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News - September 2008

August 2008
October 2008
News Archive

Epson to sponsor the Red Sea Competition
Planet Earth online launches today
Website of the Week - Tamsin Eyles
Wild Wonders of Europe - Mission Merou
Alex Mustard reviews the Nikon D3 and Subal ND3 housing
Cover Shots - Update
Charlie Brown's WWII medals recovered
Website of the Week - Charles Erb
Focus-On September
Website of the week - Martin Edge
BSoUP September Meeting
Website of the Week - Graham Eaton

Steve Jones at Photokina, Cologne
LAUPS Annual International U/W Competition
Antibes World Festival of Underwater Pictures
VODAN 2008 International U/W Photo Contest
Linda Pitkin's Blue shark on BBC TV
World in Focus competition
BUPG - Next Meeting
Eilat Red Sea 'World of Underwater Images 2008'
X-Ray Magazine - Latest issue
Underwater Photography (UwP) - Latest issue
NUPG - Next Meeting
The Underwater Channel TV
Website of the Week - Matthew Doggett

Epson Red Sea U/W Competition
Epson Red Sea U/W Competition

Epson to sponsor the Red Sea Competition

Epson, leading manufacturers of printers and imaging products, will be sponsoring the next "Red Sea 2008 underwater photography competition", held in Eilat , Israel. Valued prizes for this year are over 80,000$
First prize alone has a value of 25,000$, 10,000$ check, courtesy of Epson, and 3 weeks diving safari for two to Papua new Guinea .  

Images of the world

As a preview for the Eilat shoot out, 11 preliminary online competitions were held in 11 countries worldwide. Winners of the online competition are invited to participate at the Epson Red Sea event, courtesy of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.

Winners will also participate in a special category: "winning and donating" (prize of 5,000$), a donation for a special shark preservation project.

"As an environmentally aware company, who would like to take part in the community life, It was very much easy for us to "get in touch" with the Red Sea event", says Oren Fleisher from Epson. "Taking in mind the colorful scenery, the action sport and the joy of viewing the photos - the link to Epson almost seems natural". This year Epson Red sea event will be divided into two main categories: "Images of the world" which you can stay home and send in your competition images that were shot any time anywhere in the world. Deadline for registration and receiving "Images of the world" entries: October 15, 2008

Eilat shoot out

The second category: "Eilat shoot out", which will take place during the 3 days of the competition in Eilat, and photos will be marked and submitted at the end of each day - straight to the judge's computers. "Epson Red Sea 2008" will be held in Eilat , Israel , November 10-15 2008. For more information, regarding the rules and regulations, schedule, enrolment and hospitality - please check the competitions website (available in 9 different languages): For Registration click here. For Accommodation click here

Planet Earth online launching Monday  29 September 2008
Interested in the latest environmental research on issues such as biodiversity, the origins of life,  climate change, coastal erosion, pollution and flooding? The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is launching an online news service, Planet Earth online. This is a web version of their award-winning free magazine, Planet Earth. Updated daily, it will provide cutting-edge environmental research news from UK scientists. The reports and features, will come from the UK's leading universities and environmental research centres, including for example the British Geological Survey, the British Antarctic Survey, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the National Oceanography Centre,  the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and of course the Natural History Museum.

For further details please visit

NERC Planet Earth website
NERC Planet Earth Website

Tamsin Eyles' Home page
Tamsin Eyles' Home page

Website of the Week - Tamsin Eyles

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

Tamsin Eyles is this week's choice. Tamsin is also a member of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group.

Visit Tamsin's website 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.

Wild Wonders of Europe - Mission Merou

BSoUP member Linda Pitkin has recently returned from her first Wild Wonders of Europe mission to photograph Dusky Grouper (Epinephelus marginatus) and other underwater wildlife in the Lavezzi Islands, Corsica.

Linda spent a week on the live-aboard 'Galiote' based at the uninhabited Lavezzi Islands which lie between Corsica and Sardinia.

Her blog of the trip has just been posted on the Wild Wonders of Europe website at

Dusky Grouper by Brian Pitkin
Dusky Grouper © Brian Pitkin. Nikon D80, 20mm lens
two Sea and Sea YS90s 125th @ f5.6

The Subal ND3 setup for macro with the 105mm, twin INON Z240 strobes and Fisheye FIX light for focusing
Subal ND3 setup for macro with the 105mm, twin INON Z240 strobes
and Fisheye FIX light for focusing

Alex Mustard reviews the Nikon D3 and Subal ND3 housing

On his recent trips across the pond to British Columbia and Guadalupe BSoUP member Alex Mustard was loaned a Nikon D3 and a Subal ND3.

