On Monday, it was revealed that the UK
government might scrap vital laws which protect wildlife and
the countryside and help stop climate change. Hardliners have
branded the rules 'red tape' and say they could be scrapped
We need to work together to make sure our wildlife, our
countryside and our planet are protected. In the past, David
Cameron has made headlines promising to run 'the greenest
government ever'. We need to convince him that scrapping these
laws would be a disaster for his reputation. A huge petition
will prove to Cameron that he can't afford to break his green
Please take 30 seconds to speak up for legal protection for
wildlife and the environment:
The contents of Paul Lees' Pocket Guide: Dive
Thailand start with a series of introductory sections:
'Introduction to Thailand', 'Travelling to around Thailand',
'Diving and snorkelling in and around Thailand', 'Health and
safety for divers and 'Learning to dive in Thailand'.
The book then covers the different diving
regions, each with its own introduction and map, plus
descriptions of featured dive sites. These are followed by
detailed listings of featured dive operators and a regional
directory of local services and travelling logistics. Each dive
operator listing and directory has a uniform layout to maintain
the high standard and profile that are the hallmarks of a
Pocket Guide publication.
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Website of the Week - Dive into Life
- Lisa Gabrielle
From my birth in Poole, a town on the south
coast of the UK; to regularly staying with relatives in Cannes,
France; to my brother's wedding in Dallas, Texas; to visiting
my parents in school holidays when they worked in Southern
Africa; I've always been a bit of a traveller.
New places, exotic places,
capture the moment. My brothers and I could not help but be
influenced by the different and beautiful locations that we
were taken to by our parents. My mum took pictures all through
our childhoods. It is no wonder that we all progressed to
having some kind of affinity with the lens. We all take photos,
one brother becoming a film cameraman, the other an antique
And me? After many years of
taking photos for myself, while working a regular office job, I
have re-found my passion. Leaving my old life behind, I have
been travelling the world, taking pictures. To learn more about
Lisa please visit www.diveintolife.com/
A Taste of Underwater
by Jo Horrocks
BSoUP Member and award
winning videographer Jo Horrocks, Cuttlefish
Productions, has posted her latest video to YouTube. This features some of the weird and
wonderful critters to be found on muck dives in Sulawesi,
Jo used a Sony HDR XR520 in a Mangrove
Aditech Housing, with a couple of Fix 1000 lights and Inon
macro lenses for the little stuff. The video runs for 11:49
To watch more of Jo's videos and videos by
other BSoUP Members video's please visit our Video page.
The first Trïbeurden wreck image festival is
now calling for entries. The festival has three entry
categories: Single Pictures, portfolios and films. The photo
category in further divided into scenic and history (bio), and
each portfolio should have 10 images. The competition results
will be based on public voting during the wreck festival to be
held at Trïbeurden, France from 20 to 22 May, as well as two
classes that will be awarded by the judges.
There is a
full pdf describing entry procedures and competition rules,
and the deadline for entries is 30 April 2011.
The University of Miami's Rosenstiel School
of Marine and Atmospheric Science has released the results of
2011 underwater photography competition. Tobias Friedrich
of Germany took the prize for best overall, with an image of
two gobies taken at Marsa Alam, Egypt. Many congratulations to
him, as well as all the other award winners. The competition is
held each spring, and is open to amateur photographers only.
The winning images will be displayed in an exhibit travelling
throughout the South Florida community.
Congratualtions to BSoUP
Member Michael Gallagher who came first in the
Macro category with an image of a Pygmy seahorse
One of our newest BSoUP
members, Josh Weller is exhibiting some of his
latest work at the Xposure Show at The Rag Factory, 16 Heneage
Street, Nr Shoreditch, E1 5LJ, London this
Josh is a student of the University of
Gloucestershire and will be exhibiting his Sharks and Dolphins
exhibition along with a portfolio of images taken throughout
the Bahamas. Along with Josh his colleagues will be exhibiting
a diverse range of photography from fashion to still life
showing a whole variety of exceptional talent.
