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News - December 2007

November 2007
January 2008
News Archive


Beneath the Sea 2008
Website of the Week - David Stephens
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
London Diving Chamber Annual Lectures
BSoUP Open Portfolio Competition 2007
BSAC Travel Club photographic competition
MCS' new website - Cool Seas
Website of the Week - Graham Smith
Ocean Geographic - Latest issue
Website of the Week - Andy Shrimpton
Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Update
X-Ray Magazine - Latest issue

Focus On Final - Update
Beginners Portfolios - Update
Whales Revenge
International Year of the Reef 2008
EMUP Next Meeting - 11 December
NUPG Next Meeting -17 December
Website of the Week - John Ruggles
LAUPS International Competition
Beneath the Sea 2008
Belgrade Film Festival
Website of the Week - Gus Robson


Beneath the Sea 2008 Worldwide Underwater Photo/Video Competition

December 31st is the last day for submitting entries to the 2008 Beneath the Sea Worldwide Underwater Photo/Video Competition

Underwater photographers, digital and film, will compete for the coveted David Doubilet award for excellence in underwater photography - the Grand Prize is a  trip for one on the M.V. Telita in Papua New Guinea

Further details: http://www.beneaththesea.org/

Beneath the Sea 2008


David Stephens' Home page

Website of the Week - David Stephens

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. David Stephens' 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


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

BSoUP wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Gill McDonald, Lesley Maw and Joss Woolf (right) Andy Cooper (who took the picture) and Linda and Brian Pitkin visited the ice rink at the Natural History Museum prior to BSoUP's very successful 40th Anniversary party last Wednesday.

Joss also found time to prepare the amazing buffet for the party, which was supplemented with an enormous carton of mince pies donated by Camareas Underwater and some bottles of wine donated by Steve Warren of Ocean Optics. Our thanks to you all!

Gill McDonald, Lesley Maw and Joss Woolf raise their glasses of mulled wine at the NHM ice rink prior to the annual BSoUP party
Gill McDonald, Lesley Maw and Joss Woolf raise their
glasses of mulled wine at the NHM ice rink prior to the
annual BSoUP party


London Diving Chamber Mike Valentine and Angelina Jolie

London Diving Chamber Annual Lectures

The London Diving Chamber is running its Annual Dive Lectures on 31st January 2008, at the Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, from 6.30pm.

The event is free but you must pre-register. All the tickets went last year within 24 hours of being announced.

Speakers are Cameraman and Director Mike Valentine (top left with Angelina Jolie) and Great Ocean Adventurer Monty Halls (bottom left).

Further details London Diving Chamber

Monty Halls

BSoUP Open Portfolio Competition 2007

Congratulations to BSoUP member Shannon Conway who won the BSoUP Trophy and a cheque for £100 donated by DIVE Magazine in last night's Open Portfolio Competition. There were a total of 23 portfolios submitted.

Position Photographer Points
1 Shannon Conway
59
2 Alex Mustard
53
3 Jane Morgan
35
4 Alan James
30
5 Arthur Kingdon
25
6 Michael Gallagher
18

Details of the portfolios will be added as they become avaialble.

BSoUP members only may view all the entries in projected order in the Competition slideshow.

Shannon Conway - winner Open Portfolio 2007
Shannon Conway © Winner Open Portfolio 2007


Eleonora Manca, Best Newcomer in this year's BSAC Travel Club Photographic competition receives her award from Tony Baskeyfield
Eleonora Manca, Best Newcomer in this year's BSAC
Travel Club Photographic competition receives her award
from Tony Baskeyfield

BSAC Travel Club photographic competition

Congratulations to BSoUP member Eleonora Manca who was voted Newcomer of the Year in the BSAC Travel Club photographic competition. Eleonora's image was fantastic black and white shot of a Southern stingray taken in the Cayman Islands.

Eleonora won a week for two on Tony Backhurst Scuba Travel's "Get Wrecked" holiday on 'Typhoon', a luxury liveaboard in the Red Sea, worth £1790.

