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News - May 2012

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

April 2012
Coming Soon
News Archive


2020VISION Roadshow
Website of the Week - Sheilah Openshaw
International Day for Biological Diversity
Saeed Rashid's Lightroom Training Course
Website of the Week - Malcolm Nobbs
Epson Red Sea World Shoot Out 2012
Friends of Marine Conservation Zones
Nauticam Housing for Canon 5D MkIII
Focus On - Crustaceans - Results
Nature Exposed
Nikon D800 - Camera Grand Prix 2012 Award
Ocean Views 2012 Results
Colour Correction Filter for GoPro Hero
Pacific Northwest Diver - Latest issue
Website of the Week - Alex Mustard
Splash-In Sponsors
BSoUP - Next Meeting
Sea & Sea MDX-X10 Compact Camera Housing
Sea & Sea YS-D1 Underwater Strobe

Sea & Sea MDX-GRD4 Compact Camera Housing
Nauticam NA-DP4 housing and SmallHD DP4 monitor
Wreck photography in Scapa with Simon Brown
NUPG - Next Meeting
X-ray Magazine - Latest Issue
Website of the Week - Jane Morgan
Baskers Back
Neville Coleman OAM
Cairns U/W Film and Photo Competition
Nikon D4 Review by Alex Mustard
UwP - Latest issue
Website of the Week - Chicco Maggioni
British Underwater Photography Championship
British Wildlife Photography Awards
Kamera Louis Bouton


2020VISION Roadshow
2020VISION Roadshow

2020VISION Roadshow

2020VISION have announced their Roadshow, comprising a high quality large-format Street Gallery with accessible and thought-provoking caption texts and quotes and of course, the very best images from the 2020VISION collection, an Outdoor Multi-screen AV Show and THE VISION! Theatre Show.

Designed for pedestrianised city centre squares, cultural quarters, promenades etc. the roadshow will be on tour over a period of at least 3 years (2012-2015) across Scotland, England and Wales.

The exhibition, which is being lauched at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh on Friday 5th July, will be free to the public and in most cases, open 24 hours a day.

2020VISION was launched in 2010 and is spearheaded by The Wild Media Foundation, a Social Enterprise Company, with a solid track record in developing conservation media projects, including the Tooth & Claw and Highland Tiger initiatives. WMF were also partners in the internationally acclaimed and highly successful Wild Wonders of Europe project (www.wild-wonders.com).


Website of the Week - Sheilah Openshaw

Sheilah Openshaw is a member of the Kingsclere Photo Club and BSoUP. Over the years Sheilah has dived in Australia, South Africa, Thailand and the Galapagos Islands. However, even after 18 years of diving she is at her happiest diving off the Dorset coast. Here Sheilah, along with her husband, love to explore new areas off the Dorset coast using an ocean bed map to locate potential locations

Currently Sheilah's kit consists of a Canon 450D EOS and an Olympus 7070 Bridge camera along with housing and a strobe each side. Out of the water this is quite a weight but underwater it is neutrallly buoyant. This summer Sheilah is hoping to photograph the five species of coral that flourish off the Dorset coast.

To see some of Sheilah's images please visit www.kingsclerephoto.org/sheilah.html

Sheilah Openshaw
Sheilah Openshaw's page on the
Kingsclere Photo Club website


Convention on Biodiversity
Convention on Biological Biodiversity

International Day for Biological Diversity - 22 May

The United Nations proclaimed 22 May The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

This year's theme is Marine Biodiversity, providing an excellent opportunity to raise global awareness of the many issues facing the worldï's marine ecosystems, and to encourage practical action to protect and conserve them.

A number of celebrations are being held around the World.

Arkive have picked out a a handful of amazing marine images from their collection to celebrate, which you can view on their website.


Saeed Rashid's Lightroom Training Course

A review by Tony Neal

Let me introduce myself - my name is Tony Neal aka "Goose". I've been diving since 2005 and taking photo's for three of those years, Two years on a compact and just under a year using a DSLR. I am a member of East Midlands Underwater Photographers and BSoUP.

