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News - October 2008

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year - 2008 AfricanDiver.com - a new FREE web magazine
The Atlantis Underwater Photography Festival
Website of the Week - Ian Hampson
19th NELOS International Underwater Festival
The worlds first photo competition on Shark Images
Underwater Journal - Issue 9
Website of the Week - Jim Garland
Cover Shots - Update
Copyright by Simon Brown
SUBIOS - Pedro Vieyra wins public vote
BSoUP Best of British Portfolio Competition
Birmingham Dive Show - DIVE 2008
X-Ray magazine - Latest Issue

Website of the Week - Lisa Gabrielle
BSoUP October Meeting
BSoUP Members Presenting at DEMA
Website of the Week - Mike Flavell
Exposure with Martin Edge
NUPG Next Meeting
BUPG Next Meeting
World Festival of Underwater Pictures - Antibes
NCUPS Annual SEA International Competition
EMUP - Next Meeting
Epson to sponsor the Red Sea Competition
Website of the Week - Tamsin Eyles



First Encounter by Brian Skerry

First Encounter © Brian Skerry / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008

Nikon D2x + 10.5mm f2.8 lens; 1/80 sec at f6.3; Subal housing.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year - 2008

The Underwater World - Winner

Brian Skerry (U.S.A.)

'Swimming along the ocean bottom with a 14-metre long, 70-tonne whale', says Brian, 'was the single most incredible animal encounter I have ever had'. It was probably memorable for the southern right whale, too, which became fascinated by Brian's dive buddy. The picture was taken some 22 metres down off the Auckland Islands, far south of New Zealand, and emphasises the sheer bulk and scale of  the animal - seldom obvious from the ocean surface. Brian had travelled to these remote and stormy islands specifically to photograph the population of right whales that feeds in the cold water around them. Almost certainly the right whales had never encountered humans under water, and were as curious about the divers as the divers were about them.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year - 2008

The Underwater World - Runner Up

Brian Skerry (U.S.A.)

A blue cod takes a stroll on its fins through an otherworldly garden of vibrant soft corals and starfish. The soft corals are sea pens - usually found at considerable depths. But here they are growing in the shallow waters of Long Sound Marine Reserve in New Zealand's Fiordland, where tannin-stained surface water blocks out sunlight, 'tricking' deep-water animals such as sea pens into settling at shallower depths. Careful use of flash has brought them to light, their arms outspread to filter micro-organisms from the sea.

Underworld by Brian Skerry

Underworld © Brian Skerry / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008

Nikon D2x + 16mm lens; 1/8 sec at f13; ISO 200; Subal housing; two Hartenberger strobes on 1/4 power.

Sailfish sprinter by Amos Nachoum

Sailfish sprinter © Amos Nachoum / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III; 1/200 sec at f4; ISO 125; Seacam housing

Wildlife Photographer of the Year - 2008

The Underwater World - Highly Commended

Amos Nachoum (U.S.A.)

With a rapier bill and the nose of a jet, the sailfish is reputedly the fastest fish in the ocean, and as a celebrity fish, it is much sought after by game fishermen. The sport-fishing industry off Cancun, Mexico, is big business, but it now has an enforced catch-and-release policy. Amos hitched a ride on a game-fishing boat to shoot the champion sea sprinter hunting sardines. 'I was completely overwhelmed by the sailfish's abilities,' he says, 'its sheer beauty, grace and power'. He adds, 'When I showed the game fishermen my images, they were full of awe and gained new respect for the sailfish - and for the catch-and-release policy'.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year - 2008

The Underwater World - Highly Commended

Noam Kortler (Israel)

Fish that cruise past the Moses Rock, off the coast of Eilat, Israel, get a quick clean - whether they want one or not. 'A little cleaner fish will dart out and pick off a couple of parasites,' says Noam. Most big reef fish, though, make a point of turning up at the cleaning station for a daily grooming session, which can last several minutes. The cleaner fish advertises its identity and its services with its black-striped livery and a special jerky swim. But lurking in the background can be an impostor: a species that masquerades as a cleaner  but snatches bits of scale instead of parasites. Here, a dazzlingly colourful bullethead parrotfish holds its mouth open so a cleaner can peck inside for titbits. Queues can form as reef fish wait their turn.


