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News - February 2014

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

January 2014
News Archive


2020VISION Images in Russia
Website of the Week - Neil Rosewarn
DIVER Red Sea PhotoCall Results
Our World Underwater Results
Focus On - Molluscs - Results
British Wildlife Photography Awards
Splash-In 2014 - Sponsors
BSoUP at LIDS 2014
Essential Guide to the Egyptian Red Sea
BSoUP - Next meeting
DEEP Indonesia
Website of the Week - Trevor Rees

in focus - Latest issue
World Shootout 2014
Beneath The Sea Winners announced
BSoUP Members in DIVER Magazine
BSoUP Members - Cover Shots
London International Dive Show London
THE VISION Theatre Show
Website of the Week - Linda Pitkin
NUPG - Next Meeting
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Our World Underwater
Website of the Week - Malcolm Nobbs


2020VISION Images in Russia

In partnership with Nature Picture Library, an exhibition of 2020VISION images, entitled "Wildlife of the UK", was recently shown at "The Undisturbed Russia" festival in Moscow, as part of a cross culture year between Russia and the UK. It's great to see people all over the world enjoying 2020VISION!

The exhibition includes prints by BSoUP Members Alex Mustard and Linda Pitkin

2020VISION
2020VISION Wildlife in the UK

Neil Rosewarn
Neil Rosewarn

Website of the Week - Neil Rosewarn

Neil Rosewarn has enjoyed a passion for photography and art for the past 20 years. He studied photography at Portsmouth University and during his time there had an overwhelming urge to take his camera underwater.His first project was to photograph swimmers during their daily training sessions at Portsmouth Northsea swimming club.

Being passionate about art, design and photography as well as nature, outdoor pursuits and travel; underwater photography provides Neil with a perfect medium in which to work. Travelling to Egypt, Malaysia, Seychelles, Cayman, Philippines, Micronesiaand of course the Cornish coast provides a feast of visual opportunity.

Neil is an active member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) and regularly enters competitions. His most recent and significant achievment to date is winning the Scuba Pro Young Photographer Award in the British Underwater Image Festival. He has also reached the semi final of the 2007 Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards as well as 2nd and 3rd in the best photo of 2006 BSoUP Focus On competition. He uses a Nikon SLR camera with a Sea and Sea housing.

Neil wants to use his abilities as an underwater photographer to celebrate the amazing diversity of life that our planet holds. Hopefully people will see and enjoy his work and do their best to protect and preserve the coral reefs and eco systems.

In an effort to counteract the carbon emissions generated by travelling to these exotic and incredible locations Neil has decided to offset the carbon emmissions. This is done through the Climate Care website. Anyone reading this is encouraged to do the same


DIVER Red Sea PhotoCall Results

Congratulations to Rob White who was the overall winner of the DIVER Red Sea PhotoCall Competition held at the London International Dive Show at Excel in London's Docklands over the weekend of 15th-16th February with an image of divers swimming through the Tile Wreck at Abu Nuhas.

Rob wins a seven-night diving holiday for two in the Egyptian Red Sea aboard Emperor Asmaa on its Fury Shoal & St Johns itinerary or, if he should prefer to be land-based, a week at the Zabargad Berenice Hotel in Hamata. All accommodation and diving is hosted by Emperor Divers, and return flights from the UK provided by the Egyptian Tourist Authority.

Further details at Red Sea PhotoCall

Members only can view the images chosen for display at LIDS in the Competition Slide Show Archive. You will be required to login if you have not done so this session.

Rob White
Divers swimming through the Tile Wreck, Abu Nuhas
by Rob White


Our World Underwater Results
Our World Underwater Results

Our World Underwater - Results

The Our World Underwater international underwater photography and video competition has become known as the "Superbowl" of underwater imaging events. The competition celebrates and highlights both art of underwater photography as well as the beauty of the ocean.

This year the panel of judges went through thousands of images and videos taken by novice to professional photographers and videographers from around the world.

$50,000 in prizes were awarded to the winners, who represented more than 15 countries. Congratulations to Sumer Verma who won Best of Show for his 1st place image from the Wide Angle Unrestricted category.

