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News - April 2008

March 2008
May 2008
News Archive

Coast wants divers' ideas
Underwater Images 2008 - Competition Results
Website of the Week - Neil Rosewarn
Buy Books from Amazon via this website
Deep Indonesia 2008 - winners
BSoUP informal meeting
The Sea Magazine - Launched
Website of the week - Sheilah Openshaw
Focus on: Wrecks

April BSoUP Meeting
Alex Mustard talks at EMUP
ND30 housing review by Martin Edge
MartinEdge open day in Basildon
Byron Underwater Festival - Australia
ADEX 2008
Underwater Photography talk with Len Deeley
Stoney Cove/DIVER Digital Photo Splash-In
Website of the Week - Paul Martin

Coast wants divers' ideas

BBC2's Coast series is set to return - and wants good diving tales as possible programme subjects.

The fourth and fifth series of the popular marine programme are being made over the next year. The first will be filmed this summer, the second next spring. Ideas will, therefore, be welcomed by Coast at any time up to early 2009.
In the past, diving tales related in Coast have included diving off the Manacles in Cornwall, researching with Seasearch on Dover's chalk ledges, exploring the voluntary reserve at St Abbs, and meeting octopuses off Orkney.
Coast is now asking divers to help define which UK dive sites most deserve coverage; where to find marine life which is hard to find anywhere else in the country; what interesting new research projects are taking place; and what new dive sites have been found.
A theme which the programme would particularly like to explore is that of underwater caving, either in the UK or abroad in, say, Norway, Denmark or Brittany.

Thoughts should be addressed to Katrina Bradley

BBC's Coast Home page
BBC2's Coast Home page

uwimages - some of last year's winners
uwimages - some of last year's winners

Underwater Images 2008 Photo/Video Competition Results

The winners of the Underwater Images 2008 Photo/Video Competition have been announced at Scubafest 2008 on Saturday, April 26, 2008. A list of winners can be viewed at

Congratulatios to BSoUP member Mark Thomas from Cheshire who came third and received an honorable mention in the Wide-angle category and an honorable mention in the Divers and Marine Life category.

The 2008 Photo Gallery of winning photos will be posted on or before May 6th. To be notified of the posting, please sign up via email announcement list

Website of the Week - Neil Rosewarn

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

This week's choice is BSoUP member Neil Rosewarn, who was recently the winner of the Young Photogapher of the Year at the British Underwater Image Festival.

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

Neil Rosewarn's Home page
Neil Rosewarn's Home page

Click the Buy from Amazon button to purchase from Amazon via this website.

Buy Books from Amazon via this website

In addition to Books on Underwater Photography and Dive Guides, you can now purchase Books on Digital Photography via this website.

For each purchase you make BSoUP earns a small commission. It costs you no more and benefits the Society.

For a FREE basic guide to Digital Photgraphy - 'Shoot Digital Pics like the Pros' by Dan Fieldman logon to Click for your free copy, enter your name and e-mail address and submit. You will receive an e-mail with download instructions.

Deep Indonesia 2008 - winners

DivePhotoGuide and Wetpixel are proud to formally announce the winners of the 2008 DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition.

The competition is part of a series of international competitions under the brand Now in the third year (2nd year for DEEP specifically), the competitions have become world renowned. The competition series is associated with dive expos on opposite sides of the world, namely Our World Underwater in Chicago, USA, which is both a photo and video competition, and DEEP Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia, which is photo-only.

Deep Indonesia - Best of Show by Dale Sanders
Gold: Animal Behavior and Best of Show
© Dale Sanders, Canada

The competition series was established to offer a complementary series of categories and prizing opportunities, and this year awarded over US$80,000 In prizes. The winners alone spanned across 18 countries. For a complete list of winners visit Deep_Indonesia_2008_Winners.php

Congratulations to BSoUP member Gavin Parsons who won a bronze medal and an Ikelite DS-125 Strobe for his image of a Beluga in the Animal Portraits category.