Colourful business by Noam Kortler

Colourful business © Noam Kortler / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008

Nikon D2x + Nikon 105mm f2.8G VR micro lens; 1/125 sec at f13; ISO 100; Seacam housing; two Ikelite DS125 strobes


Sea of life by Brian Skerry

Sea of life © Brian Skerry / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008

Nikon D2x + 16mm lens; 1/8 sec at f13; ISO 200; Subal housing; two Hartenberger strobes on 1/4 power.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year - 2008

The Underwater World - Highly Commended

Brian Skerry (U.S.A.)

A red pigfish moves through a school of blue maomao in a swirl of energy and colour. 'This is how I imagine the oceans may have looked hundreds of years ago - before overfishing depleted stocks,' says Brian. The picture was taken at the Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, east of New Zealand's North Island, where he had gone specifically to take pictures to celebrate the abundance of healthy marine ecosystems. The creation of reserves here has revealed how resilient the ocean can be if given time.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine. For further details of this prestigious event please visit www.nhm.ac.uk. The 2008 exhibition is open at the Natural History Museum from 31 October to 26 April 2009.


AfricanDiver.com - a new FREE web magazine

AfricanDiver.com launched a new FREE to download web magazine in September last, but has only just come to our attention.

The magazine, edited by Cormac McCreesh, as one would expect from the title, focuses on all types of diving in Africa.

The first issue includes articles on Whale shark strandings, Landers Reef off Rocky Bay, the southern Red Sea, the 9th Sodwana photo shoot out and the amazing Sardine Run.

To download your copy visit www.africandiver.com/

African Diver
African Diver.com

 


The Atlantis Underwater Photography Festival
The Atlantis Underwater Photography Festival


The Atlantis Underwater Photography Festival - The Philippines

This Thursday evening - 30th October!

BSoUP Members Len Deeley, Maria Munn and Keith Lyall will be making presentations at this Thursday's Atlantis U/W Photography Festival, which is being hosted by Paul O'Toole, of Atlantis Divers, at Kings College. Waterloo Campus, London SE1 9NH at 19:00 for 19:30, until approximately 21:30.

Len Deeley will present his lyrical 'Critters of the Indo-Pacific' audio visual show which will introduce you tomany of the fascinating animals that make Dumagueteand Puerto Galera such a rewarding destination forexperienced and beginning underwater photographer'salike.

Maria Munn will be sharing her tipsand showing you how you can achievestunning results with compact cameras. Recently awarded a Distinction fromThe Royal Photographic Society, Maria'stheme is "Shoot like a Pro Underwaterwith a Compact Camera" appealing toa broad spectrum of novice through toprofessional photographers alike.

Keith Lyal will present "A Photographer
in the Philippines", a personal view of his diving and
photographic experiences with Atlantis diving in the
resort of Puerto Galera.

Len Deeley
Len Deeley
Maria Munn
Maria Munn

Keith Lyall
Keith Lyal

The Atlantis Underwater Photography Festival
The Atlantis Underwater Photography Festival


Website of the Week - Ian Hampson

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

Ian Hampson is this week's choice. Ian from Luton, Bedford has included a puzzle on his Home page. You can rearrange the tiles to make a complete image.

Visit Ian's website at www.fisheye-view.com/

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.

Ian Hampson' Home page

NELOS
NELOS Festival

19th NELOS International Underwater Festival

Deadline for entries : 1st November.

The 19th NELOS International Underwater Photo and Video Festival takes place at the Metropolis, Antwerpen, Belgium over the weekend of 29th-30th November 2008.

The competition is open to all national and international photographers. Professionals may not enter. The official languages of the festival are Netherlands and English.

