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

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

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Doug Allan - Freeze Frame

News - September 2013

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

August 2013
Coming Soon
News Archive


Will Clark's Exhibition
Website of the Week - Michelle Kleyr
BSoUP Splash-In in DIVER Magazine
Underwater Excellence - Results
BSoUP / DIVER Annual Print Competition
Website of the Week - Arthur Kingdon
September BSoUP Meeting
Pacific North West Diver - Latest issue
Website of the Week - Tristan Jones
in focus - Latest issue

SUPS - Next Meeting
BUPG - Next Meeting
NUPG - Next Meeting
UwP - Latest Issue
Paul Colley wins RPS Gold Medal
Website of the Week - Gill McDonald
Travel Photographer of the Year
Other News Sources
FREE Web Magazine Downloads
BSoUP on the Web in the past month

Will Clark
Some of Will Clark's prints

Will Clark's Exhibition

An underwater photography exhibition of BSoUP Member Will Clark's prints (with five other artists) will be on show for the next couple of weeks at the Glastonbury Galleries. Will will be there on the afternoons of Mon 23/9, Wed 25/9, Mon 30/9, Wed 2/10 and the morning of Thurs 3/10 to talk with guests about the images."Come and have a look at the results of my passion for showing people what beautiful and dramatic sights are to be had in the seas of our blue planet"


Website of the Week - Michelle Kleyr

Michelle was born in Luxembourg and has had her work exhibited in London, Maidstone, Mersch, Brussels, Luxembourg, Cheriton

Her article A Brief History of Underwater Imaging was published in the 101st edition of in Focus.

To learn more about Michelle and see some of her work plese visit www.michellekleyr.lu/

Michelle Kleyr
Michelle Kleyr

DIVER Magazine September 2013
DIVER Magazine

BSoUP Splash-In in DIVER MagazineThe October issue of DIVER includes two double spreads on this year's British Underwater Photography Championship (Splash-In) with images by Dan Bolt, Alex Tattersall, Paula Bailey, Keith Lyall, Len Deeley and Joss Woolf.

Alex Mustard's monthly feature is on wide-angle photography in the Red Sea.

Subscribe at www.divernet.com/


Underwater Excellence - Results

Congratulations to Martyn Guess who was the winner of this year's Underwater Excellence Competition. Martyn wins £250 courtesy of DiveQuest.

Congratulations also to Pedro Vierya and Trevor Rees who came second and third respectively.

There were a total of 26 entries of which 13 were short listed for projection and judging at the meeting by the audience present. A further entry was withdrawn because the resolution was too high and as a consequence was 'fuzzy' when pasted into Powerpoint.

1st - Martyn Guess
Split shot taken at The Alternatives, Egypt
© Martyn Guess
1st - Martyn Guess
Turtle silhouette taken at Ras Mohammed, Egypt
© Martyn Guess

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Martyn Guess 52 10
2 Pedro Vieyra 41 10
3 Trevor Rees 35 5
4 Warren Williams 17 4
5 Mark Drayton 17 1
6 Joss Woolf 16 2

 

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery by clicking on the photographer's name in the list above.

BSoUP Members only may view all 26 entries in the Competition Slideshow Archive. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

If you are not in the top six and would like to know how you scored please contact Brian Pitkin.

Next month's Competition is the Best of British Portfolio. The deadline is Sunday 6th October at one minute to midnight. Please read the Rules before entering via the Online Entry Form.

1st - Martyn Guess
Anemonefish taken in Komodo National Park, Indonesia
© Martyn Guess

BSoUP /DIVER Print Competition 2013
BSoUP /DIVER Print Competition 2013

BSoUP / DIVER Annual Print Competition 2013

Your last chance to enter!

Deadline for entries 18th September 2013

Win a week in Tobago for 1 including flights from Gatwick, transfers, 7 nights B&B at Toucan Inn and 5 days diving/10 dives courtesy of OonasDivers

Organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers in association with DIVER Magazine

at the DIVE SHOW, NEC Birmingham

26-27th October 2013

The Awards Ceremony will take place at the BSoUP Meeting on Wednesday 20th November 2013 in the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College when the results were announced.

