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News - May 2010

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April 2010
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News Archive


Website of the Week - Anthony Holley
U/W Photography for Compact Camera Users by Maria Munn
The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2010
Epson Red Sea Monthly Competition - Vote now
Website of the Week - David and Debi Henshaw
Photo trip to Bali
On Underwater Photography
Focus On - Results
X-ray Magazine - Latest issue
BUPG Splash-in 2010
Website of the Week - Mark Hardy
BSoUP May Meeting
The BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition in the press
BUIF Results

Website of the Week - Adam Hanlon
The Christmas Island Experience
Epson Red Sea Monthly Online Competition
The Deep - a new exhibition
Epson Red Sea - April winners
Through the Lens 2010 Photo Competition
Website of the Week - John Gulland
Stevenage UPS - Next meeting
Northern UPG - Next meeting
East Midlands UP - Next meeting
Bristol UPG - Next Meeting
Underwater Photography - Latest issue
British Splash-in Championship 2010
Website of the Week - Ross and Mary Gudgeon


Website of the Week - Anthony Holley

Each week we are highligting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is 'Anthony's Nudibranchs', the website of Anthony Holley.

Anthony was introduced to nudibranchs when he started taking macro pictures back in 1985. His website catalogues some of the hundreds of nudibranchs he has seen and photographed in nearly 3,400 hours of diving in over twenty countries. To date there are 1,750 images of 361 species arranged both geographically and systematically.

To view Anthony's Nudibranchs please visit www.holleyuwphoto.com/

Anthony Holley
Anthony Holley's website

Underwater Photography for Beginners by Maria Munn
Underwater Photography for COPmpact Camera Users
by Maria Munn

Underwater Photography for Compact Camera Users by Maria Munn

A Step-by-Step Guide to Taking Professional Photos with a Digital Compact Camera

Maria' guests have won numerous prizes with compact cameras both here and in the UK during the past year or so and more recently Daniel Norwood won the British Society of Underwater Photographers' Best Beginner Portfolio. This book will share all the secrets to show and inspire how both beginners through to the more advanced, can take beautiful underwater photographs with your compact camera in an easy-to-understand way.

Chapters include how to choose, set-up and care for your camera, through to understanding all of the different settings, specified for each make and model of camera, showing how they work underwater to achieve the best results possible. 

Each chapter is fully illustrated with photos to demonstrate the techniques used. Additional chapters include how to photograph different subjects underwater as well as a special "Guest Gallery" to inspire how all models and makes of compact cameras can achieve stunning results.

The book will be printed on FSC Paper and will also be available as an E-Book. 10% of all sales will be donated to help a charity of your choice.  The book will be available from 21st June. To reserve your copy or for more information, email Maria at maria@oceanvisions.co.uk

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 has announced the launch of its second competition, which is now open for entries.

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

British Wildlife Photography Competition & Awards
British Wildlife Photography
Competition and Awards

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

Epson Red Sea 2010 Monthly Online Competition

May Voting Deadline: 31/05/2010 23:55:00

Between the months of April and August, the Epson Red Sea 2010 online competition takes 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.

Please vote now for your favourite photographer at /www.eilatredsea.com/


Website of the Week - David and Debi Henshaw

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members' website. This weeks choice is David and Debi Henshaw.

David and Debi use Nikon D300 and D300s cameras in Nauticam Housings, Inon Z240 strobes and a range of Nikor lenses. They mostly shoot macro and have both been very successful in BSoUP's and other competitions.

To learn more about David and Debi and see some of their award winning images please visit www.digitaldiving.co.uk/.

Check out other BSoUP Member's links at Member's websites

David & Debi Henshaw
David and Debi Henshaw

View from Lotus Bungalows, Candidisa, Bali
View from Lotus Bungalows, Candidisa, Bali

Photo trip to Bali - 3-18th September 2011

BSoUP Member and founder of PhotoSubLen Deeley, is organising an underwater photographic trip to Bali between 3-18th September 2011.

Location will be Lotus Bungalows, Candidisa, Bali. This is run by the same company that runs Gangga Island Resort and anyone who has been there will know the excellent 5* standard and service. The Diving Center is perfectly located in the best position to reach the best dive sites in Bali, including Candi Dasa's Tepekong Canyon, Tulamben's Liberty Wreck and Padang Bai's dive sites.

