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News - May 2008

April 2008
June 2008
News Archive


MCS Plymouth - Charity Photographic Competition
Website of the Week - Tony White
British Splash-in Championship 2008 - Prints
BSAC Travel Club Photo Competition
MCS Good Beach Guide 2008
Martin Edge honoured by BSoUP
BSoUP's Focus On Competition - Close-up
Exquisite Nudibranchs by David Doubilet
Website of the Week - Jeremy Schomberg
Stoney Cove / Diver Splash-in Results
Byron Underwater Festival 2008 - Winners
BSoUP - next meeting
BUPG - next meeting

2008 DPG Underwater Photo and Video Festival
DIVER Photographer of the Year Competition
Website of the Week - Angus Robson
NUPG - next meeting
EMUP - next meeting
Celebrate the Sea
Planning a photographic dive in the UK?
SUBIOS Festival 2008
X-Ray Magazine - Latest issue
Underwater Photography Magazine - Latest issue
British Splash-in Championships 2008
Website of the Week - Neil Rosewarn


MCS Plymouth Local Group Charity Photo Competition
MCS Plymouth Local Group Charity Photo Competition

MCS Plymouth Local Group - Charity Photographic Competition

The MCS Plymouth Local Group is holding an open photographic competition this year, that everyone can get involved with.

The theme of the competition is, "Marine Conservation - the good, the bad and the ugly". Photos should illustrate some aspect of marine conservation - this could include beautiful coastal landscapes worth conserving, people working in conservation, marine or beach pollution or litter, marine related animal or plant species at risk... Let your imagination roam!

The competition will be judged by Peter Rowlands (underwater photographer), Neil Hope (Deputy Picture Editor, Western Morning News) and Paul Naylor (underwater photographer). The fourth judge is to be confirmed.

Closing date for the competition is Friday 18 July. For more information see the competition website: http://www.mcsplymouthlocalgroup.co.uk


Website of the Week - Tony White

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. This week's choice is 'Sea of Dreams' the webiste of BSoUP member Tony White

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

Tony White's Home page
Tony White's Home page


Jump by Trevor Rees
Last year's winner in the British Prints Competition - Advanced Category © Trevor Rees

British Splash-in Championship 2008 - Prints

The deadline for entering prints for the British Splash-in Championships 2008, organised by BSoUP in association with the National Aquarium, was last Wednesday, so its now too late to enter. But there is plenty of time to register for the Splash-in On-the-Day event in Plymouth (see Splash-in).

This year we have received a record number of Print entries. The table below, provided by Splash-in Co-ordinator - Martha Tressler, gives the numbers in each category for 2008 and 2007.

CATEGORY

2008

2007

British Non Advanced

25

27

British Advanced

18

12

Total British

43

39

 

 

Overseas Non Advanced

70

47

Overseas Advanced

25

26

Total Overseas

95

73

All of the prints will be on display at the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth from 16th June for judging by Aquarium visitors and, of course, attendees at the Splash-in on Saturday 21st May 2008.

Make a date to join us in Plymouth for a great day out, whether you dive or not. Full details: Splash-in

Big eye by Trevor Rees
Last year's winner in the Open Prints Competition
Advanced Category © Trevor Rees


BSAC Travel Club April 2008 Open Category winner - Andrey Nekrasov
BSAC Travel Club April 2008
Open Category Winner © Andrey Nekrasov

BSAC Travel Club Photo Competition April 2008

The BSAC Travel Club holds a monthly photographic competition culminating in an annual final. There are two categories Open and Newcomers.

The winner in the April 2008 Open Category was Andrey Nekrasov for an image of a turtle breathing at the surface in the Red Sea (left).

Second place went to BSoUP member Len Deeley for his image of Surgeon fish taken in the Red Sea. Third place went to BSoUP member Andy Clark for his image of a diver in a full face mask in the murky waters of the River Thames.


