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News - April 2012

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

March 2012
Coming Soon
News Archive


Website of the Week - Chicco Maggioni
Adobe announces Creative Suite 6
Red Sea Trip vacancies - 16-28 June, 2012
Ikelite Housing for Nikon D800 and D800e
Nikon D4 Review
Wildscreen Festival 2012
Website of the Week - Images Dominica
Cornwall's spectacular underwater sea life
EMUP - Next Meeting
Focus On - April - Results
Scuba Diving Photo Contest
Website of the Week - Zac Macaulay
Epson Red Sea - March Results
Martin Edge Award - Winner Announced
BSoUP's April Meeting
British Underwater Photography Championship
Underwater Journal - Latest Issue

Website of the Week - Keith Lyall
CORNSoUP Resurrection
DIVER TV
Saeed Rashid - Red Sea Workshops
ScubaCam Festival
BSoUP at LIDS 2012
Website of the Week - Alan Lyall
EMUP - Next Meeting
NUPG - Next Meeting
KameraLouisBouton
African Diver - latest issue
Blue Ocean Film Festivals
British Wildlife Photographer Awards
BSoUP Photobook - Images taken in British waters
BSoUP on the Web in the past month


Chicco Maggioni
Chicco Maggioni

Website of the Week - Chicco Maggioni

Chicco Maggioni was born in Milan, where he lives and works as a surgeon. He has, a great passion for the sea. He took up diving in 1971 at FIPS Turin and qualified as a 3 star CMAS instructor. In Milan, he beacame the Course Director for the FIPS, and 2 years later he founded, together with some very good friends and enthusiastic scuba divers Group Milan University, and spent almost thirty years in underwater education.

His first trip was to tropical Maldives in 1984 and from the 1990s, his curiosity for diving led him to qualify as a PADI Instructor, CEDIP, SSI, SDI and TDI. In 2005, during a trip to the Maldives, he discovered the ease of use of the compact digital camera and from there a new strand of interest, including the possibility of using it for video. Since then, after many diving destinations, Chicco has rediscovered the Mediterranean and in particular the Ligurian Sea, his first love.

Chicco is currently using a Sony NEX-5 with 18/55 or 16 mm, with Aquatica Diving Bell and 2 Inon D-2000 strobes


Adobe announces Creative Suite 6

Adobe have announced Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium software 'the ultimate toolkit for professional design. Deliver eye-catching digital images and craft graphics that remain crisp when scaled. Lay out high-impact print pages with exquisite typography, build HTML5/CSS3 websites that look great on any screen, and design applications for tablets and smartphones'.

Prices from £357 for an upgrade make this a very expensive tool.

For full details please visit http://www.adobe.com/uk

Adobe Creative Suite 6
Adobe Creative Suite 6


Tempest
Tempest

Red Sea Trip vacancies - 16-28 June, 2012

BSoUP co-founder and underwater cameraman extraordinaire Peter Scoones has vacancies on a forthcoming trip to the Red Sea on Tempest. The cost is £1950 per person ex. London, Gatwick.

Peter is going to Abu Nuhas for the 'Big Bang'  Tang spawning event and the wrecks. also the Shag rock wreck - the Kingston, the Alternatives and Ras Muhammad for the spawning aggregations.

He is also hoping to organize trips to Sri Lanka for the Blue Whales in March next year.

If you would like to join Peter on either of these trips please e-mail him at p.scoones@btinternet.com.


Ikelite Housing for Nikon D800 and D800e

Ikelite has released a polycarbonate housing for the Nikon D800 and D800e. It features the traditional control arms, and is hard-wired for Nikon iTTL controlled flash exposure. It allows access to all important camera functions, has comfortable rubber grips and a glass optical viewfinder. Ports are available for most popular lenses and lens zoom gears are included with the housing.

The ikelite housing for the Nikon D800 and D800e is available now and retails at $1,600.

Adam Hanlon, wetpixel

Ikelite Housing for Nikon D800 and D800e
Ikelite Housing for Nikon D800 and D800e


Nikon D4
Nikon D4 Review

Nikon D4 Review

BSoUP Committee Member and Wetpixel Associate Editor Alex Mustard has been able to obtain an early D4 camera, and has pent the past two weeks shooting with it jn very challenging condition in Iceland. As he states, the D4 is a pro body designed for professionals on assignment, and hence it makes sense to test the camera in very challenging conditions.

