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News - June 2011

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

May 2011
News Archive

Anima Mundi - Latest issue
Olympus PEN E-P3
Nikon D7000 Review
First Global U/W Photography Magazine Announced
Website of the Week - Nick Blake
Dijon International Adventure Film Festival
X-Ray Magazine - Latest Issue
Buffet Deadline
BSoUP Website - More than a Million Accesses
Underwater Journal - Latest Issue
Voting for June Epson Red Sea Competition
Website of the Week - Sam Bean
RDX-6999D Housing for the Canon EOS 600D
Focus On - Soft and Squidgy - Results
World Shoot Out
Recent BSoUP Website Changes

June BSoUP Meeting
Flash photography - impact on Seahorses
BSoUP Membership
Website of the Week - Rico Besserdich
Seahorse Licences Ban Flash Photography
CMAS World Underwater Photography Championship
EMUP - Next Meeting
BUPG Next Meeting
African Diver - Latest Issue
Website of the Week - Pash Baker
What to Shoot by Alex Mustard
British Underwater Photography Championship
Epson World ShootOut
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2011

Anima Mundi - Latest issue

Issue 3 of ANIMA MUNDI - Adventures in Wildlife Photography is now available for download from the official magazine website.

ANIMA MUNDI is the creation of Antonella and Andrea Ferrari, the authors of numerous dive books, and is published in cooperation with X-Ray Magazine. Issue 3 includes a look into Costa Rica's Selva Verde National Park and the experience of diving in Northern Sulawesi's Lembeh Strait.

The magazine is absolutely free just by signing up, and more information can be found on the ANIMA MUNDI website.

Anima Mundi - Issue 3
Anima Mundi - Issue 3

Plympus PEN E-P3
Olympus PEN E-P3

Olympus PEN E-P3

Olympus Imaging Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the "OLYMPUS PEN E-P3", the flagship of the PEN series of new generation system cameras conforming to the Micro Four Thirds System standard, scheduled for release on 22nd July, 2011.

Main Features:

World's fastest AF (autofocusing)* achieved through the FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor) AF system and a lens incorporating the MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) mechanism.

Higher-than-ever image quality and high ISO12800 sensitivity thanks to the new 12.3-megapixel High Speed Live MOS Sensor with full HD movie compatibility and new TruePic VI image processing engine.

Advanced graphical user interface featuring a 3.0-inch OLED display with touchscreen panel. High-quality design with full-metal body and sophisticated detachable camera grip.

The OLYMPUS PEN E-P3 is an interchangeable lens type digital camera that conforms to the Micro Four Thirds System standard. Designed as the new flagship of the PEN series of new generation system cameras, the E-P3 is aimed at camera buffs looking for a camera that combines traditional style and functionality with advanced digital capabilities and top-notch performance. Further details:

Wetpixel D7000 housing review

A hands-on comparative review of housings for the Nikon D7000 by Adam Hanlon

When Nikon released the D7000 in September 2010, it was immediately apparent that they had produced a camera that was going to be significant for underwater use. By increasing the megapixel count and adding high ISO performance, a new EXPEED 2 image processing engine, new metering and AF systems, HD movies and 14 bit RAW processing, Nikon has produced a camera that competes with the Canon equivalents.

To read the review please visit

Nikon D7000
Nikon D7000

Scuba Diver Through the Lens
Scuba Diver Through the Lens

First Global Underwater Photography Magazine Announced

Scuba Diver AustralAsia, DivePhotoGuide and Edition Fifty Fathoms join forces to launch the first international underwater photography magazine
Scuba Diver AustralAsia, the premier dive magazine of the Asia-Pacific region, has teamed up with, a world leader in underwater photography media, and Edition Fifty Fathoms, the prestigious fine art magazine, to create Scuba Diver Through the Lens, the first international magazine dedicated entirely to underwater photography and videography. Scuba Diver Through the Lens will be published quarterly in both a print and digital format by Asian Geographic Magazines in Singapore and will be distributed globally through New York and Germany. The Special Launch edition will be promoted at DEMA on Oct 15, 2011

Further details:

Website of the Week - Nick Blake

A childhood fascination with diving and the ocean, inspired by the 70's TV series "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau", led to Nick joining North West based Rammy Divers, age 14 in 1980.

