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News - October 2010

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

September 2010
November 2010
News Archive

Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Update
An Unforgettable Evening - Update
Website of the Week - Alex Mustard
British Wildlife Photographers Awards 2010
Best of British Portfolio 2010
Website of the Week - Maria Munn
Next BSoUP Meeting
BUPG Meeting
Website of the Week - Jane Morgan
African Diver - Latest issue

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Epson Red Sea - Photographer of the Year
EMUP - Next meeting
Epson Red Sea - Images of the World
NELOS Festival 2010

WildPhotos 2010
An Unforgettable Evening
Dive Show 2010
BSoUP Members YouTube Videos
WoW - Scorpionfish Underwater Photography

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year

After months of anticipation, the winners of the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 competition were announced at a gala awards ceremony at the Natural History Museum in London. To view the online gallery of winning images please visit

This year's winning and commended images are on show in a stunning gallery space at the Natural History Museum from 22 October 2010. More than 100 prize-winning photographs from 18 competition categories are displayed in large format.

The exhibtion runs from 22 October 2010 - 11 March 2011 at the Natural History Musem, London, SW7 and is open from 10.00 - 17.50 daily and late on the last Friday of every month (except December).

Ticket: Adult £9, Family £24 (up to 2 adults and up to 3 children), Child and concessions £4.50
Free to Members, Patrons and children aged 3 and under. To book your ticket please visit

An Unforgettable Evening

Held on Monday 25th October n the Huxley Theatre, London Zoological Society 'An unforgettable evening with David Doubilet, Michael Aw and Leandro Blanco' was just that.

BSoUP's Chairman, JP Trenque, introduced each of the guest speakers in turn, starting with award-winning film maker Leandro Blanco and then stills photographer, author and journalist Michael Aw. After a short break world renowned National Geographic photographer David Doubilet took to the floor. For further information about the event please see below

The event, organised by Michael Aw (Ocean Geographic) and Gill McDonald (BSoUP), was a near sell-out. BSoUP's sincere thanks go to all the team (image right) for making it such an unforgettable evening.

Leandro Blanco, Jennifer Hayes, David Doubilet, Gill McDonald, Michael Aw, JP Trenque
Leandro Blanco, Jennifer Hayes, David Doubilet,
Gill McDonald, Michael Aw, JP Trenque (left to right)

Alex Mustard's Home Page
Alex Mustard's Home Page

Website of the Week - Alex Mustard

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

Alex is a Marine Biologist and a Professional, and very accomplished, underwater photographer. He is a BSoUP Committee Member and a Wetpixel Editor.

Alex and BSoUP Member Martin Edge will be talking 'On Underwater Photography' at Imperial College, London on 6th November.

To view some of Alex's images please visit

British Wildlife Photographers Awards 2010

The winners of the British Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced. 

Congratulations to BSoUP Members Mark Thomas, Alex Mustard and Charles Hood, who were all Highly Commended in the Coast and Marine Category and Alex tattersall who was Highly Commended in the Portraits Category.
Images by BSoUP Members Jane Morgan, Derek Haslam and Eleonora Manca are included in the book of winning images (see below).

For more info and to view some of the winning images please visit

British Wildlife Photographers Awards 2010
British Wildlife Photographers Awards 2010
Brisih Photographer Awards - Collection 1
British Wildlife Photographer Awards - Collection 1

This stunning coffee table book is a celebration of British wildlife as captured on camera by today's best amateur and professional photographers. The British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 1 showcases the very best entries from the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2010. With ten separate categories covering everything from marine life and animal behaviour to creepy crawlies and urban wildlife; the book beautifully reveals the unseen splendour and surprising diversity of Britain's wildlife.

There are also two special junior categories to encourage young people to connect to nature through photography. Unlike other wildlife competitions the Awards are uniquely British with all of the images included in the book taken of British animals in their natural habitats.

To purchase your copy from the publisher for £25.00 please visit or for a special offer of only £12.50 from please visit Books and earn a small commission for BSoUP.

Best of British Portfolio 2010

The annual BSoUP Best of british Portfolio competition sponsored by Sport Diver took place on Wednesday 20th October.

This year, the format of the portfolio changed from the classic 2 rows of 3 images projected simultaneously to 3 images projected sequentially. A total of 15 portfolios were received from BSoUP Members. The best 12, as judged by Alex Mustard and JP Trenque, were projected at the October meeting and the audience invited to vote for their favourites.

