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Cameras Underwater - Sponsor of the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition 2015 and 2016 and BIUPC 2015 and 2016

Secrets of the Sea by Callum Roberts andamp; Alex Mustard

World's Best Wildlife Dive Sites by Nick and Caroline Rbertson-Brown


News - April 2010

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

March 2010
May 2010
News Archive


British Splash-in Championship 2010
Website of the Week - Ross and Mary Gudgeon
WildPhotos 2010
The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2010
Focus On - Movement - Results
BSoUP April Meeting
The British Underwater Image Festival Splash-in
X-ray Magazine - latest issue
Website of the Week - Jason Gregory
The End of the Line DVD free

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition at LIDS 2010

2020Vision - for a wilder Britain
Thoughts on Mini Domes - Alex Mustard
Website of the Week - Jim and Heather Garland
SUPS - Next meeting
NUPG - Splash-in and Next meeting
BUPG - Next meeting
EMUP - Next meeting
Epson Red Sea 2010 Online Competition
African Diver - latest issue
Underwater Images 2010 - Last Call for Entries
DiveFest


British Splash-in Championship 2010

The British Splash-in Championships take place on Saturday 3rd July at Mount Batten, Plymouth, Devon. All underwater photographers are invited to compete for some great prizes..

We are delighted to announce that Maldives Scuba Tours have very generously agreed to sponsor the annual British Splash-in Championship for the next three years by providing the Grand Prize - a holiday for two on board one of their luxury liveaboards (exclusive of flights and taxes).

The event is also sponsored by Olympus UK, AP Valves, Ocean Visions, New Holland Publishers, AquaPress and Sport Diver who have generously agreed to donate prizes for each of the categories this year.

For full details of the British Splash-in Championship 2010, including rules, entry forms and prizes, may be found at Splash-in 2010.

Maldives Scuba Tours
www.scubascuba.com
Olympus
www.olympus.co.uk

Sport Diver
www.sportdiver.co.uk

Ocean Visions
www.oceanvisions.co.uk

AP Valves
www.apvalves.com

New Holland
www.newhollandpublishers.com

AquaPress
www.aquapress.co.uk

Ross Gudgeon
Ross and Mary Gudgeon

Website of the Week - Ross and Mary Gudgeon

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members website. This week's choice is Ross and Mary Gudgeon.

Ross (aka Gudge) and Mary met and started diving together in 1984 and married two years later. Along with their dog Digger, they now live in Exmouth, Western Australia and dive regularly on Ningaloo Reef.

In Australia Gudge and Mary have dived the south coast of New South Wales, Melbourne and Perth areas, Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and of course Ningaloo Reef. Overseas dive trips have included Fiji, Vanuatu, Hawaii, Solomon Islands, Mexico, Honduras, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Maldives. Their favourite overseas destination is Indonesia with trips to Bali, Lombok, Bunaken, Lembeh and Wakatobi.

To view some of their images please visit www.gudgeon.id.au/


WildPhotos 2010

October 2010 sees the return of WildPhotos, the UK's largest photography symposium 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.

World-renowned underwater photographer David Doubilet leads the line-up of speakers. Also presenting their work will be winners from the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition - owned by the Natural History Museum, London, and BBC Wildlife Magazine. Winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition will be announced the day before WildPhotos.

WildPhotos will bring together many other inspirational wildlife, environmental and landscape photographers, plus leading photographic agents, librarians and publishers, to offer insights, tips and inspiration.

Online delegate registration will open at www.wildphotos.org.uk in early June 2010.

Further details of speakers will be announced in the coming month.

WildPhotos 2010

British Wildlife Photography Competition & Awards

The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2010

Deadline: Friday 4 June 2010

After a successful first year and widely acclaimed photographic exhibition celebrating British wildlife, the BWPA announced the launch of its second competition, which is now open for entries.

To reflect that 2010 has been declared International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations, the competition includes a special award for conservation photography and a new category dedicated to British biodiversity and native species under threat. In the year when the UN Convention on Biological Diversity is highlighting the unprecedented global loss of species, these two new additions will focus attention on how our native species are coping.