Alex reviews the combination and concludes that the D3 takes excellent macro and wide angle underwater photos.

Alex said 'I love the D3's screen (also on the D700 and D300).  I miss the Tokina! I also miss the D3, now it is returned. FX is great and easy to adapt to. However, the advantages of FX in Nikon's current range really depend on what you like to photograph and where. Of course, buying a D3 might just change what you like to photograph! Its capabilities in low light will change your approach to photography in these conditions. This makes it a very exciting underwater camera.'

To read Alex's review and see some of his stunning images click here.

Cover Shots - Update

Last month we invited BSoUP members to submit their cover shots for inclusion on this website. Elaine Whiteford and Gareth Millson both kindly responded and their cover shots have been added to the Cover Shots page.

If you are a BSoUP Member and have had one or more of your images published on the front cover of any other magazine than DIVE and DIVER, then please send a jpg image of the cover 300 pixels wide. Please name the file:- FirstName_Surname_Magazine_Month_Year.jpg and attach it to an e-mail to Brian Pitkin

It is hoped that the new Cover Shots pages will increase both your's and BSoUP's profile.

Elaine Whiteford's cover shot in THE SEA August 2008
Elaine Whiteford's cover shot of a Seal
Gareth Millson's cover shot in DIVER October 2008
Gareth Millson's cover shot of a Whale Shark

JP Trenque
BSoUP's Chairman JP Trenque

BSoUP's Chairman recovers Charlie Brown's WWII medals from Thames

WWII veteran Charlie Brown was taking part in a cruise organised by the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships when his WWII medals fell out of his pocket into the murky waters of the Thames whilst he was being transfered to the cruise vessel at Teddington over a week ago.

BSoUP's Chairman JP Trenque, who is also a volunteer member of the Teddington Lifeboat Crew, dived in the river last Saturday to try and find the lost medals. And guess what, he succeeded!

Charlie was delighted to be re-united with his medals.

For further details, including interviews with Charlie and JP, see the ITN News report at

Website of the Week - Charles Erb

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. the website of Charles Erb is this week's choice.

Visit Charles' website 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.

Charles Erb's Home page
Charles Erb's Home page

1st - - Pedro Vieyra
1st © Pedro Vieyra

Focus On - September 2008 - Movement

The competition theme this month was slightly unusual and members were asked to capture Movement underwater.

Congratulations to Pedro Vieyra who won this month's Focus On members competition with an image of lemon sharks taken in the Bahamas. Gareth Millson came second with a whale shark in the middle of a school of silversides taken in Sharm and JP Trenque came third with a school of Bohar snapper also taken in Sharm. There were a total of 27 entries.

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Pedro Vieyra 53 12
2 Gareth Millson 33 8
3 JP Trenque 22 4
4 Georgette Douwma 18 2
5 Anthony Holley 16 3
6 Tamsin Eyles 14 1

The first 6 images can be seen in the gallery.

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

2nd - - Gareth Millson
2nd © Gareth Millson

Website of the Week - Martin Edge

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

Martin Edge's website is this week's choice. An honorary life member of BSoUP, Martin is one of the leading underwater photographers and educators in this country. His book, The Underwater Photographer is in its third edition and remains a reference in our field. Martin organises regular courses and trips overseas.

Visit Martin's website 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.

Martin Edge's Home page
Martin Edge 's Home page


Peter Scoones
Peter Scoones

Next BSoUP Meeting

The next meeting of BSoUP takes place on Wednesday 17th September at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, S. Kensington, London. Directions.

Photo techniques: Dome Ports 2 by Peter Scoones.

A co-founder of BSoUP Peter Scoones is probably best known for his stunning underwater film and video sequences in the block-busting BBC series 'Life on Earth', 'Blue Planet' and 'Life in the Freezer' amongst many others. Peter was making his own dome ports back in the 1960's and is certainly more than qualified to impart some of his vast storehouse of knowledge.

Focus On: Movement

Members only. Rules and Entry form


Main Event: Shooting Professionally / Creatively Underwater to brief and budget by Zac Macauley.

Zac is one of the UK's foremost professional underwater photographers, shooting for over 20 years both in the open water and in film tanks. He works with advertising, design and creative agencies all over the world both under the water and in normally aspirated envronments.

A highly qualified diver with the all important HSE qualification, he is an artist first, who uses the medium of water.

Zac also shoots people and lifestyle with the same creativity and input of his underwater tank work but without an artificial air supply.