The exhibition is set to impress with moving
images, prints and installations along with other creative
media If you would be interested in attending the private view to
meet Josh personally then contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Ross
Gudgeon who won the April Focus On Competetion with an
image of a shoal of Batfish taken at Ningallo Reef Australia
(Canon 50D, Tokina 10-17 @ 17mm, f13, 1/125, ISO-200).
The runner-up was Martyn
Guess with an image of a Black Tip reef Shark on a
sandy bottom taken in Misool, Raja Ampat (1/250th F 11 ISO
200). Third placed went to Kathy White for her
dramatic Windows at Boo, Raja Ampat. Fourth place went to
Josef Litt with an image of a Green turtle
resting on a coral bed at Sipadan, Malaysia.
Fifth place was shared by Caroline
Robertson-Brown with an image of a Manatee taken at
Homosassa, Florida and Paul Morgan with a
portrait of a Barracuda taken at Talumben, Bali (Nikon D200,
F8, 1/15 105 macro, ISO 200).
Next month's Focus On
Competition is 'Patterns'. This is for BSoUP Members only. The
deadline for submission is Wednesday 11th May.
Please read the Rules before
entering via the online Entry form.
This is Your Ocean:
By George C.
'This is Your Ocean: Sharks' will make its
debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival on 29 April. the
filmmakers have now released the final footage onto YouTube.
The film, which features artists Wyland and
Guy Harvey along with conservationist Jim Abernethy, highlights
the plight of sharks in the oceans. Emma, a massive 14-foot
tiger shark well-known to many Wetpixel members, is the star of
the show and Jim Abernethy's connection and love for this
animal plays a key role in attempting to break down societal
perceptions about sharks. Jim says:
"We can no longer look at sharks as
monsters. My relationship with Emma hopefully dispels that
misconception and reveals the truth. It's time to share this
message with the world."
Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock of Secret Sea
Visions have added a slide show to YouTube that celebrates
diving in Indonesia's Raja Ampat islands, home to the planet's
most healthy and bio-diverse reefs.
The slide show includes images from Piai's
turtle sanctuary, where poaching has been virtually eliminated,
Kawe Island, Aljui Bay, West Waigeo and Dampier Strait amongst
other sites. It also has short photographic features about the
people and nudibranchs of Raja.
Dive Fest 2011 takes place over the May bank
holiday weekend from Friday 29th April Monday 2 May 2011. Under
16s go free (meal not included) if accompanied by a
Dive Fest is the UK's biggest and best diving
festival and takes place at Pentewan Sands Holiday Park
www.pentewansands.com in Cornwall. The idea is
that divers from all over the UK get together for a huge party,
complete with live music, food, events and equipment and travel
stalls. The first such event took place in May 2009 and was a
massive success, with more than 1,000 divers attending. Last
year the holiday park was revamped with a new clubhouse and
pool in time for the 2010 event, which again was a great
Elaine learned to dive in the warm waters of
Mauritius in 2002 and converted to cold water diving in 2003.
She dives regularly in Scotland and has also dived in the
Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean and
Iceland. She is a PADI Instructor.
As well as taking photographs, Elaine also
writes about the marine world. Her writing and photography have
appeared in various publications and her images have been used
by a range of organisations for promotional purposes. Elaine
has had images on the covers of 3 magazines, The Undersea
Journal, Scottish Wildlife and The Sea. Her work has also been
published in magazines such as DIVER and The Scot's magazine.
She had her first solo exhibition 'Scotland's
Waters Brought To Life,' in 2009.
Losing Nemo: IUCN highlights the
effects of climate change
by Adam Hanlon, Wetpixel
The International Union for Conservation of
Nature (IUCN) has released a series of
fact sheets highlighting the effects of global warming on
individual species. Amongst these, they have highlighted how
the combination of increasing sea temperatures and ocean
acidification will affect coral reefs and their inhabitants,
using the clownfish as an exemplar of a species that will
The study suggests that increasingly acidic
water disrupts the clownfishes sense of smell which will then
impair their ability to find specific host sea anemones. There
is some possibility that clownfish may adapt to these changes
by changing their behavior or the places they inhabit but their
inability to move long distances and the rate at which their
habitat is being degraded makes such an occurrence
The next BSoUP meeting takes
place on Wednesday, 20th April 2011 at 7.30
for 8.00 p.m. at Baden Powell House, Queen's
Gate Place, S. Kensington, London. This is situated on the
north-west corner of the junction of Cromwell Road and Queen's Gate. New and
prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See
Composition by Linda
Pitkin. Linda is the author of four books featuring her
underwater photography and has contributed to numerous other
books, magazines and websites. See her website for
further details. Linda has recently been accepted as a member
of the prestigious Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society.
