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BIUPC

BSoUP's Sponsors

Carpe Diem, Sponsors of BUIPC 2017

Mikes

Liveaboard.com, sponsors of BIUPC 2016

O'Three - Sponsor of the BIUPC 2015 and 2016

Apeks

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

DiveQuest - Sponsor of the Underwater Excellence

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Kungkungan Bay Resort

Cameras Underwater - Sponsor of the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition 2015 - 2017 and BIUPC 2015 and 2016

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News - November 2012

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

October 2012
Coming Soon
News Archive


Ocean Views Competition
Notice of Annual General Meeting
Walk on the Wild Side
Using the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Underwater
Website of the Week - Sean Arrowsmith
Oasis Photo Contest
Dust issue with Nikon D600
Holland Club to close
BSoUP Beginners Portfolio - Results
BSoUP/ DIVER Print Competition 2012 Results
British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition

HP Red Sea Competition
in focus 99
Bounty sinks in Atlantic
Next BSoUP Meeting
NUPG - Next Meeting
Nature's Best Photographer 2012
EMUP - Next Meeting
BUPG - Next meeting
SUPS - Next Meeting
Dive Show 2012 at the NEC
Website of the Week - Elaine Whiteford


Ocean Views Competition

Tuesday, 18th December 2012

The 2012-2013 Ocean Views contest is calling for entries. The contest, hosted this year by Alert Diver, Nature's Best Photography and Wetpixel, is offering photographers the chance to win a Grand Prize of two live-aboard dive holidays, one on the Thailand Aggressor, and the other on the Carib Dancer. In addition, there are many other significant prizes for those in the competition's placings, including great dive holidays and shiny scuba gear. All the winning images will also be published in upcoming editions of both Nature's Best Photography and Alert Diver magazines as well as on Wetpixel. The contest is open at all, with no specific categories, but with prizes for the top 12 placings and 5 honorable mentions. Entries may be of life below, above or around the ocean's surface and for a one-off $25 US entry fee, you can submit up to 20 images.

Full rules and procedures are listed on the Nature's Best Photography website.

Nature's Best Photography
Nature's Best Photography


BSoUP Website Home Page

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, 19th December 2012

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 19th December 2012 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at the Holland Club, Sherfield Building, Imperial College, London, SW7. See Directions.

The Agenda.doc and Committee List.doc (also available as Agenda.pdf and Committee List.pdf) have been e-mailed to all BSoUP members. If you did not receive your copies you may download them by clicking on the links above.

The Minutes of the AGM 2011 and Accounts will be e-mailed before the meeting.


Walk on the Wild Side

Sensation Dundee Science Centre

Until 17 February 2013

After a successful summer at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the 2020VISION exhibition has moved to Dundee where it will be situated on the piazza outside Sensation Dundee Science Centre from now until 17 February 2013.

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.

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.

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

2020VISION Roadshow
2020VISION Roadshow


Olympus OM-D E45

Using the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Underwater

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has become an important EVIL camera for underwater use. This can be illustrated by a fantastic thread about the camera in the Wetpixel forum that has attracted 23,464 views and 241 entries, all freely sharing information about it.

Wetpixel Associate Editor and BSoUP member Alex Mustard, together with Wetpixel member Coroander, presents a synopsis of the current information in the thread, especially in how it relates to settings choices. Their goal is to assist fellow OM-D shooters to get the best from their cameras underwater.

Adam Hanlon, wetpixel


Website of the Week - Sean Arrowsmith

Sean Arrowsmith is a PADI IDC Staff instructor, and a photographer. His love of diving stems from a try-dive on holiday in Gran Canaria, but once he started he found he couldn't stop. Over the years Sean has dived extensively in the UK and abroad. Whilst teaching in Lanzarote, he tried underwater photography and found it greatly increased his enjoyment of diving. In the early days Sean focused mainly on underwater photography using a compact. But over the years and a rapidly expanding collection of photographic equipment he have moved onto DSLR territory and is now rarely seen underwater or on land without a camera to hand.

Sean Arrowsmith
Sean Arrowsmith


Oasis International Competition of Nature Photography
Oasis International Competition of Nature Photography

Oasis International Competition of Nature Photography

Deadline: 25 December, 2012.

Registration is now open to participate in the new edition of nature photography competition Oasis Photo Contest 2012, run by Oasis Italian Magazine and AITN (Italian association of nature tourism) 

The ten best images of each section will receive a prize. We're offering a total of 30,000 euros in prizes, which consist of cash prizes, trips, and photographic equipment. The absolute  winner of the contest will receive 2,000 euros, a trip to Europe and a trophy (sculpted in bronze by Italian artist Michele Vitaloni). The winners of each category will receive a prize of 500 euros.

