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News - January 2011

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

February 2011
News Archive

Underwater Festival 2011
Website of the Week - DavidStephens
X-ray magazine - Latest issue
Focus On - January 2011- Image of 2010 -Results
Underwater Journal - Latest issue
Anima Mundi. A New Wildlife PhotographyMagazine
WildPhotos 2011
Celebrate the Sea Festival
Wildlife Photographer of theYear
Website of the Week - RobertSmith
Last Call For OWU and DEEP Indonesia2011
Next BSoUP Meeting
Beyond Blue - Latest issue

Perfect Photos ForRadio!
Website of the Week - GrahamSmith
BUPG - Next meeting
Beneath the Waves
The Epson Red Sea Underwater WorldShoot-Out
Video - Cornish Treasures by JoHorrocks
Website of the Week - Helen Rushton
UwP - Latest issue
Sea Salt by Stanton Waterman
BSoUP in the press
EMUP - Next meeting
Website of the Week - Neil Rosewarn

Underwater Festival 2011

Held annually, the 5th Underwater Festival 2011(UF11) will be the biggest one yet. With the tagline 'The Australasia Challenge' it will incorporate an Australasia-wide simultaneous photo andvideo shootout competition like no other with over U$100,000 inprizes.

UF11 will feature a shootout competition thathappens simultaneous all over Australasia - 25 countries spanning bothhemispheres - every dive you can imagine will be a shootout locality, every dive centre, liveaboard, resort in the area will facilitate this new kind of shootout. You can dive your local favourite spots, go out with your diveclub or shore dive with your buddy

Mark these days in your calendar - you have 10 days to shoot - from the 2nd to the 11th of September 2011.

Underwater Festival 2011
Underwater Festival2011

If you like organised events, dozens of Underwater Festival Fringe Eventsare planned all over Australasia during the 10-day shootoutperiod.

The top 100 images will be showcased at the newAustralian Dive and Tavel Expo ODEX in Brisbane on the second weekend in October 2011. A whole hall will be devoted to the Festival and seminars as well as the Underwater Festival Awards will be held during the 3 days of ODEX 2011.

Davis Stephens
David Stephens

Website of the Week - David Stephens

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member'swebsite. This week's choice is David Stephens.

David is a keen amateur underwater photographer,based in South Wales and has been diving for over 13 years. He is an activemember of both Bristol Underwater Photography Group and BSoUP.

'I have used a Nikon D100 in a Sea and Sea housingfor the last few years with a 60mm, 105mm, 20mm and 16mm lens. When I firststarted in underwater photography I learnt the basics with an Aquashotbefore moving to a Nikonos IV and then onto a Nikon F90X.'

X-ray magazine - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE X-ray magazine is nowavailable for download.

Issue #40 includes Malta's Gozo Island (Mediterranean) by Scott Bennett; Wrecks on Kwajalein atoll; Valentines Giftsfor Sea Lovers edited by Gunild Symes and Catherine GSLim; Kamchatka, Russia by Andrea Bizyukin, PhD;Dive Medicine: Diving and Risk by Dr Carl Edmonds;Ghostfishing The Netherlands by Peter Verhoog; Portfolio: Alex Vanzetti by Gunild Symes; Nassau,Bahamas: Hollywood Underwater by Millis Keegan; The AppsAre Coming by Peter Symes; Channel Islands, California by Matthew Meier; UW Photo: Shooting Below Decks by Joseph Doval

To get your copy please visit /

X-Ray Magazine #40
X-Ray Magazine#40: Cover Matthew Meir

Alex Mustard
Winner ©Alex Mustard
Basking shark feeding near St Michaels' Mount, Cornwall

Focus On - January 2011- Images from2010

Congratulations to Alex Mustard who wonJanuary' Focus On Competition with a half-and half image of a Basking Sharkfeeding with St Michael's Mount, Cornwall in the background.

Congratulations also to NickRobertson-Brown who came second and to Keth Lyall who came third.

There were a total of 37 entries.

How the top six scored:-






Alex Mustard




Nick Robertson-Brown




Keith Lyall




Joss Woolf




Tony Baskeyfield




Rick Ayrton



The top six images may be viewed in the Gallery.

Nick Robertson Brown
2nd © Nick Robertson Brown
Black Tip Reef Sharks, Aliwal Shoal, South Africa

Keith Lyall
3rd © Keith Lyall
Scorpion fish, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

BSoUP Members only may view all of the37 entries in the Competition Slideshow, but you will be asked to login if you haven't done so this session.

If you entered and are not in the top six and would liketo know how your image scored please contact Brian Pitkin.

