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News - January 2012

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

December 2011
Coming Soon
News Archive


Epson Red Sea 2012 Online Competition
Website of the Week - Charles Hood
Latest isue of BSoUP's magazine 'in focus'
Composing Underwater Photographs
BSoUP - Martin Edge Award
The Diving and Resort Travel Expo
New version of Tokina's 11-16mm wide-angle lens
Masters of Underwater Photography - Call to Artists
Kamera Louis Bouton
Doug Allan's UK Speaking Tour 2012
Splash-In 2012
X-Ray Magazine - Latest issue
Focus On - January 2012 - Images of 2011
Underwater Journal - Latest Issue
Website of the Week - Anthony Holley
Nauticam NA-V1 housing for Nikon V1 EVIL
Next BSoUP Meeting
Top Shot at Boot, Düsseldorf

Solstice by Simon Spear
Adobe Beta version of Lightroom 4
Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia
Photographing Marine Animals
MCS South East Group - Courses 2012
Website of the Week - David and Debi Henshaw
Pacific Northwest Diver - Latest issue
New books about Guam, Palau and Yap
Nikon announce D4
Blue Ocean Film Festival
S/Y Mandarin Siren sinks after fire
Guildford BSAC Winter Lectures
International Conservation Photography Awards
Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition
UwP - Latest issue
NUPG - Next Meeting
BUPG Next meeting
EMUP - Next Meeting


East Midlands Underwater Photographers (EMUP)
East Midlands Underwater Photographers (EMUP)

EMUP - Next Meeting

Tuesday 6th March 2012

The next meeting of the East Midlands Underwater Photographers (EMUP) takes place on Tuesday 6th March downstairs in Nemo's Bar, at Stoney Cove at 7:30 sharp. All pub facilities will be open so refreshments will be on hand

An evening with Maria Munn
Multi award-winning underwater photographer and award-winning author, Maria Munn is the first person in the world to design tailor-made, underwater photography courses for all makes of compact cameras.

Competition: Underwater Excellence (3 shots)

Submit three images to demonstrate excellence (up to you how to interpret that). There doesn't need to be a theme, but looking at the BSoUP competition variety tends to help.


Epson Red Sea 2012 Online Competition

Voting for January Competition

It's time to vote for your favorite photographer based
on all of their images

Online voting will begin on the 19th of each month.
Last date for online voting is on the 30th of each month.

Voting will be divided accordingly:

30% of all points will be given by registered online voters.
70% of all points will be given by 5 Judges - 14% for each judge.

'The 3 winners will be the photographers who receives the
highest combined score from the 5 Judges and the online voters

Further details: www.eilatredsea.com/

Epson Red Sea 2012 - January Voting
Epson Red Sea 2012 Online Competitiuon - Voting

Rpson Red Sea Online Competition 2012
Epson Red Sea Online Competition 2012

Epson Red Sea 2012 Online Competition

Your FREE RIDE to the Epson Red Sea Shoot-Out in Eilat!

General Information
Photographer of the Month
Between the months of January and May, the Epson Red Sea 2012 Online Competition will take place. Each month during the competition, amateur and professional photographers from all over the world are invited to submit a portfolio of 3 digital photos. By the end of each month, 3 photographers will be announced as the winners of that particular month, chosen both by the public and by a panel of 5 international judges.Photographer of the Year
An online competition among all the monthly winners (15 photographers) will then begin on June 1st, 2012. Online voters and a panel of 5 internatioal judges will eventually select one of the competitors as the "Photographer of the Year".

Prize
Flights, accommodation (BB) and diving expenses will all be covered for the Photographer of the Year, in order to enable this winner to participate at the Epson Red Sea 2012 shoot-out in Eilat. The 8th annual Epson Red Sea competition will be held on November 4-10, 2012, in Eilat. Innovative categories and some very worthy prizes are planned for this year, making it very much worthwhile to be elected as the Photographer of the Year. Details at www.eilatredsea.com/


Website of the Week - Charles Hood

Charles Hood is Photojournalist, Photographer, Skipper, and Diving Instructor. He is currently the Equipment Tester for the BS-AC's SCUBA magazine.

