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News - March 2011

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February 2011
April 2011
News Archive

Website of the Week - Mark Webster
Next EMUP meeting

Nature's Best Photography

Theme Portfolio Competition - Results
Beneath the Seas - Results
Website of the Week - Chris Walter
X-Ray Magazine - Latest issue
Man to Manta with Martin Clunes
Capture the World - Results
Website of the Week - John Wallis

DivePhotoGuide Image of the Year
British Underwater Photography Championship
Underwater Photography - Latest issue
Beneath the Waves
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Dynamic Digital Duo at LIDS
PhotoZone at LIDS
London International Dive Show
Website of the Week - Christine Wales

Website of the Week - Mark Webster

Mark is probably best known for his book first book "The Art and Technique of Underwater Photography" published by Fountain Press in 1998 and the many workshops in underwater photography in the Red Sea, Caribbean, Thailand and Indonesia.

Mark's latest publications include 'Diving and Snorkeling Belize' (Lonely Planet) and 'Passions - Scuba Diving' (Duncan Baird). Beneath Cornish Seas (Alison Hodge pbl) published in Janauary 2009.

Mark writes regularly for Diver magazine in the UK and his work has featured in many diving, photographic and wildlife publications, including: Diver, Dive International, Dive, Sport Diver, Scuba World, Scuba Dive and Travel, Tauchen, Underwater Photography, UWF, Oceans, Ocean Realm, Skin Diver, Scuba Diver, Sport Divers Journal, Asian Diver, Subsea, Amateur Photographer, Practical Photography, Geographical Magazine.

Mark Webster
Mark Webster

Mark regularly gives presentations on underwater photography at trade shows and seminars including Visions in the Sea and the London International Dive Show. Mark's work was also featured at the National Museum of Photography Film and Television, Bradford, during the museum's tenth anniversary celebrations and in a current touring exhibition of his work "A Bit of a Dive".

For more information and to see some of Mark's images please visit

East Midlands Underwater Photographers
East Midflands Underwater Photographers

Next EMUP meeting: Tuesday April 5th 2011

East Midlands Underwater Photographers meet downstairs in Nemo's Bar at Stoney Cove. The meetings starts at 7:30 p.m. sharp

An evening with Martin Edge

Our very special guest for April needs little introduction. Martin Edge is widely acknowledged as UK's finest teacher of underwater photographic techniques. Over 1000 images and 300 of his articles have been published in magazines, books and journals. His book 'The Underwater Photographer' first published in 1996 has been translated and reprinted several times over.

Competition: Behaviour. To enter online please visit

Nature's Best Photography

Congratulations to BSoUP member Paul Colley OBE MA FRAeS who has now won two separate Nature's Best Photography competitions in the USA, with images of Cayman Island Stingrays.

One of them was then selected in an annual competition for publication in the Spring/Summer 2011 edition of Nature's Best Photography magazine, which showcases the 2010 winning images. The same image came 13th in British Underwater Image festival 2010 and was published in the Coral Reef Alliance 2011 annual report.

Paul is a full-time director of a think tank and President of the Royal Air Force Sub Aqua Association, but takes every opportunity in his spare time to pursue a passion for diving and underwater photography.

Although relatively new to the discipline (he used his first underwater compact camera in 2006), he has been instructed by top UK photographers Martin Edge and Alex Mustard, to whom he is eternally grateful for passing on some essential skills. Paul will take up underwater photography full time on retirement.

Further details are on Paul's web site at

Paul Colley
Dawn Stingray with Remora © Paul Colley
(Nature's Best Photography 2010 competition winner)

Trevor Rees
British Anemones © Trevor Rees (see details)

Theme Portfolio Competition - Results

Congratulations to Trevor Rees who was the winner of the Theme Portfolio Competition at the March meeting of BSoUP. Trevors' portfolio are all images incorporating anenomes taken in British waters.

Congratulations also to Alex Mustard who came second with a portfolio entitled You've been framed and to Debi Henshaw who came thrid, whose portfolio images on the theme of blue and yellow.

There were a total of 31 entries submitted.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Trevor Rees 40 9
2 Alex Mustard 21 6
3 Debi Henshaw 18 3
4 Joss Woolf 18 1
5 Mark Pickford 17 4
6 Martyn Guess 11 2

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery by clicking a photographer's name in the above list.

Alex Mustard
You've been framed © Alex Mustard

Debi Henshaw
Blue and Yellow © Debi Henshaw

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

If you were not in the top six and would like to know how you fared, please e-mail

Next month's Focus On Competition is 'Monochrome'. This is for BSoUP Members only. The deadline for submission is Wednesday 9th March. Please read the Rules before entering via the online Entry form.

Beneath the Seas - Results

The results of the Beneath the Seas Competition have been announced. Congratulations to BSoUP Member Leena Roy from Basingstoke, Hampshire, who came first and second in the Novice/Point and Shoot category with images of a shoal of barracuda and a manatee respectively. Leena joined BSoUP at the Dive Show in Birmingham last year.