Diving primarily around the UK, it is only in more recent years that Nick's long standing interest in photography has extended into the water. Having initially bought an Olympus underwater compact camera in 2004 and subsequently a Nikon D300 DSLR, one to one tuition with renowned Underwater Photographer Martin Edge has proved instrumental in Nick's development. Now fuelled by dive trips to more tropical climes as well as continued UK diving as a member of Woking based BSAC branch Surrey Aquanauts, you can see a selection of Nick's more recent underwater photographs together with images of personal interest above the water.

Please visit

Nick Blake
Nick Blake

Dijon International Adventure Film Festival
'Les Écrans de  l'Aventure'

Dijon International Adventure Film Festival

Deadline for preselection is July 31st.

The 20th edition of Dijon International Adventure Film Festival, officially called 'Les Écrans de  l'Aventure' will take place from November 3 to 6, 2011 in Burgundy, France. The Festival is a showcase for documentary films that relate to any kind of adventure: polar expeditions, mountaineering, round the  world sailing races, ballooning, underwater exploration, speleology, portraits of adventurers, scientific expeditions... We try to select the finest recently-produced documentaries (2011, 2010 and 2009, running time: 20 to 60 minutes). Admittance is free of charge.

The Dijon International Adventure Film Festival attracts more and more visitors, 10.000 at last November's edition with the public, professionals and adventurers all mingling together.

Entry Form.pdf, Entry Form.doc, Regulations, Awards

X-Ray Magazine - Latest Issue

The latest issue of the FREE X-Ray Magazine is now available to download.

Issue 43 includes Daniel Brinckmann and Scott Johnson on the wonders of Yap; Barb Roy and Wayne Grant on liveaboard diving on the Nautilus Swell in Port Hardy, BC, Canada; Dive team, Kelly LaClaire and Kate Clark, on diving Southern Belize; Elaine Kwee on dive volunteerism; Brian Keegan on a new tech wreck park in Sweden; Tyge Dahl Hermansen on mangroves; Aaron Gekoski on the broadnose sevengill shark in South Africa; AquaCorps Bob Halstead discusses the buddy system; Flash photography by Lawson Wood; Qian Dao Lake in China with Don Silcock; plus news and discoveries, equipment news, photo and video equipment, dive books, shark tales, whale tales and much more...

To download your copy please visit

X-Ray Magazine - Issue 43
X-Ray Magazine - Issue 43

Cover image: Barb Roy

Food, glorious food

British Underwater Photography Championship

Buffet Deadline

The deadline for registering for the Buffet at this year's Splash-In is Wednesday 29th June. The buffet will be served in the Hotel Mount Batten on Saturday 9th July 2011 at 19.00 hrs. The cost is £10.00 per person.

If you do not register in advance we cannot guarantee Buffet tickets.

You may register for the competition and the buffet online at

BSoUP Website - More than a Million Accesses

Since 10 August 2005 the BSoUP website has had 1,267,356 accesses, which included 418,281 uniques. This is an average of more than 17,000 acesses, including 5,809 uniques, every month!

BBClone BSoUP website statistics
BBClone - BSoUP website statistics
Top 10 Visited Pages
News 380694 30.04%
Main page 296760 23.42%
Humour 81819 6.46%
Forum 38852 3.07%
Gallery 35464 2.80%
Basic techniques 23810 1.88%
Competitions 21275 1.68%
Focus On 20069 1.58%
Photo Sites 19910 1.57%
Contributors 18874 1.49%

For more stats please visit

Using Google to search for 'Underwater Photography' ranks BSoUP third after and Wikipedia.

Underwater Journal. Issue 21
Underwater Journal. Issue 21

Cover Image: Tim Rock

Underwater Journal - Latest Issue

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

Issue 21 includes Editor's page, Refresh your skills by Dennis Pulley, Kingdom of Whales, Diving with Isla Mujeres Whale Sharks, Gear Locker, Life in the 'Pass Lane', DAN Corner, Book Review, and Parting Shot.