Charles runs a successful Dive Charter business specialising in Basking Sharks. His RIB Logan is a seven metre (23 feet) rigid hull inflateable boat, which is the preferred option to use for snorkelling as it is easy to get in and out of. She is licensed to carry 7 passengers plus skipper up to 20 miles from a safe haven, which is more than far enough. Although we can take out 7 passengers, if everyone wants to get in the water with camera equipment then 4 is recommended. she carries a full itinerary of safety equipment including oxygen.

For further details please visit http://charleshood.com/.

Charles Hood
Charles Hood

in focus 97 Winer 2011/12
in focus 97 Winter 2011/12

Latest isue of BSoUP's magazine 'in focus'

The latest issue of BSoUP's magazine 'in focus' has been mailed to all BSoUP members.

Issue 97 for winter 2011/12 includes:- Edtorial by Joss Woolf, Under the Spotlight - Jane Morgan by Joss Woolf, Diving a nuclear test site by Shannon Conway, Glowing Edges by Pedro Vieyra, Seal the deal by Rob Bailey, Competition Results, Back to the Maldives by Linda Pitkin, Leena Roy, Neil Rosewarn and Joss Woolf, When they don't play ball by Gavin Parsons, BSoUP Officers 2012 and lots of images.

This issue was edited by Joss Woolf with assistance from Paul Morgan and Mike Russell and produced by Gavin Parsons, to whom BSoUP extends its sincere thanks.

If you would like to receive printed copies of in focus, as and when it is published, then why not join BSoUP.

Some earlier issues are availaible to BSoUP members only as a free pdf download. You will need to login first, if you haven't already done so this session.


Composing Underwater Photographs

by Linda Pitkin

BSoUP Member Linda Pitkin (www.lindapitkin.net) is one of more than 20 underwater photographers and videographers giving 15 minute daily talks in the Underwater Pixel World at Boot in Dusseldorf this week. Her talk covers some of the key areas: rule of thirds, color, perspective, background, framing, movement and patterns, and the talk is illustrated throughout by Linda's images.

On Monday last Adam Hanlon (wetpixel.com) recorded Linda's talk, which you can view by clicking on the image (right) or at Wetpixel on Vimeo.

Linda Pitkin on Composing Underwater Photographs
from Wetpixel on Vimeo


Martin Edge
Martin Edge

BSoUP - Martin Edge Award

If you are a dSLR or micro four-thirds camera user and have never attended a course on underwater photography with Martin Edge, he is offering one lucky BSoUP Member a single FREE place on a one day course near Bournemouth. BSoUP will pay £60 for the use of the hotel and pool and Martin will provide his services at no cost to you. You will be expected to pay your travel expenses and accommodation.

To qualify please send a brief statement about your current camera system (camera, housing, lenses, flashes), tell us about your underwater photography background and experience, send us six of your best images and tell us why you think you would benefit from this one-off special offer.

The lucky  BSoUP Member who makes the best case will be notified in due course.

Please e-mail you statement and images to info@bsoup.org

Martin specialises in courses for dSLR cameras which give a greater level of control than compact cameras.


The Diving and Resort Travel Expo

The Diving and Resort Travel Expo has announced its venues and dates for 2012/13. The Singapore show will be held at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition center from 1 to 3 June, 2012. The Hong Kong Show will be at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, between 15 and 17 December. Lastly, the Shanghai show will be held from 22 to 24 March 2013 at the Shanghai East Asia Exhibition Centre.

Full details of each show are available from the organizer's website.

