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News - October 2007

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Reefs Revealed - a new book by Alex Mustard
Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007
Website of the Week - Trevor Rees
Best of British Portfolio Competition
BSoUP's 40th Anniversary Exhibition
East Midlands Underwater Photographers
Oceans Twelve 2008 Calendar
British Underwater Image Festival 2008
Website of the Week - Peter Pritchard

October BSoUP meeting
BSoUP's 40th Anniversary Exhibition
Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition
Website of the Week - Annette Price
BSoUP's new projector
BSoUP's 40th Anniversary
Alex Mustard and his travels
Website of the Week - Linda Pitkin
BSoUP's infocus - latest issue


Reefs Reveled by Alex Mustard
Reefs Revealed by Alex Mustard

Reefs Revealed - a new book by Alex Mustard

Reefs Revealed by BSoUP member Alex Mustard was published last week. Described as a pioneering new volume of underwater photography that reveals coral reefs as never seen before... through revolutionary photography and a marine biologist's revelatory understanding. Although this is a large format picture book, Alex worked hard to accompany the photographs with well researched and original text, filled with the latest scientific research and his own observations and insights.

Reefs Revealed is published (in the UK) by Constable and Robinson and is available at all good bookshops and from Amazon (UK, USA). There are separate Australian, published by ABC Adult Books, and French editions, published by Romaine Pages Editions of the book.

The French edition,Voyage au candoeligur des récifs, won the Grand Prize for best book of underwater photographs 2007 at the World Festival Of Underwater Images, Antibes, France last week.


Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007

Congratulations to BSoUP member Graham Eaton who was the runner-up in the Animal Protraits category of this year's Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Mallard's-eye view: 'It was a cold October day', writes Graham, 'and I was diving in Llyn Padarn, north Wales, to get the local mallards used to me. I wanted a shot of one feeding under water. This one came for a look every day. One day when there was clear water and a still surface, my nosy friend swam over and I saw the shot, a frame of sunburst.'

Mallard's-eye view by Graham Eaton
© Graham Eaton/Animal Protraits/Runner-up/Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007

Mallards are dabbling ducks. They forage for insects and occasionally fish near the water's surface or up end to reach food deeper down. British mallards may live in the UK all year round, while many Icelandic and northern European birds only spend winter in the UK. While the female is brown, the male has a distinctive metallic green head, brown breast and white neck ring.

Lone shark by Alex Mustard
Lone shark © Alex Mustard/Nature in Black and White category/Highly Commended/Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007

Congratulations also to BSoUP member Alex Mustard who was highly commended in the Nature in Black and White category.

Lone shark: Alex, said 'My aim was to make the shark look small in its habitat, in this case the Caribbean. I wanted to highlight just how vulnerable they are. So I went for a very simple composition, looking down as it swam across the sand.'

The Bahamas is one of the few places where sharks have not been decimated by the shark-fin-soup trade - fins are now worth more than $700 a kilogramme. Caribbean reef sharks used to be common throughout the tropical west Atlantic Ocean, but are now only found in a few locations. This species mainly feeds on reef fish and octopus and is a fast and agile hunter.

Held annually, the competition aims to find the most stunning and original wildlife pictures taken by photographers worldwide of all ages. An exhibtiion of the winning and highly commended images opened on 26 October at the Natural History Museum in London. Further details


Website of the Week - Trevor Rees

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. Trevor Rees' 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

Trevor Rees' Home page
Trevor Rees' Home page


Trevor Rees' winning Best of British Portfolio
Trevor Rees' © winning Best of British Portfolio

Best of British Portfolio Competition

A total of 18 portfolios were submitted for last night's Best of British Portfolio Competition.

Congratulations to Trevor Rees the winner. Trevor received more first placings than Robert Bailey and won the BSoUP Trophy and a cheque for £100 kindly donated by Sport Diver Magazine.

Position Points Photographer
1 47 Trevor Rees
2 47 Robert Bailey
3 36 Len Deeley
4 34 Sally Sharrock
5 21 Dave Peake
6 20 Elaine Whiteford

BSoUP's 40th Anniversary Exhibition at DIVE 2007

BSoUP celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a special exhibition at DIVE 2007 held over the weekend 13-14th October at the NEC Birmingham.

The exhbition was the largest and most impressive that BSoUP has ever organised occupying 7 x 3 metres and comprising 27 panels of prints by members and former members, a selection of books by members, recent newletters and a slideshow providing a brief history of BSoUP 1967-2007.

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BSoUP's 40th Anniversary Exhibition
BSoUP's 40th Anniversary Exhibition at DIVE 2007


East Midlands Underwater Photographers


Nemo's Bar, Stoney Cove
Nemo's Bar, Stoney Cove

East Midlands Underwater Photographers first meeting

The inaugral meeting of the East Midlands Underwater Photographers took place last night in the Nemo's Bar at the Stoney Cove national dive centre in Leicestershire. Forty-five people attended, which as guest speaker Tony White put it, 'was a damn good test of EMUP as the weather was awful'.

