Website of the Week - Dan Bolt
"Underwater photography is, first and foremost, my hobby.
I enjoy immensely the challenges and rewards it provides and it allows me
to switch off from my day-job in I. T.
I first learned to dive with Torbay branch of BSAC back
in 1987 when I was 13 years old and I have not looked back since. Some
years were spent with Brixham SAA/BSAC as well as the branch at my
university in Cheltenham. I am now a Direct member of BSAC.
I started taking an interest in underwater photography
when the digital era made it relatively cheap for sport divers to take up
the challenge. Since then I have used a stream of Canon, Olympus and Fuji
cameras, including a dSLR, but I am currently very happy with my Olympus
PEN E-PL1 micro 4/3rds camera. For my style of diving/snorkelling is
small size, quick responses and superb image quality makes it the perfect
More at http://www.underwaterpics.co.uk/about/
A guide to Underwater Wildlife Video and Editing
Video wrecks with Underwater TV Film
Maker Jeff Goodman
In association with
NEW for 2013. Specialist Wreck filming
course. How to achieve the best video images from wreck diving - held in
association with OonasDivers on their luxury 16 berth liveaboard the MY
'Blue Planet' in the Red Sea.
October 11th - 18th
We are offering free places to group leaders
who bring with them 4 or more students. Courses booked through Dive Centres
and Clubs have a 25% discount for groups over 4 people and 30% for over 8
To find out more about this and other
underwater video courses or book your place visit www.jeffgoodman.co.uk or
contact OonasDivers www.oonasdivers.com
HP Red Sea Online Competition - Vote
nowPhotographer of the Month
Between the months of January
and May, the Eilat Red Sea 2013 Online Competition will take place. Each
month during the competition, amateur and professional photographers from
all over the world are invited to submit a portfolio of 3 digital photos.
By the end of each month, 3 photographers will be announced as the winners
of that particular month, chosen both by the public and by a panel of 5
Please vote for you favourite
January portfolio at www.eilatredsea.com/. Voting ends on 31st January
HP Red Sea Online Competition
DIVEMAG magazine issue 13
DIVEMAG - Latest Issue
The January 2013 issue of the FREE DIVEMAG.org, the
Brazilian dive magazine, is now available to download. This issue features
articles about various Brazilian dive sites including: Cartagena de Indias,
Colombia; Shipwrecks, Recife and Maceiï. Photographically, the magazine has
an article about Sony RX-100, the Recsea RX-100 housing as well as a
featured portfolio by Phil Simha.
DIVEMAG magazine issue 13 is free to download in high res
pdf format and flip page view. It is available now in Portuguese, with English and Spanish versions to
Wildlife Photography Course - Jane
Mony Halls Wildlife Photography course will run on the
1st and 2nd of March and today we're delighted to announce that
BSoUP Member Jane Morgan will be our
guest professional photographer.
Jane has been an underwater photo-journalist for many
years, circumnavigating the globe many times over. Her photographs have
appeared in the Times Magazine and she's had many front covers with Dive
Her award winning photos can be viewed at her website:
Whilst Jane's specialism is underwater photography she
has a vast knowledge of photography, cameras and how to produce stunning
For more details about this exciting course please visit
our Great Escapes section of our website www.montyhalls.co.uk/
Monty Halls Wildlife Photography Course: Jane Morgan
Sea&Sea MDX-600 Housing
Sea & Sea Underwater Housing for the Nikon
D600 Full-Frame Camera.
SEA&SEA is pleased to announce its latest DSLR
housing for the underwater market, the MDX-D600 for Nikon D600.
The MDX-D600 is fully-featured and precision engineered
as its MDX predecessors, but in a more compact and lighter weight design.
The MDX-D600 allows for operation of the D600's essential controls and
built-in flash while underwater. The housing is compatible with both the
VF180 and VF45 prism viewfinders offering 1.2x magnification, is depth
rated to 100m, equipped with 2 bulkheads - the first to accept a YS
Converter (#50123) or manual (#50122) wiring harness and the second for an
optional HDMI output for an external HD monitor and is also equipped with
two fibre-optic cable ports.
Additionally, the MDX-D600 comes standard with a built-in
leak sensor and is compatible with SEA & SEA's NX series ports, digital
strobes such as the YS-01, YS-02, YS-110Î±, YS-D1 and YS-250Pro along with
many SEA&SEA SLR accessories.
