A taste of Underwater Ambon © Jo
A taste of Underwater Ambon by Jo
BSoUP Member Jo
Horrocks has posted a video of her recent rip to Ambon, Indonesia
on YouTube at http://youtu.be/vmniavGK7G8.
The video features underwater highlights from 2012. Said
Jo 'Muck and reef diving in the local area showed us how diverse the life
is out there.'
The video runs for 11:38 mins.
Anima Mundi - Latest issue
The latest issue of the FREE Anima Mundi is now available
Issue # 9 features the following articles SCOOP The
Amazon Flasher, THE FORGOTTEN ISLANDS Réunion and Rodrigues, GENTLE GOBLINS
Lemurs of Madagascar, THE HUMMINGBIRD WHISPERER A portfolio by Glenn
Bartley, TWO IS A COMPANY Symbiosis in Shrimp Gobies.
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/
Anima Mundi Issue 9
DIVER Calendar 2013
DIVER Calendar 2013 features BSoUP
The DIVER Calendar 2013 features images from our annual
print competition held at the NEC Birmingham in October.
Images by the following photographers are included:-
Trevor Rees, Eleonora Manca, Rob Bailey, Joss Woolf, Saeed Rashid,
Pash Baker, Rob White, Caroline Robertson-Brown, Alex Tattersall
and Sue Daly. See Print Competition Results for further details of the
competition and all the award winning images.
The calendar is available with the January issue of
DIVER Magazine purchased from a shop or news stand. Copies
of the calendar will be sent to all those who entered the competition.
BSoUP Annual General Meeting 2012
The Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday 19th
December at 8.00 p.m. at the Holland Club. From January meetings will be
held to room G.01 in the Royal School of Mines (Directions)
The Agenda, Accounts, Minutes of last year's AGM and the
Committe List had been circulated to all members prior to the meeting. The
meeting was opened by the Chairman Joss Woolf, who
outlined many of the society's acheivements over the past 12 months
and thanked all those who had contributed to the Society's continued
Our Hon. Treasure and Membership Secretary Alan
Larsen and Committee Members JP Trenque and
Paul Morgan stand down from the Committee at the end of
the year. From January 2013, Sarah White will be taking
over the Hon. Treasurer's role and Pash Baker (new to the
Committee) will be taking over the Membership Secretary's role.
BSoUP also welcomed Mike Brodbelt to the
After the Open Portfolio Competition results had been
announced (see below) members enjoyed a splendid buffet thanks to the hard
work of Joss Woolf.
Winner © Mark Pickford
Open Portfolio Competition - Results
Congratulations to Mark Pickford who is
the winner of the year's Open Portfolio Competition.
Mark was presented with the Open Portfolio Trophy and a
cheque for £100 courtesy of DIVE Magazine.
Congratulations also to Trevor Rees who
came second and Pash Baker who came third. There were a
total of 32 entries.
How the top six scored:-
Runner-up © Trevor Rees
3rd © Pash Baker
The top six may be viewed in the Gallery, click on a
photographer's name in the list above.
BSoUP Members only may view all the
entries (enlarged) in the
Slideshow Archive. 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.
January 2013' s Focus On competition is 2012
Images show us your favourite image from 2012 which didn't win a
competition, the one that the judges missed! The deadline is Sunday 6th
Note: landscape format images must be
1400 pixels wide and portrait format images must be 1050 high. Any smaller
and images will look less sharp when projected.
Facebook's Instagram in major
Facebook faces a major backlash over privacy today after
its photo-sharing service Instagram changed its rules to give it the right
to sell users photographs without paying them or asking their permission.
The move gives Instagram, which Facebook acquired in April, the perpetual
right to license all public photos that are posted online through the app,
allowing the pictures to be used for commercial purposes such as
Unless users delete their Instagram accounts by a
deadline of 16 January, they cannot opt out.
Privacy groups have condemned the move, saying that
the policy shift could allow advertisers to buy young peoples photos
without gaining their or their parents permission. Analysts said that this
could mean that people could soon appear in adverts on television or
online, without their knowledge or being paid for photos that they have
Instagram was acquired by Facebook in April this year, in
a deal which was then worth $1billion. Facebook announced this year that it
has grown to having 1 billion users worldwide, while Instagram has 100
Instagram announced its sweeping changes to privacy
policies and terms of service. The changes will go into effect on January
16 2013. Photos taken before that time will not affected by the move.
Many of the changes can be seen as an effort by Facebook to more
easily obtain and use information gathered by Instagram to better
incorporate advertising, so that Facebook ads could easily appear with
The changes to the privacy policies means that Instagram will be able to
share information about its users - such as details about bands they have
seen or restaurants they have eaten at - with Facebook, as well as outside
groups and advertisers. It is thought that this change will allow Facebook
to be able to better target its adverts to Instagram users.
