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News - April 2009

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Deep 2009 - winners
Website of the Week - Linda Pitkin
Exhibition of prints at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium
Underwater Journal - latest issue
Epson Red Sea Monthly Competition - Voting
Website of the Week - Helen Parris
Seasearch wants your photos of seaweeds
Red Sea monthly competition - Deadline extended
Founder's day
April Focus On - Results
Website of the week - Malcolm Nobbs
SUPS - April meeting
BSoUP April Meeting
Coverage of BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition

BSoUP - Amazon.co.uk sales reach 100 items

Celebrate the Sea 09 - Call for entries
Epson Red Sea Competition
BUPG - April Meeting
BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition
Website of the week - Alex Mustard
EMUP - next meeting
BBC Audio slideshow: The art of camouflage
BSoUP at LIDS
African Diver - latest issue
San Diego UPS - 40th Annual Film Festival
Underwater Images competition - Deadline extended
Website of the week - Gareth Millson and Pash Baker

International Underwater Photography Competition presents stunning winning images

The DEEP Indonesia Competition Is Part Of A Series Of International Underwater Image and Video Competitions That Celebrates The Beauty, Mystery and Plight of The Oceans

New York, NY (April 27, 2009) - DivePhotoGuide.com and Wetpixel.com are proud to announce the winners of the 2009 DEEP Indonesia international underwater photography competition.

DEEP Indonesia is part of a unique international series of international underwater imagery competitions founded by professional underwater photographers Jason Heller and Eric Cheng and hosted by popular websites DivePhotoGuide.com and Wetpixel.com, collaboratively with DEEP Indonesia, Indonesia's first and only watersports expo.

Deep 2009

Best of Show - Gabriel Donati
DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition 2009
Best of Show - Gabriele Donati

Indonesian Residents - Gol - Maria Rivarola
DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition 2009
Indonesian Residents - Gold © Maria Rivarola

Collectively the competitions awarded over $80,000 in world-class prizes in 2009, achieved significant media support, and continue to attract some of the planet's best underwater imagery.

Photographers from around the globe competed in seven themed categories (Divers, Animal Portraits, Animal Behavior, Reefscapes, Environment and Conservation, Compact Camera, and Indonesian Residents) to win over $30,000 in prizes, including photo equipment, dive gear, and premium dive travel packages to some of the top photo destinations in Indonesia and beyond. Indonesia trips include Bali, Fak Fak, Komodo, Lembeh, Manado, and Raja Empat. Additional dive packages include Papua New Guinea and The Bahamas.

The competition included a category for images that focus on conservation and the marine environment, one specifically for entries taken by compact digital cameras, and one specifically for Indonesian residents.

The winning images were on display during Indonesia's first and only water sports expo, DEEP Indonesia, in Jakarta Indonesia, March 27th - 29th, 2009. The competition results will also be published by supporting media partners worldwide.

A panel of esteemed judges included leading professional underwater photographers Cor Bosman and Tony Wu and Scuba Diving AustralAsia editor David Espinosa. 

 As with all Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide competitions, 15% of proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.

Congratulations again to all of the winners from around the world!

Winning images from this and past year's competitions can be found at www.underwatercompetition.com.

For more information please contact: contest@divephotoguide.com.
Divers - Gold - Marina Kochetova
Our World Underwater 2009
Divers - Gold © Marina Kochetova

Linda Pitkin

Website of the Week - Linda Pitkin

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members website. This weeks choice is Linda Pitkin.

Linda is an award-winning photographer specialising in underwater subjects as well as British wild flowers. She is the author of four books featuring underwater images and has written numerous magazine articles.

To learn more about Linda and see some of her spectacular images please visit her website at www.lindapitkin.net/

To view other member's websites please visit Links / Members


Exhibition of prints at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium

An exhibition of the 80 short-listed prints submitted for the BSoUP / DIVER Competition held at LIDS '09 is being staged at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium on the South Bank, London from early May to the end of June. Watch this space for exact dates.

