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News - October 2006

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

September 2006
November 2006
News archive

10th Open Fotosub El Hierro
Best of British Portfolio 2006
Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year - more
BSoUP at DIVE 2006
BSoUP newslettters
October BSoUP meeting

Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year
DIVE 2006 at the NEC, Birmingham
BSoUP 'in focus' latest issue now available

Members websites

BSoUP Forum - update

10th Open Fotosub El Hierro

Congratulations to BSoUP member Martin Davies who won one of the underwater categories and got first prize in the land competition at the 10th Open Fotosub El Hierro.

See for details

Martin Davies
© Martin Davies

Diver by Arthur Kingdon
© Arthur Kingdon

Cuttelfish by Arthur Kingdon
© JP Trenque

Best of British Portfolio 2006

Congratulations to Arthur Kingdon who was the clear winner of the Best of British Portfolio Competition held last night at the BSoUP meeting. There were a total of 23 portfolios submitted. The audience present at the meeting voted for their favourite three portfolios.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points
1 Arthur Kingdon 92
2 JP Trenque 32
3 Len Deeley 30
4 Charles Erb 25
5 Trevor Rees 24
6 Anthony Holley 23

Click on a photographer's name to view their portfolio

Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Congratulations to BSoUP member Alex Mustard (UK) whose image of Snappers (below) was Highly Commended in this year's Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition: Animal Behaviour: All Other Animals

Snappers- Alex Mustard
Snappers by Alex Mustard
Highly Commended in the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition Animal Behaviour: All Other Animals. Further details

Turtle hatchling - Willem Kolvoort
Turtle hatchling by Willem Kolvoort
Highly Commended in the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition Animal Behaviour: All Other Animals. Further details

Other highly commended entries.

The Natural History Museum's Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is open to the public from Saturday 21 October 2006 - Sunday 29 April 2007.

The Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine, and is sponsored by Shell.

BSoUP at DIVE 2006

BSoUP had a stand at DIVE 2006 at the NEC, Birmingham over the weekend 12-13 October. There was plenty of interest in the society as well as lots of beginners making enquiries. NUPG were represented by Paul and Lucy Kay. Martin Edge and Alex Mustard signed copies of their books - The Underwater Photographer : Digital And Traditional Techniques and the art of DIVING and adventure in the underwater world respectively.

BSoUP thanks Jane Morgan, JP Trenque, Gill McDonald, Lesley Maw, Linda Pitkin, Robert and Paula Bailey,
Charles Erb, Robert Kemp, Muna Muammar, Jane Burnett, Pete Tatton, Pete Ladell and Jean Manson who manned the stand during the weekend. Special thanks to Paula Bailey who did a sterling job selling BSoUP memberships on the Sunday.

BSoUP also thanks DIVER magazine who organised the DIVE 2006 and provided stand space for the society.

BSoUP newslettters

I was an early member of BSoUP. With a house move coming up I am having to consider clearing a lot of dive/photography related magazines, etc.

I have the IN FOCUS magazine from issue 1 to 56. However the following issues are missing - 6,7,8,11,33 and 36.

If any body within the organisation would lilke to make an offer plus postage on these 'historical' magazines I would be interested to hear from them.

Kindest regards,

Walter Deas,
11 Platypus Avenue,
Isle of Sorrento, Gold Coast,
Queensland, 4217, Australia. Tel/Fax: +61 (0)7 55 388 231

in focus no 1 - December 1983
in focus no 1 - December 1983

October BSoUP meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place at 7.30 for 8 p.m. on Wednesday 18 October at the Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington. We are trying hard to start on time given so many of our members make the effort to travel into London and need to 'escape' at a reasonable time for trains etc.

We have a fascinating evening lined up this month, offering two very diverse but equally absorbing subjects from image libraries to dangerous marine life:

Photo libraries by Matthew Ford

Matthew is the powerhouse behind Oceans-Image, an image library dedicated to underwater photographs and designed to service all levels of editorial content - from major newspapers and glossy magazines to advertising and design. Matthew has an impressive photographic pedigree having been a freelance photographer for the Times, photographer for the Daily Mail and USA Daily Mail and has been published by numerous international agencies, newspapers, magazines, design companies and corporate organisations.

