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News - January 2008

December 2007
February 2008
News Archive


Website of the Week - John Wallis
RPS Workshop
Underwater Journal - issue #6
Website of the Week - Mark Webster
Wetpixel Quarterly - issue #2
in focus 89 - 40th Anniversary issue

Focus On - Best of 2007
Award winning u/w photo exhibition at NMMC
Under the Sea
Website of the Week - Simon Walsh
BSoUP January Meeting

EUIFA 2008
Alex Mustard interviewed by Sunday Times
EMUP Next Meeting - 15 January 2008
Website of the Week - JP Trenque
DIVERSE '08
British Underwater Image Festival 2008
Ocean Optics and Underwater Action Studios
Underwater Photography Magazine - UwP
Our World Underwater 2008
Website of the Week - Ken Sullivan


Website of the Week - John Wallis

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. John Wallis' 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 Wallis' Home page
John Wallis' Home page


Royal Photographic Society Distinctions
The Royal Photographic Society's website

The Royal Photographic Society - Distinctions Advisory Day Workshop for BSoUP members

Thinking of applying for a Royal Photographic Society Distinction (RPS)? Or would like to receive an independent critique of your work, even if you aren't intending to try for a distinction?  If so read on.
A number of BSoUP members have already obtained these awards and others see them as an interesting and challenging way of both improving and establishing the standard of their work.

The RPS award Distinctions at three levels - Licentiateship, Associateship and Fellowship. Full details at http://www.rps.org/

Licentiateship is the first level of Distinction awarded. The Licentiateship is open to all members of The Royal Photographic Society. Non-members of The RPS may also apply but if they are successful, the Distinction will not be approved until they have become Members of RPS.

The Licentiateship is awarded either for competence in practical photography, or by passing of an appropriate examination in photography recognised by The RPS.

BSoUP member Martin Davies LRPS has been in touch with the Royal Photographic Society and they are willing to run a Distinctions Advisory Day Workshop specifically for BSoUP members at a venue in London (possibly the Holland Club, Imperial College) on a Saturday or Sunday. There would be a charge of about £25-£35 for the one day workshop. If you are interested in participating in a Distinctions Advisory Day Workshop later this year then please e-mail Brian Pitkin and include 'RPS Workshop' in the subject.


Underwater Journal - issue #6

The January issue of the FREE bi-monthly web based magazine is now available as a pdf download at www.underwaterjournal.com/

Issue 6 includes Editor's Page - Diving The Dark Side, Gear Locker, Dark Magic - Kona,
Hawaii, Pikeblenny Safari, Rise of the Machines - A primer on rebreathers, Superior Wrecks, Ocean Acidification and Corals and Manatees.

Underwater Journal is edited by Walt Stearns.

Underwater Journal
Underwater Journal. Cover image: A newly identified species
of pelagic fish called a Brotulotaenia by Matthew J D'Avella


Mark Webster's Home page
Mark Webster's Home page

Website of the Week - Mark Webster

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. Mark Webster's is this week's choice.

An exhibition of Mark's work is currently on show at the Falmouth Art Gallery and runs until until 23 February.

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


Wetpixel Quarterly - issue #2

Wetpixel Quarterly is an extension of Wetpixel.com, the premiere online community for underwater photographers and videographers.

Last night at the BSoUP meeting Alex Mustard (Associate Editor) very kindly gave me a copy of issue #2. It is a stunning underwater photographic magazine.

This issue includes a tribute to James Watt and a photographic cross section of Wetpixel's Staff as well as an article by Alex on Corals and Climate.

Wetpixel Quarterly
wetpixel Quaterly

As well as celebrating the beauty of the deep, Wetpixel Quarterly provides a forum for a necessary dialog on marine conservation among photographers, researchers, conservationists, and the general public.

Wetpixel Quarterly is printed in landscape orientation (see image above right) using 50% recycled materials. A one-year subscription to Wetpixel Quarterly costs US$45 per year (U.S.A.) or US$75 per year (International). Generous discounts are offered for two and three year subscriptions. You can subscribe online at http://www.wetpixelquarterly.com/subscribe/


in focus 89 - 4oth Anniversary issue
in focus 89 - 40th Anniversary issue

in focus 89 - 40th Anniversary issue

The latest issue of BSoUP's magazine 'in focus' is winging its way to all members. Issue 89 is a bumper sized 40th Anniversary special with 64 pages (including cover) packed full of articles about the past and present as a tribute to some of the many people who have been involved with BSoUP over the years.

