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News - November 2013

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

October 2013
Coming Soon
News Archive


Go Wild UNCUT
DPReview - Camera Round-ups
Martin Edge's Presentations
Website of the Week - Zac Macauley
Adobe Creative Cloud - Offer
BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition Results
Beginners' Portfolio Results
Dive Galapagos
Website of the Week - Keith Lyall
New Editions
Next BSoUP Meeting

Bite Back 2014 Calendar
Oasis Photo Contest 2013
Cover Shot - Trevor Rees
Website of the Week - Alan Lyall

Malta & Gozo: Above and below water
Underwater Photography: Art and Techniques
Beginners' Portfolio Competition
Website of the Week - Christian Llewellyn
UwP - Latest issue
BUPG - Next Meeting
NUPG - Next Meeting
Indonesia World Underwater Photo Contest
The Ocean Art Photography Competition 2013

Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous Marine
Splash-In 2014


Go Wild for Philippines

Go Wild UNCUT

"Go Wild for the Philippines" was conceived by Monty Halls (Great Escapes) as a one off, extraordinary event created by the wildlife-filming and diving community to support those communities ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The response to the afternoon "Go Wild for the Philippines" event on 15 December in Bristol has been so overwhelming, in fact it completely sold out within 48 hours of going live, that the organisers have decided to add an extra special event in the evening. This is "Go Wild - UNCUT".

"The evening will again showcase top wildlife speakers - we have Doug Allan, Steve Backshall and Miranda Krestovnikoff already on board, with Ben Fogle doing his best to attend (he needs to be on a fishing boat in the Shetlands the next morning, so it's a good effort all round really). Ellie Harrison is also trying to make it. Monty and Reuben will also be there of course. Please keep an eye out for updates."

Tickets are in the form of a donation of �10 to the nominated charity Shelterbox, who are working night and day to provide shelter, water purification, tools and hope to the people in the areas ravaged by the typhoon. With this in mind please be aware it is a blanket fee of �10 + a small handling fee for every person attending.

All money generated by the event goes directly to the work Shelterbox is doing in the Philippines. There are no additonal fees as everyone concerned is working for free.

Please join us for this special, extra event on the evening of 15 December at the Victoria Rooms in Bristol (full details at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/)

Please note if you have already made a donation and have tickets for the afternoon "Go Wild for the Philippines" event and wish to attend the evening as well, you will need to make another donation and purchase a separate ticket for the evening event. If you have tickets for the afternoon these are not refundable and are not transferrable to the evening event.


DPReview - Camera Round-ups

What to buy and Why

Digital Photography Review have just published their annual round-up of the cameras that they have reviewed this year. The round-up includes cameras of all types from enthusiast interchangeable lens cameras to consumer dSLRs, with entry-level mirrorless cameras coming soon.

Visit www.dpreview.com/ for full details

DPReview
DPReview


Martin Edge
Inspiration for all - Martin Edge

Martin Edge's Presentations to BSoUP 2013

Thanks to a lot of hard work by Jo Horrocks, videos of Martin Edge's presentations given at the August BSoUP meeting this year are now available on YouTube.

BSoUP Members only may access the two videos 'Inspiration for all' Part 1 and Part 2. Select the relevant titles from the chronologically arranged list of Meetings Presentations. You will be asked to login if you haven't already done so this session.

Part 1 lasts 41:34 mins and Part 2 lasts for 35:44 secs, but you can stop and restart anytime you choose.


Website of the Week - Zac Macauley

Zac's career spanning over 20 years as an underwater photography specialist has taken him and his crew all over the world shooting for a wide variety of agencies both advertising and editorial for many and varied clients. He likes to use a strong graphic element in his photographic style, using colour and composition as a thread that runs through his work.

He is as happy shooting commercial advertising shoots in purpose-built flooded studios, tanks or private pools for ultimate control as he is in the open sea on assignment. He has built up countless fix it contacts all around the world to help facilitate your production and a large knowledge of locations to help you find that special beach or bay just right for your shoot.

Zac uses the latest digital camera systems, waterproof housings and software. More ..