With the thought of an impending live-aboard trip approaching, and the anticipated countless hours spent in the water capturing hundreds, perhaps thousands of images, it was now time to face my fears, yes editing importing and managing my images a lot better than previously using iPhoto badly. I'm basically saying I dreaded image management and avoided it at all costs, but its part and parcel of what we do as underwater photographers. So when I saw Saeed Rashid's Facebook post regarding Lightroom training, I got in touch and booked myself onto his course pronto!

More..

Saeed Rahi's Lightroom Course

Malcolm Nobbs
Malcolm Nobbs

Website of the Week - Malcolm Nobbs

"Nowadays I live in Forster, New South Wales, Australia with my wife Mary, but am British and spent most of my life based in Folkestone, UK. I am a member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) and enjoy up to 200 dives per annum worldwide.

I used to have no interest in diving whatsoever. However my late wife Eve did and in December 1994 I reluctantly joined her on a Try Dive. To my amazement I thoroughly enjoyed it and was soon assuring everyone that I had always wanted to dive.

Keen to capture memories of my underwater dives, I began shooting video but eventually became seduced by, in my opinion, the greater challenge of still photography. Some of the photographs on this website date back to when I first began diving. That is, images from March 1995 to November 2003 have been scanned from conventional film snaps or have simply been taken from analogue video stills. All photographs from December 2003 to May 2006 were taken with Olympus C5050 and C5060 compact cameras and from June 2006 with a Nikon D200 digital SLR."

To learn more about Malcolm and see some of his images please visit www.malcolmnobbs.com/


Epson Red Sea World Shoot Out 2012

Deadline: August 31st, 2012

World ShootOut Dive Destination Category - $5,000 for the first prize!

The Epson World ShootOut is a global underwater photography competition, open to amateur, young or professional photographers and videographers.

Submit an underwater portfolio of any diving destination around the world - as simple as that!

Please read the Rules before entering. Further details at http://worldshootout.org/

Epson Red Sea Shoot Out 2012
Epson Red Sea Shoot Out 2012



The Wildlife Trusts

The Wildlife Trusts - Friends of Marine Conservation Zones

The Wildlife Trusts are working on a new campaign to encourage passionate advocates of the marine environment to become 'Friends of Marine Conservation Zones. They will be launching a new section on their website where all 127 proposed Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) will be marked on a map, and people can find out more about the species and habitats in the MCZs near them.

They are urgently seeking images to illustrate their campaign, including Native oyster, Pink sea fan, Ross worm, Honeycomb worm, Blue mussels, Seahorses, Common lobster, Stalked jellyfish, Peacockï's tail, Seagrass, Rocky reef, Mud/sand/gravel habitats, Maerl beds, Horse mussel beds, Sabellaria and Blue mussel beds. If you are willing and able to support them by donating images please contact Tanya Perdikou before Monday 28th May.


Nauticam Housing for Canon 5D MkIII

As the international leader in innovative underwater camera housing technology, Nauticam is pleased to announce support for the 22mp Canon 5D Mark III. The NA-5DMKIII housing builds on Nauticamï's solid reputation for ergonomic functions, extensive control options and ease of operation while upholding the robust quality standards that have become a hallmark of the Nauticam brand. Nauticam takes great pride in delivering excellence well beyond expectations.

The NA-5DMKIII underwater housing custom built for Canon 5D Mark III is a refinement of the acclaimed design used in NA-7D for Canon 7D. Nauticam took Canon SLR housing ergonomics to another level with relocated command dials and piano keys found on NA-7D, and has built upon these advancements with NA-5DMKIII.

More at wetpixel.com/

Nauticam Housing for Canon 5D MkIII
Nauticam Housing for Canon 5D MkIII


Trevor Rees
1st - Norwegian lobsters © Trevor Rees

Focus On - Crustaceans - Results

Congratulations to Trevor Rees who was the wniner of this month's Focus On Competition with an image of a pair of Norwegian lobsters taken in Sweden in a fjord at 30 metres in total darkness using a Nikon D90.

Congratulations also to Robert White who came second with a Red Swimming Crab (Portunus ?convexus) taken in Djibouti and to Arthur Kingdon with a long clawed lobster taken in St Abbs with surface reflection.

