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News - November 2008

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October 2008
December 2008
News Archive

November BSoUP Meeting
BSoUP's Beginners Portfolio Competition
Epson Red Sea World of Underwater Images
Underwater Photography Magazine - latest issue at DEMA
Website of the week - Anthony Holley

Gift ideas
BSoUP at DIVE 2008
BSoUP/RPS Distinctions Workshop
Eurotek 2008
Website of the Week - Mark and Eugenie Hardy

November BSoUP meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 19th November 2008 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, S. Kensington, London. Directions.

Technical Talk: Strobe colour temperature: implications in the digital age by Alex Mustard.

Annual Event: Beginners Portfolio Competition for the DIVER Trophy. Rules and Guidance and Entry form. (See also below)

Main Event: Moving out of the comfort zone by Alex Mustard.

N. B. The AGM has been rescheduled for 17th December.

Alex Mustard
Alex Mustard

Anna James' winning portfolio in 2007
© Anna James' winning portfolio in 2007

Anna James
© Anna James - self portrait

BSoUP's Beginners Portfolio Competition

The Annual Beginners Portfolio Competion will be held at the next meeting of BSoUP on Wednesday 19th November. The competition is open to members and non-members alike, provided that they have not come first, second or third in a national or international competition, such as BSoUP's Open and Beginners Portfolio Competitions, BSoUP or St Abbs Splash-Ins, Image, U/W Photographer of the Year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Marine Conservation Society etc.

Eachphotographer must submit a portfolio of six images. Digital portfolios may be submittedonline using the CompetitonsEntry form by10pm on 18th November.

Please read the Rules and Guidance notes before entering.

All portfolios will be judged by the audience present at the meeting. The winner will receive the DIVER Trophy and a cheque for £100 donated by DIVER Magazine, who reserve the right to publish the winning portfolios.

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

Epson Red Sea World of Underwater Images

Our friends at as well as the organisers of the event are covering the Epson Red Sea World of Underwater Images Competition in Eliat with video clips, daily reports and images.

The "Eilat shoot out" started this week and runs through until Saturday, when an outstanding $80,000 worth of prizes will be presented to the winners in several categories.

Nigel Wade who won the DIVER competiton to take part in this year's event is representing the magazine and the UK and Ireland. The entries for that DIVER competition may be viewed at and you can view more of Nigel's images at

Visit and to view coverage of the event.

For more information, regarding the rules and regulations, schedule, enrolment and hospitality - please check the competitions website (available in 9 different languages):

Epson Red Sea U/W Photo Competition

UWP 45. Cover Photo by Alex Tyrrel
UWP 45. Cover Photo by Alex Tyrrel

Underwater Photography Magazine - latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Underwater Photography Magazine (UWP) is now available for download.

Issue 45 includes an Editorial, News and Travel, New Products, Olympus Mju770, Cheap pole-cam, Patima Canon G9, Sony A350 and BS Kinetics, Wetpixel review, King of Prussia, Great White, Chalkidiki, Bimini magic, East Kalimantan, School's out, Coding a vessel and Parting Shots.

To download your copy visit at DEMA

Attention armchair divers! With a little help from your computer and a high-speed internet connection, it's possible to slip beneath the waves anytime, anywhere - without even having to get wet!

The Underwater Channel (UWC) is founded by Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Nicholas Claxton and powered by Babelgum. UWC's latest program is:

Our DEMA Special! From Las Vegas! DEMA is the world's biggest trade show attended by around 10,000 industry professionals. Julie Anderson (US Face of the Channel) and equipment specialist Steve Barsky meet some of the key figures of the dive world and bring you the newest dive gadgets, gear and gizmos! Join them in this 3 part voyage of dive discovery!

The Underwater Channel also hosts a wide range of professionally produced documentaries from underwater film makers covering natural history, marine conservation, expeditions, creature encounters, scuba adventures and everything in between!

Anthony Hollley's website
Anthony Hollley's website

Website of the week - Anthony Holley

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

This week's choice is Anthony Holley's Nudibranchs website. Anthony was introduced to nudibranchs when he started taking macro pictures back in 1985. His site includes some of the hundreds of nudibranchs he has seen and photographed in over 3,200 hours of diving in over twenty countries.

To visit Anthony's Nudibranchs go to

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.

Gift ideas

Prints make ideal gifts. Why not buy one from a BSoUP Member this Christmas?

We invited members to send in a couple of images as a sample. Several responded and their images are reproduced on this website at Prints.

Alternatively, visit our Online shop for books or photographic and diving equipment or check out the Amazon Carousel at the foot of this page. Every purchase made via Amazon from this site earns a small commission for BSoUP.

Green Turtle by Linda Pitkin
Green Turtle © Linda Pitkin

BSoUP Chairman at DIVE 2008
BSoUP Chairman, JP Trenque (centre) at DIVE 2008
Image © Anthony Holley

BSoUP at DIVE 2008

BSoUP's stand at DIVE 2008 as usual attracted a lot of interest with an excellent display of member's work. For the first time the society offered one-to-one advice and tuition to visitors. JP Trenque, Chairman (centre left), was among those who demononstrated techniques.

BSoUP is grateful to Anthony Holley, Bob Bailey, Gill McDonald, Jane Burnett, JP Trenque, Joss Woolf, Len Deeley, Martha Tressler, Nigel Hollinsgworth, Paula Bailey, Peter Ladell, Robert Cuss, Mike and Jan Maloney and Trevor Rees who helped man the stand over the weekend.

BSoUP/RPS Distinctions Workshop

BSoUP have organised a Royal Photographic Society Distinctions Workshop for this Sunday 9th November in Camden Town.

Although the event was initially oversubscribed, a number of members have had to drop out for various reasons. There are now just two places for members available on a first come first served basis. E-mail now if you are interested.

The Workshop will be lead by Jack Jackson FRPS, FRGS

The RPS award Distinctions at three levels - Licentiateship, Associateship and Fellowship. Full details at

Royal Photographic Society Distinctions
The Royal Photgraphic Society's website

Eurotek 2008

EuroTek 2008

Organised by divers for divers, the EuroTek.08 Conference and Dive Exhibition will offer unique insights into the world of advanced diving by encouraging a better understanding of emerging technologies.

Staged at the Birmingham ICC (International Convention Centre), in the United Kingdom on the weekend of the 15th and 16th November 2008, EuroTek.08 promises to be a highlight event on the European dive industry calendar. There are both still and film competitions.

For further details visit

Website of the Week - Mark and Eugenie Hardy

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

Boogiediver the website of Mark and Eugenie Hardy is this week's choice. Mark first started taking underwater photographs with an amphibious Sea and Sea MotorMarine II camera, and was otherwise armed only with the first edition of Martin Edge's book "The Underwater Photographer". Little did he know that he would meet and learn from Martin who has since become his mentor and friend. Recent trips with Martin include photographic expeditions to Lembeh Straits (Sulawesi) and Sipadan (Borneo). To learn more about Mark and Eugenie visit their 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.


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