Playing with the sharp end .. and other
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Alex Tattersall, Committee Member
for one year, stood down. BSoUP thanks Alex for his
Baileys Beat the Best of BUPG
Congratulations to Rob and Paula
Bailey (right) who triumphed at this month's BUPG
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
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
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
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
Full details of entry categories and procedures are
available on the
Beneath The Sea website and the final deadline for entries is 31
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.
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
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
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
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
Slideshow, but you will be asked to login if you have not done so
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
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.
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
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
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
Doug Allan on
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
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
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
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
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
This November, four photographers went to Curaçao
to participate in an underwater photography event like no other - the
Picture Perfect Curaçao 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
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
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
BSoUP Home page
BSoUP Members' postal and e-mail
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
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
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
The Los Angeles Underwater Photography Society have
announced the winners of their 49th International Competition.
The Best of Show was Pasquale Vassallo from Napoli,
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
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
SEA 2011 International photo and video
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
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
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
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
As with every UnderwaterCompetition.com
event, 15 percent of the entry proceeds will be donated to marine
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
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
* story about each island
* the top dive spots
* about 140 photos taken by BSoUP Member
* 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
* 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
* 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
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.