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

Underwater Journal - Latest issue

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

Issue #19 includes Editor's Page: The 2010 SharkConservation Act by Walt Stearns, First Look : Aquatica N5, Gera Locker:Ver-ifit Snorkel Keeper, Gran Canaria by Nick Taylor, Live aboard livingKona Agressor II by Walt Stearns, Travel/Adventure: Beneath the Michael Salvarezza and Christopher P. Weaver, Eco Perspective: FaroeIslands Slaughter by Karen Stearns Photos courtesy of Sea Shepherd, Healthand Fitness: Cardiovascular Disease in Divers by Douglas Ebersole, M.D.,DAN Corner, Composition 101 by Scott Gietler, and Parting Shot by ShaunTierney.

To download your copy please visit

Underwater Journal #19
Underwater Journal 19. Cover photo by Walt Stearns

ANima Mundi

Anima Mundi. A New Wildlife PhotographyMagazine

Andrea and Antonella Ferrari - authorsof the best selling guidebooks A Diver's Guide to Underwater MalaysiaMacrolife, A Diver's Guide to Reef Life and A Diver'sGuide to the Art of Underwater Photography and X-Ray Magazine,Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide contributors - have now gone fully digital withthe publication of their new free online magazine ANIMA MUNDI - Adventuresin Wildlife Photography.

Their latest creation is a quarterly, 110+ page,fully interactive, fully illustrated, high-quality online magazineavailable as a pdf for free downloading from their websites and

Each issue of the magazine - which is published in January, April, July andOctober - features a minimum of three extensively illustrated trip articlesplus book and equipment reviews, photographer's portfolios, field techniquetips and fully interactive videos. While ANIMA MUNDI - Adventures in WildlifePhotography is mainly focused on topside wildlife and nature shooting, eachissue of the magazine features at least one article or trip report centeredon marine life or U/W photography. The Ferraris' new venture - a true work oflove - is the result of a long-planned joint venture with Peter and GunildSymes of X-Ray Magazine

Dates announced for WildPhotos 2011

Make a date in your diary for this year's WildPhotos -taking place in London on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October2011.

WildPhotos explores the power of wildlife andenvrionmental photography, and the impact that iconic and emotive imagerycan have on conservation. Delegates are challenged to think about theeffect images of the natural world have on their audiences.

The symposium draws the biggest names in wildlifephotography from across the globe to deliver an inspiring two-day programmeof events, covering a breadth of subjects, from ethics in photographyand photojournalism to what commissioning editors are looking for.

Sign up to WildPhotose-news to keep up to date on details of the 2011 programme.

WildPhotos 2011

Celebrate the Sea Festival
Celebrate the Sea Festival

Celebrate the Sea Festival

Deadline: August 1st 2011

The Sintesa Peninsula Hotel, Manado, is playing host tothe tenth Celebrate the Sea Festival from 23 to 25 September 2011. Duringthe Festival, two competition will be held: Firstly there is a call forentries for the International Underwater Imaging Competition and secondly a Shoot out Competition which will run from 19 to 23September.

Other events during the festival include many speakersnamely: Howard and Michelle Hall, Neville Coleman, Dr Carden Wallace, DrMark Erhmann, Leandro Blanco, Eric Bettens, Amanda Cotton, Steve Jones,Michael AW, Mathieu Meur, William Macdonald and Indonesia's very ownaward-winning underwater photographer Ronny Renkung.

The deadline for entries for stills and videos in the International Underwater ImagingCompetition is 1 August

Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of theYear

Deadline: 18th March 2011

Two of the most prestigious environmental institutions-The Natural History Museum of London and the BBC Wildlife Magazine- haveonce again teamed up for the 47th Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographerof the Year competition.

The competition features nearly one dozen categories, themost interesting of which for underwater photographers are  the"Animals in their Environment," "The Underwater World," and "Nature inBlack and White." Other distinctive categories include "Veolia EnvironmentYoung Wildlife Photographer of the Year" for photographers under the age of17, and the "Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife."

The deadline for entries is March 18, and moreinformation can be found on the competition website

Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011
Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year2011

Website of the Week - Robert Smith

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is the website of Rob Smith.

Rob is a technical diver who specialises in underwater photography in caves.  His passion is taking pictures in these last unexplored places of our planet. To date a number of his pictures are the first ever images taken in certain caves in Mexico. Rob is interested in sharing the beauty of caves with others to help preserve them for future generations.   He has been a mixed gas diver for 12 yearsand dives a closed circuit rebreather.  He only recently decided to combine his twin passions of diving and photography.  'You will see from my site that I don't restrict my underwater photography to cave diving and am currently starting to enjoy the challenges of photographing deep wrecks'.

