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News - January 2010

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

December 2009
February 2010
News Archive

U/W Photography Guide Launched
Online Underwater Photography Tutorials
Website of the Week - Len Deeley
EMUP - Next meeting
Articles wanted for 'infocus'
BSoUP / DIVER Annual Print Competition 2010
The Underwater Channel - temporarily off air
January's Focus On Results - 2009 Images
January BSoUP Meeting
DEEP Indonesia 2010 - Last call for entries

Our World Underwater - Last call for entries
Epson Red Sea 2009 Competition Album
BSAC 2009 Photo Competiton - Results

BUPG -January meeting rescheduled
Lady Elliot Island, Australia
Website of the Week - Andrew Cooper
Underwater Journal - Latest issue
SUPS - January meeting
NUPG - January meeting
EMUP - January meeting
UwP - Latest issue
Our World Underwater Competition 2010
DEEP Indonesia competitions 2010
Europe Photo 2010
Website of the Week - Shannon Conway

U/W Photography Guide Launched launches the world's first free comprehensive online guide to underwater photography.

Underwater photography is a growing activity enjoyed by tens of thousands of scuba divers each year. is a comprehensive resource on underwater photography theory, technique, equipment, travel destinations and marine life for beginners and experienced photographers.

January 27th, 2010 - Underwater photography is the most challenging type of photography one can undertake. It is also one of the fastest growing segments, due to the rapid drop in the price of underwater camera housings over the last 10 years. is proud to be the first free comprehensive online guide to underwater photography to assist divers and photographers in learning this difficult art.

DPG Online Comprehensive Underwater Photography Tutorials

In response to the global demand from photographers, scuba divers, surfers and snorkelers around the world, leading underwater photography website has launched a highly anticipated free series of comprehensive underwater photography tutorials and guides to help the world learn underwater photography. Never before has there been such a growing interest in underwater photography. Affordable digital cameras have made underwater photography more accessible, and social media has made it easier than ever to share photos with your friends, family and the world.

The underwater photography guides offer easy-to-read tutorials for photographers all levels to learn how to take great underwater photos.

The tutorials are written by professional underwater photographer Jason Heller and editor Matt Weiss, along with contributions from several world renowned professional and award winning underwater photographers, such as National Geographic photographer David Doubilet and BSoUP Members Martin Edge, and Alex Mustard. Each tutorial includes beautiful underwater photos and equipment set-up shots that illustrate each technique.

Dive Photo

Dive Photo Guide,com

Len Deeley
Len Deeley's Home page

Website of the Week - Len Deeley

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is 'Imagine Photography', the website of Len Deeley FRPS, DPAGB, BPE3.

Len began diving as a member of 562 Para Sqn. T. A. back in 1970 with BSAC London Army 328 Branch. When he left the T. A. in 1975 he joined BSAC East Ham Branch 604. However, he really settled into serious diving when he became a member of the Billericay Sub Aqua Club (1620) in 1980 when it formed. His first camera was a Nikonos IVA. More.

Len has self catering apartments at Sahl-Hasheesh, Red Sea, Egypt and Flamingo Country Club, Bodrum, Turkey available for hire.

Northern Underwater Photography Group - Next meeting

Monday 25th January, 2010

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group takes place on Monday 25th January at Orca Divers, 557 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 8AN at 19.30. Map

Equipment, bring along your kit to discuss and share ideas. Destination talk by John Spencer Barbados
Image competition the colour yellow.

For further information about NUPG please visit their new website at

Northen Underwater Photography Group
Northern Underwater Photography Group

Stevenage Underwater Photography Society
Stevenage Underwater Photography Society

Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society - Next meeting

Tuesday 12th January, 2010

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: 'Bright/Colourful' 
Don't forget that you can have underwater and land images and they don't necessarily have to be dive related.

1st Show: Compact Camera Images 
Please upload or bring along any images you wish to be considered for display!!

2nd Show: 2009 Focus On winners 
The competition to find the 'winner of winners'. A competition on 2009's winning entries.

