On 5 November at Imperial College London
Alex Mustard and Martin Edge led a
one day workshop entitled 'On Underwater Photography'. As part of
days presentations Martin showed a series of video clips taken by
Jo Horrocks of himself and Keith
Lyall in Indonesia to illustrate some of his tips on taking
underwater images. For those who missed the sell out event or just
want to see them again Jo has compiled a video of these tips which
you can view on YouTube.
If you have a slow broadband connection you may
need to start the video and then immediately pause it until it has
completely downloaded before playing it.
Stuck for ideas for gifts? Why not buy a book
online from Amazon via this website?
This year two excellent book by
BSoUP Members have been published. All underwater
camera users will love the fourth and latest ediiton of
Martin Edge's book 'The Underwater
Photographer' and compact camera user's will love Maria
Munn's book 'Underwater Photography for Compact Camera
You can also buy other books on underwater
photography, marine and freshwater life and dive guides from our
Online shop or Books and DVD's
Each purchase from Amazon via this site earns a
small commission for BSoUP.
EMUP - East Midlands Underwater Photographers, meet
in the room underneath Nemo's Bar, Stoney Cove, on the first Tuesday
of the month from October to June Each month there are talks and
friendly competitions for anyone interested in diving or underwater
photography. It is a very friendly environment and is open to all, so
come and see us.
On 7 December there will be 3 talks each with the
aim to help improve photo's taken with a compact camera (not to say
there won't be some useful information for DSLR users too!):
East Midlands Underwater
Trevor Rees who you will have seen
in Diver magazine recently and who has won various accolades for his
underwater photography with both a DSLR and a compact camera will be
giving two shorts talks:
- Manual Exposure, why manual exposure rather than
'automatic' is best underwater.
Rosemary Gibbs, will then talk
about her experience of photography workshops and how they have
improved her photography. She has done trips with the likes of Maria
Munn, Duxy from Camera's Underwater and Martin Edge. So she is in a
good position to reflect on the learning.
There will also be a photo competition that is for
photographs taken with a compact camera and the theme of the photo is
'Colour'. The closing date for entries is Sunday 5 December.
The night will kick of at 7.30 and the pub (Nemo's
Bar) is open as usual so you can come for a bite to eat beforehand,
we will have a break during the evening and we aim to finish about
Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members
website. This week's choice is Linda Pitkin.
Linda is the author and photographer of four books,
and a number of articles. Her stock photography features widely in
books, newspapers, magazines and journals, including Professional
Photographer, BBC Wildlife, Nature, and leading diving magazines.
Other uses of her photographs include calendars, brochures, cards,
advertising, and in an IMAX multi-screen presentation. Linda also
undertakes commissioned photography.
She serves occasionally on juries for photography
competitions, and has been a jury member for BAFTA (The British
Academy of Film and Television Arts), for the 2002 Television Craft
Awards. Along with Alex Mustard, she is one of the two underwater
photographers involved in 2020Vision.
Beginners Portfolio Competition for the
Each year BSoUP organises a
competition for beginners for the DIVER Trophy and a cheque for £100
kindly donated by DIVER Magazine. Each portfolio had
to comprise six images arranged in two row of three embedded in a
single jpg image. This year there were only 22 entries.
Congratulations to Will Clark
(portfolio right) who was the winner of this year's Beginners
Portfolio Competition with an overwhelming number of votes.. Second
place went to Jackie Campbell and third place went
to Pash Baker.
The top six portfolios may be viewed enlarged in
the Gallery by clicking on the photographers name above. Clicking on
'[Details]' above will display the image enlarged along with details
about the photographer and images.
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.
If you entered and are not in the top six and would
like to know how your fared please e-mail Brian Pitkin.
Next months Open Portfolio Competition is now
open to all underwater photographers, BSoUP members
and non-members alike. Please read the Rules before entering online
using the Entry Form.
The latest issue of the FREE Underwater Journal
magazine is now available to download.
Issue 18 includes Editor's Page, Catalina Island,
SoCal oil rig Diving, Monterey Road Trip, California Grays, Sidemount
Diving, Aquatica AT2i Housing, Caribbean Explorer II, Scientific
Diving, and Hunting Poachers.
Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members
website. This week's choice is H2O images the website of Gavin
An award winning wildlife photographer, Gavin
specialises in various disciplines of image making, including:
environmental, underwater, location portraits, reportage, editorial,
travel and wildlife. At the start of this year he set a blog which
you can follow at http://gavinparsonsphotography.blogspot.com/.
New Mini Series About The Process of
Creating An Aquatica Housing
Given how important a tool the underwater housing
is, it makes sense that all underwater photographers should
understand how they are created. DPG present to you, " The
Making Of A Housing," a series of articles which offers a
behind the scenes tour of how an Aquatica housing is made, start to finish,
written by Aquatica's Technical Adviser, Jean Bruneau.
BSoUP Photo Book - images taken with
BSoUP believes that good
photography comes from the skill of the photographer, not from the
camera. Photographic vision and knowing how to use the camera are the
most important ingredients for creating great underwater images.
Earlier this year we invited BSoUP
members to submit their underwater images taken using a compact
camera. From these a selection was made to create a Photo Book to
showcase their work at Dive shows.
BSoUP would like to thank all the
photographers who sent in images, whether they were used or not, and
Alan Larsen who edited and produced it.
The next BSoUP meeting takes place
on Wednesday, November 17th 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. - see
review by Brian Pitkin.
This year sees the sixth annual Epson Red Sea
Competition, held in Eilat, Israel. The total of all prizes offered
for competitors amounts to a huge US$80,000. The online competition
has already taken place and the winner announced. The 'Shoot-out'
takes place this week - November 9-11, 2010 and the overall winner
will receive US$10,000. The official awards ceremony is on Saturday
13th November. Brian, who had expected to attend, will review the
Fotosub Gran Canaria 2010 - Alex Tattersall's
Beginner Portfolio Competition.
Open to all underwater photographers, BSoUP Members and non-members
alike, this annual competition for the DIVER Trophy and £100 courtesy
of DIVER magazine is now closed.
BSoUP Members only may view all the entries in the
Competition slideshow, but you will be prompted to login if you
haven't already done so this sesssion.
Creativity in the Canaries by
BSoUP Member Alex
Tattersall was one of twelve invited underwater
photographers at the 6th Fotosub Gran Canaria held at Costa Mogan
from 28th September to 3rd October. Alex's presentation focuses on
16th June 1933 - 9th September 2010
Somewhat belatedly we are sad to report that former
BSoUP Member Peter Funnell passed
away on 9th September.
A diving instructor and a scuba diver for more than
30 years, initially with West Wickham BSAC, and later with Thornton
Heath BSAC, Peter's interest in underwater photography led him to
join the British Society of Underwater Photographers, attending
monthly meetings whenever he was able. Peter travelled to many parts
of the globe in pursuit of his passion including the Red Sea, Cayman
Islands, Tenerife and Malta.
Underwater photographers of all levels, from novice
to professionals, are invited to compete in what has become the
"Superbowl" of international underwater imagery events, for over
$75,000 of world-class prizes! Additionally, Best of Show will
receive an additional cash prize of $1,000!
The Our World Underwater international underwater
photography and video competition has become one of the biggest and
most prestigious in the world. The competition celebrates and
highlights the art of underwater photography as well as the beauty of
the ocean. Underwater photographers and videographers have become the
unsung heroes of the most important ecosystem on earth. During a time
when the oceans are in crisis, a growing global community of scuba
divers and photographers have become the eyes and ears of the ocean,
helping to educate and inspire the rest of the world.
All underwater photographers are
invited to compete in seven themed categories to win over
$51,000 in prizes The DEEP Indonesia
competition is part of a unique series, and together with the Our
World Underwater competition, the prize pool is over $120,000 - the
biggest in the world. Winners also achieve the glory of being named
some of the world's best underwater photographers, and the wining
images will be exposed to millions of readers of dive, travel and
photography magazines and websites worldwide. Esteemed judges include
leading professional underwater photographers and magazine editors
from around the world.
Each week we are highlighting a
BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is
As well as being a member of BSoUP, Sheilah is the
Secretary of the Kingsclere Photo Club, a small group with only 11
members. Her specialist interest is underwater photograph and is the
club expert on such matters. Sheilah does a lot of diving with Mike
Markey on the "Peveril Myth", based on the Dorset coast.
Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition for
the DIVER Trophy
Deadline: 10 November 2010 at
The Annual Beginners Portfolio
Competion is held in November and is open to
members and non-members alike, provided that they
have not come first, second or third in a national or international
competition, such as BSoUP's Open and Beginners Portfolio
Competitions, BSoUP or St Abbs Splash-Ins, Image, U/W Photographer of
the Year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Marine Conservation
Each photographer must submit a portfolio of six images. Digital
portfolios may be submitted using the Competitons Entry
form by 10pm on Wednesday 10 November 2010, but please read the
Rules and guidelines before entering.
All portfolios will be judged by
the audience present at the meeting.
The winner will receive the DIVER Trophy and a
cheque for £100 donated by DIVER Magazine, who reserve the right to publish the
winning portfolios. Copyright remains with the photographer.
Congratulations to BSoUP Member Nick
Robertson-Brown who was awarded Associateship with the
British Institute of Professional Photographers last week.
To qualify Nick went to Nottingham where a panel
judged his portfolio of 20 prints and working profile document ,
which contained relevant qualifications, business plan, technical
difficulties of the underwater environment, description of each image
and documents such as HSE and liability certificates. Three of Nick's
images are reproduced here.
has his own underwater photography business based in Manchester called
Photography. Nick has written, and teaches, an underwater
photography course called "The Complete Underwater Photography Award"
which is divided into manageable units held in the classroom, pool and
open water. The pool tuition sessions are held in the 5.1m deep
Manchester Aquatics Centre with an artificial reef set up for the
students to practice on. Nick runs workshops abroad both under the
Frogfish banner and for African Space.
with Caroline, they also organise UK workshop weekends called the
Visions in the Sea Summer Series, and last year organized the famous
Visions in the Sea event, originally founded by BSoUP
legend Colin Doeg, with lectures and workshops given by all the great
names in underwater photography. As Nick and Caroline also own a dive
centre in Manchester, Orca Divers, we have a shop where Nick's prints are for
sale, along with SLR housings by Sealux and Nimar, Compact Cameras by
Fuji and Intova, and accessories by INON. Nick has been invited, by the
awarding committee, to submit for his BIPP Fellowship in the new year.
Le Festival mondial de l'image
The World Festival of Underwater Pictures took
place for the second successive year at the Palais du Pharo in
Marseille, from 27 to 31 October 2010.
Jean-Michel Cousteau was the
honorary president of this the 37th World Festival of Underwater
Pictures. He celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of his
father, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, in presence of those
who took part in the Calypso odyssey.
Congratulations to BSoUP Member
Tony Baskeyfield who won a Gold Medal in the Colour
Prints section with his 'Spinner Dolphins' and fellow Brit
Zena Holloway who won a Gold Medal in the Underwater
Advertising Stills section for the advertising Campain 'Radox - Renew
Society of Biology Biodiversity
The UN has designated 2010 the 'International
Year of Biodiversity'. To mark and celebrate this, the Society
of Biology organised a photographic competition. Entrants were
free to interpret how they captured photographically images that
celebrate, explore, comment on or reveal aspects of biodiversity from
around the world.
BSoUP Member Linda
Pitkin was one of the judges.
Prizes were presented to the winners at a ceremony
in Charles Darwin House yesterday (Wednesday 3rd November).
Photographers, photojournalists and
BSOUP members Jeremy and Amanda
Cuff will publish a new 2011 Calendar titled "Diving
Dreams" later this month.
Jeremy said, "The Diving Dreams 2011 Calendar'
features a variety of images, mostly from our dive travels over the
last three years, and includes destinations such as Egypt, Borneo,
Hawaii, Cayman Islands, the Philippines and Jersey."
The 2011 Calendars can be obtained from Jeremy and
Amanda with prices to be confirmed later this month.
To register interest, please visit Jeremy and
Amanda's website at www.ja-universe.com. Please note that the full Calendar
information won't be online until later in the month.
The next meeting of the
Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society takes place on
Tuesday 9th November 2010 at 20.00hrs at Stevenage
Arts Centre, Roaring Meg Retail Park, Stevenage,
Hertfordshire, An evening with Alex
The Stevenage Underwater
Photographic Society meets every 2nd Tuesday of each month from 8pm
For further details please visit www.sups-online.com/
BUPG - Next Meeting
Tuesday 9th November
The next meeting of the Bristol Underwater
Photography Group takes place on Tuesday 9th November at
20.00hrs at the normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road,
Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map).
