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News - October 2009

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September 2009
November 2009
News Archive


Underwater Journal - Latest issue
X-ray magazine - November issue
Website of the Week - Cathy Lewis
Best of British Portfolio Competition - Results
Automatic e-mail notification of Forum messages
PADI Diving Society Photo Contest
Ocean Optics Underwater Stage Opens
Fish of the Year
Tony Baskeyfield wins SUBIOS 2009
Above and below by Gavin Parsons
October BSoUP Meeting
Website of the Week - Lucy Agace

News from David and Debi Henshaw

African Diver - Latest issue
ARKive seek photos, film and sound clips
U/W Photographer of the Year - Robert Bailey
BUPG - Next Meeting
EMUP - Next Meeting
SUBIOS 2009
Epson Red Sea - Images of the World
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009
WildPhotos 2009
Free exhibition at the British Library
Website of the Week - Mark and Dana Atwell


Underwater Journal - Latest issue

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

Issue # 13 includes Dive on the M/V Castor, Beyond the Basics: Going Wreck Tech, Turks and Caicos Aggrressor II, Inon 45-Degree Finder, Mantas of Manihi, Dive Tek and Cobalt Coast, Dive Log: UNEXSO'S Dolphin Dive Experience, and Parting Shot.

To get your free copy visit www.underwaterjournal.com/

Underwater Journal
Underwater Journal. Cover Photo: Karen Stearns

XRay Magazine Issue 32
X-ray Mag. Cover Photo A. and A. Ferrari

X-ray magazine - November issue

The November issue of the FREE X-ray magazine is now available to download.

Issue #32 includes articles on Sabah Reef and Forest Conservation, Sepiloc: In the forest realm of the Orangutang, Kinabatang: A trip to Borneo's hidden jewel, Danum: The valley where time stands still, Sabah revisted, Kids scuba Malaysia, All about drysuits, Manufacturer Ursuk of Finland, Yukatan Cave Diving - The Rolex Expedition, Filming Axis mundi - Yukatan Cave Diving, UW Photography - Macro Sea Dragon and much more.

To download you free copy please visit www.xray-mag.com


Website of the Week - Cathy Lewis

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

Cathy Lewis lives in Bristol, south west England, with husband Chris who is also a keen diver and an accomplished underwater videographer. She works as the editor of a crafts magazine at Future Publishing in Bath.

Cathy was introduced to diving in 1984 by her adventure-loving friend Tina, who took her to Wast Water in the Lake District on a freezing cold November day.

Cathy Lewis
Cathy Lewis

'The hail was horizontal, my wetsuit didn't fit, and there was nothing to see. I thought she was mad. Luckily a beginner's course in Port Douglas, Australia during a year's travelling, changed my mind. I joined Clifton Sub Aqua Club once I returned and have never looked back'.

To learn more about Cathy and see some of her images please visit www.cathylewisphotography.com/


Trevor Rees
Winner © Trevor Rees

Best of British Portfolio Competition - Results

Congratulations to Trevor Rees who won the annual Best of British Portfolio Competition with 95 points including 21 firsts. Trevor's Portfolio (left) comprised images of an urchin, a half and half shot of trees, a jellyfish, an anemone, a diver on a shot line and a sea pen.

Second place went to Rick Ayrton with 80 points including 15 firsts. Rick's portfolio (below) comprised a tompot blenny, jewel anemones, a scorpion fish, an anemone, a spider crab and Red sea fingers.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Trevor Rees 95 21
2 Rick Ayrton 80 15
3 Arthur Kingdon 64 10
4 Robert Bailey 50 09
5 David Stephens 14 00
6 Simon Brown 13 02
Rick Ayrton
Second © Rick Ayrton

Arthur Kingdon
Third © Arthur Kingdon

Third place went to Arthur Kingdon with 64 points including 10 firsts. Arthur's portfolio (left) comprised a diver in kelp, a jewel anemone, a seal, a black-faced blenny, a tompot blenny and a nudibranch.

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery (click on photographers's name in table, above left).