Seal © E. Manca
Tompot Blenny - E. Manca
Tompot Blenny © E. Manca

Congratulations to Eleonora Manca who came first with images of a seal, a tompot blenny and a basking shark. The runner-up was Alex Tattersall and third was Trevor Rees.

Eleonora, who could not attend, will soon be presented with the Best of British Portfolio trophy and a cheque for £100, courtesy of Sport Diver.

Second place went to Alex Tattersall and third place to Trevor Rees.

If you entered and are not in the top six and would like to know how your fared please e-mail Brian Pitkin.

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

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Eleonora Manca 50 11
2 Alex Tattersall 32 8
3 Trevor Rees 32 4
4 Warren Williams 30 4
5 Cathy Lewis 27 5
6 Robert Bailey 23 4

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

Basking Shark - E. Manca
Basking Shark © E. Manca

Jane Morgan
MariaMunn 'sHome page

Website of the Week - Maria Munn

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is website of This month's speaker Maria MunnLRPS.

Mariahas become famous in the British underwater photographyscene for helping beginner photographers get themost out of their compact cameras.

Whilein hospital, recovering from a serious road accident,Maria wasinspired to dive after watching a programme deaturingwhale sharks inHonduras with the Shark Research Institute. A chanceencounter with the BBC's Natural History Unit whilststudying Blue Whales at Monterey Bay, California,led to her being invited to film the whales withthem.

Shestarted designing compact camera courses in 2005 andhas worked with PADI to lauch the underwater photo digitalspecialty. Her work has been featured in the UK's ProfessionalPhotographer, Mexico, Costa Rica, the front cover of theRoyal Photographic Society, the Traveller's Handbook, SportDiver UK, H2O magazine, Women's Magazine Real, OutdoorEnthusiast, Wanderlust, Diver Magazine, the Bromley Times,Newsshopper, The Guide and Underwater Photography Magazine.

Tolearn more about Maria please visit

October BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, October 20th 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: Shooting the Guiness Submarine Ad. by Zac Macauley.

The submarine was selected and refitted by top designers from London by the agency Freuds to look as sexy and cool as possible on the inside and the outside. Then to break through up to three feet of ice and shoot the submarine as it lay about three meters under the ice flow. It was the worst weather in 20 years in Sweden last winter, just to add spice. An unforgettable week.

Zac Macauley
Zac Macauley
Maria Munn
Maria Munn

Zac, who is one of Britain's top commercial underwater photographers and videographers, will be explaining the concept and challenges of the assignment, all illustrated with background shots and the final ad.

Annual Event: Best of British Portfolio Competition. BSoUP Members only. A portfolio of 3 images taken in British waters. Please read the modified Rules before entering. The deadline is Wednesday 13th October.

Main Event: 'Voyages of Discovery with a Compact Camera' by Maria Munn and special guests who will share their stories of what got them into underwater photography and their favourite destinations. Maria has been taking underwater photographs with different compact camera models for nearly ten years, She was awarded her Licentiateship from the Royal Photographic Society in 2008,

Maria will also be talking about her book 'Underwater Photography for Compact Camera Users', which was published this summer.

BUPG - Next Meeting

Tuesday 12th October

The next meeting of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group takes place on Tuesday 12th October at 20.00hrs at the normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map).

Monthly Competition - British Wide angle
Annual Competition - British Portfolio
Presentation - Wreck Photography - Gareth Locke

For further details please visit

Bristol Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Underwater Photography Group

Jane Morgan
Jane Morgan's Home page

Website of the Week - Jane Morgan

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is MorganReef the website of Jane Morgan.

Jane is the Online editor of DIVE Magazine and an award winning committee member of BSoUP

Jane learned to dive in 1991 and is an open water instructor and an International Association for Handicapped Divers instructor. Passionate about the underwater world she has worked on conservation projects with Coral Cay in both the Philippines and Borneo.

Jane discovered underwater photography during a trip to the Southern Red Sea in 2001 and never looked back. She moved to digital photogaphy in late 2004, and now uses a Nikon D80 camera in a Sea and Sea housing with twin YS110 strobes.
Jane's work has been widely published in the UK diving press and images are available for sale directly from the site.