Further details at Print Competition


Website of the Week - Arthur Kingdon

"My interest in photography began many years ago when I was around fourteen. My father was an accomplished amateur photographer with his own darkroom and I remember being fascinated as the monochrome images would slowly appear in the developing tray."

"As I was also interested in aircraft, I thought there could be no better career than to join the Royal Air Force as a photographer. After serving my photographic apprenticeship, I enjoyed some two and a half years photographing all manner of interesting stuff before applying for and being accepted for aircrew training."

More at http://www.aakup.com/index.htm

Arthur Kingdon
Arthur Kingdon


September BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in Room G.01 in the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD (http://www.bsoup.org/Directions.php). New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome.

Keith Lyall: Macro and Super-macro.  Continuing the series of BSOUP technical talks based on "The Underwater Photographer" by Martin Edge, this talk will present the topics of macro and super macro photography. Often the first experience divers have of underwater photography is through macro or close-up photography. This talk will cover key aspects including equipment, macro basics, lighting options and general subject considerations associated with the creation of macro images, including tips for shooting in the UK and a short intro to super-macro.  

Keith Lyalll
Keith Lyall

Underwater Excellence
Underwater Excellence

Keith has been diving since 2000 and taking a camera underwater since those early days, but even prior to learning to dive Keith was a keen land photographer with underwater photography becoming a natural extension of this interest. His first experience of underwater photography was with a disposable camera in a plastic housing but he has since progressed to a Nikon D300 in a Subal housing! He has numerous awards to his credit in competitions run by BSoUP, Photosub and the British Underwater Image Festival and regularly teaches underwater photography courses.

Underwater Excellence
The Competition is now closed. There were a total of 27 entries, one of which was withdrawn by the photographer because the images were submitted at the wrong resolution. A total of 13 portfolios have been shortlisted for projection. Members whose portfolios have not been shortlisted have been notified by e-mail.

We are currently experiencing  problems with the script which automatically generates the slideshow for the website. Shortlisted entries may be viewed as a pdf via the Competition Slideshow. You will be asked to log in if you have not done so this session.

Saeed Rashid:  Lightroom and beyond. Following on from his last BSoUP talk Saeed will be looking at taking your Adobe Lightroom skills a little further and showing how easy it is to combine more than one program into this simple workflow. He will also be covering compositing, or what some people would say is 'creating a fake image. He feels this is, like it or not, an important skill to learn and is much easier than you would ever believe. He will show us a quick way to remove a diver or add an extra fish to your image.  And then from there, how to quickly produce a web gallery to wow your friends. Saeed has been taking underwater pictures for the past 12 years, and started just to pass the time underwater.  He currently uses a Canon 7D in a Nauticam housing. Last year Saeed started leading underwater photography trips, for 'blue o two' to the Red Sea and Maldives. He also runs Adobe Lightroom courses aimed at underwater photographers to help them improve their post processing skills and he fits all that in between his day job at Bournemouth University where he teaches Print design.

Saeed Rashid
Saeed Rashid


Pacific North West Diver
Pacific North West Diver - Cover image: Ken Gatherum

Pacific North West Diver - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Pacific North West Diver is now available for download.

The September issue includes

Photographers / Videographers, Technical Corner, News Corner, Archives, Travel Corner.

To download your copy visit http://pnwups.com/


Website of the Week - Tristan Jones

Tristan is a PADI Dive Master and has had a life long passion for all things underwater. Being a photographer, there was a natural progression to underwater photography.

Apart from wrecks, reefscapes and fish, Tristan has also undertaken work for clients wanting to showcase their underwater equipment

Tristan is working on building a comprehsnisve photographic database of British Marine life, although this side project will take many years to complete.

More at www.tristanjonesphotography.com/

Tristan Jones
Tristan Jones


in focus 101

in focus 101 - Summer 2013

The latest issue of BSoUP's magazine in focus has been mailed to all members.

Cover image: Mark Pickford.

