Playing with the sharp end .. and other stories
by Gavin Parsons
Playing with the sharp end is a collection of articles from renowned photojournalist Gavin Parsons for Kindle. Some are humorous, some serious, but all are concerned with Scuba diving (or perhaps bacon sandwiches and diving is a side line). Topics include swimming with a variety of sharks, swimming around an iceberg, investigating a 17th century shipwrteck and traveling throughout the UK in a battered van to dive in freshwater lakes.
The book covers locations as diverse as the United Kingdom, Egypt, Mozambique, South Africa and Newfoundland. This book is designed to entertain, inform and let you sit in a chair, on a plane or just on the toilet without being bored.
Kindle price £3.44 includes VAT and free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
Underwater Visions are delighted to announce that they have been awarded the UK and Eire distribution for the Fisheye FIX range of lighting, wet lens and housing products. Fisheye have a long established reputation for premium underwater photography products and we very much look forward to being able to offer their products throughout the UK and Eire.
For full details of their range of cameras, housings and accessories please contact www.uwvisions.com/
Call for UK Images for a new book
Deadline: 24th January 2012
Last year BSoUP published a Photobox book of images taken with compact cameras which was made available to members online at cost and used to show compact camera users what they could achieve. The book, which is currently not available to preview, has been displayed at dive shows to encourage compact camera-users to join BSoUP. BSoUP are keen to produce a similar book of images taken in British waters using both compact and dSLR cameras.
We invite BSoUP Members to submit up to three British waters images for
consideration for inclusion in the book.
BSoUP Photobook - November 2010
Images taken with compact cameras
In the first instance please submit your images as jpg files at a maximum size of 1024x768 pixels at 72 pixels per inch and attach them to an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include your name and title of the image and location in the file name e.g. John_Smith_Seal_Lundy.jpg.
Selected images submitted will ultimately be need at a higher resolution for printing. We will contact you for further details if this is the case.
Joss Woolf, BSoUP's new Chairman
BSoUP Committee Changes
At the recent AGM JP Trenque stood down as Chairman after four years at the helm. Not only did he Chair most meetings and create the competition slide shows for the meetings, he also created the Member's Forum and BSoUP Facebook Group. BSoUP thanks JP for all his hard work over the years. JP will continue to support BSoUP as a Committee Member
Our new Chairman is Joss Woolf, formerly our Magazine Editor. Joss will also continue in the latter role.
Martha Tressler continues as BSoUP's Honorary Secretary and Alan Larsen continues as BSoUP's Honorary Treasurer and Membership Secretary.
The remaining Committee Members are unchanged and now include Alex Mustard, Anthony Holley, Colin Doeg, Martin Davies, Paul Morgan and Peter Ladell and JP Trenque. See Contact us for more portraits contact details.
BSoUP is sorry to lose the following:-
Gill McDonald stood down after 11 years on the Committee during which time she wore many different hats including Honorary Secretary, Membership Secretary and Magazine Editor (issues 84-95) as well as helping out at dive shows and splash-ins and organising the David Doubilet evening at the Zoo. BSoUP thanks Gill for all her hard work.
Jane Morgan, formerly Meetings Secretary, stood down after many years. BSoUP thanks Jane for all her hard work. Jane, who lives in Cornwall, is now back at University.
Alex Tattersall, Committee Member for one year, stood down. BSoUP thanks Alex for his support.
Baileys Beat the Best of BUPG
Congratulations to Rob and Paula Bailey (right) who triumphed at this month's BUPG meeting.
Rob won the annual BUPG Portfolio Competition. No stranger to winning compeitions, Rob has worked professionally on commercial television sets doing production photography, shot modern dance for the art department at the University of Calgary, and worked in a freelance capacity shooting a variety of subjects.
Rob also worked as a NAUI scuba instructor up to training director level at the University of Calgary from 1993-1999, and is still an avid diver. He never dives without his camera. From 2007-2009 he was chairman of the Leamington and Warwick BSAC Branch 217. The Telecommunications industry is his mainstay.
Rob is an active member of BSOUP, BUPG and EMUP and enjoys all things photographic.
Paula won the annual BUPG annual Beginners Portfolio Competition. Relatively new to underwater photography, Paula, who has dived and modeled for Rob for several years, was the only Beginner who used a compact as opposed to a dSLR camera in the category.