Diving Travel Show
The Diving and Resort Travel Expo

New version of Tokina's 11-16mm wide-angle lens
New version of Tokina's 11-16mm wide-angle lens

New version of Tokina's 11-16mm wide-angle lens

Tokina Japan has announced a new version of its 11-16mm wide-angle lens. The AT-X 11-16 f/2.8 PRO DX II has an aspherical element, a new coating for improved performance and a SD-M (Silent Drive-Module) autofocus motor (AF-S equivalent) so it is usable with Nikon SLR cameras that don't have an integrated AF motor (D3100, D5100). The lens contains nine aperture blades, and is constructed of 13 elements in 11 groups with a filter size of 77mm. Minimum focus distance is 0.3m (11.8") so it will need a diopter for use with a dome port. The Nikon version is expected to start shipping in March with the Canon version to follow in July.

The Japanese price is listed at 90,000 yen.

Further details in Japanese at Tokina.


Adam Hanlon wetpixel.com

Masters of Underwater Photography

Call to Artists - Deadline: March 4, 2012.

Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) invites underwater photography artists to submit their work for review for the upcoming exhibition Liquid Capture: Masters of Underwater Photography on view at OMA April 28 through June 17, 2012 with an Exhibition Reception and Panel Discussion on May 5 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Organized by renowned photographer Lee Peterson, this exhibition will present the best underwater photographic art from around the world. There will be five categories for the photography contest: Ocean Environment Underwater, Macro, Diver, Ocean Environment Above Water and Marine Mammals. An optional category is Submersion, a creative look at diving. Prizes are being continually added. All selected photographs will be published in the exhibition catalogue being created by Digital One and artists will receive an exhibition certificate from Oceanside Museum of Art.

Masters of Underwater Photography
Masters of Underwater Photography

Kamera Louis Bouton Internaqtional Video and Photosub, Gozo, Malta
Kamera Louis Bouton
International Video and Photosub, Gozo, Malta

Kamera Louis Bouton

International Video and Photosub, Gozo, Malta

29th April to 6th May 2012

The VDST Verband Deutscher Sporttaucher e.V. ( German Underwater Federation) has the pleasure to invite you to participate at the 32nd Kamera Louis Boutan, the International Photo- and Videosub to be held on Gozo island from 29th April to 6th May 2012. No other competition in diving has shown this much continuity and tradition. The competition will be organized with our VDST-Diving Center Nautic Team in Marsalforn - Gozo.

We shall be honored to welcome you soon.

For full information in English, please visit http://www.vdst.de


Doug Allan's UK Speaking Tour 2012

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 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

For dates and venues please visit www.dougallan.com


British Underwater Photography Championship (Splash-In) 2012.

The annual British Underwater Photography Championship (Splash-In) takes place on Saturday 14th July, 2012 at Mount Batten, Plymouth.

The competition will run on similar lines to last year's (see Results 2011 and Rules 2011), although a few changes will be made. The Grand Prize for the overall winner is a 7-day live-aboard holiday for two in the Maldives (exclusive of flights and taxes) courtesy of Maldives Scuba Tours. Other prizes and awards will be announced as they are confirmed.

Those attending who have not booked accommodation or a space on a boat should contact Martha Tressler who has some spaces available.

Dab Bolt - Overall Winner 2012
Dan Bolt © Overall Winner 2011

X-Ray 46
X-Ray 46. Cover: Amos Nachoum

X-Ray Magazine - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE x-Ray Magazine is now available to download.

Issue 46 includes Diving with Dinosaurs -- Nile Crocs of Botswana with Amos Nachoum; South Africa safari to Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks with Scott Bennett; Larry Cohen takes us on an Alaska Adventure from Juneau to Sitka; Diving in the Jungle - Samar, Philippines with Bruce Konefe; South Pacific Adventure to St. Helena and Ascension with Ronald Hanewald; Olga Torrey gives us an inside glimpse of a Sidemount Workshop; Christian Skauge acquaints us with Crustaceans, the Gladiators of the Sea; Andy Murch discusses the facts and myths of shark attacks; Michael Menduno interviews deep wreck diver, Gary Gentile; Lawson Wood offers tips on Close Up and Macro Photography; Francesco Ricciardi discusses anemones and coral bleaching; Plus news and discoveries, equipment and training news, books and media, underwater photo and video equipment, turtle news, shark tales, whale tales and much more...