The SEA LIFE London Aquarium is open 7 days a week (except Christmas Day). Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm with last entry at 5pm Saturday and Sunday 10am - 7pm with last entry at 6pm. There is a charge to enter the Aquarium. Please see www.sealife.co.uk/local/prices.php for full details.

SEA LIFE London Aquarium

SEA LIFE London Aquarium is situated right next to the London Eye, just over Westminster Bridge from Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament. Please see www.sealife.co.uk/local/location.php for full details of how to get there.

Visit BSoUP/ Diver Print Competition to view the winning images in the competition


Underwater Journal
Underwater Journal - The Cover - Nomads of the open sea,
a pod of pilot whales of the Isla Revillagigedos.

Underwater Journal - latest issue

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

Issue # 11 includes 'Florida Judge Rules to
Protect Palm Beach Reefs', 'Wreck of the Portland', 'Aquatica D90', 'Discovery CCR', 'Gerstle Cove, California', 'Travel/Adventure', Live-aboard Diving - Solmar V', 'Adding light', the 'Olympus E-520/PT-E05' and more.

To download your copy visit www.underwaterjournal.com/


Epson Red Sea Monthly Competition

Voting for the April Competition

Deadline: Thursday 30th April 2009

It's time to vote for your favourite photographer.

You will need to register to vote and then visit the voting page to choose the best photographer. Please note that online voters can only vote once.

Results of the April Competition are scheduled to be announced on 4th May when a new competition starts for the month of May.

The overall winner of the April, May, June, July and August monthly competitions will win an all-expenses paid trip to Eilat, Israel to represent the UK and Ireland in the Epson Red Sea 'World of Underwater Images' competition. The competition offers $US10,000 to the overall winner and lots of additional prizes. See Epson Red Sea for full details.

Epson Red Sea Competition - April Voting Page
Epson Red Sea Competition - April Voting Page

Helen Parris
Helen Parris' Home page

Website of the Week - Helen Parris

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members website. This weeks choice is Helen Parris Photography the website of Helen Parris.

Helen takes underwater images both at home and abroad. To see more of her work please visit www.helenparris.com/.

To view other member's websites please visit Links / Members


Seasearch wants your photos - of seaweeds

Seasearch is looking to illustrate its new identification guide to British and Irish seaweeds, being written by Francis Bunker and due out in about a year's time.
Impetus for the book was that "most of our Seasearchers [diving research project volunteers] are not very good at identifying seaweeds", despite the fact that seaweeds are "often the dominant life forms in shallow waters". Seasearch is looking for help from diving photographers in collecting "sparkling seaweed images to go in the book". But, it warns, they are "not easy subjects to photograph well". So there's the gauntlet, thrown down firmly on the seafloor!
Another, growing source of seaweeds information is the recently launched web source British Isles Seaweed Images, produced by Bunker and others, with links to the Natural History Museum's Seaweeds of the British Isles series.

British Isles Seaweed Images
British Isles Seaweed Images

The new source is intended to be "an interactive colour photographic guide with text to illustrate a wide selection of the marine algae of the British Isles", on both the web and, eventually, DVD. Seasearch's book will be geared specifically toward diving research and the species in which Seasearch is interested. Clearly, however, photos supplied by divers for the book project may also be of interest for the academic records. Details of species images of which are needed by Seasearch can be downloaded from the news section of its website.
Seasearch - www.seasearch.org.uk
British Isles Seaweed Images - www.weedseen.co.uk

Epson Red Sea Competition
Epson Red Sea Competition

Epson Red Sea monthly competition - Deadline extended

Owing to some downloading issues the deadline for the Epson Red Sea monthly competition this month has been extended. You may submit images up until midnight on Wednesday 22nd April 2009.

The monthly competition is organised in partnership with BSoUP and entry is free!

This is your chance to represent the UK and Ireland in the prestigious Epson Red Sea competition, which is taking place in Eilat between 9th - 14th November 2009, at the organiser's expense. There is an impressive array of prizes including holidays, equipment and thousands of $US cash prizes.

