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News - August 2011

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

July 2011
News Archive

Website of ther Week - Paul Colley
Ocean Art Photo Competition 2011
Florida's Friendly Manatees
Focus On - British Isles - Results
Whales and Dolphins by Dylan Walker
Website of the Week - Pete Bullen
Celebrate the Sea
Outdoor Photographer of the Year
NextBSoUP meeting
History of Canon's Digital SLR Cameras
UnderXMag - Latest issue

NUPG Summer Splash In 2011 announces winners
Wiki Glossary for Photography
BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2011
Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Contest
African Diver - Latest Issue
Website of the Week - David Buckle
Epson World ShootOut

Website of ther Week - Paul Colley

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is Paul Colley.

Paul Colley OBE MA FRAeS LRPS is a member of the Royal Photographic Society and the British Society of Underwater Photographers. As President of the Royal Air Force Sub Aqua Association, he takes every opportunity to pursue his passions for diving and underwater photography.

Although relatively new to both disciplines (he used his first underwater compact camera in 2006), he has been instructed by top UK photographers Martin Edge and Alex Mustard, to whom he is eternally grateful for passing on some essential skills. Paul is seeking to work with photography communities full time on reaching the end of his current contract.

To learn more about Paul and see some of his images please visit

Paul Colley
Paul Colley

Ocean Art Photographic Competition
Ocean Art Photo Competition 2011

Ocean Art Photo Competition 2011

Deadline: November 20th, 2011

Over $82,000 in prizes

Winners choose their own prizes

3 Categories dedicated to Compact Camera users, 12 categories total

Submit underwater photos taken anywhere, anytime

Judges include world-renowned underwater photographers Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman, Tony Wu, and Bonnie Pelnar

Open to all photographers

For further details please visit

Florida's Friendly Manatees

A series of 11 images of Florida's manatees taken by BSoUP Member Alex Mustard have been published in the UK daily newspaper The Telegraph.

Alex travelled to the west coast of Florida, close to Crystal River city, in February, where the animals congregate in the winter. Here, several freshwater springs attract the manatees when their normal ocean habitat becomes too cold.

Alex, who has ventured all over the world photographing the many wonders of the sea, said: "Manatees are big and, if you don't stress them, very friendly, so they are easy to get close to the camera. The biggest surprise was their intelligence. If you give one a good scratch, it will remember and 30 minutes later you will feel a nudge in your side - and there is the same individual wanting another tickle. The babies are the most playful, and I think the adults are happy to have snorkellers entertain their energetic youngsters while they get some sleep."

Manatee. One of 11 images by Alex Mustard
Manatee © Alex Mustard

Linda Ashmore
1st © Linda Ashmore
Fireworks Anemones (Pachycerianthus multiplicatus)
Loch Hourn - Western Scotland

Focus On - British Isles - Results

Congratulations to Linda Ashmore who came first in this month's Focus On Competition with an image of a pair of Fireworks Anemones (Pachycerianthus multiplicatus) taken at Loch Hourn - Western Scotland.

Runner-up was Robert Bailey with an image of a diver and Dahlia Anemone taken at Loch Long, Scotland.

Third place went to Trevor Rees with an image of Grey Seals taken in the Farne islands; fourth to Cathy de Lara with an image of a diver and prop of an unknown wreck in Cornwall; fifth to Ken Sullivan with an image of a Pike taken in Guildenburgh Water; sixth to Nicholas Watson with an image of a Valentine Tank near Poole, Dorset and a diver.

There were a total of only 23 entries.

How the top six scored:

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Linda Ashmore 48 10
2 Robert Bailey 42 7
3 Trevor Rees 24 5
4 Cathy de Lara 20 2
5 Ken Sullivan 18 4
6 Nicholas Watson 18 2

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

Robert Bailey
2nd © Robert Bailey
A diver and Dahlia Anemone taken at
Loch Long, Scotland

Trevor Rees
3rd © Trevor Rees
Grey Seals taken in the
Farne islands

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 September Underwater Excellence Portfolio Competition - is now open to BSoUP members only. The winner will receive a cheque for £250 kindly donated by DiveQuest. 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.