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


Automatic e-mail notification of Members Forum messages

BSoUP Members, if you would like to receive automatic e-mail notification of BSoUP Members Forum messages then please log-in members/index.php and edit your details using 'Edit my details'.
Under 'Notify me ' (just above the 'Submit' button) it should read 'Email me when a new forum reply arrives' rather than 'Do not email when forum replies arrive'.

Note that the e-mail notifications can not be replied to directly. You will need to follow the link in the notification to the Member's Forum. You will be asked to log-in if you haven't already done so during your current session.

Members Forum

PADI Diving Society Membership Card
PADI Diving Society Membership Card 2008

PADI Diving Society Membership Card Photo Contest

In the past, images for the PADI Diving Society membership card have either been generated from PADI offices' internal collections or they came from renowned underwater photographers. However, with the growth of Digital Underwater Photography, and more and more divers capturing their underwater experiences, we decided to do something different for 2010 and created a worldwide search!

View the top 10 finalists now and vote for your favorite Society card image. Your vote counts! The final winner will be announced in November 2009 and will receive a certificate, global recognition, plus bragging rights!

Voting closes on 30 October 2009 at 11am PST.


Underwater photography Stage opens at The Underwater Studio

Underwater photography equipment specialists Ocean Optics and The Underwater Studio, operators of the filming tank used for motion picture blockbusters including "The Bourne Supremacy", and "Bond", "Harry Potter" and "Star Wars" franchises have opened what is believed to be the world's first purpose designed set for teaching and practicing underwater photography. The set was developed in consultation with leading underwater photography educator Martin Edge and London Aquarium marine biologist and underwater photographer Jamie Oliver. Ocean Optic's Mark Koekemoer created the final design.  It was opened underwater by Colin Doeg, eighty two, co -founder of the British Society of Underwater Photographers and one of the UK's great underwater imaging pioneers.

For further details please visit www.oceanoptics.co.uk/

Ocean Optics Underwtaer Stage

Fish of the Year

Fish of the Year of Epson Red Sea Competition

Vote for  the FISH!

While other competitions around the world are busy with announcing the annual beauty queen, the leading racing car or the most popular pop star, Epson Red Sea 2009 is proud to introduce the Fish of the Year .

5 fish-nominees are introduced through the video clips featured, along with professional credentials delivered by 5 marine biologists PhD, each promoting a different fish-nominee.

During the 3 days of the Epson Red Sea 2009   competition, the fish that was elected as the Fish of the Year will serve as a "case study" for all photographers participating in the "Winning and Donating" category, representing different websites and magazines from all over the world. The winner will be the one who submits the most creative, original, professional and diverse portfolio of the Fish of the Year.

To vote for the Fish of the Year please visit http://eilatredsea.com/


SUBIOS 2009

Congratulations to BSoUP Member Tony Baskeyfield who won the first prize in this year's SUBIOS Festival for his image of a Green turtle.

Tony won a Trophy sponsored by STB  plus a one week Cruise for two on Dream Yacht Seychelles sponsored by Silhouette Cruises.  

Tony also won the Jury Award for his image of a Spinner dolpin and the Public Choice Award for his image of a Green Trutle.

SUBIOS (Sub Indian Ocean Seychelles) Underwater Film and Image Festival was the brainchild of diving aficionado Mr. Philippe Blanchard.  

Turtle by Tony Baskeyfield
Turtle © Tony Baskeyfield
Dolphins by Tony Baskeyfield
Dolphins © Tony Baskeyfield

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.

This year SUBIOS celebrated its 20th anniversary (see www.subios.com for further details).


Above and below - An illustrated talk by Gavin Parsons

Thursday 29 October in Grub Cafe Bar, East Grinstead.

Enjoy an evening of anecdotes, hints and tips, as well as stunning wildlife and environmental photography

BSoUP member Gavin is an award winning photojournalist and has worked with organisations such as International Animal Rescue, Greenpeace, IFAW as well as wildlife picture libraries and commercial clients. His photographic work has appeared around the world in magazines, books and websites.