Gill McDonald (General Editor) and Anthony Holley (Production Editor) are to be congragulated on producing such a fine tribute. Gill in particular worked long and hard over the last three months to bring so much together in what surely is the best issue yet! Our sincere thanks!

Full details of the contents can viewed on the Newsletter page.


Focus On - January 2008 Competition - Best of 2007

There were a total of 43 images submitted in BSoUP's first Focus On Competition in 2008 in the category 'Best of 2007'.

Congratulations to the winner, Alex Mustard, who's seahorse image was voted by the audience present as the best in the category.

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1st Alex Mustard 29 3
2nd Paul Morgan 27 5
3rd Andy Cooper 24 5
4th Steve Jones 22 2
5th= Duncan Robins 16 4
5th= Jane Morgan 16 4
5th= Neil Rosewarn 16 4
8th Simon Brown 16 2

As you can see, this was a very closely fought competition with three images receiving 16 points, including four firsts for 5th= place.

This year your Committee has decided that there will not be a final as previously. The reasons for this are (1) that it is very difficult to judge images in often radically different categories, (2) the October meeting at which the final is normally held has in the past been too busy and (3) we are hoping to get sponsorship for a prize each month.

See also Gallery for top seven images.

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

Seahorse by Alex Mustard - Winner - Focus On - Best of 2007
Seahorse © Alex Mustard
Winner - Focus On - Best of 2007

Porcelain crab by Paul Morgan. Runner-up - Focus On - Best of 2007
Porcelain crab on an anemone © Paul Morgan
Runner-up - Focus On - Best of 2007


National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Award winning underwater photographic exhibition at National Maritime Museum Cornwall

As part of its soon to be opened Under the Sea exhibition (see below), the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth is celebrating the work of three award winning underwater photographers.

From 28 January, BSoUP members Alex Mustard, winner and highly commended in several categories in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competitions, JP Trenque, winner of the BBC News

Photographer of the Year 2006 and Chair of the British Society of Underwater Photographers and Mark Webster, silver and bronze winner at the CMAS World Championships, will have a number of their award winning images displayed within the new major exhibition showing man's exploits under the sea.

Milly Newman, Exhibition Developer says: "This element of the Under the Sea exhibition gives our visitors the very thing they can't experience unless they dive. Capturing our marine life on camera is such a skill and the images we have on display wonderfully illustrate the range of colours, the

Diving from a yacht in Sardinia by Alex Mustard
Diving from a yacht in Sardinia © Alex Mustard

Diver in Farnes by JP Trenque
Diver in Farnes © JP Trenque


richness of our wildlife and the leisure element of our seas. The images we have are breathtaking, captured by highly recognised, award winning, members of the British Society of Underwater Photographers and offer a unique fish eye view of the world in our seas."

Talking about his work, Mark Webster says: "Having lived in Cornwall for over 30 years, it's a real privilege to have my work on display in Cornwall's Maritime Museum. As a well established photo-journalist, I've seen a lot of incredible events at sea and there is one image within the exhibition that instantly takes me right back to when it was

taken. A basking shark was trapped in a gill net in Mounts Bay and the memory of photographing, rescuing and reviving this incredible creature will stay with me always and I hope visitors to this exhibition are as moved by my work as I have been taking the shots."

Alongside the images are objects chronologically charting the development of underwater photography. Discover the Calypsophot, developed for Jacques Cousteau's underwater research group which featured in the Bond thriller Thunderball, and admire an early Rolleiflex camera from 1951.

Far from static, new photography will feature from
June, further showcasing the talent of some of the UK's finest underwater photographers.

Manatee by Mark Webster
Manatee © Mark Webster


See the existing photographic talents, the history of underwater photography and the new Under the Sea exhibition, celebrating man's exploits in our oceans, from Monday 28 January.

Tamsin Loveless, NMMC


Under the Sea, a new year-long exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall
Under the Sea, a new year-long exhibition
at the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall

Under the Sea - A new year-long exhibition at the National Martime Museum Cornwall

Opens 28 January 2008

The National Maritime Museum of Cornwall opens a new year-long exhibition entitled 'Under the Sea' on 28 January 2008.