For further deatils visit www.nelosfilmfestival.be/


The worlds first photo competition on Shark Images

Deadline: 31st October 2008

Entries are invited for the world's first photo competition on Shark Images.

Prizes with a total value of around 20.000,- EUR. There are three categories and the first three in each will be awarded a prize.

Unusually for a competition there is the option to offer the pictures for sale after the competition through one of the prestigious image agencies.

SharkImages
SharkImages


Underwater Journal
Underwater Journal Issue 9
Cover image by Doug Ebersole

Underwater Journal - Issue 9 available to download

The latest issue of the FREE web magazine Underwater Journal is now available for download.

Issue 9 includes articles on 'Reconnecting with the simple pleasures of diving for the fun of it', 'Aquatica's latest addition, the AD700 housing for Nikon's new D700 camera', 'Zeagle's new BCDs', 'Diving the British slave ship wreck Henrietta Marie', 'Caribbean monk seal', 'Goliath Groupers', 'Blackbeard's Cruises', 'Zeagle's N2ition 2-gas Nitrox Dive Computer', 'Uwatec's Galileo Sol computer' and a review of Marc Shargel's new book 'Wonders of the Sea'.

To download Underwater Journal visit www.uwjournal.com/


 

Website of the Week - Jim Garland

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

Wreckshot, the website of Jim and Heather Garland, is this week's choice. Wreckshot was formed in 2007 by Jim and Heather. Their goal is to provide the best quality stock photography at the most affordable prices.

Visit Jim's website at www.wreckshot.com/

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.

Jim Garland's website
Jim Garland's Home page


Simon Brown - DIVER, USA, March 2008
Simon Brown - DIVER,
USA, March 2008
Simon Brown - Octopus, Russia 2007
Simon Brown - Octopus, Russia 2007

Cover Shots - Update

In August and again last month we invited BSoUP Members to submit their cover shots for inclusion on this website. Simon Brown kindly responded and his recent cover shots have been added to the Cover Shots pages for 2006 and 2007, along with Alex Mustard's cover shot from the November 2008 issue of DIVE.

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.


Copyright by Simon Brown

At last night's BSoUP meeting, Simon Brown gave a very informative presentation on copyright prior to the Best of British Portfolio Competition (see below).

Simon has very kindly provided a pdf version of his presentation which is available for download at www.bsoup.org/Articles/copyright.pdf. The file is about 4.25Mb in size but doesn't take long to download if you have a broadband connection.

Following the Competition, Charles Hood gave a multi-topic presentation entitled 'Anything but sea-slugs' which he illustrated with some very impressive images.

Copyright
Copyright © Simon Brown


Great white shark - Pedro Vieyra
Great white shark © Pedro Vieyra

SUBIOS - Pedro Vieyra wins public vote

Congratulations to BSoUP Member Pedro Vieyra who won the public vote for his image of a Great White Shark at the SUBIOS Festival in Mahé in Seychelles.

Pedro's image (left) was taken in Guadeloupe island off the coast of Mexico in the Pacific in September. Shot from a submersible cage at 15 metres using a Nikon D200 with a Tokina 10-17 lens and twin Inon Z240s, set to shutter priority at 1/125 sec.

The annual SUBIOS Festival took place between 6-12th October. To learn more about the event visit www.subios.com/


BSoUP Best of British Portfolio Competition

Congratulations to Trevor Rees whose portfolio won the prestigious BSoUP Best of Brtish Portfolio Competition by a mile. Ruuner up was Robert Bailey and third place went to Arthur Kingdon.

Trevor was presented with the BSoUP Best of British Portfolio, an individual trophy and a cheques for £100 kindly donated by Sport Diver Magazine.

For further details about Trevor's winning portfolio visit Best of British.