There were a total of 44 entries, of which 25 were selected for projection.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Trevor Rees 49 9
2 Robert White 37 9
3 Arthur Kingdon 30 5
4 Tom Forwood 17 3
5 Martyn Guess 15 2
6 Rico Besserdich 14 4

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

Robert White
2nd - Red Swimming Crab (with surface reflection)
© Robert White

Arthur Kingdon
3rd - Long-clawed lobster © Arthur Kingdon

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 Focus On competition, which is open to BSoUP Members only, is Anemonefish with a difference (find a different slant to this common but captivating subject). The competition is now open. Please read the Rules before entering Online.


Nature Exposed

8th-13th June, 2012, Bristol

Marine & Natural History Photography graduates of University College Falmouth invite you to join them at Bristol's Centrespace Gallery on Friday 8th to Wednesday 13th June. 2012, 11am to 5pm (4pm Sunday 10th June, 2012) for 'Nature exposed'.

Created over the degree process, 'Nature Exposed' is a showcase of striking photographic prints and moving images.

Nature Exposed
Nature Exposed


Nikon D800 dSLR camera
Nikon D800 dSLR camera body

Nikon D800 - Camera Grand Prix 2012 Award

Just in case you needed any more reason to get your hands on the the Nikon D800, the companys newest full-frame dSLR, the camera has just been awarded the prestigious Camera Grand Prix 2012 title, along with being voted by the public as the best camera.

Established in 1963, the awards are organized by the Japanese Camera Journal Press Club. The club also recognized the Canon EF8-15 fisheye F4 as the lens of the year, and the Sony NEX-7 as the editors choice.

For more information please visit the official Grand Prix website.


Ocean Views 2012 Results

DAN has announced the winners of the 2012 Ocean Views competition on their Alert Diver online site. Deano Cook took first place with his split level image of a lemon shark in the Bahamas (right).

As the sun was setting, I wanted to capture a quiet moment with one of the lemon sharks we had been photographing that afternoon. This particular shark was just as curious as I was, and what an amazing moment I was able to capture! His eye above the surface stares back at me, as if to show me he's watching, too. Below the surface his mouth was just slightly open, showing off his sharp teeth.(Nikon D200, Nikon 16mm lens, 1/200 sec at f/11, ISO 200, Sea & Sea housing, Sea & Sea YS-110 strobes, www.deanocook.com)

There is a full slide show of all the winning images, as well as a "bonus gallery" of other images from the contest.

Ocean Views 2013 Call for Entries opens May 1, 2012, and ends Nov. 30, 2012.

DAN Ocean Views 2012 - Deano Cook
DAN Ocean Views 2012 © Deano Cook


Backscatter GoPro Flip Filter
Backscatter GoPro Flip Filter

Backscatter announces colour correction filter for GoPro U/W Housing

Backscatter is pleased to announce a custom flip-up color correction filter for the new GoPro Dive Housing. The unique mount design allows users to quickly add or remove the filter for land and water use or as color drops off with depth. The housing adapter locks securely in place without modifications to the stock GoPro Dive Housing, is easily installed by the user, and does not vignette in any shooting mode. Shipping is scheduled for late June 2012. Pricing to be announced. This new filter will be available through Backscatter dealers worldwide.

Further details at www.backscatter.com/


Pacific Northwest Diver - Latest issue

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

This monthï's photographers include Vancouver BC videographer Roy Mulder, free diver Dennis Howie from Anacortes, and Laura Tesler from Portland. Macro/super-macro photographer Jens Tröger is the featured photographer. Hornby Island Diving is the featured resort/operator for the month.

Other articles of interest include: First looks at Lightroom 4.0, Photoshop CS6 and the Creative Cloud; Waterproof SD cards from Samsung; Underwater Sports Divers Fair photo contest ; Fukushima radiation path across north Pacific; Underwater photo/video classes and seminars; and Underwater dive & photo travel opportunities

To get your copy please click here.

