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News - August 2009

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July 2009
September 2009
News Archive

DIVE Thailand U/W Photographic Competition
Underwater Australasia Competition 2008-9
When Titan Triggerfish attack
Website of the Week Elaine Whiteford LRPS
Epson Red Sea - August - Voting
Sea and Sea RDX-500D DSLR Housing - Now available
Focus On - Animal Behaviour - August 2009
BSoUP Member Cathy Lewis in the news
Website of the Week - Alan White and Esther Brennan
August BSoUP Meeting
Ultimate Diving Adventures - new book
Website of the Week - John Wallis

Getting started with U/W Photography - new DVD
BUPG - Next meeting
SUPS - Next meeting
Epson Red Sea - July Competition
Underwater Excellence
African Diver - Latest issue
Website of the Week - Suzy Walker
Visions in the Sea '09
St Abbs photography competition

Cat-fish by David Henshaw
Cat-fish © David Henshaw

Pocket Guide DIVE Thailand Underwater Photography Competition

Congratulations to BSoUP member David Henshaw who won the August Pocket Guide DIVE Thailand Underwater Photography Competition with an image of a shoal of Catfish.

David won a Mergui Archipelago Liveaboard Excursion with Siam Adventure Divers, Khao Lak. Four days/five nights, 14 dive voyage for one person discovering the exciting dive sites around the Mergui Arch.

To enter the DIVE Thailand Underwater Photography Competition please visit

Underwater Australasia Photographic Competition 2008-9

Congratulations to BSoUP member David Henshaw who won the Underwater Australasia photography competition for 2008-9 with an image of a free-swimming Ribbon eel (right). The competition attracted thousands of entries and was judged unanimously by Mathieu Meur, Richard Vevers and the Underwater Team as the best Open image of the year.

David's shot, was taken at Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia using a Nikon D200 DSLR/60mm lens in a Sea and Sea Housing with two Inon Z240 strobes.

David won a 2-week trip to Yap and Palau in Micronesia sponsored by Traders Ridge and Fish'n Fins.

To view more of David's images please visit

To enter the Underwater Australasia Photographic Competition 2009-10 please visit

Ribbon Eel by David Henshaw
Free-swimming Ribbon eel
© David Henshaw

Titan Triggerfish by David & Debi Henshaw
Titan Triggerfish
© David and Debi Henshaw

When Titan Triggerfish attack

Most underwater photographers who have spent any time in the Indo Pacific have come across the very photogenic Titan Triggerfish. Most of us have heard the stories of Titan Triggerfish attacking divers, ramming and biting, and sometimes requiring medical attention. There is some irony in the fact that most non-divers' (and unfortunately many divers as well) have unwarranted fears about sharks or barracudas, but would more than likely approach a Titan Triggerfish without a second thought.
While not always aggressive and on the attack, these highly territorial fish are no joke and are to be taken seriously. So when we received an email from underwater photographer and BSoUP member David Henshaw with images from a recent Trigger attack in Dumaguette, Philippines, we decided that it was important to make sure that all of our readers understood more about the Titan Triggerfish, and their behaviour.

More at

Website of the Week - Elaine Whiteford LRPS

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This weeks choice is Sublime Sciba Photography the website of Elaine Whiteford LRPS.

Elaine learned to dive in the warm waters of Mauritius in 2002 and converted to cold water diving in 2003. She dives regularly in Scotland and has also dived in the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean and Iceland. She is a PADI Instructor.

A photographer before she was a diver, taking pictures underwater was a natural development for Elaine. Her photographs and articles have appeared in a number of publications.

To learn more about Elaine and see more of her images please visit

Elaine Whiteford LRPS
Elaine Whiteford LRPS

Epson Red Sea - August Competition
Epson Red Sea - August Competition

Epson Red Sea - August Competition - Voting

Deadline: 30th August 2009

Voting for the winner for August in the Epson Red Red Sea Competition is now open.

This is the last monthly competition before the final in September when all of the monthly winners for April to August compete for the title of 'UK and Ireland Underwater Photographer of the Year'.

The overall winner will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the Shoot-out in Eilat, Israel in the week commencing Monday 9 November. The first prize is US$10,000 and there are over US$80,000 in prizes.