Congratulations also to BSoUP member Simon Spear from Surrey who came third in the Video category with 'Circle of Life' - see Video page. Simon joined BSoUP at this year's Big Scuba Show.

To see all the winning images please visit

Shoal of Baracuda
Shoal of Barracuda © Leena Roy

Chris Walter
Chris Walter

Website of the Week - Chris Walter

Mountain Ocean Forest Reef is the website of Chris Walter. He has been taking black and white photographs of Mountains and Forests and in the Ocean and on Reefs for over twenty five years. He is based in London and Tuscany but takes photographs all over the world.

All the images in Chris' galleries were taken on film, printed, toned and finally scanned. When Chris started to explore the undersea world it seemed only natural to capture underwater landscapes in black and white. He also photographs aquatic animals such as sharks and whales. 'It is amazing how close you can get to these majestic creatures compared to their land based counterparts; you wouldn't take a 12mm fisheye lens on a land safari.'

For further details and to view some of Chris' images please visit

X-Ray Magazine - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE web magazine is now available for download.

Special coverage of the Cayman Islands by two renown residents -- take a tour with Cathy Church and Lawson Wood to Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, Stingray City and the new artificial reef of the USS Kittiwake off Grand Cayman Island. Don Silcock takes us to the mystical haven of Halmahera in the Maluku Islands. Read Rob Rondeau on the issue of wrecks leaking fuel; Mark Powell on the intricacies of team diving; Aaron Gekoski on the shark finning crisis in Mozambique and the documentary film, Shiver; Keri Wilk on the use of snoots in underwater photography; Oceanic design inspired by the sea; Artist Sayaka Kajita Ganz on her wondrous fish sculptures made of reused plastic and metal objects; plus current news about recent discoveries in marine ecology and shipwrecks, new equipment, industry and training events, travel tips, sharks, whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and more...

To download your copy please visit

x-ray magazine
X-Ray Magazine issue 41 Cover: Lawson Wood

Bite Back - Man to Manta
Bite Back - Man to Manta with Martin Clunes

Man to Manta with Martin Clunes

Thursday 24 March 2011 - May Fair Hotel, London

On Thursday 24 March 2011 at 7.30pm there will be an exclusive screening of the stunning 60 minute ITV documentary Man to Manta, complete with an introduction from the show's presenter, Martin Clunes (Doc Martin, Reggie Perrin, Men Behaving Badly), at London's prestigious May Fair Hotel. Cost is £24.00 per ticket.

The event organisers are enormously grateful to Martin Clunes for agreeing to join us on Thursday 24 March and to the May Fair Hotel for donating its facilities.

The event will help raise important funds for three conservation organisations, Bite-Back, The Pacific Elasmobranch Foundation and The Marine Megafauna Foundation.

Capture the World - Results

The results of the first Capture the World underwater video challenge have been announced. The competition, organized and sponsored by Aggressor and Dancer Fleets as well as Gates Underwater Products and judged by David Ulloa and Wayne Brown, awarded first prize to Michael Marx for his film, "Diving Raja Ampat." View the video

Second place went to Ada Legowik-Chmielewska and Kris Chmielewski for their film 'Papua New Guinea Memories'. View the video'.

Third place went to BSoUP Member Simon Spear for his film 'Circle of Life'. View the video

The full results are at

Circle of Life by Simon Spear

John Wallis
John Wallis

Website of the Week - John Wallis

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is John Wallis.

John takes travel, underwater and commercial images, which are also posted on SmugMug.

To see some of John's images please visit

DivePhotoGuide Image of the Year 2010 Announced

Last year marked the first full year of DPG's monthly contest series. Each month, the judges were consistently amazed by the quality of entries. The 12 winning images of 2010 demonstrated the photographer's creativity and mastery of technique. Each one certainly was a worthy winner!

However, we can only have one Image of the Year. While our panel of judges voted for the monthly winners, we asked you, the underwater photography community, to vote for your favorite amongst the years winners.  After a month of voting, the people have spoken, and they have decided that BSoUP Member Debi Henshaw's Ribbon Eel portrait, winner of January Monthly Photo Contest, was the best image of the year (Read how Debi managed to nail the shot in her Behind the Shot article)

Congratulations to Debi!  As the winner of the Image of the Year contest, Debi has won a voyage of 9 days  on board the luxury liveaboard dive vessel, Solmar V, to the Socorro Islands.  Her prize includes accommodation, diving, tanks and weights, and meals. Solmar V is a luxury live-aboard dive vessel that offers trips to the Soccoro Islands, Guadalupe, and the Sea Cortez, and caters to underwater photographers.

Ribbon eel by Debi Henshaw
Ribbon eel © Debi Henshaw

Painted Goby by Cathy Lewis
Last year's Animal Portraits: Winnner
Painted Goby © Cathy Lewis

British Underwater Photography Championship

Saturday 9th July at Mount Batten in Plymouth

Win a holiday for two for one week in the Maldives on board one of Maldive Scuba Tours liveaboard boats (exclusive of flights and taxes).

The annual British Underwater Photography Championship (Splash-In) organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) takes place on Saturday 9th July at Mount Batten in Plymouth. The competition is open to all underwater photographers whether they are BSoUP members or not.