SRP: £2786.95. Product Code: 06165 Due
to be available end-February. Full details at www.sea-sea.net/
Ocean Artists Society - Shark Conservation
Artists Society has posted a film about shark conservation. 48 members
contributed their artwork to the project, and the music was scored by a
member artist. Amanda Cotton describes the goal of the film:
"As ocean advocates and artists, it is our duty to
create a connection between those who view our work and the ocean. We serve
a pivotal role as her voice, as steadfast protectors, just as sharks play a
vital role in the health of our oceans in keeping balance and order within
them. The survival of our oceans, and of ourselves, are reflected within
the story of sharks themselves. Without them in our oceans, we are lost. In
their future, we create our own."
The Ocean Artists Society will be presenting a new film
every quarter. The next theme for 2013 will be Water Awareness
followed by Saving Coral Reefs, and Ocean
Adam Hanlon, wetpixel
Website of the Week - Nick Blake
A childhood fascination with diving and the ocean,
inspired by the 70's TV series "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau",
led to Nick joining North West based Rammy Divers, age 14 in 1980. Diving
primarily around the UK, it is only in more recent years that Nick's long
standing interest in photography has extended into the water. Having
initially bought an Olympus underwater compact camera in 2004 and
subsequently a Nikon D300 DSLR, one to one tuition with renowned Underwater
Photographer Martin Edge has proved instrumental in Nick's development. Now
fuelled by dive trips to more tropical climes as well as continued UK
diving as a member of Woking based BSAC branch Surrey Aquanauts, you can
see a selection of Nick's more recent underwater photographs together with
images of personal interest above the water at www.nickblakephotography.co.uk/
Hugyfot housing for GoPro Hero 3
An image has been posted on Facebook that shows a Hugyfot
housing for the GoPro HERO 3. Details are not yet available, but the image
shows the housing having an external monitor attached via a ball mount
which presumably uses the camera's HDMI connection. There also seems to be
an additional port as well as a window for the LCD BacPac. Housing controls
seem to give access to all camera functions. The illustration also shows
the housing attached to a tray with two grips.
There are currently no release dates published, nor any
Adam Hanlon, wetpixel
Hugyfot housing for GoPro Hero3
1st © Alex Tattersall
Focus On - 2012 Images - Results
Congratulations to Alex Tattersall who's
image of a juvenile Californian Sealion taken in La Paz, Mexico won the
January Focus On Competition.
Congratulations also to Clive Allcorn
and Theresa Cloake who came second and third with images
of corals taken at the Alternatives, Egypt and a grey seal taken in the
How the top six scored:-
2nd © Clive Allcorn
3rd © Theresa Cloake
The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.
BSoUP Members only may view all the
entries (enlarged and with named photographer) 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.
Next month's Focus On Competition is Post-production
Bonanza here is your chance to do your best to be creative with
Photoshop (or whichever software you have). Anything goes! The competition
will open shortly.
Vincent Laforet to judge photo
Pulitzer winning photographer joins Our World
Underwater judging panel.
Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide, organizers of the Our World
Underwater and DEEP Indonesia imaging contests, are pleased to announce
that journalist, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and videographer,
Vincent Laforet, will be joining the judging panel for the
contests this year. Vincent is widely regarded as one of the most
influential people in modern photography, and he brings a fresh insight and
vision into the contest's judging. He joins an already illustrious judging
panel consisting of Alex Mustard, David Fleetham, Berkley White, Diego
Garcia, Keri Wilk and Matt Weiss. Steve Douglas, Mary Lynn Price and Eric
Hanauer will judge the concurrent video contest.
The deadline for photo and video entries into Our World Underwater 2013 is 18
January, so is fast approaching. DEEP Indonesia will accept entries up until 10
|Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia are among the most
prestigious underwater imaging contests, and will hand out over $80,000 in
prizes this year. For more details or to enter, please visit the UnderwaterCompetition.com site for details on how to do
Website of the Week - Sam Bean
Sam Bean LRPS, freelance photographer and journalist is
the face behind Sam Bean Images. The website holds galleries of images that
have been captured whilst travelling and scuba diving within the UK and
abroad. Traditional film cameras and modern digital SLR and compact cameras
have been used to allow flexibility and to customise photography for each
situation.'Probably the most rewarding aspect of photography is being able
to share the vision with others'. Sam's website is a snapshot of the
photographs capturedby her. Please visit www.sambeanimages.com
Underwater Journal - Latest issue
The latest version of the FREE Underwater Journal is now
available to download.