To vote please visit

Sea and Sea RDX-500D DSLR Housing - Now available

The RDX-500D housing is reworking of the popular RDX-450D which now allows you to make full use of the EOS 500D's HD video function. In addition, the RDX-500D housing also accommodate the EOS 450D camera. Available as the housing only (#06150) or as a package for the camera body and 18-55mm kit lens which includes the RDX-500D housing and the RDX-Standard Port (#06628).

Easy Mounting
Mounting the camera becomes a breeze. Camera Quick Shoe for easy mounting and removal of the camera. You need only to slide the camera quick shoe into the slot up to the designated position. There is

RDX 500D - front
RDX 500D - front
RDX 500D - rear
RDX 500D - rear

almost no need for complicated position and gear alignments so even beginners can easily mount a camera. Two Fibre Optic Cable Sockets
Simply by connecting the Fibre-optic cable (L-type) to the connector, the cameras built-in flash is used to trigger an external strobe. This is considerably less complicated than setting up a hardwired sync cable. It also eliminates any possibility of leaks when the connector is submerged in water. T
TL Flash Available when using an optional YS Converter/C and compatible SeaandSea YS series strobes.

For further details please visit

Focus On - Animal Behaviour - August 2009

Last night's Focus on Competition 'Animal behaviour' attracted a total of 36 entries.

Congratulations to Arthur Kingdon who was the winner with an image of two interacting fish in a shoal (right)

Congratulations also to Debi Henshaw who was the runner-up with an image of mating cuttlefish (below) and Len Deeley who was third with an image of two interacting surgeon fish (below, right).

Winner: Arthur Kingdon
Winner © Arthur Kingdon
Runner-up: Debi Henshaw
Runner-up © Debi Henshaw

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Arthur Kingdon 51 9
2 Debi Henshaw 35 7
3 Len Deeley 26 7
4 Andrew McKelvie 20 4
5 Cathy de Lara 19 4
6 Ross Gudgeon 19 3

Andrew McKelvie, Cathy de Lara and Ross Gudgeon came fourth, fith and six respectively.

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

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

3rd: Len Deeley
Third © Len Deeley

Simon King's website

BSoUP Member Cathy Lewis in the news

A small selection of BSoUP Member and prize winning underwater photographer Cathy Lewis' images have been posted on wildlife film maker Simon King's website to celebrate National Marine Week (1st to the 16th of August).

Cathy was the overall winer in our recent BSoUP Splash-in Competition with an image of a Topknot and runner-up in this year's BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition with an image of a Painted Goby.

See also the Guardian, Wildlife Extra, the Mirror, Divernet, The Wildlife Trusts.

Website of the Week - Alan White and Esther Brennan

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is Great White Underwater Photography, the website of Alan White and Esther Brennan.

Alan and Esther use their webiste to keep a record of their dive trips.
Apart from the recent trip, the pictures in their Gallery are from trips they have taken in the Maldives (based on Reethi Beach) and the Bahamas (based in Nassau and liveaboards on M/V Shear Water, Caribbean Explorer and Aquacat).

Alan White
Alan White and Esther Brennan's website

British Underwater Image Festival
British Underwater Image Festival

NextBSoUP meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, August 19th 2009 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, S. Kensington, London. Directions.

Forum: Underwater Excellence - JP Trenque

Main Event:DIVE magazine's British Underwater Image Festival - Colin Doeg and Peter Scoones

Focus On Competition: Animal Behaviour. Members only. Please read the Rules before entering via the Competitions online entry form

Photo techniques: Stop, think, shoot - don't just blat. Gavin Parsons

Ultimate Diving Adventures - new book

BSoUP Member Len Deeley has recently completed a book with Karen Gargani entitled 'Ultimate Diving Adventures: 100 Extraordinary Experiences Under Water'.

The book has not yet been released, but you may pre-order it now and have it delivered when available from or directly from the publisher John Wiley and Sons Ltd

The price is £14.00, delivered free in the UK

Ultimate Diving Adventures: 100 Extraordinary Experiences Under Water

John Wallis' Webpages

Website of the Week - John Wallis

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members website. This week's choice is 'jwphotographic' the website of John Wallis hosted by John's pages include Underwater, Travel and Commercial galleries, John has dived around the world including the UK.

