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News - January 2009

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

December 2008
February 2009
News Archive


 

Underwater Channel search for 'face of Australia'
Website of the Week - Zac Macaulay
Focus On - Janaury 2009 - Results
Underwater Journal - latest issue
Website of the Week - Keith Lyall and Jo Horrocks
NEW - Classifieds page
January BSoUP Meeting
David and Debi Henshaw's website updated
Clock ticks on Copyright
Alex Mustard to write DIVE PhotoPro column
UnderwaterChannel.tv interviews Peter Scoones
A taste of Underwater Borneo 08
Website of the Week - Gareth Lock
BSoUP Year planner 2009
JP Trenque's Borneo Gallery

Wild Wonders of Europe Photo Competition
Linda Pitkin's Borneo Gallery
Philippines the Heart of the Ocean by Michael Aw
Wetpixel Quarterly - latest issue
Underwater Photography Magazine
Website of the Week - John Liddiard
Images from the Phillipines
East Midlands Underwater Photographers
Bristol Underwater Photography Group
Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society
4th Annual Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide Competition
DEEP Indonesia U/W Photo Competition 2009
La Fandecirc;te de l'Image  Sous-Marine
Website of the Week - Paul Kay


Underwater Channel search for 'face of Australia'

The Underwater Channel has launched a competition to find a new presenter to be its 'Face of Australia'. The channel said it hopes to highlight the diversity of diving in Australia in its search to find a diving presenter.
'We are inviting candidates to submit videos, CVs to champion themselves for the role,' the online television company said. 'Then together with PADI we will view and select a shortlist. Following this we will make a series of three TV programmes for the channel. A panel, which will include representatives from PADI and the channel as well as an Australian celebrity, will comment on the entries and invite the viewing public to vote for the semi-finalists and ultimately the winner.'
All candidate entries must be submitted by 28 February 2009. For more information see the website http://www.theunderwaterchannel.tv/faceofaustralia.page

Underwater Channel
Underwater Channel


Website of the Week - Zac Macaulay

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is Zac Macaulay.

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

To learn more about Zac and see more of his work, please visit www.zacmacaulay.com/

If you are a BSoUP member and your website is not included on the BSoUP member's websites page or you have changed your web address, please send the URL of your site to the BSoUP Membership Secretary, Mike Russell.

Zac Macaulay's Home page
Zac Macaulay's Home page


Manatee - Alex Mustard
Young Manatee © Alex Mustard
Nikon D2X and 10-17mm (at 10mm) lens at F8 @ 1/50th

Focus On - January 2009 - Results

Congratulations to Alex Mustard whose stunning image of a young manatee in Florida, USA won last night's Focus on Competition - 'Your best shot of 2008'. There were a total of 46 entries and Alex beat the rest by a substantial margin, scoring 78 points.

Second place went to Martyn Guess for his half and half shot of a Saltwater crocodile in PNG - Walindi Plantation, which received 60 points. Third place went to Gareth Millson with 36 points for his shot of Whale sharks circling a very large shoal of fish taken just off Sharm at the Near to Middle Gardens.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Alex Mustard 78 15
2 Martyn Guess 60 10
3 Gareth Millson 36 8
4 Ross Gudgeon 18 4
5 Derek Haslam 15 3
6 David Henshaw 13 3

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

If you entered the competition and did not come in the top six and would like to know how you did, please contact Brian Pitkin.

Next month's category is 'Red Sea Images'. You may submit any image taken underwater in the Red Sea that has not already won a competition or featured in a winning portfolio. Please do not enter until a couple of weeks before the competition.

Saltwater Crocodile - Martyn Guess
Saltwater Crocodile © Martyn Guess
Nikon D300, Tokina 10-17mm lens, twin Inons.
1/250th at F8 and ISO 200.


Underwater Journal
Underwater Journal

Underwater Journal - latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Underwater Journal is now available to download.

Issue #10 includes articles on the Caribbean Explorer II, the Undersea Voyager Project, Galapagos Bat fish, Sea turtle hatching, Basic Photography, the Aquatica 40D housing for the Canon 40 and 50D and Global EPIRBs.

To download your copy please visit www.underwaterjournal.com/


Website of the Week - Keith Lyall and Jo Horrocks

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is 'KCLyall.co.uk' the website of Keith Lyall and Jo Horrocks.

Keith has been diving since 2000 and is currently a PADI Divemaster. Prior to learning to dive Keith was a keen land photographer and as such underwater photography was a natural extension of this interest.

