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News - August 2010

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July 2010
September 2010
News Archive

Website of the Week - Keith Lyall
Underwater video - Know what your shooting
LAUPS Underwater Photographic Competition
Underwater Journal - Latest issue
Website of the Week - Josef Litt
An Unforgettable Evening
Focus On British Wide-angle - Results
Website of the Week - John Liddiard
Scottish Nature Photography Fair
WildScreen Festival 2010
Travelographer of the Year

Website of the Week - Cathy Lewis
SUPS - Next Meeting
BUPG - Next Meeting
African Diver - Latest issue
Ocean Art Photographic Contest
WildPhotos 2010
Epson Red Sea Competition - July Winners
Website of the Week - Arthur Kingdon
X-Ray Magazine - Latest issue
CORAL E-Current Photo Contest
Website of the Week - Tristan Jones

Website of the Week - Keith Lyall

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. This week's choice is Keith Lyall.

'I have been diving for almost 10 years in the temperate waters of the UK as well as various tropical destinations throughout the world.

My photography is exclusively with digital cameras ranging from housed compact cameras to my current Nikon DSLR system. My images cover various aspects of the marine world, including sea-life, corals, divers, wrecks and underwater seascapes.'

To learn more about Keith and to view some of his images please visit

Keith Lyall
Keith Lyall

Know what your shooting by Becky Kagan, Owner of Liquid Productions
Underwater video: Know what your shooting

Underwater video - Know what your shooting

Becky Kagan, Owner of Liquid Productions, LLC gives you tips and tricks to shooting both topside and underwater video.

'When you jump into the water to shoot video or stills do you know what you're shooting? I love watching videos and others' work, but I'm always plagued by one thought as I watch, There's no storyline. As a photojournalist I'm taught to tell a story through images, I made this video to help give some advice and tips about taking your video to the next level! Hopefully it will help you think about what your shooting, and make a plan the next time you splash.'

LAUPS Underwater Photographic Competition

Deadline 18th September 2010

The Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society announces the 48th Annual International Underwater Photographic Competition.  This year the oldest and one of the largest contests of its kind offers seven categories, five still and two video which amateur photographers may enter.  Prizes include live-aboard/land-based vacations, diving/photo equipment, and much more.  The deadline for receipt of entries is September 18, 2010. 

Invaluable support had been provided by the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, Weldon Color Labs, and Post + Beam.  Best of Show and first place awards have included live-aboard/land-based vacations and photo equipment from such sponsors as Arenui Liveaboard, Backscatter, Bilikiki Cruises Ltd., Club Cantamar, Explorer Expeditions, Lagoon Resort Fji, Lembeh Resort, Manta Ray Bay Resort and Yap Divers, Marco Vincent Dive Resort , Nai'a, Nautilus Explorer, Pindito and Uncommon Adventures.

Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society
Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society

Additional prizes are awarded to 4th place in each category and have included a valuable array of SCUBA and photo equipment donated from key sponsors including DAN, H2O Photo Pros, Hollywood Divers, Ikelite, JMJ Wetsuits, Jujee Beads, Peace Dive Boat, Pelican Products, Reef  Photo and Video, Spectre Dive Boat, Second Stage Dive Boat, Submersible Systems, Torgny Nautical Jewelry, Ultralight Control Systems.

Visit for competition guidelines, rules and entry form.

Underwater Journal Issue 17
Underwater Journal Issue #17

Cover shot: Walt Stearns

Underwater Journal - Latest issue

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

Issue #17 includes: Laguna Beach Resort - The right blend for diving the island of Utila; Going CCR - Beyond the basics; Goliath Summer - Discover Palm Beach Florida's big show; Bonne Terre Mine - One cool dive in America's heartland; Key Largo Reloaded - A dive with Spencer Slate and Atlantis Dive Center; Dangerous Seafood - Is it safe to eat?.

To download your copy please visit

Website of the Week - Josef Litt

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is Josef Litt.

