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News - October 2011

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

September 2011
Coming Soon
News Archive


Website of the Week - Charles Erb
Diving Indonesia's Bird's Head Seascape
Beginners Portfolio Competition
BSoUP at DIVE 2011
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2011
Website of the Week - Martin Edge
Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Results
Best of British Portfolio Competition - Results
EMUP - Next Meeting
Bite-Back Calendar 2011
BSoUP /DIVER Print Competition
Dive2011
Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
WildPhotos

Beyond Blue - Latest Issue
Website of the Week - Matt Doggett
Next BSoUP Meeting
Garrison Girls Calendar
Winners of the Underwater Festival
Underwater Journal - Latest issue
Website of the Week - Len Deeley
African Diver - Latest Issue
EMUP - Next Meeting
NUPG Splash-in 2011
Anima Mundi - Latest issue


UnderSea-Images Charles Erb
UnderSea-Images Charles Erb

Website of the Week - Charles Erb

Charles Erb is a school Science teacher based in the middle of England with a passion for UK diving and underwater photography. His favourite locations are along the UK's South West coast, Western Scotland, West Wales and the North East coast. This site exists to showcase some of his favourite images and communicate some of the passion behind their creation.

Charles is a member of Worcester Divers, British Society of Underwater Photographers and the East Midlands Underwater Photography, as well as a sometime contributor to Dive Magazine. His regular dive buddies are Trevor Rees and Rob Bailey.

Charles regularly give talks about UK diving, the challenges and excitement of underwater photography and dispelling the myth that there is little of beauty or interest to see beneath the waters around UK waters.

To see more of Charles' images please visit www.undersea-images.com/


Diving Indonesia's Bird's Head Seascape

Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock have recently published a new book on Bird's Head Seascape.

Home to more than 1600 fish species and three-fourths of the world's known corals, the Bird's Head Seascape, the global epicenter of marine biodiversity, is one of the world's premier dive destinations.

This book is the only comprehensive guide to the 200+ sites where divers can observe this wondrous gathering of whale sharks, manta rays, secretive octopus and never before-seen fish. Detailed information on endemic marine life, the regions cultures, suggestions for land adventures and travel tips make this an indispensable guide for anyone traveling to this enchanted destination.

The book which is reviewed by Drew Wong on the wetpixel website is available for US$35.00 from the fishid website http://www.fishid.com/

Visit our online bookshop to purchase other books via Amazon and earn a small commission for BSoUP. See also Books for addiitonal titles not available from Amazon.

Diving Indonesia's Bird's Head Seascape
Diving Indonesia's Bird's Head Seascape

Will Clark's Winning Portfolio 2010
© Will Clark's Winning Beginner's Portfolio 2010

Beginners Portfolio Competition for the DIVER Trophy

Deadline: Wednesday 9th November

The Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition is held in November and is open to BSoUP members and non-members alike, provided that they have not come first, second or third in a national or international competition

Each photographer must submit a portfolio of six images via the Online Entry Form. Please read the Rules before entering.

When submitting the portfolio, all six images should be laid out on a black background, 1400 pixels wide by 1050 pixels tall (at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch), organised in two rows of three images, and saved as a jpg file.

See the 'Re-sizing Images For Competitions' for more details but please NOTE that individual image sizes given are for guidance only - you may wish to include images of different sizes to those quoted. This is fine provided the entry has two rows of three images.

All portfolios will be judged by the audience present at the meeting.

The winner will receive the DIVER Trophy and a £100.

The sponsor, DIVER Magazine, reserves the right to publish the winning portfolio.

Daniel Norwood's Beginner's Portfolio 2009
© Daniel Norwood's Beginner's Portfolio 2009

The Judges
The Judges
Back row left to right - John Boyle (Shark Bay Films), Paul Duxfield (Ocean Leisure Cameras) and Nigel Eaton(DIVER Magazine)
Front Row: Tanya Perdikou and Jessica Bersey (The Wildlife Trusts).

BSoUP at DIVE 2011

Once again BSoUP was present at the dive show at the NEC, Birmingham over last weekend.

The BSoUP Stand and the BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition Exhibition attracted very considerable interest from the general public. Several new members joined the society on the spot.

Nearly a thousand visitors voted for their favourite prints in each of four categories. The votes are currently being counted. The judges for the Overall Winner of the Grand Prize of a Red Sea holiday courtesy of OonasDivers included John Boyle (Shark Bay Films), Paul 'Duxy' Duxfield (Ocean Leisure Cameras) and Nigel Eaton (DIVER Magazine). Tanya Perdikou and Jessica Bersey made their selection for The Wildlife Trusts.