Whales and Dolphins by Dylan Walker

Tuesday 13th September, Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington, SW7

Dylan Walker, a professional field naturalist, conservationist and tour guide with an all-consuming passion for whales and dolphins will be giving a talk on Whales and Dolphins to the Marine Conservation Society (UK) SouthEast Group at the Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington, SW7 on Tuesday 13th September, 2011 [Directions]

Recognised as one of the most experienced marine mammal observers in Europe, Dylan has conducted research and survey work throughout the eastern North Atlantic from Iceland to the Canary Islands. Nowhere is Dylan more at home though, than in the Bay of Biscay, having crossed this region many times over the last decade. An accomplished author, he has written several acclaimed books including Whales and Dolphins of the European Atlantic and Whales and Dolphins of Great Britain.

Further details

MCS (UK) SouthEast
MCS (UK) SouthEast

Pete Bullen
Oceanfoto - Pete Bullen

Website of the Week - Pete Bullen

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is Oceanfoto, the website of Pete Bullen.

Pete won the 2010 London International Dive Show/Diver Magazine Print Competition at his first attempt, coming both first and third with his two entries in the UK section. English born Pete, now spends as much of his time as possible on Gozo, where the water is warm and clear, the pace of life relaxed and the people welcoming and friendly.
Pete offers guided diving with expert coaching in the best techniques in underwater photography, together with post dive help with editing, retouching and enhancing the memories you have captured.

To see some of Pete's images and learn more about the photo courses he runs in Gozo please visit

Celebrate the Sea

Next month, 23 to 25 Sep is Celebrate the Sea Festival. For this 10th Anniversary festival, we are delighted to have deep sea legend, Emory Kristof as President of Festival along with acclaimed 3D IMAX cinematographers Michelle and Howard Hall as special guests. Other key speakers and members of the judging panel include Mark Erdmann PhD, Chou Loke Ming PhD, Steve Jones, Valerie Taylor, John Thet, Jayne Jenkins and Mathieu Meur. The 3 day, jam packed weekend comprises of an underwater film festival, forum, underwater photography seminars, photo exhibition and of course the showing of films and photography in competition.

This year we received a record number of entries for the 'My Ocean' Children's art competition. The finalists will compete for the final round during the festival weekend. We hope you will come to Manado to celebrate the sea with them.

Celebrate the Sea
Celebrate the Sea

Outdoor Photographer of the Year
Outdoor Photographer of the Year

Outdoor Photographer of the Year

The Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition 2011 (OPOTY) is calling for entries. Categories include British and world wildlife, junior, at water's edge, spirit of adventure, nature in close up and between sunset and sunrise. The photographer whose image is judged to be best from amongst all the category winners will be announced as the Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2011.

Entry rules and procedures are listed on the OPOTYT website. Deadline for entries is 25 September, with the results to be announced in January 2012.

Next BSoUP meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 17th August 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: Photographing Seals around the Farne and Puffin islands by Caroline Robertson-Brown.

Focus On Competition: British Is. (UK and Republic of Ireland). The competition is now open to BSoUP Members only. Please read the Rules before entering.

Main Event: South Africa: Sharks and Sardine Run by Nick Robertson-Brown.

Black-tip Shark by Nicck Robertson Brown
Black-tip Shark © Nick Robertson Brown

Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown
Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown run Frogfish Photography, based in South Manchester. Nick has long been interested in photography and is an associate member of the British Institute of Professional Photography (ABIPP), whereas Caroline has only recently caught the bug and only took a camera underwater for the first time a couple of years ago when Nick upgraded. Both Nick and Caroline have degrees in Biology and are PADI Master Instructors.

Caroline will be talking about the differences in behaviour and how it affects your approach to photography of two seal populations. The Farne Island seals are very well known and many have dived with them, whereas the Puffin Island seals do not see so many divers. Caroline will be discussing how she gets up close and personal with them both. Caroline has a Masters in Animal Behaviour, while Nick went on to become a teacher. Now they offer advice and equipment sales, tuition and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad.

They also both write for Sport Diver with images and articles from both the UK and overseas. They have a campervan so that they can tour the UK dive sites with their large and usually very wet golden retriever, and can be found making tea, coffee and cheese on toast for the people they meet along the way.

