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News - March 2009

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February 2009
April 2009
News Archive

U/W Images Competition - Deadline extended
Website of the week - Gareth Millson and Pash Baker
OZTeK'09 - BSoUP award winner
BSoUP Magazine 'in focus' - latest issue
Website of the Week - Maria Munn
Theme Portfolio Competition 2009 - Results - Updated
Website of the Week - Jane Morgan
March BSoUP Meeting
Wildlife Photographer of the Year - last call for entries
BUIF - Last call for entries
Website of the Week - Arthur Kingdon
Underwater Images Photo/Video Competition

Olympus declares 12 Megapixels is enough?
X-Ray magazine - latest issue
Beneath the Sea - BSoUP winners
DiveSearch Competition
BUPG - March Meeting
UwP - Latest issue available for download
Website of the Week - Paul Martin
Gareth Lock to give two presentations at Vobster Key
DIGIDIVER.NET 'Best shots of 2008' contest
Titanic Exhibition
British Underwater Image Festival
DPG International U/W Photo and Video Competition
Website of the Week - Kitty Jempson

Underwater Images Competition - Deadline extended

The deadline for entries into the 2009 Underwater Images Photo and Video Competition has been extended to April 10.  In making the announcement, Director Roger Roth also commented that thepenalty for late entries has been waived.  Categories include Conservation, Majestic, Togetherness, Macro (Open and Novice), WideAngle (Open and Novice), and two video categories.  One of the two video categories is for a documentary focusing on the oceans. 

Underwater Images Competition
Underwater Images Competition

Underwater Images is a non-profit corporation registered in the State of Ohio with all proceeds from this competition going to marine conservation, educational and scholarship purposes.

Although based in Ohio, the Underwater Images Competition is international and the prizes reflect an international flare.  Included among them is the Best of Show prize sponsored for the 12th year in a row by FeBrina and Walindi Plantation in Papua New Guinea.  First Prize awards also include dive trips to other resorts in Papua New Guinea, Honduras, the Solomon Islands, the Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Hawaii and Indonesia.  In addition, there are numerous awards of diving equipment and gift certificates from sponsors.

For complete details on eligibility, rules, and entry forms visit the official competition website at

Scorpionfish Underwater Photo and Video
'Scorpionfish Underwater Photo and Video',
the website of Gareth Millson and Pash Baker

Website of the week - Gareth Millson and Pash Baker

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. This week's choice is 'Scorpionfish Underwater Photo and Video', the website of photographer Gareth Millson and vidoegrapher Pash Baker.

Gareth uses a Canon 20D in an Ikelite Housing. Pash has been diving since 1996 and is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. She uses a Sony PD150DVCAM and Amphibico housing.

To learn more about Gareth and Pash and see their images please visit their website at

OZTeK'09 - BSoUP award winner

Congratulations to BSoUP member Ross Gudgeon or 'Gudge' whose image took third place in the Professional Open Image category of the OZTeK'09 Scubapro Underwater Imagery Competition last weekend. Ross's image depicts a small beautifully camouflagued crustacean on a featherstar.

OZTeK (OZTeK'09 Diving Technologies Conference and Exhibition) is the biggest dive show in Australia and is held every two years.  It is a sister event to EuroTek.

To see more of Gudge's images please visit

Crustacean on featherstar - Ross Gudgeon
Crustacean on featherstar © Ross Gudgeon

in focus 91
Cover photo: Sunstar © Trevor Rees

BSoUP Magazine 'in focus' - latest issue.

Another issue of BSoUP's Magazine 'in focus' is winging its way to all members.

Issue no. 91 for Spring 2009 comprises 48 pages packed with articles, reports and images and is edited by Gill McDonald and produced by Anthony Holley.

Included in this issue are an Editorial by Gill McDonald, 'Has the brain suffered a transplant?' by Colin Doeg, 'In the field' by Gavin Parsons, 'A trip to Bali' by Keith Lyall, 'Swimming with giants' by Tony Baskeyfield, Annual Open Portfolio Competition 2008, 'My favourite dive' by Malcolm Nobbs, the British Splash-in Championship 2008, Annual Beginners Portfolio 2008, Annual British Portfolio 2008, Meeting reports, Competition Results and British Splash-in Championship 2009.

BSoUP thanks Gill and Anthony for producing seven issues of such a high quality magazine between Autumn 2006 and Spring 2009.