Similan Islands
Similan Islands, Thailand

M.V. Sai Mai
M.V. Sai Mai

BSoUP informal meeting - Wednesday 23 April

A dozen BSoUP members turned out for the first of our scheduled informal meetings, including five committee members and seven ordinary members: Andy Cooper, Anthony Holley, Annette Price, Brian Pitkin, Martha Tressler, Jan Maloney, JP Trenque, John Heagney, Joss Woolf, Jonathan Hayward, Mike Maloney and Peter Scoones.

Joss Woolf and Anthony Holley brought along their laptop computers and showed images of their recent photographic trip to the Similan Islands (similan.htm) and Richelieu Rock (richelieu-rock.htm) in Thailand on M.V. Sai Mai (mv-sai-mai.html), organised by Peter Scoones.

John Heagney brought along his Nikon D200 for advice on housings.

The Sea Magazine - Launched

A new, British based magazine called The Sea was launched this month and will certainly be of interest to members both as readers and as potential contributors.

The magazine has a broad remit: covering all things marine from news, history, oceanography and wildlife to leisure, culture and commerce. Diving and marine life will also be well represented. The first issue contains an article by BSoUP member Alex Mustard.

There is also a discounted subscription rate for RNLI members (three issues for £1).


The Sea

Sheilah Openshaw
Kingsclere Photo Club's Home page

Website of the Week - Sheilah Openshaw

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

BSoUP member Sheilah Openshaw is a member of the Kingsclere Photo Club, a small, friendly, grass-roots camera club for people interested in sharing and improving their picture taking (snapshots, prints or slides) without getting too technical or competitive. There are around 18 members, of all abilities from beginners to fairly competent.

Sheilah's pages can be found at

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

Focus on - Wrecks

Congratulations to Arthur Kingdon whose image of the bow of the Carnatic won April's Focus On competition on the theme of 'Wrecks'. New BSoUP member Rick Ayrton came second with the bow of the Million Hope. Joint thirds were Neil Rosewarn and Paul Morgan, both with images of the Giannis D. There were a total of 27 entries.

See Gallery 85 to view the top six images

Position Photographer Pts Firsts
1 Arthur Kingdon 41 8
2 Rick Ayrton 39 10
3= Neil Rosewarn 27 3
3= Paul Morgan 27 3
5 Arthur Kingdon 26 3
6 Mark Thomas 23 2

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



Arthur Kingdon's Bow of the Carnatic
Bow of the Carnatic © Arthur Kingdon


Alan James
Alan James

BSoUP April Meeting - 16 April

This month we have a very special evening celebrating Alan James, one of the best known underwater photographers in the UK.
Until recently, Bristol based Alan was the face of UK Sea and Seaunderwater camera equipment. Having been involved in the industrysince the mid 1980's, his talent as an equipment specialistis matched only by his creativity underwater and his name adornsmany a BSoUP trophy among many other awards and accolades. His work is prolifically published, with an impressive numberof magazine contributions together with his book 'Beneath BritishSeas'.

After many successful years as a winning entrant in the annual BSoUP Splash-in events, Alan has decided to give someone else a chance and will this year be one of the organisers of the competition.

Alan is travelling to London this Wednesday evening with his daughter Anna, whose work won top prize at the 2007 beginners portfolio competition. Together, they have prepared a surprise evening for us. Themed 'Presentation by the AJs'.

Focuson competition: Wrecks

East Midland Photographers
Next meeting: Tuesday 11 March 2008

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

EMUP is a collective of underwater photographers, underwater film makers, divers, non-divers and anyone interested in nature.

This month there will be a presentation entitled 'Improving my underwater photography' by BSoUP member Alex Mustard.

Alex Mustard
Alex Mustard

Subal ND30 housing, by Martin Edge

Subal ND30 housing review, by Martin Edge

Renowned photographer and BSoUP member Martin Edge has writen a comprehensive review of the Subal ND30 housing for the Nikon D300 Digital SLR camera.

You can find his review on the Equipment pages, available here.