Jo has been diving since 2000 and is currently a PADI Divemaster. Frustrated of hovering around while Keith took underwater photographs, Jo wanted to record the dynamic movement, behaviour and characteristics of the marine environment. Consequently instead of purchasing a stills camera, Jo decided that she would prefer to progress down the video route.

Keith Lyall's website
Keith Lyall and Jo Horrocks' website


BSoUP Classifieds page
BSoUP Classifieds page

NEW - Classifieds page

For sometime now BSoUP Members have been able to advertise equipment for sale or wanted via the Members Forum.

JP has now created a new Classifieds page to enable non-Members to view details of items for sale or wanted. To view the classifieds page go to Classifieds. There is a permanent link on the 'skyscraper' to the right of this and every page on the website.

Please note that only BSoUP Members can add new items or delete items sold or no longer wanted via the Members Forum. If you have items for sale or wanted on the list which have been sold or are no longer wanted please visit the Members Forum and remove them.


January BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 21st January 2009 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, S. Kensington, London. Directions.

Photo techniques: Critter Hunt by Jane Morgan.

Jane is the Online editor of DIVE Magazine and an award winning member of both BSoUP and Photosub. Jane learned to dive in 1991 and is an open water instructor and an International Association for Handicapped Divers instructor. Passionate about the underwater world she has worked on conservation projects with Coral Cay in both the Philippines and Borneo.

To learn more about Jane, please visit her website at www.morganreefphotography.com/index.php


Focus On Competition
:
Your best underwater shot of 2008. Please read the Rules before submitting your images via the On-line Entry form. BSoUP Members only
.

Jane Morgan
Jane Morgan

Simon Rogerson
Simon Rogerson

Main Event: Big Animals, Big Currents: Challenges for the Underwater Photographer by Simon Rogerson.

Simon is the Editor of DIVE Magazine and has travelled widely, diving and photographing a variety of subjects.

Simon said 'My aim is to talk about the various challenges of photographing big animals and/or working in current. I'm going to be covering scalloped hammerheads, sealions and eagle rays in the Galapagos; Mantas, models and schooling fish in the Maldives; Sixgill sharks and chimeras in the Pacific Northwest; The current-fuelled environment of a South Pacific atoll and the humpback whales of Rurutu. The idea is that all of these examples will be linked by the themes of the title. Anyway, I'll talk about all the problems and obstacles I encountered on these shoots, and offer a few insights into how they can be addressed.


David and Debi Henshaw's website updated

BSoUP Members David and Debi Henshaw have updated their website 'Digaldiving' to include some great new creatures photographed on their recent trip to KBR in the Lembeh Straits, Indonesia. Their site now includes 13 galleries each of which may be viewed as a slide show or one image at a time.

Both David and Debi use Nikon D200's, Sea and sea DX200 housings and Inon Z240s with Nikkor macro, wideangle and zoom lenses.

If you are a BSoUP member and have recently updated your website please send details to Brian Pitkin for inclusion in the News.

David & Debi Henshaw's Gallleries


British Journal of Photography
British Journal of Photography

 

Clock ticks on Copyright

The government's call for views on the future of copyright has been given a cautious welcome. But, Olivier Laurent reports, it's imperative you have your say

UK photographers could see the first major revamp of copyright law since 1988 after the Intellectual Property Office launched a consultation on the future shape of copyright late last month, including new focus on orphan works.

The consultation period runs until February, after which the IPO will release a discussion paper - or Green Paper - that will become the basis of an official government consultation period.

To learn more visit www.bjp-online.com/


Ocean Geographic - The Facing Reality Edition

The latest edition of the FREE Ocean Geographic Magazine can now be downloaded from www.ogsociety.org.

Ocean Geographic explores the dynamics of our ocean planet. As all on Earth are connected with the sea, Ocean Geographic focuses on getting to know who's who in the sea, allowing you to appreciate the complexity of the oceanic life forms that make up the vast biospheres, while understanding the environmental influences and climatic conditions that make our plane a hospitable place.

The Facing Reality Edition includes 'Changing the Face of Terror' by Michael Aw, 'Valerie Taylor - A Woman of Subtance' by Jayne Jenkins and 'Disclosure and Truthfulness in Conservation Photography' by Cristina Mittermier and Inaki Relazon.