All underwater photographers are invited to attend. For further details please visit

East Midlands Underwater Photographers - Next meeting

The next meeting of EMUP will take place at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 2nd February at their usual venue, Nemo's Bar, Stoney Cove.

Main event: Maria Munn "Award winning photos with a compact"
Competition: Abstract
January Competition results: Crustaceans

East Midlands Underwater Photographers
East Midlands Underwater Photographers

Articles wanted

Articles wanted for 'infocus'

Since its launch in 1983 the BSoUP member's magazine 'in focus' has gone from strength to strength. The latest issue (no. 92) published in November 2009 is a truely professional product (see also Magazine).

Currently edited by Gill McDonald and produced by Gavin Parsons, the magazine includes reports of meetings, forthcoming events, articles by members on techniques, equipment, photo sites, competitions, exhibitions, festivals and a classified section on items wanted or for sale, as well as a programme for the year and a list of BSoUP officers and committee members.

If you fancy writing an article about anything you think would be of interest to BSoUP members, please submit copy to Gill at

BSoUP / DIVER Annual Print Competition 2010

Organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers
in association with Diver Magazine

Win a Red Sea holiday courtesy of Oonasdivers and other great prizes

at the
London International Dive Show
27-28 March 2010

DEADLINE : 22 February 2010

Further details

The event is sponsored by Diver Magazine, Oonasdivers, Cameras Underwater, Mike's Dive Store, Chiswick, Focal Press, Wiley Nautical, UK Sealife Aquarium and The Wildlife Trusts

BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition at LIDS 2010

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The Underwater Channel The Underwater Channel
The Underwater Channel The Underwater Channel

The Underwater Channel would like you to know that from lst February, 2010 the Channel will be off air temporarily.

Why? This is because we are in the process of restructuring The Underwater Channel. Nicholas Claxton, UWC's founder and MD, has reached agreement to re-acquire The Underwater Channel from our investors, Babel Networks, following their decision to make widespread cuts in their overall operations. The re-acquiring of the Channel includes our ability to offer 300+ hours of original videos produced by our Faces of Splash, our special contributors as well as licensed videos from many of the leading filmmakers of the underwater world.

What does this mean for the future of The Underwater Channel? This is good news and we're excited to be taking back the reins. We've had an amazing journey since we set up the Channel nearly two years ago. In restructuring the business we will benefit enormously from this experience as well as the extensive connections we've made and most importantly the loyal and valued following that we've established in the remarkable underwater community.

Where can you view our videos?  Our videos can still be viewed at PADI at:

January's Focus On Results - 2009 Images

Congratulations to Alex Tattersall who won the January Focus On Competition with an image of a Lion fish and a school of small fish.

Congratulations also to Alan Larsen who came second with an image taken inside the Giannis D and Ross Gugeon who came third with an image of a jellyfish.

Alex Tattersall
First © Alex Tattersall

Alan Larsen
Second © Alan Larsen

How the top six scored:-      
Photographer Position Points Firsts
Alex Tattersall 1 47 11
Alan Larsen 2 32 3
Ross Gudgeon 3 27 3
James Deveraux 4 21 5
Tony Baskeyfield 5 19 3
Andrew Cooper 6 15 5

There were a total of 55 images entered.

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

BSoUP Members only may view all of the entries at a larger size in projected order in the Competition slideshow. You will be asked to login if you haven't already done so this session.

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

Please note that the deadline for all future monthly competitions will be one week prior to the meeting.

The February Focus On Competition,'Two of Something', is now open and the deadline is 10 February 2010 at 10pm. BSoUP Members only AND only one image per photographer.

Ross Gudgeon
Third © Ross Gudgeon

Colin Doeg

January BSoUP Meeting
The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 20th January 2010 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, S. Kensington, London. Directions.

