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News - December 2010

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

November 2010
January 2011
News Archive

BSoUP in the press
EMUP - Next meeting
Website of the Week - Neil Rosewarn
Capture the World Underwater Video Contest
Neville Coleman's Marine Life eGuide
Website of the week - Nick Robertson-Brown
in focus magazine - Latest issue
Open Portfolio Competition 2010 - Results

Ocean Art Competition 2010 - Results
Website of the Week - Gary Roberts
BUPG Next Meeting

Next BSoUP Meeting
British Underwater Image Festival 2011
Website of the Week - Trevor Rees
Nikon D7000 in a Nauticam NA-7000 housing
X-ray Magazine - Latest issue
Beneath the Sea
African Diver - Latest issue
Website of the Week - Dana Ray and Mark Atwell
Martin Edge's Photo Tips
Gift ideas

BSoUP in the press

The January 2011 issue of DIVER Magazine includes an article on the Beginners Portfolio Competition 2010 which was won by Will Clark.

Will, who is a freelance video editor, hails from Street in Somerset. Although he learned to dive twenty years ago, he only did a few dozen dives until about 2005, when he went with his family to the Maldives. Will couldn't believe what he had been missing and since then has made underwater photography the focus of all his travelling.

He first tried using an Olympus compact underwater in 2007, after reading Martin Edge's excellent book, 'but found the camera really frustrating - it would shoot RAW but there would be a 10 second delay before you could take another shot while it recorded the data. I remember being underwater, watching subjects swim away, wanting to tear the little hair I have left out of my scalp and wishing I had my beloved dSLR down there instead. In 2008 I upgraded to a Canon EOS 40d and thought the time was right to buy a housing". More..

DIVER Magazine January 2011

East Midlands Underwtaer Photograohers
East Midlands Underwater Photographers

East Midlands Underwater Photographers - Next Meeting

Tuesday 4th January 2011

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 competitions for anyone interested in diving or underwater photography. It is a very friendly environment and is open to all.

Talk: Rob Cuss - A year in the life of an underwater photographer

Rob's talk will focus on his activities, both in a drysuit and in waders, over the last year (November 2009-November 2010). He will show the thought process that has gone into his long-term project on over/under photography and will outline what has worked well and what has been a bit of a disaster.

'All my trips have been UK based and a couple have been in walking distance from my house - not bad for a midlander!!'
Competition: Best of British

Website of the Week - Neil Rosewarn

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is Neil Rosewarn.

Neil has enjoyed a passion for photography and art for the past 20 years. He studied photography at Portsmouth University and during his time there had an overwhelming urge to take his camera underwater. His first project was to photograph swimmers during their daily training sessions at Portsmouth Northsea swimming club.

Underwater photography provides Neil with a perfect medium in which to work. Travelling to Egypt, Malaysia, Seychelles, Cayman, Philippines, Micronesia and of course the Cornish coast provides a feast of visual opportunity.

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

Neil Rosewarn
Neil Rosewarn

Gates Capture the World Underwater Video Contest
Gates Capture the World Underwater Video Contest

Gates Capture the World Underwater Video Contest

Deadline: 31st December 2010

The Aggressor Fleet, Dancer Fleet and Gates Underwater Products are pleased to announce this 1st annual Underwater Video Challenge. Open to all underwater videographers from amateur to pro, we want to see your best benthic behaviors, astonishing action and splendid sequences.

Over $21,000 in prizes to the top 4 entries include a free trip aboard any Aggressor or Dancer Fleet Yachts - and 2 free trips if the winning entry was shot during an Aggressor/Dancer charter. Gates HF-S21 housings are awarded to the top 2 entries - plus ports, accessories, and lights for the 1st place winner if captured with a Gates. Additional prizes from our supporting sponsor Backscatter,  include gift cards and equipment prizes.

Exhibiting sponsor San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition (SDUFEX) will showcase the winning entry at the prestigious Qualcomm Hall in the summer 2011.

