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Carpe Diem, Sponsors of BUIPC 2017

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O'Three - Sponsor of the BIUPC 2015 and 2016

Oyster Diving, Sponsors of BIUPC 2017

Diver Magazine - Sponsor of the Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition and the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition

DiveQuest - Sponsor of the Underwater Excellence

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Kungkungan Bay Resort

Cameras Underwater - Sponsor of the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition 2015 - 2017 and BIUPC 2015 and 2016

Deadly Oceans

Doug Allan - Freeze Frame



News - January 2007

December 2006
February 2007
News Archive

BUIF - Competition deadline fast approaching
Official launch of the NY Underwater Photo Society
Website of the Week - Lesley Boyes
January - Focus On Results
British underwtaer Image Festival
BSAC Travel Club Photographic Awards
Sea Vision UK Photo Competition
Website of the Week - Tony Baskeyfield

January BSoUP Meeting
The Underwater Images Competition
Website of the Week - Helen Atkinson
JP's images on BBC website
Model Release Form
Underwater Photography magazine
Website of the Week - Terry Arpino
Light and Water 2007 Photography Event


British Underwater Image Festival 2007

Deadline: 31 January

The deadline for entries in for the British Underwater Image Festival is drawing closer. Underwater photographers and videographers have only until 31 January to enter the Olympus-sponsored event, where winners and runners-up will be presented with more than £10,000 worth of prizes.
The British Underwater Image Festival is being held at the Go Diving! show at Birmingham's NEC on 16-18 March 2007.
The British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) co-founder Colin Doeg will be heading this years judging panels. Stills images will be judged by highly acclaimed underwater photographer Alex Mustard, DIVE's editor Simon Rogerson and DIVE's senior correspondent and award winning photographer Charles Hood. The winners and runners-up in the film categories will be chosen by the BBC Blue Planet and Planet Earth film-maker Peter Scoones, DIVE's editor Simon Rogerson and Sport Diver's editor Mark Evans.


Official launch of the New York Underwater Photo Society

The new organization will bring together underwater photographers and videographers from the tri-state area NY to share and learn about the world of underwater imagery and marine conservation.


New York Underwater Photographic Society

January 24, 2007(New York, NY): New York, a mecca of art and culture, now has an outlet for underwater photographers and videographers of all levels to share and learn about the world of underwater imagery, scuba diving, and marine conservation. During an age of increased awareness of the perilous state of our world's oceans, NYUPS will provide a forum for divers and photographers to share the beauty of the marine environment as well as the atrocities that occur in the ocean's every day.

NYUPS aims to bring together underwater photography and video enthusiasts and professionals from the tri-state area. The society will be open to novices, amateurs and pros. Even those from outside the region are welcome to become members. NYUPS provides a forum to meet new friends who share similar underwater interests. Members will participate in monthly workshops, photo and video contests and exhibitions. Meetings will take place in Manhattan, at a location TBA.

Exciting monthly featured speakers will include internationally renowned photographers, filmmakers, marine biologists, explorers, and adventurers from around the world.

"Underwater photo societies operating in other markets such as California, Florida, Texas, or Hawaii for example, have been successful in bringing together a community of like minded people who share more than an interest - they share a passion - for diving and underwater imagery. New York, with our large number of divers and underwater photographers has not had such a forum and helpuntil now", says Jason Heller, NYUPS President.

To register for more information and details on the first meeting, scheduled for mid-April, please visit the society's website at www. NYUPS.org.

Beginning in 2008, NYUPS will host annual photo expeditions to some of the world's most bio-diverse hot spots. The society will also launch an international underwater photo and video competition and festival. For more information please contact: info@nyups.org


Lesley Boyes' Home Page
Lesley Boyes' Home Page

Website of the Week - Lesley Boyes

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. Into the Blue, the website of Lesley Boyes is this week's choice.

If you are a BSoUP member and your website is not included on the BSoUP member's websites page, please send the URL of your site to the BSoUP Membership Secretary, Mike Russell. Subsequently your website will be added to the list. All we ask is that you provide a link on your website to http://www.bsoup.org


January - Focus On Results

This month's Focus On category 'Best of 2006' attracted a total of 43 entries. Congratulations to Alex Mustard and Neil Rosewarn. The first two images go forward to the final in November to compete for the Focus On Trophy.