For more information about the Epson Red Sea competition or to enter your images, please visit www.eilatredsea.com.


Founder's day

At last night's BSoUP meeting Colin Doeg (co-founder), Tim Glover, Geoff Harwood and Peter Scoones (co-founder) gave us a fantastic insight into the early days of BSoUP.

They brought along some of the amazing underwater equipment that they had developed in the 60's and 70's before such things were available off the shelf. and each spoke about their contributions to and benefits of being involved with BSoUP and their own careers in underwater photography.

WoMoUPs
Colin Doeg, Tim Glover, Geoff Harwood and Peter Scoones pose for the cameras at last night' BSoUP meeting. Image © Gill McDonald
WoMoUPs
Colin Doeg, Tim Glover, Geoff Harwood, JP Trenque (BSoUP Chairman) and Peter Scoones pose for the cameras at last night' BSoUP meeting. Image © Gill McDonald.

Both Tim and Geoff worked for Kodak back then and were at the fore front of film and camera development. Their knowledge coupled with Peter's not inconsiderable prior expertise as an RAF photographer laid the foundations for Britain's oldest underwater photographic society. Among many acheivements, between them they produced the legedary blue databook filled with information on how to DIY, including constructing domes, housings, flash-triggering devices and the like.

During the break and following their presentations the audience flocked to look at some of their 'museum' pieces and meet these venerable pioneers in underwater photography.

If you have any images of the evening please send them to Brian Pitkin to post on the website.


April Focus On - Results

Last night's Focus On 'Abstract ' attracted a total of 39 entries. The final scores indicate that the audience's choice was very divided with second to sixth all receiving the same or more first places than the winner.

Congratulations to Ross Gudgeon who's image of a fan worm (right) won with 32 points (including 2 firsts).

Congratulations also to Georgette Douwma who came second with a montage comprising four identical mirrored images (below), Debi Henshaw who came third (below right), Lisa Whitfield ( fourth), Trevor Rees (fifth) and JP Trenque (sixth).

Ross Gudgeon
1st © Ross Gudgeon
Georgette Douwma
2nd © Georgette Douwma

How the top six scored:-

PositionPhotographerPointsFirsts
1Ross Gudgeon322
2Georgette Douwma287
3Debi Henshaw252
4Lisa Whitfeld 236
5Trevor Rees 214
6JP Trenque 182

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

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 image didn't make the top six, please contact Brian Pitkin.

Debi Henshaw
3rd © Debi Henshaw

Malcolm Nobbs' Home page
Malcolm Nobbs' Home page

Website of the week - Malcolm Nobbs

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. This week's choice is 'Diving with Malcolm' the website of Malcolm Nobbs.

Malcolm lives in Folkestone in the southeast of England, a member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) and now enjoys up to 200 dives per annum worldwide.

He used to have no interest in diving whatsoever. However his wife Eve did and in December 1994 he reluctantly joined her on a Try Dive. To his amazement he thoroughly enjoyed it and was soon assuring everyone that he had always wanted to dive.

Keen to capture memories of his underwater dives, Malcolm began shooting video but eventually became seduced by, in his opinion, the greater challenge of still photography. Malcolm now reports on BSoUP's meetings in in focus

To learn more about Malcolm, please visit his website at www.malcolmnobbs.com/


Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society (SUPS) - Next meeting

The next meeting of SUPS takes place on Tuesday 14 April 2009 at 20.00 hrs at the Stevenage Arts Guild, Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK (map).

Focus-on: 'Arches' Don't forget that you can have underwater and land images and they don't necessarily have to be dive related.

The last Novemebr Red Sea trip All you folks that took pictures please bring them along so that the rest of us can see what we were missing!!

Rolling SUPS Images  Bob Allen will bring the SUPS show that was put together for the Art's Guild open day.

For further details about SUPS please visit their website at www.sups-online.com.

Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society
Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society

Peter Scoones
Peter Scoones
Colin Doeg
Colin Doeg
Tim Glover
Tim Glover
Geoff Harwood
Geoff Harwood

April BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 15th April 2009 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, S. Kensington, London.