Nick's favourite UK dive site is Skomer and Caroline likes to get to Indonesia as much as possible, so they will both be away for September exploring Krakatau, Ambon, Raja Ampat and Bali. Nick will be giving a presentation on his two recent trips to South Africa: The first to dive with the sharks of Aliwal Shoal and the second trip to have a go at the Sardine Run. Both these trips were adrenalin packed, fast moving, low visibility photography conditions, with a lot of waiting around before brief moments of huge activity.

History of Canon's Digital SLR Cameras

Canon Australia has posted a short video entitled "Canon EOS - The History of Canon's Digital SLR Cameras" on YouTube. It traces the evolution of their SLR cameras from the Canon Flex in 1959, through to the release of the 5D MkII in 2008.

The video was released as a part of Canon's 50 year celebrations in 2008/9, but was only relatively recently been added to YouTube.

Adam Hanlon,

Canon EOS-The History of Canon's Digital SLR Cameras
Canon EOS - The History of Canon's Digital SLR Cameras

UnderXMag - Image: Patrick Neumann

UnderXMag - Latest issue

The May/June issue of the FREE UnderXMag (Underwater Expeditions Magazine) is available for download.

Issue 18 includes Andaman by Daniel Botelho, USS Spiegel Grove by Kadu Pinheiro, Museu do Mergulho by Kadu Pinheiro, Portfolio by Patrick Neumann, SAR: Nadadores de resgate, Alcatrazes: and more.

To get your copy please visit

NUPG Summer Splash In 2011

Saturday 3rd September

Treaddhur Bay, Anglesey

Email to register for the event (£5 for members and £10 entry for non-members)

Take images anywhere in the sea around north Wales on the day and submit them at the Treaddhur Bay Hotel before 7pm.

Please read the Rules. Prize information to follow

Northrn Underwater Photograhy Group
Northern Underwater Photography Group announces winners has announced the winners of its 2010/11 contest.

Aleksandr Marinicev has been awarded the Grand Master title, and Brian Mayes is the 2010/11 World Champion. There were 799 images shortlisted for the competition, in 17 categories. Brian's images are somewhat unique in that they were taken with a Canon G9 compact camera in a Canon housing using only the camera's internal flash.

Congratulations also to BSoUP Members Rico Besserdich and Michael Gallagher, who both won Gold Medals, Arun Madisetti, who won a Silver Medal, Rico Besserdich, who was a Wide-angle - Natural Light runner-up, Maria Munn, who was a Temperate waters runner -up, and Michael Gallagher, who was a Macro - Nudibranchia runner-up, and Arun Madisetti, who was Wide-angle - Close-focus runner-up (see also Medal winners).

Full details of the award winners can be found on the contest pages, as well as a full listing of all the images shortlisted.

Wiki Glossary for Photography

Technical terms can confuse those new to photography.

To save having to leave this website, links to the Wiki Glossary for Photography have been added.

On any page of this website select Wiki Glossary from the Main Menu for links. In many cases there is a link directly from the term to the Wiki page.

Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based on an openly editable model. The name "Wikipedia" is a portmanteau of the words wiki (a technology for creating collaborative websites, from the Hawaiian word wiki, meaning "quick") and encyclopedia. Wikipedia's articles provide links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

Wikipedia currently has over 3,500,00 pages!

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition
Image: Pete Bullen

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2011

Deadline: Saturday 1st October 2011

The annual BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition is scheduled to take place at the DIVE Show organised by DIVER Magazine at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham over the weekend of 22-23 October 2011.

There is a total of 4 trophies and 10 individual awards. Oonasdivers have generously donated a holiday at Marsa Shagra to be taken by 23 October 2012, which includes flights, transfers, 7 nights full board in a tent (upgrades available) and 5 days unlimited shore diving for the overall winner. Further prizes will be announced as and when they are confirmed.

For details of last year's event please visit To see the winning images please visit

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 for further information.

African Diver #18
African Diver #18

African Diver - Latest Issue

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

Issue 18 includes Ed's Log, Where are all the sardines?, Tanzania's Islands, Rocktail Bay, Andrew Woodburn, Women and Diving - Debbie Smith, Verna du Preez (née van Shaik) and Gear Guru - She Dives.

To download your copy please visit

Website of the Week - David Buckle

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is the website of David Buckle.

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

For further information and to see some of David's images please visit

Dan Bolt
David Buckle

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!

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