His review will be presented in 5 sections with each new section being added daily. The sections will be: (1) Introduction, (2) Camera and housing overview, (3) ISO, image quality and shooting FX, (4) Autofocus and shooting experience (macro and wide, stills and video), (5) Comparisons with other cameras and conclusion.

Adam Hanlon, wetpixel


Wildscreen Festival 2012

Sunday 14 - Friday 19 October 2012

Deadline for entries: 27 April 2012

The Wildscreen Festival is the world's largest, most prestigious international wildlife and environmental film festival.

Held in Bristol, UK since 1982, the Wildscreen Festival has helped nurture and shape the natural history filmmaking industry as we know it today.

Attracting 550-plus delegates from over 40 countries, the week-long festival is a focal point for wildlife and environmental filmmaking excellence. Delegates come from around the world to hear the latest industry news, hone their skills, investigate emerging technologies and exchange ideas.

Wildscreen Festival
Wildscreen Festival

With over 100 separate events, the Festival provides a first class programme of thought provoking lectures and debates, film screenings, workshops and masterclasses. Playing host to industry heavyweights, the Festival is also an essential international marketplace. Films are bought and sold, commissions and collaborations established, and new talent is discovered. Tickets for this year's event go on sale in June.

Whatever the budget, wherever the location, we are looking for the most interesting, innovative, exciting and the very best films about the natural world. Further details at http://www.wildscreenfestival.org/


Arun Madisetti
Arun Madisetti

Website of the Week - Arun Madisetti

Images Dominica is the website of Simon Walsh and Arun 'Izzy' Madisetti.

Images Dominica was born out of Simon's love for photography and the beauty of Dominica. He has a strong background in design and marketing, and uses this to full advantage in creating ads and posters advertising events in the media locally and internationally.

Izzy qualified as a marine biologist and has spent a lot of his life doing marine research. He first began taking photos to document the life he was seeing and gradually moved to taking photos to promote the underwater environment to non divers. Izzy is also a regular contributing editor in Domnitjen Magazine.


Cornwall's spectacular underwater sea life

Newquay Tretherras School, Trevenson Road, Newquay. TR18 2QP on 23 April, 2012 at 7.15 pm.

Truro College - College Road, Truro, TR1 3XX 26 April, 2012 at5 7.15 p.m.

An illustrated talk by Dr Frank Gloystein who will be showing slides from his diving expeditions under our Cornish waters, Isle of Skye and the beautiful Lofoten Islands, Norway with the main focus on Cornish marine life.

Cost is £2. Dr Gloystein will have some of his prints and DVDï's on sale along with our trust goods.

Cornwall Wildlife Trusts
Cornwall Wildlife Trusts


East Midland Underwater Photographers
East Midlands Underwater Photographers

EMUP - Next Meeting

Monday 1st May, 2012

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

Print Night

Mark Eaton - home printing,

Rob Cuss - online printing and mounting and framing.

Competition: Seals and Sealions


Focus On - April - Results

The category for April was 'Two of something'. There were a total of 39 entries of which 32 were pre-selected for projection and voting at the meeting.

Congratulations to Alex Tattersall who was the winner with his image of two Manatees in Crystal Springs, Florida (right).

Congratulations also to Paul Flandinette, who came second with his image of two moray eels (below) and Richard Smith, who came third with his image of two whip gobies (belwo, right). There was tie for fourth place between Jane Morgan and Robert Bailey with their images of two manta rays and two seals respectively. Sixth place only 11 points behind the winner, was Pash Baker with her image of two whale sharks.

Alex Tattersall
1st © Alex Tattersall
Manatees
Crystal Springs, Florida
F9 1/80th

Paul Flandinette
2nd © Paul Flandinette
Moray Eels
Dahab, Egypt
f9.0 1/125th

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Alex Tattersall 32 6
2 Paul Flaninette 28 5
3 Richard Smith 25 6
4 Jane Morgan 24 5
5 Robert Bailey 24 5
6 Pash Baker 21 3

The top six may be viewed 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. You may choose to View either the Gallery or Sldieshow from the top left menu option View.

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

Next month's Focus On competition, which is open to BSoUP Members only, is Crustaceans (crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimps and even copepods and barnacles - give us your best crusty image). The competition will open shortly. Please read the Rules before entering Online.