Issue 27 includes Dive into history by Bob Croft; Fiji's
mystery whale cave by Walt Stearns; Florida's Manatee Springs by Pierce
Hoover; Diving Palau by Douglas Ebersole; DAN Corner - Decompression
Illness; and Parting Shot.
To get you copy please visit http://www.underwaterjournal.com/
Underwater Journal - Issue 27
Cover Image: Walt Stearns
X-ray Magazine - Issue 52
Cover Image: Christian Skauge
X-ray Magazine - Latest issue
The latest version of the FREE X-ray Magazine is now
available to download.
Issue 52 includes Diving Spain's Costa Brava; Honduras'
Roatan; Micronesia's Kosrae & Pohnpei; Diving Gulen, Norwegian fjord;
Kids Scuba Malaysia Mabul-Sipadan Camp; Jim Hellemn profile; Why scientific
diving safer; Diving the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef; Dive fitness: The
Clock; Tech: 10 tips on going pro; When sharks really attack; All about
mirrorless cameras lenses; Amanda Richardson portfolio; Plus news and
discoveries, equipment and training news, books and media, underwater photo
and video equipment, turtle news, shark tales, whale tales and much
To get your copy please visit www.xray-mag.com/
BSoUP - Next Meeting
Wednesday 16th January
The next BSoUP meeting takes place on
Wednesday, 16 January 2013at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at our new venue, in Room
G.01 in the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, South
Kensington, London, SW7 5BD (Directions). New and prospective new members will be
welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome.
Alison Mayor and Martin Davies:
'Photography for Projects - images as a documentary record and a
way of bringing the past and present together'. Alison and Martin are
members (Alison is Secretary and Martin is DO) of the Southsea
Sub-Aqua Club, which has a long history of wreck site
In recent years the Club has developed an association
with a number of local wreck sites, including the LCT 427. This Landing
Craft was sunk on its return to UK the day after D-Day. The Club has
researched and surveyed the wreck - broken into 2 parts - as part of
Project Kedgehook; the project was awarded the BSAC Duke of Edinburgh's
prize in 2012. Serious wreck research is about more than doing a few
dives. It involves digging through historical archives, talking to many
people, getting permission to dive sites that may be restricted and in this
case being sensitive to the fact that the site is a war grave. Alison will
give us the overall story and Martin will add a bit about the photographic
challenges! Martin has been diving for 35 years and taking photos
underwater for almost as long, primarily in UK waters. He is a
member of the Royal
Photographic Society and currently uses a Nikon D7000 in a Sealux
housing. Martin and Alison have been diving together for about 10
years. Initially new to diving Alison took on the role of diving model for
Martin who enjoys shooting wide angle, particularly wreck
photography. More recently Alison has started to take photos of her
own - starting out with a Fuji compact but in the last year moving up
to use Martin's old D200.
Focus On - 2012 Images The Competition
is now closed. There were a total of 39 entries. 28 of the 39 images
submitted have been shortlisted for projection and judging at this months
meeting and the Focus On Competition Slideshow is now available for BSoUP Members
to view. You will be prompted to log in if you have not already done so
Paul Colley: 'Ascension Island:
photography in extremely remote locations'. Paul will talk about the
challenges of creating underwater images where logistical support for
diving is outside the normal frame of reference.
Paul Colley CB OBE MA FRAeS LRPS is Director of PCUW Photography Ltd,
President of the RAF Sub Aqua Association, a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society and
(of course) a member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers.
Both Martin Edge and Alex Mustard have coached him and he remains eternally
grateful to them for passing on some of their considerable knowledge and
skills. Paul's images are widely published and have won international
recognition up to gold medal standard. He is a Master Scuba Diver and
Assistant Instructor with PADI, and a BSAC Open Water Instructor trained in
advanced mixed gas diving. His current projects include publishing 2 books
about underwater photography.
Pacific North West Diver - Latest
January's featured photographers are Wendy and Bruce
Carey from Crofton, Vancouver Island, and Steve Zedekar, Vancouver,
Washington. Wendy authored 'Up Close and Personal: An Underwater View of
Vancouver Island'. Our featured operator is Copper Island Dive, based in
Salmon Arm, BC. and Greg Sweeney contributes the first of two articles on
There is information about Vancouver BC Aquarium's
Divers Weekend, and the new Portland Aquarium. Also, check out the 'From
the Archives' video: 247 on air in 1956!