Zac Macauley
Zac Macauley


Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud - Offer

For a limited time, you can join a special Creative Cloud (formerly Creative Suite) plan. It includes access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, plus feature updates and upgrades as they are available, 20GB of cloud storage for file sharing and collaboration, and a Behance ProSite. And it's just �8.78/month when you sign up for a one-year plan, but you need to join by December 2, 2013.

Questions? See FAQ and terms.


BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition Results

Congratulations to Ellen Cuylarts who was the overall winner of this year's BSoUP / DIVER Prints Competition held at Dive 2013 at the NEC, Birningham over the weekend of 26-27th October.

Ellen won the Grand Prize of a week in Tobago for one including flights from Gatwick, transfers, 7 nights B&B at Toucan Inn and 5 days diving/10 dives courtesy of OonasDivers and an individual BSoUP glass trophy.

Congratulations also to Dennis Vandermeersch, Alex Tattersall, Trevor Rees, Caroline Robertson-Brown, Christian Van der Nest, Nicholas More, Terry Steeley, Dan Bolt, Paul Colley, and Michael Gallagher who were among the award winners.

Full details at Results

Ellen Cuylaerts
Tarpon hunting © Ellen Cuylaerts

Mark Drayton
Winner © Mark Drayton

Beginners' Portfolio Results

Congratulations to Mark Drayton who was the outright winner of this year's Beginners Portfolio Competition with images of Picasso Triggerfish, Caribbean Reef Squid, Ornate Ghost Pipe Fish, Christams Tree Worm, Balled Red Anemone and Anemone Fish and Juvenile Lettuce Sea Slug taken in Egypt, Dominica and the Philippines.

Congratulations also to Owen Clements and Jenny Stock who came second and third respectively. Owen's images were taken in Djibouti and Komodo with a Nikon 90 and Nikon 800.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Mark Drayton 64 16
2 Owen Clements 26 3
3 Jenny Stock 25 4
4 Terry Steeley 19 4
5 Azim Musthag 19 3
6 Andrew McKelvie 16 1

Owen Clements
2nd © Owen Clements

Jenny Stock
3rd © Jenny Stock

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

BSoUP Members can view all the entries in the Competition Archive Slideshow (enlarged and named), but you will be asked to login if you have not already done so this session.

Next month's competition is the Open Portfolio, which is open to all photographers, BSoUP members and non-members alike. The competiiton will open shortly. Please read the Rules and guidelines before entering your portfolio of six images in two rows of three as a single jpg image at 1400 x 1050 pixels and 72 pixels/ inch.


Dive Galapagos by Steve Rosenberg

Dive Galapagos is an informative new ebook by Steve Rosenberg with detailed descriptions of all the dive sites in Galapagos as well as lots of practical advice for planning a dive trip. The book can be used as an interactive dive log with notes saved and then shared with your friends on facebook, twitter or email.

"A must have for anyone who is planning to dive in Galapagos and for those who already have."

The eBook is available from Apple iBooks, the Google play store, and Kindle/Amazon.

Dive Galapagos
Dive Galapagos

Keith Lyall
Keith Lyall

Website of the Week - Keith Lyall

Keith has have been diving since 2000 and is a PADI Divemaster with over 1000 logged dives.

Prior to learning to dive he was a keen land photographer and as such underwater photography was a natural extension of this interest, in fact his overall interest in general photography has been significantly rekindled through diving, and when not diving he is developing his landscape photography at every opportunity.

"Following basic training via the PADI Photography Speciality course (using the Sea & Sea MX-10 35mm Auto Focus Underwater Camera), I bought my first camera and housing. At this time early digital cameras and housings were starting to reach the market at an affordable price and I purchased the 3 megapixel Olympus 3040, Olympus PT-10 housng and Epoque slave strobe."

"A turning point in my underwater photography development was a weekend course with leading underwater photographer Martin Edge. The tuition and advice gained from Martin has been invaluable in the progression of my knowledge, technique and ability."

"Since those early days I have progressed through a number of compact digital cameras before moving to a housed DSLR. I shoot with the Nikon D300 in a Subal housing (See Equipment). Even 5 years on since its launch this camera is providing quality images."

