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 ï¿½10 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 ï¿½10 + 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
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
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
Visit www.dpreview.com/ for full details
Inspiration for all - Martin Edge
Martin Edge's Presentations to BSoUP
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
Zac uses the latest digital camera systems,
waterproof housings and software. More
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 ï¿½8.78/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
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
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
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
Full details at Results
Tarpon hunting © Ellen Cuylaerts
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
How the top six scored:-
2nd © Owen Clements
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.
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 updated and enlarged editions of Reef Creature
Identification - Florida Caribbean Bahamas and Reef Coral Identification ï¿½
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 photographsï¿½nearly 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 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
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
BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition Awards
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
Among the contributors are National Geographic legends
David Doubilet, Brian Skerry, Amos Nachoum, David Fleetham and Doug
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
Funds from the calendar will go towards Bite-Backs Hacked
Off! campaign to make Britains restaurants shark fin-free.
Bite Back 2014 Calendar
Oasis Photo contest 2013
International Photography Award for Nature and
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: Cover image: Trevor Rees
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 ï¿½40 on it). He has progressed a
bit since then and now use a Canon digital SLR, L series lenses and has no
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
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.
Malta & Gozo: Above and below
Exploring Malt's wonders through
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
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.
Malta & Gozo: Above and below water
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
by Nick Robertson-Brown
Underwater Photography: Art and
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 (ï¿½15.53 inc. free
delivery) and Waterstons (ï¿½16.99 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
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 ï¿½100.
Need help with your portfolio? Contact Brian Pitkin.
Full details at www.bsoup.org/
Paul Woodburn's winning portfolio
Website of the Week - Christian
"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
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
To get your copy please visit http://www.uwpmag.com/
UwP 75 : Cover shot by Douglas David
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
Competition: 'Creative (In camera)'
Trevor Rees and Rob Bailey will discuss
their successful entries in the BSoUP Best of British portfolio
For further details about BUPG please visit
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
For further details about NUPG please visit www.nupg.org.uk/
Northern Underwater Photography Group
Indonesia World Underwater Photo contest
Indonesia World Underwater Photo
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
Full rules and procedures are on the Indonesia Underwater Photo contest
The Ocean Art Photography Competition
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
Ocean Art Photography Competition 2013
Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous Marine
Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous
The 40th Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous Marine takes
place from 31 October to 3 November 2013 at Parc Chanot, Marseilles,
The Festival is composed of :
ï¿½ 19 contests
- 75 prices
The Festival lasts 5 days on average in which :
ï¿½ films, slide and slide shows are screened in 3
- 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
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
All underwater photographers are
invited to participate, whether they are members of BSoUP or
There will be a separate category for
compact camera users.
Please book your accomodation and
For further details visit www.bsoup.org/Splash/2014/