Diving deep into a world of shipwrecks, free diving, submarines, sport and commercial diving, physiology, underwater warfare and photography, this new exhibition promises you an experience under the water without getting wet.

An underwater exhibition isn't complete without recognition of the greatest pioneer of sport diving. Jacques Cousteau, a huge icon in the diving world, is celebrated through film footage and objects for his studies of the sea and the life within it.


Images by BSoUP members and others will be displayed in the exhibitiion (see above).
The sea is still a relatively unexplored domain. Discover the history, the people, the inventions and riches of the deep with this year-long exhibition. Further details: www.nmmc.co.uk/


Website of the Week - Simon Walsh

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. 'Images of Dominca' featuring the work of Simon Walsh and Arun Madisetti 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

Simon Walsh's Home page
Images of Dominca Home page


DIVE Magazine Home page
DIVE Magazine Home page

BSoUP January Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday 16th January 2008 at7.30 for 8.00 p.m. inThe Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7. Directions.

Photo techniques - Shooting at high ISO with Simon Rogerson

Two for the price of one - a 'technical' talk on high ISO photography and at the same time a 'location' talk on diving in Shetland. Shetland's waters have the best average visibility in Britain, but even they get dark because of the surface plankton (and birdshit). Simon will use images from his recent visit to Shetland to show how ISO freedom has opened up new possibilities for UK photography, and at the

same time offer a bit of advice for anyone who might want to go there. He will also reveal his tips for the five 'best viz' UK locations. In his own words: 'I am the editor of DIVE, and a regular contributor to the Sunday Times, BBC Wildlife and the Independent, among others. I took up underwater photography on my first dives in 1991, using my sister's Minolta Weathermatic [the film wind-on used to stick below 5m, so you had to swim up the the surface every time you wanted to wind onto the next frame - deco-tastic]'


I flooded my first Nikonos by using it to bash a titan triggerfish at Sipadan. Currently use a D200 in an Aquatica housing with Subtronic strobes. I live in Berkshire and I recently published my first book, DIVE Red Sea The Ultimate Guide (see Sponsors, right), published by Ultimate Sports and co-written with John McIntyre.

Focus on Competition - Your best shots of 2007

Get your two best shots of 2007 in to the competition as soon as possible for your chance to win the BSoUP January 'Focus on'. Rules and Entry form.

Focus on winning shot 2007 by Shannon Conway Focus on runner-up 2007 by Tony Baskeyfield
Focus on winning shot 2007
© Shannon Conway
Focus on runner-up 2007 © Tony Baskeyfield
Tony White

Diving the Delta with Tony White

Tony will report on a recent adventure to the Okavango Delta in Botswana, famous for its winding channels filled with Nile crocodiles, hippos and tigerfish.

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's website : www.seaofdreams.co.uk

Gill McDonald


4th Eastern Mediterranean International Underwater Film and Photography Festival

March 20 - 22, 2008

This festival takes place in the Eastern Mediterranean University halls, Northern Cyprus and includes underwater photography and film competitions, film shows, photography demonstrations and a children's drawing competition.

If you will not be able to attend, you may send your competition films or photographs before 10 March 2008.

Further details at www.emu.edu.tr/underwaterfestival

EUIIFA


Walking Shark by Alex Mustard
Walking Shark © Alex Mustard

Alex Mustard interviewed by Sunday Times

Last weekend, in an interview with Sue Fox for the Sunday Times, BSoUP member Dr Alex Mustard, an award-winning marine biologist and one of the most innovative underwater photographers in the world, recalls his remarkable encounter with a family of walking sharks in West Papua.

These nocturnal sharks have fins different from any other shark's andmdash; so unusual that they can walk across the sea bed on them.

Read the article at women.timesonline.co.uk/


EMUP Next Meeting - 15 January 2008

The next meeting of the East Midlands Underwater Photographers (EMUP) takes place on Tuesday 15 January at 7.00 p.m. in Nemos Bar at Stoney Cove Dive Centre, Leicestershire (Map).

BSoUP's Chairman JP Trenque will be giving two presentations - one on underwater photography in the UK and the other on his September trip to Scapa Flow with his wife Jane to dive the WWI wrecks of the German High Seas Fleet scuttled on 21 July 1919. Non-members are welcome.