For full details please visit /

Neville Coleman's Marine Life eGuide

Neville Coleman's Marine Life eGuide is a comprehensive electronic field guide for the Asia/Indo-Pacific region that complements Neville Coleman's vast library of printed guides. The eGuide features over 1700 species (with over 2000 photographs) split into 16 sections.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Not the proud owner of an iPad and iPhone? No problem! The eGuide will be available in January for the Android, Blackberry, Symbian (Nokia), Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile.

To purchase a copy please visit

Neville Coleman's Marine Life eGuide
Neville Coleman's Marine Life eGuide

Nick Roberston Brown
Nick Roberston-Brown

Website of the week - Nick Robertson-Brown APBIPP

Nick and Caroline are the owners of Orca Divers.

This year Nick was awarded Associateship from the British Institute of Professional Photographers (APBIPP).

Orca Divers has a lively club full of enthusiastic and friendly members. As a club member you can get involved with our diving trips in the UK and abroad, social events, training, educational events and great pool nights in our 5.1m pool. They are keen to promote and sponsor the Shark Trust and so organise regular events to help raise both awareness and money for this important charity.

To learn more about Nick and see some of his images please visit and the sister site

in focus magazine - Latest issue

If you are a BSoUP member, the latest issue of BSoUP's magazine, in focus, is now in the post and should be arriving on your doorstep any day soon (Royal Mail permitting).

Issue 94 (Winter 2010/11) includes Editorial by Gill MacDonald, Are you talking to me by Gill MacDonald, Splash-in round up by Martha Tressler, Antarctica - Land and sea at the bottom of the World by Steve Jones, Magic of Misool by Spike and Penny Piddock, Christmas in Manado by Paul Woodburn, Doubilet comes to town, Twice the fun in the Philippines by Len Deeley, Competition results, BSoUP members at BWPA, BSoUP Meetings, Directions, BSoUP officers 2010, and In the middle of nowhere by Gavin Parsons.

If you would like to receive printed copies of in focus, as and when it is published, then why not join BSoUP.

If you have moved house in the last year or so and do not receive a copy of this issue, it may be because you haven't notified us of your change of address. Please let our new Membership Secretary and Treasurer Alan Larsen know.

BSoUP thanks Gill MacDonald and Gavin Parsons for editing and producing this issue. Please submit copy for the next issue to Joss Woolf.

in focus cover by Trevor Rees
Cover image © Eleonora Manca

Giordano Cipriani
Winner © Giordano Cipriani

Open Portfolio Competition 2010 - Results

Congratulations to Giordano Cipriani who was the winner of BSoUP's annual Open Portfolio Competition 2010. Giordano will receive an individual trophy and a cheque for £100 courtesy of DIVE Magazine.

Second place went to Martyn Guess; third to Tony Baskefield; fourth to Mark Pickford; fifth (equal) to David Henhaw and Georgette Douwma.

There were a total of 27 portfolios entered.

How the top six scored:-

Pos. Photographer Points Firsts
1 Giordano Cipriani [Details] 45 12
2 Martyn Guess [Details] 35 5
3 Tony Baskeyfield [Details] 32 6
4 Mark Pickford [Details] 32 4
5= David Henshaw [Details] 31 4
5= Georgette Douwma [Details] 31 4

The top six portfolios may be viewed enlarged in the Gallery by clicking on the photographers name above. To view more information about the photographer and their images click on Details above.

Martyn Guess
Runner-up © Martyn Guess
Tony Baskeyfield
Third © Tony Baskeyfield

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.

The January 2011 Focus On competition is now open to BSoUP members only. Images entered must not have come first, second or third in a national or international competition. Please read the Rules before entering online using the Entry Form.

Ocean Art Competition 2010 - Results

The results of the Ocean Art Photo Competition have been announced. A total of $67, 000's worth of prizes were awarded. Winners were allowed to pick their own prizes.