Best of British Portfolio - Trevor Rees
Best of British Portfolio © Trevor Rees

Best of British portfolio - Robert Bailey
Best of British portfolio © Robert Bailey

There were a total of 21 portfolios entered. This is how the top six scored.
Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Trevor Rees
115
29
2 Robert Bailey
55
7
3 Arthur Kingdon
31
5
4 David Stephens
24
1
5 Tom Forwood
16
3
6 Anna James
16
2

The top six portfolios may be viewed in the Gallery.

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


Birmingham Dive Show - DIVE 2008

1-2 November 2008

NEC, Birmingham

The British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP), which celebrated its 40th Anniversary at last year's DIVE show with a special exhibition sponsored by DIVER magazine, are offering one-to-one informal tuition on its stand at this year's show. Visitors to the show are invited to bring one or two images on a USB stick or CF card to the BSoUP stand (No. 1755) for advice and tips on improving their underwater photography. The tuition will complement, not replace, the popular Digital Clinic being run by Alex Mustard and Saed Rashid.

See www.diveshows.co.uk/ for further details

Dive_2008_banner

Birmingham Dive Show
DIVE 2008


X-Ray Magazine
X-Ray Magazine. Cover Image by Kurt Amsler

X-Ray magazine - Latest Issue

The latest issue of the FREE magazine is now available for download at www.xray-mag.com/.

Issue #26 includes articles on the Caribbean Islands by Steve Jones, Bangaram Island by Charles Stirung, Conservation by Arnold Weisz, Thetis Is,, British Columbia by Barb Roy and Night Photography by Kurt Amsler.


Website of the Week - Lisa Gabrielle

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

Dive into Life is the website of Lisa Gabrielle is this week's choice. Lisa lives in Pembroke and as a SCUBA instructor has travelled the world. She is pasionate about underwater photography in her home county and has a second website specialising in images of Pembrokeshire.

Visit Lisa's website at www.diveintolife.com/

Lisa Gabrielle's Home page
Lisa Gabrielle's Home page


Simon Brown
Duck © Simon Brown

BSoUP October Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday 15th October 2008 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, S. Kensington, London. Directions.

Copyright issues by Simon Brown

Copyright, or the little© symbol, is often used but what exactly does copyright mean to the photographer? What is an 'orphan work' and how does that affect you? What is copyright worth? What can you do with it and why do others want to take copyright to your images in all but name and offer little or nothing in exchange?


Simon's talk at BSOUP this month will explain just what is copyright, how copyright protects a photographers' work and why a 'license' is required for anyone to reproduce or use your image. Copyright is an extremely valuable asset and Simon will also discuss how copyright can be surrendered in all but name to others with little or no reward in return, as well as offer a few tips and tricks to help keep your work clearly marked as yours and identify exactly who owns the 'rights' to an image.' To learn more about Simon visit his website at www.simonbrownimages.com

Best of British Portfolio. Members only! Please read the Rules before submitting your entry via the Online Entry Form.

Charles Hoods' website
Charles Hoods' website

Shooting the big stuff by Charles Hood

Charles Hood is Technical editor of DIVE magazine and a long-standing member of BSoUP. Based in the west country Charles is a regular contibutor to DIVE writing about kit and his numerous overseas assignments. In 2003 he published a seminal guide to diving in his home county entitled '100 Best Dives in Cornwall'.

This month Charles will be talking about photographing the larger marine subjects and showing some of his stunning images. To learn more about Charles visit his website at www.charleshood.com


DEMA Show
DEMA Show website

BSoUP Members Presenting at DEMA

Both Peter Rowlands and Alex Mustard have been invited to give seminars at the Image Resource Center at the Diving Equipment Manufacturers Association (DEMA) show in Las Vegas. Other speakers include Berkley White, Andy Sallmon, Stephen Frink and Eric Cheng (see www.demashow.com/Image-Resouce-Center-Seminar-Schedule.html).

