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News - April 2011

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March 2011
May 2011
News Archive

UK Government might scrap vital laws
Pocket Guide: Dive Thailand by Paul Lees
Website of the Week - Dive into Life - Lisa Gabrielle

A Taste of Underwater Sulawesi
BSAC U/P Competition 2010 - Results
RSMAS Competition 2011 - Results
Xposure Show
Focus On Results
This is Your Ocean: Sharks

Diving Indonesia's Raja Ampat
Dive Fest 2011
Website of the Week - Elaine Whiteford

Losing Nemo
BSoUP April Meeting

Website of the Week - Josh Weller
Virgin Oceanic Challenge
Shoot in 3D underwater - new GoPro housing
BUPG - April Meeting
Anima Mundi - Latest Issue
Website of the Week - Kathy White
Epson Red Sea online competition
Marine Life and U/P Courses
London International Dive Show 2011
DEEP Indonesia 2011: Full results announced
Great British Marine Animals by Paul Naylor
African Diver - Latest issue
Website of the Week - Mark Webster
Next EMUP meeting


UK Government might scrap vital laws

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 within months.
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 promises.
Please take 30 seconds to speak up for legal protection for wildlife and the environment:

Pocket Guide: Dive Thailand by Paul Lees

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.

Download the full print version of Pocket Guide DIVE Thailand 2011 Edition FREE! (10MB).

DIve Thailand by Paul Rees
Pocket Guide: Dive Thailand by Paul Lees
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Lisa Gabrielle
Dive into Life - Lisa Gabrielle

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 camera dealer.

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

A Taste of Underwater Sulawesi

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, Indonesia.

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 mins.

To watch more of Jo's videos and videos by other BSoUP Members video's please visit our Video page.

A Taste of Underwater Sulawesi
by Jo Horrocks

Nick Blake
Diving Category Winner
© Nick Blake

BSAC Underwater Photographic Competition 2010

Congratulations to BSoUP Members Tamsin Eyles and Nick Blake who were among the winners of the annual BSAC Photographic Competition.

Tamsin was the winner of the Open category with an image of a photographer closing in on a Sting Ray. She won a three day dive package with Emperor Divers

Nick was the winner and second in the Diving category. Nick won a 3 day dive package with Emperor Divers plus a £500 Nauticam Voucher.

All the winning images may be viewed at

1st Festival des Mondes Sous-Marins Tribeurden

Deadline: 30th April

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.

1st Festival des Mondes Sous-Marins Tr�;beurden
1st Festival des Mondes Sous-Marins Trïbeurden

Michael Gallagher
Macro Winner - Pygmy seahorse
© Michael Gallagher

RSMAS Competition 2011 - Results

The University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has released the results of its 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 (Hippocampus bargibanti).

All the winning images may be viewed at

Xposure Show - The Rag Factory

24th - 26th May

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 May!

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.

Xposure Show - The Rag Factory
© Josh Weller

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

Ross Gudgeon
1st © Ross Gudgeon

Focus On Results - Monochrome

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).

There were a total of 37 entries.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Ross Gudgeon 41 7
2 Martyn Guess 29 6
3 Kathy White 28 6
4 Josef Litt 19 1
5= Caroline Robertson-Brown 15 3
5= Paul Morgan 15 3
Martyn Guess
2nd © Martyn Guess
Kathy White
3rd © Kathy White

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 '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: Sharks

By George C. Shellenger

'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."

This is Your Ocean: Sharks
George C. Shellenger

Diving Indonesia's Raja Ampat
Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock of Secret Sea Visions

Diving Indonesia's Raja Ampat

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.

View the slide show, which lasts for 13m 07s, on YouTube You need Adobe Flash Player to watch it.

Dive Fest 2011 - 29th April - 2nd May

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 ticket-holding adult.

Dive Fest is the UK's biggest and best diving festival and takes place at Pentewan Sands Holiday Park 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 success.

For further details please visit

Dive Fest
Dive Fest 2011

Elaine Whiteford
Elaine Whiteford

Website of the Week - Elaine Whiteford

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.

For further details please visit

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 decline.

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 unlikely.

For further details please visit

Anemone fish by Amanda Cuff
Anemone fish © Amanda Cuff
Winner of last July's BSoUP Focus On Competition
'Anemone Fish'

Linda Pitkin
Linda Pitkin

BSoUP April Meeting

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 Welcome

Photo techniques: 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.

Focus On Competition: Monochrome. The competition is now closed. Members only may preview the entries at Competition Slideshow

Main Event: British Underwater Image Festival (BUIF) Review with Peter Scoones and Colin Doeg.

Website of the Week - Josh Weller

'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 sight'.

'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'.

To see some of Josh's images please visit

Website of the Week - Josh Weller
Josh Weller

Virgin Oceanic. the DeepFlight Challenger from Hawkes Ocean Technologies
Virgin Oceanic. the DeepFlight Challenger
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

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 mounting accessories.


The 3D HERO System is available immediately at 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.

Bristol Underwater Photographers Group
Bristol Underwater Photographers Group

BUPG - April Meeting

Tuesday April 12th

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.

Bob Anthony will give a short tutorial on alternative ways to sharpen images in Photoshop.

Trevor Rees will give a presentation on his winning entry in the recent BSoUP Theme Portfolio Competition (subject to confirmation).

Anima Mundi - Latest Issue

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 download.

To get you copy please visit

Anima Mundi
Anima Mundi - Issue 2

Kathy White
Kathy White

Website of the Week - Kathy White

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 grown.

To see Kathy's images please visit

Epson Red Sea online competition

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 judges.

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, where you can view the entries.

Epson Red Sea Online Competition
Epson Red Sea Online Competition

Marine Conservation Society - South East Group
Marine Conservation Society - South East Group

Marine Conservation Society - South East Group

Marine Life Courses

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 courses.

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

Underwater Photography Course

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

For further information about MCS please visit and

London International Dive Show 2011

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

The best of A global Wlk Underwater
The Best of 'A Global Walk Underwater'

Great White Shark by Erin Quigley, USA
Great White Shark © Erin Quigley, USA
DEEP Indonesia 2011 - Best of Show

DEEP Indonesia 2011: Full results announced

The full results for the Wetpixel/DivePhotoGuide DEEP Indonesia competition have been announced.

Many congratulations to best of show winner Erin Quigley with her stellar image of a Great White shark from Isla Guadalupe and to everyone else who participated.

Most of the photographers in the placings are also Wetpixel members!

There were over $51,000 in prizes available, including underwater photo equipment and premium dive travel packages to some of the top photo destinations in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Thousands of entries from around the world continue to set the competition quality higher each year.

To view the results please visit

Great British Marine Animals by Paul Naylor

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 Naylor

Great British Marine Animals by Paul Naylor

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

African Diver #16
African Diver # 16. Cover: Paul Hunter

African Diver - Latest issue

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

Issue 16 includes Ed's Logbook, Cape fur seals. Chasing Giants - Whale Sharks,The wreck of the Klipfontein, DAN - HIRA launched in southern Africa and Featured photographer Geoff Spiby.

To get your free copy please visit

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.

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