JP Trenque
JP Trenque
Basking shark by JP Trenque
Basking shark © JP Trenque

 


JP Trenque's Home page
JP Trenque's Home page

Website of the Week - JP Trenque

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. JP Trenque's is this week's choice.

JP is BSoUP's new Chairman. He is well known to those who attend meetings or enter competitions as he designed the online entry system on BSoUP's website and presents the competitions entries each month. He also set up the Members Forum on the website.

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


DIVERSE '08

The third annual conference of the BSAC South East Region takes place on Sunday 10 February at the University of Kingston, Surrey.

Speakers include Graham Pettett, Rex Cowan, Jason Strickland, Martin Dean, Alex Diamond, India-Juliet Crew, Dr Oliver Firth, Marcus Greatwood and Jeff Cornish.

Win fantastic prizes in the free prize draw including a full set of equipment worth over £1000 kindly donated by ScubaPro Uwatec and a digital camera and underwater housing worth £450 kindly donated by Cameras Underwater.

Cost is just £7.00.

Full details at www.bsac-se.org.uk/diverse/

DiverSE


British Underwater Image Festival 2008

British Underwater Image Festival 2008

Deadline: 31 January 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. Prize sponsors include Suunto, PADI, Mares and Apeks. The finalists of the 2008 Festival will be displayed at the three-day Go Diving! show, which is part of the Outdoors Show (www.theoutdoorsshow.co.uk).
The festival will showcase a range of winning still images and films from a variety of abilities, from first-time photographers to professional television documentary makers. A presentation of prizes and trophies will be held at the festival on Saturday 15 March, followed by a champagne reception.

Leading underwater film-maker Peter Scoones, DIVE editor Simon Rogerson, British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) co-founder Colin Doeg and award-winning photographers and BSoUP members Alex Mustard and Charles Hood will be among judges.
To enter the festival and to find out more, go to www.divemagazine.co.uk/BUIF2008.


Ocean Optics and Underwater Action Studios

Ocean Optics, the London based specialists in underwater photography equipment, has announced a tie in with Action Underwater Studios, the Essex located movie tank.

Action Underwater Studios is a purpose designed studio complex for filming both in water and underwater sequences. The main tank offers 6 metres of water in which to work.

Ocean Optics will be offering clients the opportunity to practice their own underwater photography at monthly sessions during 2008 and is also promising special teach in's at Action Underwater Studios. Award winning commercial photographer Zac Macauley is planning a model shoot to take Ocean Optics clients behind the scenes of shooting glamour portfolios under the water.

Maria Munn of 'Ocean Visions' will be hosting underwater compact photography courses in conjunction with Ocean Optics at Action Underwater Studios in the new year.

There are also plans for specialist freediver training to help underwater photographers extend their breath hold times for working with shy animals such as manatees and whales. All diving equipment, including tanks and weights, is available at the studio. There are individual changing rooms and showers and parking on site.

Further details Ocean Optics

Zac Macauley's National Lottery image of Kelly Brook
© Zac Macauley's National Lottery image of Kelly Brook


UwP issue 40
UwP issue 40 - Cover shot by Alex Kirkbride

Underwater Photography Magazine - UwP

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

Issue 40 includes News and Travel, New Products, Nikon iTTL, Olympus E 330, Compact flash, Characters, Behind the shot, Portraits, Nemo 33, Mentangale, Mozambique, El Hierro, Gelatinous feast, Book reviews and Parting Shots.

The magazine is produced by former BSoUP Chairman and current member Peter Rowlands and includes articles by BSoUP members and others.


Our World Underwater 2008

Deadline: 13 January 2008

Popular websites Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide.com have teamed up again in association with Our World Underwater to celebrate the beauty and delicacy of the marine environment with the announcement of the 3rd annual, international underwater photography and video competition. The competition has become the "Superbowl" of international underwater imagery competitions, with world-class prizes, celebrity judges, and the opportunity to have your images showcased to the world as some of the planet's best.
Over $50,000 in prizes!

Full details www.underwatercompetition.com/owu08.php

Underwater Competition.com

Our World Underwater - Best of Show 2007 by Jose Alejandro Alvarez
Our World Underwater - Best of Show 2007
© Jose Alejandro Alvarez


Ken Sullivan's Home page
Ken Sullivan's Home page

Website of the Week - Ken Sullivan

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. Ken Sullivan'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


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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