The results will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at the BSoUP meeting on Wednesday 16th November at the Holland Club, Imperial College. London SW7. The meeting starts at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. See Map for directions.

A slideshow of the BSoUP stand and Print Competition Exhibition may be viewed at BSoUP at DIVE 2011. The images were taken by Martha Tressler, Saeed Rashid and Joss Woolf to whom we extend our thanks.

Our thanks also go to all the BSoUP Members who manned the stand and exhibition of prints and especially to our sponsors DIVE Magazine, Oonasdivers, Ocean Leisure Cameras, Cameras Underwater, Calumet Photographic and Mike's Dive Store, Chiswick.


The BSoUP Stand at DIVE 2011

The BSoUP Stand at DIVE 2011

Alex Mustard. Coastal & Marine. Highly Commended.
Alex Mustard © Coastal and Marine. Highly Commended.

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2011

In the brief account of the BWPA Awards in September I forgot to mention that the following BSoUP members were amongst the commended entries.

Alex Mustard

Coastal and Marine. Highly Commended. Grey Seal Beneath Cliffs

Habitat: Highly Commended. Toad in the hole

Jane Morgan

Coastal and Marine. Highly Commended: The Eye of a Tope

Congratulations to you both.

All the winners and a selection of commended entries can be viewed here.

The British Wildlife Photography Awards were established in 2009. The key aims of the Awards are to:

Recognise the talents of photographers practicing in the UK, while at the same time highlight the great wealth and diversity of Britain's natural history.

Celebrate British wildlife, in all its beauty and diversity, through a collection of inspirational photographs.

Showcase the very best of our nature photography to a wide audience and engage all ages with evocative and powerful imagery.

Encourage discovery, exploration, conservation and enjoyment of our natural heritage.

Raise awareness about British biodiversity, species and habitats.

Jane Morgan. Marine & Coastal. Highly Commended. The Eye of a Top
Jane Morgan © Marine and Coastal. Highly Commended. The Eye of a Top
Alex Mustard. Habitat. Highly Commended. Toad in the Hole
Alex Mustard © Habitat.
Highly Commended. Toad in the Hole

Winners and commended entrants have their work showcased in a national touring exhibition and in a stunning book published by AA Publishing. The book also includes images by BSoUP Members Robert Bailey, Dan Bolt and Alex Tattersall.

Poul Christensen, Chair of Natural England, said: "The amazing images that have been captured for the British Wildlife Photography Awards are a great showcase of the wildlife wonders that exist in this country. I'd like to congratulate all of the entrants for the exceptionally high quality of their images - extraordinary pictures of our rarest animals sit alongside uniquely beautiful shots of the wildlife on our doorstep".

The 2012 British Wildlife Photography Awards

The 2012 competition will open on 1 February 2012. More details will be published nearer the time. If you're thinking of entering, or just want to know more, sign up for our free email newsletter.


Website of the Week - Martin Edge

Martin Edge's website is this week's choice. An honorary life member of BSoUP, Martin is one of the leading underwater photographers and educators in this country. His book, The Underwater Photographer is in its fourth edition and remains a reference in our field. Martin organises regular courses and trips overseas.

Visit Martin's website at www.edgeunderwaterphotography.co.uk/

If you are a BSoUP member and your website is not included on the BSoUP member's websites page, please send the URL of your site to the BSoUP Membership Secretary, alan@alanlarsen.co.uk

Martin Edge
Martin Edge

Lionfish feeding
Alex Tattersall ©
Lion among the shoal

Canon 500D + 10-22mm lens; 1/64 sec at f11;
ISO 100; two Inon Z240 strobes; Patima housing.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Results

The results of the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year have been announced.

Congratulations to BSoUP Member Alex Tattersall who was Highly Commended in the Underwater World category with his shot of Lion among the shoal.

At the end of a shore dive at Marsa Nakari, Egypt, Alex encountered a huge shoal of baitfish. Sensing a photographic opportunity, he rushed out of the sea, got a fresh tank of air and re-entered the water 'The shimmering ball of fish,' says Alex, 'swallowed up my next three hours.' Local predators soon arrived, including a common lionfish, which lunged at the baitball, picking off individuals. Alex concentrated on highlighting the contrast between the striking, venomous lionfish and the silvery shoal. 'This photograph,' says Alex, 'represents a turning point in my life because that trip motivated me into setting up my own underwater-photography company.'