The location is also ideal for non divers who may wish to accompany us. The price is £1999 for half board or £2175 for full board. There are independent restaurants and Lotus also manages a restaurant in town, The Lotus Sea View, so some may prefer the half board option to take in the variety of options. Details of Lotus Bungalows can be found on the website www.hiddendepthsdivetours.com/

Please contact len.deeley@btinternet.com if you are interested.


On Underwater Photography

On Saturday 6th November 2010, Martin Edge and Alex Mustard will be presenting a special one day long event in London "On Underwater Photography', discussing the techniques, ideas, decisions and approaches that go into producing memorable underwater images.

The venue is Imperial College, South Kensington Campus, London. The room is G16 in The Sir Alexander Fleming Building. Exact times will be announced later.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of hosts Cameras Underwater this event costs just £20 and therefore we expect it to be popular. I know that it is 6 months away, but please book early to avoid disappointment, capacity is limited. Tickets can be booked directly from the Cameras Underwater website.

Cameras Underwater
Alex Mustard Martin Edge

Alex Mustard (left) and Martin Edge (right)


Martyn Guess
1st © Martyn Guess

Focus On Competition - Wide-angle with Model

Congratulations to Martyn Guess who's image (left) of a diver approaching a gap in the reef won the May Focus On competition.

Congratulations also to Charles Hood and Paul Colley who came second (below) and third (below left) respectively.

How the the six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Martyn Guess 51 11
2 Charles Hood 35 8
3 Paul Colley 33 6
4 Keith Lyall 22 4
5 Tony Baskeyfield 22 1
6 Andrew Cooper 16 4

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

Charles Hood
2nd © Charles Hood
Paul Colley
3rd © Paul Colley

A total of 39 images were submitted.

BSoUP Members only may view all of the entries in projected order in the Competition Slideshow, but you will be asked to login if you have not already done so this session.

If you weren't in the top six and would like to know how you fared, please e-mail Brian Pitkin.


X-ray Magazine - Latest issue

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

Issue 36 includes Dive into Sweden: rugged coasts, drop-off's, clear lakes and centuries old wrecks; Wetsuits anno 2010 - all you need to know; Find out why off-shore wind turbines are also good for marine life; Marine scientists have discovered ocean "superhighway" for tiny life forms; A massive Southern Ocean current has been discovered; NOAA responds to Gulf oil spill; Chemicals from seaweeds

XRay Magazine Issue #36
X-ray Magazine Issue # 36. Cover: Stein Johnsen

damage corals on contact; Learn about Eukaryotic phytoplankton; Ocean bacteria can harvest sun energy; Get the Annapolis update; Rob Rondeau's marine archeology 101; Carol Tedesco's 17th century shipwreck treasures of green stone; Underwater cinematographer Mike Valentine; Spiny Dogfish as per Andy Murch; Barb Roy goes to Churchill to trek Canada's Sub-Arctic; Mike Powell's lessons from technical diving; Lawson Wood helps us choose a camera; Adam St. Gelais takes us under Blue Heron Bridge in Florida; Haitian recycled metal art of mermaids and the sea.

To get your copy please visit www.xray-mag.com/index.php


Bristol Underwater Photography Group
BUPG

BUPG Splash-in 2010

The Bristol Underwater Photography Group www.bupg.co.uk will be holding their 2010 Splash In competition over the weekend of 5/6th June.

Operating out of Fort Bovisand, the Discovery Divers' shuttle boat has been booked for the weekend and a limited number of places are still available. The Competition is open to BUPG members only but new members are always welcome.

This year the Competition has been kindly sponsored by UnderWater Visions www.uwvisions.com  the official distributor of Nauticam housings in the UK, who will be providing a range of prizes including:a Seahorn snoot, STIX floats, Inon dial extenders, LED focus light, plus three vouchers for large discounts off Nauticam housing setups. The categories are: Macro, Animal Portrait and Wide Angle, plus there will be a prize for Best Beginner. Further details www.bupg.co.uk

Website of the Week - Mark Hardy

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is BoogieDiver the website of Mark Hardy.

Mark was born in Hong Kong and started diving when he was 15 His first camera was a Sea and Sea Motormarine II but he switched to a housed Nikon D100 in 2006 and now uses a Nikon D200.

When time and young children permit Mark travels and dives with his wife Eugenie, who shows tremendous patience and understanding towards Mark and his interest in underwater photography.

