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News - July 2011

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

June 2011
Coming Soon
News Archive


Website of the Week - Dan Bolt
Epson World ShootOut
Splash-in on the Web
WhaleFest 2011
Focus On - Natural Light - Results
IUCN Underwater Photographer of the Year
Splash-In - Judges Report
Website of the Week - David Buckle
July BSoUP Meeting
Project Ocean
BSoUP Splash- In Awards

PADI Self Reliant Diver
Epson World ShootOut
Ocean Leisure Cameras
Website of the Week - Simon Brown
Splash-in - Results
St Abbs and Eyemouth VMR Splash In 2011

CIWEM - Environmental Photographer of the Year
Epson Red Sea Photographer of the Year
Monterey Shootout Film Festival
Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Design Contest
Cairns Underwater Film Festival
UwP - Latest issue
Nauticam 45 degrees viewfinder
NUPG - Next meeting
Website of the Week - Lesley Masson
Anima Mundi - Latest issue
Olympus PEN E-P3
Nikon D7000 Review
First Global U/W Photography Magazine Announced
Website of the Week - Nick Blake


Website of the Week - Dan Bolt

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is underwaterpics.co.uk the website of Dan Bolt.

Dan's gallery aims to showcase some of the stunning marine eco systems and wildlife we have in the warm waters around the UK. Dan's award winning work with wildlife, freedivers, spearfishermen and scuba divers has been used in magazines, books, websites and leaflets; from local information and advertising to glossy national publications, recent clients include DIVE magazine, Marine Management Organisation, and DEFRA..

For further information and to see some of Dan's images please visit http://www.underwaterpics.co.uk/

Dan Bolt
Dan Bolt

Epson Red Sea World Shoot Out
World Shoot Out

Epson World ShootOut

Registration, Participation and Submission throughout the whole month of August, 2011
 
The World ShootOut will take place in August, 2011, in any natural water resource found around the world, including seas, oceans, lakes, rivers, under the ice and more. 

Over US$ 70,000 in prizes

7 creative categories

21 lucky winners

Incredible cash, holiday and equipment prizes

Complete  freedom to choose your own diving destination 

Due to an increasing demand for flexibility in World ShootOut dates, we are happy to announce that competition registration, participation and image submission can be carried out throughout the whole month of August, 2011.

Yes, you can register to the competition, capture competition images and submit them to the competition website throughout the whole month of August!


Splash-in on the Web

The following websites include mention of this year's British Underwater Photography Championship (Splash-in):-

British Diver
Dome Port
Maldives Scuba Tours
The Wildlife Trusts News  
The Wildlife Trusts Projects
Trevor Rees
Underwater Photography Guide
Western Morning News
Wetpixel

The Wildlife Trusts
The Wildlife Trusts - News 14th July

WhaleFest
Planet Whale's WhaleFest

WhaleFest 2011

The Hove Centre, Brighton, UK

Sat. 5th - Sun. 6th November

Whalefest is the UK's first and largest event for people with a passion for Whales and Dolphins

With over a quarter of a million people taking whale and dolphin watching trips each year in the UK, and millions more folk who love and care about these charismatic animals, it's time to bring everybody together for the event of the year - welcome to WhaleFest!

Each day, dive in to our packed programme of events. Meet the life-sized Blue Whale, take a real-time whale watching trip or find yourself inside the weird world of the Blubber Belly! Discover the deep ocean and learn how whales talk, listen, think and feel.


Be inspired by our entertaining speakers including wildlife celebrities and some of the world's leading whale and dolphin experts, or get involved with the many activities run by participating whale and dolphin conservation charities, from rocky shore excursions to marine mammal medic training courses!

Then why not surf the many stands selling whale and dolphin tours, adopt-a-whale packs, and all the latest products for whale watchers. You'll find everything, from binoculars to sunglasses, books to eco-holidays! Finally, there are quiz shows, question and answer sessions, speakers corner, exclusive book launches and much, much more!

