(s) will not be considered. Entries must be received at the above address not later than October 1, 2006.

Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society 2006 International Competition

The Underwater Photographic Society of Los Angeles announces the opening of the 44th Annual International Underwater Photographic Competition. The competition is open to all non-professional underwater photographers and videographers.
With a diverse field of 10 digital, print and video categories the open competition promises to be very exciting.

Category winners will receive a variety of prizes that include Live-Aboard Dive Trips, Land Based Dive Trips, Photographic Equipment, Diving Equipment and More.

The deadline for entries is 22 September, 2006. Judging by an esteemed panel of industry professionals will occur on September 30th and October 1st.

Full details

An introduction to Digital Photography with Ocean Visions

Ocean Optics and Mavericks Diving are hosting an Introduction to Digital Photography by Maria Munn, Ocean Visions on Thursday 28 September at 7.00 for 7.30. The presentation will take place at Kings College opposite the shop.

Please note tickets are free but you must pre-register as places are limited. Contact Ocean Optics at

Further details: Adobe Acrobat pdf


Maria Munn
Maria Munn

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UwP Cover shot by Martin Spragg

Underwater Photography magazine

The Sept/Oct issue of the FREE bi-monthly web based magazine Underwater Photography (UwP) is now available at

This issue includes News, New products, Product reviews, Locations, Tips and Techniques, Marine life, a Book review and the Parting shot.

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

St Abbs Splash In - BSoUP members triumph


Cathy Lewis was the clear winner of the Marine Life Portrait category (and also stole the prize for Best Digital Image) with her fantastic shot of two Wolf Fish snuggling up in a crevice. Steve Bateman came in second with his close up of a flatfish half buried in the sand. The Reserve Atmospheric category was a close run thing, but Mike Clark's image of a diver approaching an Edible Crab hiding amongst Dead Men's Fingers just pipped JP Trenque's black and white image to the post. In the Most Humorous Shot category, Shaun Mitchell's Logging Bottom Time was a resounding favourite with Jane Morgan's Snake Charmer being the runner-up. Andrew Bunyan got a prize for Best Digital Beginner.

Diver by JP Trenque
Diver © JP Trenque 

Snake charmer by Jane Morgan
Snake charmer © Jane Morgan


Bill Hewitt took first place for Marine Life Portrait with his close-up of an Angler Fish, with Jason Gregory being pushed into second place with his close up of a Ballan Wrasse. In the Reserve Atmospheric category a Ballen Wrasse was popular again in, this one hiding under an overhang in Brian Jubb's wide angle shot. So popular, in fact, that it won Best Film Image too. Peter Ladell's picture of a shoal of coleys came in second for Reserve Atmospheric. There was an overwhelming winner for Most Humorous Shot for Jason Gregory's comment on the Parking Charges at St. Abbs, and Peter Ladell collected another second prize for his Party Animal. Best Film Beginner was won by Julie Forrest.

Further details.

BSoUP Forum

JP Trenque, BSoUP's Publicity Officer and the smartest diver at this year's Splash In [see Splash In people], has created a Forum for BSoUP Members to exchange their views.

Forum testing
BSoUP Splash-in
General discussions
Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai
Red Sea on Royal Evolution Photo Special 29 Nov 06
Wanted Subtronic strobes
Buying software licences
Discuss your gear !
BSoUP 40th anniversary
Buy or sell your stuff here !
Advertise your trips and look for buddies !


JP Trenque
JP Trenque
To join the BSoUP Forum all you need to do is go to OR click on the BSoUP Members Forum link on the HOME page [top right] and login with your e-mail address and a password. Currently verification that you are a member of BSoUP is done semi-automatically, so there may be a delay before you can actually use the BSoUP Forum. The delay issue is currently being resolved and in future verification should be fully automatic - the membership database has to transfered to the server for this to happen.

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