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News - June 2012

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

May 2012
News Archive

Lundy Splash-In
Anima Mundi - Latest issue
Focus On - Anemonefish - Results
Maldives Scuba Tours - New Website
Wildscreen Festival - Early Bird Registration
2020VISION Roadshow Launch
Website of the Week - Gary Roberts
in focus - Latest issue
BSoUP Members U/W Images in the Press
TWT Marine Conservation Zones Campaign
Nikon D800 Review
BSoUP June Meeting
First ever UK Adobe Creative Week
Olympus TG-1 & PT-053 Review
Oonasdivers Calendar Photo Competition
BIPP Judgng Controversy
2020Vision - Latest Blog
Canon Rebel T4i/EOS 650D
Website of the Week - Trevor Rees

NUPG - Next Meeting
Slim MacDonnell - 1940-2012
Wetpixel Hangout
EMUP - Next Meeting
BUPG - Next Meeting
Website of the Week - Linda Pitkin
Review of the Olympus OM-D E5 Camera photo contest 2012
African Diver - Latest Issue
British Underwater Photography Championship
Epson Red Sea - The World ShootOut
The Diving and Resort Travel Expo
MCS South East Group - Courses
2020VISION Roadshow
Website of the Week - Sheilah Openshaw
Other News Sources
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BSoUP on the Web in the past month


Lundy Splash-In

Saturday 7th July, 2012

Lundy Islandï's fourth annual on-the-day underwater photographic competition takes place on 7th July.

The island, set off North Devon in the mouth of the Bristol Channel, has a statutory marine reserve - Britainï's first, designated in 1986. Competition categories are Mega to Macro, for portraits of marine species; Marine Ambience, for underwater scenery (including diving companions); and Marine Abstract, for other imaginative creations.Prizes, totalling nearly £3000 in value, have been donated by Suunto, Olympus, AP Values, Scuba Travel, Mares, Sea & Sea and Cameras Underwater.

Entry costs £20.00 per person, to include camping on Lundy on the Saturday night and entry to an evening barn dance, where all photographic entries will be screened and presentations made to the winners. Places can be reserved by completing a pre-registration form, available from Donald Malone, Lundy Marine Warden, at Divers can also enter by turning up on the day but, with a maximum of 45 competition places available, pre-registration is advisable.

Anima Mundi - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Anima Mundi is now available to download.

Issue 7 features articles about Ecuador's Yasuni National Park, the Colorado plateau, Mediterranean marvels, European bison and the a killer wasp from the Amazon.

ANIMA MUNDI - Adventures in Wildlife Photography is a FREE quarterly wildlife and nature travel and photography online magazine available as a fully interactive 100+ page, widescreen pdf. It is published over the internet four times a year in January, April, July and October.

To download your copy please visit

Anima Mundi
Anima Mundi

Pash Baker
1st © Pash Baker
Clownfish with Dreadlocks. Philippines
ISO 200, f /6.3 @ 1/100th

Focus On - Anemonefish - Results

Congratulations to Pash Baker who was the winner of this month's Focus On competition with an image of a Clownfish with Dreadlocks taken in the Philippines.

Congratulations also to Alex Tattersall who came second with and image of a Anemonefish and Porcelain crab and to Len Deeley who came third with an image of a Saddlefish anemonefish & cleaner shrimp.

A total of 20 out of the 32 images submitted were pre-selected for projection and judged by the audience present.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Pash Baker 39 9
2 Alex Tattersall 37 7
3 Len Deeley 31 2
4 Anthony Holley 21 6
5 Georgette Douwma 16 2
6 Trevor Rees 15 3

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery


Alex Tattersall
2nd © Alex Tattersall
Anemonefish and Porcelain crab

Len Deeley
3rd © Len Deeley
Saddlefish anemonefish & cleaner shrimp
105mm lens f22 @ 1/125th

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 Wide-angle reef scene (show the beauty of the overall reef). The July Focus On Competition - Wide-angle reef scene - is now open. Please read the revised Rules before Entering online. Deadline: Sunday, 8th July.

Note: landscape format images must be 1400 pixels wide and portrait images must be 1050 high. Any smaller and images will look less sharp when projected.

Maldives Scuba Tours - New Website

Maldives Scuba Tours, sponsors of the Grand Prize of a holiday for two at BSoUP's British Underwater Photography Championship (Splash-In) this year and the last two, have launched a new website.

