Website of ther Week - Paul
Each week we are highlighting a
BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is
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 www.mpcolley.com/
Ocean Art Photo Competition 2011
Ocean Art Photo Competition
Deadline: November 20th,
Over $82,000 in
Winners choose their own
3 Categories dedicated to
Compact Camera users, 12 categories total
Submit underwater photos taken anywhere,
Judges include world-renowned underwater
photographers Martin Edge, Marty
Snyderman, Tony Wu, and Bonnie
Open to all photographers
For further details please visit www.uwphotographyguide.com
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
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 © Alex Mustard
1st © Linda Ashmore
Fireworks Anemones (Pachycerianthus multiplicatus)
Loch Hourn - Western Scotland
Focus On - British Isles -
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,
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:
||Cathy de Lara
The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.
2nd © Robert Bailey
A diver and Dahlia Anemone taken at
Loch Long, Scotland
3rd © Trevor Rees
Grey Seals taken in the
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
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
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 http://www.facebook.com
MCS (UK) SouthEast
Oceanfoto - Pete Bullen
Website of the Week - Pete
Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's
website. This week's choice is Oceanfoto, the website of Pete
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
Outdoor Photographer of the Year
Outdoor Photographer of the
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.
and procedures are listed on the OPOTYT website. Deadline
for entries is 25 September, with the results to be announced in
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
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
Black-tip Shark © Nick Robertson Brown
Nick and Caroline
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
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
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
History of Canon's Digital SLR
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
Adam Hanlon, wetpixel.com
Canon EOS - The History of Canon's Digital SLR
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:
To get your copy please visit http://underxmag.com/?p=796
NUPG Summer Splash In 2011
Saturday 3rd September
Treaddhur Bay, Anglesey
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to
register for the event (£5 for members and £10 entry for
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
Northern Underwater Photography
UnderwaterPhotography.com 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
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
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!
Image: Pete Bullen
BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition
Deadline: Saturday 1st October
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
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
http://www.bsoup.org/. To see the winning images
please visit http://www.bsoup.org
Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Design
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!
Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Design
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.
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 http://www.africandiver.com/
Website of the Week - David
Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's
website. This week's choice is sunkenimages.com the website of David
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 http://www.sunkenimages.com/
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
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!