Richard Smith
3rd © Richard Smith
Whip gobies
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
1/125th, f13, 105mm lens


Scuba Diving Competition 2012
Scuba Diving U/W Photo Competition

Scuba Diving Photo Contest

Deadline: 30th April, 2012

Enter your best images in any or all of the four categories - Macro, Wide-Angle, Behavior and Divers to win some amazing prizes and have your work featured in the August 2012 issue.

Grand prize is a one-week Bahamas trip aboard the Carib Dancer Live-aboard (1 person), plus $1,000 cash. The Carib Dancer departs from Nassau. Seven nights onboard the Carib Dancer Bahamas Live-Aboard includes all meals, soft beverages and local beer and wine, transfers from/to Nassau International Airport, 5 and ½ days of diving up to five dives per day, and all other standard services and amenities that the Dancer Fleet is renowned for.

Check out the official rules and download the entry form.

For further details please visit the Scuba Diving magazine website


Website of the Week - Zac Macaulay

Zac Macaulay is a professional advertising and underwater photographer based in London UK. He trained under the expert tuition of the late Mike Portelly, and does a lot of work for advertising and design agencies.

Zac also works extensively for Getty Images, where most of the featured images can be found on www.gettyimages.com. He won the gold medal at Image 2003-04 Festival of Underwater Film and Photography, and now shoots with a Canon EOS 1DS MK2 in a Seacam housing. His work always has a strong design base and feel, and he is always striving for new ideas in the underwater medium.

To learn more about Zac and his work, please visit www.zacmacaulay.com/

Zac Macaulay
Zac Macaulay


David Salvatori
David Salvatori (1 of 3)

Epson Red Sea - March Results

The Epson Red Sea 2012 Online Competition takes place between the months of January and May. 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 an international panel of 5 judges. An online competition among all the monthly winners (15 photographers) will then begin on June 1st, 2012. Online voters and the panel will eventually select one of the competitors as the "Photographer of the Year".

 

The top three

The First place went to David Salvatori from Italy
David has won 26.34% of the combined votes of surfers and judges

The Second place went to Steven Kovacs from USA
who won 24.15% of the votes.

The Third place went to Salvatore Ianniello from Italy who won 18.57% of the votes.

To enter April's online competition please visit www.eilatredsea.com/ Deadline is 18th April

David Salvatori
David Salvatori (2 of 3)


Martin Edge
Martin Edge

Martin Edge Award - Winner Announced

We invited BSoUP Members who had never attended a course on underwater photography with Martin Edge to send a brief statement about their current camera system, their underwater photography background and experience, send six of their best images and tell us why thought they would benefit from a one-off special offer of a single FREE place on a one day course near Bournemouth. BSoUP offered to pay£60 for the use of the hotel and pool and Martin generously agreed to provide his services at no cost. The lucky winner would be expected to pay their travel expenses and accommodation. Unfortunately there were only seven submissions.

Congratulations to Heather Morris who was selected by Martin and the majority of the BSoUP Committee as the the candidate most likely to benefit from Martin's course.

Heather has been diving for 5 years and fell in love with underwater photography from her very first Advanced dive with a borrowed camera. Until this year Heather used a Sea and Sea 1200H digital camera with external Sea and Sea YS17 TTL Slave strobe. She had some good results but desperately wanted to improve them so she invested in a Canon 550d SLR with Sea and Sea RDX-550D housing. On learning of her win Heather said 'That is fantastic news! I am very excited to have won this great chance! I have just bought Martin's book!


BSoUP's April Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 18 April 2012at 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.

Nick Robertson-Brown: The challenge of competing and progressing in BIPP - driving my photography to a higher level by making me think outside the underwater world. 

Nick will discuss his progress and experiences in becoming an Associate member of both BIPP and the RPS, how these institutions can help you improve your photography, and what he thinks the advantages are in their membership. He will show the images he has used in his submissions and the images he thinks might help him progress to the next level.

Nick, with his wife Caroline, runs Frogfish Photography, based in Manchester, offering underwater photography tuition, trips in the UK and overseas, equipment sales (including Nauticam and INON). They are also photo-journalists for Sport Diver, writing a regular piece on marine life behaviour and photography, as well as reports on their travels to diving destinations all over the world.