WhaleFest is organised by Planet Whale, the world's largest online search engine for whale and dolphin watching trips. The Planet Whale website and WhaleFest share the same vision: to provide whale and dolphin conservation organisations and sustainable whale watching companies with a free platform to promote their work to the widest possible audience.

Help us to help them, and be part of something big! For further details please visit www.planetwhale.com


Focus On - Natural Light - July - Results

Congratulations to Nick Blake who won July's Focus On - Natural Light competition. Nick's image of a diver in sun beams was taken in Taj Maha Cenote, Yucatan, Mexico last month.

Congratulations also to Saeed Rashid and Alex Tattersall who came second and third respectively.

Saeed's image of a jellyfish was a chance shot taken at the end of a dive taken in the northern Red Sea in November last year.

Alex's image of a Lionfish in shafts of light was taken
at Marsa Shagra, Red Sea in November 2010.

There were a total of 32 entries

Nick Blake
Winner © Nick Blake
A diver in sun beams in Taj Maha Cenote, Yucatan, Mexico
Nikon D300, Tokina 10-17mm lens, F4.8, 1/60sec, ISO 560.

Saeed Rashid
2nd © Saeed Rashid
Moon jellyfish in Northern Red Sea
Canon 400D, ISO 200 15mm Canon fisheye, f6.3 1/100sec

How the top six scored:-

Pos. Photographer Points Firsts
1 Nick Blake 41 9
2 Saeed Rashid 26 4
3 Alex Tattersall 21 5
4 Joss Woolf 19 3
5 Len Deeley 15 3
6 Kay Hartley-Mills 12 2

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

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

If you entered and are not in the top six and would like to know how your fared please e-mail Brian Pitkin.

The August Focus On Competition - British Isles - is now open to BSoUP members only. Images entered must not have come first, second or third in a national or international competition. Please read the Rules before entering online using the Entry Form.

Alex Tattersall
3rd © Alex Tattersall
Lionfish in shafts of light at Marsa Shagra, Red Sea
Nauticam system, F9 1/60th sec.


IUCN
IUCN Underwater Photographer of the Year

International Union for Conservation of Nature

Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest

As part of the IUCN 2011 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest, IUCN received 132 photographs of exceptional quality and creativity.

The overall winner was William Goodwin, for his photograph Grouper Peek-a-Boo.

In second place is Andre Seale for his photograph Submerged Mangrove.

In third place is Lill Haugen for her photograph Coral Fans and Diver.

More photos from the three winning photographers are featured in the 8th issue of Marine News. Selected photos from each contest participant are also presented in the Photo Gallery. For more information on the IUCN Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest, please visit www.iucn.org/


British Underwater Photography Championship

Judges Report by Alex Mustard

The judging panel for this year's competition consisted of Neil Hope, Peter Rowlands and myself, Alex Mustard. We are all experienced and active underwater photographers and all evaluate photos on a daily basis in our jobs.

We all felt that the move to a judging panel is a very positive move for the event. Not only does it dispel any of the accusations of "rent-a-crowd" that have dogged some on the day competitions in the past. But more importantly it allows a proper examination, consideration and discussion of the images, much more than is possible when the pictures flash up in a slide show. Can you really remember slide 3 well enough to be sure it is better than slide 37?

Alex Mustard
Alex Mustard
Peter Rowlands
Peter Rowlands

We took the judging process very seriously. Peter and I both made two dives in Plymouth Waters on the day of the competition to get a good feel for conditions and what was achievable. Although we made effort to avoid being in the water with any competitors, so as to be unaware of what anyone might have shot. Peter also refused bookings on his photographic dive boat (www.magic-charters.co.uk), although I had to pay! Rather than judge the images on the projector, we examined them in detail on Peter's dual cinema displays.

The competition attracted 53 photographers. And more than 2/3s of them could consider themselves very serious contenders, based on their previous results. It was one of the most competitive and open fields for many years. That said there were only three main categories and only two awards in each for interchangeable lens cameras. So with only 6 main images to award as judges, we knew that there would be some disappointed photographers. I do feel a bit sorry for people whose images (I now know, having seen all the names) were in the mix in all three categories, but just missed out on the top two placings. But I do believe that competitions should celebrate and promote excellence, rather than have everyone going home with a gong.