Annual event: BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition Awards

Focus On Competition: Abstract (see http://www.bsoup.org/competitions/index.php to enter online)

Main Event: WOMoUP'S (Wise old men of Underwater Photography).

For those interested in the beginnings of BSoUP and the early days of underwater photography four of the original members will be looking back at those times. They are Colin Doeg and Peter Scoones, the joint founders, as well as Geoff Harwood and Tim Glover, the latter three of whom helped to start the Society off with a remarkably strong technical base.

Some underwater photographic equipment was available by the 1960's but it was so expensive it was out of the reach of members so the emphasis was on making much of your own kit.

It is interesting that the foundations laid down by the original members remain good to this day and also that many of the ideas they developed are now standard features of commercially available equipment. Even the concept of the Splash-in has been adopted throughout the world as the basis for underwater shoot-outs and other competitions.

They will also be displaying items of early equipment as well as memorabilia charting the progress of the Society.


Coverage of BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition

BSoUP / DIVER have enjoyed some excellent coverage of the recent Print Competition held at the London International Dive Show at ExCel in London Docklands on 28th-29th March.

Check them out:

BSoUP
DIVER
Dive Photo Guide
The Wildlife Trusts
Mirror Group
Wildlife Extra
Motor Boats Monthly
Telegraph
Guardian

BSoUP thanks The Wildlife Trusts for the latter six.

The Wildlife Trusts
The Wildlife Trusts

Top three selling items purchased via this website from Amazon.co.uk

BSoUP - Amazon.co.uk sales reach 100 items

Since 1 January 2008 sales via the BSoUP website from amazon.co.uk have reached 100 items. The total value of sales is currently GBP 1,202.92 of which BSoUP received GBP 74.56 (5.19%) commission.

Top selling items were The Underwater Photographer: Digital and Traditional Techniques by Martin Edge (10 copies), Adobe Photoshop for Underwater Photographers by Jack Drafahl and Sue Drafahl (7 copies), Master Guide for Underwater Digital Photography by Jack Drafahl and Sue Drafahl (4 copies) and A Diver's Guide to the Art of Underwater Photography: Creative Techniques and Camera Systems for Digital and Film by Andrea Ferrari and Antonella Ferrari (4 copies).

Every purchase you make from this site earns a small commission for BSoUP. If you buy online from Amazon.co.uk then please do so via the this website either through our Online Shop (all items) or via Books (books only).


Celebrate the Sea 09 - Call for entries

Deadline: 1st May 2009

Celebrate The Sea 2009 Festival is calling for entries to its prestigious photography and video competitions, which offer over $50000 in prizes. Entries must be received by 1st May 2009 for the Festival, now in its eight year, which will be held from 12-14 June, Manila Ocean Park, Manila, Philippines.

The competition will be judged by some of the top underwater image makers, including Peter Scoones, Phil Nyutten, David Doubilet, Daniel Mercier, Michael Aw and Scott Tuason. Finalists will be displayed in special galleries and viewed by more than 16,000 people; the festival offers unrivalled international exposure. The winners will also be published in Ocean Geographic, Action Asia, Scuba Diver Australasia and Asian Geographic magazines.

Full details at www.celebratethesea.oneocean.com/

Celebrate the Sea '09
Celebrate the Sea '09

Epson Red Sea Competition
Epson Red Sea Competition

Epson Red Sea Competition

Deadlines: 18th of each month from April to August

This year, BSoUP is associated to the prestigious Epson Red Sea competition which is taking place in Eilat between 9 - 14 November 2009 and has an impressive array of prizes.

The shoot-out competition is contested by photographers from all around the world and BSoUP is seeking a representative who will travel to Eilat all expenses paid* to represent the UK and Ireland.

In order to select the British and Irish representative, a monthly online competition has been organised on www.eilatredsea.com. From April to August onwards, you are invited to submit up to 3 images (file size under 300kb) before the 18th of each month.