As the title of the talk suggests Zac will be showing some of his extensive range of commissioned images and reveal how he took them.

To see further examples of Zac's work, visit his website at

Kelly Brook by Zac Macauley
National Lottery image of Kelly Brook
by Zac Macauley

Website of the Week - Graham Eaton

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

'Eaton Photography', the website of Graham Eaton, is this week's choice. Graham was a winner of the Behaviour category in the Los Angeles Underwater Photography Competition and a runner-up in the Animal Portrait category of the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition last year. In addition to underwater shots, Graham, who comes from Neston, Wirral, also shoots wildlife above the tide-line.

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.

Graham Eaton's Home page
Graham Eaton's Home page


Underwater Imaging world at photkina
Underwater Imaging World

Steve Jones at Photokina, Cologne

23-28th September, 2008

BSoUP member Steve Jones is one of the "Stars" that will welcome you at the "Underwater Imaging World" at photokina in Cologne. A special stage will be the site of daily presentations by prominent international experts, who will share their underwater photography know-how and give you useful insider tips. You'll also be able to enjoy fascinating talks and breathtaking films and photo shows. Here you'll also have an opportunity to try out cameras under realistic conditions in a special basin.

For further details about photokina visit

For further information about Steve visit his website at

LAUPS 46th Annual International
Underwater Photographic Competition

Deadline: 19th September 2008

The Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society announces the 46th Annual International Underwater Photographic Competition. This year the oldest and one of the largest contests of its kind offers seven categories, five still and two video which amateur photographers may enter. Prizes include live-aboard/land-based vacations, diving/photo equipment, and much more.

For further details and to enter visit

Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society
Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society

Worlf Festival of Underwater Pictures - Antibes
World Festival of Underwater Pictures

World Festival of Underwater Pictures - Antibes

Deadline: 15th September, 2008

The 35th World Festival of Underwater Pictures will be held in Antibes and#150; Juan-les-Pins and#150; France, at the Convention Centre from October 29th to November 2nd 2008.

During the Festival, the competitorsand#146; films, slides and slides-show will be screened into three rooms (Spondylia room: 300 seats; Merry Ferrer room: 100 seats; and a tent with a capacity of 600 seats). A thousand square metres will be reserved for exhibitors. The main hall of the Convention Centre will host magazines, the exhibition of works in competition (still photographs)... and the bar of the Festival.

Further details:

VODAN 2008 open for submissions!

Deadline 10th September 2008

International underwater photo contest VODAN 2008 is now open! Photographers are invited to compete for awards in several underwater photo categories, and for overall Grand Prix award. Key dates for VODAN 2008 contest:

all entries should be received by organizer by: 10th of Sepemtber, 2008

jury session: 13th of September, 2008

closing ceremony and proclamation of results: 25th of October, 2008.

International underwater photo contest VODAN 2008

Blue shark, USA: California by Linda Pitkin
Blue shark, USA: California, Catalina Is. © Linda Pitkin

Linda Pitkin's Blue shark on BBC TV

A stunning image of a Blue shark by BSoUP member Linda Pitkin was used full frame on BBC TV's 'The One Show' last night. The image was taken taken in Catalina Is. off California, USA. and used to illustrate one of the shark species found in British waters in an item by Miranda Krestkovnikoff, one of the show's team of wildlife presenters.

To see more of Linda's images visit her website at

World in Focus competition

The annual contest of the National Geographic Traveler and Photo District News Magazines are open to both amateurs and professionals. The deadline has been extended from August 31st to September 8th - although there is a late fee.

The National Geographics Traveler contest is for amateurs and the Photo District News is for professionals. There are some great prizes to be won. Winning images will be featured in the January/February 2009 edition of National Geographic Traveler, and displayed at the World in Focus Gallery Exhibit at PhotoPlus Expo October 23-25, 2008, in New York. All winning images will also be featured on the World in Focus Contest website, and the National Geographic Traveler website. For further deails and to enter visit

World in Focus
World in Focus

Bristol Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Underwater Photography Group Home page

Arthur Kingdon
Arthur Kingdon

Bristol Underwater Photography Group - Next Meeting

The next of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group (BUPG) takes place on Tursday 9th September at 20.00 hrs at the The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map).

The Photo Forum theme is 'Available Light' and this will be led by Arthur Kingdon.

The monthly competition theme is 'Abstract'. Send your digital files to Bob Anthony). Unsure about entering? Even if you don't feel you have any winners, send some in to benefit from the audience feedback - it's an ideal way to learn.