To give you an insight into the judging process. We started judging each category by reading the rules and category description. Then we viewed all the entered the images once through, to get a feel for the standard. We then culled the images, only moving the "contenders for a win" through to a final. It is much easier to compare the best few images when they are side by side. There was a high standard of images, so technical flaws like poor lighting and out of focus make it easy for us to discard an image. Images with a confused concept also tended to do less well - if we didn't get what the photo was about it was less likely to do well. We debated the relative merits: before proposing and a winner and runner up in each category.

The winning shots were typically graphically strong, eye catching images. It was nice to see many employing creative techniques, although this was not given special importance in the judging. The strength of the image was king.

Despite a large number of strong images, we reached unanimous decisions fairly easily. And the general feeling we got from the audience on the evening is that they agreed that the winners we chose were the strongest entries (save, perhaps their own!).

I hope that the panel style judging continues from now on. I would recommend choosing at least one judge from the regular competitors, each year, even though that would mean that they are not able compete that year. That would help keep the judging up to date with contemporary underwater photography. 

Neil Hope
Neil Hope


David Buclkle
David Buckle

Website of the Week - David Buckle

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. This week's choice is Sunken Images, the website of David Buckle.

David's website includes various shipwrecks in the northern part of the Egyptian Red Sea, to the magnificent Sharks of South Africa.

His latest gallery is from a recent trip to Barbados in March 2011, showing the very photogenic Turtles and wrecks of the Caribbean.

To view David's images please visit www.sunkenimages.com/.


July BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 20th July 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

Annual Event: British Underwater Photography Championship (Splash-in) Review by Brian Pitkin.

If you have any casual shots taken on the day, please attach them to an e-mail and send them to me.

Focus On Competition: Natural light.

The competition is now closed, but BSoUP Members only may view all the entries in the Competition Slideshow, but you will be asked to login if you haven't already done so this session.

Mount Batten, the venue for this year's competition. Image: Martin Davies
A view of Mount Batten, Plymouth, the venue for this
year's competition.
Image © Martin Davies
Saeed Rashid
Saeed Rashid

Main Event: Lightroom wizadry by Saeed Rashid.

'its all about workflow! I don't pretend to know how everyone should manage his or her photos or all the different ways you can do it. But, in my day job as a lecturer in Print Design at Bournemouth University, I have developed my workflow around Adobe Lightroom. 

I hope to share some of the tips I have learnt over the past few years and show you why I feel Lightroom is a simple, easy solution for file management, image development and image sharing.

Simply all you need to know about Adobe Lightroom, but are afraid to ask. Well all that I can show you in an hour anyway.'

We hope to see you there.


Project Ocean

Project Ocean is the collaboration of Selfridges and over 20 organisations, including MCS, committed to engaging people in marine conservation.

There are two key messages: eat sustainable fish; and support marine protected areas.

Watch the video at http://youtu.be/5qKOJWrrh_E

Visit www. Earth-Touch.com for more wonders of the natural world.

Project Ocean

Alex Mustard
Alex Mustard with the Awards

BSoUP Splash- In Awards

Martin Davies photographed all of the winners receiving their awards at this year's British Splash-In Championship at the Mount Batten Centre on Saturday 9th July.

Martin has very kindly made these available for use on the website.

You can view all of them at Awards.

If anyone has any additional images taken on the day that they would be happy to share on this website then please attach them to an e-mail to Brian Pitkin.


PADI Self Reliant Diver

In an article by Nigel Wade in DIVER (August 2011) BSoUP Chairman JP Trenque comments on the PADI Self Reliant Diver Course as follows:-

'Very often, when photographers are absorbed by their subject, they are esentially solo-divers, even if their buddy is in the vicinity. If the industry gives divers the knowledge, tools and standards to be able to rely solely on themselves, this development will be an important step forward and one we would encourage.'