To get your copy why not join BSoUP now? There is no better way to learn without getting wet.

Website of the Week - Maria Munn

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is 'Ocean Visions' the website of Maria Munn.

'I picked up my first Sony Cybershot back in 2001 from Cameras Underwater and although I was scared of diving, it didn't stop my fear of getting in the water, even though I was too scared to be underneath it on anything other than a snorkel! My first ever underwater photos were taken of Manatees in Florida's Crystal Springs and then visited my beloved 'Sea of Cortez' in Mexico shortly afterwards, fell in love with the playful sealions there as well as the wonderful whales and dolphins that visit this and the surrounding area of Baja California. I had always dreamed of being able to buy an SLR camera, but had been bound by the expense as well as the weight. So, I just kept snapping with my compact and hoped that I might get some nice shots.'

To learn more about Ocean Visions and Maria please visit

Maria Munn's Home page
Maria Munn's Home page

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BSoUP will be exhibiting next weekend 28th-29th March at the London International Dive Show. The event is organised by DIVER and is held at ExCel in London Docklands. If you are attending LIDS, please drop by and say hello. If you would like some feedback on your photography, please copy one or two images to a USB device and bring it along. We are on Stand 660 and look forward to meeting you.

If you are attending LIDS then don't forget that we need your votes for the best in each of the four categories in this year's BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition.

The submitted prints have now gone through the pre-selection process by a panel of judges comprising Brian Pitkin (BSoUP President), JP Trenque (BSoUP Chairman), Martha Tressler (BSoUP Splash-in and Print Competition Co-ordinator) and Linda Pitkin (BSoUP Member).

The best 80 prints will be on display at LIDS for the public to vote for their favourites. An independant panel of judges comprising world reknown film-maker Peter Scoones, DIVER's Editor Nigel Eaton, Alison Rider of Oonasdivers, Jamie Oliver of the London Aquarium and Brian Pitkin, will choose the best overall image to receive the grand prize of a week's holiday in the Red Sea, courtesy of Oonasdivers. The Wildlife Trusts will select the best British print to use in their campaigns.

Results will be announced online on the BSoUP and Divernet websites and the awards and prizes donated by Oonasdivers, Mike's Divestores, Alison Hodge, Oceanic, Cameras Underwater, Ocean Optics and the London Aquarium will be the presented to the winners at the April meeting of BSoUP.

Theme Portfolio Competition 2009 - Results

Congratulations to Trevor Rees (right) whose theme portfolio 'UK freshwater' was judged the best out of 29 entries at last night's meeting.

Trevor's images were all taken in British freshwater quarry's

Congratulations also to Alex Mustard (second), Gareth Millson (third), Georgette Douwma (fourth), Martyn Guess (fifth) and Len Deeley (sixth)

Trevor Rees
UK Freshwater © Trevor Rees
Alex Mustard
At the surface © Alex Mustard

How the top six scored:-

Pos. Photographer Title Points Firsts
1 Trevor Rees UK -freshwater 51 8
2 Alex Mustard At the surface 45 8
3 Gareth Millson Whalesharks 43 6
4 Georgette Douwma Shoals 23 4
5 Martyn Guess Crocodilia 21 5
6 Len Deeley Lions of the sea 21 4

To view any of the top six images larger click on the photographer's name.

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

If you entered the competition and are not in the top six and would like to know how you scored or would like feedback on why your portfolio didn't make the top six, please contact Brian Pitkin.

Gareth Millson
Whalesharks © Gareth Millson

Jane Morgan's website
Jane Morgan's website

Website of the Week - Jane Morgan

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. This week's choice is the website of Jane Morgan.

Jane is the Online editor of DIVE Magazine and an award winning photographer. She is the Meetings Secretary of BSoUP (The British Society of Underwater Photographers) and Chair of Photosub.
Jane learned to dive in 1991 and is a qualified 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.

Jane discovered underwater photography during a trip to the Southern Red Sea in 2001 and never looked back. She moved to digital photogaphy in late 2004, and now uses a Nikon D80 camera in a Sea and Sea housing with twin YS110 strobes. Her lenses of choice are the Nikon 10.5, 16, 20, 60 and 105mm.
Jane's work has been widely published in the UK diving press and images are available for sale directly from the site. To view some of Jane's underwater photography please visit


BSoUP Members Mike Russell and Linda and Brian Pitkin manned a modest BSoUP stand at the fourth annual DIVERSE'09 conference held at the University of Surrey, yesterday Sunday 15th March to promote the Society.