"I am a member of the BSoUP and Chairman of Photosub."


New Editions

New updated and enlarged editions of Reef Creature Identification - Florida Caribbean Bahamas and Reef Coral Identification � Florida Caribbean Bahamas were released on November 6, 2013 by New World Publications at the Dive Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) trade show in Orlando, Florida.

The Reef Creature Identification - Florida Caribbean Bahamas, first published in 1992, has been significantly expanded in a new 3rd edition. The popular, user-friendly field guide, covering all major groups of marine invertebrates encountered by divers on coral reefs and adjacent habitats, has grown to include 900 species beautifully documented with more than 1200 underwater photographs�nearly doubling the total in the previous editions. Les Wilk has joined Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach authoring the comprehensive new edition. 6 in. by 9 in., 308 pgs., suggested retail $44.95

Reef Creature Identification
Reef Creature Identification

Reef Coral Identification
Reef Coral Identification

The Reef Coral Identification - Florida Caribbean Bahamas by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach, originally published in 1993, is the most comprehensive field guide ever compiled for the visual identification of corals and marine plants of the region.

The new 3rd edition includes additional photographs documenting new species and growth variations. The expanded text incorporates the most current scientific research, including updated information about the diseases and reproductive behavior of corals. 6 in. by 9 in., 276 pgs., suggested retail $39.95

The books are available now in print and eBook form.


Next BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Wednesday, 20 November 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 (Directions.php). New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome.

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition Awards: All of the winning images from this year's Print Competition will be projected and the trophies and prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Annual Event: Beginners Portfolio Competition for the DIVER Trophy: A portfolio of 6 images. The competition is now closed. There were a total of 40 entries, four of which were disqualified as they did not comply with the rules. A total of 29 portfolios have been shortlisted for projection. Entrants whose portfolios have not been shortlisted have been notified by e-mail. BSoUP Members only may view the shortlisted portfolios in the Competition Slide Show. You will be asked to login if you have not done so already this session.

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition
BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition Awards

Michael Pitts
Michael Pitts

Michael Pitts: Fifty Shades of Blue and Shipwrecks of the Solent. The first presentation looks at 50 of Mike's images from different assignments around the globe. The wrecks talk looks at various wrecks he has been filming on behalf of English Heritage and the Maritime Archaeology Trust in the Solent Channel in minimal visibility and also in Lyme Bay. Time permitting Mike will also show an eight minute clip from a film he shot for National Geographic, 'Desert Seas', which won the merit award for underwater cinematography at last year's Missoula film festival.

Mike specializes in filming underwater and is regarded as one of Britain's foremost underwater cameramen. However, he is equally happy shooting on the surface or from the air. Amongst his many awards he has received Emmys for cinematography on two BBC landmark series: David Attenborough's 'Private Life of Plants' and 'Blue Planet'. He has just completed the underwater filming on Sky Atlantic's major 3D series on the Galapagos, presented by Sir David Attenborough. He is currently working the new BBC series 'Shark' and is about to start filming on the new BBC 'Atlantic' series and will be heading off to the South Atlantic early in the New Year. Besides his filming work he also shoots stills and his work has appeared in numerous publications and books.


Bite Back 2014 Calendar

Twelve of the worlds most acclaimed and award-winning underwater photographers have been united in support of the UK shark and marine conservation charity, Bite-Back, and each donated a hand-picked image to appear in a stunning, limited edition, 2014 fundraising calendar.

Among the contributors are National Geographic legends David Doubilet, Brian Skerry, Amos Nachoum, David Fleetham and Doug Perrine.

The 2014 Bite-Back calendar is available from the charitys online shop at www.bite-back.com and costs just £8.99 (+p&p) anywhere in the world.

Funds from the calendar will go towards Bite-Backs Hacked Off! campaign to make Britains restaurants shark fin-free.

Bite Back Calendar
Bite Back 2014 Calendar

Oasis Phot Contest
Oasis Photo contest 2013

International Photography Award for Nature and Environment

Oasis Photo Contest 2013

Deadline: 25th December

Registration is now open to the new edition of the International Nature Photography Oasis Photocontest 2013, (www.oasisphotocontest.com) organized and promoted by Oasis magazine and Italian Association Nature Tourism.