Ocean Geographic
Ocean Geographic


Alex Mustard
Alex Mustard - he does have other T-shirts

Alex Mustard to write DIVE PhotoPro column

DIVE Magazine (UK) is proud to announce that underwater photographer, Wetpixel's Associate Editor and BSoUP Committee Member Alex Mustard, will be writing a monthly column, PhotoPro. Alex said, "While PhotoPro unashamedly focuses on the methods of UW photography, it will not be a tech-fest mired in jargon. It is about the key aspects of the photographic process that differentiate producing a stunning shot from an average one." PhotoPro starts in the February 2009 issue, on sale soon. Worldwide subscriptions available.

DIVE is the official publication of the British Sub Aqua Club and is the largest circulation English language dive magazine in Europe, distributed worldwide from South Africa to Australia to Asia and the US.


UnderwaterChannel.tv interviews Peter Scoones

This month UnderwaterChannel.tv are featuring an interview with BSoUP co-founder and world renown underwater cameraman Peter Scoones by TV presenter and diver Miranda Krestovnikoff.

Peter is probably best known for his stunning footage in such BBC block-buster's as Planet Earth and Blue Planet. In this interview Peter talks about filming Manta Rays in the Maldives.

To view the interview please visit www.theunderwaterchannel.tv/

See also Gill McDonald's article on Peter Scoones in Ocean Geographic Magazine - Ocean Heroes and Explorers (free pdf download).

BSoUP co-founder Peter_Scoones interviewed by Miranda Krestovnikoff
BSoUP co-founder Peter_Scoones interviewed
by Miranda Krestovnikoff


A taste of Underwater Borneo by Jo Horrocks
A taste of Underwater Borneo 08 HD by Jo Horrocks

A taste of Underwater Borneo 08 HD by Jo Horrocks

BSoUP member Jo Horrocks has posted her 'A taste of Underwater Borneo 08' on YouTube. The 4.58 minute video includes underwater footage shot in November 08 and was taken on a trip to Sipadan, Maratua and Sangalaki, in Malaysian and Indonesian Borneo.

The video shows diversity of reef life and large shoals, including leopard and reef sharks, turtles, bumphead wrasse, jacks, barracuda, manta rays and of course clown-fish.

Click on the image left to view Jo's video.


Website of the Week - Gareth Lock

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. This weeks' choice is Gareth Lock.

Gareth is a freelance photographer living in Fleet Hampshire. He specialises in underwater, travel, portrait and wedding photography.

To see more of Gareth's work visit his website at www.imagesoflife.co.uk/

If you are a BSoUP member and your website is not included on the BSoUP member's websites page or you have changed your web address, please send the URL of your site to the BSoUP Membership Secretary, Mike Russell.

Gareth Locks' Home page
Gareth Locks' Home page


BSoUP Year planner 2009

BSoUP Year planner 2009

The BSoUP A3 Wall Planner 2009 includes dates of BSoUP meetings, the London International Dive Show (LIDS), the Splash-in and public holidays.

You can download the wall planner as a Word.doc and modify it or just print it out on a sheet of A3 for your own use.

Click to download your copy


JP Trenque's Borneo Gallery

BSoUP Chairman JP Trenque has recently added a gallery of his images from Borneo to his website.

37-year old JP Trenque has lived in London since 1994. His day job as an information consultant for the Northern Trust bank sees him travelling to the Canaries five times a week (Canary Wharf on the Isle of Dogs, that is).

JP has been diving for 28 years, taken still images for the past 6 and was a keen videographer before that. He currently uses a Nikon D200 in a Sea and Sea housing.

When not busy taking pictures in some exotic location or saving the world from total financial meltdown, JP volunteers as an RNLI helmsman on the Thames lifeboat.

To view JP's Galleries visit www.jptrenque.com/ and click on View Galleries (top left)

JP Trenque' Borneo Gallery
JP Trenque's Borneo Gallery

 


Wild Wonders of Europe
Wild Wonders of Europe

Wild Wonders of Europe Photo Competition

Do you enjoy taking images of nature? Would you like to show them to a huge international audience? Show 700 million Europeans and the World what nature in Europe is all about AND win fab prizes.

We want to celebrate this amazing heritage also through YOUR eyes. Wherever you are. In the countryside, in villages and cities.

Show us Europe's best. We're after your passion! The aim of the game: Have fun, explore and celebrate nature and the wild beings around us!

Enthusiast, Amateur, Half-Pro or Fully Fledged Pro?
Mobile phone, happy snappy or SLR? Muddy, pure, atmospheric, wacky? All welcome! Entry is free. And now, get out there and start having fun! May the light be with you.

Click here to enter competition...