The Travel Section contains a review and photos of the
October Sea of Cortez whale shark, sea lion, and marine critter outing, and
a listing of up-coming trips.
To download your FREE copy click
Pacific North West Diver Issue 2013 -
Image © Wendy Carey
Nikon's new mirrorless cameras and
Nikon has announced the release of two new mirrorless
cameras and two new 1 series lenses. The 1 J3 and S1 both have
phase-detection and contrast-detect AF. The J3 has a 14.2-million pixels
CMOS sensor which supports an ISO range from ISO 160-6400. The S1 has
10.1-million pixels and a native ISO range ISO 100 - 6400.
Nikon has also released details of two new lenses for the
1 series, a 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6, and a 10-100mm f/4-5.6. The former gives a
100 degree field of view equivalent to a 16-35mm lens on a full frame camera.
Lastly, the company has announced an underwater housing
for the J3.
See www.nikon.com/ for further details.
British Underwater Underwater
Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth, Saturday 6th
Win a one-week liveaboard holiday to the Maldives
(excl. flights) for two people courtesy of Maldives Scuba Tours
The 2013 British Underwater Photography Championships,
organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP ), will
take place on Saturday 6th July at Mount Batten, Plymouth, Devon. All
underwater photographers are invited to participate, whether they are
members of BSoUP or not.
Prizes, trophies and individual awards will be presented
for winning images in each category as well as a grand prize of a one-week
liveaboard holiday for the best overall image. All prizes except that for
the Humorous category will be awarded by an independent panel of judges;
the Humorous category will judged by the audience present.
Viewing and judging of the images entered will take place
at the Mount Batten Centre on the Saturday night. Earlier in the evening
the Hotel Mount Batten will again be putting on a substantial buffet dinner
Further details will be announced in due course
British Underwater Photography Championship 2013
Image: Charles Erb
Runner-up in the Mankind in the Sea Category, 2012
HP Epson Red Sea 2013 Online Competition
Eilat Red Sea 2013 Online
Participate in the Eilat Red Sea
2013 Online Competition, which takes place from
January to May.
The winner of the Online Competition will be crowned as the "
Photographer of the Year ". Flights, accommodation (BB)
and diving expenses will all be covered for the " Photographer of
the Year ", in order to enable this winner to participate at
the Eilat Red Sea 2013 shoot-out in Eilat.
You have nothing to lose, and the world's
greatest shoot-out to win!
The 9th annual Eilat Red Sea competition
will be held on October 20-26, 2013, in Eilat. Innovative
categories and some very worthy prizes are planned for this year, making it
very much worthwhile to be elected as the " Photographer of the
Year" . In order to participate, all you have to do is to upload
your best underwater images, taken anywhere and anytime in the world, to
the competition website.
Full details at www.eilatredsea.com/
BOOT 2013, Dusseldorf
19th -27th January, 2013
The German Boat show 'BOOT 2013' including Europe's
largest consumer dive show, will take place in D'sseldorf between 19
January and 27 January 2013 at the Messe D'sseldorf. As well as water
sports equipment the show includes diving resorts, diving, liveaboards. and
underwater photography equipment and presentations on Underwater
For further details please visit www.boat-duesseldorf.com/
BSoUP Member Steve Jones will be at the
show on Saturday, Sunday and Monday in the Underwater Pixel World at 13.45
each day. He'll be giving a talk on deep wreck photography in temperate
waters, covering the specific challenges, and techniques for
Ocean in Focus Conservation Photo
Ocean in Focus Conservation Photo
Deadline: 31st January, 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 Expeditions.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Deadline: 25th February, 2013
The 2013 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of
the Year is now open and accepting entries. Categories include Animal
Portraits, Behavior: Mammals, Behavior: Cold-Blooded animals, Animals is
their Environment and Underwater Worlds.
The deadline for entries is 25 February 2013. Full entry
details and rules can be found on the Natural History Museum's website. There are also comprehensive guidelines on
what is acceptable in terms of image editing.
Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the
CornSOUP - Next Meeting
Monday 28th January
Watersports Centre, Falmouth
The next meeting of CornSoUP takes place on Monday 28th
January at the Watersports Centre, Falmouth at 7.00 for 7.30 p.m. Mark Webster and Jack Perks will entertain and infrom you.
Please come along and support them and join them and enjoy a drink or two
at the bar.
Mark will give a talk entitled 'Classic or Cliche
Composition' and Jack Perks on working with the BBC 'Seasons' filming in
rivers and on a current project with National Geographic looking at the
disapperance of small UK freshwater fish.