Winnerswere announced live on stage during the Our World Underwater film festival in Chicago (February 14 & 15, 2014), and will be published by supporting media partners worldwide


Focus On - Molluscs - Results

Congratulations to Trevor Rees who was the winner of this month's Focus On competition with an image of a Sea Hare (Aplysia punctata) on kelp taken in June last year at Loch Eriboll, north coast of Scotland using a Nikon D90 with a Tokina 10-17@17mm lens.

Congratulations also to Mark Pickford, who came second with and image of a juvenile squid taken in Weda Halmera, Indonesia last May with a Nikon D300 with a 60 mm macro lens, and Caroline Robertson-Brown who came third with an image of a nudibranch in mid water, accidentally flushed from its substrate by the dive guide's fins.

Trevor Rees
1st © Trevor Rees

Mark Pickford
2nd © Mark Pickford

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Trevor Rees 35 7
2 Mark Pickford 27 6
3 Caroline Robertson-Brown 25 5
4 Mark Drayton 18 4
5 Ellen Cuylaerts 18 3
6 Terry Steeley 14 2

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

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

If you entered and were not in the top six but would like to know how your image fared please contact Martha Tressler.

Next month's competition is the annual Theme Portfolio Competition is now open for entries. Deadline Sunday 9th March.

Caroline Robertson-Brown
3rd © Caroline Robertson-Brown


British Wildlife Photographer Awards 2014
British Wildlife Photography Awards

British Wildlife Photography Awards

Deadline: 3 May 2013

The sixth annual British Wildlife Photography Awards competition is inviting entries, with the promise of fine prizes and exposure through publishing and display.

An overall prize fund worth up to 20,000 includes products from lead sponsors Sky and Canon, and the overall winner bags a cheque for 5000.

The competition, for terrestrial and aquatic photography in Britain by amateurs and professionals, covers stills - including a new section for black and white images - and video. Divers enter the Coast and Marine category, sponsored by WWF-UK.

Category winners and commended entrants have their work showcased in a book and touring exhibition. They also attend an awards ceremony in September at London's Mall Galleries, hosted by naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham.

The competition highlights the talents of photographers practising in Britain and the great wealth and diversity of Britain's natural history.

More - www.bwpawards.co.uk

Splash-In 2014 - Sponsors

This year's Splash-In (British Underwater Photography Championship) is being held on Saturday 5th July, 2014 at Portland, Dorset.

We are delighted to announce that this year's event is being sponsored by Scuba Tours Worldwide, O'Three, Under Water Visions, AP Valves, Scimitar Diving, Paul Colley Underwater Photography and South West Nudibranchs.

There are some great prizes to be won in this one day in water competition. All photographers are invited to compete. Further details

Sponsors
Splash-In Sponsors


BSoUP Stand at LIDS 2014
BSoUP Stand at LIDS 2014

BSoUP at LIDS 2014

The London International Dive Show was held at ExCel in London Docklands over the weekend of 15th-16th February. As usual, BSoUP put on a colourful display higlighting members' acheivements with an exhibition of prints, books and magazines. The Stand also acted as a focal point for members visiting the show.

Volunteer BSoUP Members were on hand to inform and inspire the visiting public at the show of BSoUP's activities and to encourage membership of the Society.

In addition BSoUP Members manned the DIVER Red Sea Photocal Competition Exhibition, encouraging visitors to vote for their favourite prints.

A record number of votes were cast and the winner of the all inclusive Egyptian Red Sea holiday for two will be announced in due course.

A huge thankyou to everyone help over the weekend including Joss Woolf, Pete Ladell, Brian Pitkin, Linda Pitkin, Peter Tatton, Jan Maloney, Mike Maloney, Martha Tressler, Anthony Holley, Dave Allen, Martin Davies, Alison Mayor, Paul Colley, Jo Horrocks, Keith Lyall, Dave Smith, Mark Feldman, Pash Baker, Mike Russell, Rob White and Jane Burnett; it truly was a team effort.

Red Sea PhotoCall Exhibition
Red Sea PhotoCall Exhibition


Essential Guide to the Egyptian Red Sea
Essential Guide to the Egyptian Red Sea

Essential Guide to the Egyptian Red Sea

Sport Diver have produced an 'Essentail Guide to the Egyptian Red Sea' which includes top ten things you must do, a map of the Egyptian Red Sea and an overview of the top dive sites at Taba, Sharm el Sheikh, El Gouna, Hurghada, Safaga, El Qusier, Marsa Alam, and offshore Marine Parks.