Pacific North West Diver
Pacific North West Diver
. Cover: Jens Tröger


Alex Mustard
Alex Mustard

Website of the Week - Alex Mustard

Dr Alexander Mustard trained and worked as a marine biologist, but since 2004 has worked full time as a professional underwater photographer and author. He took his first pictures underwater at the age of nine. They were not very good, but over the years they improved and he is widely regarded as one of the most creative underwater photographers, whose works is admired and respected around the world. Alex was born in 1975 and has been a certified diver for more than half his life.

Alex is a BSoUP Committee Member and Associate Editor of wetpixel.

To learn more about Alex and view some of his work please visit www.amustard.com/


British Underwater Photography Championship

Saturday 14th July, 2012

BSoUP are delighted to announce that Sea & Sea have kindly agreed to sponsor this year's British Underwater Photography Championship by donating a voucher for £200 redeemable for camera proucts on their website to the winner of the Manikind in the SEa category.

Sea & Sea join Maldives Scuba Tours, Underwater Visions, AP Valves, Ocean Visions, ScubaCool and Sport Diver in sponsoring the event which is being held on on Saturday 14th July, 2012 at Mount Batten, Plymouth. BSoUP is extremely grateful to them all for their support.

Full details at Splash-In 2012

Sea & Sea sponsor British Underwater Photography Championship
Sea & Sea sponsor British Underwater Photography Championship


Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan

BSoUP - Next Meeting

Wednesday 16th May 2012

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 16 May 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.

Paul Morgan: Exploring Bali - An Underwater Photographer's light-hearted view of Bali.

If you have ever wondered what a visit to Bali would be like or want to find out what you have missed? Join Paul as he drops in on the inhabitants of Secret Bay, Menjangan, Puri Jati, Seraya Secrets, Tulamben, Blue lagoon and  Nusa Penida meeting the odd Ambon Scorpion Fish, a Mimic Octopus, and a distant Mola Mola to mention just a few. And between dives a look at the people, culture and fantastic scenery that await a land photographer! 

Paul is a BSoUP committee member, keen underwater photographer, silver jeweller, magician, camper van addict and also retired with four grandchildren.

Focus On - Crustaceans

The Competition is now closed. There were a total of 44 entries. BSoUP Members may view the pre-selected entries in the Competition Slideshow. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

The number of images has been reduced to 25 for projection at the meeting with the pre-selection carried out by two BSoUP Committee members. As previously explained this has become necessary as the number of entries had grown to the point that it was impossible for the audience on the night to review them all and make a sensible choice.  We are delighted with the growth in entries and regret they cant all be screened on the night.

Slideshows of all entries to each months competition will be available in the archive section of the website from the night after the meeting. Images not selected for projection were those which had technical weaknesses e.g. key elements (eyes) out of focus, poorly exposed, or over manipulated, and those which were compositionally weakest.

Focus On Slideshow
Focus On Crustaceans

Zac Macaulay
Zac Macaulay

Zac Macaulay: Tahiti, 4 dives to capture some of the best sights I have seen.

Diver Magazine sent Zac to Tahiti but only gave him a few days to get the story.  With very few dives, (only 4 usable) the quantity and quality of what he saw was stunning - including dancing Bottle Nose Dolphins, 300 stationary White Tip reef sharks, and among the most impressive Giant Mantas he has seen. All right in front of him.  Not forgetting the beautiful topside scenery, and Robinson Crusoe type lifestyle he witnessed!

Zac is a long standing BSoUP member and has a professional career spanning 20 years that has taken him all over the globe.  His work ranges from commercial advertising shoots in flooded studios, tanks and pools to work in the open sea.  His underwater work has won many international awards including in 2007 the prestigious Winner of the Palme dOr, Advertising category for best stills image, Antibes Underwater Film and Photography Festival.

To see some of Zac's work please visit www.zacmacaulay.com/

We hope you can join us on Wednesday!


Sea & Sea MDX-X10 Compact Camera Housing

"The MDX-GRD4 is an ergonomically designed and precision machined underwater housing made from solid block aluminium alloy. The housing is compact and has a small internal volume reducing excess buoyancy."