Four BSoUP members, Ross Gudgeon, David Henshaw, Jackie Campbell and Daniel Norwood were each highly recommended.

To view some of the winning shots and see the full list of winners please visit

Ocean Art Photo Competition 2010
Ocean Art Photographic Competition

Gary Roberts
Gary Roberts

Website of the Week - Gary Roberts

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members website. This week's choice is Gary Roberts.

Gary, a member of the NUJ, is a freelance photographer based in Manchester covering assignments throughout the UK and overseas. He trained at Speos (Paris Photographic Institute)

Assignments have been undertaken in Macedonia, Bosnia, South Africa, Korea, USA, Romania, Tanzania and Ghana. Photographs can be supplied digitally on CD, wired worldwide or by film and prints. Clients include National and International Press as well as PR for agencies and companies.

BUPG Next Meeting

Tuesday 14th December 2010

The next meeting of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group takes place on Tuesday 14th December at 20.00hrs at the normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map).

Monthly Competition - Open
Annual Portfolio - Open
Christmas Social

For further details please visit

Bristol Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Underwater Photography Group

Winning Open Portfolio 2009 by Trevor Rees
Winning Open Portfolio 2009 © Trevor Rees

Next BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, December 15th 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 Welcome

Annual General Meeting: Notice has been sent to all BSoUP members along with all required documents by e-mail. If you haven't received these please contact Brian Pitkin.

Annual Event: Open Portfolio Competition. The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members only may view the entries as a Competition Slideshow. You will be prompted to login if you haven't already done so this session.

Main Event: Christmas Party

British Underwater Image Festival Competition 2011

Deadline: 7th January 2011.

The British Underwater Image Festival (BUIF) competition is in it's sixth consecutive year and is free to enter. Video and stills are represented in the entry categories, with specific classes for images shot in the UK. Sponsors have offered thousands of pounds worth of prizes across the stills and video categories.

The finalists will be showcased at The Big Scuba Show at Olympia, London on 19-20 February 2011. A dedicated image theatre will host the video and visitors will be able to view the stills images at the show. Award-winning photographer Alex Mustard, British Society of Underwater Photographers cofounder Colin Doeg, renowned British photographer Charles Hood and DIVE editor Simon Rogerson are judging the stills competition. The DVDs will be judged by BBC natural history film-maker Peter Scoones, Colin Doeg and Simon Rogerson.

For full details please visit

BUIF 2011 Entry Form
BUIF 2011

Trevor Rees
Trevor Rees' Home page

Website of the Week - Trevor Rees

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is Trevor Rees.

Trevor started diving over 30 years ago and took his first underwater pictures 26 years ago. His passion for underwater photography has resulted in a wide variety of underwater images - from close up macros though to wide angle scenics. Many of Trevor's photographs have been highly placed in competitions and have been published in diving or wildlife magazines.

Trevor uses photographic locations in the UK ranging from Scotland in the north, to the Scilly Isles in the south. Although he dives the south west coast of Britain most often, the sheltered sea lochs on the west coast of Scotland are his favourite area. He sometimes dives in Pembrokeshire and also on the north east coast at Eyemouth and St. Abbs. Trevor also enjoys diving various freshwater sites that are often overlooked for their photographic potential.

Trevor lives near Worcester in the Midlands where he works in the water industry. His livelihood does not rely on selling images or photojournalism but he occasionally undertakes commissions. This leaves Trevor free to use his experience to work in a more relaxed way on his own photographic interests. When not taking photographs Trevor is invariably found planning his next shoot.

To learn more about Trevor and to see some of his images, please visit

Trevor Rees
Trevor Rees

Nikon D7000 body
Nikon D7000 body

Nikon D7000 in a Nauticam NA-7000 housing

BSoUP Committee Member and Wet Pixel Associate Editor Alex Mustard has recently published an excellent field review of the Nikon D7000 in a Nauticam Housing.