You may access this FREE publication at http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk

Eco-diving with Paul Rose - Oonasdivers

Oonas Divers have posted a short video on YouTube on Eco-diving with Paul Rose at http://youtu.be/1Avp8uGlC08


BSoUP - Next meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 18 February at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in Meeting Room 3, Union Building, Beit Quadrangle, Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7 [Entrance via Prince Consort Road] (Directions). New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome.

Caroline Robertson-Brown: Sex in the Sea - how an understanding of marine life behaviour can help you get the shot you want. A brief look at types of behaviour such as territoriality, symbiosis, feeding (and how not be become food), colouration and of course, sex; and a little bit of knowledge on this subject can assist your underwater photography.

Frogfish Photography
Frogfish Photography

Focus On Molluscs
Focus On Molluscs

Focus On Molluscs. The Competition is now closed. There were a total of 48 entries, 31 of which have been shortlisted for projection. Entrants whose images 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.

Nick Robertson-Brown :What's the Angle - using photography to create a story. As a photo-journalist, getting the shots to tell the story can be a one-shot affair. Like nearly every underwater photographer, you normally get one dive per site, about 40 - 70 minutes and then on to the next location. If I do not get the shots, I cannot get get the story and if I haven't got the story, then I don't get paid.

This talk is a wander through some of the stories and accounts and how you can be better prepared to get the images you want.It will also help to demonstrate how you could get your stories published.

Nick and Caroline are a husband and wife team that make up Frogfish Photography. They are photo-journalists with a passion for the marine environment, and also Chair & Secretary of the NUPG. Nick has just had his first book published: Underwater Photography Art & Techniques and will be happy to sign any books on the night. He will have some new ones with him too!  Frogfish Photography offers tuition, equipment sales, commissions & articles. They also run specific underwater photography trips both in the UK & overseas; now including Wining & Diving group trips following the success of the series in Sport Diver. Wine is the couple's other passion and they are currently working with Oz Clarke on another oenological venture.

Underwater Photography Art & Techniques
Underwater Photography Art & Techniques


DEEP Indonesia
DEEP Indonesia

DEEP Indonesia

Deadline: March 10th, 2014

The prestigious DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition is part of a unique series hosted by DivePhotoGuide & Wetpixel, in association with DEEP Indonesia, Indonesias first-ever diving, adventure travel and extreme sports expo.

Photographers will compete in seven themed categories to win over $40,000 in prizes, including underwater photo equipment and premium dive travel packages to some of the top photo destinations in the world.

The DEEP Indonesia competition is part of a unique series, that together with the Our World Underwater competition, has a prize pool of over $90,000. The prestigue of these contests means that winners also achieve the glory of being named some of the worlds best underwater photographers. Esteemed judges include leading professional underwater photographers and magazine editors from around the world.

Winners will be announced online, published by our media partners worldwide and exhibited during the DEEP Indonesia Expo.

The fee to enter is $10 per image. As with all UnderwaterCompetition.com events, 15% of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.


Website of the Week - Trevor Rees

"I started diving over 30 years ago and quickly developed an interest in underwater photography. After many dives and a lot of time spent refining the required skills I have been able to produce a wide variety of underwater images - from close up macros through to wide angle scenics.

My diving around the British coast has ranged from the Scilly Isles in the south, the Orkney Islands in the north, St Kilda in the west - and the Farne islands in the east. My nearest best diving is probably on the south coast but the sheltered sea lochs on the west coast of Scotland are without doubt my favourite area. I also enjoy diving various freshwater sites that I reckon are often overlooked for their photographic potential.


Trevor Rees
Trevor Rees
In creating my website, a conscious effort has been made to showcase images that are mainly from British diving, rather than from coral reefs. I have dived in many overseas places but get more satisfaction from capturing images that show how rich, colourful and diverse my home waters can be. Many of my photographs have been highly placed in competitions and many have now been published in diving and wildlife magazines.