"Optional DX-2G Wide-Angle conversion lenses can be mounted on the port or the Close-up Lens 125 can be attached using DX-2G Lens Adapter."

2By inserting the Fiber-optic Cable L-type into the housing connector, an external strobe will be optically connected to the cameraï's built-in flash enabling full-featured strobe photography and creative lighting expression."

Further details at www.sea-sea.net/

 

Sea & Sea MDX-X10 Compact Camera Housing
Sea & Sea MDX-X10 Compact Camera Housing


Sea & Sea YS-D1 Underwater Strobe
Sea & Sea YS-D1 Underwater Strobe

Sea & Sea YS-D1 Underwater Strobe

"The most versatile and highest performing strobe Sea&Sea has ever made. The YS-D1 sets a new standard for underwater strobes, from subtle light output as low as Guide Number 1 to a maximum power of Guide Number 32; control of underwater lighting has become effortless."

"Compared to the YS-110Alpha, the YS-D1 is 1EV more powerful, 50g lighter and 10% smaller. The YS-D1 is robust enough for wide-angle photography and is ideal for macro photography which requires delicate light level control."

"The YS-D1 is supplied with two diffusers; 120 and 100. These are used individually to widen the angle of coverage and reduce the power output of the strobe."

Further details at www.sea-sea.net/


Sea & Sea MDX-GRD4 Compact Camera Housing

"The MDX-X10 is an ergonomically designed and precision machined underwater housing made from solid block aluminium alloy. The housing is compact and has a small internal volume reducing excess buoyancy."

"M67 Wide-Angle conversion lenses can be mounted on the port or the Close-up Lens 125 can be attached to the port with the M67â‡'M62 Step-down ring."

"By inserting the Fiber-optic Cable L-type into the housing connector, an external strobe will be optically connected to the cameraï's built-in flash enabling full-featured strobe photography and creative lighting expression."

Further details at www.sea-sea.net/

Sea & Sea MDX-GRD4 Compact Camera Housing
Sea & Sea MDX-GRD4 Compact Camera Housing


Nauticam NA-DP4 housing with the SmallHD DP4 monitor
Nauticam NA-DP4 housing with the SmallHD DP4 monitor

Nauticam NA-DP4 housing with the SmallHD DP4 monitor

Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon has reviewed the Nauticam NA-DP4 housing with the SmallHD DP4 monitor.

External monitors are a fantastic tool for those who shoot video on SLRs. The review that is not a comparative review, as Adam has only used the Nauticam/SmallHD version, but does provide his experiences with the unit, and some ideas that may be applicable to others. Given that each new camera seems to have improved video capabilities compared to its forebears, it is likely that external monitors will be as essential to underwater image makers as strobes are to still shooters now.

To read the review please visit http://wetpixel.com/


Wreck photography in Scapa with Simon Brown

14th-19th October, 20012This diving trip is aimed at photographers (and their models!) and the intention is to run an informal photographic workshop/dive trip on Valkyrie, spending 6 days diving and photographing the German fleet. The plan (subject to weather & underwater conditions) will be to dive the shallower wrecks more than once.

Cost:- £410 per person. This includes air fills. Payable direct to Hazel (hazel@mv-valkyrie.co.uk)

Extras:- 
Half board = £10 per person per day
Full board = £21 per person per day
Nitrox. As an example, a 12l 32% fill is £7.70The trip will run with a minimum of 6 booked spaces, so if you are interested in booking on please contact Simon via email simon@simonbrownimages.com

For other trips led by BSoUP Members please see Courses, Expeditions and Workshops.

MV Valkyrie
MV Valkyrie


Northern Underwater Phtography Group
Northern Underwater Photography Group

NUPG - Next Meeting

Monday 14th May, 2012

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group is on Monday 14th May at the usual venue- Gurkha Grill, West Didsbury, Manchester (Map)

AGM:

Talk: Anilao by Bonnie Jackson & Ben Jackson

Competition: Wrecks

For more details about NUPG please visit www.nupg.org.uk


X-ray Magazine - Latest Issue

The latest issue of the FREE X-ray magazine is now available to download.