MST's Founder Rob Bryning says "Here at Scuba Tours, our reputation has been built on the first hand knowledge gained from more than 21 years as tour operators. The number of our repeat customers is testimony to the excellent level of service we deliver to our clients."

"When you book a holiday with us, you can be sure that we have visited the destination ourselves and can offer you informed advice. Our sales staff, who of course are also divers, will listen to your expectations and use their personal knowledge and experience to help you plan your trip."

Full details at

Maldives Scuba Tours
Maldives Scuba Tours - New Website

Wildscreen Early Bird Registration
Wildscreen Festival
Early Bird Registration

Wildscreen Festival - Early Bird Registration

Sunday 14th to Friday 19th October

The most prestigious and influential event in the international wildlife and environmental filmmaking industry is back! Celebrating both the creative and the business, Wildscreen Festival brings the wildlife industry together in Bristol, UK over 6 spectacular days. Save more than 20% with our early bird offer - register today! This year's Festival is shaping up to be one of the best yet with a jam-packed week of thought-provoking content and speakers plus a range of talks and debates tackling a range of issues driven by predominant themes, innovations and challenges in the industry. 

  • Over 100 separate events
  • Thought provoking talks & debates
  • Stunning film programme & public screenings
  • Workshops & masterclasses
  • International marketplace & networking
  • Fabulous parties and evening events

Hurry - the early bird offer is only available until midnight (GMT) 29th July 2012. Register today!

2020VISION Roadshow Launch

Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

Launch: Thursday, 5 July 2012

Exhibition open: 2 July until 30 September 2012

After 20 long months in the field capturing a stunning set of images telling the story of the UKs ecosystems and the services they provide, 2020VISIONs team of 20 top UK nature photographers, such as Andy Rouse and Joe Cornish, will gather at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) on Thursday, 5 July 2012 for the launch of the 2020VISION open-air street gallery exhibition.

Bringing together the very best images from the 2020VISION collection, this high quality large-format open-air exhibition is part of the 2020VISION Roadshow which, between now and 2015, will tour the UK communicating to millions of people the link between restoring and reconnecting our fragmented wild places and our own well being - to show that healthy ecosystems are not just good for wildlife, but are something we all depend upon.

2020VISION Roadshow
2020VISION Roadshow

The exhibition will be in situ at RBGEs John Hope Gateway from 2 July until 30 September 2012. RBGEs Regius Keeper, Professor Steve Blackmore has welcomed the exhibition, saying: These beautiful images remind us just how important our natural heritage in the quality of our lives. I hope they will cause everyone who sees them to reflect on what more they can do to cherish and protect nature.

In addition to the pro photographer team, 20 young photographers have also been busy shooting images over the last 20 months. Mentored by the pro-team, these Young Champions provide a link to the next generation of decision makers, who by 2020 will be dealing with the legacy of what we do today. Young Champion, Katrina Martin, who will speak at the exhibition launch about her involvement in the project, said: This is the first time so many top photographers have come together to speak on behalf of conservation and its been very exciting for me to be part of that team.

2020VISION is a collaborative project, working alongside many partners, such as RBGE, Scottish Natural Heritage and Nature Picture Library, to tell this vital story. To find out more about the project visit

Gary Roberts
Gary Roberts

Website of the Week - Gary Roberts

Gary Roberts, a member of the NUJ, is a freelance photographer based in the UK covering assignments throughout the UK and overseas. Gary trained at Speos (Paris Photographic Institute) after reading Zoology at Leeds University.

Photojournalist assignments have been undertaken in Macedonia, Bosnia, South Africa, Korea, USA, Romania, Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana.

Clients include National and International Press as well as PR for agencies and companies and NGOs.

To learn more about Gary and see some of his images please visit

in focus - Latest issue

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

Issue no. 98 includes:- Edtorial by Joss Woolf, Snell's Window - Joss Woolf interviews Martyn Guess, Get ready for Plymouth by Martin Davies, Evil cameras by Dan Bolt, Salt water crocodiles of Papua New Guinea by Malcolm Nobbs, Water Babies by Annette Price, Canon S100 versus S95 by Maria Munn, Focus On Competitions Theme Portfolio Competitions, Searching for Kingfisher moments By Paul Colley OBE, MA, FRAeS, LRPS, First Time in Sharm by Gavin Parsons.

