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Diver Magazine - Sponsor of the Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition and the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition

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News - October 2012

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

September 2012
Coming Soon
News Archive


Dive Show 2012 at the NEC
Website of the Week - Elaine Whiteford
HUGYCUP 2013
Zac Macaulay shoots for British Heart Foundation
Nikon unveils the 1 V2 EVIL camera
Best Underwater Compact Cameras for 2012
Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Results
Best of British Portfolio Competition - Results
SlowDive's In & Out Fotosub 2012
Website of the Week - Kathy White
BSoUP - Next Meeting
GoPro Hero 2 Firmware update
Website of the Week - Josh Weller
Epson Red Sea 2012

Ocean in Focus Conservation Photo CompetitionNauticam receives Red Dot Awards
DIVE 2012 - NEC Birmingham
NELOS Festival 2012

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Bernard Eaton dies at 86
Website of the Week - Mark Webster
Anima Mundi - Latest issue
NUPG - Next Meeting
CORNSoUP - Next Meeting
EMUP - October Meeting


BSoUP STanf at DIVE 2012
BSoUP Stand at DIVE 2012

Dive Show 2012 at the NEC

It was great to see so many BSoUP Members at the Dive Show over the weekend. The Photozone was buzzing and over a thousand visitors voted for their favourite prints in the annual BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition. The results will be announced at the next BSoUP meeting on Wednesday 21st November. BSoUP thanks Rob and Paula Bailey, Richard Boutcher, Pash Baker, Martin Davies, Mark Feldman, Anthony Holley, Jo Horrocks, Pete Ladell, Keith Lyall, Jan and Mike Maloney, Alison Mayor, Brian and Linda Pitkin, Trevor Rees, Ruth Sharratt, Alan Smith, Dave Smith, Martha Tressler, Rob White and Joss Woolf for manning the stand and print display and Joss Woolf and Pete Ladell for transport.

Saeed Rashid organised the Photozone presentations and has kindly supplied some of the images he took.

See Adam Hanlon's coverage on wetpixel


Website of the Week - Elaine Whiteford LRPS

Elaine Whiteford began taking photographs underwater in 2003. A photographer before she was a diver, taking pictures underwater was a natural development for Elaine.

Elaine is a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society, a distinction she earned with a portfolio of underwater images. She has had photographic articles published in a range of magazines, both general interest and diving, including Scottish Wildlife, Diver, The Undersea Journal, The Sea and the Scotï's Magazine.

Elaine's work has also featured in a number of exhibitions, such as the Royal Photographic Society's Projected Image Exhibition, the Edinburgh International Exhibition of Photography and the Scottish Parliament's Biodiversity Exhibition. Elaineï's first solo exhibition, Scotlandï's Waters Brought To Life, took place in 2009.

To learn more about Elaine and see sone of her images please visit www.sublimescubaphotography.com/

Elaine Whiteford
Elaine Whiteford

HUGYCUP 2013
HUGYCUP 2013

HUGYCUP 2013

In 2013 the HUGYCUP will take place on the island of St. Eustatius in the Caribbean from 12 June to 27 July.

Prizes with a total of over 30,000 euro in value will be awarded to the best photographers and videographers in competition.

The Scubaqua dive center will be our base to discover the marine national park of St. Eustatius. To join there are several possibilities. You can put your dive package and your accommodation together by yourself and so decide how many days you like to stay as well as the amount of dives you want to make. There are boat dives and also thereï's the chance to make a shore dive.

You can find all information about accommodation, flight tickets and diving during the HUGYCUP 2013 at www.2013.hugycup.com.

You can subscribe to participate by contacting danny.van.belle@gmail.com

On the HUGYCUP website you can also find a few movies which give you a nice impression about this fabulous destination. We look forward to welcome you on the 5th edition of the HUGYCUP!


