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News - December 2009

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

November 2009
January 2010
News Archive


Website of the Week - Shannon Conway
Beneath the Sea - Last call for entries
Website of the Week - Ali Burns
Courses, workshops and expeditions 2010 - 2011
X-ray Magazine - Latest issue
Open Portfolio Competition - Results
Website of the Week - David Buckle
New Book - The Underwater Photographer
New book - Diving Indonesia's Raja Ampat
An introduction to Nauticam
Gift Ideas
Website of the Week - Simon Brown

Open Portfolio Competition 2009
New Book - Sharks up close by Jim Abernethy
SUPS - Next meeting
African Diver - Latest issue
EMUP - Next meeting
BUPG - Next meeting
NUPG - Next meeting
Beneath The Sea 2010 Image Contest
Website of the Week - Sam Bean


Shannon Conway
Shannon Conway

Website of the Week - Shannon Conway

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is the website of Shannon Conway .

To learn more about Shannon and view his images, please visit www.underwaterphotography.com.au/

If you are a BSoUP member and your website is not included on the BSoUP member's websites page, please send the URL of your site to the BSoUP Membership Secretary, Mike Russell. Subsequently your website will be added to the list. All we ask is that you provide a link on your website to http://www.bsoup.org


Last call for entries in the Beneath the Sea 2010 International Imaging Competition

December 31st,  2009 is the last day for submitting entries to the 2010 Beneath the Sea International Imaging Competition.

Wherever you live in this wide world, submit your underwater photographic entry to the Beneath the Sea 2010 International Imaging Competition.

For contest rules and entry blank visit Beneath the Sea at their Internet site:  www.beneaththesea.org
The winners of the Beneath the Sea 2010 International Imaging Competition are announced at the Film Festival the weekend of Beneath the Sea's Oceans, Dive and Travel Exposition, March 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2010, at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Last years winner of the David Doubilet award for excellence in underwater photography by Cal Mero
Last year's  winner of the David Doubilet award for excellence
in underwater photography © Cal Mero

Ali Burns
Ali Burns

Website of the Week - Ali Burns

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is the website of Ali Burns.

If you are a BSoUP member and your website is not included on the BSoUP member's websites page, please send the URL of your site to the BSoUP Membership Secretary, Mike Russell. Subsequently your website will be added to the list. All we ask is that you provide a link on your website to http://www.bsoup.org


Courses, workshops and expeditions 2010 - 2011

In addition to BSoUP's own underwater Photo Technique presentations at monthly meetings a number of members run their own courses, workshops and expeditions.

The list of courses, workshops and expeditions offered by BSoUP Members has now been updated to include those offered for 2010 and 2011.

If you are a BSoUP Member organising a course, expedition or workshop in 2010-2011 which is not included at Courses, please send details to Brian Pitkin.

Courses, workshops and expeditions

XRay Magazine
Cover image: Steve Jones

X-ray Magazine - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE X-ray Magazine is now available for download.

Issue 33 includes artciles on the Solomon Islands and The Sound of Mull and Oban by BSoUP Member Steve Jones, Profile of Amos Nachoum, Diving in Oman, BCD Guide, In search of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, British Colombia, Portfolio of Dailan Pugh and much more.

To download your copy please visit www.xray-mag.com/


Open Portfolio Competition - Results

Congratulations to Trevor Reeswho won the Open Portfolio Competition with images of an anemone, a jellyfish, a diver, a seaslug, a seapen and a hooded seaslug. All of Trevor's images were taken in British Columbia.

Congratulations also to Robert Bailey who came second and Alex Tattersall who came third.

Trevor Rees
1st © Trevor Rees
Robert Bailey
2nd © Robert Bailey

How the top six scored:-

Photographer Position Points Firsts
Trevor Rees 1 68 15
Robert Bailey 2 38 6
Alex Tattersall 3 35 6
Cathy Lewis 4 26 4
Tamsin Eyles 5 24 5
Ross Gudgeon 6 21 3

There were a total of 29 portfolios entered.

The top six may be viewed enlarged in the Gallery by clicking on a photographer's name in the list above right.

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

If you entered and didn't make the top six, but would like to know how you did then please contact Brian Pitkin

Alex Tattersall
3rd © Alex Tattersall

David Buckle's Home Page
David Buckle

Website of the Week - David Buckle

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is 'Sunken Images' the website of David Buckle.