Alex concludes that 'The D7000 is an excellent underwater camera that fulfils many briefs for Nikon users underwater. As the replacement for the D90 it is currently the best model for those wanting to get into Nikon SLR underwater photography. But more serious shooters should not dismiss it, thinking it wholly part of the D90 lineage. It packs plenty of pro-features into its small frame (100% viewfinder, 1/320th synch, 14-bit A/D converter etc). The reality is that the D7000 is also the best DX Nikon out there, an important point for those wanting to use the Tokina 10-17mm. This camera is certain to have a very wide appeal'.

'The D7000 brings impressive image quality, extra resolution from 16MP, very useable high ISO performance and full HD video to Nikon shooters. I would choose one every time over the D300s (and obviously any other DX Nikon), and I would understand any D300 owner who was tempted to upgrade, despite, at first glance, this appearing as a sideways move. Autofocus is probably the only area it lags marginally behind the D300 for underwater photography (trumping it in most others), but it is so close as to be of little significance.' 

To read the full article please visit

Nikon D7000 in a Nauticam NA-7000 housing
Nikon D7000 in a Nauticam NA-7000 housing

Image: Alex Mustard

X-ray Magazine #39
X-ray Magazine #39. Cover image: by Wolfgang Pandouml;lzer

X-ray Magazine - Latest issue

The latest version of the FREE X-ray magazine is now available for download.

Issue #39 includes Palau's Treasures: A Diver's Addiction by Todd Essick :: A Photographer's Playground by Michael AW | A Gourmet Fiesta Diversity by Svetlana Murashkina :: Profile: Francis Toribiong by Arnold Weisz | Sunglasses for Divers by Kelly LaClaire | Freshwater Diving Austria by Wolfgang Pandouml;lzer | Unique Site: Pavillion Lake, British Columbia by Barb Roy | Portfolio: Kendahl Jan Jubb edittted by Gunild Symes | Shark Tales: The Grey Nurse Shark by Don Silcock | Dive Medicine: Cold and Hypothermia by Dr Carl Edmonds | Tech Talk: Technical Diving Skills by Mark Powell | UW Photo: A spects of Preparation by Lawson Wood

To download your copy please visit

Beneath the Sea International Imaging Competition

Deadline December 31st 2010

Each year, Beneath the Sea is pleased to give underwater photographers and videographers a chance to compete with their peers from across the World.

BTS is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to increasing awareness of the earth's oceans and the sport of scuba diving.

As an award-winning organization, BTS helps promote environmental conservation and the protection of marine wildlife through grants to other nonprofit groups. Through its international poster contest for children, called Ocean Pals, BTS helps educate children on the wonder and delicate nature of our oceans.

For full details please visit

Beneath the Sea 2011
Beneath the Sea

African Diver
African Diver - Cover image: Adam Hanlon

African Diver - Latest issue

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

Issue #14 is in a new format and includes Ed's Logbook, Mozambiques Marine Magician, Star Walls, Dive Qualifications, Amaglubglub, Best Dive Job Press Release, Shiver! Press Release, Adam Hanlon, Moving Sushi, Red Sea Wrecks, and DAN's summary for the year.

To get your copy please visit

Website of the Week - Dana Ray and Mark Atwell

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is Dana Ray and Mark Atwell.

Their website includes 18 galleries and a link to hundreds of topside images on Flikr.

To see some of their images please visit

Dana Ray & Mark Atwell
Dana Ray and Mark Atwell

Martin Edge's Photo Tips

Martin Edge's Photo Tips

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.

Gift Ideas

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 Users '.

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.

BSoUP Photobook Oct 2010
BSoUP Images taken with compact cameras

BSoUP Photo Book - images taken with compact cameras

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.

You can view the book at and, if you want, purchase a copy.

New 2011 Calendar - Jeremy and Amanda Cuff

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 Please note that the full Calendar information won't be online until later in the month.

New 2011 Calendar - Jeremy & Amanda Cuff
New 2011 Calendar - Jeremy and Amanda Cuff

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