Photo techniques: Blasts from the past

Last year members learned of the impressive technical background provided by the Society's Wise Old Men. This year BSoUP co-founder Colin Doeg, who has always claimed his lack of a formal background in photography has been an asset, will speak of his own immersion into taking pictures underwater and the continued relevance of some of his experience to today's digital world. A former British Underwater Photographer of the Year, he took the first photograph in British waters ever to win an open underwater competition.

Focus on: 2009 Images

January's Focus on Competition is for any image taken in 2009 which has not previously won or been placed in a national or international competition.

Please read the Rules before entering your images via the online Competitions entry form.

Deadline: Tuesday 19th January at 10.00 p.m.

Main event: A Complete Guide to Wreck Photography by Charlie Hood

A different look at the way we take images of wrecks.

Rather than just bits of twisted metal, wrecks can be quite beautiful, and not only because of the marine life they can hold. Wrecks have spirit, they have history, moods and photographed in the right way are simply awe inspiring.

Forget using any other lens than a full frame fisheye, this talk is aimed at trying to show wrecks, 'as a child would imagine them' rather than close-ups of a scrap heap.

Charles Hood

BSoUP Member Charles Hood started taking pix in the mid 70s when he lived in the Middle East mainly using a Kodak Instamatic in a homemade housing. Then after learning to dive with University of London he hired Nikons IIs from Pelling and Cross for various dive trips. Finally he bought his first underwater system, the Nikonos III and Oceanic 2000 flash, when he worked at Ocean Optics in 1982.

'I spent the best part of 7 years returning from dives with maybe one or two good images per roll until the Nikon F801 arrived and Subal housing, which he imported into UK (pre-Optics dealership), became available. Life became a whole lot easier then and his hit rate dramatically improved seeing him dabble in selling articles to magazines and being taken on at Bruce Coleman stock library.'

After being made redundant in 2000, Charlie started to work for DIVE magazine and also as a freelance photojournalist and has now racked up nearly 100 front covers and over 900 published articles. Today he uses a Nikon D3 in an Aquatica housing with twin Sea and Sea YS110 strobes. To learn more about Charlie and see some of his hundreds of images please visit

DEEP Indonesia 2010 Comeptition
DEEP Indonesia 2010

DEEP Indonesia 2010 - Last call for entries

Deadlinetoday 15th January 2010 at 11.59pm PST

Over $35,000 in prizes. Entry Fee: $10 per image

The themed categories of the DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition are part of a unique series hosted by hosted by  DivePhotoGuide and Wetpixel, in association with DEEP Indonesia, Indonesia's first-ever diving, adventure travel and water sports expo.

Full details at

Our World Underwater - Last call for entries

Deadlinetoday 15th January 2010 at 11.59pm PST

Total Prizes: $45,000. Entry Fee: $10 per image and video

Popular underwater imaging websites and are proud to present the 5th annual international underwater photography and video competition, held in association with Our World Underwater. During a time when the oceans are in crisis, the competition celebrates the beauty and delicacy of the marine environment, as well as the art of underwater photography. Full details at
Our World Underwater Competition 2010
Our World Underwater Competition 2010

Epson Red Sea Competition Album 2009

Epson Red Sea 2009 Competition Album

The Epson Red Sea 2009 Competition might have already concluded, but such extraordinary images never fade out. And so, we are proud to announce that the Epson Red Sea 2009 Competition Album has finally been published.

All competition nominees and winners images are featured in the album. The result is a breathtaking 152 pages underwater journey.

The  album features high quality graphics printed on thick pages at the size of 23x30cm.

So whether you have took part in the competition, plan to do so in the future, have an interest in underwater photography or simply a fan of fine art, Click Here to order the Epson Red Sea 2009 Competition Album.

Regular Price: 39 Euro
Special Price: Only 23 Euro - valid till February 28th.

BSAC 2009 Photo Competiton - Results

Launched back in March and with a brand new BSAC Diving category in addition to the regular Open and Newcomers, the response to the 2009 BSAC Photographic Competition has been excellent.