Zac Macaulay shoots for British Heart Foundation and Arthur

The latest high profile campaign for The British Heart Foundation shot for the Agency Arthur to bring more awareness to Heart Failure in the UK. BSoUP Member Zac Macaulay built a bed and sunk it underwater, carefully weighing down the artist and the bed clothes in the process. He then fed the artist air just out of camera shot between takes. All wrapped up in one day and shot at Action Underwater Studios. Website

British Heart Foundation
British Heart Foundation Ad by Zac Macaulay


Nikon 1 V2 EVIL Camera
Nikon 1 V2 EVIL Camera

Nikon unveils the 1 V2 EVIL camera

Nikon has announced the release of the 1 V2 EVIL camera. It features a built-in electronic viewfinder and flash and a new image processing engine, labelled as the EXPEED 3A. Nikon claims that this will enable the same image processing as that available with SLR cameras, focal-plane phase-detection AF processing, and the recording of full-HD movies. The V2 has a new CX-format, CMOS Nikon sensor with 14.2 megapixels which offers an ISO range of 160 to 6400. At the same time, Nikon has released a flash, the Speedlight SB-N7, for the 1 series cameras.

The Nikon 1 V2 camera with a 10-30mm lens will be available in late November 2012 for $899.95. The SB-N7 Speedlight will be available in January 2013 at $159.95.

Adam Hanlon, wetpixel


Best Underwater Compact Cameras for 2012

By Jim Decker & Sterling Zumbrunn

As they do every year, Backscatter exhaustively searched and tested dozens of compact cameras to find the best match between pocket-size portability, price, and the goals of an aspiring underwater photographer. In their home waters of Monterey, to the Caribbean, to the Coral Triangle, Jim and Sterling spent hundreds of hours shooting compact cameras underwater and reveal their top picks for 2012.

To read their review please visit www.backscatter.com/

Backscatter Compact Camera Review 2012
Backscatter Compact Camera Review 2012


Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Results

The results of the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year have been announced by the National History Museum. Paul Nicklen took first place overall and won the Underwater Worlds category with his stunning image of Emperor Penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) exiting the water in a cloud of bubbles. He also took runner-up in the underwater category.

Commended photographers in the category include, Claudio Gazzaroli, Thomas P Peschak, David Hall and Jordi Chias. In other categories, Jean Tresfon was awarded a Commended in the birds category, Lucio Candisani won the Cold-Blooded animal behavior, and Steve Kovacs achieved a Commended.

To see all the winning and commended images please visit www.nhm.ac.uk/


Best of British Portfolio Competition - Results

Congratulations to Jane Morgan who was the winner of this year's Best of British Portfolio Competition.

Jane's portfolio comprised a nudibranch on a sea mat taken in St Kilda, a blue shark taken off Penzance and a diver silhouette in a cave taken in St Kilda.

Runner-up was Trevor Rees with images of the shrimp Periclimenes sagittifer in snakelocks anemone taken in Babbacombe, a mackeral bait ball and diver taken in Eyemouth and the nudibranch Polycera quadrilineata on kelp taken in Loch Long.

Jane Morgan
Jane Morgan © Nudibranch on a sea mat taken in St Kilda
ISO 200, F16, 1/125

Jane Morgan
Jane Morgan © A blue shark taken off Penzance
ISO 250, F3.5, 1/400

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Jane Morgan 43 7
2 Trevor Rees 38 9
3 Robert Bailey 30 6
4 Keith Lyall 19 4
5 Paula Bailey 18 3
6 Joss Woolf 14 1

Click on a photographer's name to view their portfolio in the Gallery.

BSoUP members only may view all of 17 portfolios (enlarged) in the Competition Slide Show Archive, but you will be asked to login if you have not already done so this session.

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

Next month's competition is the Beginners Portfolio Competition, sponsored by DIVER. This is open to any underwater photographer. The Competition will open shortly. The deadline is Sunday 11th November.

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.

Jane Morgan
Jane Morgan © A diver silhouette in a cave taken in St Kilda
ISO 320, F8, 1/60


Eleonora Manca
© Eleonore Manca

SlowDive's In & Out Fotosub 2012

Golfo Aranci, Sardinia

Congratulations to Eleonora Manca who was awarded best in show for a single image (crab and anemone) and was runner-up in the main competition, which was to produce a portfolio of six images (three underwater and three above water) on set themes

The three underwater images were wide angle (left) , fish and macro (non-fish) and had to be produced on a single cylinder of air, on a set dive site in a limited time window. All images had to be submitted as JPGs, direct from the camera."BSoUP member Alex Mustard was her model in the wide angle shots"

Her prizes included a weeks holiday for two people at Pietre Gemelle Resort in the Alps, 150 Euro voucher from FM Foto & Video and free diving with Aquarius Dive Center in Tavolara, Sardinia. 