The overall winner will be awarded a cash prize of 2.000 Euros and the prestigious trophy Oasis Photocontest, a work in bronze by the sculptor Michele Vitaloni. At the Italian champion will be awarded the "Press Tours" consisting of a trip to Cuba. A special prize will be awarded by the magazine Oasis. Also, the ten best photographs of each adult category (10) will receive a prize of 500 euros in cash.

All information and registration details are included on the website: www.oasisphotocontest.com


Cover Shot - Trevor Rees

The December issue of SCUBA, the official Magazine of the British Sub-Aqua Club, carries an image by BSoUP member Trevor Rees taken in Iceland. More of Trevor's images are used inside to illustrate an article on Iceland called 'Between fire and ice' by Alex 'Woz' Warzincky.

If you are BSoUP Member and have had a front magazine cover published which is not included in our Covers pages, please send an image at 300 pixels wide and 72 pixels/inch, with details, to Brian Pitkin.

SCUBA
SCUBA: Cover image: Trevor Rees


Alan Lyall
Alan Lyall

Website of the Week - Alan Lyall

Alan lives in Norfolk in the UK and has been taking photos for many years. His first 'proper' camera was a Zenit EM (he remembers feeling 'guilty' about spending �40 on it). He has progressed a bit since then and now use a Canon digital SLR, L series lenses and has no more guilt.

He has always had an interest in natural history and many of his photographs reflect this. He is also fascinated by macro photography - the ability to see things that the naked eye cannot never ceases to amaze.

In 2000 he and his wife took up scuba diving and in 2006 Alan started taking photos underwater with his SLR. He has been fortunate to be able to travel to many exotic destinations to indulge these joint passions.

http://www.awlpix.com/


Malta & Gozo: Above and below water

David Watson

Exploring Malt's wonders through photography

The exhibition will contain a selection of photographs depicting Malta & Gozo both on land and underwater. The photographs depict the highlights of the Maltese Islands from my time there. You are invited to stop by the Malt Cross Gallery 16 St James's Street, Nottingham, NG1 6FG to view them at this free exhibition from 6-12th December.

BSoUP Member David said "I first visited Malta & Gozo in 2004 on holiday, and after learning to scuba dive there, I became hooked! I eventually returned to work there in 2009 after qualifying as a scuba diving instructor. I have lived and worked in Malta for four summers since then, also living in Australia and Thailand and returning to the UK in between.

David Watson's Exhibition
Malta & Gozo: Above and below water

A second passion - for photography, has evolved over that time, and I enjoy the challenge of taking photographs on land and underwater using relatively simple camera equipment. By combining the two activities through underwater photography, I am able to share my experiences underwater with those who might not be lucky enough to see it for themselves."

Underwater Photography: Art and Techniques
Underwater Photography: Art and Techniques
by Nick Robertson-Brown

Underwater Photography: Art and Techniques

by Nick Robertson-Brown

Nick's book, Underwater Photography: Art and Techniques, due for release in January 2014, is now available for pre-order online from Amazon (�15.53 inc. free delivery) and Waterstons (�16.99 inc free delivery).

"This practical book explains and offers advice to the reader on both the art and the science involved in capturing stunning underwater shots including:-

Advice on the equipment you will need to get the most from your underwater photography, Descriptions of underwater habitats and animal behaviour, Guidance on how to be a responsible photographer, Direction and assistance on topics including composition, natural and artificial lighting, exposure and underwater conditions

Nick Robertson-Brown, a BSoUP Member, is passionate about marine wildlife. Having trained as a diving instructor, he now teaches underwater photography and regularly contributes to the photographic press."


Beginners' Portfolio Competition

Deadline: Sunday 10th November


Entries are invited for the annual Beginners' Portfolio Competition, run by the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP), by the deadline of Sunday 10 November.

The competition is open both to BSoUP members and to non-members, the only condition being that competing photographers have not come first, second or third in a national or international competition.

The portfolio must comprise six images, along the lines of Paul Woodburn's winning entry from last year (pictured). The winner will be awarded the DIVER Magazine trophy and a cheque for �100.