'There was a good mix of people and experience and I'm sure as the numbers level out in time there will be more than enough people to make it a long-term success' said founder Robert Cuss.'Tony was an absolute star and gave a really good talk. He pitched it perfectly so that the experienced photographers got something from it, as did the newcomers'.


Oceans Twelve 2008 Calendar

Bite Back, the UK based Shark and Marine Conservation organisation, announces its limited edition (just 3000 copies) 2008 Calendar. Uniquely, the calendar features images and commentaries from twelve leading underwater photographers, including David Doubilet, Doug Perrine, Brian Skerry, Norbert Wu, Chris Fallows, Jeff Rotman, David Fleetham, Michael Aw, Tim Laman and BSoUP member Alex Mustard. The calendar costs just £10 (GBP). 

Oceans Twelve Calendar


British Underwater Image Festival 2008

British Underwater Image Festival 2008

Film and photography entries are now being accepted for the 2008 British Underwater Image Festival (BUIF). Following on from two hugely successful years, the third British Underwater Image Festival returns to the Go Diving! show at the Birmingham NEC on 14 to 16 March 2008.
More than £10,000 worth of prizes are available to the winners in each of the competition's nine categories. The finalists of the 2008 Festival will be displayed at the three-day Go Diving! show, which is part of the Outdoors Show.
To enter the festival and to find out more, go to www.divemagazine.co.uk/BUIF2008.

 


Website of the Week - Peter Pritchard

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. Peter Pritchard's 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

Peter Prtichard's Home page


October BSoUP meeting
The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 17th October 2007 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in The Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7. If you can make the meeting, please get your drinks at the bar in time to start promptly at 8.00 p.m. Directions.

Tony White
Tony White

Photographing sharks - with Tony White

Veteran BSoUP member Tony White began his photographic career with the Royal Navy shooting anything from nuclear subs to harrier jump jets. He moved on to become production manager for a large photographic lab. and then to the print industry.

However, since 1995 when he first picked up an underwater camera, his success as a professional underwater photographer has grown rapidly and taken him around the world many times. It has also brought him alongside the very best in the field. 

Tony contributes to 18 major global nature and diving magazines and his collection of awards continues to grow. In 2002, while documenting the famous 'sardine run' off South Africa he was enveloped by a bait ball and bitten by a copper shark. The incident made the international news but Tony has always stressed the hit was an accident.

In 2003, Tony steeled himself to return to one of nature's most impressive wildlife events and while working once again on capturing the wild beauty of the 'sardine run' he was simultaneously the subject of a documentary by National Geographic to record his return to the scene of his close encounter.

Tony is well qualified to give us a briefing on how to photograph sharks.

'Focus on' competition - Best of British portfolio

The annual portfolio season gets underway with the best of British. Open to members only, each submission must be a portfolio of six images arranged in two rows of three. All portfolios will be judged by the audience present. The winner will receive the BSoUP best of British trophy and a cheque for £100 generously donated by Sport Diver Magazine, who reserve the right to publish the winning portfolio. Please check the rules and entry details www.bsoup.org/Theme_Portfolios/intro.php

Shark Trust
Shark Trust

The Shark Trust - with Ali Hood

Brought up as a child in Cyprus, Ali spent much of her formative life sitting on the seabed with a lap full of rocks watching the fish go past.

That sealed her fate and she was destined to work as a marine biologist. A slight detour between school and university took her to Australia where she worked for two and a half years on the great barrier reef before settling down to do a degree and masters and the necessary amount of voluntary work before securing a job that actually paid money. After six years at the Marine Biological Association, where Ali worked with Keith Hiscock to establish the MarLIN programme, Ali took a position with the Shark Trust where she has been working for the last five years as Director of Conservation. 
 
Ali will be showing some beautiful shark images and explaining how BSoUP members can get involved in helping to save this precious and endangered creature from extinction.

Gill McDonald


BSoUP's 40th Anniversary Exhibtion

BSoUP will be mounting an exhibition to celebrate its 40th anniversary at the Dive Show organised by DIVER Magazine at the NEC in Birmingham this weekend 13/14 October 2007.

The exhibition is sponsored by DIVER magazine, who are providing exhibition space and lending their own collection of prints by BSoUP members.

In addition to the display of prints there will be a slideshow presentation featuring a brief history of BSoUP. The presentation is illustrated with images by and of members, from its formation in November 1967, by Peter Scoones and Colin Doeg, to the present day.

If you are going to the Dive Show, please visit our stand, which is 330 near the VIP lounge.

BSoUP's 40th Anniversary


Big fish - Little fish by Len Deeley/Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007
© Len Deeley/Underwater World/Highly Commended/Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007

Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition

Congratulations to BSoUP member Len Deeley who was highly commended in the Underwater World category of the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007 competition with his image of a silky shark and one of its attendent pilot fish.