Josef is a keen underwater photographer. He took his first underwater photograph in 2007. Josef's portfolio includes photographs from many diving locations around the world. Josef is proud member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP).
"I aim to create fantastic underwater photographs. Stunning fine art, unique, pixel-perfect. Simply Miracles Photographed!"

To learn more about Josef and see more of his images please visit

Josef Litt
Josef Litt

David Doubilet
David Doubilet

An Unforgettable Evening with David Doubilet, Michael AW and Leandro Blanco.

Monday 25 October 2010 at 7.00 for 7.15 p.m.

Huxley Theatre, Zoological Society of London, London Zoo.

On Monday 25 October 2010, at the prestigious home of the Zoological Society of London, London Zoo, a conservation zoo since 1826, we are honoured to present David Doubilet and friends at  'An Unforgettable Evening' organised by Ocean Geographic Society and the British Society of Underwater Photographers.

David Doubilet stands out in the world of underwater photography as a unique and exceptional artist. Long before underwater photography became as accessible as it is today, some innate calling inspired David, born in New York in 1946, to put a Brownie camera into a plastic bag and take it below the cold, green waters of the New Jersey coastline at just 12 years old.

Now, after decades of inspirational image-making around the globe, David is still at the top of his profession having created, among many other achievements, more than 60 stories for National Geographic magazine.

Michael Aw
Michael Aw

Leandro Blanco
Leandro Blanco

David will share his latest inspirations with some of his best work to date, supported by his friends;  multi-award winning underwater photographer and founder of the Ocean Geographic Society Michael Aw and world-renowned underwater filmmaker Leandro Blanco.

Tickets £25  ( BSoUP and OG Members £18) plus booking fee.

A 1 year E-Edition of Ocean Geographic is included with entry. Sorry, no refunds possible. Limited Seats - book now at

*Any profit from this event contributes to Ocean Geographic's SOS - "Face Lift for Sharks Campaign" in Hong Kong and South East Asia www.

Focus On British Wide-angle - Results

Congratulations to Rick Ayrton who won this month's Focus On competition with an image of a diver on the submarine u102 taken in the Orkney Is. near Stronsay in 82m. The image (right) was taken at 1000 ISO, f2.8 at 1/15th sec.

Congratulations also to Alex Tattersall who came second with an image of a seal against Snell's window (below) taken in the Farnes last week at f8 and 1/160th sec. and to Catherine de Lara who came third with an image of a diver and boilers on unknown wreck in Newquay, Cornwall taken at f2.8 and 1.40 sec (below right).

There were a total of 21 entries.

Rick Ayrton
Diver on the submarine u102 taken in the Orkney Is.
near Stronsay in 82m © Rick Ayrton

Alex Tattersall
Seal against Snell's window taken in the Farnes
© Alex Tattersall

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Rick Ayrton 48 7
2 Alex Tattersall 36 8
3 Catherine de Lara 22 2
4 Jim Tyrwhitt-Drake 20 5
5 Nick Blake 19 3
6 Trevor Rees 17 3

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

BSoUP Members only may view all the of the entries in projected order as a 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.

Next month's competition is Underwater Excellence. Please read the Rules before entering via the online Entry Form. Deadline: Tuesday 9th September.

Catherine de Lara
Diver and boilers on unknown wreck in Newquay, Cornwall
© Catherine de Lara

Focus On July 2010
Focus On - July 2010

BSoUP Meeting - August

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 18th August at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, S. Kensington, London. Directions. New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m.

Photo techniques: How to win competitions by Brian Pitkin. Not everyone takes images in order to enter competitions. Nevertheless many of the criteria which apply to the selection of competition images, also apply to images used for other purposes such as publication either in books and magazines or online. Brian will cover the basics of selecting images and entering them in competitions, be they prints or digital images.

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

Main event: Social evening. Bring laptops, images and any kit you would like to sell or exchange. If you are bringing a laptop please ensure that the battery is fully charged before you arrive as there are a limited number of power sockets available.

Website of the Week - John Liddiard

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is John Liddiard.