I live near Worcester in the UK where I work in the water industry. My livelihood does not rely on selling images or photojournalism but I do undertake some commissions. This leaves me free to use my experience to work in a more relaxed way on my own photographic interests. When not taking photographs I am invariably found planning my next trip away."

in focus 102
Cover image: Stargazer by Jenny Stock

in focus - Latest issue

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

Issue 102 includes Editorial, Through Snell's Window Robert Bailey, Seychelles, a trip with the dive club Joss Woolf, Beneath high tide Dave Peake, Focus On competition results - Brian Pitkin, The wrecks of Truck Lagoon Super Jolly, Ten common myths about free diving Mark Harris, BSoUP/Diver print competition Alex Mustard, Tarpon Triumphs - The Panel's choice Brian Pitkin, Winning with any Underwater Camera Paul Colley.

This issue, comprising 64 pages, was edited by Joss Woolf assisted by Mike Russell, Paul Morgan and Chris McTernan.

BSoUP Members may also download this edition and some earlier issues of 'infocus' as pdfs. You will be asked to login if you haven't already done so this session.

If you would like to receive printed copies of in focus as and when it is published then why not join BSoUP.

 


World Shootout 2014

The World Shootout is on and will continue during January-July, 2014!

Cash and prestigious prizes, 9 creative categories, 3 winners on each category and complete freedom to choose your own diving destination!

Submit your best and most impressive underwater images, taken anytime and anywhere in the world, and win some of the most valuable prizes ever awarded to underwater photographers, including a $5,000 check for the 1st prize!

Further details at www.worldshootout.org/

World Shootout 2014
World Shootout 2014

Beneath the Sea 2014
Beneath the Sea 2014

Beneath The Sea Winners announced

Beneath The Sea has announced the winners of The BTS 2014 International Imaging Competition.

Congratulations to all the winners, who include BSoUP member Ellen Cuylaerts from the Cayman Islands.

Ellen got an Honourable mention in the Best In Show (Creative) category with and image of a manta ray flying called 'Fata Morgana'.

The Best-In-Show Prize (Photo): The David Doubilet Award for Excellence in Underwater Photography went to Uwe Schmolke from Germany with an image of a lionfish called 'Macho'.

All the winning images have been posted at www.beneaththesea.org


BSoUP Members in DIVER Magazine

February's DIVER magazine includes features on the BSoUP Best Beginners Portfolio Competition 2013 for the DIVER Trophy (p.15), the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition 2013 by Brian Pitkin (pp.58-62) and articles by BSoUP Members Dave Peake, on Cornish Seascapes (p. 40-41), Joss Woolf, on the Seychelles (p. 84-87) and Alex Mustard on a lionfish cull (p. 91-93) and his usual 'Be The Champ' series (p. 74). And there are some additional articles by others who are not BSoUP Members.

DIVER is Britain's no.1 diving magazine, outselling all its competitors put together, at bookstalls and by direct subscription. It covers every aspect of the sport, especially in the realms of gear testing and surveys, diving holiday destinations, and advances in technology and techniques.

DIVER magazine - February 2014
DIVER Magazine - February 2014


Martin Davies. Sport Diver February 2014
Martin Davies - Sport Diver - February 2014

BSoUP Members - Cover Shots

The February issue of Sport Diver magazine features a cover image of a diver was taken by BSoUP Member Martin Davies.

Next month's Sport Diver magazine features a cover image of a diver by BSoUP Member Nick Robertson-Brown.

Both images may be viewed at Covers.

If you are a BSoUP Member and have taken an image used on the cover of a magazine or brochure in the last 10 years, which has not already on this website please send a copy of the cover at 300 pixels wide at 72 pixels/inch to the webmaster.

N.B. Covers are arranged by year and month - follow the links at Covers for earlier years.


London International Dive Show London

15/16 February at ExCel, London Docklands

Visit the BSoUP Stand and vote for your favourite prints in the Red Sea PhotoCall Competition in the Photozone

For a complete list of Speaker presentations on the Dive Stage and London Stage visit www.diveshows.co.uk/

Print Competition

2020VISION Roadhsow
The 2020VISION Street Gallery

The VISION Roadshow
THE VISION Theatre Show

THE VISION Theatre Show

St George's, Bristol

24 March 2014

WithAndy Rouse, Alex Mustard, Peter Cairns and Bertie Gregory. In association with the John Muir Trust

The stunning images, film and sound gathered by the 2020VISION team forms the basis of 2020VISION's main output, a multi-city ˜roadshow˜ whose centre-piece is a street gallery exhibition accessible to millions of people nationwide, at locations throughout the UK between 2012 and 2015. The exhibition is supported by a series of events including an outdoor audio-visual show and THE VISION! theatre show featuring several of the 2020VISION photographers. Some venues have also chosen to host a launch event to kick the roadshow off in style and maximise media attention.