To download you copy please visit

Voting for June Epson Red Sea Competition

It's time to vote for your favorite photographer based
on all of their images.

Voting ends 30th June 2011 at 23:55:00

Votes will be divided as follows:

30% of all points will be given by registered online voters.

70% of all points will be given by 5 Judges - 14% for each judge.

The 3 winners will be the photographers who receives the
highest combined score from the 5 Judges and the online voters.

To see all the June entries and vote for your favourite please visit

Epson Red Sea - May
Epson Red Sea - June Competition

Sam Bean
Sam Bean

Website of the Week - Sam Bean

Sam Bean LRPS, freelance photographer and journalist is the face behind Sam Bean Images. The website holds galleries of images that have been captured whilst travelling and scuba diving within the UK and abroad. Traditional film cameras and modern digital SLR and compact cameras have been used to allow flexibility and to customise photography for each situation.
Probably the most rewarding aspect of photography is being able to share the vision with others. This website is a snapshot of the photographs captured by Sam Bean.

To learn more about Sam and see some of her images, please visit /

RDX-6999D Housing for the Canon EOS 600D camera

Sea and Sea Ltd is pleased to announce the release of new RDX-600D DSLR underwater camera housing.

The new RDX-600D housing boasts a compact, lightweight and ergonomic design which features the usual SeaandSea RDX refinements such as a camera quick-mounting tray, port lock and large locking latches, all at a remarkable price! It is the heart of a system that can be tailored to your underwater shooting needs. The housing is depth rating to 60m (200ft).

Easy Camera Mounting
Mounting the camera becomes a breeze! The housing includes a Quick Shoe for easy mounting and removal of the camera. You need only to slide the camera quick shoe into the slot, up to the designated position. There is almost no need for complicated position and gear alignments. Simple, even beginners!

RDX-6999D Housing for the Canon EOS 600D camera - Front
RDX-6999D Housing for the Canon EOS 600D camera - Front
RDX-6999D Housing for the Canon EOS 600D camera - Rear
RDX-6999D Housing for the Canon EOS 600D camera - Rear

Two Fibre Optic Cable Sockets
Allow DS-TTL and Manual slave control of external strobes. Simply by connecting the Fibre-Optic Cable (L-type) to the socket, the light from the digital camera's built-in flash is directed to the external strobe. This is considerably less complicated than setting up an electrical connector and also eliminates any risk of leaking involved when the connector is submerged.

Hardwired TTL Adjustment (available when using the optional YS Converter/C)
The housing comes fitted with a bulkhead blank from the factory but for those who require a hardwired bulkhead, two user changeable "Sync Cord Connectors" are available; a 2pin Manual unit and a 6pin unit which can be used in conjunction with the optional YS Converter/C for hardwired TTL strobe control.

For further information please contact SeaandSea Ltd;
01803 663012,,

Focus On - Soft and Squidgy June 2011 - Results

Congratulations to Ross Gudgeon from Australia who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition - Soft and Squidgy - with an image of a red jellyfish taken at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia.

Second place went to Georgette Douwma with an image of a Bubble tip anemone taken in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia; third to Pete Bullen with an image of a Flabellina nudibranch taken in Shatt l'Amhar (Wreck of the Karwela; fourth to Rick Ayrton with an image of a Sunset Coral taken in Lundy, Devon; fifth to Rob Cuss with a free swimming Flabellina nudibranch taken in Loch Creran, Scotland and sixth place to Trevor Rees with an image of a Plumose anemone taken in Loch Goil, Argyll, Scotland.

None of the top six photographers were present at the meeting.

There were a total of 31 portfolios entered.

Ross Gudgeon
Winner © Ross Gudgeon
Red Jellyfish, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
Canon 50D, Tokina 10-17 @ 10mm, f9.5 @ 1/250 ISO 200

Georgette Douwma
2nd © Georgette Douwma
Bubble tip anemone, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Nikon, f/6.3 @1/160

How the top six scored:-

Pos. Photographer Points Firsts

Ross Gudgeon

54 13

Georgette Douwma

43 10
3 Pete Bullen 17 0

Rick Ayrton

15 2

Rob Cuss

11 1

Trevor Rees

10 2

The top six portfolios may be viewed enlarged in the Gallery.