This year's British Wildlife Photography Awards are sponsored by Natural England. Dr Helen Phillips, chief executive, said: "In the International Year of Biodiversity, this competition is a great way of inspiring people to really appreciate the wonders of this country's wildlife. I hope photographers of all ages will pick up their cameras and get outside to enjoy the fantastic array of animals and plants living all around us."

There are ten categories to excite the imagination, as well as two special awards to encourage participation by young people, schools and youth community groups. 1. Animal Portraits 2. Animal Behavior
3. Urban Wildlife 4. Hidden Britain 5. Coast and Marine 6. Wildlife in my Back Yard 7. Habitat 8. British Seasons 9. International Year of Biodoversity10. The 2020VISION Special Award

The competition is also supported by: WWF, The Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Countryside Council for Wales, Scottish Natural Heritage, The Wild Media Foundation, National Trust, National Trust for Scotland and Outdoor Photography Magazine.

With a prize fund of up to £20,000 and the overall winner receiving a cash prize of £5,000, the images receiving judges' commendations will be included in a series of nationwide exhibitions throughout 2010/2011, including a prestigious launch and awards event in London in October.

For more detailed information about the competition, how to enter, a full description of categories, shooting tips, and terms and conditions, please visit: www.bwpawards.org


Focus On - Movement - Results

Congratulations to Trevor Rees who came first in last night's Focus On competition with an image of a pike taken at Stoney Cove, Leicestershire with a Nikon D80 with a 60 mm lens (right). A total of 17 images were submitted.

Congratulations also to Paul Woodburn who came second with a vertical image of a manta ray taken at Richlieu Rock, Thailand with a Canon G9 (below) and to Isabella Nash who came third with an image of manta ray taken in the Maldives with a Nikon D80 with Tokina 10-17 mm lens (below, right)

Pike taken at Stoney Cove, Leicestershire
Pike taken at Stoney Cove, Leicestershire
with a Nikon D80 with a 60 mm lens © Trevor Rees
Manta ray taken at Richlieu Rock, Thailand
Manta ray taken at Richlieu Rock, Thailand
with a Canon G9 © Paul Woodburn

How the top six scored:

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Trevor Rees 53 10
2 Paul Woodburn 44 10
3 Isabella Nash 34 8
4 Alex Tattersall 24 5
5 Len Deeley 17 2
6 JP Trenque 16 2

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. Please note that one image - no. 11 - was removed from the competition (because it should have been replaced by no. 14) and the subsequent images renumbered.

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.

A Manta ray taken in the Maldives
A Manta ray taken in the Maldives
with a Nikon D80 with Tokina 10-17 mm lens © Isabella Nash

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition

BSoUP April Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, April 21st at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, S. Kensington, London. Directions. If you are attending a BSoUP meeting for the first time, there will be someone in the meeting room downstairs to welcome you from 7.30 p.m.

Annual Event: The BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition Awards presented by Brian Pitkin.

The trophies and prizes will be presented to the Winners and Runners-up in this major underwater photography print competition.

Focus On: Movement. The competition is now closed. BSoUP members only may view the entries in the Competition Slideshow. You will be asked to login if you have not already done so this session.

Main Event: HMS Royal Oak by Simon Brown

In June 2009 Simon Brown was invited by the Royal Navy to document the wreck of HMS Royal Oak. In the 70th year of the sinking the battleship is atruly impressive yet humbling place to visit and the resulting images of this unique opportunity were published worldwide.

Simon will present around 90 images of the wreck that were shot over four days of diving as well as share the story behind creating the pictures, including the ethics of documenting the Royal Oak and the photographic techniques used in temperate,low vis conditions.

In addition to his presentation on the Royal Oak, a brief 5 minute discussion of the successful stop43 campaign will be presented, outlining the tactics, the ups and downs of the campaign and how orphan works was eventually dropped from the Digital Economy Bill.