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

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

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

in focus cover by Malcolm Nobbs
Cover photo: Salt water crocodile in Papua New Guinea
by Malcolm Nobbs.

Tony McCann in Sport Diver
Tony McCann in Sport Diver

BSoUP Members U/W Images in the Press

BSoUP Member Tony McCann has written an article for Sport Diver to talk about how he got into this wonderful activity.

"I always dreamed of being able to scuba dive, but life took over and time just sped by. I was in my late 30s when I did my first Discover Scuba Dive experience in Cyprus in 2009. Don't get me wrong I wouldn't change the things that prevented me from taking up diving earlier - I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason."

More at

On Wednesday this week the Mirror posted images taken by BSoUP Members Alex Mustard and Linda Pitkin as part of the 2020 Vision Project.

Parts of the UK are seeing far more water than they would like for June - but one conservation project has turned up some remarkable images of what you can find UNDER Britain's waters.

The 2020Vision project is exploring 20 habitats in a 20-month photography and conservation venture.

For view the article please visit

Fish and Pics in the Mirror
Fish and Pics in the Mirror
A small selection of images of species and habitats found in recommended marine conservation zones
Species and habitats found in recommended marine conservation zones
Guardian Thursday 14 June 2012

Last month we asked BSoUP Members to support The Wildlife Trusts by donating images for their Marine Conservation Zones Campaign.

Three members (Dan Bolt, Alex Tattersall and Brian Pitkin) responded and Thursday's Guardian included a small selection of images of species and habitats found in recommended marine conservation zones.

To view the images please visit

TWT Marine Conservation Zones Campaign

Become a friend of your Marine Conservation Zone.

The network of recommended Marine Conservation Zones needs a network of friends who will help The Wildlife Trusts to campaign for the creation of 127 Marine Conservation Zones in England. By becoming a Marine Conservation Zone Friend you will receive a digital monthly campaign bulletin. Your details will not be passed onto Third Parties and you can unsubscribe at any time. It does not cost anything to become a Marine Conservation Zone Friend.

For further details please visit

Marine Conservation Zones
The Wildlife Trusts
Marine Conservation Zones

Nikon D800 Body
Nikon D800 Body

Nikon D800 Review

Nikon announced the D800 SLR on 6 February 2012, with a shipping date of 20 March. Long-term speculation gave way to disbelief as the specifications of the camera were announced. It features the highest resolution of any current "35mm" camera, and this immediately gave rise to much discussion as to whether this would be useful for underwater use. With this in mind, Wetpixel purchased a camera body, and sought out the earliest possible opportunity to get the camera underwater.

This review is not intended to be exhaustive, and will focus primarily on camera performance underwater. The D800 shares many features with the D4 for which Wetpixel Associate Editor Alex Mustard has already written an excellent review which this review will frequently refer to. In addition, we plan to add updates to it in the future as we dive the camera in differing conditions so please keep checking back regularly for updates. Links to topics covered in this review so far: Introduction; The Nikon D800 body, controls and overview, Resolution, ISO and tonal range and Image size and "shooting to crop.".

Adam Hanlon (wetpixel)

BSoUP June Meeting

Wednesday 20th June

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 20 June 2012at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our usual venue the Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD.  New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome.

Show and Tell

Six members - Keith Lyall, David Allan, Sheilah Openshaw, Paul Colley, Richard Smith and Jo Horrocks - have volunteered to show us one of their images and tell us something about it, the techniques used to capture it, or the behaviour it shows, or how the subject was found. 

Show and Tell
Show and Tell

Workshops / Demos
Workshops/ Demos

Focus On - Anemonefish with a difference

The Competition is now closed. There were a total of 32 entries. 20 of the 32 images submitted have been pre-selected for projection and judging at this monthï's meeting and the Focus On Competition Slideshow is now available to BSoUP Members only to view. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

Workshops/ Demos

As you may already know, the second half of the evening will consist of four mini workshops/ demonstrations:  

  • Constructing a 6 image portfolio (selecting and positioning the images) - Pete Ladell
  • Basic post-production (the first 5-6 things to consider doing with an image) - Alan Larsen
  • On the day workflow (advance preparation, and when you first come back from a dive) - Martha Tressler
  • Reading/ using a histogram - Keith Lyall

Each session will be about 30 minutes and will be run twice so you can participate in two of them.