The 2009 awards also attracted an excellent range of prize sponsors, including Seychelles Tourism, Tony Backhurst Travel, Longwoods, Easy Divers, Cameras Underwater and Sea and Sea.

Following careful deliberation of the monthly winners - a total of 89 images in all - the judges have now revealed the overall 2009 Photographers of the Year.

Congratulations to BSoUP Members Jim Garland and Derek Haslam who came first and third respectively in the BSAC Diving (Open) category.

For further details please visit

BSAC Photo Competion 2009
BSAC Photo Competion 2009

Bristol Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Underwater Photography Group

Bristol Underwater Photography Group - Next meeting rescheduled

Tuesday 19th January, 2010

The next meeting of BUPG has been recheduled for Tuesday 19th January at 20.00 hrs at The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)

Monthly Competition - Symbiosis
Epson Red Sea Challenge - Robert Bailey

For further information please visit

Lady Elliot Island, Australia by Jeremy and Amanda Cuff

Photographers, photojournalists and BSoUP members Jeremy and Amanda Cuff have published a new PDF feature about diving Lady Elliot Island, which marks the southernmost tip of the Great Barrier Reef in eastern Australia.

Jeremy said, "Lady Elliot Island more than lived up to our expectations with fantastic encounters with turtles, mantas and sharks. As is usual for us, we've enjoyed putting together this feature as a comprehensive overview of our visit. "

The Lady Elliot Island feature can be viewed/downloaded from Jeremy and Amanda's website at

Lady Elliot Island, Australia
Lady Elliot Island, Austarlia by Jeremy and Amanda Cuff

Andrew Cooper
Andrew Cooper's Home Page

Website of the Week - Andrew Cooper

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

To learn more about Andrew and view his images, please visit

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

Underwater Journal - Latest issue

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

Issue 14 includes Aquatica's new Housing for the Nikon D300s Camera, Zen DP-100 Dome Port, Shearwater Predator, Shrimp BOV, KISS Explorer CCR, Wakatobi Resort, Wintertime Sharks, Whale Song, and Parting Shot.

To get your copy please visit

Underwater Journal Issue 14
Underwater Journal Cover: Mark Snyder

UwP Issue 52
UwP 52 Cover shot by Michael Gallagher

Underwater Photography - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE web magazine Underwater Photography is now available as a download.

Issue 52 includes Editorial, News and Travel, New Products, Visions report, CLS underwater by Don Silcock, Cold water kit by Adam Hanlon, Wide macro by Don Silcock, In conversation with Kurt Amsler by Alex Mustard, Tumakohua Pass by Colin Gans, Cocos by Michael Gallagher, Gt Barrier Reef by Tim Rock, Flores and Bali by Nigel Marsh and Helen Rose, Gt White Shrimp by Everett M. Turner Jr, Malta's Giant Tuna by Paul Colley, Port Hardy by Lucas Price, Book review by Alex Mustard, and Parting Shots by Linda Robertson, Joseph Dovala and Arun Madisetti

To get your copy please visit

Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia competitions 2010

Deadline 15th January 2010

Underwater photographers of all levels, from novice to professionals, are invited to compete in what has become the "Superbowl" of international underwater imagery events, with over $80,000 of world-class prizes and the opportunity to have their images showcased to the world as some of the very best. The unique competition series was founded by professional underwater photographers Jason Heller and Eric Cheng and hosted by popular websites and Deadline for submissions Jan 15, 2010.

For full details please visit

Wetpixel Competitions

Europe Photo
Europe Photo 2010

Europe Photo 2010

Deadline: 15th January 2010

The competition is open to any professional photographer, regardless of his or her status. Nikon has renewed its participation for the 2009/2010 competition and will offer a prize of 10,000 euros' worth of Nikon equipment to the overall winner of 'The Photographs of the Year'.
MMF-PRO, well-known to professionals, have renewed their partnership for the next competition and will offer material to a value of 2,000 euros chosen from their catalogue.

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

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

Shannon Conway

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