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 July Focus On Competition - Natural light is now open to BSoUP members only. Images entered must not have come first, second or third in a national or international competition. Images must have benn taken without thye use of artificial light. Please read the Rules before entering online using the Entry Form.

Pete Bullen
3rd © Pete Bullen
Flabellina, Shatt l'Amhar (Wreck of the Karwela)
Olympus e-P1 , f22 @1/50th ISO 400

World ShootOut early bird registration

World ShootOut early bird registration

Final deadline for competition registration is July 31st, 2011

World ShootOut early bird registration is open till Friday, July 1st, 2011.

Don't miss the opportunity for a free set of images on each of the categories you register to!

The 8 day World ShootOut will take place in August 1-8, 2011, in any natural water resource found around the world, including seas, oceans, lakes, rivers, under the ice and more.

7 creative categories
21 lucky winners
Incredible cash, holiday and equipment prizes
Complete freedom to choose your own diving destination

Recent BSoUP Website Changes

Forced to update to Windows 7, Dreamweaver CS 5, Photoshop CS 5 and Bridge CS 4 when my old Windows 2000 computer failed, the entire website has now been updated to W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN and uses Cascading Style Sheets.

The Meetings pages have been updated to include pre-announcements for most BSoUP meetings between February 2001 and the present where a Meeting's report didn't already exist. See Past Meetings.

Slideshows for every month from January 2010 to June 2011, where they didn't exist, have been created using Adobe Web Gallery in Bridge CS 4. BSoUP Members only may view the slideshows, but you will be asked to login if you haven't done so this session. See Slideshow Archive.

The BSoUP website now includes 3,394 pages and more than 14,000 images.

One of the Competition Slideshows
One of the Competition Slideshows

Simon Rogerson
Simon Rogerson
Brian Pitkin
Brian Pitkin

June BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 15th June 2011 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD. New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome

Photo techniques: Splash-In: Tips and Tricks by Brian Pitkin.

Brian is BSoUP's current President and Webmaster. He has organised and participated in the Splash-in competitions for over 20 years, even winning once. He has been a judge in many local, national and international underwater photographic competitions and has had numerous articles and images published in DIVER Magazine and elsewhere.

Focus On Competition: Soft and squidgy. The Competition is now closed. BSoUP Members only may view all of the entries in the Competition Slideshow, but you will be asked to login if you have not already done so this session.

Main Event: The Cocos Gamble by Simon Rogerson.

Simon, is the editor of DIVE magazine, and has been working as a full-time professional diving journalist for 12 years. He is first and foremost a writer, but took up underwater photography because he found it a challenging way of recording his dives. Besides DIVE, his stories and photographs have been published in  magazines and newspapers, including the Sunday Times, Esquire, Food and Travel, BBC Wildlife, the Independent, the Telegraph and GQ. Simon was co-author, with John McIntyre, of a guidebook, 'Dive Red Sea'.


Sharks in Cocos by Simon Rogerson
Hammerhead Sharks in Cocos
© Simon Rogerson

Hammerhead Shark in Cocos by Simon Rogerson
Hammerhead Shark in Cocos
© Simon Rogerson
The title of Simon's presentation is a reference to the unpredictable nature of the place, and the challenge it poses for underwater photography. These days, many shooters favour high-yield destinations such as Indonesia, where they can be assured of a bounty of photo-opportunities and relatively predictable conditions. Cocos Island in the far Eastern Pacific is a different proposition, with its ever-changing conditions dictated by oceanic currents, localised weather systems and, of course, the sheer unpredictability of the pelagic creatures for which the island is famous.

Flash photography - impact on Seahorses

In 2009, marine scientist Dave Harasti completed a study in Australia that looked at the direct impact of flash photography on seahorses."One of the reasons why I did the study was that I was tired of hearing or reading that flashes kill seahorses, when there was no scientific proof," says Dave, who is using the study as part of a PhD thesis on seahorse conservation.

Dave has been studying threatened marine species for the past 10 years. A keen underwater photographer, he has also won several major competitions in Australia.