'Your first breath underwater is an
experience unmatched by anything else. As you draw air through
your regulator you become overwhelmingly relaxed. You dive into
a world envied my many and seen by few. Your eyes are met with
an abundance of life, the colours are bright and the sun's rays
dance along the sandy bottom. For many it's love at first
'From a young age I have been passionate
about photography but it wasn't until I learnt to dive that I
discovered the beauty of the ocean. I now combine my love for
the sea with my passion for photography to create beautiful
vibrant imagery. Having learnt to dive in the Bahamas I have
been spoilt with fantastic opportunities photographing its
diverse marine ecosystems. I am always looking to push my ideas
to create new and exciting photographs'.
Virgin Oceanic. the DeepFlight
from Hawkes Ocean Technologie.
Image: Virgin Oceanic
Virgin Oceanic Challenge
CNET News reports that Richard
Branson wants to explore the deepest spots in each of
the five ocean using Virgin Oceanic the DeepFlight Challenger
submersible from Hawkes Ocean Technologies.
Picking up where the late uber-adventurer
Steve Fossett left off, Virgin impresario Richard Branson said
he wants to go to the deepest spot on Earth.
In a press conference yesterday in Newport
Beach, Calif., Branson announced his Virgin Oceanic and Five
Dives initiatives, which could send a Virgin-branded deep-sea
submersible with a single pilot to the deepest spots in each of
the planet's five oceans.
The five dives are intended to be to the Pacific Ocean's
Mariana Trench, which at 36,201 feet below the surface is the
deepest spot on the planet; the Atlantic Ocean's Puerto Rico
Trench at 28,232 feet underwater; the Indian Ocean's Diamantina
Trench at 26,401 feet below the surface; the Southern Ocean's
South Sandwich Trench, which is 23,737 feet down; and the
Arctic Ocean's Molloy Deep, which bottoms out at 18,399 feet
down. Read more at http://news.cnet.com/
New housing for HD HERO
cameras to shoot in 3D underwater
GoPro release the 3D HERO
System - a waterproof 3D expansion kit for GoPro's best selling
1080p HD HERO camera.
The new design lets photographers create what GoPro say is the
'world's smallest and least expensive 1080p 3D camera.'
A dual-camera, polycarbonate, waterproof housing holds the two
cameras together and a synchronization cable plugs into the
back of each camera, enabling them to function as a single
camera. A single shutter button controls both cameras.
Waterproof to 180 feet, the 3D HERO System can be worn on the
body, mounted on gear and vehicles or used as a hand-held
camera. The housing is only 5 inches (130mm) in length and 2.5
inches high (62mm) and is compatible with existing GoPro
The 3D HERO System is available immediately at GoPro.com and is shipping
to GoPro retailers worldwide with an MSRP of $99.99 (£62.00
current conversion rate). The system does not include GoPro's
1080p HD HERO cameras.
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
'Macro' so you all have something - no excuses! Send your
digital files to Bob by midday on the Sunday before - this will
be the standard cut off time unless advised otherwise. Unsure
about entering? Even if you don't feel you have any winners,
send some in to benefit from the audience feedback - it's an
ideal way to learn.
The main presentation will be on the dive destination Socorro.
It's a location not many of us have been to but Peter,
Libby and Fiona have been there
recently and we look forward to hearing all about it.
will give a short tutorial on alternative ways to sharpen
images in Photoshop.
will give a presentation on his winning entry in the recent
BSoUP Theme Portfolio Competition (subject to
Anima Mundi - Latest
Anima Mundi - Adventures in Wildlife
Photography is a FREE quarterly wildlife and nature travel
and photography online magazine.