She used a Nikon D7000 in a Nauticam housing, with Tokina 10-17mm lens and Nikon 105mm lens. She used Inon Z240 strobes for wide angle and Inon S2000 strobes for macro


Website of the Week - Kathy White

Kathy started diving in 2003 when she visited Koh Tao during a year out to travel round SE Asia. From the first time she dived in the open ocean and saw the amazing under water world, she was mesmerised. A shark sighting on her third dive ever and that was it, hooked for life! Needless to say, she stayed on and did her Advanced course and a couple of years later went back to do her Divemaster.

An opportunity to train and work as an underwater videographer came her way so she took it and spent several happy months on the beautiful island before heading back to the UK. Following Kathy's return, she moved from movies to stills. Since then her passion for photography has grown and grown.

To learn more about Kathy and see someof her images please visit http://kathywhiteunderwater.com/

Kathy White
Kathy White


BSoUP's website
BSoUP

BSoUP - Next Meeting

The next BSoUP Meeting takes place on Wednesday, 17th October at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at the usual venue, the Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington, London (see directions and maps).

Natural Light by Brian Pitkin

Brian joined BSoUP is the early 1980's and was the first editor of the Society's Newsletter 'in focus', launched in 1983', and now BSoUP's Magazine. He served for 12 years as Chairman before stepping down and taking on the role of President. He has judged international competitions in many parts of the world and even won the odd competition at home. He is currently the webmaster for BSoUP's website.

Best of British Portfolio Competition

The competition is now closed. Members may view all of the entries at www.bsoup.org, but you will be asked to login if you have not done so this session.

Behind the Scenes of BBC Underwater Film Making by Paul Rose

BSoUP is delighted to welcome Paul Rose to speak at our October meeting. Paul is Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society and Chair of the Expeditions and Fieldwork Division. He is an expert polar, environmental, exploration and field science consultant. He was the Base Commander of Rothera Research Station, Antarctica for the British Antarctic Survey for 10 years and was awarded HM The Queen's Polar Medal. Paul's television presenting credits include; Britain's Secret Seas, Oceans, Voyages of Discovery, Take One, Museum, Meltdown, Wind and Scrapheap Challenge.  His new BBC documentary, Frank Wild: Antarctica's Forgotten Hero, has just aired on BBC ONE and BBC TWO.

Paul's professional diving work includes science support diving in Antarctica - as BAS Institute Diving Officer, the Indian Ocean - as Diving Ops Advisor to the RGS Shoals of Capricorn project and the Arctic as part of his BBC Oceans series. For his BBC television series Oceans and Britain's Secret Seas, Paul has made some of the world's finest and most challenging dives.  He will be regaling us with behind the scenes tales of his underwater experiences with the BBC.

Paul Rose
Paul Rose


GoPro Hero 2
GoPro Hero 2

GoPro Hero 2 Firmware update

GoPro has announced an update to the firmware for its HD HERO2 POV cam. The ProTune update was announced at NAB earlier this year, but is only now available. The major change is Protuneï's 35Mbps data rate which provides less compressed footage hence giving more flexibility in post production. There is also a new neutral color profile, which captures more detail in both highlight and shadow areas, and the camera can now record in 24fps, to ensure compatibility with other source media.

In a post on the forum, Wetpixel Senior Moderator, Paul Wags, suggest that the higher data rate will enhance blue water shots. The Protune update is available as a free download from within the GoPro CineForm Studio app.

Adam Hanlon, wetpixel


Website of the Week - Josh Weller

'From a young age I have been passionate about photography but it wasn't until I learnt to dive that I discovered the beauty of the ocean. I now combine my love for the sea with my passion for photography to create beautiful vibrant imagery. Having learnt to dive in the Bahamas I have been spoilt with fantastic opportunities photographing its diverse marine ecosystems. I am always looking to push my ideas to create new and exciting photographs.'

To learn more about Josh and see some of his images please visit http://joshwellerphotography.com/

Josh Weller
Josh Weller


Epson Red Sea 2012
Epson Red Sea 2012

Epson Red Sea - International Underwater Photography Olympics

November 2012

You're invited to take an exciting one-week break from your daily routine in the crystal clear water of the Red Sea. Meet people, dive, photograph fish & models, party all night long and perhaps even win some valuable prizes, including a $10,000 USD check for the first prize of the main category!