To see more of Rob's images please visit

Last Call For OWU and DEEP Indonesia 2011Competition Entries

The deadline for the first major international underwater photo and video competitions of the year, the Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia competitions, is January 17th . In order to compete for the morethan $120,000 worth of prizes and the recognition of winning one of the most prestigious underwater photography competitions inthe world, you must submit your images by the 17th January.

There are 16 still and 2 video categories across the competition,  for every level of shooter. This year, the Best in Show winner of the OWU competition will also win $1000cash!

For full details please visit the competitions homepage, Underwater, where a complete list of sponsors, prizes and competition guidelines can be found.

Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia Competitions
Our World Underwaterand DEEP Indonesia Competitions

Simon Brown

Next BSoUP Meeting
The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday,19th January 2010 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

Photo Techniques: Dark and Dirty 1. Snooting, backlighting and remote strobes to bring intact wrecks to life by Simon Brown

Focus On: 2010 Images. Deadline:Wednesady 12th January. The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members only may view the Competition Slideshow, athough you will be asked to login if you have not already done so this session.

Main Event: Dark and Dirty 2. Dirty and cold. Getting the results in Aland in bad vis by SimonBrown.

Do you worry about unexpected bad viz and cold water? How do you create animage after the subject has walked across the bottom of the harbour, dragging an umbilical behind them leaving a cloud of silt in their wake? How can you bring a silty wreck alive when you can't see beyond your own mask? 

Each presents their own challenges, and Simon will explain the how and why of working in what many would see as conditions notworth getting wet for. Simon will also reveal what happened when he askedfor photographic access to a nuclear submarine and what happened when the armed guard saw press credentials in his wallet.

Beyond Blue - Latest issue

Issue ten of Beyond Blue is now available and the theme for this issue is predators. Among the articles are "Killing the Killers" by Christopher Bartlett which is an account of a scientist's battle against Crown of Thorns starfish; "This Slug is a Fighter" by YaraTibirica about the under-rated nudibranch predators, and "Great Whites Hit the Beach" by Oliver Jewell featuring a look at tracking white sharks into the shallow waters around South Africa.

Beyond Blue is the official online magazine of the OceansSociety. It focuses on marine research, conservation and exploration around the globe. The magazine is a unique fusion between marine scientists and environmental journalists where daily discoveries being made about ou rmarine world are brought to life in an exciting and dynamic format accompanied by world class photography.

Beyond Blue - Issue 10
Beyond Blue - Issue10

Sockeye salmon by Alex Mustard
Sockeye salmon© Alex Mustard

Perfect Photos For Radio!

BSoUP member AlexMustard recently spent time in Canada photographing the biggest migration and spawning of sockeye salmon for 100 years. On his return the images were picked up by several newspapers in the UK and around the world,including the Daily Telegraph.

Alex was also interviewed by Matthew Bannister for theBBC Radio's World Service, appearing on the Outlook program. You can listento the podcast of highlights from the program on the link below. Alex isthe third guest after about 17:35 minutes.

Website of the Week - Graham Smith

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Members website. This week's choice is Tropical Underwater Phtography the website of GrahamSmith.

'Scuba diving brought me and my wife Patricia to the warm, crystal clear waters of the Cayman Islands in the British West Indies some 9 years ago and we now spend several months each year in our home just off the famous Seven Mile Beach. My first instruction was from Martin Edge on one of his Bournemouth, England, weekend courses. At his encouragement I joined the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) and can recommend their website (findit on 'Links'). Sessions with the world famous Cathy Church in Grand Cayman followed. Equipment-wise I started with the Nikonos V system and in 2004 moved on to the Nikon D100 in a Subal housing to produce digital images.'

Tropical Underwater Photography - Graham Smith
TropicalUnderwater Photography - Graham Smith

Britsol Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Underwater PhotographyGroup

BUPG - Next meeting

Tuseday 11th January2011

The Meeting (start time 2000hrs) will be at our normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map).

The monthly competition theme is 'Monochrome'.

Our main event of the evening will be apresentation by Alex Tattersall who will cover his recent trip to the Canaries, where he took part in an international underwater photography competition.

For further details please visit

Beneath the Waves

Deadline 15th March 2011

The second Beneath the Waves Film Festival is calling for entries. It is currently seeking submissions that focus on marine life, marine issues, and marine conservation. The festival is acombination of science and film, communicating research, field work ,underwater footage and outreach to people across disciplines. It will be held in association with the Benthic Ecology Meeting in Mobile, Alabamafrom 16 to 20 March 2011.

The competition is free to enter, and the deadline is 15 March 2011.

Beneath the Waves
Beneath the Waves Film Festival

Epson Red Sea Shoot Out 2011
Epson Red Sea Shoot Out 2011

The Epson Red Sea Underwater WorldShoot-Out

August 1-6, 2011

Epson Red Sea is known worldwide as the international underwater photography Olympics. However, in 2011, Epson Red Sea breaks allboundaries, introducing an international competition as never featured before. 