Linda Pitkin's Borneo Gallery

BSoUP Member Linda Pitkin has recently updated her website to include images taken in Borneo last November on JP Trenque's Workshop.

Linda started in scuba diving in 1979 and took up underwater photography a year later, in 1980, joining the BSoUP. Diving usually with Brian, her husband, she has travelled around the world in search of a wide range of underwater subjects, from immense whale sharks to tiny shrimps, and scenic views of reefs and wrecks. She is equally at home in tropical seas and in the colder waters of the UK and Northern Europe.

Linda is the author and photographer of four books, and a number of articles. Her stock photography features widely in books, newspapers, magazines and journals, including Professional Photographer, BBC Wildlife, Nature, and leading diving magazines.

To view Linda's Borneo Gallery please visit www.lindapitkin.net/

Linda Pitkin's website
Linda Pitkin's Borneo Gallery


Philippines the Heart of the Ocean by Michael Aw
Philippines the Heart of the Ocean by Michael Aw

Philippines the Heart of the Ocean by Michael Aw

Philippines - 'The Heart of the Ocean  is one of the finest book of the ocean; the first in the world to illustrate and celebrate the richness of life in both shallow and deep water of the South East Asia Seas. In Its true intend, the volume evolved as an accolade for the Earth richest marine biodiversity province.  This high quality 7 colour production pictorial almanac encapsulates the richness and beauty of what lies beneath the heart of the Philippine Sea into one exquisite volume; it is designed to raise the standard for all books of the sea, a hallmark for underwater imageries production. 

Celebrating the arts of nature and the wonders of biological science this production reveal  the usual suspects of coral reefs, the pelagic zone, inshore and fringing reefs, and the oceanic atolls and well as several deep sea critters from the heart of the tropical ocean seen for the very first time.

Available at all good bookshops from mid January 2009 - author autographed limited edition copy can be ordered from one@oneocean.com USD100 freight included. Part of the Proceeds of the limited edition is designated for OceanNEnvironment's "SAVE OUR SEAS" fund to support research and conservation projects in the Asia Pacific. The limited edition production is endorsed by President Gloria Arroyo and supported by the Department of Tourism Philippines. For further details please visit www.michaelaw.com


Wetpixel Quarterly - latest issue

Wetpixel LLC is proud to announce the immediate availability of issue #5 of Wetpixel Quarterly magazine. In its trademark landscape-oriented, high-resolution format, issue #5 celebrates Clark Little's Living Glass Collection of exquisite surf photography from Hawaii and Magnus Lundgren stunning portfolio of underwater photographs from his native Scandinavia and around the world.

Also featured are surf photography portfolios by Ryan Beppu and Brown Cannon III, Tony Wu's column The Photographic Eye featuring humpback whales, Eric Cheng's Shot-O-Rama covering Seattle's six-gill sharks, a report on Wetpixel's Socorro Expedition by Alex Mustard and Berkley White's column Saturated.

To obtain your copy visit Wetpixel Quarterly

Wetpixel Quarterly issue 5
Wetpixel Quarterly issue 5


UwP 46
UwP 46 - Cover photo by Andre Seale

Underwater Photography Magazine - latest issue

The latest version of the FREE Underwater Photography Magazine is now available to download.

Issue 46 includes Editorial, News and Travel, New Products, FX for Nikonians by Alexander Mustard, Canon IXUS 980IS by Dan Bolt, Tamron 70-200 by James Wiseman, FIX LED1000DX, aunoc 1CR LED and Silver Efex by Peter Rowlands, Bali Photo Course by Gerald Rambert, Golden Hour by Don Silcock, Mid Atlantic by Andre Seale, The new north by Tim Rock, Rinca and Komodo and Doggone dugong by Mark Webster, Kona by Michael Wicks, Maldives Mantas by Julian Cohen, Sarangani Bay by Stan de la Cruz and Parting Shotby Peter Bamborough

To download your copy please visit http://www.uwpmag.com/


Website of the Week - John Liddiard

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. This weeks' choice is John Liddiard.

John is a freelance diving photographer and journalist. He likes travel, diving, take pictures and writing about it. He makes an income from publication and licence fees for his photography and writing. To view John's website please go to www.jlunderwater.co.uk

If you are a BSoUP member and your website is not included on the BSoUP member's websites page or you have changed your web address, please send the URL of your site to the BSoUP Membership Secretary, Mike Russell.

John Liddiard'' Home page
John Liddiard's Home page


JA Universe
Jeremy and Amanda Cuff

Images from the Phillipines

Photographers, photojournalists and BSoUP members Jeremy and Amanda Cuff have published a new PDF gallery of images from Puerto Galera and Dumaguete in the Philippines.