The Roadshow aims to increase the relevance of nature to a wide audience, communicating the value of repairing and reconnecting our natural habitats and encouraging people to actively engage with natural landscapes whether in the wilds of our mountain ranges or in a small pocket of wildness in our towns and cities. More at http://www.2020v.org/


Website of the Week - Linda Pitkin

From early childhood, Linda's interest in the natural world drew her to a career as a biologist, specializing until recently in research on insects at The Natural History Museum in London (see Scientific Publications). But for decades her passion for nature has led her also to photograph marine life. She approaches this with a biologist's fascination for living organisms, but even more with a photographer's eye for composition and lighting.

Linda started in scuba diving in 1979 and took up underwater photography a year later, in 1980, joining BSoUP. Diving usually with Brian, her husband, she has travelled around the world in search of a wide range of underwater subjects, from immense whale sharks to tiny shrimps, and scenic views of reefs and wrecks. She is equally at home in tropical seas and in the colder waters of the UK and Northern Europe.

Linda Pitkin
Linda Pitkin

Linda is the author and photographer of four books, and a number of articles. Her stock photography features widely in books, newspapers, magazines and journals, including Professional Photographer, BBC Wildlife, Nature, and leading diving magazines. Other uses of her photographs include calendars, brochures, cards, advertising, and in an IMAX multi-screen presentation. Linda also undertakes commissioned photography.

She serves occasionally on juries for photography competitions, and has been a jury member for BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts), for the 2002 Television Craft Awards.


Northern Umderwater Photography Group
Northern Underwater Photography Group

NUPG - Next Meeting

February 10th 2014

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group takes place on Monday 10th February at the Gurkha Grill, 198 Burton Road. West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LH (map).

Talk: Wine and Dive. Nick Robertson-Brown

Competition Theme: White

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


Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Deadline: 27 February

Last chance to enter: could you be the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year?

Final weeks to submit images as the 50th annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition draws to a close
New categories to reflect diversity of life and embrace emerging technologies

Wildlife Photgrapher of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

This years search for the worlds greatest wildlife images is almost over. But theres still time to enter, as the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition closes on 27 February 2014. Amateur and professional photographers alike are invited to submit images to 18 categories, with four categories open exclusively to those aged 17 and under.

Photographers compete for one of two coveted grand titles and a share of a prize pot worth 50,000. In addition, they vye for the chance to be in an exhibition that debuts at the Natural History Museum in London before touring six continents. More at www.nhm.ac.uk/

Our World Underwater
Our World Underwater

Our World Underwater

Deadline 2nd February 2014

The Our World Underwater competition 2014, run jointly by Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide, is calling for entries. There are over $85,000 worth of prizes, including $1,000 in cash for the winner.

The deadline for entries is 2 February, so please don't delay. Full details on how to enter and the contests rules are on the underwatercompetition.com site.


Website of the Week - Malcolm Nobbs

Nowadays I live near Nelson Bay, New South Wales, Australia with my wife Mary, but am British and spent most of my life based in Folkestone, UK. I am a regular contibutor to Sport Diving Magazine, a member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) and enjoy up to 200 dives per annum worldwide.

I used to have no interest in diving whatsoever. However my late wife Eve did and in December 1994 I reluctantly joined her on a Try Dive. To my amazement I thoroughly enjoyed it and was soon assuring everyone that I had always wanted to dive.

Malcolm Nobbs
Malcolm Nobbs

Keen to capture memories of my underwater dives, I began shooting video but eventually became seduced by, in my opinion, the greater challenge of still photography. Some of the photographs on this website date back to when I first began diving. That is, images from March 1995 to November 2003 have been scanned from conventional film snaps or have simply been taken from analogue video stills.All photographs from December 2003 to May 2006 were taken with Olympus C5050 and C5060 compact cameras, from June 2006 to July 2012 a Nikon D200 digital SLR and since then a Nikon D7000 digital SLR.

I particularly enjoy photographing sharks and feel comfortable in their presence. With one exception. The Great White. I prefer to be in a cage when Great Whites are around!



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