A panel of 5 judges as well as members of the public will then choose their favourite image. Each monthly winner will enter a final from 1 September to select our representative. This year's British and Irish judges are Alex Mustard, Linda and Brian Pitkin, Martha Tressler and JP Trenque.

For more information about the Epson Red Sea competition or to enter your images, please visit www.eilatredsea.com.

* Flights, accommodation and diving costs will be covered.


Bristol Underwater Photography Group - April Meeting

The next Meeting of the BUPG will be on Tuesday April 14th 20.00 hrs at The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map).

The monthly competition theme is 'Abstract'. The Foto Forum will be led by Arthur Kingdon and will focus on 'Monochrome'.

The main presentation is 'Manipulated Images using Photoshop Layers' by Trevor Rees. Non-members are welcome.

Please check the latest Newsletter on the website www.bupg.co.uk for further details.

Trevor Rees
© Trevor Rees

Marc Montocchio - Best of Show
Marc Montocchio © Best of Show

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition

Sailfish image wins best of the show

American photographer Marc Montocchio will be jetting-off to the Red Sea, courtesy of Oonasdivers, after his picture was chosen as best of the show at the new British Society of Underwater Photographers / Diver Magazine print competition.

A jury comprised of BAFTA-winning cameraman Peter Scoones, Diver publisher Nigel Eaton, Sea Life London Aquarium's Jamie Oliver and Alison Rider of Oonasdivers chose Montocchio's image of a hunting sailfish from among several outstanding entries.

Said Peter Scoones: "The marlin picture was technically excellent and told a story. It was well composed and had all the right elements for the observer. There was no question of why it was taken!  Further, it easily fitted my definition of a good picture: I would like to have produced it myself!"

Dive Show visitors were invited to select the winners in four categories : British and Irish, Overseas, Advanced British and Irish, Advanced Overseas. Almost a thousand members of the public cast their votes and the winners are as follows:

Ocean Optics British and Irish category: Luke Atkinson

Cameras Underwater Overseas category: Alan Larsen

Oceanic Advanced British and Irish category: Simon Brown

Mike's Dive Stores Advanced Overseas category: Malcolm Nobbs

Luke Atkinson - British & Irish Winner
British and Irish Winner © Luke Atkinson
Malcolm Nobbs - Overseas Winner
Malcolm Nobbs © Overseas Winner

The winner of each category receives a £250 voucher from the category sponsor and a year's family membership to the Sea Life London Aquarium, while runners-up receive a copy of 'Beneath Cornish Seas' by Mark Webster, published by Alison Hodge Publishers.

The British and Irish category was also being staged in association with The Wildlife Trusts, which was seeking UK marine images to support its marine activities. This year's theme was "Living Seas" and Lisa Chilton selected Robert Bailey's corkwing wrasse as the winning image. Rob receives a year's free membership to The Wildlife Trusts and a copy of 'The Unnatural History of the Sea' by Professor Callum Roberts.

The exhibition will now go on display at the newly refurbished Sea Life London Aquarium before going on tour to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, and then the Birmingham Dive Show.

BSoUP would like to thank Diver Magazine and the Sea Life London Aquarium for their logistical assistance. The Society also expresses its sincere thanks to Oonasdivers, Mike's Divestores, Ocean Optics, Cameras Underwater, Oceanic, The Wildlife Trusts and Alison Hodge Publishers for their prize sponsorship.

Full information and results

Simon Brown - Advanced Overseas Winner
Simon Brown © Advanced Overseas Winner

Alex Mustard
Alex Mustard's website

Website of the week - Alex Mustard

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. This week's choice is Alex Mustard's website.

Alex is an accomplished underwater photographer and author of Reefs Revealed. Alex also took all of the images for The Art of Diving.

Alex frequently lectures at BSoUP meetings and elsewhere and runs photographic workshops.

To learn more about Alex and see his images please visit his website at www.amustard.com


EMUP - next meeting

The next meeting is of the East Midlands Underwater Photographers takes place on Tuesday 7th April at 7.00 p.m. in Nemos Bar at Stoney Cove DiveCentre, Leicestershire (Map).