Alex won the BSoUP Focus on competition in Janaury 2010 with the same image.

To see all the winning and commended images please visit http://www.nhm.ac.uk/


Best of British Portfolio Competition - Results

Congratulations to Trevor Rees, who came first with a portfolio comprising images of a fireworks anemone with a long clawed lobster, a telephone box and diver and a half and half shot. Trevor won the Best of British Trophy and a cheque for £100 donated by Sport Diver.

Runner-up was Robert Bailey and third place went to Alex Tattersall.

There were a total 14 entries, 12 of which were pre-selected for projection and judging at the BSoUP October Meeting.

Fireworks anemone and long clawed lobster - Trevor Rees
Fireworks anemone and long clawed lobster © Trevor Rees
Telephone box - Trevor Rees
Telephone box © Trevor Rees

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Trevor Rees 62 16
2 Robert Bailey 52 7
3 Alex Tattersall 35 6
4 Joss Woolf 20 3
5 Saeed Rashid 9 1
6 Warren Williams 8 0

The top six may be viewed in the gallery by clicking on a photographer's name (above).

BSoUP Members only may view all of the entries in the Competition slideshow, but you will be asked to login if you haven't already done so this session.

 

If you were not one of the top six and would like to know how your scored, please contact Brian Pitkin.

Next month's competition is the Beginners Portfolio Competition for the DIVER Trophy, which is open to all underwater photographers provided that they have not come first, second or third in a national or international competition.

Please read the Rules before submitting your six images as a single jpg image.

Half and half - Trevor Rees
Half and half © Trevor Rees

East Midlands Underwater Photographres
East Midlands Underwater Photographers

EMUP - Next Meeting

The next meeting of the East Midlands Underwater Photographers takes place on Tuesday 1st November at their usual venue downstairs in Nemo's Bar at Stoney Cove. The meetings starts at 7:30 p.m. sharp

Sardine Run and Seals: 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.

Competition: Silhouettes

EMUP is a collective of underwater photographers, underwater film makers, divers, non-divers and anyone interested in natural history. We aim to promote the fantastic underwater world and in doing so we aim to inspire people to take up diving, learn more, or improve their underwater photography.

Bite-Back Calendar 2012

Twelve award-winning underwater photographers have donated images for this year's Bite-Back calendar, which is on sale now.

The images of sharks, manta rays, turtles, marlin, frogfish and seascapes are accompanied by a commentary from the photographers, who talk about their first-hand experiences of the environmental issues facing the oceans. Bite-Back campaigns to end the trade and consumption of threatened fish. It has been successful in inspiring six major supermarket chains in the UK to remove shark, marlin, swordfish and monkfish from their shelves. Funds raised by sales of the calendar will help the charity continue its work. The 2012 calendar costs £7.99 and is available from the website www.bite-back.com

Bite Back Calendar 2012
Bite-Back Calendar 2011

BSoUP/DIVER Print Exhibition
BSoUP / DIVER Print Exhibition

Sponsors

BSoUP /DIVER Print Competition 2011

An exhibition of the best 80 prints received in this year's BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition will be on display at this year's DIVE Show at the NEC, Birmingham next weekend 22-23 October.

The competition attracted a record number of prints from around the world. Choosing the best 80 for display was very difficult and sadly there will be quite a few disappointed entrants.

If you entered and would like to know in advance whether your prints were selected or rejected for display please contact brian.pitkin@virgin.net.

Each of the four categories will be judged by the public. The overall winner will be chosen by a panel of judges.

The competition is generously sponsored by OonasDivers, Ocean Leisure Cameras, DIVER Magazine, Mikes's Dive Store, Calumet Photographic, The Wildlife Trusts and Cameras Underwater.

Further details at http://www.bsoup.org/

BSoUP have a stand at the show, so why not drop by and say hello and vote for your favourites?


DIVE 2011

NEC, Birmingham

Saturday 22nd October 2011 - 9:30am-6:00pm
Sunday 23rd October 2011 - 9:30am-5:00pm

If you've been to the Birmingham Dive Show before, you'll know that everything under the sun (and the sea) can be found there. Compare or buy all that "essential" kit you've been hankering after; plan or book dive trips; or meet some of sport diving's biggest names.

Just by attending DIVE 2011 you could win a fabulous diving holiday for two to the Philippines!

This year's speaker line-up will once again look like a 'who's who' of the sport.

Further details at http://www.diveshows.co.uk/

DIVE 2011
DIVE 2011

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

21 October 2011 - 11 March 2012

Open 10.00 - 17.50 daily

Book tickets now

This world-renowned yearly exhibition at the Natural History Museum provides a spotlight on the rarely seen wonders of the natural world.