The top six may be viewed larger 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 BSoUP Members only competition category is 'Images taken in 2011' (Enter your favourite - one which hasn't won a competition yet!). Please read the Rules before entering via the online Entry Form.
Anima Mundi - Adventures in Wildlife Photography - Latest issue
The latest issue of the FREE web magazine Anima Mundi is now available to download.
Issue 5 includes Biebrza National Park trip, Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil, Piper MacKay's stunning African portfolio, the technicolored universe of soft corals
Anima Mundi - Adventures in Wildlife Photography is available as a FREE fully interactive 100+ page, widescreen pdf and is published over the internet four times a year in January, April, July and October in cooperation with X-RAY MAGAZINE, the largest and best-ranked dive periodical of its kind in the world.
Wetpixel Senior Moderator Mike Veitch presents a review of the recently announced tutorial DVD, Lightroom 3 for the Underwater Photographer by Doug and Lorenza Sloss of Ocean Magic Productions. Lightroom is increasingly the tool of choice for photographers in general, and although there is a lot of information available on it, there is little specific to using it with underwater photography. Mike comments:
"With general Lightroom tutorials, there are no examples of getting rid of unsightly backscatter or dealing with blue tints and hues that are common in underwater photography. By showing samples of both macro and wide-angle scenes, Doug really brings to light what we can do with this program in conjunction with our very specialized field."
Beneath The Sea has put out a final call for entries for their 2012 competition. The contest has categories for still photography, videography, photographic art and humor. The winners will be announced at the Film Festival held over the weekend of Beneath The Sea's Oceans, Dive and Travel Exposition, 23-25 March, 2012, at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey.
Full details of entry categories and procedures are available on the Beneath The Sea website and the final deadline for entries is 31 December 2011.
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 (Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management) 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.
This year's competition results were announced in November. The competition attracted international press coverage including features in the Daily Mail Online, the Telegraph, the Sun, National Geographic and the New York Post.
BSoUP Member John Gulland has combined his knowledge as a biologist and fascination with underwater photography to record images of the wonders to be found in the major oceans of the world.
Browse Blue Waters Photography for life beneath the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the British coast, the Irish Sea, the Red Sea, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. See the beauty of microscopic creatures and admire the magnificence of some of the largest creatures on planet earth.
Wreck photographs are a reminder that some of man's mightiest creations are unable to withstand the power of the oceans.
The Tank Bangers have posted an underwater video of their charity song on YouTube. The group comprises dive guides and instructors working in the Egyptian Red Sea, and due to the downturn in tourism in the region, found that they has plenty of time on their hands.
'So here we are. At the finish line. 10 month in the making. 7 minutes long. It has taken hundred of dives and thousands of takes. It has cost us a small fortune and most of our sanity. But it is done. We hope you enjoy it. We hope you get behind us. There is much yet to do. Please share it and please buy it. Sing it far and wide. This is our chance to sing for our oceans. It is time to go BOOM'
The proceeds from the sale of the song will be given to the organisations shown @ 5:40.
Join them on facebook www.facebook.com/groups/TheTankBangers/
Check our website http://www.thetankbangers.org/
Or follow us in Twitter @THE_TANKBANGERS
Next BSoUP meeting
The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 21st December, 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: Annual General Meeting.
Annual Event:Open Portfolio Competition: A portfolio of 6 images. The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members only may view all 34 entries in the Competition Slideshow, but you will be asked to login if you have not done so this seession.
New DVD - Underwater Photography Made Easy
for Compact Camera Users
by Maria Munn
New DVD - Underwater Photography Made Easy for Compact Camera Users by Maria Munn
This DVD follows on from Maria Munn's award-winning book to help compact camera users develop their skills to take beautiful underwater photographs. It is over 50 minutes long and comprises of over 40 mini-chapters. Filmed on the islands of Mabul and Sipidan by Scubazoo with the team of Borneo Divers, it also shows the beautiful surroundings both above and underwater that this very special place offers for divers.
It is priced at £29.95 and available from Maria's online shop.
A donation will be made from each sale to help The School of Hope and the SEAS Project in Mabul.
The Second Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, has announced its winners for 2011. This year's Ocean Art Photo Competition represents entrants from over fifty countries.