For further information about Simon or to purchase a limited edition print of the Royal Oak (right) signed by survivors of HMS Royal Oak please visit www.simonbrownimages.com

HMS Royal Oak: Signed print by Simon Brown
HMS Royal Oak © Simon Brown

British Underwater Image Festival Splash-in
British Underwater Image Festival Splash-in

The British Underwater Image Festival Splash-in

The British Underwater Image Festival (BUIF) Splash-in competition, which is sponsored by Cameras Underwater and is open to all underwater photographers, will see competitors vying for top prizes in the three categories: Wide-angle, Close-up and Fish Portrait. All images entered must be taken on the day and submitted to the Dive Fest Splash-in organisers by 7pm on Saturday 1 May. BUIF judges will name the winner at the festival's award ceremony on Sunday 2 May.

Photographers wishing to take part in the Dive Fest Splash-in on 1 May must register with the organisers .

before they go diving. The registration desk will be open between 7pm and 9pm on the Friday evening in the BUIF theatre at the Pentewan Sands Holiday Park clubhouse. Registration will open again between 7am and 10am on the Saturday. All images must be submitted to the Splash-in desk in the BUIF theatre by 7pm.

For further details please visit www.divemagazine.co.uk


X-ray Magazine - latest issue

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

Issue #35 includes Eric Cheng's encounter of the third degree with Sperm whales off Dominica, Stingrays: Winged Wonders of the Canary Islands by Andy Murch. Red groupers transform undersea landscapes. Fish Communicate in Secret. Shrimp found under the Antarctic ice. New website for jellyfish affectionados. The boomerang and a ten million dollar lawsuit brought against Scubaboard.

X-ray Magazine #35
X-ray Magazine # 35. Cover photo: Eric Cheng

Purple Heart Dive Team develops dive program for Purple Heart recipients. In the Future: Architecture on the ocean. Airliner becomes new dive site in England. Diver badly burned by heat packs in freak accident. Disabled Divers International. Underwater CSI training course. 800-year-old shipwrecks found in Baltic Sea. Bronze age wreck found off Devon. The battle for Ancona's bounty. Wreck from 600 B. C. discovered off Spain. The Treasures Within the Treasure. Travel News Cozumel - Tech Talk: Choosing a Tech Instructor. Profile : Rich Walker, GUE's Technical manager. Wrecks and Treasure : Cris Woloszak's Hot Rod Sea Sculpture.

To download your copy please visit http://www.xray-mag.com/index.php.


Jason Gregory
Jason Gregory

Website of the Week - Jason Gregory

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members website. This week's choice is Jason Gregory.

Jason was already a keen photographer, including natural history photography, when he decided to extend his range into the underwater world. Jason lives in Yorkshire, England.

For further information and to view some of Jason's images please visit www.britishmarinelifepictures.co.uk/

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


The End of the Line DVD free in The Sunday Times this Sunday

Are there people you know how have not seen 'The End of the line' yet but you think they should? Well, the team have come up with a clever way of helping you spread the word. If you pick up a copy of 'The Sunday Times' this Sunday you will find a clever little voucher for The End of the Line DVD.

All you need to do is take that voucher to a Waitrose store and you will be given the DVD in exchange. Nice and simple! You can either keep it or give it to someone you want to see the film.

We're still a bit giddy from the announcement of the world's largest marine reserve which now doubles the amount of the world's ocean that is protected. Have a little read of Charles Clover's blog on our homepage for a few account of this and also his reports from CITES.

End of the line - FREE DvD
End of the line - FREE DvD

Lionfish hunting in a shoal of small fish by lLex Tattersall
Overall Winner: Lionfish hunting in a shoal of small fish
© Alex Tattersall

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition at LIDS 2010

The BSoUP annual print competition used to be held in conjunction with the BSoUP Splash-in at Plymouth, Devon. For the second year running the competition has be staged at the London International Dive Show at Excel in London Docklands in association with DIVER Magazine.

Underwater photographers were invited to submit prints for the event. A total of 106 prints were submitted (159 last year) and 80 of these were selected for display at LIDS.

The public were invited to vote for their favourite print in each of four categories. The Wildlife Trusts selected the best UK prints to use in their campaigns. A panel of judges selected the overall winner for the Grand Prize of a Red Sea Holiday courtesy of Oonasdivers.