Monthly Competition - Creative (in
Presentation - Norway - Libby Gawith,
Peter Plume and Fiona Bowles
Presentation - Optics for the UW Photographer -
Trevor Rees and Arthur Kingdon
The official magazine of the the Chamber for Diving
and Watersports, Egypt, Blue Magazine is now avaialble in hard copy
and as a downloadable pdf file.
Issue 7 includes: Letter from the Editor (Charlotte
Boan), Letter from the Managing Director, News, Green Team, Red Sea
Life: Deco Stop, Wonders of the Red Sea: A gallery celebrating the
best of Egypt underwater by world-renowned photographer
Alexander Mustard, Talking Tech: Watching the girls
dive by, Insider's Wreck Guide: The Carnatic, Snorkel Site: Marsa
Alam, Red Sea Life: The life of the oceanic white tip shark,
Competition: win a Canon Ixus camera and housing courtesty of Cameras
Underwater, Egypt By Land: Experience the wonder, Red Sea Log: Oh
Brother!, Class Shot: A real bright shark: lighting up the big stuff
by Maria Munn, Health Matters: The scuba generation
gap, Health Matters: Ask Dr Adel, Surf's Up: Splashing out and
Destination Guide: Qusier.
BSoUP were very much in evidence at DIVE 2010 last
weekend with a large display of prints and a promotional stand.
On display for the first time was a book of images
taken by BSoUP members using compact cameras,
produced and edited by Alan Larsen.
BSoUP thanks all those members who
helped during the weekend mounting and dismounting the displays and
answering questions from the general public and fellow members on
Saturday and/or Sunday and DIVER Magazine for their support.
BSoUP Stand at DIVE 2010, NEC Birmingham. Image:
BSoUP Stand and Print display at DIVE 2010, NEC
Birmingham. Image: Charles Erb
The Latest issue of the FREE X-Ray Magazine is now
available for download.
Issue 38 includes Utila Island, Hondurus by
Scott Bennett, Sulawesi, Indonesia by Eric
Hanauer, North Sulawesi, Indonesia by Don
Silcock, Dive watches edited by Peter
Symes, Ecology: Cephalopods by James Wood,
Pink Dolphins of the Amazon by Michael Braunsten,
Portfolio: Caelum Mero, Book log by Robert
Sterner, Sharks: A lesson from mother nature by Andy
Murch, Tech talk: Technical diving equipment by Mark
Powell and UW Photo: Field Work by Lawson
The latest issue of the FREE UwP Magazine is nw
available for download.
Issue 57 includes Editorial, News and Travel, New
Products, Nauticam Sony NA-NEX5 by Phil Rudin,
Seahorn Snoot review by Kay-Burn Lim, L and M
SOLA600 by Alex Mustard, Athena ARF Ring flash by
Phil Rudin, Canary creativity by Alex
Tattersall, Veolia Wildlife winners, Wildlife ethics by
Tim Priest, Rabbit ear lighting by Julian
Cohen, Off camera strobes by Alex Mustard,
Ultraviolet photography by Matej Simonic,
Stroboscopic by Glenn Lawyer, Diving in Sark by
Sue Daly, Basking sharks by Charles
Hood, French muck diving by Jean-Philippe Borges and
Gilles Suc, Gozo by Sean Arrowsmith,
Parting Shots by Julian Cohen, Diggy
Desai and Tim Priest.
Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members
website. This week's choice is Malcolm Nobbs.
'Nowadays I live in Sydney, Australia with my
fiancee, Mary but hail from Folkestone, UK. I am a member of the
British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) and enjoy up to
200 dives per annum worldwide.
I used to have no interest in diving whatsoever.
However my late wife Eve did and in December 1994 I reluctantly
joined her on a Try Dive. To my amazement I thoroughly enjoyed it and
was soon assuring everyone that I had always wanted to dive.
Keen to capture memories of my underwater dives, I
began shooting video but eventually became seduced by, in my opinion,
the greater challenge of still 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. Please meet at 10.30 a.m. for a 11.00 a.m. start. Finish
approx. by 5:30 p.m., and definitely by 6:00 p.m.
Thanks to the generous
sponsorship of hosts Cameras Underwater this event
costs just £20 and therefore we expect it to be
popular. Tickets can be booked directly from the Cameras Underwater website.
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.
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
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.