Issue #48 includes special coverage of Komodo Island with Andrey Bizyukin and Abigail Smigel Mullens; Orcas of Valdes in Patagonia with Frank Wirth; Madeira oceanic archipelago with Nuno Sà; Bali's Liberty wreck with Don Silcock; Why switch to rebreathers with Mark Powell; Cavern training with Alan Purcell; It's raining sharks in French Polynesia with Andy Murch; Shipwrecks 2012 report by Robert Osborne; Island Biogeography with Peter Symes; Night photography with Lawson Wood; Svetlana Murashkina takes us to a unique ski and dive site in Andorra at high altitude in the Pyrenees. 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 www.xray-mag.com/

Xray#48
X-ray #48 Cover image: Don Silcock


Jane Morgan
Jane Morgan

Website of the Week - Jane Morgan

Jane is a freelance underwater photo journalist, diving instructor and commercial diver. She dives substantially in the UK and overseas and is available for commisions.

Jane discovered underwater photography during a trip to the Southern Red Sea in 2001 and never looked back. She moved to digital photogaphy in late 2004, and now uses a Nikon D300s camera in a Sea & Sea housing with twin Inon Z240 strobes. Jane's work has been widely published in the UK diving press and national newspapers.

To see some of Jane's images please visit www.morganreefphotography.com/

 


Baskers Back

On Wednesday this week BSoUP Member Charles Hood reported the first sighting of a Basking Shark this season.

Charlie, a Photojournalist, Photographer and Qualified Skipper and Diving Instructor, runs basking shark sighting trips, usually from Penzance in Cornwall on his RIB Logan.

Full details of of his experience, qualifications, trips and hundreds of photographs of basking sharks can be viewed on his website at http://charleshood.com/ for those interested in joining him for an unforgetable experience.

Charles Hood Photography
Charles Hood Photography


Neville Colmen OAM
Neville Coleman OAM - 1938 - 2012

Neville Coleman OAM - 1938 - 2012

BSoUP is sorry to learn that at 4:55am this morning Neville Coleman OAM peacefully passed away.

Neville was a great underwater explorer, naturalist, photographer, author, publisher and journalist who dedicated his life to the World of Water.

The Order of Australia, instituted by Her Majesty The Queen on 14 February 1975, was established as "an Australian society of honour for the purpose of according recognition to Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or for meritorious service".

With over 450 undescribed species housed in State museums across Australia cross-referenced with their photographic records in the Australian Marine Photographic Index files and catalogues, Nevilleï's achievements in his field of expertise may never be matched, but the recognition afforded by receiving an Order of Australia Medal from his own country is more than he could ever have wished for.


Cairns U/W Film and Photo Competition 2012

Deadline 25th July, 2012

The 2012 Cairns Underwater Film and Photo Competition is now calling for entries. The competition, part of the Cairns Underwater Festival, features entry categories including: Wide-angle nature, macro, diver in harmony with the reef, creative, young photographer, compact wide-angle and compact macro. In addition, there is an entry category for short films. The festival is volunteer-run and donates the proceeds of the vent to local environmental charities.

For full details please see the Cairns Underwater Film Festival site and the deadline for entries is 25th July 2012.

Cairns Underwater Film and Photo Competition 2012
Cairns Underwater Film and Photo Competition 2012


Alex Mustard in Iceland
Alex Mustard in Iceland

Nikon D4 Review by Alex Mustard

BSoUP Committee Member and Wetpixel Associate Editor Alex Mustard has been able to obtain an early D4 camera, and has spent two weeks shooting with it in very challenging conditions in Iceland and Scotland. 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 is presented in 5 sections: (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.


UwP - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE UwP Magazine is now avaialable for download.

Issue 66 includes News, Travel & Events, New Products, Techniques, Product reviews, Technical, Locations, Marine life, and Parting Shot.

To get your copy please visit http://www.uwpmag.com

UwP #66
UwP #66 Image: Chris Crumley


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


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 extends its thanks to Maldives Scuba Tours, Underwater Visions, AP Valves, Ocean Visions, ScubaCool and Sport Diver for their sponsorship.

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


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/


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.

 

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