John is a freelance diving photographer and journalist. probably best known for his articles on wrecks which are published regularly in DIVER magazine. He learned to dive in 1978 with the BSAC branch at the University of Bristol. In March of 1999 John became an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS). His photography has won a few awards, including "highly commended" in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

To learn more about John and see some of his images please visit

John Liddiard
John Liddiard's Home Page

Scottish Nature Photography Fair
20th Scottish Nature Photography Fair

20th Scottish Nature Photography Fair

4th and 5th September 2010

Battleby Centre, Redgorton, Perth

BSoUP member Alex Mustard is among the line up of speakers for the popular Scottish Nature Photography, which runs on both 4th and 5th September. Other speakers include leading nature photographers: Niall Benvie, Ian Cameron, Fergus Gill and Danny Green. There are trade stands, photography exhibition and even a raptor display. This one day event (the talks a repeated on the second day), takes place in Battleby, near Perth, and costs only £25 to attend.

To purchase a ticket please complete the Booking Form and send it to SNPF Admin,

WildScreen Festival 2010

10-15, October 2010 in Bristol

Registration deadline 27 August

Wildscreen is a charity working globally to promote an appreciation of biodiversity and nature through the power of wildlife imagery.

Wildscreen is uniquely positioned at the heart of the international wildlife and environmental media industry, and for 25 years we have been celebrating, applauding, gathering, protecting and sharing images of wild species and wild places, to:

promote excellence in films and photos from which many first learn about nature.

inspire greater interest in Earth's living riches

illustrate the wonders of our natural world.educate about the threats facing our planet's biodiversity.

encourage international enthusiasm for nature.

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WildScrren 2010
WildScreen Festival 2010

The Wildscreen Festival is internationally acknowledged as the most influential and prestigious event of its kind in the world. Its aim is to celebrate, applaud and encourage excellence, and responsibility, in wildlife and environmental filmmaking - films which increase the global viewing public's understanding of the natural world, and the need to conserve it. For details of this year's festival please visit

Delegate fees Full price rate £595 plus Panda Awards ceremony and dinner £60  

Registration closes 27 August. To register please visit

Travel and Adventure Contest
Travel and Adventure Contest

Travel and Adventure Photo Contest

Are you a TRAVELOGRAPHER?? How would you know unless you know what one is? Travelographers make their travel plans with a purpose. They're an active group that prefers to visit places that are off the beaten path and don't mind paying extra to do so. They travel for adventure, photography and to broaden themselves culturally. Does that sound like you or someone you know? Enter your most outstanding travel photographs, sponsored by Popular Photography and American Photo. Winners will be selected by a panel of distinguished judges and will be published in upcoming issues of Popular Photography and American Photo.

Enter online May 1 - August 30, 2010. There is a ten dollar ($10) fee to submit one (1) photograph into the contest, and a fifteen dollar ($15) fee to submit two (2) to five (5) photographs to enter the contest.

For full details please visit

Website of the Week - Cathy Lewis

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members website. This week's choice is Cathy Lewis.

Cathy lives in Bristol, south west England, with her husband Chris who is also a keen diver and an accomplished underwater videographer. She works as the editor of a crafts magazine at Future Publishing in Bath.

'I was introduced to diving in 1984 by my adventure-loving friend Tina, who took me to Wast Water in the Lake District on a freezing cold November day. The hail was horizontal, my wetsuit didn't fit, and there was nothing to see. I thought she was mad. Luckily a beginner's course in Port Douglas, Australia during a year's travelling, changed my mind. I joined Clifton Sub Aqua Club once I returned and have never looked back.