To view some of John's images please visit

Getting started with Underwater Photography - new DVD

BSoUP Member Jon Martin has produced the first underwater photography training DVD. Entitled 'Getting started with Underwater Photography' the DVD is aimed at those thinking about taking up underwater photography and those more experienced photographers who have not undertaken any formal training. The 78-minutre DVD includes an 'Introduction' and chapters on 'Equipment', 'Underwater Enviroment', 'Do's and Dont's', 'Know your camera'. 'Tips', 'Kit care' and 'What next' plus 'Credits' and 'Registering' to provide web access to further information.

Overall a very useful DVD and at only US$37 certainly represents value for money.

Getting started with Underwater Photography by Jon Martin

Getting started with Underwater Photography
by Jon Martin

SUBIOS Photo and Video Contest


Competition deadline: 31st August, 2009

This year SUBIOS celebrates its 20th anniversary (see

SUBIOS (Sub Indian Ocean Seychelles) Underwater Film and Image Festival was the brainchild of diving aficionado Mr. Philippe Blanchard.  In 1989, he together with Mrs. Maryse Eichler, Mr. David Rowat, Mr. Maurice Lousteau-Lalanne and a special committee put together a festival that would highlight Seychelles' extraordinary marine world, showcase the islands as an ideal diving destination and also sensitise the local population to the beauty beneath the waves.

Since that time SUBIOS has grown in stature, every year attracting filmmakers, photographers, journalists and ecologists from all over the world in a week-long celebration of Seychelles Underwater World. The festival includes not only photographic competitions but also features presentations by famous visiting speakers, SUBIOS dedicated events at hotels and a special schools programme to educate the nation's youth concerning the beauty and fragility of the islands' marine eco-systems.

Bristol Underwater Photography Group - Next meeting

The next BUPG Meeting is being held on Tuesday 11th August at 20.00 hts at our normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map). The monthly competition theme is 'Animal Behaviour'. Send your digital files to Bob ( ) and please include BUPG on the subject line. Arthur Kingdon will show a short video that he took whilst on a Jim Abernathy shark trip. The Annual General Meeting will be held so come along and have your say on what you like, or don't like, about how the BUPG is run. Volunteers for assisting with the running will be especially welcome!

For further information about BUPG please visit

Briistol Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Underwater Photography Group

Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society
Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society

Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society

The Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society (SUPS) meets every 2nd Tuesday of each month from 8p at the Stevenage Arts Guild, Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK (map). The next meeting of SUPS takes place on Tuesday 11th August.

All underwater photographers are invited to attend. This month's Focus on competition category is Crustaceans. Members are urged to upload or bring along images from recent trips for display and to upload their images for the Global Walk Exhibition.

For further details please visit

Epson Red Sea - July Competition

Congratulations to Robert Bailey who is the winner of the July Epson Red Sea July Competition in association with BSoUP, with 32.00% of the votes cast. Congratulations also to Trevor Rees who came second with 29.34% and Gareth Millson who came third with 22.95%. The winners from the April (Robert Bailey), May (Trevor Rees), June (Robert Bailey), July (Robert Bailey) and August competitions will compete in September for the title 'UK and Ireland Underwater Photographer of the Year'.

The overall winner will receive an all expenses paid trip to Eilat, Israel to compete in the Epson Red Sea Shoot out for US$ 80,000 in prizes being held between 9-14 November.

For further details please visit

Lion fish by Robert Bailey - one of three images
Lion fish © Robert Bailey

DiveQuest - Sponsors of Underwater Excellence

Underwater Excellence - not just another competition

This year we are introducing a new and important photographic competition to be run at the September meeting. BSoUP's "Underwater Excellence" is intended to be the Blue Riband event in our monthly competitions, which is reflected by a significant cash prize of £250 kindly donated by sponsor DiveQuest. Each photographer must enter three images, which will be projected sequentially and judged as a set. Each entry must include at least one wide angle and one macro photograph; the entry should show the photographer's range of ability and an overall excellence.

The images do not need to 'work' together and do not need to be related. The competition is only open to BSoUP members and previous winning images from major competitions are ineligible.