1st. Alex Mustard - 42 pts; 2nd. Neil Rosewarn- 35 pts; 3rd. Neil Rosewarn - 33 pts


BSAC Travel Club Photographic Awards

Entries are now invited for the BSAC Travel Club Photographic Awards
This popular competition is now in its fourth year. The award, which is open to divers from all agencies, will be run as follows:

a) Open Award (Photographer of the Year 2007)
b) Newcomer's Award (Newcomer of the Year 2007)
c) Monthly Awards
d) Annual Awards

All entries must be submitted via the photographic section of the BSAC Travel Club website.

BSAC Travel Club Photographic Awards 2007


BUIF
British Underwater Image Festival

British Underwater Image Festival 2007

Deadline: 31 January

Following the success of last year's event, images are now being accepted for the British Underwater Image Festival (BUIF) organised by DIVE Magazine, which is being held on the 16-18 March 2007 at the Birmingham NEC as part of the Go Diving! show which is part of The Outdoors Show. The competition is aimed at all abilities, from professional television documentary makers to first-time photographers. Thousands of pounds worth of prizes are on offer to the winners.

Categories include Prints - Open, Digital Compact Camera images and Portfolio - and Video - Professional, Liveaboard and Amateur.

The best 50 prints from the Open Category, ten from the Portfolio Category and ten from the Digital Compact Category will be displayed on the walls outside the DIVE theatre, while six finalists in the film categories will be shown throughout the show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Full details about the BUIF can be found on DIVE magazine's website. A full set of rules is available and entry forms can be downloaded from the site.


Sea Vision UK Photo Competition

Congratulations to BSoUP members Dave Peake and Len Deeley, who won first and second place respectively in the Underwater category of the Photographic Competition organised by Sea Vision UK in conjunction with Practical Photography

Dave's winning image was taken at last year's BSoUP Splash-in in Plymouth and was one of three images short listed by the Panel of Judges for consideration as the best shot On the Day. Click on either image to view larger.

Sea Vision UK is the national on-going campaign to raise awareness of the sea and maritime sector. It is an exciting national, regional and local initiative that has already brought together over 250 organisations and associations from all aspects of UK maritime life. Click here to visit the Sea Vision UK website.

Practical Photography is one of the best-selling magazines in the UK.

Dave Peake's winning image
Dave Peake's © winning image

Len Deeley's image
Len Deeley's © image


Tony Baskeyfield's website
Tony Baskeyfields' Home Page

Website of the Week - Tony Baskeyfield

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. Plus two, the website of Tony Baskeyfield is this week's choice.

If you are a BSoUP member and your website is not included on the BSoUP member's websites page, please send the URL of your site to the BSoUP Membership Secretary, Mike Russell. Subsequently your website will be added to the list. All we ask is that you provide a link on your website to http://www.bsoup.org


January BSoUP meeting
The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday 17thJanuary 2007 at7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in The Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7.

Photo techniques: Digital Asset Management I by JP Trenque.

We kick off with our very own and very lovely JP Trenque reprising his role at the London Visions conference last November. If you have been using a digital camera for more than two weeks, you will probably already have quite a collection of images. JP has recently discovered a new method of cataloguing and storing your photos. He will share his tips on naming, ranking and keywording your picture files to allow easy storage, access and retrieval. JP has enjoyed increasing success in recent years not least of which was being voted BBC News Photographer of the Year 2005 and only last week his 'Life beneath the waves' portfolio was featured prominently on the BBC News website. Check it out yourself at www.jptrenque.com

JP Trenque
JP Trenque

Focus On Competition:

Dust off your best two 2006 shots and get entering - Deadline Tuesday 16 January, 10pm. Images in open water only, no pool shots, paid up members only can enter. Maximum width 1024 pixels, maximum height 768 pixels, file size no larger than 500kb. Please include your name in the image file name (e.g. gill_mcdonald_1.jpg). Rules. Entry form.

N. B. if you intend to enter slides that's fine but PLEASE let me or another committee member know in advance.

Main event: Digital epiphany of an old pro by John Bantin.