From 21 October, enter an atmospheric space inside the exhibition gallery and be inspired by this year's competition winners. The images are selected from 1000s of international entries and are beautifully displayed in sleek backlit installations.

Ticket prices

Adults £9

Child and concession £4.50

Family £24

Free to Members, Patrons and children aged 3 and under

Nearest tube: South Kensington
Visitor enquiries: +44 (0)20 7942 500


Dates announced for WildPhotos 2011

Make a date in your diary for this year's WildPhotos - taking place in London on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October 2011.

WildPhotos explores the power of wildlife and envrionmental photography, and the impact that iconic and emotive imagery can have on conservation. Delegates are challenged to think about the effect images of the natural world have on their audiences.

The symposium draws the biggest names in wildlife photography from across the globe to deliver an inspiring two-day programme of events, covering a breadth of subjects, from ethics in photography and photojournalism to what commissioning editors are looking for.

Sign up to WildPhotos e-news to keep up to date on details of the 2011 programme.

WildPhotos 2011
WildPhotos 2011

Beyond Blue
Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue - Latest Issue

The latest issue of the FREE Beyond Blue magazine published by Oceans Society is now available for download.

The magazine is a unique fusion between marine scientists and environmental journalists where daily discoveries being made about our marine world are brought to life in an exciting and dynamic format accompanied by world class photography.

Issue 13 includes articles on Research, Conservation, News, Exploration and Education. The work of Andy Murch is featured in this issue's Photo Portfolio.


Website of the Week - Matt Doggett

Earth in Focus is a showcase for the nature and travel photography of BSoUP Member Matt Doggett and his colleagues Adam Seward, Richard Shucksmith and George Stoyle.

Adam, Matt, Richard and George have led conservation and scientific research projects across the world, enhancing their understanding of human-wildlife interactions, conflicts and resolutions.

To learn more about Earth in Focus please visit www.earthinfocus.com/

Earth in Focus
Earth in Focus

Next BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 19th October 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: Fun with Photoshop Styles by Pedro Vieyra.  Pedro will demonstrate how to do some different things with your images. 

Pedro is a long standing BSoUP member and was on the BSoUP committee for several years until he relocated to Cornwall last year to be closer to some better UK diving.  He has been taking pictures underwater for about 20 years and is currently using a Nikon D300s in a Nauticam housing with Inon z240 strobes.  His successes over the years have included awards from the Seychelles SUBIOS underwater festival, BSAC travel club competition and Beneath the Sea in New York.

Pedro Vieyra
Pedro Vieyra
Monsoon
Back to the Maldives: Image: Neil Rosewarn

Best of British: A portfolio of 3 images. The competition is now closed. The winner will receive £100 from the sponsor, Sport Diver Magazine. BSoUP Members only may view all of the entries in the Competition Slideshow, but you will be asked to log in if you haven't already done so this session.

Main Event: Back to the Maldives: a group presentation of Alex Mustard's recent trip.

Brian Pitkin will lead a presentation of the images that various members of Alex's recent trip to the Maldives came back with on what was one of the last opportunities to photograph the mantas of Hanifaru.  Linda Pitkin, Joss Woolf, Leena Roy, Pedro Vieyra, Neil Rosewarn and Alex Mustard (in absentia) will all show some of their images and talk about how they got them - using a range of cameras and with varying photographic experience.


Garrison Girls Calendar

BSoUP member Nick Robertson-Brown, of Frogfish Photography, was recently asked to complete a particularly interesting project. He was asked to lead an underwater photo-shoot of nude ladies for a charity calendar, raising money for servicemen, and their families, suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Without hesitation Nick offered his support for free to help this cause. PTSD is a topic close to his heart, as his brother has recently been diagnosed with the illness, nearly 30 years after both he and Nick served in the Falklands War. The charity, Garrison Girls, decided to take the plunge with their fourth fund raising calendar. Intrepid wives of serving soldiers, sailors and airmen posed in the nude, underwater, for this 2012 edition.

More..

Garrison Girls
Garrison Girls Calendar Cover shot

Goby by Ross Gudgeon
Goby By Ross Gudgeon
Winner of the temperate waters category

Winners of the Underwater Festival - The Australasia Challenge

The results of the Underwater Festival have been announced.

Congratulations to BSoUP Member Ross Gudgeon who was the winner of the Temperate waters category with an image of a goby. Ross won an Ikelite video or photo housing of his choice.