To get your copy please visit http://www.xray-mag.com/


Focus On - January 2012 - Images of 2011

Congratulations ot Alex Tattersall who was the winner of January's Focus On competition with a shoal of fish (Right).

Congratulations also to Dougie Souness and Charles Hood who came second and third respectively.

There were a total of 49 entries in this BSoUP Member's only competition.

Alex Tattersall
Winner © Alex Tattersall
Dougie Souness
2nd © Dougie Souness

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Alex Tattersall 60 14
2 Dougie Souness 49 11
3 Charles Hood 29 7
4 Paul Flandinette 25 1
5 Malcolm Nobbs 23 5
6 Neil Rosewarn 21 0

The top six may be viewed larger in the Gallery.

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 'Yellow'. Please read the Rules before entering via the online Entry Form.

Charles Hood
3rd © Charles Hood

Underwater Journal
Underwater Journal 23. Cover: Walt Stearns

Underwater Journal - Latest Issue

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

Your winter issue of The Underwater Journal has some great features - from finding the little stuff with photog Mike Bartick to a serious reality check with Capt. Gary Mace's gripping story about decompression sickness - we're starting 2012 with something for everyone. This issue covers it all: gear, photography, marine life, advanced diving and adventure travel. Steve Lewis gives us another pragmatic view of Nitrox. His discussion focuses on the details of using this gas that many of us don't fully understand. Jump into the icy waters of the Antartica Peninsula with Eco-photo Explorers Mike Salvarezza and Christopher Weaver. Learn and look at South Florida's amazing wrecks from our Editor. And be sure to catch the DAN Column, Dive Safety Essentials, and get your dive year started off on a safe track.

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


Website of the Week - Anthony Holley

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is Anthony Holley's Nudibranchs.

Anthony, who is a BSoUP Committee Member, currently has a total of 1,863 pictures of 383 species of Nudibranch on his site. These are arranged by location and by classification.

Anthony was introduced to Nudibranch's in 1985 and has since spent thousands of hours underwater photographing these jewels of the sea.

To see Anthony's Nudibranch's please visit www.holleyuwphoto.com/

Anthony Holley
Anthony Holley

Nauticam NA-VI housing for Nikon V1 EVIL
Nauticam NA-VI housing for Nikon V1 EVIL

Nauticam NA-V1 housing for Nikon V1 EVIL

Nauticam has announced the release of the NA-V1 housing for the Nikon V1 EVIL camera. It features a switch that allows the user to swap between the camera's electronic viewfinder and the LCD display, and a raised housing body that can incorporate the optional Nikon SB-N5 Speedlight. As this is positioned some distance above the lens, it is effective for use underwater. An optional diffuser will be available for those that chose to do this. Nauticam are currently offering lens ports for the Nikkor 10-30mm and 10mm lenses and are also offering a flip macro close-up lens holder that will attach to the 67mm threads on the ports. Lastly, the housing also has optical connections for external strobes.

The NA-VI will be available from 31 January at a retail price of $1650.

See wetpixel for more information


Next BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 18 January 2012 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. atour 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.

Mark Koekemoer: Compact Cameras

Mark Koekemoer's underwater photography expertise is regularly sought out - he wrote the chapter on underwater compact cameras for Martin Edges' seminal techniques book 'The Underwater Photographer, authored the long running 'PhotoCall series for underwater photographers in 'Diver Magazine' and has been a speaker at the London International Dive Show, Scottish Sub Aqua Club Diving Conference and the Visions in the Sea underwater photography festival. He also co - developed the INON UK underwater photography courses taught by INON UK Underwater Photography Academies.