To learn more about Mark and see some of his images, please visit www.boogiediver.com/

Mark Hardy
Mark Hardy's Home page

Cathy Lewis
Cathy Lewis' Home page

BSoUP May Meeting
The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, May 19th at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, S. Kensington, London. Directions. New members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m.

Photo techniques: Making the most of opportunities by Cathy Lewis.

Why is it that some dives are very productive while others just seem a waste of time? It's not just dependent on subject matter - mindset, diving conditions and a bit of pre-plannning can make all the difference. As a self-confessed 'bish, bash, bosh' photographer I thought I'd try and change the habits of a lifetime by thinking about how, why and when I get my best results.

Cathy's short talk is a chance to show you some of her favourite shots, as well as some missed opportunities, and to offer a few simple tips about how to increase your chances of getting the best results from every dive.

Focus On Competition: Wide Angle with model. BSoUP Members only. The competition is now closed, but BSoUP Members only may view the Competition Slideshow, but will be asked to login, if they haven't already done so this session.

Robert Bailey
Robert Bailey's Home page
 

Main Event: Vancouver Island by Rob Bailey.

Robert Bailey will discuss a two week odyssey to Vancouver Island in September 2009 and talk primarily about and taking pictures and diving two locations on the island. Browning Pass and Victoria. A little bit of a geography lesson,  a little history, and a guided underwater tour of the area. Images by Arthur Kingdon, and Trevor Rees will also be included in the presentation. After being away ten years Robert wanted to see if the marine life was as abundant as he remembers. An area only captured on film in the past, Robert was keen to take the digital equipment in the area.


The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph

The BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition 2010 in the press

Divernet have included the results of this year's BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition on their website at www.divernet.com/Photography/.

And thanks to The Wildlife Trusts, The Daily Telegraph published the winner of The Wildlife Trusts category (a Black-faced blenny taken under Swanage Pier, Dorset by Arthur Kingdon) and runner-up (a Spider crab taken at Stackpole Key, Pembrokeshire by Trevor Rees) on Monday (page 12) and also ran a piece online www.telegraph.co.uk/

Also thanks to The Wildlife Trusts, the event has been covered by The Daily Telegraph, Guardian, CBBC Newsround, The Wildlife Trusts. TreeHugger, Country Life, BBC World News and Practical Fishkeeping.

The full results are, of course, also published on this website at www.bsoup.org/


BUIF Results

The results of the British Underwater Image Festival have now been published. The top prize went to Sterling Zumbrunn (USA) who wins a £800 voucher to spend on Sea and Sea products.

BSoUP Members did well in the Splash-in with Arthur Kingdon winning two categories and gaining a third in one category, Robert Bailey came second in two categories and Trevor Rees came second in one category

To view all the winners please visit www.divemagazine.co.uk

British Underwater Image Festival 2010
British Underwater Image Festival 2010 - Results 

Adam Hanlon
Adam Hanlon

Website of the Week - Adam Hanlon

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is Hamon Photography the website of Adam Hanlon.

Adam learnt to dive 25 years ago at Sodwana Bay on the Zululand coast in my native South Africa-I guess you could say that he has been hooked ever since! He used a Nikonos V underwater with various results in the late 80's and early 90's as well as film SLR's on land, but really have found his medium with the advent of digital technology in the last few years. The ability to review, and if neccesary re-shoot a particular image underwater makes underwater photography so much more accessable and enjoyable.

To learn more about Adam and to view some of his images please visit www.adamhanlon.com


The Christmas Island Experience

The results of the 4th Underwater Festival 2010 held in the Christmas Islands have been announced.

The Best Festival Video was shot by Kieren Curry who won a Light and Motion LED Sunray-1200 Video light.

The Best Festival Photograph - SLR was taken by Lynton Burger who won a 4 Day dive holiday with Aquamarine Diving and The Watergarden Hotel PLUS a $500 Ultralight Control Systems voucher from Scubapix.

The Best Festival Portfolio was submitted by Rob Reynolds who won a Full Beuchat SCUBA package

The Best Festival Photograph - Compact camera was taken by Matt Timbrell who won a choice of an Ikelite SLR housing (inc port) / video housing or DS-161 deluxe strobe package.

Best Festival Photograph by Lynton Burger
Best Festival Photograph - SLR
by Lynton Burger

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

Epson Red Sea 2010 Monthly Online Competition

May deadline: 18/05/2010 23:55:00

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 submit images to the online competition by clicking here.