Eleonora also came third in the Newcomer category with a cute shot of a blenny in a sponge taken in Bali, Indonesia

Congratulations also to BSoUP member Steve Jones who came second in the Open category with an image of a manta ray and diver taken in the Maldives. Further details: www.bsactravelclub.co.uk/


MCS' new website - Cool Seas

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) recently launched its spectacular new Cool Seas website, www.mcsuk.org/coolseas. The state-of-the-art website features interactive games and fun activities, beautiful images and plenty of information about UK marine wildlife, all presented in an entertaining way to appeal to a younger audience.

The website is the latest addition to the MCS Cool Seas Roadshow, which has been touring England's primary schools and public events, with life-sized marine animal models, since September 2006.

Further details: www.mcsuk.org/coolseas/home

MCS Cool Seas Home page
MCS Cool Seas Home page


Graham Smith's Home page
Graham Smith's Home page

Website of the Week - Graham Smith

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. Graham Smith'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


Ocean Geographic - Latest issue

The latest version of the free magazine Ocean Geographic - The Blue edition - 1st quarter 2008 is now available as a series of pdf downloads.

This, the third issue of Ocean Geographic, includes 'Japan is out to kill whales', 'Seas of Diversity' by Dr Carden Wallace,'The Deadliest Predator' by Dr David Suzuki, 'The Big, Bold and Beautiful - a big animal portfolio' by Amos Nachoum, 'Before I die, I really want to see a Painted Dog' by Michael AW, 'Voice for the sharks', 'Terror on the reefs of central Sulawesi', 'Nautilus Window' - a black and White portfolio by David Doubilet, 'Ocean Watch' and much more.

To subscribe and download visit www.ogsociety.org/

Ocean Geographic


Andy Shrimpton's Home page
Andy Shrimpton's Home page

Website of the Week - Andy Shrimpton

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. Andy Shrimpton'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


Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Update

Digital photography and the natural world
Narrated by Charlotte Mullins

This 20-minute podcast is now available free at www.nhm.ac.uk/wildphoto/podcast

Featuring interviews and discussions with top wildlife photographers and judges from the competition, the podcast explores how wildlife photographers have used the increasingly dominant digital medium to capture dramatic and stunning imagery of the natural world.

Next year's competition opens on 17 January 2008. Further details: www.nhm.ac.uk/

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine.

Giant beast by Felipe Barrio. Winner/Underwater world/ Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007
Giant beast © Felipe Barrio. Winner/Underwater world/
Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007


X-Ray Magazine
X-Ray Magazine - Issue 20

X-Ray Magazine - Latest issue

The latest issue of the free X-Ray Magazine can now be downloaded as standard or full screen versions. Issue 20 includes articles on Raja Ampat, White Sea in the Russian North, Dive lamps - how to choose, Osmosis explained, How to save a rebreather diver, Reports and news from DEMA and the Antibes festival, Photographing models and Shopping for the holidays.

To download visit: www.xray-mag.com/


Focus On Final - Update

For those of you who like to know about the how, when and where images were taken, all of the top Focus On Finalists' images have now been updated to include this information.

Position Photographer Points
1 Shannon Conway
49
2 Alex Mustard
45
3 Tony Baskeyfield
40
4 Bob Anthony
37
5 Alex Mustard
34
5 Richard Boutcher
34

The top six images have also been added to the Gallery.

Focus On Final - Winner: Shannon Conway
Focus On Final - Winner © Shannon Conway

Focus On Final - Third: Tony Baskeyfield
Focus On Final - Third © Tony Baskeyfield


Beginners Portfolio. Winner Anna James
Beginners Portfolio - Winner © Anna James

Beginners Portfolios - Update

For those of you who like to know about the photographers and the how, when and where their images were taken, all of the top Beginners Portfolios have now been updated to include this information.

Position Photographer Points
1 Anna James 45
2 Duncan Robins 34
3 Jason Spafford 27
4 Tamsin Eyles 24
5 Martin Bailey 23
6 Eleonora Manca 21

The portfolios have also been added to the Gallery


Whales Revenge

Whales Revenge is an ambitious campaign to gather a million signatures for a petition to the International Whaling Commission to stop whaling.