The Overall Winner of this year's competition was Alex Tattersall with a print of a Lionfish hunting in a shoal of small fish taken at Marsa Nakari, in the Egyptian Red Sea (above).

The Winner of the British and Irish category was a print of a Seal taken in the Farne Islands, Northumberland by Pete Bullen.

The Winner of the Advanced British and Irish category was a print of a Pike (Esox lucius) taken in Stoney Cove, Leicester by Gareth Millson.

Trout in a chalk stream by Simon Brown taken in the Isle of Wight by Simon Brown
Runner-up in the Advanced British and Irish category:
Trout in a chalk stream © Simon Brown
Judges
The judges for the Overall winner: Left to right - Martin Edge, Emma Wright, Brian Pitkin, Lisa Chilton and Nigel Eaton

The Winner of the Overseas category was a print of a Cuttlefish taken in Lankayan, Borneo by Kathy White.

The Winner of the Advanced overseas category was a print of a Diver in Cenote cave (Chak Mool) taken in Yucatan, Mexico by Cathy Lewis.

For a complete list of winners and to view all the winning shots please visit Results. For a list of all the prints dispayed and how they fared please visit Scores.

BSoUP thanks Oonasdivers, DIVER Magazine, Calumet Photographic Ltd, Cameras Underwater, Oceanic, Mike's Dive Store, Chiswick, UK Sealife Aquarium and Wiley Nautical for generous sponsorship of the competition.


2020Vision - for a wilder Britain

2020Vision is a multi-media project that highlights the irrefutable connection between human well-being and fully functioning ecosystems

20 of Britain's best professional nature photographers.

20 iWitness missions over 20 months.

1000's of stunning images.

1 vision for a wilder, healthier, Britain.

Underwater photographers and BSoUP Members Alex Mustard and Linda Pitkin have been chosen to undertake iWitness missions.

For further details please visit www.2020v.org/

2020 Vision
2020 Vision

Zen Underwater DP-100 100mm Fisheye Dome Port for Subal Type 4
Zen Underwater DP-100 100mm Fisheye
Dome Port for Subal Type 4

Thoughts on Mini Domes - Alex Mustard

Mini-domes have been generating lots of discussion on the Wetpixel forums in the last few months, following new products released by Seacam, Aquatica and Zen, which have been covered on Wetpixel.

BSoUP Member and Wetpixel's Associate Editor Alex Mustard, a long-time fan of mini-domes, shares his thoughts and some tests, some with surprising results, discussing whether this is the next must have accessory.

To read Alex's thoughts on mini domes please visit http://wetpixel.com/i.php/full/thoughts-on-mini-domes/



Website of the Week - Jim and Heather Garland

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members website. This week's choice is 'Wreckshot', the website of Jim and Heather Garland.

Wreckshot was formed in 2007 by Jim and Heather Garland. Their goal is to provide the best quality stock photography at the most affordable prices.

For further information and to view some of Jim's images please visit www.wreckshot.com/index.php

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

Wreckshot - Jim Garland
Wreckshot - Jim Garland

Stevenage Underwater Photography Society
Stevenage Underwater Photography Society

Stevenage Underwater Photography Society - Next meeting

The next meeting of SUPS takes place on Tuesday 13th April 2010 from 8pm at at their usual venue the Stevenage Arts Guild, Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK (map).

Focus-on: 'The Surface'
5 Images - Ian Hamson

For further details please visit www.sups-online.com/meetings.php


Northern Underwater Photography Group - Splash-in and Next meeting

NUPG are now holding their Annual Winter Splash-in on Sunday 11th April 2010. The event was postponed earleir in the year because of fog. Meet under Menai Bridge 7:15. In the water approximately 8:15. Judging at April Meeting.

