East Midlands Underwater Photographers
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,
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
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
Voting for January
It's time to vote for your favorite
on all of their images
Online voting will begin on the 19th of each
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
70% of all points will be given by 5 Judges - 14% for each judge.
'The 3 winners will be the photographers who
highest combined score from the 5 Judges and the online
Further details: www.eilatredsea.com/
Epson Red Sea 2012 Online Competitiuon -
Epson Red Sea Online Competition 2012
Epson Red Sea 2012 Online
Your FREE RIDE to the Epson Red Sea
Shoot-Out in Eilat!
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
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
(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
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/.
in focus 97 Winter 2011/12
Latest isue of BSoUP's magazine 'in
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin specialises in courses for dSLR cameras
which give a greater level of control than compact cameras.
The Diving and Resort Travel
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
Full details of each show are available from the
The Diving and Resort Travel Expo
New version of Tokina's 11-16mm wide-angle
New version of Tokina's 11-16mm wide-angle
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
Call to Artists - Deadline: March 4,
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
Kamera Louis Bouton
International Video and Photosub, Gozo, Malta
Kamera Louis Bouton
International Video and Photosub, Gozo,
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
Doug Allan's UK Speaking Tour
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
For dates and venues please visit www.dougallan.com
British Underwater Photography Championship
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
Those attending who have not booked accommodation
or a space on a boat should contact Martha Tressler who has some spaces
Dan Bolt © Overall Winner 2011
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
Congratulations ot Alex Tattersall
who was the winner of January's Focus On competition with a shoal of
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.
Winner © Alex Tattersall
2nd © Dougie Souness
How the top six scored:-
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.
3rd © Charles Hood
Underwater Journal 23. Cover: Walt
Underwater Journal - Latest
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
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
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/
Nauticam NA-VI housing for Nikon V1
Nauticam NA-V1 housing for Nikon V1
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
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
Mark Koekemoer. Image: Steve Warren
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
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.
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
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,
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
Veolia Environnment Wildlife Photographer of the
Solstice by Simon Spear on DiveFilm
Solstice by Simon Spear on DiveFilm
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
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
New Features in Lightroom 4 Beta:-
Highlight and shadow
Photo book creation
White balance brush
Additional local editing controls
Extended video support
Easy video publishing
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
Our World Underwater
Best of Show 2011
Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia
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
Entries are being accepted now via the UnderwaterCompetition.com website and the
deadline for entries to Our World Underwater 2012 is 23
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
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
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
MCS South East Group - Courses 2012
MCS South East Group - Courses
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
"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
Spyder 4 Elite
David and Debi Henshaw
Website of the Week - David and Debi
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
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
Pacific Northwest Diver - Latest
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 : Cover image: Janna
New books about Guam, Palau and
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
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
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/
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
Full entry details are available on the Blue
Ocean website or via Withoutabox.
S/Y Mandarin Siren sinks after
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
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
Worldwide Dive and Sail
Guildford BSAC Winter
Paul 'Duxy' Duxfield, Ocean
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
Paul will be speaking from 21.00 and all are
welcome to joiin us.
International Conservation Photography
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
River Toad © Dan Bolt
Ocean Art Underwater Photo
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
To download you copy please visit www.uwpmag.com/
UwP Magazine - Issue 64. Cover shot: David
Northern Underwater Photography Group
NUPG - Next Meeting
Monday, 9th January, 2012
Competition To be decided
Colin Samuel will be taking about his work as a
For further details of NUPG and
its activities please visit www.nupg.org.uk/
BUPG - Next
Tuesday, 10th January,
The next BUPG Meeting will be at our
normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ
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
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
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.