With the Portfolio season upon us, Arthur Kingdon will run a Portfolio Workshop. He will cover: how to select images for a portfolio, how to resize images and how to assemble a portfolio using both PowerPoint and Photoshop. Send in any portfolios you want help with or bring them along on the night. For further details about BUPG visit their website at

Eilat Red Sea 'World of Underwater Images 2008'

The 4th Annual International competition's main events will take place at Isrotel Yam Suf Hotel, located at Eilat's Coral Beach, close to the Underwater Nature Reserve and Observatory between 10-15th November, 2008

Eilat shoot-out - digital images and video clips

The competition is open to all photographers, amateurs and professionals alike. All images and video clips have to be taken in Eilat between 11-13th 2008. There is a separate category for beginners and some great prizes to be won!

Images of the World - prints and digital images

In addition to entering the shoot-out in Eilat, underwater photographers from all over the world are invited to send their prints and digital images to the "Images of the World" category. Deadline for receiving entries is October 15th, 2008. There are five sub-categories and some great prizes to be won in each!
The competition's prizes for this year has reached the total amount of 80,000$.

For further details and to enter visit


SanDisk 2008

San Disk 2007 Book
Last year's book of SanDisk Red Sea images

North Sea Film Festival

North Sea Film Festival
North Sea Film Festival

North Sea Film Festival - The Hague, Netherlands

Entry deadline is September 15th!

The second North Sea Film festival takes place at the Haque, Netherlands from 7-9th Novemeber. The festival is open to all filmmakers looking for a platform to show their films to a larger audience in the Netherlands. Filmmakers are at the base of every festival, you are important to us, so we don't do entry fees!  The organization will try to facilitate the visits of participating filmmakers as much as possible.

The festival programme is expected to be published in October.

For further details and to register your entry visit

X-Ray Magazine - Latest issue

The September issue of the FREE web magazine X-Ray is now available to download at

Issue 25 includes the usual Editorial, News, Equipment and Books and Media plus articles on South Africa, The Baltic, Indonesia and cave-diving in Budapest, plus hard hat diving, buying a rebreather and camera maintenance and repair.

The X-ray Mag network consists of experienced international dive editors and underwater photographers with a proven track record.

X-Ray Magazine Issue 25
X-Ray Magazine Issue 25

UwP Issue 44
UwP 44 - Cover by Brooke Mayo

Underwater Photography (UwP) - Latest issue

The September/Ocotober issue of the the FREE web magazine Underwater Photography (Uw) is now available to downland at

Issue 44 includes an Editorial, News and Travel, New Products, Nikon D3 Aquatica by Charles Hood, 3 into 2 by Mark Webster, Reefmote control by Tim Rock, Sony SR8/Ikelite by Karin Brussaard, Olympus E420 by Rob Spray, Dogs underwater by Brooke Mayo, Behind the shot by Martin Edge, Brothers in Arms by Mark Webster, Marion Reef by Nigel Marsh and Parting Shot by Simon Brown and Nigel Marsh. 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!

Northern Underwater Photography Group - Next Meeting

After its summer recess, NUPG restart their monthly meetings this month. Meet at 19.30 on Monday 8th September. All are invited to bring 5 images to show and discuss.

The venue for NUPG meetings is The Blue Cap, Chester Road, Sandiway, CW8 2DN (see map). The pub is on the A556, four miles from Oulton Park Racecourse and twelve miles from Chester.

Please make sure you arrive at the NUPG meetings by 19:30 (preferably just before), this will assist those who have to travel long distances. Any queries, please contact the club secretary Tel. 01606 889042 or e-mail:

To learn more about NUPG visit their website at

NUPG Home page
NUPG Home page

The Underwater Channel TV
The Underwater Channel TV

New - Free to watch TV Channel

The Underwater Channel TV - New

The Underwater Channel. TV is a new free to watch TV channel available globally on your computer and launching on the worldwide web on lst September, 2008. It is fuelled by the passion of divers and dedicated to exploring the mysteries and the marvels of the underwater world. The Underwater Channel (UWC) is free to watch and on demand. It features: A monthly original program called Splash! which is presented by the seven Faces of UWC. The Faces are well known divers including BSoUP member Alex Mustard

To view visit

The Underwater Channel TV also has a complimentary website with blogs and forums, program information, background info to Faces and U/W competitions.

Website of the Week - Matt Doggett

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

'Earth in focus ' the website of Adam Seward, Matthew Doggett and Richard Facey 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.

Matt Doggett.s Home page
Matt Doggett's Home page

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