The winner in the April 2008 Newcomers Category was Helen Middleton with an image of Fusiliers taken in Curacao (right). Second place went to Paul Colley for an image of a Blue-spotted Ray taken in the Red Sea. Third place went to Gary Beecheno for his image of a spider crab on fire coral taken in the Red Sea.

Visit the BSAC Travel Club to view the top three images in each category and all of the past monthly competitions and year-end winners at www.bsactravelclub.co.uk/

The BSAC Travel Club websites aim is to make it the information source of choice for all travelling divers whether they are planning a short day trip or a longer group expedition. Although the BSAC is a membership-based organisation, BSAC Travel is open to everyone. They therefore welcome divers with a wide range of affiliations, qualifications and backgrounds.


BSAC Travel Club April 2008 Newcomers Category Winner - Helen Middleton
BSAC Travel Club April 2008
Newcomers Category Winner © Helen Middleton


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MCS Beach Guide regional map
MCS Beach Guide regional map.
The darker the green the cleaner the beaches in the region

MCS Good Beach Guide 2008

Record drop in Britains top beaches

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) today announced a 10% drop in the number of bathing beaches recommended for excellent water quality in its annual Good Beach Guide, compared to last year. In total, 443 (57%) UK beaches are 'MCS Recommended' this year out of 778 tested, compared to 495 last year. This is the biggest year-on-year fall in the Good Beach Guide's 21 year history.

The latest bathing water tests, conducted from May to September 2007, coincided with the wettest British summer on record.  Beaches failing the minimum legal standard more than tripled from 17 to 53, and MCS blames this drop in water quality largely on an increase in storm related pollution caused by the wet weather.

However, 443 recommended beaches is still more than double the total in the Good Beach Guide edition of 2000, which suggests that the £20 billion invested by the water industry has brought permanent benefit to Britain's beaches.

For full details visit MCS Good Beach Guide.


Martin Edge honoured by BSoUP

At last night's BSoUP meeting Martin Edge was given Honorary Membership of the Society in recognition of his outstanding contribution to underwater photography and BSoUP. Martin is one of only nine BSoUP members who have been honoured since its formation in 1967.

Martin is the author of the best seller 'The Underwater Photographer', first published in 1996, revised in 1999 and again in 2006 when it embraced digital photography. The current edition is rated by Amazon.com as one the top ten books on underwater photography (see also Books).

Martin has been a member of BSoUP since 1985 and during that time has promoted the Society to hundreds of his students, many of whom were BSoUP members or subsequently joined the Society on his recommendation. Many of Martin's students went on to win awards in BSoUP's and other national and international competitions.

Visit Martin's website to view further details of his work, courses and workshops at http://www.edgeunderwaterphotography.com/

Martin Edge - Honary member of BSoUP
Martin Edge - Honorary member of BSoUP


Fish portrait by Shannon Conway
Fish portrait © Shannon Conway

BSoUP's Focus On Competition - May 2008

Last night's Focus on competition theme was Close-up and attracted a total of 55 entries from members.

Congratulations to Shannon Conway whose Fish portrait was voted the winner.

Second place went to Neil Rosewarn for his image of a blenny and third place to Trevor Rees for his image of jewel anemones.

Top six

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Shannon Conway 51 10
2 Neil Rosewarn 34 7
3 Trevor Ress 31 4
4 Anna James 29 6
5 Steve Jones 29 5
6 Georgette Douwma 28 6

Visit the Gallery to view all six top images.

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

Blenny by Neil Rosewarn
Blenny © Neil Rosewarn


National Geographic June 2008
National Geographic June 2008

Exquisite Nudibranchs by David Doubilet

National Geographic's June issue includes a gallery of exquisite images of nudibranchs by world renowned underwater photographer David Doubilet.

All of his images are available to purchase as prints in four different sizes from US$19.95 for the smallest to US$89.95 for the largest.

Visit National Geographic's website at http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ to view the images and purchase prints.


Website of the Week - Jeremy Schomberg

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

This week's choice is BSoUP member Jeremy Schomberg. Jeremy is a freelance photographer specialising in underwater photography.