Several PADI Centres in the UK now offer the one-day Self Reliant Diver course which has a pre-requiste of 100 logged dives and involves the use of a redundant gas source and deployment of an SMB in various scenarios, gas consumption calculation, swimming with mask removed and navigation skills.

Google PADI Self Reliant Diver Course for further details.

DIVER Magazine
PADI GOES SOLO by Nigel Wade

Epson Red Sea World ShootOut
Epson Red Sea ShootOut

Epson World ShootOut

Registration, Participation and Submission throughout the whole month of August, 2011
 
The World ShootOut will take place in August, 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.

Due to an increasing demand for flexibility in World ShootOut dates, we are happy to announce that competition registration, participation and image submission can be carried out throughout the whole month of August, 2011.

Yes, you can register to the competition, capture competition images and submit them to the competition website throughout the whole month of August!

Since it's the first year that the WorldShoot Out takes place, the producer announced a special introductory bonus -

A free set of images in  each category a participant registers to!

Final deadline for competition registration and images submission  is  August 31st, 2011.  It is  recommended, however, to register  ahead in order to avoid any last-minute problems. 

More about new rules and regulations, competition time table and further information can be found on the competition website


Ocean Leisure Cameras

The Cameras Underwater London Showroom will close permanently at the end of trading on Saturday 16th July 2011. After-sales service, warranty claims, etc., will then be handled via the main office in Devon.

Duxy, Dave, Jussi, Mario and Steve (all ex Cameras Underwater) have stubbornly refused to leave their Embankment lair underneath the arches inside Ocean Leisure.

Recently 'redundified' and left to wander aimlessly around the area bothering the pigeons and tramps, they felt drawn back to the familiar sights and smells of the counters and cupboards that they had called home for the previous six years.

Ocean Leisure
Ocean Leisure

So, in a great display of compassion, the guys at Ocean Leisure, to keep them off the streets, out of mischief and allow them to indulge their almost obsessive nerdiness about all things that matter within the world of underwater photography, have kindly allowed them to continue to dish out help and advice on all things aquatically optical, to the patrons enjoying the many delights on offer inside Ocean Leisure.

Ocean Leisure Cameras opens on the 18th July with a grand opening sometime in August and can be found within Ocean Leisure, which is London's premier watersports superstore. With a huge and diverse range of stock covering everything from sailing to diving, surfing to water skiing, it's your one stop shop for all your aquatic needs.

Visit www.oceanleisure.co.uk or call 0207 930 5050


Simon Brown
Simon Brown

Website of the Week - Simon Brown

Simon is a professional photographer, specialising in the underwater world.

Simon supplies many dive magazines throughout the world with both single images and features, and to date his work has been translated into 10 languages, including Russian and Mandarin.

With an in-depth knowledge of military diving, Simon was recently commissioned to write for Janes International Defence Review

In addition to the underwater world, Simon's topside work includes motorcycle touring features and his most recent tour of Laos has just been published in BIKE magazine in the UK.

Working closely with commissioning editors, Simon will develop a story from idea to finished article, with words and images supplied. Simon is a member of the National Union of Journalists and is a holder of HSE SCUBA qualification and HSE First Aid at Work.

To learn more about Simon and see some of his images please visit http://www.simonbrownimages.com/

BSoUP Member Nick Blake wrote to say 'Many thanks indeed for featuring my web site as Website of the Week recently on the BSOUP website. I thought you might be interested in some stats which I got out of Google Analytics which showed that since end of June (about the time it was featured), there have been 35 referrals to my web site which were via BSOUP.org, with visitors looking at on average 18 pages per visit. Clearly, the feature of Website of the Week gets the attention of BSOUP members and they do look, as prior to this there had been very few referrals in to my site off the BSOUP page.'


British Underwater Photography Championship 2011

The annual British Underwater Photography Championship 2011 was held on Saturday 9th July at Mount Batten, Plymouth.

A total of 53 underwater photographers registered on Friday evening at the Hotel Mount Batten to participate. Each had from midnight until 6.30 p.m. on Saturday to take underwater photographs in the Plymouth area in four categories - Marine Life, Mankind in the Sea, Abstract and Humorous.