The following EMUP members will give short presentations (10-15 minutes each): Simon Morton has said he will cover his trip to Fuerteventura, Sam Muir will cover how she gets around the limitation of a compact, John Powell will shows shots from the Red Sea this year and last and show how he's been listening at EMUP. and Gordon Brown will show his shots from his recent trip to the Maldives
Competition: Freshwater

For more information about EMUP please visit www.emup.org.uk/

East Midlands Underwater Photographers
East Midlands Underwater Photographers

BBC Audio slideshow: The art of camouflage
BBC Audio slideshow: The art of camouflage

BBC Audio slideshow: The art of camouflage

by Professor Innes Cuthill from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol.

Among the many stunning pictures in the BBC Audio slideshow 'The art of camouflage' are images by BSoUP co-founder and BAFTA award-winning underwater cameraman Peter Scoones and his partner and BSoUP member Georgette Douwma.

To view the slideshow please visit http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7978844.stm

Click on 'Show captions' to reveal the titles and photographer's names.

Music: Believe Your Eyes, Pure Motion, Look Again, Micromovement, Open Water - courtesy KPM Music.
Slideshow by Paul Kerley. Publication date 3 April 2009.


BSoUP at LIDS

BSoUP exhibited at the London International Dive Show organised by DIVER Magazine and held at ExCel in London Docklands last weekend, 28th-29th March.

The Dive Show attracted over 12,000 visitors and nearly a thousand of these voted in the BSoUP/Diver Print Competition to choose the best in each of four categories - British and Irish, Overseas, Advanced British and Irish, Advanced Overseas - to win some great trophies and prizes.

Brian Pitkin, Linda Pitkin, JP Trenque and Alex Mustard on the BSoUP stand
Manning the stand - Left to right - Brian Pitkin, Linda Pitkin, JP Trenque and Alex Mustard. Image: Eleonora Manca
Judges
The panel of judges - Left to right - Peter Scoones, Jamie Oliver,
Brian Pitkin, Alison Rider and Nigel Eaton. Image: JP Trenque

A jury comprising BAFTA-winning cameraman Peter Scoones, Diver publisher Nigel Eaton, London Sea Life Centre's Jamie Oliver and Alison Rider of Oonasdivers and BSoUP president Brian Pitkin had the very difficult task of selecting an overall winner to receive the grand prize of a one week diving holiday in the Red Sea donated by Oonasdivers.

Jury chairman Brian Pitkin was delighted with the event: "We are grateful to all of our sponsors and the volunteer BSoUP members who helped out over the weekend for making the competition and exhibition such a fantastic success."

The results will be announced next Monday.


African Diver - latest issue

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

Issue #4 includes Senegal, the Maldives, Dahab and Sodwana Bay; all parts of Africa and its surrounding islands. The Moving Sushi expedition alerts us to the serious state of Senegal's fisheries and Christopher Bartlett reminds us of the perilous state of the ocean's shark stocks. Rowan Duvel lightens the mood with his article on freediving with Mantas in the Maldives while Morten Villadsen enthrals us with his experiences of freediving the Blue Hole in Dahab. Paul Hunter takes us on a personal visit to Sodwana Bay and DAN advises on altitude diving.

To download your copy please visit www.africandiver.com

African Diver - Issue 4
African Diver - Issue 4 - Cover: Rowan Duvel

San Diego Underwater Photographic Society
San Diego Underwater Photographic Society
San Diego Underwater Photographic Society- 40th Annual Film Festival

The San Diego Underwater Photographic Society (SDUPS) is proud to announce that its 40th Annual Film Festival will be held April 25, 2009 in San Diego, CA.

This year's film festival will feature a "headliner" film from Steve Drogin as well as a worldwide contest. The winner of the film contest, as determined by the audience, will be awarded a cash prize of $500. Additionally, there will be a reception honoring many of San Diego scuba diving pioneers with a special emphasis for those that lead the way in underwater photography and cinematography.

For full details please visit http://www.sdupsfilm.com/


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 www.uwimages.org


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 www.scorpionfish.co.uk


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