David's site currently includes two galleries, one of wrecks and the other of sharks.

If you are a BSoUP member and your website is not included on the BSoUP member's websites page, please send the URL of your site to the BSoUP Membership Secretary, Mike Russell. Subsequently your website will be added to the list. All we ask is that you provide a link on your website to http://www.bsoup.org

If your website is listed on the BSoUP member's websites page and you haven't included a link to http://www.bsoup.org on your site please do so.


New Book - The Underwater Photographer (Fourth Edition)

The fourth edition of Martin Edge's book The Underwater Photographer will be published early next year.

The award-winning third edition of 'The Underwater Photographer' dragged the topic kicking and screaming in to the digital age and with the fully updated fourth edition highly respected photographer and tutor Martin Edge takes you deeper in to the world of Underwater Photography.

Copies may be pre-ordered from Focal Press or from Amazon by clicking on the 'Buy from Amazon' button (right).

The Underwater Photographer

Diving Raja Empat

New book - Diving Indonesia's Raja Ampat

by Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock

Published under the auspices of Conservation International. A compilation of over 130 dive site descriptions within the world's most bio-diverse tropical reefs system, travel information, and background essays on biodiversity, conservation, and the people of Raja Ampat. A must for adventurers planning a trip to Raja Ampat. Diving Indonesia's Raja Ampat retails for $25, and is distributed in the United States by New World Publications, www.fishid.com. Books may also be ordered from Amazon (click 'Buy from Amazon' button (left).


An introduction to Nauticam by David Henshaw

Like many users of housings we come to a point when we wanted to upgrade our camera systems. The usual route is to move to the latest camera housing by our current manufacturer to utilise the investment we have previously made in port and lighting systems. We wanted to upgrade our two Nikon D200 systems to D300. The search was on for the best deals available on both cameras and housings through our network of underwater photographers around the globe.
 
Our conversations led us to Hong Kong where our friends Stephen and Takako considered that we may be interested in talking to Edward Lai, owner of the newly formed Nauticam company, who was completing the final pre-production housings for the Nikon D90 and D300/300s models.  Edward and his team has been in the precision mold manufacturing industry for more than 20 years, and now focusing on development and production of underwater photographic equipment. More.

Nauticam NA-D90 housing
Nauticam NA-D90 housing

Diving Dreams 2010 Calendar by Jeremy and Amanda Cuff
Diving Dreams 2010Calendar by Jeremy and Amanda Cuff


Sensational Socorros 2010 Calendar by Jeremy and Amanda Cuff

Sensational Socorros 2010 Calendar by Jeremy and Amanda Cuff
Ross & Mary Gudgeon's Calendar 2010
Ross and Mary Gudgeon's Calendar 2010

Gift Ideas

Need a last minute gift this Christmas? Why not buy a calendar by a BSoUP member.

Jeremy and Amanda Cuff have produced two calendars (left). The Diving Dreams 2010 Calendar features a variety of images, mostly from their dive travels over the last three years, and includes destinations such as Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Egypt.

The Sensational Socorros 2010 Calendar features a collection of images from Mexico's remote Socorro Islands.

Ross Gudgeon has also produced a Calendar for 2010 (left) which features underwater images from Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia taken by Ross and his wife Mary.

Alternatively why not buy a print by a BSoUP Member? Amongst others Len Deeley, Jim Garland, Anna James, Maria Munn, Malcolm Nobbs, Linda Pitkin, Tim Priest, Trevor Rees and Gary Roberts offer prints of their work (see also Prints for sale for examples of their work). Or visit the BSoUP Member's Websites page for more links.

Or you could buy a copy of BSoUP Members Len Deeley and Karen Gargani's latest book 'Ultimate Diving Adventures' (right). See Books for further details of this and other books and DVDs published this year.

Ultimate Diving Adventures by Len Deeley and Karen Gargani

Simon Brown
Simon Brown's Home page

Website of the Week - Simon Brown

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members webiste. This week's choice is Simon Brown.

Simon first picked up an underwater camera in 2002, and his first feature was published 12 months later.

Simon now supplies 17 dive magazines throughout the world with both single images and features, and to date his work has been translated into 10 languages, including Russian and Mandarin.