Anima Mundi is produced by Andrea and
Antonella Ferrari the husband-and-wife team who authored the
ground-breaking, best selling guidebooks A Diver's Guide to
Reef Life, A Diver's Guide to Underwater Malaysia
Macrolife and A Diver's Guide to the Art of Underwater
Photography - plus many others.
The April 2011 issue is now available to
Kathy started diving in 2003 when she visited
Koh Tao during a year out to travel round SE Asia. From the
first time she dived in the open ocean and saw the amazing
under water world, she was mesmerised. A shark sighting on her
third dive ever and that was it, hooked for life!
Needless to say, she stayed on and did her Advanced course and
a couple of years later went back to do her Divemaster.
An opportunity to train and work as an
underwater videographer came her way so she took it and spent
several happy months on the beautiful island before heading
back to the UK. Following Kathy's return, she moved from movies
to stills. Since then her passion for photography has grown and
The Epson Red Sea 2011 online competition
will take place from April until August 2011.
Each month photographers can submit an entry
of three images online. Each month three images will be chosen
by the voting public and a panel of five international
An online competition will then be held
between the monthly winners, beginning on 1 September 2011, to
select the Photographer of the Year. The overall winner will
win: Flights, accommodation and diving costs to participate at
the Epson Red Sea 2011 shoot-out in Eilat.
Entries for the April competition can be
submitted online at www.eilatredsea.com/,
where you can view the entries.
Have you evere wondered what all that fuzzy
stuff is covering pier legs, wrecks and even kelp? Well it is
probably one of a multitude of marine life forms to be found in
the world's oceans. If you would like to find out more about
identifying marine life, how it lives, feeds and reproduces,
plus all of its strange habits, then come along to one of the
South East Group's popular Marine Life Identification
This year four courses are being run at a
field studies centre, a mile from Swanage in Dorset, and
include a dive under the pier. The cost of the courses is just £75 each, which includes a course pack and also qualifies as a
Sea Seach Specialist Course.
Course dates are June 18-19th, July 16-17th,
August 13-14th and September 3-4, 2011
Run by Paul Taylor, author of Great British
Marine Animals (see below), the course covers the use of
digital cameras from beginners onwards and practical experience
under the pier.
Course date September 24-25th
For more information and booking forms please
contact the course co-ordinator Gerry Casey on 01923 231575 or
e-mail him at email@example.com.
The 2011 London International Dive Show was
held at ExCel, London over the weekend of 26/27 March. A new
feature for the show this year was the Imagezone; a dedicated
area for underwater imaging comprising trade stands and
seminars, lectures and talks. Industry members attended from
all over the world, making the show an important one for
underwater image makers worldwide.
BSoUP were present in force with a stand
promoting the society and a display of prints taken by members
of the Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society, many of whom
are also BSoUP Members. The display, sponsored by DIVER
magazine, included the Best of 'A Global Walk Underwater'
exhibition staged by SUPS in 2010-11 in Stevenage and
Letchworth. View slideshow.
Wetpixel Associate Editors Adam Hanlon and
Alex Mustard were on hand to report on the event. To view their
report please visit http://wetpixel.com/
The third edition of Paul Naylor's excellent
book 'Great British Marine Animals' is now available.
Published just a couple of weeks ago, this
edition has much more behavioural information on many of the
species covered plus additional images.
"Great British Marine Animals" helps identify
the common animals that live in our seas and also shows the
intriguing variety of ways they go about their lives.
Written for non-specialists; appealing to all
those, from primary school children to university students, who
want to learn more about the fascinating sea creatures living
around the UK.
Great British Marine Animals by Paul
Colourful spreads and large photographs of
the creatures in their natural habitat, with many illustrating
different aspects of behaviour. Commentary on every major type
of marine animal found in UK waters, from crabs to dogfish, and
sea anemones to octopus. Numerous unusual photographs, such as
those showing a starfish chasing brittle stars across the
seabed, a mating chain of sea hares and squat lobsters feasting
on a jellyfish. Enjoyed by everyone who loves wildlife, the sea
or eye-catching photography. For more information about Paul
please visit www.marinephoto.co.uk/
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
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,
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
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
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