Martin Edge Underwater Photography Open Day with Ocean Optics in Basildon

26 April 2008

Martin Edge, one of the world's most respected underwater photography educators, is hosting a special open day with underwater photography equipment specialists Ocean Optics - Mavericks Diving. Martin will focus on explaining his personal thought processes - his ' Think and Consider' approach - that helps Martin and his students make superlative images. Over several presentations he will explore the pre planning that can lift a good shot into a jawdropping photograph. Martin has invited two additional presenters, both highly successful Edge students, to enhance the event.

Simon Brown is a leading underwater journalist who will explain how to make money from underwater photography.

Martin Edge
Martin Edge

John Wallis
, also an underwater photojournalist, will look at what land photography has to teach underwater photographers.

Martin'spersonal appearances are rare and pre booking is urged to avoid disappointment, as placesare limited. Reservations can be made through Ocean Optics - Mavericks Diving. The event will be held at Action Underwater Studios in Basildon, Essex, the new home to Ocean Optics - Mavericks Diving.

Ocean Optics and Mavericks Diving Ltd
Archers Fields, Burnt Mills Industrial Estate, Basildon, Essex SS13 1DL
Tel: 01268 523 786

Byron Underwater Festival

Byron Underwater Festival - Australia

30 April - 4 May 2008

The 2008 Byron Underwater Festival will be held from Wednesday the 30th of April to Sunday the 4th of May in Byron Bay, the most easterly point of the Australian mainland.

Byron Bay is one of Australia's most popular holiday destinations and everyone knows about its beautiful beaches, the great surf and famous festivals. However, not many realise what beauty lies beneath the water's surface or that Julian Rocks is one of Australia's top 10 dive sites.

The Byron Underwater Festival is aimed at everyone wanting to experience our marine environment for themselves. Participate - whether you want to learn more about it, dive it, snorkel it, kayak it andhellip; or even paint it.

Further details:

ADEX 2008

18-20 April Sundec, Singapore

Asia Dive Expo is Asia's largest and longest running exhibition for the dive industry and related businesses. Returning to Singapore in 2008, ADEX brings you 14 years of successful marketing for businesses that want to talk to the buyers and consumers that count.

Firmly established as 'THE' premier platform to do business if you are in the dive industry, Asia Dive Expo is the only true International dive show which brings together the very best in the dive industry. andraquo; read more

Adex 08

Len Deeley's Bset of British Portfolio 2007
Len Deeley's © Best of British Portfolio 2007

Underwater Photography with Len Deeley at Guildford House Gallery

2 April 2008

BSoUP member Len Deeley FRPS, DPAGB, BPE2 will be giving a free lunchtime presentation on Underwater Photography in the Brew House, Guildford House Gallery, High Street, Guildford, Surrey on 2 April 2008 at 1.00 p.m.

Further details:

Space is limited, so early booking is essential either by calling the Gallery on 01483 444742 or you can book online.

Stoney Cove/DIVER Magazine Digital Photo Splash-In

Saturday 12 April 2008
8am on the quayside

Underwater photographers of all abilities are welcome to participate in this on-the-day digital competition.

Competitors are welcome to turn up later but many of the best results in previous years have been from early starters. You can pre-register or simply turn up on the day.
The formation last October of the East Midlands Underwater Photographers group, whose monthly meetings at Stoney Cove attract 50-70 attendees, has raised expectations of the number of competitors for this year's Digital Splash-In.
There will be three categories: close-up, wide-angle and aquatic life, and the £5 entry fee covers all. Up to 3 pictures can be entered in each category. The competition is digital only and computers will be available to download images and select entries.
There will be prizes for the winners, and free hot drinks and magazines from the DIVER Magazine marquee (near the shower-block) for competitors, supporters and other divers enjoying a dip in Stoney Cove.

Further details:

Charles Erbs's winning image in 2007
Charles Erbs's © winning image in 2007

Charles Erb's runner-up image
Charles Erb's ©runner-up image 2007

Paul Martin's Home page
Paul Martin's Home page

Website of the Week - Paul Martin

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

This week's choice is 'Pictures Inc', the website of Paul Martin LIBPP.

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

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