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

Jeremy Schomberg's Home page
Jeremy Schomberg's Home page


Aquatic Life - 1st by Tim Ingmire
Aquatic Life - 1st © Tim Ingmire

Stoney Cove / Diver Splash-in Results

A record number of underwater photographers took part in the Digital Photo Splash-In at Stoney Cove on April 12th this year, despite plummeting air temperatures that defied the onset of Spring and felt more like November, which was the original timing of this annual event.

A strong contingent from the East Midlands Underwater Photographers group, whose monthly meetings at Stoney Cove attract 50-70 attendees, set their shutters against several entrants from Yorkshire and other counties.

Aquatic Life
1. Tim Ingmire, Leics
2. Rob Cuss, Notts
3. Mark Weston, Yorks

Close Up
1. Tim Priest, E. Mids
2. Simon Morton, Oxon
3. Richard Constable, Beds

Wide Angle
1. Steve Bateman, Yorks
2. Tim Priest, E. Mids
3. Steve Bateman, Yorks

Close-up 1st by Tim Preist
Close-up - 1st © Tim Priest

Wide-angle 1st by Steve Bateman
Wide-angle - 1st © Steve Bateman

Tim Priest is the overall winner of this year's event, with Steve Bateman second and Tim Ingmire third.
The first prize of a Fuji - F50 Digital Camera has been awarded to Tim Priest. While a Fourth Element Arctic Set (undersuit top, leggings, socks, bag) goes to Steve Bateman and a Fourth Element Xerotherm Set (base layer top, leggings, socks, bag) goes to Tim Ingmire.

Further details: http://www.divernet.com/


Byron Underwater Festival 2008 - Winners

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

The winners of this year's competition have now been announced at www.underwaterfestival.com.au/about/winners-2008-gallery/

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.

Further details: www.underwaterfestival.com.au/

Byron Underwater Festival 2008


Martin Edge
Martin Edge

N. B. May 21st is your last opportunity to enter the British Splash-in Championships - Print competition.

BSoUP Next meeting

Next meeting: Wednesday, 21st May 2008

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday 21st May 2008 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, S. Kensington, London. Directions.

This month we have a very special evening with BSoUP member Martin Edge, one of the best known underwater photographers in the UK. See his website for examples of his work.

Martin will descibe a new lighting technique which he accidentally stumbled on whilst playing about and experimenting in Bali last October.  It's all about the positioning and placement of flashguns. Martin says 'he has never heard or seen it mentioned before and it appears to defy everything he knows about the positioning of flash guns to achieve selective lighting of a subject'.

Focus On Competition: Close-up. Members only. Please read the rules before submitting your images via the on-line entry form in the Members Forum.

Main event: My Style

Martin has recently begun to look at his own work over the last 20 years. He will tell us where he feels his work is going and the influences which have inspired and motivated him during this time.


Bristol Underwater Photography Group

Next meeting: Tuesday, 13th May 2008

The next meeting of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group takes place at 8.00 p.m. at The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (Map). Non-members are welcome.

The main speaker is BSoUP member Cathy Lewis, who won the BUPG Annual Print Trophy (for the second year running). She will give a presentation on diving the Cenote caverns in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico - considered some of the best cavern diving in the world. To include: how the Cenotes were formed, what it's like to dive them, problems associated with photographing in caverns etc.

The Monthly Photo Forum will be led by Alan James and the theme is 'Wide Angle'. Expect to see some great images from Alan, to hear how he achieved them and to discuss what makes or breaks an image that would be described as a  'wide angle'.

Further details: www.bupg.co.uk

Alan James presents the BUPG Annual Print Competition to Trophy Cathy Lewis
Alan James presents the BUPG Annual Print
Competition Trophy to Cathy Lewis


DPG U/W Photo & Video Festival Best of Show by Victor Zucker
DPG U/W Photo and Video Festival Best of Show
© Victor Zucker

2008 DivePhotoGuide Underwater Photo and Video Festival - Wakatobi

The first annual DivePhotoGuide Underwater Photo and Video Festival was held in Wakatobi, Indonesia from March 28 - April 15th. Twenty underwater photographers and videographers took part in some extraordinary diving, shooting, workshops and a photo and video competition.