Cathy Lewis
Cathy Lewis' Home page

'Photography seemed a natural progression, to add another element to my diving. I loved seeing the images other photographers had taken and wanted to show non-diving friends some of the spectacular life and scenery beneath the sea. Having no photography experience I had to master the unforgiving Nikonos 5 camera from scratch - a challenge for a non-techy person like me. It took some help from experts Alan James, Gordon James and Martin Edge (thank you!) to achieve anything I was relatively happy with. I progressed on to an SLR Nikon F90X film camera and now use a Nikon D200 digital SLR in a Sea and Sea housing. For lighting, I use twin YS110 Sea and Sea strobes. Favourite lenses include the Nikon 60mm macro and 10.5mm fisheye, and occasionally the 20mm portrait lens'

To learn more about Cathy and to see some of her work please visit

Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society
Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society

SUPS - Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society takes place on Tuesday 10th August 2010 at 20.00hrs at Stevenage Arts Centre, Roaring Meg Retail Park, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 1XN
Focus-on: 'Bubbles' Missed from the last meeting. Don't forget that you can have underwater and land images that don't necessarily have to be dive related.
Focus-on: 'Sunlight' Don't forget that you can have underwater and land images that don't necessarily have to be dive related.

5 Images: Ian Hamson will be talking about his selection of 5 images, what he likes or dislikes about them, how they were taken etc. For further details please visit

BUPG - Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group takes place on Tuesday 10th August at 20.00hrs.

The Meeting will be at the normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)  

The monthly competition theme is Wide Angle with Model. We will assume the model to be human! Send your digital files to Bob Anthony and please include BUPG on the subject line. Deadline Sunday 8th August. Further details at

Bristol Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Underwater Photography Group

The main event is the BUPG Annual General Meeting. Not the most exciting of evenings but it is your opportunity to have your say about how the BUPG is run. There should also be plenty of time for socialising.

African Diver #12
African Diver #12. Cover by Cormac McCreesh

African Diver - Latest issue

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

Issue # 12 (August/September includes Why is the Red Sea red? by Cormac McCreesh, Batsata Maze by Goergina Jones. Moving Sushi: Kenya by Moving Sushi team, Recalled to life - A tale of two harbours by Cormac McCreesh, Headaches and SCUBA Diving by Asser Salama, Diving First Aid Kit by DAN, Flying after diving, by DAN, How to good on air by Asser Salama, Sony Winter Shootout by Charlie Scalliet. Featured Photographer: Michael Westcott.

To download your copy please visit

Ocean Art Photographic Contest

Deadline: November 14th 2010

The Underwater Photography Guide is proud to announce its first annual Ocean Art Photographic Competition.

There are over $62,000 worth of prizes including over 25 liveaboard and resort packages, dive equipment and much more. Special prizes are 12 days on the Arenui Boutique liveaboard, 9 days on the Solmar V liveaboard, 18 nights in Papua New Guinea including a stay on the Febrina liveaboard, a trip for 2 on the SMY Ondina, and a 9 day trip on the Manthiri Maldives. This is one of the largest underwater photography competitions ever to be held in terms of prizes.

Ocean Art Photographic Competition
Ocean Art Photographic Competition

The competition has 11 categories, including a Novice dSLR category, and 3 compact camera categories - giving photographers of all levels a chance to win a great prize. Unique categories include Sharks, Nudibranchs, and Divers / Fashion - a category that will allow pool shots. Other categories include Wide-angle, Macro, Supermacro and Marine Life Behavior. 1st, 2nd and some 3rd place winners from each category will win a fantastic resort or liveaboard package. Winners will be able to choose their own prize, which means they are more likely to end up with a prize that they want.

Judges include world-renowned underwater photographers Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman, Chris Newbert, and Bonnie Pelnar. We look forward to your participation. Further information can be found on our Ocean Art Competition page.

WildPhotos 2010

WildPhotos 2010
Royal Geographic Society, London
Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd October

WildPhotos 2010 promises to be as inspirational as ever with many of the world's best nature photographers already confirmed for the two-day photography symposium held at the Royal Geographical Society, London on 22 and 23 October 2010.  Compéred by BBC Springwatch presenter Chris Packham, the impressive line up of international wildlife and environmental photographers led by keynote speaker David Doubilet (USA), includes Mark Carwardine (UK), Danny Ellinger (Netherlands), Charlie Hamilton James (UK) and Stefano Unterthiner (Italy).