Mark Koekemoer
Mark Koekemoer. Image: Steve Warren
Ocean Optics Inon Course
Ocean Optics Inon Course

Mark is manager of Ocean Optics. He will start with a brief history of the compact camera, then will talk about how compact camera accessories have opened up the ability to take very good images to the mass market, how specialist equipment can be used to do something different with old familiar subjects and images, and the role compact camera systems will play for future underwater photographers.

Focus On Competition: 

Images taken in 2011 (Show us your favourite - the one which hasn't won a competition yet!).  The competition is now closed, but BSoUP Members only may view all the entries in the Competition Slideshow. You will be asked to login if you haven't already done so this session.

Joss Woolf: Come Dive With Me

BSoUP's new Chair, Joss Woolf, has been diving for 20 years and taking pictures under water for 8.  She joined BSoUP in 2003 and I think it's fair to say that her underwater photography has come on impressively ever since! Having been an ordinary Club Diver for more than 10 years,  she booked a dive-trip (outside of her Club's normal activities) to South Africa without realizing it was an underwater photography trip until a couple of weeks before. Her experience there was to lead to a dramatic and permanent change in her future diving career. She shoots with a Nikon D300 in a Sea and Sea housing with twin Inon flashguns.

Joss is going to tell us about how she got started in her now all-consuming passion and take us through her rather unexpected journey to the present time.  A curtain-maker by profession, Joss has lived in North London for the last 30 years and continues to dive with her club in Hillingdon where she can often be found playing Octopush on a Thursday night.

Joss Woolf
Joss Woolf

Boot, Dusseldorf
Boot, Dï'sseldorf

Top Shot at Boot, Dï'sseldorf

21 to 29 January 2012

BSoUP Member Linda Pitkin will be presenting short talks and exhibiting her work along with Alptekin Baloand#287;lu (Turkey), Franco Banfi (Switzerland) and Ralf Kiefner (Germany) at the German boat show,' boot', in Dusseldorf.

The show includes 1,600 exhibitors from over 50 countries who will be presenting their innovations for the coming season in 17 Dï'sseldorf exhibition halls from 21 to 29 January 2012 - from fishing rods right through to luxurious large yachts.

Some 320 exhibitors are expected at the world's biggest consumer show for diving in Halls 3 and 4.

Further details: http://www.boat-duesseldorf.com/


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.

Fore more details of entrance procedures or competition rules, please see the contest's website.

Veolia Environnment Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Veolia Environnment Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Solstice by Simon Spear
Solstice by Simon Spear on DiveFilm HD

Solstice by Simon Spear on DiveFilm HD

BSoUP and Wetpixel member Simon Spear's short film about diving with basking sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) in Scotland has been featured as a podcast on DiveFilm HD. Simon describes the film:

"Winter fades, Spring dawns and the seasons inevitably move on towards Midsummer, where an encounter with one of Nature's true giants awaits. For once all the planets had aligned and after a decade long quest I finally found Basking sharks in both huge numbers and in ideal conditions. It was a spectacular and awe-inspiring experience and ranks right up there with my most memorable of wildlife encounters."

Solstice is available as a free download from DiveFilm HD on iTunes.


Adobe Beta version of Lightroom 4

Adobe has made a beta version of Lightroom 4 available to download on Adobe Labs. The new version adds new basic tonal adjustments to extract additional tonal detail and some new local controls, including noise reduction, moire and white balance. It also add additional native support for basic video editing, including trimming and many of the traditional image adjustment controls. Lastly, it adds new exports options including email and (at long last) the ability to soft proof images in preparation for printing.

New Features in Lightroom 4 Beta:-

Highlight and shadow
Photo book creation
Location-based organization
White balance brush
Additional local editing controls
Extended video support
Easy video publishing
Soft proofing

The beta is free to download and is available now through until March, when there will either be another beta, or the full new version will be available.

