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News - July 2012


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June 2012
News Archive

World Shoot Out - 20 days left
Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Contest
Pacific North West Diver - Latest issue
Lundy Splash-In
Sea & Sea announces housing for Nikon D800
Sea & Sea announces housing for 5D Mark III
Website of the Week - Neil Rosewarn
UwP - Latest issue
NUPG - Next Meeting

Website of the Week - Nick Roberston Brown
Underwater Journal - Latest issue
British Underwater Photography Championship
Lundy Splash-In

Epson Red Sea - The World ShootOut
2020VISION Roadshow
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World Shoot Out - 20 days left

Real Time shoot Out

Participate in a global real-time underwater photo shoot out by diving anywhere in the world you wish during August. First prize $5,000. Competition registration can be carried out until August 31st, 2012. It is best to register ahead in order to avoid any last-minute problems. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION - participants who register by July 31st, 2012 are entitled to submit a free additional set of images in each category the participant has registered to! Register now.

Images of the World

Submit your best underwater images and video clips taken anytime and anywhere in the world. First prize $3,000. Register now.

World Shoot Out
World Shoot Out

Raja Ampat Entrance Tag CNntest
Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Contest

Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Contest

The 2012 Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Contest is now open for entries.

If you feel you have a design or image that captures the spirit of diving in Raja Ampat, and would like to see it adorning 8,000 visiting divers' BCDs in 2013 as well as win some fantastic prizes, this is the competition for you. 

The deadline for entries is 15 August, with the shortlisted designs being put to the public vote until 15 September. The winning design will be announced on 20 September.

Full entry details are available from

Pacific North West Diver - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Pacific North West Diver is now available to download

This month's issue includes:-

Featured Photographers: Jackie Hildering, Port Hardy, BC, Kerry Enns, Abbotsford, BC, Kelley Scarzafava, Anacortes, WA, Ross Smith, Portland, OR, Featured Operator: Puget Sound Dive Charters, Bainbridge Island, WA

News Corner: Anacortes Dive Underwater Photo Class, Optical Ocean/Nauticam Housing and Camera "Test Drive", Underwater Sports Dive and Photo Contest

Other Items: Archives: 1893 Columbia River Snag Boat and Diver, Zlight Canister Light Review.

To download your copy please visit

Pacific North West Diver
Pacific North West Diver

Lundy Splash-In
Lundy Splash-In

Lundy Splash-In

The Lundy Splash-In was postponed and has been rescheduled for Saturday 4th August 2012. 

This is a super opportunity to win fabulous prizes and get some excellent diving (if you can beg, borrow but stop short of stealing, a boat):

Registration 8am till 11am at the Lundy Jetty. Photos will be judged that evening and the winners announced later in the Marisco Tavern. The £20 entrance fee covers entrance to the competition, camping on the island.

There are a variety of fantastic prizes, worth over £2,750 in total for the winning participants, kindly donated from Suunto, Olympus, AP Values, Mares, Scuba Travel, Sea & Sea, Cameras Underwater and Fourth Element.

Sea & Sea announces housing for Nikon D800

Sea & Sea USA has announced the release of the MDX-D800 housing for the Nikon D800 SLR. This aluminum housing features what Sea & Sea describe as enhanced ergonomics, giving access to both command and sub command dials with both hands on the grips. It features fiber-optic triggering of strobes but has an additional port that can take an optional Nikonos (or other) bulkhead. There is an additional port for an HDMI out. All camera functions except the fn button can be accessed, and the pop-up flash can be raised and lowered via housing controls.

The MDX-D800 will be available in July 2012. Prices are still to be announced.

MDX-D800 housing for the Nikon D800 SLR
Sea & Sea MDX-D800 housing
for the Nikon D800 SLR

Sea & Sea MDX-5D Mark III housing
Sea & Sea MDX-5D Mark III housing
for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Sea & Sea announces housing for 5D Mark III

Sea & Sea USA has also announced the release of the MDX-5D Mark III housing for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Like the new housing announced for the D800, this one also featuring enhanced ergonomics, with control of both main and sub command dials with the hands on the housing grips, the housing also offers a user customizable shutter release lever spring tension. It has ports for fiber optic triggering of strobes, as well as two additional ports for optional Nikonos and HDMI bulkheads.

The housing will be available in August and prices are still to be announced.

Website of the Week - Neil Rosewarn

Neil Rosewarn has enjoyed a passion for photography and art for the past 20 years. He studied photography at Portsmouth University and during his time there had an overwhelming urge to take his camera underwater. His first project was to photograph swimmers during their daily training sessions at Portsmouth Northsea swimming club.

Being passionate about art, design and photography as well as nature, outdoor pursuits and travel; underwater photography provides Neil with a perfect medium in which to work. Travelling to Egypt, Malaysia, Seychelles, Cayman, Philippines, Micronesia and of course the Cornish coast provides a feast of visual opportunity.

Neil is an active member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) and regularly enters competitions. His most recent and significant achievment to date is winning the Scuba Pro Young Photographer Award in the British Underwater Image Festival. He has also reached the semi final of the 2007 Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards as well as 2nd and 3rd in the best photo of 2006 BSoUP Focus On competition. He uses a Nikon SLR camera with a Sea and Sea housing.

Neil Rosewarn
Neil Rosewarn

UwP 67
Uwp 67. Cover shot by Bartosz Strozynski

UwP - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE UwP Magazine is now available to download.

Issue 67 includes Editorial, News, Travel & Events, New Products, Olympus OM-D EM-5 by Alex Mustard, Nauticam NA-GX1 by Jussi Hokkanen, Sony NEX 24mm F1.8 by Phil Rudin, Breaking the rules by Joel Penner, Leopard Seals by Bartosz Strozynski, Photo workshops by Pam Murph, Do we need depth? by Mark Webster, Lord Howe Island by Tom Davis, New Jersey by Herb Segars, Boring Seagrass by David Barrio, Dive the World by Jesper Këller, Life Line by Wade Hughes, and Parting Shot by Phil Watson

To download your copy please visit

NUPG - Next Meeting

The next of the Northern Underwater Photography Group meeting will be on Monday, 9th July at the usual venue- Gurkha Grill, West Didsbury, Manchester (Map)

Guest Alex Tattersall speaking about the art of composition and showing us some of his Nauticam gear.

Our competition theme is "Gobies and Blennies" - remember to get your entries in by Sunday.

More details on the website

Northern Underwater Photography Group
Northern Underwater Photography Group

Nick & CAroline Robertson-Brown
Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown

Website of the Week - Nick & Caroline Roberston Brown - Frogfish Photography

Nick and Caroline Robertson Brown both have degrees in biology from Manchester University. Caroline also has a masters in animal behviour and Nick has a licentiateship from BIPP in underwater wildlife photography and a masters in teaching.

Nick & Caroline are both passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images inspire people to look after our seas and oceans.

Frogfish Photography offer print sales, commercial image use, commission work, tuition, travel and equipment sales. Please have a look at their website and contact them with any queries you may have.

Underwater Journal - Latest issue

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

Issue 25 includes Making Sense of Side-mount,
Off the Jersey Shore, Blue Springs, Deland, Florida - A Manatee Haven, Fiji: Beyond Expectations, Within Reach Chicago: Downtown Diving, DAN CORNER: Getting Your Kit Together, Air Scare and To the Rescue.

To get your copy please visit

Underwater Journal
Underwater Journal 25. Image: Walt Stearns


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.

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.

Dab Bolt - Overall Winner 2012
Splash-In 2012

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Epson Red Sea World ShootOut

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.


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 Roadshow
2020VISION Roadshow

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