CONTENTS

This issue, comprising 64 pages, was compiled by Joss Woolf assisted by Mike Russell, Paul Morgan and Chris McTernan. The magazine includes an Editorial by Joss and articles by BSoUP members - Through Snell's Window - Gill McDonald, Diving in Iceland - Trevor Rees, Photosub - Len Deeley, Focus On competition results, British Underwater Photography Championship results by Brian Pitkin, Thresher Sharks at Malapascua - Andrew McKelvie, A meandering tale - Sheilah Openshaw and A brief history of underwater imaging - Michelle Kleyr.

BSoUP Members may also download this issue and some earlier issues of 'infocus' as pdfs. See Magazine for details


SUPS - Next Meeting

Tuesday 10th SeptemberFocus-On "Shooting Down" both below and above water. Ian Taylor will show and talk about his 5 chosen images. Denise Allen will be giving a talk on being a diving model. The Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society meets every 2nd Tuesday of each month from 8pm at the Stevenage Arts Guild, Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK.

For further details about SUPS please visit www.sups-online.com/

Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society
Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society

Bristol Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Underwater Photography Group

BUPG - Next Meeting

Tuesday 10th September

The Meeting (start time 20.00 hrs) will be at our normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)

The September competition theme is 'Natural Light'.

Our Speaker is Alex Tattersall of Underwater Visions who will give a presentation entitled 'Creating Memorable Images'.

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


NUPG - Next Meeting

Monday 9th Setember

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group takes place on Monday 12th August at Gurkha Grill, 198 Burton Road. West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LH (map).

Review of Summer Splash-In

Talk Talk 1/60 at F8 200 ISO 60mm What does it all mean and should I care.

Competition Sepia

Favourite 5

For further details about NUPG please visit www.nupg.org.uk/

Northern Umderwater Photography Group
Northern Underwater Photography Group

UwP 76
UwP 76

UwP - Latest Issue

The latest issue of the FREE UwP Magazine is now available to download.

Issue 76 includes News, Travel & Events, New Products, Techniques, Locations, Marine Life and Parting Shots.

To download your copy please visit www.uwpmag.com/


Paul Colley wins Royal Photographic Society Gold

Congratulations to BSoUP Member Paul Colley.

The Mayor of Bath presented Paul with a Royal Photographic Society gold medal for an image that Fellows of the Society, Martin Addison and Clive Hayes, had judged the best Western Region print submission in 2013.

The judges commented that, 'This is a delightfully refreshing and most attractive picture. Two very different worlds are illustrated with great confidence and sincerity. Viewed in one way the image represents 'transition', that of a young girl moving from childhood innocence to the invisible uncertainties of the adult world. Another response is one of delicate vulnerability, expressing the need for coexistence between the human realm and fragile ecosystems. We do like the sandy knees!'

Paul Colley
Paul Colley

Gill McDonald
Gill McDonald

Website of the Week - Gill McDonald

"My world is full of water, light and words. I have dived worldwide for 24 years, making pictures for over half that time. My very first open water dive back in 1989 was at Temple in the Red Sea. I will never forget the arid, dusty desert morphing into an explosion of bright, teeming, colour-filled reef and I was immediately hooked.Underwater photography flickered into my consciousness during a four month marine conservation survey in Belize in the early '90s. After subsequently flooding a film camera in the Cayman Islands I thought "right, time to get serious". Some research with Steve Warren at Ocean Optics and pouring over dive magazines later (yes gentle reader, this was pre-Google days) decided me on a Nikonos V and a Martin Edge weekend course in Bournemouth.

That decision led to an ongoing journey of discovery, breath-taking beauty, a career u-turn, lifelong friendships and a passion for underwater photography and writing that has seeped into my every pore to become an integral part of my life."

More at http://www.gillmcdonald.com/pages/about-gill.php


Travel Photographer of the Year

Deadline 1st October

The Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) photo contest is run by photographers for photographers. Whether you are amateur or professional, beginner or expert, young or old, wherever you live in the world, TPOTY is for you!

And TPOTY is about even more than (really great) prizes - it's about incredible exposure for your work. Photographers who've had TPOTY success have had their work showcased around the world. Established photographic careers have received a huge boost, new careers have been started, and people who never thought they'd see their photographs in print have had a lovely surprise!

More at www.tpoty.com/

Travel Photographer of the Year
Travel Photographer of the Year

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