Need help with your portfolio? Contact Brian Pitkin.

Full details at www.bsoup.org/

Paul Woodburn
Paul Woodburn's winning portfolio 2012


Christian Llewellyn
Christian Llewellyn

Website of the Week - Christian Llewellyn

"Since the first time I went in the sea as a child, I have always felt drawn to water. From my first goggles learning to swim , my first mask snorkelling and my first full scuba set. My joy from the water has never changed, as I have specialised into capturing visions of my life underwater.

I have been diving for over fifteen years, and nearly ten as an Instructor. My internship training was faultless, and gave me the knowledge to educate and enthuse my students, family and friends for the sea and all it's life. I love teaching all courses, but my real passion is to capture an image or stitch moments together to create a story for the audience, to give you a sense of the emotions my subject and I were feeling, and to convey my passion for them, and hopefully inspire others to take on the cause of protecting our seas through positive interaction with all eco -systems underwater."


UwP - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE UwP magazine is now available for download as a pdf.

Issue 75 includes Editorial, News, Travel & Events, New Products, Product reviews, Competitions, Locations, Techniques, and Parting Shots.

To get your copy please visit http://www.uwpmag.com/

UwP 75
UwP 75
: Cover shot by Douglas David Seifert


Bristol Underwater Photography Group
Bristol Underwater Photography Group

BUPG - Next Meeting

Tuesday 12th November

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

Competition: 'Creative (In camera)'

Beginner's Portfolio competition:

Trevor Rees and Rob Bailey will discuss their successful entries in the BSoUP Best of British portfolio competition.

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


NUPG - Next Meeting

November 11th 2013

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group takes place on Monday 11th November at Gurkha Grill, 198 Burton Road. West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LH (map).

Talk: Shooting for publication Nigel Wade from Diver magazine.

Competition: Abstract

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

Northern Umderwater Photography Group
Northern Underwater Photography Group

Indonesia World Underwater Photo Contest
Indonesia World Underwater Photo contest

Indonesia World Underwater Photo Contest

Deadline: 30 November 2013

The Indonesia World Underwater Photo Contest is now accepting entries. The competition, organized by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, actually started to accept entries on 1 January, and will remain open until 30 November 2013. Images are being accepted in 7 categories, with prizes for each as well as a prize for Best in Show. Images must have been taken in Indonesia, and all entrants submitted are required to have taken the images whilst diving with a participating dive operator (PDO) and be accompanied by the local dive leader provided by them. Entries are free but must be submitted via the PDO Registration Form.

Full rules and procedures are on the Indonesia Underwater Photo contest website


The Ocean Art Photography Competition 2013

Deadline: November 10, 2013

The Ocean Art Photography Competition 2013 is now calling for entries. The competition has 12 categories, including a novice SLR category and 3 compact camera categories as well as super macro, cold/temperate water, nudibranchs, and divers/fashion. Other more traditional categories include wide-angle, macro, marine life portraits, and marine life behavior.

Entries must be submitted on or before the deadline on November 10, 2013. Full rules and entry procedures are on the contest's webpage.

Ocean Art Photography Competition 2013
Ocean Art Photography Competition 2013

Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous Marine
Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous Marine

Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous Marine

The 40th Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous Marine takes place from 31 October to 3 November 2013 at Parc Chanot, Marseilles, France.

The Festival is composed of :

� 19 contests
- 75 prices

The Festival lasts 5 days on average in which :

� films, slide and slide shows are screened in 3 rooms
- prints are exhibited
- there are a hundred of stands
- for children, discovery games are organised in some stands
- conferences take place
- the Festival band plays its best pieces of music


British Underwater Photography Championship
(Splash-In) 2014

Portland Marina, Dorset on Saturday 5th July 2014

The 2014 British Underwater Photography Championships, organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP), will take place on Saturday 5th July at Portland Marina, Dorset.

All underwater photographers are invited to participate, whether they are members of BSoUP or not.

There will be a separate category for compact camera users.

Please book your accomodation and boat now!

For further details visit www.bsoup.org/Splash/2014/

Splash-In 2014

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