The conference, which attracted some 280 delegates, included talks by Paul 'Duxy' Duxfield from Cameras Underwater, Jack Ingle, technical diver, Brian Cumming, BSAC's Incident Report co-ordinator, Trevor Norton recently retired Professor of Marine Biology at Liverpool University, Eamonn French, Tower RNLI and Monty Halls, Great Ocean Adventures.

BSoUP stand at DIVERSE'09
Linda Pitkin and Mike Russell man the stand at DIVERSE'09

Anthony Holleys' website

March BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 18th March 2009 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, S. Kensington, London. Directions.

Photo techniques: Anthony Holley - Creating Photobooks.

Anthony has been taking photographs under water for 25 years and now concentrates on photographing and identifying nudibranchs, particularly in Indonesia. His website at is dedicated to them, with over 1,200 pictures of 300 species, and is used as an accurate reference by many photographers. His talk focuses on a different way to present your images by producing a photobook, resulting in a very professional hard bound book to show your friends and family.

Annual Event: Theme Portfolio Competition

Main Event: Ken Sullivan - Shooting out of the box

Ken's been diving for over forty years after a friend encouraged him to join the SSAC in 1964. It was twenty years diving before Ken took a camera underwater, whether it was his desire to show the family where he had been all weekend, or an increasing interest in his underwater surroundings he is not sure.

In the early eighties he bought a Nikonos III on a business trip to Hong Kong and he was hooked. It took several years and one of Martin Edge's legendary weekend underwater photo courses before the odd acceptable shot, 'came off the roll'.

Ken Sullivan's website

Today Ken dives with his camera, family and friends, selecting dive venues for their reefs and animal life
His three children and two of his eight grandchildren are divers, accompanying him on trips whenever possible,

His greatest achievement to-date is living this long and still doing 100+ dives a year - long may it last.

'Martin Edge, my mentor and friend, once asked me "What do you find to photograph in the Red Sea, after diving there for so many years"? Come along to this month's meeting I will try to answer this tantalising question.' 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year - last call for entries

By post: Friday 20 March 2009
Online: Friday 27 March 2009

Have you got what it takes to become a Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 award-winner? The competition judges will be looking for images that are original, creative, fresh and surprising.

Now in its 45th year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition is an international showcase for the very best nature photography. The competition is owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth - the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine.

Being accepted into this competition is something that wildlife photographers, worldwide, aspire to. Professionals win many of the prizes, but amateurs succeed, too. And that's because achieving the perfect picture is down to a mixture of skill, vision, originality, knowledge of nature and luck.

Each year thousands of entries are received and judged by a specially selected expert panel. The winners are announced at an awards ceremony that takes place each October at the Natural History Museum, London.

To enter please visit

BUIF - Last call for entries

Deadline: 31 March 2009.

There is just a matter of weeks left to enter the 2009 British Underwater Image Festival (BUIF). There are thousands of pounds worth of prizes up for grabs for the winners and runners-up in the seven competition categories for stills and video. Finalists of BUIF 2009 will be showcased at the Dive Fest in Cornwall on 15-17 May 2009, while prints will go on a month-long public display at Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium in the summer.

The stills competition is being judged by celebrated photographer Alex Mustard, British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) co-founder Colin Doeg, renowned British photographer Charles Hood and DIVE editor Simon Rogerson. Judging the DVD entries are BBC natural history film-maker Peter Scoones, Colin Doeg and Simon Rogerson.

For more information and to download an entry form see

BUIF 2009
BUIF 2009

Arthur Kingdon
Arthur Kingdon's website

Website of the Week - Arthur Kingdon

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. This week's choice is 'Arthur Kingdon Underwater Photography'.

Arthur joined the Royal Air Force as a photographer. After serving his photographic apprenticeship, he enjoyed some two and a half years photographing all manner of interesting stuff before applying for and being accepted for aircrew training. As his 'professional' photographic career came to an end, Arthur found himself flying around the world in the 'good old days' when we still had bases overseas and many of these bases were in locations ideal for diving. Addu Attol in the Maldives was a frequent stop en route to Singapore, as was Nassau, en route to Belize.  Arthur joined his local BSAC sub aqua club and his diving career began.