The images were judged by some of the world's most recognised underwater photographers and film makers namely Steven Wong and Takako Uno, Neville Coleman, Mathieu Meur, Tony Wu, Gary Bell, Aaron Wong, Jason Heller and David Warth

Full details of this year's competition winners can be found at http://underwater.com.au/


Underwater Journal - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Underwater Journal is now available to download.

Issue 22 includes Blast from the Past, Portfolio: Jeff Hartog, Utila Agressor II, SOlo Diving, DAN Corner, Local Diving: Florida and Parting Shot.

To get your copy please visit www.underwaterjournal.com/

Underwater Journal 22
Underwater Journal. Cover Image: Jeff Hartog


Len Deeley
Len Deeley

Website of the Week - Len Deeley

Len started diving with the TA in the 1970's and took up underwater photography in the early 1980's. He founded Photosub in 1990.

He became an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS) and a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS) in 2006 and obtained a distinction with the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain for audio-visual presentations.

Len is on the Lecture circuit with the Surrey Photographic Association with his slide shows, audio-visuals and photoshop tutorials. He regularly organises photographic trips for underwater photographers.

To learn more about Len please visit www.imagine-photography.co.uk.


African Diver - Latest Issue

The latest issue of the FREE African DIver is now available to download.

'We're really proud to publish issue 19 on our third birthday. It's been a fantastic journey and we're looking forward to the next three years. In this issue we have detailed feedback on the Seychelles shark attack that took place in August, learn about the science behind protecting the coral reefs in South Africa and are seduced by dashing dolphin in Mozambique. For the photographers there's an article on lens choice for the Red Sea. There's a consumer guide to avoiding products made from shark and we feature Rainer Schimpf's marine conservation images. Seahorses and their kin are this issue's creature feature and we profile Amanda Jackson in our women in diving section. We hope you enjoy this issue and look forward to your comments and feedback.'

To download your copy please visit www.africandiver.com/

African Diver
African Diver. Cover: Cormach Macreesh

East Midlands Underwater Photographers
East Midflands Underwater Photographers

EMUP - Next Meeting

The East Midlands Underwater Photographers restart their monthly meetings on Tuesday 4th October downstairs in Nemo's Bar at Stoney Cove. The meetings starts at 7:30 p.m. sharp

Shetland: 4 EMUPers dive 60 degrees North by
Tim Priest, Gordon Brown, Tony Neal and Rob Cuss

Competition: On my holidays

EMUP is a collective of underwater photographers, underwater film makers, divers, non-divers and anyone interested in natural history. We aim to promote the fantastic underwater world and in doing so we aim to inspire people to take up diving, learn more, or improve their underwater photography.

EMUP launched in October 2007 and is now in it's fifth year.

EMUP organises eight monthly talks on the first Tuesday evening of the month starting in October. Each month they offer a talker on a given subject and a light hearted competition on a relevant theme to that month's talk. This is nothing serious, just the opportunity to show off your work. We aim to promote new photographers and so each month our competition will include a beginner's catagory.


NUPG Splash-in 2011

Congratulations to Jason Gregory who was the Macro and Overall Winner in the Northern Underwater Photographic Group's annual Splash-in this year.

The event was held at Treaddhur Bay, Anglesey on 3rd, September 2011 in awful conditions with rain all day and low visibility.

The competition will be reviewed at the next NUPG meeting on October 3rd at The Gurkha Grill Burton Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LH (Map),

For further details of NUPG and its activities please visit www.nupg.org.uk/

NUPG Splash-in Winner: Jason Gregory
NUPG Splash-in Winner: Jason Gregory

Anima Mundi 4
Anima Mundi - Issue 4

Anima Mundi - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Anima Mundi by Andrea and Antonella Ferari is now available for download.

Andrea and Antonella Ferrari are the husband-and-wife team who authored the ground-breaking, best selling guidebooks A Diver's Guide to Reef Life, A Diver's Guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife and A Diver's Guide to the Art of Underwater Photography - plus many others.

'This is our best issue yet, featuring the debut on our pages of Brazilian biologist Edelcio Muscat and Canadian bird photographer extraordinaire David Hemmings. Contents also include Part 2 of our fully detailed trip report from Selva Verde Nature Reserve in Costa Rica, a stunning personal photographic portfolio by biologist Alejandro Arteaga and an in-depth, richly illustrated essay on tropical Mantis Shrimps, those fascinating and highly evolved predatory crustaceans.'

To downlaod your copy please visit www.animamundimag.com/


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