There are ten different sections to which photographers can submit their works - Landscapes, Mammals, Birds, All the other animals, Portfolio, Underwater, People, Plant World, Pets, Shooting Techniques, Baby (for children under the age of 14), Junior (for kids who are not yet 18)

The jury is being headed by notorious Italian TV host Mario Tozzi, L'Espresso magazine's art director Tiziana Faraoni, accomplished French wildlife photographers Michel and Christine Denis Huot. Other members of the jury include Jago Corazza, Sergio Pitamitz, Egidio Trainito, Anca Mara and Christian Ricci.

In addition, the most beautiful images will be published in our catalog and will also become part of Oasis Photo Contest's exhibition tour in Italy in 2013. For more information and for registration go to the official website of the competition


Dust issue with Nikon D600

The new Nikon D600 SLR seems to be suffering from an issue with dust on the sensor. Kyle Clements has posted a timelapse video onto YouTube showing significant dust accumulation on a brand new camera's sensor. The key issue is not the dust per se, but the fact that the dust is coming from inside the camera. During the timelapse, the lens is not removed from the camera. When approached on the issue, Nikon USA gave the following statement:

"Measures to reduce effects of dust or foreign matter are optimized for each model. Therefore, the dust reduction system's internal mechanism varies with each model," the Nikon statement reads. "If the effects of dust or foreign matter on photographs become bothersome, customers are encouraged to consult their local Nikon service center."

Adam Hanlon, wetpixel

Nikon D600
Nikon D600

Imperial College
Imperial College

Holland Club to close after next BSOUP meeting

The times they are a-changing; after twenty one years meeting at the Holland Club, BSoUP is losing this most congenial facility. From January 2013 our meetings will be held in a large, comfortable classroom [G.01], with proper chairs and desks, still at Imperial College,but in the Royal School of Mines, which can be accessed from Prince Consort Road. See Maps and Directions.

Although we have negotiated an excellent deal for twelve months, it is considerably more than we have been paying. If anyone has any suitable alternative to suggest for 2014, please let us know.


BSoUP Beginners Portfolio - Results

Congratulation to Paul Woodburn who was last night's winner of the BSoUP Beginners Portfolio for the DIVER Trophy and a cheque for £100. Paul's portfolio won by quite a margin.

Congratulations also to Clive Allcorn, Dave Baker, Josef Litt, Anna Burn and Joe Daniels who were all in the top six. There were a total of 24 entries.

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

Paul Woodburn
1st © Paul Woodburn

Clive Allcorn
2nd © Clive Allcorn

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1

Paul Woodburn

50 11
2 Clive Allcorn 34 8
3 Dave Baker 29 3
4= Josef Litt 22 4
4= Anna Burn 22 4
6 Joe Daniels 21 2

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

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 Open Portfolio Competition. This is open to any underwater photographer. The Competition is now open. The deadline is Sunday 9th December.

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.

Dave Baker
3rd © Dave Baker


Seal by Joss Woolf
Seal © Joss Woolf
Overall Winner

BSoUP/ DIVER Print Competition 2012 Results

Congratulations to Joss Woolf who was the overall winner of this year's Print Competition with a fantastic shot of a seal taken off Lundy Is. Joss' image was selected unanimously by the panel of juges comprising Nigel Eaton, Michael Aw and Martin Edge at DIVE 2012 at the NEC Birmingham where 80 of the submitted prints were displayed in the Photozone.

Last night at the Awards ceremony Joss was presented with a trophy and a voucher for the Grand Prize of 1 free place including flights, transfers, 7 nights full board in Madyafa Guest House at Marsa Nakari and 5 days unlimited diving courtesy of Oonasdivers.

Rob White and Rob Bailey were runner-up and highly commended respectively.

The four main competition categories were judged by the visiting public. Over 1,000 voting slips were completed. Saeed Rashid, Caroline Robertson-Brown, Pash Baker, Alex Tattersall, Trevor Rees, Eleonora Manca, and Sue Daly proved to be the top prints in the public's opinion. Saeed, Pash, Trevor and Elonora were present to receive their awards.

Ali Plummer from The Wildlife Trusts selected prints of native wildlife which had been submitted by Atanas Petrov, Trevor Rees, Saeed Rashid and Sue Daly in the two British & Irish categories to use in their campaigns.

To see all the winning images please visit Print Competition Results 2012.

Red-legged crab by Rob White
Red-legged crab © Rob White
Runner-up

Bumphead Parrotfish by Rob Bailey
Bumphead Parrotfish © Rob Bailey
Highly Commended

BSoUP thanks Oonasdivers, Diver Magazine, Cameras Underwater, Mike's Dive Store, Ocean Leisure Cameras, Wiley Nautical, Photec and The Wildlife Trusts for sponsoring the annual competition.