Gavin Parsons
Gavin Parsons

Gavin's talk will cover a range of projects Gavin has worked on including BDMLR rescues, Greenpeace Mediterranean actions, IFAW photo shoots and IAR projects. It will also highlight a number of his underwater and topside wildlife photographs. It will be an entertaining evening of anecdotes, hints and tips, as well as stunning wildlife and environmental photography. The illustrated talk kicks off an exhibition of some of his most outstanding wildlife photographs which will be on display in Grub until the middle of December.

Tickets cost £5 with all profits going to BDMLR. Please RSVP to gavin@h2o-images.co.uk to go on the guest list and payment is on the evening at the door. Places are limited to this special evening and so RSVP as soon as you can.


Trevor Rees - Winner of the Best of British Portfolio Competition 2008
Best of British Portfolio Competition 2008
Trevor Rees © Winner

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

Main Event: 'An evening with Michael Aw - Part 1'.

Annual Event: Best of British Portfolio Competition, BSoUP Members only. Please read the Rules before entering and submit your entries via the online Entry Form.

Main Event: 'An evening with Michael Aw' - Part 2.

Michael Aw is an international award winning underwater photographer and author of 27 books. He is also a contributing author for a further 11 books.

Michael is the founding director of OceanNEnvironment, a charity organization listed with the Registrar of Environment Australia. The mission of OceanNEnvironment promotes and initiates preservation projects as well as endeavors to document the status of coral reefs, bio-diversity and the impact of man-made pollution through research programs, and measurable conservation projects.

For further details about Michael please visit www.michaelaw.com/

Michael Aw
Michael Aw's Home page

Lucy Agace

Website of the Week - Lucy Agace

BSoUP Member Lucy Agace has been scuaba diving and taking photographs underwater for over 20 years. She is a member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers and is based in the both the UK and the Caribbean. Having travelled extensively around the world enjoying remote undiscovered dive locations Lucy has amassed an incredible collection of underwater photographs. A selection of these can be seen in her Image Galleries.

Lucy's travels have taken her to the following places; The Caribbean, Tuamoto islands, Galapagos islands, Cocos islands, Fiji islands, Tonga islands, Western Samoa, Solomon islands, Truk Lagoon, Pelau, Indonesia, Thailand, Andaman islands, Maldives, Chagos Archipelago, and The Red Sea.

Lucy has published 2 books, Barbados Dive Guide and Cocos Island Diving and Snorkeling Guide. They are both full of photographs depicting the many wonderful marine creatures found at these locations.

To learn more about Lucy and see more of her images please visit www.underwaterphotographic.ifp3.com/


News from David and Debi Henshaw

Having spent endless hours this weekend trying to find an FTP Server that can actually load updates to our web site in one attempt we have finally found it - "Cyberduck"
We were fortunate to win the Underwater Australasia 2009 Photographic Competition, which means that next year we can visit Yap and Palau - WOW  and good news for Debi this week - 3rd in Raja Ampat Logo Comp and 1st in the Photo of the Month in Underwater Australasia. Visit www.digitaldiving.co.uk/ and it will show a few more competition results we have had in the last few months (not all underwater).
We have also merged a few pages to reduce the number on the site, given the pages a new colour makeover and introduced "A Media Room" which will direct you to various sites we are active in.
We have started our first month as moderator's in The Fins Group via Flickr - harder to get the postings on the site than to choose the images - some of which are awesome - here' the link www.flickr.com/groups/fins/ - Why not join? Good images and nice people are always welcome.

David & Debi Henshaw

Our next adventure is in November when we travel to The Philippines, to Anilao to meet up with our friend Jeff de Guzman, well known macro photographer in his own right, has won many International Competitions and had his work published in dive magazines throughout the world - then we move on to Malapascua to have a look at the Thresher Sharks for a week and return through Hong Kong for a 3 day tourist walk about - we are taking orders for equipment purchases in HK - low commission rates apply LOL - will be an exciting month.


African Diver Issue #7
African Diver Issue #7
Cover by Andrew Woodburn

African Diver - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE magazine African Diver is now available to download.