Over $82,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to 52 underwater photographers, including a 10-night all-inclusive package for 2 people at KBR Lembeh, 18 nights in Papua New Guinea at Walindi/ Febrina and Loloata, 11 days on the SMY Ondina, 1.5 spots to the Socorro Islands aboard the Rocio Del Mar, an 11 day trip on the vessel KLM Aurora, a 7 day charter in Fiji aboard the Nai'a, 5 nights' accommodations and diving at Wananavu, a one week package for 2 people at Maluku Divers Resort, and a trip to either Socorro or Guadalupe aboard Nautilus Explorer.
Tobias Friedrich, Best of Show
Luis Miguel Cortes Lozano, 1st Place, Portrait
"Twins", taken in the Canary Islands
Judges this year included prestigious professional photographers Marty Snyderman, Bonnie Pelnar, Martin Edge, and Tony Wu.
There are at least 4 winners in each of 12 categories, including Wide-Angle, Macro, Portrait, Behavior, Novice, Nudibranchs, SuperMacro, Fashion, Coldwater, and 3 Compact Camera categories.
The Best of Show was a stunning wide-angle photograph of several manta rays, taken by Tobias Friedrich of Germany. Other stunning images include a hunting leopard seal, a pair of eels, and a beautiful squid composition. Thousands of entries were viewed by the judges before the final set of amazing images were selected, and deemed some of the best underwater photos in the world.
Judging was quite difficult due to the high quality of images. World famous underwater photographer and contest judge
Martin Edge commented, 'This year the judging was very tight due to so many superb images. After much discussion, agreements, and disagreements, we felt the winners really stood out. For myself, the best in show was the most awesome shot in the entire collection.'
The Underwater Photography Guide, founded by Scott Gietler, is a comprehensive website and community for learning about underwater photography technique, marine life, and scuba diving destinations, and contains over 600 pages of organized tutorials, forums, reviews, and articles. Community members of the Underwater Photography Guide and its equipment sponsor, Bluewater Photo, participate in several international workshops each year, and the site receives over 300,000 unique visitors annually.
Jackie Campbell, 1st Place, Compact Macro
"Hairy Stare", taken in Lembeh, Indonesia
Multi-award winning wildlife photographer, cameraman, explorer and two-time winner of the Polar Medal Doug Allan embarks on his "talky tour" across the UK.
Doug will be hosting an evening of enthralling personal recollections from his travels around the world as one of the world's leading wildlife cameramen. From being dragged under water by a hungry walrus to being poked by a polar bear in his sleep, Doug never fails to entertain with his exciting stories, Scottish charm and warm sense of humour.
Doug Allan on location
Doug Allan on location
Doug is well known for his award winning photography and for his camerawork on hugely successful BBC programmes such as Life, Human Planet, Blue Planet, Planet Earth and the recently acclaimed Frozen Planet and Ocean Giants
With mesmerising footage and incredible photographs Doug chats about his latest stories and adventures
"What's great about talking face to face is that it's my chance to bring people right in behind the scenes. It's like live TV only better!" - Doug Allan
Environmental charity Bite-Back has released its 2012 shark calendar. Thirteen underwater photographers including David Doubilet, Doug Perrine, Alex Mustard, Brian Skerry, Amos Nachoum, Michael Aw and Jeff Rotman have combined their images with thought-provoking commentary on the status of the oceans on the high-quality A4 calendar.
The calendar is available now at £7.99 ($12.50) plus shipping from Bite-Back's online store. It is a great present for all underwater enthusiasts!
Formed in 2002, Bite-Back continues to be the UK's only organisation dedicated to the protection of sharks by reducing consumer demand for its meat and fins.
The Underwater Realm is a series of 5 short films set entirely underwater. Using unique film-making techniques specifically developed for this project, the team of volunteers aims to bring the fascinating world of our oceans to the cinema and inspire and excite people about the oceans and encourage conservation across a wider audience.
After coming out of Avatar you can't go to an alien world but after seeing one of our films you can get in the ocean, fall in love with it, learn about it and ultimately take better care of it.
The project is backed by Raindance film festival and the shorts will be opening the 20th Raindance festival in September 2012 in Leicester Square.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Competition 2012 open
Deadline: Thursday, 23 February, 2012
The Veolia Environnment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 has now opened for entries with renowned underwater photographer, David Doubilet, as one of the judges. Categories include: Animal portraits, behavior (mammals, birds and cold-blooded animals), animals in their environment, botanical realms, underwater worlds, wildscapes, urban wildlife, nature in black and white, creative visions and 4 special awards. There is also a youth competition with classes in three age groups.
