The January 2011 issue of DIVER
Magazine includes an article on the Beginners Portfolio
Competition 2010 which was won by Will
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
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..
East Midlands Underwater Photographers -
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
Website of the Week - Neil
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
If you would like to receive printed copies of
in focus, as and when it is published, then why not
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
Gill MacDonald and Gavin Parsons
for editing and producing this issue. Please submit copy for the next
issue to Joss
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 -
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
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
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
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.
British Underwater Image Festival
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.