Dave Harasti's Seahorses
Dave Harasti's images of Seahorses

"Part of my research is the use of photo IDs," he explains. "I photograph a seahorse, look for any distinctive marks and use them for future individual identification. I have taken a lot of photographs of individuals and, given that they are still currently alive and in the same spot where I first found them, I consider it very unlikely that flash photography is having an impact on them.

"A good example is my 'Grandpa' seahorse, which I have been photographing for three and half years. He's still alive, currently mating with a real hot (in seahorse eyes) gold female, and is still found in the same spot. This says to me that flash photography does not cause seahorses to die or migrate from their location.

"The work I have been doing is on the White's seahorse (Hippocampus whitei) and to a lesser extent the pot-belly seahorse (Hippocampus abdominalis), so I can't say that flash photography doesn't impact on all seahorse species. However, some work we did in PNG involved photo ID of the pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti), and there was no impact on this species either.

"I found that flash photography had no significant impact on seahorses' behaviour, movements and longevity. In my humble opinion, photography poses no harm to seahorses. However, photographers touching and moving seahorses and their habitats is a completely different story!"

John Bantin, DIVER Magazine, March 2011

BSoUP Home page

BSoUP Membership

If you have NOT renewed your BSoUP Membership subscription this year (it was due at the end of February) then your name has now been removed from the Membership List and the Forum.

We are sorry to lose you, as you will no longer be able to enter BSoUP Members Only Competitions, post items on the Forum, qualify for discounts on BSoUP Events, nor receive BSoUP global e-mails and the BSoUP magazine 'infocus'. And if you had a link to your own website from BSoUP's, sorry its now been deleted.

If you wish, you may rejoin by completing the Membership Application form and sending it with your payment to our Treasure. The form and full details can be found at

If you have renewed your subscription this year and you have changed your home addresss and/or e-mail address, then please let us know. You should be receiving at least one e-mail a month. If you are not receiving these, then it may be because you have changed your e-mail address without letting us know.

Website of the Week - Rico Besserdich

Rico was born 1968 in Leonberg/Germany. At the age of 10 he started to become interested in photography and joined workshops at his school, especially those about black and white photography. For this he used an old middle-format camera and started to develop his own photos in a darkroom.

At the age of 18, he switched to a Minolta analog SLR camera and became interested in still-life, nature and sports photography. At that time, photography was just a hobby for him. His first paid job as a photographer brought him just 25 EUR!

Rico has won awards in underwater photography competitions but is still learning, exchanging news and knowledge with other underwater photographers around the world, teaching and of course his mind is always busy with new underwater photography projects!

To learn more about Rico and to see some of his images, please visit

Rico Besserdich
Rico Besserdich

Seahorse by Derek Haslam
Seahorse © Derek Haslam

Runner-up in the Advanced British and Irish Prints
category of the BSoUP Splash-in 2008

Seahorse Licences Ban Flash Photography

The two species of seahorses found in the UK are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, which means you need a license to disturb them. This includes taking photos of them.

If you set off on a dive with the intention of photographing seahorses, you require a license. However, if you come across a seahorse during a dive and take a photograph, you are not breaking any law.

Now, licenses issued by the MMO will not allow the photographer to use a flash. It said this was a 'precautionary measure' while it gathered more evidence on the potential impacts of flash photography on seahorses.

'They're a very easily stressed animal,' said Neil Garrick-Maidment of the Seahorse Trust. 'They naturally have diseases in their body and these come to the fore when they are stressed and can kill the individual.' Responsible aquariums and seahorse researchers around the world ban flash photography, he says.

But photographers say the measures take attention away from the real problems threatening the species. 'They've [the MMO] yet to come up with any evidence that flash kills and harms seahorses,' said Steve Trewhella, who has a license to photograph seahorses in Studland Bay. 'It's a bit unnecessary when there are so many obvious threats to the seahorses.'

'There is a problem and that's anchoring boats and illegal mooring, not divers. I don't want to give objectors to conservation measures the ammunition to say that divers are chasing sea horses around - which this suggests.'