Len said: "I was particularly keen to record the relationship between the accompanying pilot fish and the shark and was delighted with this profile image, which shows it most typically."

Douglas David Seifert (U.S.A.) was also highly commended in the Underwater World category for his image of a goliath grouper and accompanying silver fish lurking in a shipwreck off Jupiter, Florida.

Douglas said: "To have the unprecedented phenomenon of shoaling minnows encircling and enveloping this big fish was one of the most thrilling spectacles I have ever seen diving off the Florida coast."

Groupers feed mainly on crustaceans such as lobsters. The goliath grouper is the largest reef fish in the Atlantic, up to 2.5 metres long and weighing up to 363 kg.

Goliath grouper by Douglas David Seifert/Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007
© Douglas David Seifert/Underwater World/Highly Commended/Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007

Red-lipped blenny by Patrick Weir/Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007
© Patrick Weir/Underwater World/Highly Commended/Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007

Patrick Weir (Cayman Is.) was also highly commended in the Underwater World category for his image of the red-lipped blenny, shot on a trip to Grand Cayman in the Caribbean. True to character, it was darting around its territory, making it almost impossible for Patrick to photograph.

Held annually, the competition aims to find the most stunning and original wildlife pictures taken by photographers worldwide of all ages. An exhibtiion of the winning and highly commended images opens on 26 October at the Natural History Museum in London. Further details


Website of the Week - Annette Price

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. Annette Price's is this week's choice.

Annette is a a professional freelance photographer, photographing aquatic locations from a unique and often dramatic perspective by using diving and kayaking skills.

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

Annette Price's Home page


Canon XEE SX60 projector
Canon XEED SX60 projector

BSoUP's new projector

Thanks to the Lottery Funded 'Awards for all' the Society has purchased a new digital projector - the Canon XEED SX60. BSoUP's chairman Martha Tressler submitted the award application and committee member Pedro Vieyra researched suitable makes and models.

We hope to have the new projector calibrated and ready for use at our next meeting.


BSoUP's 40th Anniversary

BSoUP will be mounting an exhibition to celebrate its 40th anniversary at the Dive Show organised by DIVER Magazine in Birmingham on 13/14 October 2007. We'll be showing a lot of different things to illustrate what BSoUP is, who we are and some of the things that the Society and its members have done over the years.

We are planning a display of as many current BSoUP member's faces as possible just to show how many of us there are! To date (4-Oct) 78 BSoUP members have responded to our request for portraits of themselves.

BSoUP's 40th Anniversary


If you are a BSoUP members and have not already done so, please send a passport type image of yourself - minimum size 45mm or 530 pixels high and 300 dpi. Please send your image as an e-mail attachment to Brian Pitkin by Monday 8 October at the latest.


Alex Mustard
Alex Mustard

Alex Mustard and his travels

BSoUP member Alex Mustard was interviewed for the regular 'Me And My Travels' feature in last Sunday's The Observer.

Alex speaks about the fun and frustrations of travelling as an underwater photographer.

Alex is 'keen to point out that he was not named Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2005, as is erroneously stated at the end of the article, but did win two awards in that competition'.

For further details go to www.guardian.co.uk/travel/mytravels for Sep 30 2007 link).


Website of the Week - Linda Pitkin

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. Linda Pitkin's is this week's choice.

Linda is the author of four books featuring her underwater images - The Living Sea, Under Northern Seas, Coral fish and Journey under the Sea (see Books) and has contributed her images to numerous books and magazines.

She has recently started photographing British wild flowers.

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

Linda Pitkin's Home page

in focus 88

in focus 88 - Autumn 2007

Cover photo: Nudibranch by Francesco Visintin winner of the International Focus on Competition 2007

CONTENTS

Editorial by Gill McDonald, 'The Photoshop cycle' by Alex Mustard, 'Building a photography website - part 4' by Jeremy Cuff, 'Gran Canaria Photosub ' by Sam Bean, 'A journey to Koh Chang' by Joss woolf, British Splash-in Chanpionship 2007 by Martha Tressler. 'Third International Focus on', 'A-Z of sea-sickness' by Mike Russell, Forward planning, BSoUP Officers 2007.

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


BSoUP T-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts and jackets.

Jane Morgan, our Meetings Secretary, has a selection of BSoUP branded items of clothing for members to purchase. T-shirts will be available in navy blue or white with a white or blue BSoUP logo and the full name of the Society. Other items, sweatshirts and polo shirts, in navy blue with white BSoUP logo and name. Caps by special order!

Prices from £10 for T-shirts to £24.00 for jackets. You can buy yours at any of the monthly meetings of the Society or contact Jane Morgan

To order please contact

Jane Morgan

Tel: 0208 255 6939 (home)
07887 558832 (mobile)

email: jane@morganreefphotography.com

 


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