For further details please visit

Underwater Images Photo/Video Competition

Deadline 1st April 2009

April 1, 2009 is the deadline for entries in the 12th annual Underwater Images Photo/Video Competition. The Underwater Images competition is a non-profit corporation registered in the State of Ohio with all proceeds from this competition going to marine conservation, educational, and scholarship purposes. For complete details on eligibility, rules, and entry forms visit the official competition website at
Underwater Images

PMA News: Olympus declares 12 Megapixels is enough

PMA News: Olympus declares 12 Megapixels is enough?

"Twelve megapixels is, I think, enough for covering most applications most customers need," said Akira Watanabe, manager of Olympus Imaging's SLR planning department, in an interview at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA). "We have no intention to compete in the megapixel wars for E-System," Olympus' line of SLR cameras, he said.
'Instead, Olympus will focus on other characteristics such as dynamic range, color reproduction, and a better ISO range for low-light shooting', he said.

'Increasing the number of megapixels on cameras is an easy selling point for camera makers, in part because it's a simple concept for people to understand. Even though having more megapixels can enable larger prints and enlargement of subject matter through cropping, adding megapixels comes with some drawbacks.'

'Customers who want more than 20 megapixels should look to full-frame cameras, and imager-based autofocus will outpace phase-detect autofocus in the future, but not necessarily soon', Watanabe said. More...

X-Ray magazine - latest issue

The latest version of the FREE X-ray magazine is now available for download.

Issue 28 includes articles on Maldives Sea Safari: An In Depth Guide by Michael Aw. Whale Shark Park Maldives. Gifts for Sea Lovers. Profile: Jim Bram NAUI President. Barents Sea, Russia by Andrey Bizyukin. Rebreather for Cave Diving by Cedric Verdier. UW Photography: Ice Diving by Kurt Amsler. Portfolio: Fishy Found Objects by Frank Russell. SOS Seaturltes

To downlaod you copy please visit

X-Ray issue 28
X-Ray Magazine issue 28 - Cover: Steve Jones

Jim Garland
Wreck of the Giannis D ©Jim Garland

Beneath the Sea - BSoUP winners

Congratulations to BSoUP member Jim Garland whose image of the wreck of the Giannis-D taken at Sha'ab Abu Nuhas Reef, Red Sea, Egypt came second in the General category at Beneath the Sea, America's largest consumer scuba and dive travel show held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center March 27- 29, 2009.

The same image won a gold medal for Jim in the annual Underwater competition.

Jim is the owner of the dedicated wreck photography website He is interested in wreck history and photography, particularly WW2 Aircraft.

Jim currently uses a Canon EOS 5D, Aquatica Housing, Sigma 15mm FE lens, Sigma 50mm Macro lens, Canon 24mm wide-angle lens with Inon z-240 strobes.

To view the other Beneath the Sea winning images please visit

Congratulations also to BSoUP member Pedro Vieyra whose portrait of a sealion won the Marine Life category at Beneath the Sea.

Pedro's image was taken in the Sea of Cortez at the Southern end of the Baha Peninsula in late January which is the breeding season for this colony of  several hundred sealions. His  D200 with 10 to 17mm lens towards the 17 end, and a 'magic filter'  was on shutter priority at 1/160th  and continuous fire. This bull amused himself by charging at his dome port repeatedly, giving him a great chance for this type of shot.

Pedro is a member of the BSoUP committee and won July's Focus On competition with a similar image.

Pedro Vieyra
Sealion © Pedro Vieyra
David Henshaw
Pipe fish © David Henshaw

Congratulations also to BSoUP member David Henshaw whose image of a pipefish received an honourable mention in the Macro/Close category at Beneath the Sea.

David, based in Spain, uses a Nikon D200, Sea and sea DX200 housing and Inon Z240s with Nikkor macro, wideangle and zoom lenses.

The same image was part of the winning portfolio submission in The Scuba Diver Australasia Shootout which was held in KBR, November 2008.