Our hope with this new competition is that it will help BSoUP members become more successful in important international competitions. It should encourage us to strive for excellence in our pictures, reward great photography and showcase some of the Society's most inspirational images. A portfolio or panel of several images is a better measure of a photographer's ability than a single image competition. The audience will judge the competition at the September meeting, selecting the strongest entrant as the winner. The entries will have been prejudged by a panel of experts (to be announced) from the Society and only the photos of the best 12 entrants (36 images) will be shown on the night, to give ample time to study the images carefully. The format is designed to replicate important international portfolio competitions, such as those at the Antibes Festival and Epson Red Sea Competitions. At these events portfolios are judged and scored as sequences and photographers are rewarded for having a variety of excellent images in their entry. The other reason for starting this competition is because you asked. We, the committee, do listen! Both through comments at meetings and from the discussion on the members' forum we know that people have become disappointed with our portfolio competitions. Many members, including those that have done well in the competitions, feel that in the last few years the emphasis in our portfolios has become too much in favour of the balance of the portfolio and not enough on individually stunning images. This is partly because the small images from the digital projector are hard to see in detail from the back of the room. Selecting images that balance each other when projected together is a requirement unique to BSoUP's portfolio competitions and therefore is not helping members to develop successful entries for prestigious international competitions. However, we are aware that the current portfolio competitions are popular, so rather than replace them, we have introduced this new competition with a significantly larger prize than the existing portfolio competitions.

We hope that you will enter your best photos for BSoUP's Underwater Excellence award. As with all competitions, please read the Rules before entering. The online entry form will be available after the next BSoUP meeting. [Alex Mustard, on behalf of the BSoUP Committee]

African Diver - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE web magazine African Diver is now available to download. Issue 6 includes the following articles 'Nudibranchs of the Pietermaritzburg' by Georgina Jones, 'Whales, sharks and sardines' by Paul Hunter, 'Mako and Blue sharks' by Charles Wright, 'Dave Shaw remembered' by Gordon Hiles, 'Extreme spearfishing' by Trevor Hutton, 'Moving Sushi summerises West Africa' by Moving Sushi team, 'Living, working and diving in the Maldives' and 'One shot, right time, right place' by Simon Brown.

To download your copy please visit

African Diver - Issue 6
African Diver - Issue 6 - Cover by Paul Hunter

Suzy Walker's Home page
Suzy Walker's Home page

Website of the Week - Suzy Walker

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is 'Reef Beasties' the website of Suzy Walker. Suzy's two main passions are underwater photography and travel. Suzy has recently started using an SLR (Nikon D300) both above and below water (in a subal housing). She used a compact digital cameras for many years and a Fuji finepix F810 (until it drowned in Lembeh whilst scuba diving). She then moved on to using an Olympus sp550 (Suzy loved this camera)! She also has a Canon G7 which is used less often as she cannot seem to get on with the seemingly narrow 35mm viewfinder.

Suzy currently has 61 galleries and 1473 images. To view them please visit Reef Beasties.

Visions in the Sea '09

Competition deadline 30 September 2009

Visions in the Sea 2009 is the underwater photography event of the year: a festival of underwater photography hosted in Manchester. It will include an international competition as well as presentations from world renowned underwater photographers and a "Teach In" at our 5m pool with experts available to delegates who want to improve their techniques. The weekend is in aid of the Shark Trust to raise money and awareness throughout the weekend for this important and relevant charity. An exhibition of the finalists of each category from the underwater photography competition, photos from the guest speakers and trade stands will be open to the general public free of charge.

Further details:

Visions in the Sea - Manchester - November 6th- 8th, 2009
Visions in the Sea - Manchester - November 6th- 8th, 2009

St Abbs & Eyemouth Volutary Marine Reserve

St Abbs photography competition

The annual Splash In underwater photography competition in St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve will be held on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August 2009.

All photos entered in the competition must be taken on Saturday within the marine reserve, and there are hundreds of pounds worth of prizes are up for grabs. A slide show of all the photos will be shown at Coldingham Village Hall at 7pm on Sunday evening, where the audience will act as judges and vote for the winning entries. Three are three categories in the competition: marine life portrait, reserve atmospheric and most humorous shot.

Divers interested in taking part in the Splash In should visit the news and events section of the marine reserve's website, Rules for the competition will be posted there shortly. Tickets for the slide show must be bought in advance from the Scoutscroft Dive Shop.

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