BSoUP is also grateful to members 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 encouraging the public to vote at the Dive Show and Paul Morgan and Martin Davies for their help before the event.


British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition

The 2012 Exhibiiton comprising the 90 winning and short-listed photographs from the 2012 BWPA Competition, recently launched in mid September in London, is currently on tour at Nature in Art, Gloucestershire (open until 25th November - don't miss it!) and at Nunnington Hall, Yorkshire from Saturday 17th November, at weekends only till December 16th. Please check the exhibitions page for all other venues and dates.

For any enquiries about hiring the exhibition, please contact venetiakhan@hotmail.co.uk.

BWPA
British Wildlife Photography Awards


HP Red Sea

Seahorse by Amir Stern
Seahorse by Amir Stern

HP Red Sea World of Underwater Images Competition

HP Red Sea 2012 Competition  was an exciting week with amazingly talented photographers, crazy parties,  countless memorable moments and a  bunch of extremely valuable awards!

Amir Stern from Israel was the one to win the highest prize, a $10,000 USD check courtesy of HP on the 5 Best Images category. And as if thatï's not enough, one of Amirï's images also awarded him with the prestigious Juryï's Prize and $5,000 worth Seacam underwater photo equipment!

The Best Singular prize went to Yuzuru Masuda from Japan, who won 1,000 bottes of Macabbe beer, generously shared with all other participants and guests.

The Spanish team won the National Team category. They competed against the Israeli and Russian team and won both the public and judges voting phases. They were awarded with a $3,000 check, courtesy of Oceanic, plus  3 sets of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4, courtesy of Adobe. When the talented and very happy team came up on stage to collect their prize, they were holding the Spanish flag and dancing all over!
 
Other Spanish  awards include Esteban Tore , who won the Mayorï's Prize and a $2,000 check, and  David Barrio, who won the Fish of the Year category and a 3-week diving vacation in Papua New Guinea.

For further details please visit www.eilatredsea.com/


in focus 99 - Autumn 2012

The latest issue of BSoUP's Magazine in focus has been sent to all BSoUP Members by post.

Issue 99 includes Edtorial by Joss Woolf, Through Snell's Window - Joss Woolf interviews Trevor Rees, Different Horizons by Paul Colley, Goose on the Loose by Tony Neal, The Life of a Police Diver by Andy Clark, In the field by Gavin Parsons, The great Red Sea fludders.

This issue was edited by Joss Woolf with assistance from Mike Russell, Paul Morgan and Chris McTernan, 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.

Details of this and earlier issues of in focus are available at Magazine

This and some earlier issues of the Magazine 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 99
Cover image: Ascension split by Paul Colley.


Oasis Photo Contest
Oasis Photo Contest

Oasis Photo Contest 2012

Deadline: Tuesday 25th December

Registration is now open to participate in the new edition of nature photography competition Oasis Photo Contest 2012, run by Oasis Italian Magazine and AITN (Italian Association of Nature Tourism.) 

There are ten different sections to which photographers (amateurs and professionals) can submit their works including Underwater. The ten best images of each section will receive a prize. We're offering a total of 30,000 euros in prizes, which consist of cash prizes, trips, and photographic equipment. The absolute  winner of the contest will receive 2,000 euros, a trip to Europe and a trophy (sculpted in bronze by Italian artist Michele Vitaloni). The winners of each category will receive a prize of 500 euros.

The jury is being headed by notorious Italian TV host Mario Tozzi, L'Espresso magazine's art director Tiziana Faraoni, accomplished French wildlife photographers Michel and Christine Denis Huot. Other members of the jury include Jago Corazza, Sergio Pitamitz, Egidio Trainito, Anca Mara and Christian Ricci.

In addition, the most beautiful images will be published in our catalog and will also become part of Oasis Photo Contest's exhibition tour in Italy in 2013. For more information and for registration go to the official website of the competition.


Bounty sinks in Atlantic

The tall ship Bounty, was abandoned by its 16 person crew in heavy seas off the coast of North Carolina on 28th October when Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast. Fortunately, the US Coast Guard arrived swiftly and was able to save 14 members of the crew, but the ship suffered a worse fateï'sinking to the graveyard of the Atlantic.

"We are saddened to report that there is still one crew member missing and one crew member that did not make it. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of the crew member that is no longer with us."

The "Bounty", a replica of "H.M.S. Bounty", was originally built in the 1960s to star in The Mutiny of the Bounty and made appearances in the "Pirates of the Caribbean".