This year's event is sponsored by Maldives Scuba Tours, Olympus, AP Valves, OceanVisions and Sport Diver.

The competition comprises four categories open to images taken with all types of digital cameras - Marine Life, Mankind in the Sea, Humorous, and a special theme to be announced at the event.  Prizes will be awarded to each category winner. There will also be an award for the best image with a compact camera in each category (except Humorous).

All participants will compete for the chance to win a holiday for two for one week in the Maldives on board one of Maldive Scuba Tours liveaboard boats (exclusive of flights and taxes).

Full details of the event may be found at

Rock pool by Derek Haslam
Last year's winning Humorous image
Rock pool © Derek Haslam

UwP Issue 59
UwP Issue 59 - Cover shot © Paul Colley

Underwater Photography - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE magazine UwP is now available to download.

Issue 59 includes Editorial, New Travel and Events, New Products, Fisheye FIX Canon S95 by Peter Rowlands. FIT Close up lenses by Alex Mustard, Acquapazza NEX-5 by Peter Rowlands, Olympus XZ-1 and EPL-2 by Rob Spray, Aquatica Nikon D7000 by Keri Wilk, Making an Aquatica by Jean Bruneau, Dome reflections by Pete Atkinson, Heavy Metal Wrecks by Alex Mustard, Egg-cellent shots! by Alex Tyrell, Back to Bali by Mark Webster, Pearls of Borneo by Chris Mitchell, and Parting Shots by Dan Bolt and Kaido Haagen.

To get your copy 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 a combination 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, Alabama from 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

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

Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Deadline: 18th March 2011

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

The competition features nearly one dozen categories, the most interesting of which for underwater photographers are  the "Animals in their Environment," "The Underwater World," and "Nature in Black and White." Other distinctive categories include "Veolia Environment Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year" for photographers under the age of 17, and the "Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Wildlife."

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

Dynamic Digital Duo to feature at LIDS

Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th

The dynamic digital duo BSoUP Members Alex Mustard and Martin Edge are teaming up again to give a presentation, this time at the London International Dive Show at ExCel, in London's Docklands.

Alex, an award-winning photographer, is widely regarded as a pioneer of innovative techniques, including his Magic Filters for available light photography and his book 'Reefs Revealed'. He is also a regular contributor to UwP and writes a monthly column for DIVE.

Alex Mustard Martin Edge
Alex Mustard Martin Edge

Martin is known as a leading teacher of underwater photography and his book 'The Underwater Photographer' is regarded by many as holy writ.

Following on from their sell-out 'On Underwater Photography' event at Imperial College last year, they will discuss the techniques and concepts that make for memorable underwater images. They will be in the North Gallery, rooms 4/5 at 11:15 a.m.on both Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th March. But get there early as there is limited capacity and entry is on a first come, first served basis.

BSoUP at DIVE 2010
BSoUP Stand at DIVE 2010

PhotoZone at London International Dive Show

Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th March at the ExCel, London

A new feature of the London International Dive Show (LIDS) this year will be the PhotoZone. This will incorporate the stands of camera and accessory suppliers, alongside the organizations like the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP).

In addition, there will be a series of free 45-minute sessions in the new Photo Zone presentation area in the main hall. Speakers include Saeed Rashid, talking about Photoshop, Alex Tattersall on macro photography and Paul "Duxy" Duxfield on video editing; among others.

Last but not by no means least, there will be an exhibition of stunning underwater prints taken by BSoUP/SUPS members entitled 'Best of A Global Walk Underwater'. This is a selection of 72 of the best prints from over 300 exhibited by the Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society's in 2010-11 in Hertfordshire. The exhibtion is sponsored by DIVER magazine.

London International Dive Show (LIDS)

ExCel, London - 26/27 March 2011

Featuring a host of new attractions, next year's 10th-anniversary London International Dive Show at the Capital's biggest and most state-of-the-art exhibition venue will be a truly unmissable event. Whether you're just starting out in diving or a seasoned expert, there will be no better way to kick off the new season.

London International Dive Show will have a brand new Tek Conference running alongside it. Part of the show's 10th-anniversary celebrations at ExCeL, the capital's biggest exhibition venue, TEK 2011 will add an exciting new dimension to the sport's longest-running and most popular spring scuba event.

London International Dive Show Tek 2011

From 2011 onwards, the London International Dive Show (LIDS) will be organised exclusively by DIVER Group on the same basis as the highly successful NEC Birmingham Dive Show, which it has staged annually since 1991.

For more information please visit

Christine Wales
Christine Wales

Website of the Week - Christine Wales

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is Chritisne Wales.

Chris' first dive was on her 40th birthday in Jamaica with her husband Clive. That was about six years ago.

Picking up her first camera two years later she found underwater photography an excellent distraction for the odd panic attack she was beginning to experience during dives. Taught by the internationally renowned author and photographer Martin Edge and her husband Clive (video photographer) she has graduated from an Olympus C7070 to the Nikon D200 and Inon flash.

To learn more about Chris and see some of her pictures please visit

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