In addition to the dive press, Simon's topside work includes motorcycle touring and adventure features.
Working closely with commissioning editors, Simon will develop a story from idea to finished article, with words and images supplied.

To see more of Simon's work please visit www.simonbrownimages.com/


Open Portfolio Competition 2009

The BSoUP Annual Open Portfolio Competition takes place in December and is open to members and non-members alike.

Eachphotographer must submit a portfolio of six images. Digital portfolios may be submittedusing the CompetitonsEntry form by10pm 15th December 2009.

All portfolios will be judged by the audience present at the meeting.

The winner receives the BSoUP Trophy and a cheque for £100 donated by DIVE Magazine, who reserve the right to publish the winning entries.

For further details please visit Open Portfolio Competition

Open Portfolio 2008 - Winner JP Trenque
Open Portfolio 2008 © Winner: JP Trenque

Sharks in focus - Jim Abernathy

New Book - Sharks up close by Jim Abernethy

Underwater photographer Jim Abernethy has announced his new book Sharks Up Close, which through stunning imagery and educational text, will give readers a new appreciation for sharks and their plight for survival.

Jim has spent a lifetime getting Up Close with many of the largest species of shark and his knowledge and love for these often misunderstood creatures promises to make this a special book. We can't wait to see it. A signed copy of the 81 page book, costs from just $18 on pre-order with expected delivery in January 2010.

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Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society - Next meeting

Tuesday 8th December

The Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society (SUPS) meets every 2nd Tuesday of each month from 8pm at the Stevenage Arts Guild, Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK (map).

Focus-on: 'MOVEMENT' 

1st Show: Compact Camera Images 

2nd Show: Rolling Images 

All underwater photographers are invited to attend. For further details please visit www.sups-online.com

Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society
Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society

African Diver Issue #8
African Diver (Dec 2009 - Jan, 2010)

African Diver - Latest issue

The latest issue of African Diver is now available for download.

Issue #8 (Dec. 2009 / Jan. 2010) includes Surf and Turf in tantalising Tanzania by Christopher Bartlett, When Titan's attack by Jason Heller, Norway's fisheries - lessons for Africa? by Moving Sushi, Cryptic crabs of the Atlantic side by Georgina Jones, Diving with ear problems by DAN-SA, Shooting video commercials underwater by Gordon Hiles, Is aquaculture a sustainable option by Scott Buckley, Meet the DAN-SA team by DAN-SA, Featured photographer by Simon Brown, and SASSI - the story by SASSI.

To download your copy please visit africandiver.com/


East Midlands Underwater Photographers - Next Meeting

Tuesday, December 1st 2009

The next meeting of EMUP takes place at the usual venue - Nemo's Bar, Stoney Cove.

Main Event: Print evening

Competition: Open Prints

East Midlands Underwater Photographers
East Midlands Underwater Photographers

Bristol Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Underwater Photography Group

BUPG - Next meeting

Tuesday, 8th December 2009

The next meeting of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group takes place on Tuesday 8th December at 2000.hrs at The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)

Monthly Competition - Pairs
Annual Competition - Open Portfolio
Foto Forum - TBA

For further information please visit www.bupg.co.uk/


NUPG - Next meeting

Monday 14th December 2009

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group takes place on Monday 14th December at Orca Divers, 557 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 8AN at 19.30. Map

The meeting includes competitions for digital images and A2 portfolio prints and members 15 minute talks.

For further information about NUPG please visit their new website at www.nupg.org.uk


Northern Underwater Photographers Group

Beneath the Sea

Beneath The Sea 2010 Image Contest

Deadline: 31st December 2009

Beneath the Sea 2010 is pleased to invite all Photographers and Videographers from around the world to enter the Beneath the Sea International Imaging Competition. For the first time this competition is now open to both amateurs and professional image makers. The contest deadline is 31st December 2009.

In addition to spectacular prizes, BTS also awards the David Doubilet award for excellence in underwater photography, the Stan Waterman award for excellence in underwater video, and the Jim Church award for excellence in creative underwater photography.

For further details please visit www.beneaththesea.org/contest.html


Website of the Week - Sam Bean

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

This week's choice is Sam Bean LRPS.

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

Subsequently your website will be added to the list. All we ask is that you provide a link on your website to http://www.bsoup.org

Sam Bean's Home page
Sam Bean's Home page


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