The next meeting takes place on Monday 26th April 2010 at Orca Divers, 557 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 8AN at 19.30. Map

Bring 5 images to talk about
Judging of the Winter Splash-in

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

Northen Underwater Photography Group
Northern Underwater Photography Group

Bristol Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Underwater Photography Group

Bristol Underwater Photography Group - Next meeting

The next meeting of BUPG on Tuesday 13th April, 2010 (start time 20.00hrs) will be at the normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)

Competition - Movement
Presentation - Coming In From The Warm (or taking a plunge into the cold) - Alex Mustard 
Image of the Year result - Alex Mustard

For further details of the meeting please visit www.bupg.co.uk/


East Midlands Underwater Photographers - Next meeting

The next meeting of EMUP takes place on Tuesday 6th April at their usual venue, Nemo's Bar, Stoney Cove.

Main talk: Nauticam by Alex Tattersall
Competition: Threes

East Midlands Underwater Photographers
East Midlands Underwater Photographers


Epson Red Sea 2010 Online Competition
Epson Red Sea 2010 Online Competition

Epson Red Sea 2010 Online Competition

Want to be Invited to the Epson Red Sea 2010 Competition between November 8-13, 2010 in Eilat FREE OF CHARGE?

Compete for the title "Photographer of the Year"

Between the months of April and August, the Epson Red Sea 2010 online competition will take place. Each month during the competition, amateur and professional photographers from all over the world are invited to submit a portfolio of 3 digital photos. By the end of each month, 3 photographers will be announced as the winners of that particular month,
chosen both by the public and by a panel of 5 international judges.

An online competition among all the monthly winners (15 photographers) will then begin on September 1st, 2010. Online voters and a panel of 5 international judges will eventually select one of the competitors as the Photographer of the Year.

The prize: flights, accommodation (BB) and diving costs of the Photographer of the Year will all be covered, in order to enable this winner to participate at the Epson Red Sea 2010 shoot-out in Eilat.

You can start submitting images to the online competition by clicking here . April deadline: 18 April 2010.


African Diver - latest issue

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

Issue #10 includes News, Seychelles Diving - Two Worlds in one! by Clive Ferreira, Moving Sushi in Vietnam by Mike Markovina, Sardine Seafari in Algoa Bay by Cormac McCreesh, Sizing up Sharks in Mozambique by Clare Keating,Pelagic Magic by Jean Tresfon,The Carnivorous Forests of Flase Bay by Georgine Jones,Something Extraordinary Can Happen - Meaghen McCord, Featured Photographer - Jean Tresfon

To download your copy please visit www.africandiver.com/

African Diver issue # 10
African Diver issue # 10
Cover photograph: Jean Tresfon

Underwater Images Photo & Video Competition 2010
Underwater Images Photo/Video Competition

Underwater Images 2010 Last Call for Entries

Deadline 1st April 2010

April 1, 2010 is the deadline for entries in the 13th annual Underwater Images Photo/Video Competition. The competition is open internationaly to amateur underwater photographers and videographers. Prizes include worldwide dive travel, dive equipement, and much more. There are a total of 10 categories for Novices and Advanced underwater photographers.

For complete details on eligibility, rules, and entry forms visit the official competition website at www.uwimages.org.


DiveFest

Pentewan Sands Holiday Park, Cornwall

30 April - 3 May 2010

Dive Fest is the UK's biggest and best diving festival and takes place at Pentewan Sands Holiday Park www.pentewansands.com in Cornwall. The idea is that divers from all over the UK get together for a huge party, complete with live music, food, events and equipment and travel stalls. The first such event took place in May 2009 and was a massive success, with more than 1,000 divers attending. This year the holiday park has been revamped with a new clubhouse and pool.

DiveFest
DiveFest

Dive Fest 2010 takes place over the May bank holiday weekend from 6pm on Friday 30th April to 5pm (exhibitor marquee closes at 1pm) on Monday 3 May 2010 and is set to be even bigger and better than last year's festival - for a start the event is a day longer! Included in the ticket price is a meal on the Saturday night. Under 16s go free (meal not included) if accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.

To find out more about what's on go to What's On, for diving enquiries see Diving and for accommodation enquiries go to Contacts. Please note that diving and accommodation are not included in the ticket price and should be booked separately. People without tickets will not be allowed entry to the camp - to book tickets go to Tickets.


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