The new terms of service also state: You agree that a
business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness,
photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in
connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any
compensation to you. This means that photos published on Instagram
publicly can be used in adverts without the users knowledge and without the
person taking the photograph being paid. The only way for users to reject
the changes will be to leave Instagram and delete their accounts.
The Wildlife Trusts - Marine Conservation
UK Marine Conservation Zones - Images
The Government has launched their consultation into the
127 Marine Conservation Zones that were recommended by stakeholders last
year. The Wildlife Trusts (TWT) were pretty disappointed
with the proposal put forward by DEFRA as they are proposing to designate
only 31 of the 127 recommended sites next year. You can view TWT's initial
response to the consultation at www.wildlifetrusts.org/TWT
would like to do some press work in the new year, again highlighting the
species and habitats found around UK and how important it is that they are
protected. If you have any images from the UK taken in the last 12 months
or so that they would be happy to share with TWT to use with the media to
promote their campaign please contact Ali Plummer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Deadline: 2nd January 2013
Melvita Nature Images Awards 2012
The winning images from this year's Melvita Nature Images
Awards have been posted to the their website. Brits Andrew Parkinson, Nick Upton and BSoUP Member
Linda Pitkin all won awards.
Linda's image, which came third in category G - Other
Animals, was of a frog with frogspawn taken in a pond in Surrey for the
The 2012 edition of the Nature Images Awards, organised
by Terre Sauvage and the IUCN, is sponsored by MELVITA.
Frog and frogspawn © Linda Pitkin
UwP Issue 69 : Cover image by Michael
UwP - Current issue - last chance for free
The current issue of Underwater Photography magazine is
only free to download for the next few days. When it becomes a back issue,
it will cost 99p so download it now to save money
You can download UwP69 at http://www.uwpmag.com
Also take a look at the Small Ads page, there's loads of
equipment for sale at great prices http://www.uwpmag.com/?p=sell
Adobe updates Lightroom and Camera
Adobe has released the final versions on Lightroom 3.4
and Camera RAW 7.3, both of which had been released as release candidates earlier. The new versions have added
20 new cameras including: Canon EOS 6D, Canon PowerShot S110, Canon
PowerShot G15, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, Nikon 1 V2, Nikon D600, Olympus PEN
E-PL5, Olympus PEN E-PM2, Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS, Panasonic DMC-GH3, Sony
DSC-RX1, Sony NEX-VG30 and Sony NEX-VG900. It also adds support for retina
displays, fixes the issues of AVCHD videos not importing correctly, TIFF
files having tonal shifts and the problem that occurs when deleting the top
image in a stack making all the images disappear.
For a full list of new camera support and bug fixes,
please see the Lightroom Journal. The updates are available via the
update mechanism within Lightroom or Photoshop.
Adam Hanlon, wetpixel
Bite-Back Calendar 2012
Bite-Back Calendar 2012
Bite-Back, the UK shark and marine conservation charity,
has just announced details of its highly anticipated 2013 fundraising
calendar, featuring images and text from 12 of the worldï's very best
This year the high quality, limited edition, A4 calendar
showcases contributions from Stephen Frink and Jim Abernethy alongside the
likes of David Doubilet, Doug Perrine, Amos Nachoum, Mark Carwardine, David
Fleetham and Alex Mustard plus an endorsement from Hugh
The result is a unique and stunning collection of
underwater images from around the world including sharks, dolphins,
cuttlefish, sperm whale and manta ray.
Profits from the calendar will help fund Bite-Backï's
innovative and successful campaigns to end the sale of shark fin soup in
Britain and put pressure on supermarkets to choose conservation over
commerce regarding the fish they sell.
The calendar is available from Bite-Back's online shop, priced at £7.99 plus p&p anywhere in the
Bite-Back also offer a chance to win a holiday for two
people to Fiji for just £10. The exclusive raffle prize has been donated by
Tourism Fiji and Dive Worldwide to raise funds for Bite-Back and Marie
Curie Cancer. There are just 2,000 tickets on sale at £10 each. The prize
draw is on 3 January, 20 days from now.
BSoUP December Meeting
The next meeting takes place on
Wednesday 19th December, 2012 at the Holland Club, our final meeting
at this venue!
The meeting starts with our Annual General
Meeting. All relevant documents have been circulated to
Following the AGM, the annual Open Portfolio
Competition will be judged. The competition is now closed.
BSoUP Members only may preview the slideshow, but you will be asked to login if you haven't
already done so. There are 32 entries, so please preview them before the
meeting if you are attending.