Focus On Competition: Two of something (any pair of underwater creatures). The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members only may preview the Competition slideshow. You will be asked to login if you have not done so this session.

Nick Robertson-Brown
Frogfish Photography - Nick Robertson-Brown

Helen Rushton
See LIFE through the Lens - Helen Rushton

Helen Rushton: How topside photography can improve your underwater photography.

Helen will talk about issues such as composition, positioning, etc on land that we can then take underwater to improve our shots.

Helen has always been captivated by the sea. At a young age when living in the Middle East she would always be found either in the water or on the water sailing and this passion developed into a love of scuba diving, taking underwater images and then into landscape photography mainly involving water of some kind. It is this passion she brings to her photography and a willingness to share it with others by providing landscape photography workshops in Hampshire and Dorset where there are some stunning areas of the coastline. She has been a BSoUP member off and on for about three years but has been focussed on setting up her land photography business so underwater photography has temporarily taken a back seat (a situation she hopes will change soon!).

She is dedicated to making her images in camera as opposed to photo editing. 


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 , although a few changes have been 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 that have been confirmed are detailed at Splash-In 2012 along with the Rules.

BSoUP are delighted to confirm that the panel of judges for this year's British Underwater Photography Championship (Splash-in) comprises Paul Ives, MA FBIPP, Advertising Commercial & Underwater Photographer, Stuart Philpot, Sport Diver's online SLR columnist, and Mark Webster, Photo-journalist, Author and Award winning underwater photographer.

BSoUP is delighted to announce that Maldives Scuba Tours, Underwater Visions, AP Valves, Ocean Visions, ScubaCool and Sport Diver have agreed to sponsor this year's event. BSoUP extends its sincere thanks to all.

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
Splash-In 2012


Underwater Journal #24
Underwater Journal #24. Image: Walt Stearns

Underwater Journal - Latest Issue

The latest issue of the FREE Underwater Journal is now available for download for you computer and/or iPAD.

Issue 24 includes SBC2 Helldiver, South Flirda's mystery wreck, Bonaire's salt pier, DAN Dive Action Plan, Fourth Element's Proteus 3mm wetsuit, Advanced Diving: Gas Management, Historic Wrecks: SS Copenhagen and Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

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


Website of the Week - Keith Lyall

Keith has been diving since 2000 and is a PADI Divemaster.

Prior to learning to dive Keith was a keen land photographer and as such underwater photography was a natural extension of this interest, in fact the interest was significantly rekindled through diving.

Keith's first experience of underwater photography was with a disposable camera in a plastic housing. Although the results were less than impressive, this ignited a desire to take further images and acquire the skills required to develop as an underwater photographer.

Following basic training via the PADI Photography Speciality course (using the Sea & Sea MX-10 35mm Auto Focus Underwater Camera), Keith bought his first camera and housing. At this time early digital cameras and housings were starting to reach the market at an affordable price and Keith purchased the 3 megapixel Olympus 3040, Olympus PT-10 housng and Epoque slave strobe.

Keith Lyall
Keith Lyall

A turning point in Keith's underwater photography development was a weekend course with leading underwater photographer Martin Edge. The tuition and advice gained from Martin has been invaluable in the progression of Keith's knowledge, technique and ability.

Since those early days Keith has progressed through a number of compact digital cameras before moving to a housed DSLR. Keith is currently shooting with the Nikon D300 in a Subal housing.

Keith is a member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) and Photosub.


CORNSOUP
CORNSOUP

CORNSOUP Resurrection

On Monday 30th April, 2012 there will be a meeting for like-minded divers and underwater photographers who are based in Cornwall. The venue will be the Watersports Centre, Falmouth.

Two speakers Jamie Watts and Paul Ives will entertain and inform you along with the added attraction of a pay bar on site. Meet at 7.00 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. start.

Jamie Watts is a marine ecologist, expedition leader, diver, photographer and naturalist guide working in earth's most spectacular marine ecosystems. Jamie has spent the last seven southern summers as well as two winters in the Antarctic and the last four northern summers in the Arctic, most recently guiding expedition and dive trips to the Antarctic and remote mid-Atlantic islands and the High Arctic from Spitzbergen to Greenlanmd to the Northwest Passage.

Jamie will give a fascinating illustrated talk on his adventures and experiences of photographing the Arctic and Antarctic.