Stand by for the first ever UK Creative Week

Monday 9 to Friday 13 July, 2012

Packed with interactive debates, lively discussions
and in-depth demonstrations broadcast live online.
You won't want to miss a thing. With creative industry luminaries, tech experts and special guests we'll be discussing where the creative industries are heading and who's in danger of getting left behind. You can watch the whole thing or dip in and dip out
whenever you want, just make sure you don't miss it. A week like no other!

Adobe Creative Week
Adobe Creative Week - 9-13 July

Olympus TG-1

Olympus TG-1 Camera
Waterproof to 12 m

Review of the Olympus TG-1 Compact camera & PT-053 Housing

by Rob Spray

"The TG-1 is a bullseye on its target market. If there is any frustration for me it is that it is aimed at the outdoor fraternity and stops just short of being an enthusiast camera. Nerds like me always want more manual control which is rarely needed when the automated modes are done well. It has stayed focussed on the real market which is for a better roughneck point and shoot and pulls it off with aplomb.

The lens is head and shoulders above any competitor which gives it a huge advantage but, for me, the clincher is its AF and operation speed. It is probably the fastest compact I have used.

For starter divers it can knock out good shots straight from the box but it won't frustrate them as they get more ambitious."

Olympus PT-53

Olympus PT-053 Housing
Waterproof to 45m

Oonasdivers Calendar Photo Competition

It's time to dig out our photos from any previous holiday with Oonasdivers in the last couple of years. Get your entries in by 20th August 2012 and you could be the lucky winner of a FREE Red Sea diving holiday.

The brochure will be landscape again this year which may help when choosing which photos to submit.

For full details please visit

Oonasdivers Calendar Photo Competition
Oonasdivers Calendar Photo Competition

BIPP Judging Controversy
British Institute of Professional Photographers

BIPP Judgng Controversy

The British Institute of Professional Photography is considering banning judges from entering its annual competition after four of this yearï's jurors received prizes in the organisationï's Professional Photography Awards.

The jury was composed of Anton Artemenkov, Russell Baston, Jonathan Briggs, Saraya Cortaville, Richard mayfield, Kevin Wilson and Stuart Wood.

Artemenkov, Mayfield, Wilson and Wood received a total of 12 awards - including Photographer of the Year 2012 for Mayfield. Artemenkov received a Gold title in the fashion and non-commissioned categories and a bronze prize in fashion. Wilson received two bronze titles in photojournalism and wedding, as well as another silver prize in wedding. Wood received a bronze prize in photojournalism, while Mayfield was awarded a total of nine awards including a gold, a silver and two bronze titles in the abstract, fashion and people categories.

2020Vision - Latest Blog

An alternative view of pondlife by Linda Pitkin

The latest blog from 2020VISION has been posted. It features toads photographed in Coldharbour Pond, Surrey taken by BSoUP Member Linda Pitkin.

Linda writes "I spent all of last spring (so it seemed) in or around ponds, trying unsuccessfully to photograph frogs and toads underwater for 2020VISION. If I got in (only possible with large ponds), I stirred up clouds of fine mud, but if I lay at the edge and lowered my large underwater camera housing in, the weight of it led me to a slow but inevitable slide headfirst towards the water, only ended when my husband Brian responded to my plaintive cries and dragged me back."

More ..

Toad amongst Toad and frog spawn
Toad amongst Toad and frog spawn. I
mage © Linda Pitkin (2020VISION]

EOS Rebel T4i DSLR Camera - Body only
EOS Rebel T4i DSLR Camera - Body only

Canon releases the Rebel T4i/EOS 650D SLR

Canon has announced the release of a new SLR, the Rebel T4i/EOS 650D. The camera features an 18 megapixel APS-C sensor and DIGIC 5 processor with a native ISO range of 100 to 12800. The sensor is a "hybrid" design, with pixel dedicated to phase detection autofocus (AF). This should improve AF performance in Live View mode and gives continuous AF in video mode. It can capture 1080p HD video at 30, 25 and 24 fps. Lastly, the camera has touchscreen control, giving focus point selection and shutter Release in Live View, multi-touch type gestures for image review and menu selection. Fortunately for housing manufacturers, these controls are duplicated by conventional "button and dial" functions too.

The Rebel T4i/EOS 650D will ship at the end of June for an estimated retail price of $849.99.