Adobe Lightroom 4 beta
Adobe Lightroom 4 beta

Best of Show 2011
Our World Underwater
Best of Show 2011
Anatoly Beloshchin

Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia Judges

The judging panel for the 2012 Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia underwater photography and video contests has been announced. The judges of the Our World Underwater photo contest are: Alex Mustard, Brian Skerry, Berkley White, Keri Wilk and Matt Weiss. Steve Douglas, Eric Hanauer and Mary-Lynn Price will judge the video competition.

Entries are being accepted now via the UnderwaterCompetition.com website and the deadline for entries to Our World Underwater 2012 is 23 January.

Jason Bradley, Diego Garcia, David Fleetham, Matt Weiss and Eric Cheng will judge DEEP Indonesia 2012. It is also accepting entries now, with a slightly later deadline of 10 February.

Full details of both contests with rules and entry procedures can be found on the UnderwaterCompetition.com website.


Photographing Marine Animals

Digital Underwater Course with Paul Naylor

22-23 September 2012

This course is designed to show those new to underwater photography how to start taking successful photographs / images and help existing photographers who are not having the success they had hoped for, improve on their technique. Course structure is the same as Marine ID / ecology courses.

Paul Naylor, author of three underwater guides to marine species of the southwest coast of England, will lead the course.

Paul is a marine biologist and underwater photographer. In the last 20 years, he has dived all over the world. Photographic credits include the California chapter in New Holland's Top Dive Sites of the World, the National Marine Aquarium calendar - Beneath Plymouth Sound, and dozens of articles on marine life in all the major UK dive publications.

Photographing Marine Animals MCS SE Group Course
Photographing Marine Animals MCS SE Group Course

MCS Courses
MCS South East Group - Courses 2012

MCS South East Group - Courses 2012

MCS South East Group run a series of marine life identification, marine ecology and underwater photography courses throughout the year. These usually take place at Leeson House Field Study Centre in Swanage, Dorset, UK. Leeson House is an ideal location for our courses, being set in beautiful grounds, having well equipped class rooms and of course being close to the sea.

The courses are aimed at people with no formal background in marine biology. and are disigned to introduce the major groups of animals and plants that are found in the sea around the UK. The general description and characteristic structure / appearance of representative groups is dealt with, as well as their ecology.

All courses include the opportunity to take a dive under Swanage pier to put newly acquired theory into practice. Though these courses are aimed at divers, being a diver is not a requirement to attend. The practicle aspects can still be carried out just as well on the local beaches.

Courses cost £80.00. This covers the use of the classroom, parking at Leeson House, MCS Southeast course notes plus Tea / Coffee on both days.

A deposit of £20 is required with the balance due on or before the course.

Further details www.marine-conservation.org.uk/



Datacolor releases Spyder 4

Datacolorandreg; (www.datacolor.com), a global leader in color management solutions, today introduced Spyder4, a line of highly advanced colorimeters able to calibrate monitors, laptops, projectors, TVs, iPads and even iPhones. Designed to provide photographers and creative professionals with accurate and consistent results, Spyder4 makes quick work of the color correction process.

"Spyder 4 provides an easy-to-use calibration solution for all display devices, which greatly improves workflow efficiency for busy professionals and photo enthusiasts," said Dave Faulkner, Product Manager, Imaging Color Solutions at Datacolor. "Our team is dedicated to developing color management tools that are extremely intuitive while still delivering the highest levels of accuracy that professional photographers demand. The industry is competitive, and anything that gives photographers an advantage, especially with the technical details of color management, is a huge asset. Photographers need to be able quickly edit and process shots to deliver to clients on deadline, and the Spyder4 will calibrate all their monitors in just minutes."