The second half of the evening is devoted to our winter
party. We hope to see you there!
© Dray van Beeck's winning Open Portfolio
Jeremy and Amanda Cuff's Diving Calendar 2012
Jeremy and Amanda Cuff's Diving Calendar
Photographers, photojournalists and
BSOUP members Jeremy and Amanda Cuff have published a new
2013 Calendar titled Diving Dreams which is now
Jeremy said, The Diving Dreams 2013 Calendar features a
variety of images, mostly from our dive travels over recent times, and
includes destinations such as Bali, Belize, Australia, the Philippines and
The 2013 Calendars can be ordered now - please visit
Jeremy & Amandas website at www.ja-universe.com for further information and
Our World Underwater
Deadline: 19th January 2013
Deadline: 10th February 2013
The Underwater Competition series returns in 2013 for its
8th year with over $80,000 in prizes. Known as the
Super Bowl of underwater imagery events, the series has developed a
reputation as being one of the elite underwater photography competitions.
The competitions series, made up of the Our World Underwater and DEEP
Indonesia contests, truly showcases the unique art of underwater
photography. Prizes include trips to the top resorts and liveaboards,
as well as underwater photography equipment and prizes are awarded to
winners in more than 15 categories. Additionally, the grand
prize-winner of the Our World Underwater competition will be given $1000 in
Further details at http://underwatercompetition.com/
Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia
Maluku Moments © Roger Eve
Maluku Moments by Roger Eve
Roger Eve has posted a video of some of the amazing macro
creatures found around Ambon in the Maluku Islands of Indonesia on
The clips are from a recent trip to Ambon with his wife
Wendy and quite a few well known BSoUPers and runs for 10:32 minutes.
To view the video visit http://www.youtube.com/
Royal Geographical Society - Dive
The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington
Gore, London, SW7 2AR
Friday 15th February 2013 at 6.00 p.m. for 6.30
"These annual lectures run by The London Diving Chamber
will once again be taking your minds off to stunning underwater locations
around the World and diving with both beautiful and incredible animals.
This year we are delighted to have two great speakers
whose lives we can only envy as they get to travel and dive some of the
most special places around the world. EMMY Award winning cameraman,
Michael Pitts and television presenter,
Rose, will be talking about some of their most exciting,
sometimes simply dangerous dives that they undertake to
bring some underwater wonders to our front room.
The 'Dive Lectures' are held in support of Scuba Trust - a charity
devoted to giving people with physical disabilities an equal opportunity to
experience the pleasure and excitement of scuba diving and the underwater
world. Entrance will be free, but please help us fill those Scuba Trust
buckets on the night and let's make sure we beat last year's fantastic
To register, please visit www.londondivingchamber.co.uk
Leviathan by Howard Hall
Ace underwater videographer and cinematographer Howard Hall
has released a short film about humpback whales called Leviathan.
Howard said "This is a montage of some of my favorite
shots from our August 2012 Tonga Expedition. We spent three weeks shooting
5K digital cinema footage for our library. This expedition was followed ten
days later with an additional four weeks of shooting 70mm film and Epic 5K
digital for the MacGillivray Freeman IMAX feature, Humpback Whales. Thanks
to Whale Watch Vava'u and Endangered Encounters, for their excellent
support. Music is by Alan Williams who composed the music for our IMAX
film, Island of the Sharks".
Leviathan © Howard Hall
African Diver Issue 25
African Diver - latest issue
The December issue of African Diver magazine is now
available to download.
Featured in issue number 25 are articles about diving in
Zimbabwe's Chinhoyi caves, Zavora in Mozambique and Madeira as well as the
cichlids of Lake Malawi. Vickie Collins talks about her experiences as a
Cove guardian in Taji, Japan, and the featured photographer is Christopher
To download your copy please visit http://africandiver.com/
Website of the Week - Robert Bailey
Robert is captivated by all things in nature.
He enjoys reportage style as well. He says, 'flirting with my subjects
without being intrusive', is something he likes to try to do.