We are proud to announce the World Shoot-Out, which will take place worldwide in August, 2011.

During the week of the shoot-out, the whole underwaterworld will be performing as one huge festival, hosting professional and amateur photographers competing with each other for some Cash and very worthy prizes.

The 6 day World Shoot-Out will take place in August 1-6, 2011, in any natural water resource found around the world, including seas, oceans, lakes, rivers, under the ice and more.

For full details please visit

Cornish Treasures by JoHorrocks

BSoUP Member Jo Horrocks has posted her video 'CornishTreasures' on YouTube

'One of her favourite places to dive in the UK is Cornwall. The water is a little clearer than the rest of the south coastand there's so much to see. The majority of this footage was shot on asingle dive in the Helford River estuary, at a depth of 5-8 metres, sothere was plenty of natural light and the bright colours always amaze friends that I show this to. There is also footage from around Porthkerris,always a great place to go and dive and a very helpful and accommodating dive centre'.

To view the short video please click on the image rightor visit

Cornish Treasures © JoHorrocks

See life through the lens - Helen Rushton
See life throughthe lens - Helen Rushton

Website of the Week - Helen Rushton

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is See life through the lens, the website of Helen Rushton.

Helen has always been captivated by the sea, at ayoung age when living in the Middle East she would always be found eitherin the water or on the water sailing and this passion developed into a loveof scuba diving, taking underwater images and then into landscape photography mainly involving water of some kind.

It is this passion she brings to her photography and a willingness to share it with others by providing landscape photography workshops in Hampshire and Dorset where you can find some stunning areas of the coastline.

UwP - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Underwater PhotographyMagazine (January/February 2011) is now available to download.

Issue 58 includes Editorial, News Travel and Events, NewProducts, Ocean Art results by Scott Gietler, Nikon D7000review by Alex Mustard, Housing Sentry review by Damien Siviero, 1st Sardine Run by ChrisMitchell, Catfish in the Rhandone by Remi Masson, Rio Negro's Amazons by Michel Braunstein,Working the subject by Michael Gallagher, An Alternate View by Mark Webster, Meet Anita Sherwood by Peter Rowlands, Parting Shots by Joseph Dovala, Alan Larsen and Gordon MacSkimming.

To download your copy please visit

UwP issue 58
UwP issue 58. Cover image: Anita Sherwood

Sea Salt by Stan Waterman
Sea Salt by Stan Waterman

Sea Salt by Stan Waterman

In 1965 National Geographic purchased rights toStan Waterman's tropical odyssey with his family to Tahiti. A stellar string of ventures followed with his work on the 1968 shark classic BlueWater, White Death. A few years later he directed underwater photography for the film, The Deep followed by ten years of work with his friend Peter Benchley on ABC's American Sportsman - earning him five Emmys. Sea Salt is the handiwork of a born storyteller with aflair for language as stoked with imagery and insight as his films. Liberally sprinkled with humor, verve and singular turns of phrase, his autobiography and selected writings deftly portray the joys travails of a diving pioneer and legend. 287 pages including 71 photographs.

Available on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from iBooks.

Further details:

BSoUP in the press

The January 2011 issue of DIVER Magazineincludes an article on the Beginners Portfolio Competition2010 which was won by Will Clark.

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

He first tried using an Olympus compact underwater in2007, after reading Martin Edge's excellent book, 'but found the camerareally frustrating - it would shoot RAW but there would be a 10second delay before you could take another shot while itrecorded the data. I remember being underwater, watching subjects swimaway, wanting to tear the little hair I have left out of my scalp andwishing I had my beloved dSLR down there instead. In 2008 I upgraded to aCanon EOS 40d and thought the time was right to buy a housing". More..

DIVER Magazine January 2011
DIVER MagazineJanuary 2011

East Midlands Underwtaer Photograohers
East Midlands UnderwaterPhotographers

East Midlands Underwater Photographers - NextMeeting

Tuesday 4th January 2011

EMUP - East Midlands Underwater Photographers, meet inthe room underneath Nemo's Bar, Stoney Cove, on the first Tuesday of the month fromOctober 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 ofan underwater photographer

Rob's talk will focus on his activities, both in adrysuit 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 onover/under photography and will outline what has worked well and what hasbeen 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 forthe past 20 years. He studied photography at Portsmouth University andduring his time there had an overwhelming urge to take his cameraunderwater. His first project was to photograph swimmers during theirdaily training sessions at Portsmouth Northsea swimming club.

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

To learn more about Neil and see some of his imagesplease visit

Neil Rosewarn
Neil Rosewarn

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