Adam Hanlon (wetpixel)

Website of the Week - Trevor Rees

Trevor started diving over 30 years ago and quickly developed an interest in underwater photography. Many dives later and a lot of time spent refining the required skills has resulted in a wide variety of underwater images - from close up macros through to wide angle scenics. Many of Trevor's photographs have been highly placed in competitions and many have been published in diving or wildlife magazines. In creating this website, a conscious effort has been made to showcase images that are mainly from cool temperate water UK diving, rather than from coral reefs. Trevor has dived in many overseas places but gets more satisfaction from capturing images that show how rich, colourful and diverse his home UK waters can be.

Trevor Rees
Trevor Rees

Trevor's UK diving has taken him from the Orkney Islands in the north through to the Scilly Isles in the south. The sheltered sea lochs on the west coast of Scotland are his favourite area. He frequently dives on the south coast and rates highly Pembrokeshire as well as the north east coast at Eyemouth and St. Abbs. Trevor also enjoys diving various freshwater sites that are often overlooked for their photographic potential. T
revor lives near Worcester in the UK where he works in the water industry. His livelihood does not rely on selling images or photojournalism but he does occasionally undertake commissions. This leaves Trevor free to use his experience to work in a more relaxed way on his own photographic interests. When not taking photographs Trevor is invariably found planning his next shoot.

Northern Underwater Photography Group
Northern Underwater Photography Group

NUPG - Next Meeting

Monday 11th June, 2012

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group is on Monday 11th June at the usual venue- Gurkha Grill, West Didsbury, Manchester (Map)

Talk: The top metre by Rob Cuss.

Competition: Crustaceans

For more details about NUPG please visit

Slim MacDonnell - 1940-2012

The Telegraph reports that British underwater and extreme environment cameraman and pioneer, Slim MacDonnell, died on Tuesday 22 May aged 72. His underwater work was featured in many productions including the film "Tarka the Otter", as well as in numerous TV series.

He was renowned within the broadcast industry as the "go-to" man for special filming projects. His particular specialty was filming wrecks, including that of the Colossus, one of Nelsonï's gunships, which sank off the Isles of Scilly in 1798. He was a great character and a true pioneer, and will be sorely missed.

His last note asked for his ashes to be scattered over the wreck of the Colossus, where a wake will be held in the autumn.

Slim MacDonnell
Slim MacDonnell

Wetpixel Hangout
Wetpixel Hangout

Wetpixel Hangout

If you missed Wetpixel's first-ever live video hangout (9am PST, June 5, 2012). you can watch a video on YouTube via the wetpixel website

Moderated by Wetpixel publisher Eric Cheng, the hangout features Wetpixel editor Adam Hanlon, noted underwater photographer Alex Mustard, Berkley White of Backscatter, and Ryan Canon of Reef Photo & Video. We are chatting about underwater use of the Nikon D800, Canon 5D Mark III, Olympus OM-D E-M5, mirrorless cameras, video monitors, and some of the locations we've been diving. If we're no longer live, you'll have able to watch it from the beginning.

If you'd like to leave a comment, go to the Google+ hangout page and leave us a comment there. Alternatively, you can send me a tweet at @echeng.

EMUP - Next Meeting

Tuesday 5th July 2012

The next meeting of the East Midlands Photographers takes place on Tuesday 5th June downstairs in Nemo's Bar, at Stoney Cove at 7:30 sharp. All pub facilities will be open so refreshments will be on hand.

Competition: Anemone Fish/Nemos

East Midlands Underwater Photographers
East Midlands Underwater Photographers

Bristol Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Underwater Photography Group

BUPG - Next Meeting

Tuesday 12th June 2012

The next meeting of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group takes place on Tuesday 12th June at 20.00 hrs. The Meeting will be at the usual venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)

Competition: 'Abstract'.

Main Presentation: 'Composition' by Alex Tattersall

For further information about BUPG please visit

Website of the Week - Linda Pitkin

Linda started in scuba diving in 1979 and took up underwater photography a year later, in 1980, joining the BSoUP. Diving usually with Brian, her husband, she has travelled around the world in search of a wide range of underwater subjects, from immense whale sharks to tiny shrimps, and scenic views of reefs and wrecks. She is equally at home in tropical seas and in the colder waters of the UK and Northern Europe.

Linda is the author and photographer of four books, and a number of articles. Her stock photography features widely in books, newspapers, magazines and journals, including Professional Photographer, BBC Wildlife, Nature, and leading diving magazines. Other uses of her photographs include calendars, brochures, cards, advertising, and in an IMAX multi-screen presentation. Linda also undertakes commissioned photography.