Issue #7 includes articles on 3 Sisters - The top Pinnacle Dive in Southern Africa by Andrew Woodburn, Filming Whites in the early days by Gordon Hiles, Moving Sushi by Moving Sushi team, Tuna by AfricanDiver, Cape Catsharks by Georgina Jones, Featured photographer - Daniel Bothelo, The Asthmatic Diver by DAN, Shark cartilage by Dr Lynne Hepplestone, DAN research by DAN, Substainable holidays by DAN, One shot, right time, right place by Simon Brown.

To download you copy please visit http://www.africandiver.com/


ARKive seek photos, film and sound clips

Diving photographers and videographers are being asked to donate material in aid of campaigns for threatened marine species.

ARKive, which promotes wildlife conservation messages through photos, film and sound clips, is asking divers around the world to contribute stills or video of the broadest array of animals. The group, a not-for-profit initiative of the charity Wildscreen, wants to produce image-based records of all species which are on the IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species. Material related to other species is also welcomed.

ARKive

Those who contribute are assured that their images will be used "as a resource for scientists, conservationists, educators and the general public, and not for commercial purposes". The contributions, along with descriptions of what they depict and the issues facing the creatures in question, will be loaded for free viewing online.

For further details please visit http://www.arkive.org/


Robert Bailey
Robert Bailey
Epson Red Sea - UK and Ireland Underwater Photographer of the Year

Epson Red Sea - UK and Ireland Underwater Photographer of the Year

Congratulatiions to BSoUP Member Robert Bailey who is the winner of the Epson Red Sea competition title 'UK and Ireland Underwater Photographer of the Year'. Robert took 54.76% of the votes cast, beating Trevor Rees (34.38%) and Martyn Guess (10.85%) with his June winning portfolio.

Robert wins an all-expenses paid trip to Eilat, Israel to compete for the US$80,000 prizes on offer in the Epson Red Sea Shoot-out held between 9th - 14th November.

For further details please visit www.eilatredsea.com/

Robert, aged 45, is a Network Engineer living in Warwick, He was born in Calgary, Canada but is a British national. He has been diving and taking underwater photographs for 20 years. These days Robert does the majority of his diving in the UK, but has dived in Malaysia, Maldives, Australia, The Bahamas, Belize, Sardinia and California. His favourite diving is in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, in particular Browning Pass located at the northen tip of Vancouver Island.

Robert currently uses a Nikon D200 with a Sea and Sea housing and Arms, Twin Inon Z240 Strobes with either Micro Nikkor 60 mm macro lens or a Tokina 10-17mm fish eye zoom.

'I strive to separate subjects from their background. I particularly liked the atmosphere that the ripples in the sand added to the image of the Tiger Shark (right) and felt this suited monochrome. I processed the image using Silver Efex Pro.'

Tiger Shark by Robert Bailey
Tiger Shark - Taken in the Bahamas on a site called Tiger Beach with a Tokina 10-17 fisheye lens, while diving from Jim Abernathy's boat.© Rob Bailey
Pier at Nuweiba, Egypt
The Jetty in Nuweiba, Gulf of Aqaba, Egypt
Taken using a Tokina 10-17 fisheye lens © Rob Bailey

'I need to give credit for the inspiration of this image of the jetty off Nuweiba (left) to Maria Munn who unselfishly shared an image of hers with me.  This shot was also taken using the Tokina 10-17 which rarely comes off my camera when I'm doing wide-angle. It was taken on the sand with an extreme upward angle.'

'Thanks as always to my wife and model Paula who puts up with a lot to help me get the images I'm looking for. She always adds eloquence to any scene, and I couldn't do what I do without her.'

'The nudibranch (right) was taken in Wales at a site called Martin's Haven in Pembrokeshire. This site is often exposed to swell and frequently suffers from poor visibility. I did this dive with my buddy Trevor Rees and discovered this chunky specimen in a kelp bed at the end of a dive, the swell was quite heavy that day, and I was feeling quite motion sick at times whiles I was making this image. I have been back several times and I haven't been able find such large specimens.'

'Nudibranchs have always fascinated me and I never overlook them as subjects.'