He's worked professionally on commercial television sets
doing production photography, shot modern dance for the art department at
the University of Calgary, and worked in a freelance capacity shooting a
variety of subjects. Rob also worked as a NAUI scuba instructor up to
training director level at the University of Calgary from 1993-1999, and is
still an avid diver. He never dives without his camera. From 2007-2009 he
was chairman of the Leamington and Warwick BSAC Branch 217. The
Telecommunications industry is his mainstay.
|Photographer's work he is inspired by includes, but is not limited
to; David Doubilet, Michael Nichols, Bettina Rhiems, Ansel Adams, Helmut
Newton, Jim Brandenburg, Paul Nicklen, and Alex Mustard in no particular
order. He's an active member of the British Society of Photographers (BSOUP),
and the Bristol Underwater Photography Group (BUPG) and is obsessed by all
things photographic. To learn more about Robert please visit www.robertbaileyphotography.com/
Bristol Undrewater Photography
BUPG - Next meeting
Tuesday, December 11th,
The next Meeting of the Bristol Underwater
Photography Group will be on Tuesday 11th December (start time 20.00hrs) at
the normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ
Monthly Competition - Open
Annual Competition - Open Portfolio
For further details about BUPG please visit
Environmental Photographer of the
Deadline: 31st December, 2012
The Environmental Photographer of the Year competition is
an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography
and video. It provides an opportunity for all photographers to share
images of environmental and social issues with international audiences, and
to enhance our understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to
climate change and social inequality.
Selected from an open submission process, the competition
will culminate with an exhibition in London in Spring 2013, followed by a
UK and international tour.
Further details at http://www.parkerharris.co.uk/
Environmental Photographer of the Year
A split shot taken in the River Leith, Cumbria
Nikon D90 with 10.5 mm wide angle lens in a Sea & Sea housingwith a
large dome port, twin Inon strobes
Image: © Linda Pitkin
Eden Rivers Trust
The Eden Rivers Trust in Cumbria has posted details of
its projects to monitor young salmon and trout and white-clawed crayfish,
illustrated with BSoUP Member Linda Pitkin's photographs
Salmon and trout are good indicator species of the
general health of the river, being widely distributed throughout the
catchment but rare or absent in areas of poor water quality or habitat
degradation. Sampling is carried out using electro-fishing to midly stun
the fish in order assess the local population.
The native white-clawed crayfish has its best stronghold
in Cumbria. It is under threat of extiction because of the larger American
signal crayfish which has forced the British variety from many rivers.
Whale Shark Rescue
Diving aboard the Solmar V (www.solmarv.com) at Roca
Partida, near Socorro Island, about 250 miles south of Baja, Mexico. During
the first dive of the morning, we came upon a mature whale shark in some
amount of distress due to a large rope cinched around it's girth. It must
have been there for some time, as the rope was encrusted with barnacles,
and was cutting deeply into the flesh of the shark. On the second dive of
the morning, we located the same whale shark once again, and with Eddy
(dive guest) on the scene with his "Go Pro" camera, we were able to
memorialize the rescue.
In the video you will see Dave (dive guide) approach the
shark from the front, and Dani (dive guide) swim to the shark from above.
You will see Dani successfully cut the rope loose, freeing the shark which
slowly swims away. At the end, you will see Eddy's wife, Gina, knuckle-bump
Dani, as we all celebrate together. We brought the rope back to the boat,
and found it was about 2 inches in diameter, so perhaps an anchor or
mooring line? How it got wrapped around the shark is a mystery.
Noel Hall November 7, 2012
Whale Shark Rescue
Los Angeles Underwater Photography Society
LAUPS - Results
The Los Angeles Underwater Photography Society (LAUPS)
has published the results of
their annual International Underwater Photographic Competition. Now in its
fiftieth year, Best of Show and wide-angle was won by Eduardo Acevedo of
Tenerife, Spain with his circular fisheye image "Stars &
World". Other still categories were won by Tony Cherbas in Macro,
Ximena Olds in Behavior, Allison Vitsky Sallmon in Cold Water, Stephen
Holinski in Compact Cold Water, Oliviero Giorgio Pulido in Compact Macro,
Karoly Szabo and Compact Wide. In the video contest, Mike Boom won the
Video Edited and Walter Marti the Video Raw Footage categories
Congratulations to all the winners and all those in the
placings. The full results are available on the LAUPS
Adam Hanlon, wetpixel
SUPS - Next Meeting
Tuesday 11th December 2012
The next meeting of the Stevenage Underwater Photographic
Society takes place on Tuesday 11th December at 8pm at the Stevenage Arts
Guild, Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage, Hertfordshire,
Focus-On finals night with guest judge Peter Ladell.
The Christmas get together, a chance to chat over mince pies and other
For further details please visit http://www.sups-online.com/index.php
Stevenage Underwater Photographic
NUPG - Next Meeting
Monday, 10th December 2012
The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photographers
takes place on Monday December 10th at the Gurkha Grill, West Didsbury,
Annual round up best of 2012 competitions and a
For further details about NUPG please visit www.nupg.org.uk
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
Nature's Best Photography
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
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.ïTo find out more about the project
Oasis International Competition of Nature
Oasis International Competition of Nature
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
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.