Spyder 4 Elite
Spyder 4 Elite

David & Debi Henshaw
David and Debi Henshaw

Website of the Week - David and Debi Henshaw

Our experiences in diving and underwater photography started some 12 years ago. It takes us to many exciting places around the world, meeting people with similar interests many of which have become friends and of course giving us the opportunity to capture images of some of the worlds unique creatures of the seas.

Being able to spend time with the subject allowing us to develop our skills without the worry of keeping up with the crowd is an important factor when choosing our destinations. Research and recommendation is the key to the best locations and of course a bottomless pocket to get you there. How we relish the thought of packing all our gear wishing that for once we could meet the weight restrictions, queuing at the airports only to find you are in the wrong queue, spending endless hours in departure lounges waiting for a connection, sitting in aircraft seats that were designed for teddy bears and having 'shared air' with your fellow passengers always returning home with the lurgy - another trip? - can't wait.

To learn more about David and Debi please visit www.digitaldiving.co.uk/


Pacific Northwest Diver - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Pacific Northwest Diver is now available to download.

Featured photographer is Janna Nichols, News Corner contains: Information about REEF, Andy Lamb joins PNW Diver team, Underwater photo/video workshops, Call for critter shots from Rick Harbo and ReefID, Nudibranch ID app, Congrats to Pat Gunderson and Laurynn Evans, Featured Operator is Sea Dragon Charters in Howe Sound and Nanaimo, BC Featured Photographer is John Melendez, Washington Featured Videographer is Mike Meaghe, Oregon Featured Videographer is Aaron Gifford, Technical Corner Reviews Subsee Super Macro set-up

To get your copy please visit http://pnwups.com/

Pacific Northwest Diver
Pacific Northwest Diver : Cover image: Janna Nichols

Hidden Treasures by Tim Rock

New books about Guam, Palau and Yap

Author Tim Rock has released three new books about Guam, Palau and Yap. The first is a photographic book documenting Guam's underwater scenery entitled Hidden Treasures, Guam's Marine Preserves.

The second is part of a regional guidebook series and is called the Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands and the third is also part of the guidebook series and is the `Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Palau and Yap'.

The first two are available in both print and eBook versions, whilst the third is available as an eBook only.

Further details: http://wetpixel.com/


Nikon announce D4 - new pro FX camera

As has been widely expected and rumored, Nikon has announced the release of a new pro FX SLR called the D4. Many of the features have been previously leaked, but it has a new CMOS 16.2 million pixel sensor, with a native ISO range of 50-12800, an EXPEED 3 image processing engine, scene recognition, a new 51 point AF system, with special low light performance and 1920 x 1080 HD with range of image area options. It also has two CF card slots, with support for UDMA-7 and the new XQD format. This will allow write speeds of up to 125 MB/s, sufficient for 105 consecutive RAW images at 10fps. Lastly, the D4 has a 91K RGB Color Matrix Meter III which gives more accurate metering, especially in low light.

The camera will be available from late February and the expected price is $5999.95.

Full details http://wetpixel.com/

Nikon D4
Nikon D4

Blue Ocean Film Festival 2012
Blue Ocean Film Festival 2012

Blue Ocean Film Festival

Deadlines: 3rd, February to 16th April, 2012 - rates vary

The 2012 Blue Ocean Film Festival is calling for entries. The event will be held from 24-30 September in Monterey, California and consists of, firstly, an international film competition which honors all genres of ocean related films. Films from around the globe are selected to be screened and celebrated during the festival and recognized at the BLUE Carpet Awards Ceremony. Secondly, an industry conference is to be held during the festival, and lastly, a conservation summit during which leaders in ocean issues, solutions and policy will head up a series of lectures and panels in conjunction with community educational outreach programs.

Full entry details are available on the Blue Ocean website or via Withoutabox.


S/Y Mandarin Siren sinks after fire

The liveaboard Mandarin Siren, part of the Worldwide Dive and Sail group, has caught fire and subsequently sunk. The vessel was based around Raja Ampat, Indonesia, and it is suspected that an electrical fault caused the fire. The guests were diving at the time of the incident and no one was hurt with the group being picked up by the S/Y Indo Siren and subsequently repatriated.