Jo Mattock, DIVE Magazine

CMAS World Underwater Photography Championship

The thirteenth CMAS World Underwater Photography Championship was held between the 26-31 May 2011 at Bodrum, Turkey, hosted and organized by the Turkish Underwater Sports Federation (TSSF).

Twenty-three countries were represented with a total of eighty-eight participants in the event.

CMAS World Underwater Photography Championship
CMAS World Underwater Photography Championship

Team winners were the Turkish National Team with Orhan Aytur as the new CMAS World Champion, Kerim Sabuncuoglu achieved a second place in "wide angle without model category" with their diving assistants Asim Dumlu and Birkan Babakol. Bedri Sincar who is the captain of the Turkish National Team.

The championship started with the welcome cocktail on 26 May and continued with the practice dives on the following days. All the diving programs were successfully completed with the competition dives held on 28-29 May. The results of the competition were evaluated by the international jury on 30 May and announced to the public on the same evening with a carnival celebration at the 1500 seat amphitheater in the Bodrum Castle.

East Midlands Underwtaer Photograohers
East Midlands Underwater Photographers

East Midlands Underwater Photographers - Next Meeting

Tuesday 7th June 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.

Composition Night! AGM and BIG Competition

Competition: Tryptych

Bristol Underwater Photography Group - Next meeting

Tuesday 7th June

The next meeting of BUPG takes place on Tuesday 7th June at 20.00 hrs at the normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map).

The monthly competition theme is 'Soft and Squidgy'. Send your digital files to our new Competitions Member, Peter Plume, 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.

Bristol Underwater Photographers Group
Bristol Underwater Photographers Group

Rob Bailey will give a short presentation on sharpening techniques. This will be the first of three presentations exploring the variety of options available for sharpening images.

Our Image of the Year for 2010 will be revealed. All the winning images from our 2010 monthly competitions were sent to Dr Alex Mustard and he has chosen his top five. There will be a trophy presented to the winning photographer.

Arthur Kingdon will give a presentation on 'Depth of Field' (subject to confirmation).

For further details abot BUPG please visit

African Diver. Issue 17
African Diver. Issue 17. Cover image: Cormac McCreesh

African Diver - Latest Issue

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

Issue 17 includes Ed's Log, Broadnose Cow Sharks, Mola mola, Junior Divers, SACS Update, Allen Walker, Eyes on the Horizon, Sakatia Lodge Madagascar.

To download your copy please visit

Website of the Week - Pash Baker

I qualified as a scuba diver in 1996 in the UK. Back in 2007, I started taking video footage using a Sony PD150 (in an amphibico housing). You can see some of the videos I created by clicking this link.

Although I swore I never would turn to stills photography, I was pleasantly surprised with the results from my first attempt. That was with a Canon DSLR camera in an Ikelite housing. During a trip to Indonesia with Martin Edge, I felt my photography really coming alive and I acheived 3rd place in the BSoUP beginners portfolio competition.

I now shoot with a Nikon D300s in a Subal housing. I've not looked back since then and I'm really pleased with the images I have. I hope you like them too!

Pash Baker
Pash Baker

Whilst exhibiting at the Birmingham NEC dive show, I was approached by Coral Cay Conservation and asked to visit two of their sites - in Cambodia and The Philippines. The intention was to capture some of the fun, atmosphere and valuable work done by the charity in the hopes it would encourage others to volunteer or contribute to the effort.

You can see a very small selection of the 3000 odd photographs that Pash took at

What to Shoot

by Alex Mustard

An informal talk to fellow members of the society - with several digressions along the way.

For some time now the BSoUP Committee have been discussing the viability of videoing presentations given at monthly meetings. With Alex Mustard's agreement BSoUP Member Jo Horrocks of Cuttlefish productions videoed his presentation at last month's meeting. Jo has combined live footage and sound with Alex's original images and posted the results to YouTube in four parts.

What to Shoot - Part 1 (above). Icelandic Intermission. Before discusssing the subject of his presentation, Alex treated us to some of his fantastic images he had taken during the previous three weeks in Iceland. 13:17 mins.