John is the highly experienced technical editor of Diver magazine. Following a long and successful career as a first-division photographer in UK advertising, in 1990 he transferred all his efforts to photographing and writing about the world of diving and has been doing so ever since. Recently, he finally launched himself into the digital world. His talk will describe his 'digital epiphany' - the pitfalls and challenges for an 'old pro' (his words!) on the road to abandoning film and completely embracing electronic image-gathering. Much of John's work is on www.divernet.com and his own website is at www.johnbantin.co.uk

gill mcdonald


The Underwater Images Photo and Video Competition

Underwater Images

Deadline 1 February 2007
The Underwater Images Photo and Video Competition is now accepting entries for the 2007 Contest.
Underwater Images 2007 and our gracious sponsors offer both experienced and novice photographers

and videographers the opportunity to win valuable prizes including dive trips to Papua New Guinea,Honduras, Solomon Islands, Cayman Islands, Hawaii, Indonesia, as well as underwater photography and diving equipment!

Categories include "Conservation", "Majestic", "Togetherness", "Macro(Open and Novice)", "Wide Angle (Open and Novice)", and a "Video" category.

For complete details on eligibility, rules, and entry forms in .pdf files, please visit the official competition website at www.UWIMAGES.org
If you have any questions, please contact director2007@UWIMAGES.org


Website of the Week - Helen Atkinson

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. Yellow Snapper, the website of Helen Atkinson is this week's choice.

If you are a BSoUP member and your website is not included on the BSoUP member's websites page, please send the URL of your site to the BSoUP Membership Secretary, Mike Russell. Subsequently your website will be added to the list. All we ask is that you provide a link on your website to http://www.bsoup.org

Helen Atkinson's website
Helen Atkinson's Home Page


Sunrise at Kappalai © JP Trenque
Sunrise at Kappalai © JP Trenque

JP's images on BBC website

BSoUP's Publicity Officer Jean-Philippe ('JP') Trenque, who's image of a shoal of barracuda won the BBC Photographer of the Year award in 2005, recently led an underwater photographic exhibition to Borneo.

Some of JP's images from that trip can be seen on the BBC website


Want to sell your pics?
If you intend to sell your portraits for commercial use of any kind then you need a signed model release form. The model (and quite often buildings too) has legal rights as to how and where the pictures are used.
A model release form is basically a contract that releases the model's rights to influence picture usage. It should include both the photographer's and model's names, date, fee (if any), location and a statement explaining that the model fully understands that he or she is giving up all rights to the images. If the model is under 18 years of age you'll also need the signature of a parent or legal guardian.
Brian Pitkin Linda Pitkin

You can download a Model Release Form here as an rtf file. Open it in your favourite Wordprocessor and add your own logo.


UwP 34
UwP Cover image: Joseph C. Dovala

Underwater Photography magazine

The Jan/Feb issue of the FREE bi-monthly web based magazine Underwater Photography (UwP) is now available as a pdf at www.uwpmag.com/

This issue includes News, New Products, Equipment reviews, Photo techniques, Locations 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.


Website of the Week - Terry Arpino

There are currently 64 BSoUP members with their own website. Although there are links on the BSoUP member's websites page to all of these, each week in 2007 a BSoUP member's website will be highlighted in the News. Starting alphabetically, the first website this year to be highlighted is that of BSoUP member Terry Arpino.

If you are a BSoUP member and your website is not included on the BSoUP member's websites page, please send the URL of your site to the BSoUP Membership Secretary, Mike Russell. Subsequently your website will be added to the list. All we ask is that you provide a link on your website to http://www.bsoup.org

Terry Arpino's website
Terry Arpino's Home page


Light and Water 2007 Photography Event

Light and Water 2007

The Light and Water 2007 Photography Event organised by Cameras Underwater Ltd in association with WildArena.com takes place on Saturday, 27th January 2007 at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.

Speakers already confirmed include:

Heather Angel (www.heatherangel.co.uk), a leading light in wildlife image making for over 20 years.

Mark Carwardine (www.markcarwardine.com), co-author with Douglas Adams of "Last Chance To See"

Paul Kay (www.marinewildlife.co.uk), an authority on the aquatic flora and fauna found in British waters; and


Louise Murray (www.louisemurray.com), a photo-journalist renowned for working in extreme conditions!

Full details: http://www.camerasunderwater.co.uk/


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