The keynote presentation at WildPhotos 2010 will be given by David Doubilet, one of underwater's most influential photographers.  Join him on a fascinating photographic journey through his career, covering his innovative ways to photograph marine subjects and his discovery that promoting awareness through photography can make a real difference for conservation.

The first published collection of his work, Light in the Sea raised the creative stakes of underwater photography and the follow-up volume Water, Light and Time is regarded as a classic. David is a contributing photographer and author for National Geographic Magazine, for which he has photographed more than 65 stories since his first assignment in 1971.

The event will close with a series of unique behind the scenes presentations by winners of the 2010 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition (winners names to be announced on 21 October 2010).

Tickets and a full programme are now available at A one-day ticket costs £110; two-day tickets are £180.

Epson Red Sea Competition - July Winners

The winners of the Epson Red Sea July online Competition have been announced.

First place went to Gabriele Donati from Italy. Gabriele won 17.72% of the votes.

Second place went to Esteban Tore from Spain. Esteban won 15.18% of the votes.

Third place went to Patrick Neumann from Germany. Patrick won 14.88% of the votes

To view their images please click on a name above.

Want to be Invited to the Epson Red Sea 2010 Competition - FREE OF CHARGE? Compete for the title "Photographer of the Year"!

Are YOU the Photographer of August? To Participate visit

One of three images by Gabriele Donati
One of three images © Gabriele Donati

Arthur Kingdon Underwater Photography
Arthur Kingdon Underwater Photography

Website of the Week -Arthur Kingdon

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is Arthur Kingdon.

'My interest in photography began many years ago when I was around fourteen. My father was an accomplished amateur photographer with his own darkroom and I remember being fascinated as the monochrome images would slowly appear in the developing tray'.

'As I was also interested in aircraft, I thought there could be no better career than to join the Royal Air Force as a photographer. After serving my photographic apprenticeship, I enjoyed some two and a half years photographing all manner of interesting stuff before applying for and being accepted for aircrew training'.

To learn more about Arthur and see some of his images please visit

X-Ray Magazine - Latest issue

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

Issue # 37 includes Antarctic Peninsula Edited by Michael Aw, Greenland Expedition by Morten Beier, The Russian Arctic: History and Development by Svetlana Murashkina, Diving The Central Arctic by Svetlana Murashkina, Profile: Gandouml;ran Ehlmé by Peter Symes, New Equipment Edited by Wayne Fenior, Travel: Cruise Boat Diving by Mike Keleher, Ecology: Shifting Baselines by Christina Ward-Paige, Interview: Diving With Legends' Pete Miller by Bonnie Mckenna, Sharks: Refugees of The Gulf Oil Spill by Andy Murch, Tech Talk: Good On Air by Asser Salama, U/W Photo: Why Digital? by Lawson Wood, Maximo Laura: Galapagos, Tapestries by Gunild Symes

To get your copy please visit

X-Ray 37
X-Ray #37 Cover image: Gandouml;ran Ehlmé

Coral Reef Alliance

CORAL E-Current Photo Contest

Deadline: Sunday 15 August

Enter your favorite coral reef photographs in the CORAL E-Current bimonthly Photo Contest for a chance to win a copy of Reefandmdash;a gorgeous coffee table book featuring beautiful coral reef photographs contributed by Scubazoo photographers.

Each winning photograph will be featured in an edition of E-Current, CORAL's free electronic newsletter. The names of winning photographers will also be posted on the CORAL website with their photographs, which will be available for download as desktop wallpaper. All entrants will receive a subscription to E-Current.

For further details please visit

Website of the Week - Tristan Jones

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members website. This week's choice is Tristan Jones.

Tristan is a PADI Dive Master and has had a life long passion for all things underwater. Being a photographer, there was a natural progression to underwater photography.

Apart from wrecks, reefscapes and fish, Tristan has also undertaken work for clients wanting to showcase their underwater equipment.

To see some of Tristan's images please visit

Tristan Jones
Tristan Jones

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