News - November 2006
Focus On 2006 Final
Beginners Portfolio Competition
Water Vision by Mirko Zanni
Beneath Northern SulaweSea by Michael
BSoUP Member Presents Photos To Queen
'Only 50 years left' for sea fish
Belgrade Film Festival
© Arthur Kingdon
BSoUP member Arthur Kingdon who won
the Visions Print Competiton at the Visions in the Sea festival in
November 2006. His Lion fish and reflection (left) was taken on a
night snorkel off the pier at the Coral Hilton, Nuweiba. with a Nikon
D200, Aquatica housing, Nikkor 28-105mm at 31mm, twin Inon Z240
strobes. Arthur won a fantastic 10 day liveaboard trip with Odyssea Divers in
Raja Ampat, Indonesia.
Congratulations also to
BSoUP member Len
Deeley who came second and third with his images of an
oceanic white tip shark and silky shark respectively. Second and
third prizes were £250 voucher from Cameras Underwater and £250
voucher from Ocean Optics respectively.
Entries were voted on by
delegates at the festival, there were 68 entries in total.
Competition for the DIVER Trophy
Congratulation to Kam
Arya who won this year's Beginners Portfolio Competition.
Kam was presented with the DIVER Trophy and a cheque for £100 kindly
donated by DIVER Magazine.
How the top six
Lion fish © Kam Arya
Seahorse © Kam Ayra
© Jane Morgan
Photographing Red Snappers
© Steve Jones
Focus On 2006
Jane Morgan who's image of a seal pup (left)
won this year's Focus On Final. Her image of the grey seal was taken
in the Farne Islands, in the summer of 2005 with a D70 in a Sea and
Sea housing. A black and white version of the same image won the
Plongeur d'Or (1st place) in the Black and White Prints
category at the Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous Marine (see
Congratulaions also to
Jones who came
second and third! Steve's second place image of a photographer taking
a photograph of Red Snappers (left) was taken at Ras Muhammed in the
Egyptian Red Sea.
Tony Baskeyfield came fourth;
Pedro Vieyra fifth; and Gavin Parsons sixth.
There were a total of 14 images
comprising the first and second place images for each of the 7 months
in which the competition was staged. So Jane's was judged to be the
best of about 100 images.
by Mirko Zanni
Swiss born underwater
photographer Mirko Zanni dives all over the world with his girlfriend
and model Tanja Porta, and his daughter Asia. Mirko's photographic
tastes are diverse, his most favourite subjects are tiny fishes (for
which he uses his macro lens) and spectacular wide-angle shots, taken
wlth his prized 16mm fish-eye lens. His book, 'Water
Vision', won the International Prize for a Book of Underwater
Images in Antibes.
Further details www.mirkozanni.com
by Michael Aw
Michael Aw is a professional
underwater photographer and the author of 'The essential guide to
Digital Photography', 'Beneath Bunaken', 'Richest
Reefs' and 'Dreams from a Rainbow Sea'. His latest book
'Beneath North SulaweSea' is an update to "Beneath
Bunaken" published in 1993.
Further details www.michaelaw.com
The Nov/Dec issue of the FREE
bi-monthly web based magazine Underwater Photography (UwP) is now
available as a pdf at http://www.uwpmag.com/
This issue includes News, New
Products, Product reviews, Underwater Photographer profile,
Locations, Techniques, Marine Life, Underwater Photo Competitions,
Book reviews and Parting Shot.
The magazine is produced by
former BSoUP Chairman and current
BSoUP member Peter Rowlands and includes articles by
BSoUP members and others.
BSoUP Member Presents Photos To
member Alex Mustard personally presented some of his underwater
photographs to Her Majesty the Queen and HRH the Duke Of Edinburgh
during their State Visit to the Baltic Republics. Alex was asked to
represent the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and
presented Her Majesty the Queen with 'The Portfolio Book' of the
winning 2006 images, the official gift from the British Council in
Alex also had the chance to
speak to the Her Majesty the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh
about his photography. "The Queen is a keen photographer herself and
congratulated me on winning in the competition and asked me about the
challenges of taking pictures underwater. I actually spoke more about
the advantages; underwater we can move in three dimensions and
therefore can approach the subject from any direction we choose, I
told her. Imagine what land photography would be like if we could
fly. The Queen seemed to like this answer.
The Duke of Edinburgh, well
known for his patronage of the WWF, was more interested in the
species shown in the photos and where the photos were taken. I told
him that the Snapper photo (which you can see in the photo above,
left) was taken in Egypt, explaining that the Red Sea is so lush and
colourful below the waves, quite a contrast to the desert
Batfish © Linda Pitkin
'Only 50 years left' for
By Richard Black, Environment correspondent,
BBC News website
There will be virtually
nothing left to fish [or photograph] from the seas by the middle of
the century if current trends continue, according to a major
Stocks have collapsed in nearly
one-third of sea fisheries, and the rate of decline is
Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade
The 10th International
Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro takes
place from 8th to 11th December next. The organisers invite all
underwater film makers to present their film or films.
Films for the contest must be
2005 or 2006. productions, with at least 30% underwater shots in BETA
SP, DV Cam or MiniDV (PAL). Deadline for registration (for contest
participants) is 15th November.
Seal pup - © Jane
Plongeur d'Or at the World Festival of Underwater Pictures in Antibes
- BandW prints
Festival Mondial de
l'Image Sous Marine, Antibes 2006
BSoUP member Jane Morgan, who won the Plongeur
d'Or (1st place) in the Black and White Prints category at the
Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous Marine, Antibes
2006 for her image 'Seal pup'.
Her picture of the grey seal was
taken in the Farne Islands, in the summer of 2005 with a D70 in a Sea
and Sea housing.
Delighted by the award, Jane
commented that she was very pleased to see an image taken in British
waters stand-up to pictures from more exotic locations.
Congratulations also to
BSoUP's Alex Mustard who was awarded the
Plongeur d'Argent (runner-up) in the same category for his
image 'Stingrays at Sunset'.
In the Film "A" Category
(professional movie productions), Alastair Fothergill and the BBC's
Natural History Unit won the Palme d'Argent (second place)
with 'Shallow Seas', a documentary narrated by Sir David
Attenborough which will be broadcast in the UK as part of the next
Planet Earth series. The Palme d'Or was awarded to Satoshi Okabe and
NHK (Japan) for ' Equator - Rivers of the Sun'.
The BBC was further rewarded
with a prize for unusual images given to "Dive Galapagos" by
at Sunset - © Alex Mustard
Plongeur d'Argent at the World Festival of Underwater Pictures in
Antibes - BandW prints.