Jeremy said, 'I had a very productive and thoroughly enjoyable visit to the Atlantis Dive Resorts in Puerto Galera and Dumaguete. There's some excellent diving awaiting the long haul dive traveller and I'd totally recommend it.' 

The gallery can be viewed on Jeremy and Amanda's website at www.ja-universe.com. Go to the homepage and click the link to launch the gallery.


East Midlands Underwater Photographers

The next meeting of the East Midlands Photographers takes place on Tuesday 6th January at 7:30 for a 7:45 p.m., downstairs in Nemo's Bar, Stoney Cove's own pub.

Technical talk: BACKUP - following on from a question/statement made at the December meeting Rob Cuss will be covering photo backup. This may seem like a really dull subject, but there are a few simple things you can do to make sure you never loose a photo. AV: This months AV will be one by Sam Muir (sadly we ran out of time to give it last month!)
Short talk: We will have a short 20-30 minute talk given by Mark Eaton on Bali. Main session: EMUP Photo clinic

All pub facilities will be open so refreshments will be on hand.

East Midlands Underwater Photographers
East Midlands Underwater Photographers


Bristol Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Underwater Photography Group

Bristol Underwater Photography Group

The next meeting of BUPG takes place on Tuesday 13th January at 20.00hrs at The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)  

The Casson Centre is  easiest to access it via Durban Road, off Highwood Road - you can turn right at the traffic lights if coming from the Gloucester Road direction. The Casson Centre is the left hand part of the Patchway Community Centre, immediately next door to the Patchway Town Council Offices. There is off road parking adjacent to the Centre and further spaces along Rodway Road, near to the local Spa shop.

For further details visit www.bupg.co.uk/


Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society

The next SUPS meeting is on Tuesday 13th January 2009 at 8 p.m. at the Stevenage Arts Guild, Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage, Hertfordshire (Map).

SUPS are a group of qualified sport divers (scuba) who share a common interest in underwater photography. SUPS offer the opportunity to share and revue underwater and land photographs and provide learning support at all levels through presentations, discussions and lectures.

To learn more about the SUPS please visit
www.sups-online.com/index.html


Stevenage Underwater Phorographic Society


Our World Underwater
4th Annual Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide Competition
at Our World Underwater

4th Annual Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide Competition at Our World Underwater

Deadline: 15th January 2009

Popular websites Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide.com have teamed up again in association with Our World Underwater to celebrate the beauty and delicacy of the marine environment with the announcement of the 4th annual international underwater photography and video competition. The competition has become the "Superbowl" of international underwater imagery competitions, with world-class prizes, celebrity judges, and the opportunity to have your images showcased to the world as some of the planet's best.

Further details www.underwatercompetition.com/Competitions/Our-World-Underwater-2009


DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition 2009

Deadline: 16th January 2009

A sister competition to the US-based international photo and video competition hosted by Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide, the DEEP Indonesia underwater photography competition is a unique joint collaboration with a second international competition in association with DEEP Indonesia, Indonesia's first-ever diving, adventure travel and water sports expo.

Further details www.underwatercompetition.com/Competitions/DEEP-Indonesia-underwater-photography-competition-2009

DEEP Indonesia International International Underwater Photo Competition 2009
DEEP Indonesia International Underwater
Photo Competition 2009


La F�te de l'Image Sous-Marine
La Fandecirc;te de l'Image  Sous-Marine

La Fête de l'Image  Sous-Marine: LE  FESTIVAL  EUROPÉEN- Strasbourg

Deadline: 31st January 2009

LE  FESTIVAL EUROPÉEN takes place in Strasbourg between 27 February and 1 March. The contests are open to all interested entrants.

General regulations (Word.doc)
Categories (Word.doc)
Registration Form (Word.doc)
Register
(Word.doc)


Website of the Week - Paul Kay

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. This weeks' choice is 'Undersea Cameras', 'The Marine Wildlife Photo Agency' and 'Paul Kay Photography'.

Paul Kay has worked as a freelance photographer for 25 years. He specialises in underwater photography but also undertakes varied land-based photographic work including commercial, environmental and industrial photographic commissions.

To view Paul's website please go to www.underseacameras.com

If you are a BSoUP member and your website is not included on the BSoUP member's websites page or you have changed your web address, please send the URL of your site to the BSoUP Membership Secretary, Mike Russell.

Paul Kay's website
Paul Kay's website


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