For the full story please visit http://worldwidediveandsail.com

Worldwide Dive and Sail have endeavoured to contact all those who had been booked on the vessel for trips in the future, but if anyone has any queries, they ask that you email them, or contact your agent.

Worldwide Dive and Sail
Worldwide Dive and Sail

Duxy

Guildford BSAC Winter Lectures

Underwater Photography

Paul 'Duxy' Duxfield, Ocean Leisure Cameras

Guildford Waterside Centre, Tuesday 10th January at 21.00
Photography is about pictures, not pixels and a good
picture is a good picture. Content is always King

Paul 'Duxy' Duxfield from Ocean Leisure Cameras will be at the Waterside Centre on Tuesday 10th January to dispel some of the common myths, that you need very expensive photo kit to take pictures of a professional standard.

Duxy will be passing on some of his expertise and tips and tricks for photographers of all levels.

Duxy has been into photography since his teens and, now in his mid forties, is a recognised expert underwater photographer. His maxim is 'the best camera is the one you have with you'. 

Paul will be speaking from 21.00 and all are welcome to joiin us.


International Conservation Photography Awards

Deadline : February 29, 2012

The International Conservation Photography Awards (ICP Awards) is a premier worldwide photography event focused on conservation and the environment. The 2012 edition of the biennial juried photo competition, along with awarding cash and merchandise to selected photographers, will include an online exhibit, a 5-month museum gallery exhibit at the prestigious Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, Washington, and publication in national photography magazines and other printed communications.

The competition includes an Underwater category. There are entry fees.

International Conservation Photography Awards
International Conservation Photography Awards

Ocean Art Photographic Competition
River Toad © Dan Bolt

Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

Congratulations to BSoUP Members Leena Roy and Dan Bolt.

Leena got honourable mentions in the Compact Wide Angle category and the Compact Animal Behaviour category.

Dan came third in the Cold Water category with 'River Toad'. Dan said it was 'Very pleasing considering it's my 1st 'international' competition'

For further details please visit www.uwphotographyguide.com/


UwP - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE web magazine is now available for download.

Issue 64 for January/December 2012 includes Editorial, News, Travel and Events, New Products, Product Reviews and Locations.

To download you copy please visit www.uwpmag.com/

UwP Magazine - Issue 64
UwP Magazine - Issue 64. Cover shot: David Hall

Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG)
Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG)

NUPG - Next Meeting

Monday, 9th January, 2012

Competition To be decided

Colin Samuel will be taking about his work as a police diver.

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


BUPG - Next Meeting

Tuesday, 10th January, 2012

The next BUPG Meeting will be at our normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)

The monthly competition theme is 'Animal Behaviour' - eg mating behaviour, yawning fish, cleaning action, group behaviour, catching prey etc.

Our main presentation will be by Dr Alex Mustard, so look forward to an inspirational talk and lots of stunning images.

Alex will also be judging our 'Image of the Year' from the winning images over the past twelve months.

Further details at http://www.bupg.co.uk/nl1211.htm

Bristol Underwater Photography Group (BUPG)
Bristol Underwater Photography Group (BUPG)

Rob Cuss - Swan in River Trent
Rob Cuss - Swan in River Trent

EMUP - Next Meeting

Tuesday, 10th January, 2012

Rob Cuss: The top metre

In recent years I've become somewhat obsessed with the top 1m. The over/under technique offers underwater photographers the opportunity to show non-divers the connection between the world they see and the world we see underwater.

In this talk I'll show my efforts at perfecting the over/under technique and along the way show shots that were all taken in the top 1m; either out of the water, snorkelling, or on scuba. Along the way I'll describe the learning curve and show many of the mistakes I've made. All images will be UK based.

Competition: Soft Coral.

 

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