To learn more about Jane and see some of her images please visit

African Diver - Latest issue

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

Issue # 13 includes Oh Brothers! by Christopher Bartlett, Helping Ponta by Meg McDonald, East Coast Epic Expedition by Cormac McCreesh, The lost South African Spider crab by Georgina Jones, Handicap Scuba Association S. A, Moving Sushi in Tanzania by Moving Sushi Team, Small Boat Diving by Asser Salama, Fitness to Dive by DAN, Featured Photographer: Mike Fraser.

To download your copy please visit

African Diver
African Diver # 13. Cover by Cormac McCreesh

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010
Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Opens 22 October

In this year's exhibition, more than 100 spectacular winning and commended images, chosen from thousands submitted by photographers from around the world, give an unparalleled insight into the amazing diversity found in nature.

Open to amateur and professional photographers of all ages, the annual Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine, is the most prestigious of its kind in the world.

For further details please visit

Epson Red Sea - Photographer of the Year

Congratulations to Esteban Tore from Spain who won the votes of 3.62% of the surfers and 23.2% of the judges votes. Total votes 26.82%. to become the Epson Red Sea Photographer of the Year. Esteban will be invited to participate in the Shoot off in Eilat in November.

Second was Dennis Vandermeersch from Belgium
who won 11.42% of the votes of the surfers and 4.6% of the judges votes. Total votes 16.02%

Third was Steven Kovacs from USA who won 1.99% of the votes of the surfers and 9.2% of the judges votes. Total votes 11.19%

For full details please visit

Esteban Tore
1 of 3 © Esteban Tore's Images

East Midlands Underwater Photographers
East Midlands Underwater Photographers

EMUP - October Meeting

The next meeting of the East Midlands Underwater Photographers takes place on Tuesday 5th October at their usual venue, Nemo's Bar, Stoney Cove.

Main talk: The Best Diving in the Known Universe (Canada) by Robert Bailey

Competition: What I did on my holidays

Epson Red Sea - Images of the World

Deadline: October 10th, 2010

Yes, you can stay home and still participate in the Images of the world categories by simply
sending us the best images you have ever taken anytime and anywhere in the world.

In order to participate in the 5 categories, participants should send a burned CD featuring the digital images with a resolution of 300dpi and at a size of at least 50 X 30 cm.

The CD and registration form must arrive at the
competition office no later than October 10th, 2010.

For full details please visit

Images of the World
Epson Red Sea Images of the World

Download a flyer listing categories and prizes.

NELOS Festival 2010

NELOS Festival 2010

27th-28th November 2010

Contest deadline: 15th October

In 2010 the NELOS Photo and Video Festival celebrates its 20th edition. It is more than just a contest. More than ever the 2010 edition is an international forum for amateurs and professionals who share a passion for the ocean and marine life.

The contest remains the main event, and invites participants from all over the world. There will be lectures by famous domestic and foreign guest speakers plus Environmental Awareness and Educational information for a wide audience.

For further details:

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.

WildPhotos 2010
WildPhotos 2010

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.

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.

Dive Show

Coming to the NEC in Birmingham on 30/31 October, the next big date for your diary is the 2010 Dive Show.

The UK's two Dive Shows bookend our home-waters diving season - the London International Dive Show (LIDS) at the ExCeL Centre in March, and October's Dive Show at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre, Dive 2010. Both are organised by the DIVER Group.

We've been busy as usual, planning a great line-up of guest speakers, exhibitors and special events to keep you thoroughly entertained for the day - or even for the weekend, if you're really into wandering the aisles.

Dive Show 2010

BSoUP Members YouTube Videos

An increasing number of underwater videographers are now making their work available to the world at large on YouTube.

So a page of links to BSoUP Members' videos has been added to this website. The videos are arranged chronologically by the date they were posted on YouTube - most recent first.

See BSoUP Members Videos

If your videos are not included on this page, please send the links to Brian Pitkin.

Website of the Week - Scorpionfish Underwater Photography

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members website. This week's choice is Scorpionfish Underwater Photography, the website of Gareth Millson and Pash Baker.

Scorpionfish Underwater Photography was born from a passion for diving. Scorpionfish are photographer Gareth Millson and vidoegrapher Pash Baker. Their photographs and video are from a variety of locations including the Red Sea, Maldives, Australia, Manado and closer to home from Stoney Cove to Cornwall

Gareth Millson & Pash Baker
Gareth Millson and Pash Baker

Gareth has been diving for seven years and started taking photos with a Canon S45 compact in 2003. Currently he uses a Canon 5D MKII in a Subal housing with Inon Z240 Strobes. 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 some of their images please visit

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