So far they have exceeded 66,000 signatures from 238 countries.

Every year thousands of precious mammals are slaughtered in the name of so-called 'scientific research'.

Add your voice by signing their petition and then forwarding it everyone you know.

Further details: Whales Revenge

Whales Revenge


Coral Cay Conservation Blue Ventures
Project Aware

International Year of the Reef 2008

The United Nations has designated 2008 as the International Year of the Reef - a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about the importance of coral reefs and the threats they face.

Three of the UK's most respected marine conservation groups - Coral Cay Conservation, Blue Ventures and Project AWARE Foundation - announced today they have joined forces to promote coral reef conservation during the International Year of the Reef 2008.

Throughout 2008 the three UK groups will announce public events and activities to promote reef conservation and motivate people to take action to protect them.

Further details: www.coralcay.org/]


EMUP Next Meeting - 11 December

The next meeting of the East Midlands Underwater Photographers (EMUP) takes place on Tuesday 11 December at 7.00 p.m. in Nemos Bar at Stoney Cove Dive Centre, Leicestershire (Map).

Mike Ward will be giving a presentation entitled 'Shooting Metal; clients and cameras in the Red Sea'.

Non-members are welcome.

East Midlands Underwater Photographers


NUPG

NUPG Next Meeting -17 December

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG) takes place on Monday 17 December at The White Barn (Hungry Horse), Forest Road, Cuddington, Cheshire (Directions and map).

In addition to the Best of 2007 Competition, there will be short talks by NUPG members. Non-members are welcome.

Further details about NUPG can be found on their website at www.nupg.org.uk


Website of the Week - John Ruggles

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. John Ruggles' 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

John Ruggles' Home page
John Ruggles' Home page


Trout by Derek Haslam
Derek Haslam

Los Angeles Underwater Photograhic Society International Competition

Congratulations to BSoUP member Derek Haslam from Northwich, Cheshire who took first, second and third place in the Green/Cold Water category.

Derek's winning shot of a trout (left) was taken at the Caernwray Dive Centre in Cumbria using a Nikon D200 using a 10.5 mm lens in a Sea and Sea housing and twin Nikon SB 105 strobes.


Congratulations also to BSoUP member Graham Eaton from Neston, Wirral who won the Behaviour category in the LAUPS 45th International Underwater Photographic Competition.

Graham's winning shot of Mallard's fighting over food (right) was taken in Llyn Padarn, North Walesusing Nikon D200 using a 12-24 mm lens in a Sea and Sea housing and twin Sea and Sea YS 110 strobes.

Click on either image to view it larger. or for full details visit www.laups.org/

Fighting Mallards by Graham Eaton
Graham Eaton


Beneath the Sea 2008

Beneath the Sea 2008 Worldwide Underwater Photo/Video Competition

December 31st is the last day for submitting entries to the 2008 Beneath the Sea Worldwide Underwater Photo/Video Competition

Underwater photographers, digital and film, will compete for the coveted David Doubilet award for excellence in underwater photography - the Grand Prize is a  trip for one on the M.V. Telita in Papua New Guinea

Further details: http://www.beneaththesea.org/


11th International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia

14 - 19 December 2007

The 11th International Underwater Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia will be honoured to present your films at the festival.

Films for the contest must be 2006 or 2007 productions, with at least 30% underwater shots and formats are BETA SP, DV Cam or MiniDV (PAL). The subject is free. Competition admission is free.

Deadline for registration (for contest participants) is November, 5th. Deadline for dispatch is 15th November.

Further information: www.kpa.co.yu

11th International Film festival, Belgrade, Serbia


Gus Robson's Home page
Gus Robson's Home page

Website of the Week - Gus Robson

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. Gus Robson's is this week's choice.

Gus has lived on Arran for the past thirty three years and dived on Arran and elsewhere for the last seventeen.

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


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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