Ross (aka Gudge) and Mary met and started diving together in 1984 and married two years later. Along with their dog Digger, they now live in Exmouth, Western Australia and dive regularly on Ningaloo Reef.
In Australia Gudge and Mary have dived the south coast of New South Wales, Melbourne and Perth areas, Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and of course Ningaloo Reef.
Overseas dive trips have included Fiji, Vanuatu, Hawaii, Solomon Islands, Mexico, Honduras, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Maldives.
Their favourite overseas destination is Indonesia with trips to Bali (5), Lombok, Bunaken (3), Lembeh (3) and Wakatobi.
Picture Perfect Curaçao - North American Underwater Photographer of the Year Competition Results
This November, four photographers went to Curaçao to participate in an underwater photography event like no other - the Picture Perfect Curacao Competition. For those that unfamiliar with the event, you should definitely check out the announcement and our live coverage, but here's a quick recap.
The Curaçao Tourism Board and DPG teamed up to create the Picture Perfect Curaçao -North American Underwater Photographer of the Year competition. The basis of the contest was that three of the DPG monthly contest series top performers, Allison Vitsky, Jeremy Kozman and Rand Mcmeins, were to be flown to Curaçao, given $1000, put up at Lions Dive and Beach Resort, and given all the diving they needed from Ocean Encounters to compete to see whose images would Curaçao Tourism's next ad campaign.
But there was a twist. They would also be competing against one of the best professional underwater photographers in the world - Keri Wilk. The world's first ever Iron Chef of underwater photography!
After the judging, the winners were announced during an awards ceremony. As expected, these top amateurs produced amazing images, and Keri Wilk had to be on top of his game the whole time. Despite Allison Vitsky winning three of the five categories, Iron Chef Keri Wilk reigned supreme, edging out the competition by the slightest of margins!
BSoUP Home page
BSoUP Members' postal and e-mail addresses
If you are a BSoUP Member you should be receiving regular bulletins as e-mails (atleast monthly) and copies of the magazine 'in focus' through the post - the last issue no. 96 for Autumn 2012 - was sent out in September.
If you are not receiving them then please update your details at ' Edit my details' via the Members Forum (top right of this and all all website pages).
If you have changed your postal address, but not your e-mail address, you can login and then select 'Edit my details' from the' Members Menu', and submit the changes.
If you have forgotten your password, then enter your e-mail address and select ' [Forgot pwd]' below the 'Submit' button.
If you have changed your e-mail address then enter your old e-mail address and select '[New ID]' below the 'Submit' button and update your e-mail address.
LAUPS 49th International Competition
The Los Angeles Underwater Photography Society have announced the winners of their 49th International Competition.
The Best of Show was Pasquale Vassallo from Napoli, Italy.
The festival, which takes place from March 21-24, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia - in conjunction with the 41st Benthic Ecology Meeting, hosted by Old Dominion University, is calling for film entries.
This year's festival promises to be the biggest and best yet. Instead of showing films concurrently with the normal poster sessions, we are excited to announce that there will be a special evening devoted to films only.
Selected films will be shown on March 23 from 6:30-8:30 PM on the IMAX screen at the Nauticus IMSX Theatre. The evening will feature the screening of a collection of top 2012 films, engaging filmmaker/researcher discussions, and audience participation. Food and beverages will be served during the film festival.
SEA 2011 International photo and video competition
Deadline: December 9, 2011.
The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (NCUPS) is proud to announce that the 47th Annual International Underwater Photo and Video Competition and the Bob Commer Award of Excellence in Underwater Photography is accepting entries!
The competition is open to amateur photographers and videographers from around the world. Award sponsors of the SEA 2011 competition, with prizes totaling in the tens of thousands of dollars, include SCUBA ecotourism resorts, travel agencies, and luxury live-aboard dive boats, as well as SCUBA and photography equipment manufacturers. Previous competitions have brought in the finest still images and video entries from underwater photographers and videographers around the world!
The Rules and Regulations, and the Entry Form are available on the new and improved NCUPS website!
The Underwater Competition series returns in 2012 for its 7th year with over $100,000 in prizes.
Known as the "Super Bowl" of underwater imagery events, the series has developed a reputation as being one of the elite underwater photography competitions, and the Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia contests have truly showcased the unique art of underwater photography. With more than $100,000 in world-class prizes and 15 categories between the two contests, the series represents one of the world's largest underwater imaging event.