The results and winning images are now available at http://www.divephotoguide.com/


DIVER Photographer of the Year Competition

DIVER magazine is looking for a "Photographer of the Year" who will represent the magazine and the UK and Ireland at this year's SanDisk Red Sea International Underwater Photography Competition in Eilat, Israel from 10-15 November.

Both amateur and professional underwater photographers are invited to enter online heats at Divernet.com, with the chance of winning a free trip to Eilat and entry to the annual competition, known for the high value of its prizes.

Similar national competitions are taking place all around the world, with their winners also feeding into the Eilat competition.

You can submit up to three digital or scanned underwater photos to Divernet per month, starting from 1 May and running through to the end of August.

The winning photographer will be flown to Israel to participate in the SanDisk Shoot-out and in a special Media category. Full details.

DIVER Magazine

SanDisk Red Sea World of Underwater Image 2007 - the book


Angus Robson's Home page
Angus Robson's Home page

Website of the Week - Angus Robson

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

This week's choice is BSoUP member Angus Robson. Gus has lived on Arran for the past thirty three years and dived for the last seventeen. He says 'The waters around Arran have their own special elements and interest, that have not waned or diminished over the years.'

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


Northern Underwater Photography Group

Next meeting: Monday, 12th May

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group takes place on 12th May at The White Barn (Hungry Horse) Cuddington (Map).

The AGM will be followed by the competition for your best shots of Scorpion fish.

Further details: www.nupg.org.uk/

Northen Underwater Photography Group


NUPG is the Northern Underwater Photography Group, created in 2000 to enable underwater photographers in the north of the UK to share their experiences and ideas. Film or digital camera users are equally welcome. Meetings are held every 2 months on Monday evenings at The White Barn in Cuddington (Map).


East Midlands Underwater Photographers

East Midlands Underwater Photographers

Next meeting: Tuesday, 13th May

The next meeting of the East Midlands Underwater Photographers group takes place onTuesday, 13th May at 7.00 p.m. in Nemos Bar at Stoney Cove Dive Centre, Leicestershire (Map).

This month there will be the ususual EMUP Competition followed by a 'Gear Lust' evening.


EMUP is a collective of underwater photographers, underwaterfilm makers, divers, non-divers and anyone interested in nature. EMUP holds eight monthly meetings (not in summer) on Tuesday evenings, roughly mid-month, at Nemos Bar, Stoney Cove Dive Centre, Leicestershire (Map).

Celebrate the Sea - Manila Ocean Park, Philippines

13th-15th June 2008

Deadline: 10th May 2008

Celebrate the Sea comprises international underwater film and photographic competitions, workshops on underwater photography, seminars of our ocean environment, children painting competitions and Shoot Out competition. 

The 2008 festival will comprise of imagery presentations and seminars by a panel of world renowned image makers and marine scientists including Peter Scoones and David Doubilet.

Send in your entries now to compete in Asia Pacific's most prestigious international underwater imagery competition where the premier prize is the conferred title of 'President, Grand Award of Highest Achievement 2008' with US$2000 as
prize money.

Celebrate the Sea
Celebrate the Sea

Further details: www.celebratethesea.oneocean.com/


Best of British Portfolio by Trevor Rees
Best of British Portfolio 2007 © Trevor Rees

Planning a photographic dive in the UK?

If you are planning a photographic dive in the UK, then you may find the the links included on our new Dive planning resources page useful.

Links included, and reproduced here, are Bed and Breakfast, Coastguard, Coastal webcams, Decompression chambers, Hotels, Pubs, RAC Route planner, RNLI, Shipping forecast, Sea state - surface temp., Sea state - wave height, Tides, Dive charters, Dive Centres and the Weather forecast.