The Eilat Red Sea event is celebrating its 8th year in a row in Eilat, Israel. By now itï's known worldwide as the International Underwater Photography Olympics and will take place this year on November 4-10 . The shoot-out days will be carried out in November 5-7.

Prizes include huge cash prizes, diving vacations in dreamy destinations, underwater photo equipment, scuba gear and more.

Full details at www.eilatredsea.com/


Ocean in Focus Conservation Photo Competition

Deadline: January 31, 2013

The fifth annual Ocean in Focus Conservation
Photography Contest by SeaWeb's Marine Photobank program is now accepting entries. The goal of the contest is to inspire photographers, from hobby photographers to professional photographers, to care about the ocean and focus their lens on the true positive and negative human impacts on the marine environment. The contest this year will focus on the human-ocean connection. The Marine Photobank is seeking images depicting human impacts on the ocean, its inhabitants and its resources, both restorative and destructive.

The Ocean In Focus photo contest launches October 1, 2012 and will accept photos at
www.marinephotobank.com through January 31, 2013 11:59pm U. S. Eastern Time. Finalists will be
chosen based on the photo submissions and will be eligible to compete in the first grand prize photo
essay competition for a chance to win an expedition to the Galapagos Islands courtesy of Lindblad
Expeditions.

Ocean in Focus Conservation Photo Competition
Ocean in Focus Conservation Photo Competition


Nauticam Red Dot Awards
Nauticam International Managing Director Edward Lai, with Nauticam General Manager Jacqueline Lai

Nauticam receives Red Dot Awards

Nauticam International Managing Director Edward Lai, with Nauticam General Manager Jacqueline Lai received two Red Dot design awards at a ceremony held at Essen, Germany. Nauticam's ND-D7000V housing and their White Balance Dome Port both received product design awards for 2012.

The Red Dot awards are carried out in three categories: The red dot award: product design, the red dot award: communication design and the red dot award: design concept. In 2011, there were more than 14,000 entries from over 70 countries registered. Both Nauticam products received awards in the Outdoor, Leisure and Sports Category. Nauticam is the first underwater housing manufacturer to have been recognized by the Red Dots panel of experts.

Further details at wetpixel


DIVE 2012 - NEC Birmingham

Satuday and Sunday 27th-28th October

Dive Show speaker presentations

Whether your interests lie in wrecks, marine life, or the latest dive gear, you'll find plenty to inform, excite and entertain from speakers John Bantin, John Kean, Andy Torbet, Paul Rose, Monty Halls, Mark, Gail & Ella Addison, Mark Dixon & Jeff Cornish, Mark Powell, Rory Golden and BSoUP Members Alex Mustard & Martin Edge.

Dive into PhotoZone

As well as featuring talks by diving photographers Michael AW, Paul Duxy Duxfield and BSoUP Members Alex Tattersall, Gavin Parsons, Saeed Rashid and Martin Davies, this is the place to get one-to-one advice on buying and using cameras, housings and accessories. There's also a gallery of top underwater prints entered in this year's BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition. Pick your favourites, then vote for them!

For further details please visit Speaker Presentations

Dive 2012

DIVE 2012
Dive 2012


NELOS 2012
Steve Jones, guest speaker at this year's NELOS Festival

NELOS Festival 2012

The NELOS Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday 6th-7th October at Utopolis Mechelen, Antwerp. All divers and those interested in the underwater world are invited.

The festival includes

  • The well known contest for underwater photography and video.
  • An exhibition of exquisite underwater pictures.
  • Projections on wide screen..
  • Presentations by well known national and international speakers and the various commissions of NELOS..
  • The opportunity to try diving yourself.

This year BSoUP member Steve Jones is one of the guest speakers (on Saturday only).

Full details at www.nelos.be


Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year

19 October 2012 - 3 March 2013

This much-anticipated exhibition premieres at the Natural History Museum, London this month. The 100 winning images on show are selected from thousands of international entries from talented young photographers, gifted amateurs and the leading lights of the profession.

This world-renowned annual exhibition at the Natural History Museum provides a spotlight on the rarely seen wonders of the natural world.

Buy tickets to the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at www.nhm.ac.uk/

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year


Bernard Eaton
Bernard Eaton

Diver Magazine

Bernard Eaton dies at 86

Bernard Eaton, DIVER magazine Publisher, has died at the age of 86 following a short illness.