Further details at Facebook
Website of the Week - Pash Baker
Pash qualified as a scuba diver in 1996 in the UK. Back
in 2007, she started taking video footage using a Sony PD150 (in an
amphibico housing). You can see some of the videos she created on YouTube.
Although Pash swore she never would turn to stills
photography, she was pleasantly surprised with the results from her first
attempt. That was with a Canon DSLR camera in an Ikelite housing. During a
trip to Indonesia with Martin Edge, she felt her photography really coming
alive and later acheived 3rd place in the BSoUP Beginners Portfolio
Pash now shoots with a Nikon D300s in a Subal housing.
She hasn't not looked back since then and is really pleased with the images
Whilst exhibiting at the Birmingham NEC Dive Show, Pash
was approached by Coral Cay Conservation and asked to visit two of their
sites - in Cambodia and The Philippines. The intention was to capture some
of the fun, atmosphere and valuable work done by the charity in the hopes
it would encourage others to volunteer or contribute to the effort. You can
see a very small selection of the 3000 or so photographs that Pash took
during her stay on her website.
Pash, who took over the role of BSoUP 's Membership
Secretary on the 1st Janaury 2013, would love to hear your thoughts about
her site and the images. If you'd like to know any more, please feel free
to get in touch with her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our World Underwater and DEEP
In case you missed the original announcement, the 2013
Wetpixel/DivePhotoGuide competitions The World Underwater and DEEP
Indonesia, and now up and running and accepting entries. Together, they
will hand out over $80,000 worth of prizes, supplied by our amazing
sponsors. The World Underwater 2013 has categories for macro and
wide-angle in both restricted and unrestricted classes, compact, novice,
video and commercial, conceptual and fashion. DEEP Indonesia 2013 has
categories for divers, animal portrait, animal behavior, reefscapes ,
compact cameras and two new ones for 2013: Surf and sharks.
OWU has a deadline of 19 January 2013 and DEEP
Indonesia's is 10 February 2012. Full details, rules and entry requirements
are on the UnderwaterCompetition.com website.
DPReview announces best cameras of
DPReview has announced the results of its user poll into
the best camera of 2012. The thread attracted almost 15,000 votes and
nearly 1,500 comments, with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 being
voted as the best camera of 2012. The Nikon D800/D800E was
beaten by one percentage point into second place, with the Canon 5d
Mark III coming in third. Interestingly, sales figures from the
market, show the Nikon 1 J1 as selling the most, followed by the
Olympus E-PL3 and then the Sony NEX-5n.
To read the review please visit www.dpreview.com/news/
Adam Hanlon, wetpixel
UwP Issue 70
UwP - Latest issue
The latest issue of the FREE Underwater Photography
Magazine is now available to download.
Issue 70 includes News, Travel & Events, New
Products, Product Reviews, Locations and Parting Shot.
To download your copy please visit http://www.uwpmag.com/
Website of the Week - Rico
Rico is an underwater photographer who lives in the
Republic of Turkey. He is the 2011/12 UWP World Champion of Underwater
Photography, a uw photography instructor, author of the series 'creative uw
photography and composition', contest judge, co-editor of the 'Edition
Fifty Fathoms', freelance author and photographer for magazines all around
the world and leader of the underwater photography department at the
photography fine arts society - Izmir. At underwaterphotography.com, the
world's biggest uw photo contest, he leads the Photo Critics team.
For further details about Rico please visit www.maviphoto.com/
RecSea Housing for GoPro Hero 3
RecSea has announced the release of an aluminium housing
for the GoPro HERO3 POV cam. The WHG-HERO3 accommodates the HERO3 cam with
its LCD or battery BacPac and features a 200 meter (660 feet) depth rating,
has a RecSea Secure-Latch locking mechanism with a double-wide silicon o
ring and contact surface and provides access to all camera functions.
Accessories include color correction filters and a variety of mounting
RecSea has also recently announced housings for the Canon
PowerShot S110 and PowerShot G15 compact cameras. Prices and availability
for all the above housings are still to be confirmed. Further details at
SUPS - Next Meeting
Tuesday 8th January
The next meeting of the Stevenage Underwater Photographic
Society takes place on Tuesday 8th January at 8pm at the Stevenage Arts
Guild, Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage, Hertfordshire,
AGM night. Focus-On 'Texture', both above and below
water. A Selection of images taken by members on last years visit to
For further details please visit
Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society