See http://www.tallshipbounty.org/ for further news

Bounty
Bounty website

Dan Bolt's winning image at the Splash-In 2011
© Dan Bolt's winning image at the Splash-In 2011

Next BSoUP Meeting

Wednesday 25th November, 2012

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday 21st November at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.at our usual venue, The Holland Club, Imperial College, London SW7 (Directions)

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition Awards. The results will be announced and awards for all the winning and runner-up prints in this year's competition will be presented.

Annual Event: Beginners Portfolio Competition for the DIVER Trophy: A portfolio of 6 images. The competition is open to all underwater photographers provided that they have not come first, second or third in a national or international competition. The deadline is Sunday 11th November. Please read the Rules before entering.

Dan Bolt: Using the Olympus PEN - 2 years on.

Dan, who won the Splash-In 2011 with a fantastic split image of a starfish in a rock pool, is travelling up from Devon to talk about his experience using the micro four thirds Olympus PEN two years on.

Dan will use a collection of images taken in the UK, using the Olympus PEN, to discuss strengths/weaknesses of the Micro 4/3rds format and look at the lenses available to underwater photographers. He will also explain the latest PEN cameras available highlighting the continuing relevance of the format to underwater photography.

Dan first learned to dive with Torbay branch of BSAC back in 1987 when he was 13 years old and hasn't looked back since. His interest in underwater photography started when the digital era made it relatively cheap for sport divers to take up the challenge. Since then he has used a stream of Canon, Olympus and Fuji cameras, including a dSLR, but settled on his Olympus PEN E-PL1 micro 4/3rds camera. For his style of diving/snorkelling its small size, quick responses and superb image quality make it the perfect tool. 

Much of his spare time is spent exploring new diving/snorkelling sights, from the shore and from his kayak. This has given him a new perspective on the UK coastline and in-land sites and continue to provide new photographic opportunities. He has had articles and/or photos published in DIVE, SCUBA, Sport Diver, DIVER and Underwater Photography Magazine and has contributed images to The Wildlife Trusts and Seasearch for their campaigns for protection of the UKï's coastal waters.

To learn more abot Dan and see some of his images please visit www.underwaterpics.co.uk


NUPG - Next Meeting

Monday 12th November, 2012

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group will take place on Monday, 12th November at 8-10pm at The Gurkha Grill (or 7pm if you would like to join us for a curry beforehand) (map).

Main Topic: Image Clinic. Bring along your images and review them with NUPG members to get advice on techniques, lighting, photoshop or anything else you can think of. Experienced NUPG members will be on hand to give advice to all those that come along

Competition Theme: "Cute"

For further details of NUPG please visit http://www.nupg.org.uk/

NUPG
Northern Underwater Photography Group

Ocean Views 2012
Nature's Best Photographer 2012

Nature's Best Photographer 2012

Deadline 30th November, 2012

The editors of Nature's Best Photographer, Alert Diver magazine, and Wetpixel combine print and multimedia to invite all photographers to enter the 2012 Ocean Views Photography Awards.

Through sharing your passion for the ocean, we hope to inspire a global audience to learn about and protect this fragile realm. There are no specific categories as we want to encourage a diverse variety of entries that depict life below, above, and around the ever-changing ocean surface. Simply gather your best shots and enter through the Ocean Views website.

Contest entries will be judged on technical quality, composition, originality, and artistic merit. Professional photographers, Amateurs, and Youths (under 18) are all welcome to enter. For full details please visit the Ocean Views website to enter your favorite ocean adventures today!


EMUP - Next Meeting

Tuesday, November 6th 2012

The next meeting of the East Midlands Underwater Photographers will be on Tuesday November 6th at the usual venue - downstairs in Nemo's Bar, at Stoney Cove at 7:30 sharp. All pub facilities will be open so refreshments will be on hand.

EMUP
East Midlands Underwater Photographers

Bristol Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Underwater Photography Group

BUPG - Next meeting

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

The next Meeting (start time 2000hrs) will be at the normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)

The monthly competition theme is 'Creative'. This is for images that have been captured creatively at the time of taking, rather than by post processing.

We also have our Annual Beginners Portfolio. This is for three images, normal size, which will be shown sequentially. No theme is required but preferably showing a variety of techniques. A trophy will be awarded to the Winner.

For further details about BUPG please visit www.bupg.co.uk


SUPS - Next Meeting

Tuesday, 13th November 2012

The next meeting of the Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society takes place on Tuesday 13th November 2012 from 8pm at the Stevenage Arts Guild, Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK. Guest Speaker night. Alex Tattersall "Under the spotlight" talk.

SUPS is a group of qualified sport divers (scuba) who share a common interest in underwater photography. They offer experienced and new underwater photographers the opportunity to share and revue underwater and land photographs and provide learning support at all levels through presentations, discussions and lectures.

For further details of SUPS please visit http://www.sups-online.com/index.php

Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society
Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society

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

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