DiveSearch Competition - Spring 2009

Deadline: Wednesday June 10th 2009

Highlighting the diving around Devon and Cornwall

The website is launching a series of competitions for articles and related underwater photographs on UK diving. The first of these will focus on the South West of England, focusing on Devon and Cornwall. The winner will receive a Ralf Tech Shark Tech Bag courtesy of SDS Watersports

Photographers of all abilities are welcome to participate in this competition. Up to 12 photographs may be submitted per entrant and only digital jpg format will be accepted. Photos should be no bigger than 800 x 600 pixels. Supporting text should describe the contents of the photographs and a general description of diving in the area, 500 words maximum.

divesearch website

Please email the text and photographs to Filenames should comprise the photographer's name and the dive location taken.

Images will remain the copyright of the photographer. Winning images and text will be displayed on the divesearch website with photos duly credited to the photographer. Divesearch reserves the right to use the material in future divesearch promotional material royalty free.

Divesearch may edit any text received or alter size of photographs. Only genuine photographs from Devon and Cornwall must be submitted, manipulation of photographs is not encouraged.

Bristol Underwater Phoyography Group
Bristol Underwater Photography Group

Bristol Underwater Photography Group - March Meeting - Rescheduled

The next meeting of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group (BUPG) takes place on Thursday 12th February at 20.00 hrs at The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map).

Alex Mustard will be talking about macro plus, if there is sufficient time, FX versus DX.

For further details please visit Bristol Underwater Photography Group

UwP - Latest issue available for download

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

Issue 47 includes Editorial, News and Travel, New Products, 10Bar LX3 housing by Sim Chee Ghee/Peter Rowlands, DIY Ring flash by Alexander Mustard, 3 Workshops by Alan Larsen, Compact Workshop by David Kittos, Mustard Workshop by Julian Cohen, Compact Course 1 by Maria Munn, Peter Scoones by Gillian McDonald, Morehead Sharks
by Chris Walker, Cuttlery Draw by Rob Spray, Bali Reprisedby Mark Webster, Shooting Magic by Steve Williams and Parting Shots by P. Mitchell-Jones and Ted Kinsman.

To download your free copy visit

UwP 47
UwP 47 Cover photo by Alan Larsen

Paul Martin
Paul Martin

Website of the Week - Paul Martin

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This weeks' choice is Pictures Inc the website of Paul Martin.

Paul studied part time for a Higher Diploma in freelance photography. Believing that it is always important to have recognition from those well established in the industry Paul became a Licentiate member of the British Institute of Professional Photographers and more recently a The Master Photography Association.

To learn more about Paul, please visit

Gareth Lock to give two presentations at Vobster Key, Somerset

On the 8th March, well known BSoUP Member and published underwater photographer Gareth Lock will be giving two presentations. These will consist of a talk supported by Gareth's stunning photographs. The first presentation will cover the Battle of Narvik (Norway, World War II) and the current state of the resulting wrecks. The second, more sombre, presentation will be on the Salem Express disaster in the Red Sea and the ethical issues that inevitably surround diving a wreck with such a large number of fatalities.

Each presentation will last approximately 45mins and Gareth will be delighted to answer any questions you may have at the end.

For further information please visit

Vobster Key website
Vobster Key website


DIGIDIVER.NET 'Best shots of 2008' contest

Deadline: 15th March 2009

The 'Best shots of 2008' contest is open to members and non-members alike.

Prizes include dive holidays in the Red Sea, Sulawesi and the Phillipines plus clothing, strobe arms and other gear.

To enter please visit

National Maritime Museum Cornwall to host major new Titanic exhibition

National Maritime Museum Cornwall will be playing host to a major new exhibition from 6 March to 21 June telling the story of history's most famous ship and her tragic sinking.

'Titanic Honour and Glory' is an evocative show which depicts the tragedy of the giant vessel that sank on April 15, 1912.

The exhibition features many rare artefacts from Titanic's passengers and crew including a silver pocket watch that stopped working at 02.28am -  the exact time the Titanic slipped beneath the icy waters of the Atlantic. Other artefacts include a Stieff teddy bear, a good luck charm, belonging to William Moyes - the highly recognised senior engineer who struggled with many others to keep the ship afloat as long as they could.

The exhibition also brings a bit of Hollywood to Falmouth with a number of props and costumes from the James Cameron blockbuster 'Titanic'. Kate Winslet's dress and Leonardo DiCaprio's costume are also on display and visitors to the exhibition can win the opportunity to wear the beautiful Heart of the Ocean necklace worn by Kate Winslet in the movie.