Paul Ives is a practising commercial advertising and underwater photographer with 27 years experience. Paul recently gained a Fellowship of the British Institute of Professional Photographers with an underwater portfolio and is now working as a Senior Lecturer on the Marine and Natural History BA Photography course at UCF.

Paul will do a short technical talk in support of Jamie on shooting without strobes.

For further information please contact paul@paulives-photographers.com


DIVER TV

DIVER invite you to enjoy watching DIVERï's selection of underwater videos from around the internet in our new DIVER TV video player. You can search the titles of the videos for specific subjects, such as Maldives, or you can simply browse the various channels via the tabs. New videos will be added regularly, so come back to see the latest additions. If you would like to suggest a video to be included in DIVER TV, please email the DIVER for consideration.

There is a tab dedicated to Dive & Photo Training which includes Alex Mustard's new series HOW TO BE A CHAMP! which starts in DIVER Magazine's May issue, published 19 April. So don't worry if you missed his talk at LIDS 2012 - he will be in DIVER Magazine soon.

During the next few days, if you experience a problem viewing the videos on the screen above on certain browsers (MS Internet Explorer) we would recommend you use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

DIVER TV
DIVER TV


Saeed Rashid's Workshops
Saeed Rashid's Red Sea Workshops

Saeed Rashid to lead In Focus Red Sea Workshops

blue o two are very happy to announce that Saeed Rashid of 'Focus Visuals' will be joining their team to run exclusive 'In Focus: Liveaboard Photography Workshops in the northern and southern Red Sea, Egypt.

A lecturer at Bournemouth University, photographic consultant for Diver magazine and popular speaker at UK Dive Shows, Saeed will guide you through the underwater photography process from start to finish.

Saeed said "I am very excited about working with blue o two and aim to make learning fun, promoting confidence and participation. You will be able to relax and enjoy a memorable holiday, whilst enhancing your underwater photography skills and who knows maybe teach me a top tip of your own!"

For further details please visit www.blueotwo.com/

For other courses, workshops and expeditions mled by BSoUP Members please visit Courses.


ScubaCam Festival

Bratislava, Slowakia

Deadline 10th April, 2012

The uw photography & videography festival "ScubaCam" takes place from 20th-22th in Bratislava/Slowakia and is still open for entries ( online submission of photos is accepted & provided ). Total prizes to the value of $US 6500 include dive holidays ( liveaboards in Indonesia & Egypt ), lots of scuba & uw photo gear and even a bottle of original Cuban Rum. Enter online at the festival's website :
http://www.scubacam-festival.com/. Winner's of the contest will be announced life during the festival on 21th April.

ScubaCam
ScubaCam


BSoUP stand at LIDS2012
BSoUP stand at LIDS 2012

BSoUP at LIDS 2012

Once again BSoUP staged an impressive stand at the London International Dive Show held at ExCel in London's Docklands over the weekend of 31st March/1st April. In addition to the main stand the prints from last Ocotober's BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition were displayed with credits rather than anonomously, thanks to DIVER. Plus BSoUP Member Martin Davies gave top tips talks on both days, which were well attended

BSoUP thanks Martin and all the members that volunteered to set-up, man or break down the stand.

Adam Hanlon and Alex Mustard covered LIDS for wetpixel, where you can read more about the event and some of the equipment offered for sale by underwater photographic manufactures and retailers.


Website of the Week - Alan Lyall

Alan lives in Norfolk in the UK and has been taking photos for many years. His first 'proper' camera was a Zenit EM (he remembers feeling 'guilty' about spending £40 on it). He has progressed a bit since then and now uses a Canon diSLR with L series lenses and has no more guilt. Alan has always had an interest in natural history and many of his photographs reflect this. He is also fascinated by macro photography - the ability to see things that the naked eye cannot never ceases to amaze. In 2000, Akan and his wife took up scuba diving and in 2006 Alan started taking photos underwater with his dSLR. Both been fortunate to be able to travel to many exotic destinations to indulge their joint passions.

Please visit www.awlpix.com/.

Alan Lyall
Alan Lyall


East Midlands Underwater Photographers
East Midlands Underwater Photographers

East Midlands Underwater Photographers - Next meeting

Tuesday 3rd April 2012at 7.30

Nemo's Bar, Stoney Cove

EMUP Members Night
The evening will be made up of 4 mini-talks from EMUP members. I currently have 2 volunteers. If you can fill a 15 minute slot with any topic of your choice (dive destination, critter, equipment, anecdote etc) then please get in touch.