What to Shoot - Part 2 (right). The second part of Alex's presentation. 11:12 mins

What to Shoot - Part 3 (below, left) The third part of Alex's presentation 12:27 mins

What to shoot - Part 4 (below, right) the final part of Alex's presentation. 16:29 mins

BSoUP is extremely grateful to Alex for giving the presentation and agreeing to make it available and to Jo Horrocks for videoing it and spending many hours editing the videos and digital images.

British Underwater Photography Championship

British Underwater Photography Championship

Judges Confirmed

BSoUP are delighted to confirm that the panel of judges for this year's British Underwater Photography Championship (Splash-in) to be held on 9th July at Mount Batten in Plymouth are Peter Rowlands, Alex Mustard and Neil Hope (see below).

This year the panel will judge all of the categories and choose the winner of the Grand Prize of a 7-day live-aboard holiday for two in the Maldives (exclusive of flights and taxes) courtesy of Maldives Scuba Tours.

For further details and to register for the event, please visit

Peter Rowlands is the editor of the FREE online magazine UwP. He is a former Chairman of BSoUP and a regular contributer to DIVE magazine.

Peter wrote the Underwater Photographers Handbook which was published in 1983. He has also produced DVD's of HMS Royal Oak, HMS Dasher and Magic Filters for digital underwater photograhers among others.

For further information please visit and

Peter Rowlands
Peter Rowlands
Alex Mustard
Alex Mustard

Alex Mustard is one of the world's foremost underwater photographers and a member of the BSoUP Committee as well as Associate Editor of Wetpixel. Alex is a regular contributer to DIVE magazine.

Alex is also the author of Reefs Revealed and the DVD Shooting magic - A guide to shooting with filters underwater. He also co-authored the Art of Diving - a long term collaboration with writer Nick Hanna.

To learn more about Alex please visit his website at

A former press agency photographer, Neil Hope is Picture Editor of the Western Morning News, Plymouth, and a regular contributer to diving publications. Since qualifying in 1989 in the North-East of England, Neil has lived and dived extensively throughout the UK eventually settling in Torpoint, Cornwall some seven years ago.
Well aware of the challenging conditions which the underwater photographer often faces along our shores he is looking forward to joining the panel of judges once more.

Neil Hope
Neil Hope

Epson Red Sea World Shoot Out

  Competition registration ends July 30th, 2011

Epson World ShootOut

August 1-8, 2011

Register Now!

The international underwater photography grand prix, World ShootOut, will take place worldwide in August 2011. During the week of the shoot out, the whole underwater world will be performing as one huge festival, hosting professional and amateur photographers competing with each other for some very worthy prizes.
Earlybird registration (no later than July 1st, 2011) entitles the participant to submit a free additional set of images in each category the participant has registered to. 
The 8 day World ShootOut will take place in August 1-8, 2011, in any natural water resource found around the world, including seas, oceans, lakes, rivers, under the ice and more.
Yes, you can take part in the competition by diving in your familiar or favorite destination during the days of the shoot out. This can be a wonderful opportunity for you to either take a few days off for the sake of some diving in your local area, or to finally book the holiday you've been dreaming of in an exotic dive destination, on a live aboard or in a dive resort.
Participants' chosen images will be submitted to the competition after the shoot out has concluded, throughout August 9-15.

All World ShootOut categories winners and nominees will be announced on the festive Epson Red Sea winning ceremony in Eilat, Israel, November 19th, 2011.
Underwater photographers from all over the world, both professional and amateurs, are invited to participate in  any of the  6  World ShootOut categories.
Click Here  for World ShootOut categories and prizes
Click Here  for World ShootOut rules and regulations
Click Here  for World ShootOut registration form
For further information, please visit


British Wildlife Photography Awards 2011

Deadline: 2 June, 2011

The competition opened on 1 February 2011, with a prize fund of up to £20,000. The British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2011 is your chance to win a prestigious photography award and cash prize of £5,000.

There are numerous categories including 'Coast and Marine' whch includes marine and maritime species near the sea, underwater, at the sea shore and coastal zone only.

If you haven't entered yet, then please do so by Thursday 2nd June if you want to stand a chance of winning.

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British Wildlife Photography Awards 2011
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2011

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