Titanic departing. Courtesy of NMMC
Titanic departing Courtesy of NMMC


Jenny Wittamore, Assistant Curator at the Maritime Museum asks: "If anyone has a connection with the Titanic, we would welcome hearing from you and sharing your story as part of the new exhibition. Cornwall has a number of families who have some link to this great ship and it would be wonderful to be their voice and tell their story."

Please contact Jenny Wittamore on 01326 214538 or to discuss any history you may have with the Titanic.



BSAC South East, Southern and London regions proudly presents the fourth annual conference at the University of Surrey, Guildford on Sunday 15th March 2009.

We have a diverse range of top flight speakers including TV presenter, author and explorer Monty Halls, Technical diving guru Jack Ingle, Underwater photography expert Paul 'Duxy' Duxfield, Thames RNLI Helm Eamonn French, Computer expert and underwater photographer James O'Neill. There will also be a range of exhibitors including the coaching teams.

Space is limited, all 3 previous years have been complete sell outs in advance, so don't delay and book your places now.  For more information and to book tickets, visit

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009

Deadlines: By Post 20th March. Online: 27th March

The search for the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 has begun.
Once again, we are seeking the very best wildlife images - photographs that are not only technically flawless but creative, innovative and surprising - with preference for pictures taken in wild and free conditions, that faithfully represent nature.

For full details please visit

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year


MEDEX Mediterranean Dive Outdors and Travel Expo

18th - 22nd March 2009

Billed as the biggest diving and outdoor nature sports fair of Mediterranean basin, the MEDEX 2009 event takes place in and#304;stanbul between the 18 - 22 March 2009.

The event features underwater and nature sports equipment, local and foreign diving and nature tours, diving centers, diving schools and sports fishing. There are also seminars by national and international speakers.

For further details please visit

British Underwater Image Festival 2009

Deadline: 31st March 2009

The British Underwater Image Festival (BUIF) 2009 sponsored by Canon and Cameras Underwater is now officially open to entries from underwater photographers and film-makers throughout the world. The British Underwater Image Festival (BUIF) 2009 sponsored by Canon and Cameras Underwater is now officially open to entries from underwater photographers and film-makers throughout the world.
Organisers are pleased to announce that camera manufacturer Canon and Cameras Underwater are to continue with their overall sponsorship of the event, following the success of the competition in 2008.

BUIF 2009
BUIF 2009

Thousands of pounds worth of prizes will be available to winners and runners-up across the underwater stills and video photography categories. For the first time, the prestigious competition has introduced a stills and video category dedicated to British waters. DIVE editor Simon Rogerson said: 'It is only right that BUIF should have a dedicated section for underwater photography taken in British waters. Last year, we received a lot of high-quality entries taken in Britain, so creating a special section of the festival was a natural step.
All shortlisted images and videos will be showcased at the DIVE FEST in Cornwall on 15-17 May 2009, while prints will go on a month-long public display at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth in the summer. Confirmed prize sponsors include Mares, Apeks, Sea and Sea, Scuba Travel and PADI.

For full details please visit

Best of show - Justin Gilligan
Best of Show © Justin Gilligan

DivePhotoGuide International Underwater Photo and Video Competition in association with Our World Underwater.

Winners announced! and are proud to announce the winners of the 4th annual underwater photography and video competition in association with Our World Underwater.

The competition is part of a joint series often referred to as the "Super Bowl" of international underwater imagery competitions, with world-class prizes, esteemed celebrity judges, significant media support, and the opportunity to have your images showcased to the world as some of the planet's best.

The competition is truly an international event. Entries were received from all corners of the globe. Winners alone represented 22 countries. We want to congratulate all the competitors for the high quality level of the images submitted. It was a tough competition to judge. A formal statement from the judges can be foundhere. Congratulations to the winners!

For full details please visit

Website of the Week - Kitty Jempson

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members website. This week's choice is 'Undersea Images', the website of Kitty Jempson.

Kitty started diving in 1997. She did an Art Foundation course in Manchester soon after learning to dive and has always been a passionate amateur photographer. 

Kitty went digital in 2005 and bought a Nikon D200 and Hugyfot housing.  After a few problems with this housing she gave in and bought the housing she 'd always really wanted, another Subal.

For further information please visit

Kitty Jempson's Home page
Kitty Jemspon's Home page

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