A few competitors failed to submit images for judging due in no small way to the poor visibility experienced or a technical fault with their camera system, but the majorty between them subbmitted over 100 images for the judging.

In all but the Humorous category, the images were judged by a panel comprising Alex Mustard (one of the world's foremost underwater photographers and a member of the BSoUP Committee as well as Associate Editor of Wetpixel), Peter Rowlands (Editor of the FREE online magazine UwP) and Neil Hope (Picture Editor of the Western Morning News, Plymouth, and a regular contributer to diving publication).

Dan Bolt
© Dan Bolt
Olypmus E-P1 camera with Olympus G Fisheye 8/F3.5 mm lens in an Olympus housing at 04.22 in the morning. Overall Winner and Marine Life Winner

Tim Priest
© Tim Priest
Nikon D300S with 60mm/F2.8 lens
Marine Life - Runner-up

Following a buffet, served in the Hotel Mount Batten, the competitors, judges and supporters moved to the nearby Mount Batten Centre for the slide show and presentation of awards and trophies.

To kick off the show the audience present were invited to judge the Humorous category and then all of the submitted images in the three Main Categories were projected anonymously by category. The winning shot was taken by Annette Millar. Annette won the AP Valve Trophy, a Buddy BC plus Mark Caney's book Dolphin Way.

After a 25 minute break Alex Mustard, as chair of the panel of judges, explained the methodology used to select the winning images.

The overall winner of this year's competition was Dan Bolt from Devon. His split-level image of a starfish taken in a rock pool at dawn was also the winner of the Marine Life category. Dan won 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 and the Sport Diver Trophy and an Olympus TG-810 marine camera courtesy of Olympus UK, plus Mark Caney's book on Dolphin Way.

The runner-up in the Marine Life category was Tim Priest for his image of jewel anemones. Tim won copy of Paul Naylor's book Great British Marine Animals (3rd Edition), purchased in support of the Marine Conservation Society.

The winner of the Mankind in the Sea category was Derek Haslam for his image of a diver in a wreck. Derek won the Inon Trophy and an Olympus TG-810 marine camera courtesy of Olympus UK.

Cathy Lewis was the runner-up in the Mankind in the Sea category. Cathy won copy of Paul Naylor's book Great British Marine Animals (3rd Edition), purchased in support of the Marine Conservation Society.

Derek Haslam
© Derek Haslam
Nikon D3 with 16mm/F2.8 lens
Mankind in the Sea - Winner

Cathy Lewis
© Cathy Lewis
Nikon D200 with 18.0-50.0 mm f/2.8 lens at 18mm
Mankind in the Sea - Runner -up

The winner of the Abstract category was Rob Cuss for his image of a sea fan. Rob won an Olympus TG-810 marine camera courtesy of Olympus UK.

The runner-up in the Abstract category was Jan Davies for his close-up image of the spines on an urchin. Jan won copy of Paul Naylor's book Great British Marine Animals (3rd Edition), purchased in support of the Marine Conservation Society.

Colin Yule won the Compact Camera Marine Life and Overall Compact Camera category with his image of a Tompot Blenny. Colin won a choice of a canvas print of one of their images or a free place on a one-day course run by Maria Munn of Ocean Visions and a copy of the book 'Underwater Photography for Compact Camera Users' by Maria Munn, donated by Maria Munn

Mark Brooke was the winner in the Compact Camera Abstract category. Mark won a copy of the book 'Underwater Photography for Compact Camera Users' by Maria Munn, donated by Maria Munn.

Martin Rishton was the winner of the Compact Camera Mankind in the Sea category. Martin won a copy of the book 'Underwater Photography for Compact Camera Users' by Maria Munn, donated by Maria Munn.

Rob Cuss
© Rob Cuss
Nikon D7000 with 60.0 mm f/2.8 lens
Abstract - Winner

Jan Davies
© Jan Davies
Nikon D70S with 120 mm lnes

Abstract- Runner-up

The Wildlife Trusts panel chose a winner and runner-up in their own 'Living Seas' category from all of the main catoegories.