Prizes include nearly 40 trips to some of the best dive resorts and liveaboards in the world, top underwater photo and video equipment and much more. In addition, the grand prize winner of the OWU competition will be given $1000 Euro's cash!
The competitions are designed for photographers for all levels, with categories ranging from novice to professional and even commercial photography. As in the past, the Our World Underwater contest features technical categories, while DEEP Indonesia offers themed entry categories.
The organizers, Matt Weiss and Eric Cheng, released the following statement:
"We are thrilled to announce the 7th annual Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia competitions. The quality of entries from photographers all over the world shows that underwater photography is truly a growing global art form. It is always an honor to showcase and award the talented winners of the competitions.'
As always, the judges will consist of a panel of industry experts including professional photographers, cinematographers and magazine editors. The winners will be announced live on stage at the Our World Underwater film Festival in Chicago on February 17 and will be exhibited at DEEP Indonesia in Jakarta beginning on March 29. Our international media partners will publish the winning images and will reach millions of readers.
As with every UnderwaterCompetition.com event, 15 percent of the entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.
Photographers, photojournalists and BSOUP members Jeremy and Amanda Cuff have published a new 2012 Calendar titled "Diving Dreams" which is now available.
Jeremy said, "The Diving Dreams 2012 Calendar features a variety of images, mostly from our dive travels over recent times, and includes destinations such as Borneo, Belize, Egypt, Australia, the Philippines and the Cayman Islands."
The 2012 Calendars can be ordered now - please visit Jeremy and Amanda's website at www.ja-universe.com for further information and prices.
The website features a wide selection of photography and articles with particular emphasis on scuba diving and travel, although other topics such as abstracts and black and white photography are also included.
Pearls of the Caribbean HD for iPad
By u-app UG (haftungsbeschraenkt)
Pearls of the Caribbean is an iPad diving guide and travel companion to three very different Caribbean destinations - Dominica, St Vincent, and St Lucia.
The app. includes
* introduction about the pearls of the caribbean
* story about each island
* the top dive spots
* about 140 photos taken by BSoUP Member Steve Jones
* offline-maps of the islands
* dive center overview and description
* description of underwater species
* more links
* more about Steve Jones
Cost is $4.99. Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
The latest issue of the FREE African Diver is now available to download.
Issue 20 includes Ed's Logbook, Shark nets in Paradise by Luke Sorensen, Shark spotters by Paul Hunter, Yoga and Freediving by Helen Weaver, Diving with Asthma by Norrane Dovey, Coopers Light Wreck, How to photograph sharks by Allen Walker and Shark Warrior - Lesley Rochat.
The next meeting of the East Midlands Underwater Photographers takes place on Tuesday 6th December at their usual venue, downstairs in Nemo's Bar at Stoney Cove. The meetings starts at 7:30 p.m. sharp Critique evening: Very rarely do you find a photo that you can't make an observation on how it could have been better. Underwater Photography, as with any artistic pursuit, is subjective and so I'm sure we won't all agree on the night.
The evening will be split into 4 sessions:
* Beginners (beg) - submit up to 2 images that you want advice on. Please supply a question so we can offer advice. In this section we will give advice on composition as well as technique.
* Advanced (adv) - submit up to 2 images and we will critically analyse the image.
* At the point of shooting (PoS) - ask any question of an image in how it could have been improved at the point of taking the image
* Post processing (PP) - submit a favourite image that you want to make better in post-processing. We'll offer advice on processing techniques.
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. For further details about EMUP please visit www.emup.org.uk
Bristol Underwater Photography Group - Next meeting
Tuesday 13th December
The next BUPG Meeting (start time 20.00hrs) will be at our normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map).
The monthly competition theme is 'Open' - anything goes, even pool shots, and there is no time limit so you have no excuses. Send your digital files to Competitions Member, Peter Plume, by midday on the Sunday before - this will be the standard cut off time unless advised otherwise.
We also have our Annual Open Portfolio comprising of six images on one slide. If you have never done one of these then contact Arthur who will be pleased to help.
We will also have our inaugural Best Beginner competition which will comprise a portfolio of three images. These will be normal size images, projected sequentially and there is no requirement to have any theme or link between the images. There will be a trophy for the Winner.