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
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
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
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Zac Macaulay shoots for British Heart Foundation
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 Ad by Zac Macaulay
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
By Jim Decker & Sterling
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
To read their review please visit www.backscatter.com/
Backscatter Compact Camera Review 2012
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012
Wildlife Photographer of the Year -
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
Best of British Portfolio Competition -
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 © Nudibranch on a sea mat taken in St
ISO 200, F16, 1/125
Jane Morgan © A blue shark taken off Penzance
ISO 250, F3.5, 1/400
How the top six scored:-
Click on a photographer's name to view their portfolio in
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 © A diver silhouette in a cave taken in St
ISO 320, F8, 1/60
© 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,
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/
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
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
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/
Epson Red Sea 2012
Epson Red Sea - International Underwater
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
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
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
Ocean in Focus Conservation Photo
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
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
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
Steve Jones, guest speaker at this year's NELOS
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
- Projections on wide screen..
- Presentations by well known national and
international speakers and the various commissions of NELOS..
- The opportunity to try diving
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
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
This world-renowned annual exhibition at the Natural
History Museum provides a spotlight on the rarely seen wonders of the
Buy tickets to the Veolia Environnement Wildlife
Photographer of the Year exhibition at www.nhm.ac.uk/
Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the
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.
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/
Anima Mundi - #8
Anima Mundi - Latest issue
The latest issue of the FREE Anima Mundi is now available
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
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
Northern Underwater Photography Group
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
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
Further details at www.facebook.com
EMUP - October Meeting
Wednesday 3rd October 2012
Nauticam workshop with Alex
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
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.
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.