Their winning choice was a snakelocks spider crab by Cathy Lewis. Cathy won The Wildlife Trust Trophy and a bag of TWT goodies.

TWT chose Jan Davies' image as runner-up. Jan won a bag of goodies.

BSoUP extends its sincere thanks to all of the sponsors of this year's event who provided trophies and prizes, to the panel of judges - Alex Mustard, Peter Rowlands and Neil Hope, and to the Competion Team - Martin Davies, Martha Tressler, JP Trenque assisted on the day by Paul Morgan, Keith Lyall, Alison Mayor and Brian Pitkin.

A slideshow of all the winning images is now available.

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries as slideshows - Abstract, Marine Life, Mankind in the Sea, and Humour. Please login at the top right of this page and select Slideshow Archive from the Members Menu.

The date of next year's event will be announced as soon as possible.

Compact Camera Winner
© Colin Yule
Canon DIGITAL IXUS 960 IS with 7.7-28.5 mm lens
Overall Compact Camera and Compact Camera Marine Life - Winner

St Abss and Eyemouth VMR
St Abbs and Eyemouth VMR

St Abbs and Eyemouth VMR Splash In 2011

Registration Deadline: 1st August

It's not long to now until the 24th St Abbs and Eyemouth VMR Splash In 2011 takes place on 27th and 28th August!

This year's competition looks set to be fantastic with 100's of pounds worth of prizes up for grabs and kelp forests; soft corals; wrecks; reefs and grey seals to photograph.

There have been a few changes in the registration procedure and this year competitors must register in advance by 1st August by completing the attached registration form and returning it with their entry fee.

Full competition details are available here or on the VMR website www.marine-reserve.co.uk


CIWEM - Environmental Photographer of the Year
The Environmental Photographer of the Year is an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and video, honouring amateurs and professionals of all ages. Organised by CIWEM since 2007, the Environmental Photographer of the Year is completely free to enter and is one of the fastest growing photographic competitions in the world. Every year the Environmental Photographer of the Year receives fantastic media coverage - see a small selection at The Telegraph, The Sun, and Daily Mail - and all winning pictures are featured in our roving exhibition and collectors book.

The 2011 competition is open and until 31st July 2011. Please read the category briefs carefully before submitting.

CIWM - Environmental Photographer of the Year
CIWM - Environmental Photographer of the Year

Dennis Vandermeersch (1 of 3)
Dennis Vandermeersch © (1 of 3)

Epson Red Sea Photographer of the Year - June winners

Between the months of April and August, the Epson Red Sea 2011 online competition will take place.
Each month during the competition, amateur and professional photographers from all over the world are invited to submit a portfolio of 3 digital photos. By the end of each month, 3 photographers will be announced as the winners of that particular month, chosen both by the public and by a panel of 5 international judges. An online competition among all the monthly winners (15 photographers) will then begin on September 1st, 2011. Online voters and a panel of 5 international judges will eventually select one of the competitors as the Photographer of the Year.

Flights, accommodation (BB) and diving costs of the Photographer of the Year will all be covered, in order to enable this winner to participate at the Epson Red Sea 2011 shoot-out in Eilat.

First place went to Dennis Vandermeersch from Belgium. Dennis won the votes of 17.86% of the surfers and 11.66% of the judges votes. Total votes 29.52%

Second place went to Gabriele Donati from Siena. Gabriele won 3.70% votes of the surfers and 21% of the judges votes. Total votes 24.70%

Third place went to Davide Lopresti from Italy. Davide won 0.67% votes of the surfers and 23.32% of the judges votes. Total votes 23.99%

For further details please visit www.eilatredsea.com/

To enter the July Competition please visit www.eilatredsea.com/

Davide Lopresti (1 of 3)
Davide Lopresti © (1 of 3)

Monterey Shootout FIlm Festival
Monterey Shootout Film Festival

Monterey Shootout Film Festival

September 9-11 2011

Organised by the Northern California Underwater Photographic Society, the Monterey Shootout Film Festival has a history for bringing the top names in underwater filmmakers to the local screen. Please join us this year at the elegant Golden State Theatre and go behind the scenes with underwater filmmakers from Canon Explorers of Light, BBC, National Geographic, and independent filmmakers as they share clips and images of their life below the waves.