The DEMA show is the diving industries biggest trade event and each year attracts over 10,000 dive professionals from around the world. This year's show takes place over the period 22-25 October. For further details of the show please visit www.demashow.com/


Website of the Week - Mike Flavell

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

Mike Flavell is this week's choice. Mike has been diving on and off since 1992, particularly in Dorset and Indonesia. His early shots were taken with a Sony DSC-P9 Digital Camera which was housed in a MPK-P9 housing, although he currently uses a Nikon D70 SLR in an Ikelite housing.

Visit Mike's website at www.mikeflavell.co.uk/

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.

Mike Flavell's website
Mike Flavell's website


Martin Edge
Martin Edge talks about macro photography
on the Underwater Channel

Exposure with Martin Edge and the underwater channel

World famous underwater photographer, author and mentor Martin Edge presents the first in a series of master classes on photography for the underwater channel called Exposure.

This month Martin, an honorary member of BSoUP, kicks off with macro photography.

To watch the video go to www.theunderwaterchannel.tv


Northern Underwater Photography Group next meeting

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG) takes place on Monday 6th October at The Blue Cap, Chester Road, Sandiway CW8 2DN (map).

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, contact the club secretary.

For further details about NUPG please visit http://www.nupg.org.uk/

Northern Underwater Photography Group Home page
Northern Underwater Photography Group Home page


Bristol Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Underwater Photography Group Home page

Bristol Underwater Photography Group next meeting

The next meeting of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group Next meeting takes place on Tuesday 14th October at 20.00 hrs at the The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map).

Monthly Competition - Available Light
Philippines Presentation - Paul O'Toole 
Portfolio Competition - Best of British
Foto Forum - Symbiosis - TBC

For further details about BUPG and its activities please visit www.bupg.co.uk/


World Festival of Underwater Pictures - Antibes

29 October - 2 November 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: www.underwater-festival.com/

Worlf Festival of Underwater Pictures - Antibes


NCUPS logo
Bob Comer Award of Excellence
Bob Comer Award of Excellence

NCUPS Annual SEA International Competition

Deadline: 10 Ocotober, 2008

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society has announced its annual SEA International Competition and Bob Comer Award of Excellence. The Bob Commer award consists of a beautiful handcrafted glass trophy and a $500 (USD) prize, awarded to the SEA Best of Show in addition to a selected prize from the prize list! All media; digital still, print and video, are eligible. The competition is open to amateur photographers and videographers from around the world. All media; digital still, print and video, are eligible, but this year 35mm slide film has been excluded.

The SEA 2008 underwater photographic competition will issue awards for the best work in categories including Macro, Wide Angle, Underwater California and Marine Conservation; a traditional Print category; Preative categories in print and digital, and a Video category.

For further details and to enter visit www.ncups.org/sea.html


East Midlands Underwater Photographers next meeting

After a summer break, the first meeting of our second season of the East Midlands Underwater Photographers will be on Tuesday 7th October at Nemos Bar, Stoney Cove. Please arrive at 7:30 for a 7:45 start.
Photo technique: Depth of Field - Andy Toman
Competition: Topside photographs (preferably applicable to underwater photography)
The main event: Above and below water - John Wallis. For more info on John's work check out http://www.jwphotographic.smugmug.com/
Competition: To complement John's main talk the competition theme will be Topside photographs. Competition entries should be sent to comp@emup.org.uk by Sunday 5th October

EMUP's website
EMUP's website


EPSON Red Sae U/W Underwater Photographic Competition
EPSON Red Sea U/W Underwater Photographic 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$

"As an environmentally aware company, who would like to take part in the community life, It was very easy for us to "get in touch" with the Red Sea event", said 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".
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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

This year the Epson Red Sea event will be divided into two main categories: "Images of the world" where you can stay home and send in your competition images that were shot anytime and anywhere in the world. Deadline for registration and receipt of your "Images of the world" entries: October 15, 2008.

As a preview for the Eilat shoot out, 11 preliminary online competitions were held in 11 countries worldwide. Winners of the online competitions 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.

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): Fwww.eilatredsea.com. For Registration click here. For Accommodation click here


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 http://www.teup.co.uk/

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.


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