Competition: Wrecks
Submit images to Plymouth Splash-in: There are now two places on the boat for the Splash-in and a bunk room available in the Mountbatten Centre. If interested please let me know.


NUPG - Next Meeting

Monday 16th April, 2012

The next meeting is on Monday 16th April (not the 9th as that is Easter Monday) at the usual venue- Gurkha Grill, West Didsbury, Manchester (Map)

It is an open evening, which is free for all non-members who are interested in underwater photography

We will be judging the Winter Splash-In and discussing images brought in by those attending, giving advice and editing tips

For more details go to www.nupg.org.uk

Northern Underwater Phtography Group
Northern Underwater Photography Group


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


African Diver - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE web magazine African Diver is now available to download.

Issue 22 is an ecelectic collection of articles celebrating the diversity that lives in and around our oceans. If you're into critters then you'll love our nudibranch article and the one on macro photography. If chasing sardines is your game then youï'll want to read up on Port St Johns and gannets; the indicator species (along with common dolphin) for sardine activity. Activism by The Black Fish on illegal drift nets in the Mediterranean gets our support with an article that, hopefully, will inspire you to support them. And we end this issue with the colourful photography of Ivan van Heerden and the inspirational story of Raffaella Schlegal who changed her life to follow her dream of diving with sharks.

To download you copy please visit http://www.africandiver.com/

African Diver - issue 22
African Diver #22


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

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.


BSoUP Photobook - Images taken in British waters

The latest BSoUP photobook - Images taken in British waters is now available online at www.photobox.co.uk/.

We invited BSoUP members to submit images taken in British waters for a photobook to promote the society, particularly at events like dive shows. We are delighted that quite a few members responded (see below). The book, compiled by Alison Mayor, is now available to order online and you may preview the contents (password LIDS2012)

Comprising 58 pages the book retails at £56.99 plus postage. However until 18th March there is a buy one get one free offer for hard cover books over 40 pages (code HCBOOKS241), so we suggest you split the cost of two copies with another underwater photographer.

BSoUP Photobox Photobook - Images taken in British waters
BSoUP Photobook
Images taken in British waters

BSoUP extends its sincere thanks to Trevor Rees, Arthur Kingdon, Caroline Bateman, Dave Peake, Len Deeley, Neil Hollingworth, Martin Davies, Clive Allcorn, Alex Mustard, Dougie Souness, Mark Webster, Nick Blake, Dan Bolt, Joss Woolf, Ken Sullivan, Cathy De Lara, Gerry Casey, Nick Watson, Keith Lyal, Heather Morris, Steve Jones, Tony Neal, Robert Bailey, Mark Thomas, Tony Baskeyfield, Kevin Cullimore, Brian Pitkin, Peter Tatton, Alison Mayor and Maragaret Ashton who submitted images and to Alison Mayor for compiling the book.

N. B. Unfortunately the preview doesn't show if you use Internet Explorer 9. If you have this version, once you have clicked on the URL (http://www.photobox.co.uk/) use the IE 9 Tools / Compatability View to enable you to log in to the photobook [or use Internet Explorer 8 or earlier or another browser like Safari (http://www.apple.com/safari/download/) or Google Chrome (http://www.google.co.uk/chrome)]. Log in with the password LIDS2012. The discount code to purchase two copies for the price of one is HCBOOKS241. A box for this code is located on the order form.


British Wildlife Photography Awards Image: Seahorse
British Wildlife Photography Awards
Image: Seahorse by Alex Tattersall

British Wildlife Photography Awards

Deadline: May 12th, 2012

BWPA is delighted to announce the 2012 competition is now open for entries. With twelve separate categories, the subject matter covers everything from marine life and animal behaviour to creepy crawlies and urban wildlife.

With a prize fund of up to £20,000 and the overall winner receiving a cash prize of £5,000, the images receiving judges' commendations will form part of a series of nationwide exhibitions and be included in a book.

For full details please visit www.bwpawards.org/


Blue Ocean Film Festival

Deadlines: 16th March 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.

Blue Ocean Film Festival 2012
Blue Ocean Film Festival 2012


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