For further details please visit http://www.montereyshootout.com/film-festival/


Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Design Contest

Deadline 15th August 2011

Wetpixel is proud to host the 2012 Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Design Contest.

If you have the perfect photo or graphic design that captures the excitement and beauty of scuba diving in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, enter this contest for a chance to have your image printed on the 6,000 park tags that will be attached to BCDs of visiting divers!

Wetpixel Raja Ampat Tag Competition
Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Design Contest


This year's contest is limited to non-professional (amateur) photographers only. Entries from professional photographers will not be accepted.

The lucky winner of the 2012 Raja Ampat tag design contest will be able to choose an all-inclusive, minimum 8-day dive trip for two people in Raja Ampat (subject to availability, excludes airfares). Please visit wetpixel.com/ for further information.


Cairns Underwater Film Festival
2011 Cairns Underwater Film Festival

Cairns Underwater Film Festival

Deadline 20th July 2011

Time is running out to get your entries in to be eligible for the $30,000 in prizes our sponsors have donated. The photo competition deadline is July 20th. Entries can be submitted through the online form at our website and is just $20 (or free for the 'Young Photographer' category) regardless of how many categories you enter.

For further details please visit www.cairnsunderwaterfilmfestival.com/


UwP - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Underwater Photography magazine is nw available to download.

Issue 61 for July/August 2011 includes an Editorial, News, Travel and Events, New Products, Product Reviews, Workshops, Techniques, Marine Life, Locations and Parting Shots.

To download you copy please visit www.uwpmag.com/

UwP Issue 61
Motor cycle in the hold of the Thistlegrom by Andy Deitsch

Nauitcam 45 degrees viewfinder
Nauticam 45 degrees viewfinder

Nauticam 45 degrees viewfinder

Nauticam has announced the release of a 45anddeg; viewfinder that provides a full view of the camera's finder at 1:1 magnification

Long sighted or short sighted? The viewfinder features an external knob for eyesight compensation; hassle-free dioptor adjustment can now be easily performed even when you are underwater, no disassembling of the viewfinder is necessary. The viewfinder also features a 360anddeg; rotating viewfinder body to suit different view angle.

The casing is made of anodised aluminium, all lenses and prisms in the viewfinder are precisely ground and multi - layer coated to ensure optimum light transmission and no distortion.

The viewfinder can be installed and uninstalled in Nauticam housings without tools and can be used with Ikelite, Aquatica, Sea and Sea and Nexus housings via the use of special adaptors. It will be available in the next three to four weeks, and the price will be in the region of $1,000.


Northern Underwater Photography Group - July Meeting

The next NUPG meeting takes place on Monday 4th July at 19.30 hrs at Gurkha Grill, 198 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LH. Map

Competition: Stars and Stripes

Talk by Jamie Watts. When and Where - The world's spectacular marine events. Please confirm if you are attending by e-mail or Facebook. We're limited to about 30 people and may have to restrict numbers if the talk proves popular. Members free non-members £4.00

For further details about NUPG please visit www.nupg.org.uk/

NUPG
Northern Underwater Photographers Group


Lesley Masson
Lesley Masson

Website of the Week - Lesley Masson

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is Lesley Masson.

The photographs on Lesley's site are intended to provide a window into the fascinating and beautiful realms beneath the seas.
To capture a moment in time.
To convey the joy and delight that is experienced on every dive and to share a passion for diving and underwater photography that never diminishes with time. To provide a glimpse of her photographic journey - from Bali in Indonesia to the Red Sea and the Caribbean.

To view Lesley's website please visit www.into-the-blue.co.uk/


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: www.olympus-global.com/


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 http://wetpixel.com/

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 DivePhotoGuide.com, 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: www.divephotoguide.com/


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 www.nickblakephotography.co.uk/

Nick Blake
Nick Blake

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