She serves occasionally on juries for photography competitions, and has been a jury member for BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts), for the 2002 Television Craft Awards.

Most recently Linda has been one of the 20 photographers in the 2020VISION project.

Linda Pitkin
Linda Pitkin

Olympus OM-D-E5
Olympus OM-D E5 Camera

Review of the Olympus OM-D E5 Camera

Alex Mustard has completed an extensive review of the Olympus OM-D-E5 micro 4/3 camera. This is, he feels, an important camera regardless of whether you are currently shooting an SLR, compact or an alternative EVIL camera. He finds that, despite a somewhat disappointing housing and some issues with lag when shooting fast-moving subjects, that:

"The E-M5 is a fine camera with strengths well suited to underwater photography. Its image quality is certainly a match for the popular DX/APS-C SLRs and therefore is entirely appropriate for large prints, publication and almost any use. It is a good all-rounder, but its abilities in shooting in low light are particularly noteworthy, given its remarkable ability at high ISO and image stabilization."

To read the review please visit photo contest 2012

Winners announced"There was no recession in either the quality or quantity of underwater photography in our contest this year! It was a bumper year that saw an increase in standards on all levels.

We had 11,135 entries from 130 countries this year's down slightly (by a couple of hundred) from last year but the quality was greatly increased! Remember, we restrict entry to one per day per person (2 for pro accounts) to stop being inundated with high volumes.

more entries than ever (1,506) were shortlisted to the first round of judging by our 200+ moderators. see shortlist

"There was no recession in either the quality or quantity of underwater photography in our contest this year! It was a bumper year that saw an increase in standards on all levels.
Rico Besserdich
Some of Rico Besserdich's entries

We had 11,135 entries from 130 countries this year's down slightly (by a couple of hundred) from last year but the quality was greatly increased! Remember, we restrict entry to one per day per person (2 for pro accounts) to stop being inundated with high volumes.

More entries than ever (1,506) were shortlisted to the first round of judging by our 200+ moderators. see shortlist

369 entries went to the final round. Of those several were disqualified for not uploading hi-res images before the deadline

102 images were placed, 79 photographers were placed and 60 medals were awarded."

Congratulations to BSoUP Member Rico Besserdich who is 2011/2012 World Champion.

Congratulations also to BSoUP Members Paul Colley who won a Gold medal in the Wide-angle Wrecks category, Nick Blake and Arun Madisetti, who won Silver and Bronze medals in the Wide-angle Natural Light category, Nick Blake who won a Gold Medal in the Freswater Category, and Paul Flaudinette and Paul Colley who were Runners-up in the Macro Close-up category.

African Diver - Latest Issue

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

"Issue 22 is an eclectic 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 you'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 get your copy please visit

African Diver 23
African Diver - Issue 23 Photo: Nuno Sa

Dab Bolt - Overall Winner 2012
Splash-In 2012

British Underwater Photography Championship

Registration Deadline - Saturday 30 June 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 , 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, Mark Webster, Photo-journalist, Author and Award winning underwater photographer and one other to be announced.

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

Epson Red Sea - The World ShootOut Introduces the Underwater World with a SEA CHANGE!

Throughout August, 2012

This is the second year in a row that the World ShootOut universal underwater photo competition takes place worldwide. Introducing new categories and glorious prizes, we are proud to invite all divers, underwater photographers, diving centers, live aboards and media partners to take part in one of the most innovative, creative, international and festive events ever produced!

During the month of August 2012, the whole underwater world will be performing as a huge underwater festival, hosting young, amateur and professional photographers from all over the world, competing with each other for some very worthy prizes, including cash prizes, luxurious diving trips, diving equipment, photo gear and more.


Join Now Time Table Categories & Prizes Rules & Regulations
Epson Red Sea World ShootOut

Diving Travel Show
The Diving and Resort Travel Expo

The Diving and Resort Travel Expo

1 to 3 June, 2012, Singapore

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

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

MCS South East Group - Courses 2012

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

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

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

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

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

MCS Courses
MCS South East Group - Courses 2012

2020VISION Roadshow
2020VISION Roadshow

2020VISION Roadshow

Launch: Thursday 5th July

Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

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 Thursday 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 (

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.

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

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