The concept of Oceans-Image, like many successful projects, was roughly sketched on the

back of a beer soaked envelope between Matthew and Graeme Gourlay of Circle Publishing, publisher of Dive Magazine. Graeme brought his huge wealth of experience on one of the premier dive magazines in Europe and Matthew brought his success as an international photographer with long and robust relationships with the library/agency world. Oceans-Image was born. Check it out at

Best of British Competition

Kicking off the season of our prestigious annual portfolio competitions, the Best of British is open to paid-up members only. Each member can submit a portfolio of six images arranged in two rows of
three. All portfolios will be judged by the audience present at the meeting. The winner will receive the BSoUP Best of British Trophy and a cheque for £100 donated by Sport Diver Magazine, who
reserve the right to publish the winning portfolio. Please check the detailed rules and use the on-line Competitions entry form. Deadline for all entries is midnight, Tuesday 17 October.

Hazardous marine life by Linda Pitkin

Linda is a hugely accomplished underwater photographer and has been a popular and regular member of BSoUP for 26 years. During this time she has published four books and been awarded numerous awards in national and international competitions. She currently has an exhibition showing at the London Zoo, and there is more information about this and her photography generally on her website

Linda will describe the fascinating marine life which, if interacted with carelessly, can be harmful and/or dangerous. These range from the many commonly encountered, such as sea urchins and fire coral, to the few spectacular and rare, such as great white sharks. In addition to her own photographs, she will show several kindly lent by other photographers.

Linda Pitkin
Linda Pitkin

We hope you will be able to join us for a great evening - if not please do consider entering the competition anyway - someone has to win. gill mcdonald

Big fish - little fishes by Gavin Parsons
Big fish - little fishes © Gavin Parsons
Highly Commended in the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

Pig fish by Ross Armstrong
Pig fish © Ross Armstrong
Highly Commended in the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Congratulations to BSoUP member Gavin Parsons whose image of a Whale shark surrounded by smaller fish (top, right) taken off the Mafia Island, Tanzania, was Highly Commended in this year's Shell Wildlife Photograper of the Year competition, along with Ross Armstrong's Pig fish (bottom, right) taken at Poor Knights, New Zealand. Click on either image for further details.

Three more Highly Commended images in this prestigious annual competition will be published later this month on this website, so watch this space!

The Natural History Museum's Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is open to the public from Saturday 21 October 2006 - Sunday 29 April 2007.

The Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine, and is sponsored by Shell.

DIVE 2006 at the NEC, Birmingham

DIVE 2006. organised by DIVER magazine, takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on October 15 and 16.

A humpback whale and her calf on an epic journey, bands of hunting seasnakes, and great white sharks attacking seals - these are just a few of the scenes from one programme in the second helping of the BBC documentary Planet Earth, which started last week.

Peter Scoones, co-founder of BSoUP, played a key part in filming underwater sequences for this ground-breaking series, and he's one of several speakers at DIVE 2006 who'll be showing stunning footage from recent TV projects.

Also among the formidable line-up of guest speakers will be Monty Halls, who'll be previewing his latest series of Great Ocean Adventures with footage including killer whales in Canada, spinner dolphins in Brazil, and terrifying Humboldt squid in Mexico. And shark diver Mike Rutzen will be at the show describing filming around the world with various shark species for Animal Planet. Meanwhile, closer to home, BBC Coast presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff will be talking about her recent dives filming basking sharks off the Isle of Man and blue sharks off Cornwall.

BSoUP will have a stand at DIVE 2006. Why not drop in and say hello?

BSoUP 'in focus' Summer/Autumn issue now available

The Summer/Autumn issue of BSoUP's newsletter `in focus' is now available. It includes 'Too much measurebating can make you blind' by Alex Mustard, 'My Splash-in 2006' by Tony Baskeyfield, 'Calibration' by Martha Tressler, 'Building a photography website - Part 1' - by Jeremy Cuff, 'A whirlwind tour of the other 'down-under' by Jane Burnett, Monthly meeting reports by Andy Clark and Alison Mayor, plus Announcements, Classifieds and the usual list of BSoUP Officers 2005-6.

This is the first issue edited by Gill McDonald. Anthony Holley continues as Production Editor.

The newsletter is sent to all BSoUP members. If you would like to receive printed copies of in focus as and when they are published then why not join BSoUP today.

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Members websites

An addition has been made to the links to BSoUP members websites - new member Mike Clark.

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.

BSoUP Forum - Update

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 JP Trenque
JP Trenque
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 !

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. Verification that you are a member of BSoUP is now done automatically, so there shouldn't be a delay before you can actually use the BSoUP Forum, unless you joined very recently.

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