SUBIOS Festival 2008 - Seychelles

6th - 12th October 2008

Deadline for entries: 1 June 2008

Most known for its crystal-clear waters and idyllic beaches, the islands of Seychelles boast a marine environment just as spectacular as the lush, tropical forests and huge granite boulders above it.
Learn more about this exciting national festival - including its annual photo and video competitions and reputed guest speakers by visiting http://www.subios.com/en/home/ and don't miss out on an array of special travel packages on offer for you to join the fun in Seychelles during SUBIOS 2008!

SUBIOS 2008


XRay Magazine Issue 23
Cover Image: BSoUP member Steve Jones

X-Ray Magazine - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE bi-monthly web based magazine X-Ray Magazine is now available for download at http://x-ray-mag.com/.

Issue 23 includes articles on Cornwall by BSoUP member Mark Webster, Croatia, Hammerhead sharks, Whales, Turtles, Jellyfish plus lots more.

Cover photo: Buoy, Sinai, Egypt by BSoUP member Steve Jones


Underwater Photography Magazine - UwP - Latest issue

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

Issue 42 includes News and Travel and articles on the Aquatica Canon 1DS Mk111, Subal 45anddeg; viewfinder, Olympus E3 / Nexus E3, Subal ND3 Nikon D300, Sealux CD300 Nikon D300, Heinrichs iTTL Converter, Strobes and water colour, Djibouti whale sharks, Seasons, Wakatobi, FakFak and Parting Shot

The magazine is produced by former BSoUP Chairman and current member Peter Rowlands and includes articles by BSoUP members and others. Donations are always welcome!

Underwater Photography Magazine
Underwater Photography Magazine Issue #42.
Cover Image © Alex Mustard


National Aquarium

Oonasdivers

Olympus UK

Ocean Optics

Cameras Underwater

Mike's Dive Store

Wildlife Trusts

British Splash-in Championships 2008

Closing date for print entries - 21 May 2008

The British Splash-In Championship - 2008, organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) in association with the National Marine Aquarium, will take place at the Mount Batten Centre and the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, Devon. All underwater photographers are invited to participate, whether they are members of BSoUP or not.

Closing date for print entries is 21 May 2008. Prints entered will be mounted and displayed at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth by mid June.

Oonasdivers has generously donated a fantastic one week diving holiday in the Red Sea as the grand prize in the print competition. All print entries will be eligible for this prize, which will be selected by an independent panel of judges.

Olympus UK is providing sponsorship for all of the running costs of the print competition including the print mounting (and has also donated four cameras for print and on the day category prizes).

The winner of the British and Irish Print category will receive the Ocean Optics Trophy, a £250 voucher from Ocean Optics Ltd, and a year's family membership to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

The winner of the Overseas Print category will receive the Cameras Underwater Overseas Print Trophy, a £250 voucher from Cameras Underwater, and a year's family membership to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

The winning Advanced British and Irish Print will receive the Alan James Photography Print Trophy, an Olympus SP-570 UZ camera from Olympus UK, and a year's family membership to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.


The winning Advanced Overseas Print will receive the Mike's Dive Stores Overseas Print Trophy, a £250 voucher to spend at Mike's Dive Stores, and a year's family membership to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

The winner and runner-up in each category and the winner of the grand prize will receive individual acrylic trophies.

The winner and runner-up in each category will also receive a copy of 'Sealife in focus: A memoir' by Douglas P. Wilson, an Honorary FRPS, kindly donated by his daughter Mrs Hestor Davenport.

And for those with UK images The Wildlife Trusts is looking for impressive images to help their work to protect our marine environment - with their own prize and the opportunity to see your image used in some of their publications. The winner selected by The Wildlife Trusts will receive an acrylic trophy, a year's free membership to TWT and a copy of The Unnatural History of the Sea, signed by the author, Professor Callum Roberts.

See http://www.bsoup.org/Splash/2008/intro.php for further details


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 http://www.bsoup.org

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


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