The Deep

A new exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London, SW7 5BD

28 May - 5 September 2010

Open 10.00 - 17.30 daily; last admission 17.00

Plunge into the abyss at The Deep exhibition. Enter a weird and wonderful world, 11,000 metres down in the ocean, less explored than the moon's surface. See bizarre creatures, astonishing images and real specimens, some on display for the first time.

For further details and ticket prices please visit www.nhm.ac.uk

The Deep - Enter a weird and wonderful world, 11,000 metres down in the ocean, less explored than the moon's surface. See bizarre creatures, astonishing images and real specimens, some on display for the first time
The Deep - a new exhibition at the
Natural History Museum, London

Giordani Cipriani
No. 2 of 3 of Giordano Cipriani's winning images

Epson Red Sea - April winners

The winners of the April Epson Red Sea online underwater photography competition have been announced.

First place went to Giordano Cipriani from Italy,
Giordano with 22.5% of the votes

Second place went to BSoUP Member Debi Henshaw from Spain with 19.08% of the votes

Third place went to Dennis Vandermeersch from Belgium with 16.17% of the votes

An online competition among all the monthly winners April - August (15 photographers) begins 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.

The May competition is now open - Deadline 18th May 2010.

For further information about the competition please visit www.eilatredsea.com.

Debi Henshaw
No 1 of 3 of Debi Henshaw's winning images

Through the Lens 2010
Through the Lens 2010

Through the Lens 2010

SDAA/MIDE 2010 Photo Competition

Deadline: 29th May 2010

Scuba Diver AustralAsia and the Malaysian International Dive Expo are proud to announce the 4th annual THROUGH THE LENS 2010 Photo Competition.

One of the world's best underwater photo competitions, last year saw 7000 images contributed by photographers from over 30 countries, who competed for US$30,000 worth of prizes.


Website of the Week - John Gulland

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members website. Blue Waters Photography is the website of John Gulland.

John has a combined his knowledge as a biologist and fascination with underwater photography to record images of the wonders to be found in the major oceans of the world.

Browse Blue Waters Photography for life beneath the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the British coast, the Irish Sea, the Red Sea, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. See the beauty of microscopic creatures and admire the magnificence of some of the largest creatures on planet earth.

To learn more about John and see some of his image please visit www.bluewatersphotos.co.uk

John Gulland
John Gulland

Stevenage Underwater Photography Society
Stevenage Underwater Photography Society

SUPS - Next meeting

The next meeting of the Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society takes place on Tuesday 11th May 2010 from 8pm at at their usual venue the Stevenage Arts Guild, Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK (map).

Focus-on: 'Pairs'
5 Images - Ian Hamson

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


NUPG - Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photographic Group takes place on 24th May 2010 at Orca Divers 557 Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 8AN ( Map).

Annual General Meeting
Image compettion cephalopods

For further information about NUPG please visit http://www.nupg.org.uk/

Northern Underwater Photography Group
Northern Underwater Photography Group

East Midlands Underwater Photographers
East Midlands Underwater Photographers

EMUP - Next meeting

The next meeting of East Midlands Underwater Photographers takes place on Tuesday May 4th 2010 at their usual venue, Nemo's Bar, Stoney Cove

Main talk: Mexico by Tim Priest

Competition: Rule of thirds


BUPG - Next Meeting

Tuesday 11th May, 2010 at 20.00 hrs

The next meeting of theBristol Underwater Photography Group will be at the normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map).

Monthly Competition - Little or Large
Making the Most of Opportunities - Cathy Lewis
Bonaire - Martin Bailey
Foto Forum - Reflections - Arthur Kingdon

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

Bristol Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Underwater Photography Group

Underwater Photography Magazine
Underwater Photography issue 54

Underwater Photography - Latest issue

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

Issue 54 (May/June 2010) includes Editorial, News and Travel, New Products, Sea and Sea YS-01by Peter Rowlands, Best Point and Shoot Cameras 2010by Berkley White and Jim Decker, REDSEE housing by Hugo Fairs, Gates HF-S11by Simon Deane, Dive a planeby Adam Hanlon, Meet Mr Nauticam by Alex Tattersall, Dory Storyby Dan Bolt, Triton Bay, Philippine hopping by Alan Larsen, Medas Islands by Francesco Ricciardi by Carlos Virgili, Florida muck by Kristian Taylor, Tulamben wrecks by Ken Hoppen, DVD and Book Reviews and Parting Shot by Joseph Tepper.

To get your copy please visit www.uwpmag.com/


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/


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