Born in Lancashire in 1926, Bernard started his career in local journalism and went on to work on national newspapers. He had many colourful tales of his days working in Fleet Street. At the age of 35 he was invited by Peter Small, a fellow-journalist and co-founder 10 years earlier of the British Sub-Aqua Club, to help publicise the Second World Congress of Underwater Activities in London.

The success of the event prompted a further invitation from Peter Small to partner him in developing, at their own financial risk, BSAC's small club magazine Triton into a news-stand consumer title. Following Peter Small's death, Bernard took control of Triton as editor as well as publisher.

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the magazine, which was expanded and later renamed as DIVER.

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Website of the Week - Mark Webster

Mark Webster first developed his interest in underwater photography whilst working in the commercial diving industry. This quickly developed from an essential skill to a passion and a fascination for competitive photography.

Many successful years included representing the UK four times at the CMAS World Championships of Underwater Photography (Sicily 1990, South Korea 1994, Minorca 1996, Norway 1998) scoring Silver and Bronze medals.

Other achievements include Highly Commended placings in the BBC/British Gas Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and winning shots in the 2000 and 2002 Agfa Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Blue Earth 2000, Geographical Magazine Photographer of the Year 2000, Ocean Realm Magazine Marine Photo 2000, Diver Magazine Image 2001 and 2003, Subios 2004 and the British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2011.

To learn more about Mark and see some of his images please visit www.photec.co.uk/

Mark Webster
Mark Webster


Anima Mundi - #8
Anima Mundi - #8

Anima Mundi - Latest issue

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

Issue # 8 features the following articles SCOOP The Illusionist Moth, BACK TO THE GREEN MANSIONS Yasuni Part 2,SO FAR, SO CLOSE Birds of the Falklands, A PASSAGE TO INDIA A portfolio by Yuwaraj Gurjar, SPIRITS OF THE RIVER Pink Dolphins of the Rio Negro.

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 www.animamundimag.com/


NUPG - Next Meeting

Monday 8th October, 2012

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group takes place on Monday 8th October at the Gurkha Grill, West Didsbury, Manchester (map).

Guest Speaker: Paul "Duxy" Duxfield
Title: "To Infinity and Beyond: Mirrorless Magic"

Duxy will be weaving his magic for the NUPG audience on Monday 8th October, showing us his wonderful images from recent trips to Egypt and Indonesia with Scuba Travel. He will be singing the virtues, and giving us the low down, of the mirrorless camera systems available today. Duxy is a superb public speaker, so please try and come along! £5 for non-members. All welcome.

The monthly competition theme is "The Top 1m"

For more details of venue, times and competition entry please visit www.nupg.org.uk

NUPG
Northern Underwater Photography Group


CORNSoUP

CORNSoUP - Next Meeting

Monday 15th October

The next meeting of CORNSoUP takes place on Monday 11th October, 2012 at the Watersports Centre, Falmouth at 7.00 for a 7.30 start.

Charles Hood will give a fascinating illustrated talk on his photographic career, covering early manual cameras to working with the latest digital systems and his trips to locate basking sharks and blue sharks.

Charles is a photojournalist author and skipper working with RIB Logan out of Falmouth and writes for SCUBA Magazine among others.

Further details at www.facebook.com


EMUP - October Meeting

Wednesday 3rd October 2012

Nauticam workshop with Alex Tattersall

Dr Alex Tattersall of http://www.uwvisions.com/ one of the leading underwater photographers in the UK and the sole distributor of Nauticam housings has kindly agreed to come to Stoney Cove to give hands on and practical help with all your camera needs and he will get wet too.!!

When.!!!. Well that's the good bit the day will coincide with Stoney's late night opening of WEDNESDAY 3rd October 2012. From a hands on approach Alex will be able to answer your questions both compact and DSLR also give configuration advise on the many set ups we have.

EMUP
East Midlands Underwater Photographers

Subject times and programme:

1. Enter the water no later than 19.00hrs and cap the dive to 45 minutes. By all means enter sooner, plus Stoney will be open all day, so why not make a day of it.

2. Exit the water, de-kit clean up and sort camera equipment and remove your memory cards safely as we will need these to look at our images in Nemo's. Bring your Lap tops and lap tops will be on hand for viewing images.

3. Head into Nemo's function room for 20.30/21.00 try to be prompt. We plan on making the critique side of the evening for the second half of EMUP downstairs at Nemo's.


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