To see more of Robert's image please visit www.robertbaileyphotography.com/

Nudibranch by Robert Bailey. Nudibranch (Polycera faeroensis)
Taken with a Nikon 60 mm macro lens © Rob Bailey

Bristol Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Underwater Photography Group

Bristol Underwater Photography Group - Next Meeting

Tuesday October 13th at 20.00 hrs

The Meeting will be at the usual venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)  

Monthly Competition: 'Available Light'.

Annual Competition: Portfolio.

Main Event: Rob Bailey -  Diving available around Vancouver Island.

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


East Midlands Underwater Photographers - Next Meeting

Tuesday 6th October - 7.00 - 10.00 p.m.

Stoney Cove, Leicester.

EMUP will kick off it's third season with an invited distinguished talker:
Gareth Lock - Surely 1/10th second is too slow for UW photography...an insight into deep wreck photography
Competition: Wrecks

Technical talk: TBA

East Midlands Underwater Photographers
East Midlands Underwater Photographers

SUBIOS Photo and Video Contest

SUBIOS 2009 4th-10th October

This year SUBIOS celebrates its 20th anniversary (see www.subios.com).

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.

Epson Red Sea - Images of the World

Deadline: 15th October, 2009

Underwater photographers from all over the world are invited to participate in this online competition, which is open to all photographers, amateurs and professionals alike.

Yes, you can stay home and send in your competition images that were shot any time anywhere in the world.

There are five categories including Best 5 Images (portfolio), Best Color Print, Best Wrecks of the world, Best Humourus, Best Environmental and conservation. And some great prizes!

Entry costs from 25 to 40 Euros per category depending on how many images you enter. Full details at www.eilatredsea.com/?CategoryID=165.

Espson Red Sea - Images of the World

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The winning and commended images for the 2009 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition will be on show at the Natural History Museum from 23 October 2009, when the exhibition opens.

From 22 October you can view the 95 winning and commended images in our online gallery. Get a sneak preview of some of them in the October issue of the BBC Wildlife Magazine on sale from 28 September.

The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition finds the very best wildlife images taken by the world's top professional and amateur photographers. This year we received more than 43,000 entries from 94 countries. For further details please visit www.nhm.ac.uk/


WildPhotos 2009

23rd and 24th October 2009

October sees the return of WildPhotos, the UK's largest event dedicated to exploring the power of nature photography, organised by Wildscreen.

The world's finest wildlife photographers and industry experts, along with host Chris Packham, will inspire and enthuse anyone with a passion for wildlife imagery, whether amateur or professional. WildPhotos will take place on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th October 2009, and will return to the prestigious Royal Geographical Society in London.

World-renowned National Geographic photographer, Michael"Nick" Nichols, leads the

Wildscreen

line-up of speakers and also presenting their work will be winners from the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, the results of which will be announced shortly before WildPhotos.

WildPhotos will bring together many other inspirational wildlife and landscape photographers plus leading photographic agents, librarians and publishers to offer insights, tips and visions of appeal. The event is programmed by Rosamund Kidman Cox, journalist and former editor of BBC Wildlife Magazine, and a judge of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition since 1981, launching it in its current form.

Online delegate registration will open at in early June 2009. Further details of speakers will be announced in the coming months at www.wildphotos.org.uk


British Library - Points of View
British Library: Points of View

Points of View: Capturing the 19th century in photographs - A free exhibition at the British Library

Friday 30 October 2009 - Sunday 7 March 2010

170 years since its invention, photography remains the main technology through which we understand and record the world. Camera phones are now ubiquitous, but in its infancy, photography was an expensive, elaborate and experimental pursuit. Points of View - the British Library's first ever major photographic exhibition - will examine the development and influence of photography, from its invention in 1839 up to the growth of a popular amateur market in the early 20th century.

Rarely displayed items from the British Library's photography collection will show how photography has played a critical role as the primary means of visual expression in the modern age. See www.bl.uk/pointsofview.


Website of the Week - Dana and Mark Atwell

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members website. This week's choice is the website of Dana and Mark Atwell.

To see more of Dana and Mark's images please visit www.damphotos.com/index.html. Dana and Mark have further images on Facebook.

To view other BSoUP member's websites please visit Links/Member's websites. If you are a member and your website is not on the list please notify Mike Russell.

Mark & Dana Atwell

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