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News - May 2014

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

April 2014
News Archive


Wildscreen Festival
Lundy Island Splash-In
Website of the Week - Sean Arrowsmith
Focus On - Silhouettes - Results
Website of the Week - Terry Arpino
Joss Woolf interviews Paul Colley
Next BSoUP Meeting
Website of the Week - Robert White
BSoUP Members - Outstanding subscriptions
Scuba Fest Splash-In - Winner

Website of the Week - Mark Webster
SUPS - Next Meeting
NUPG - Next meeting
BUPG - Next meeting
UwP - Latest issue
Website of the Week - Chris Walter
Pacific North West Diver - Latest issue
Splash-In 2014
British Wildlife Photography Awards
World Shootout 2014


Wildscreen Festival

October, 19-20th 2014

Earlybird tickets for the Wildscreen Festival 2014 will be on sale from Thursday 12 June. These are only available for a limited time and offer a significant discount for getting in there early! We will begin announcing our fantastic line-up in the next couple of months but rest assured the programme for 2014 is already looking in excellent shape and we are confident that this years Festival will be bigger and better than ever before. 

If you are unsure about your availability at the time of the Festival, never fear as given the sometime tumultuous nature of filming wildlife, we have put policies in place to deal with this. You can buy now and get a full refund or change the name on your pass free of charge, should you be unable to attend as we draw closer to the Festival.

Tickets are available from www.wildscreenfestival.org from Thursday 12 June.

Wildscreen Festival 2014
Wildscreen Festival 2014

Jewel_Mike_Deaton
Jewel Anemone by Mike Deaton

Lundy Island Splash-In

Saturday 14th June

The 5th annual underwater photography competition on Lundy Island will be held on Saturday 14th June. 2013's competition was a great success with prizes from Mares, Fourth Element and Suunto to name but a few.

The waters surrounding the island boast some of the most interesting and spectacular marine life including the playful resident Grey seals and magnificent jewel anemones. Lundy's waters are also home to two protected wrecks, Gull rock and Iona II. At this years' Splash In! Wessex Archaeology, on behalf of English Heritage, will be launching the new Iona II Dive Trail and to celebrate the launch an additional category of ˜Iona II' is available for contestants to enter.

The Iona II was a Clyde built paddle steamer that sank off Lundy island in 1864 en route to running the blockade of Confederate ports in the American Civil War. The Iona II Dive Trail will provide divers with an extra-ordinary underwater experience learning about the vessel's history and the resident marine life whilst contributing to the photographic monitoring of the wreck. The Splash In! is the perfect way to start increased diver involvement with this fascinating wreck.

The competition starts at 8am with the day's entries judged after 5pm. Prizes for this years' competition have been donated by Forth element, Cameras Underwater, Mares, Suunto, AP Diving and Sea & Sea. Winners are announced after the renowned Lundy BBQ and followed by music and merriment. Free camping is available for all participants and to ensure that the competition is open to all, individuals seeking to participate and requiring a trip over should contact Beccy to see if there is space available on visiting charter boats.

To enter the competition please email the warden for a pre-registration form. Please note that places are limited.


Website of the Week - Sean Arrowsmith

"I am a PADI IDC Staff instructor, and a photographer.

My love of diving stems from a try-dive on holiday in Gran Canaria, but once I started I found I couldnt stop.

Since that first try-dive many years ago I have gained several dive certifications up to instructor level. This enabled me to move abroad and work as a dive instructor where, in turn, I certified several hundred students. I have since then become an IDC staff instructor.

Over the years I have dived extensively in the UK and abroad, where I have seen a vast array of underwater plant and animal life in waters ranging from 4c to 32c.

Sean Arrowsmith
Sean Arrowsmith

Whilst teaching in Lanzarote, I tried underwater photography and found it greatly increased my enjoyment of diving. After some failed attempts on a film camera I decided to change to digital, this was a revelation and I have never looked back. The instant review and feedback made under photography so much more accessible and enjoyable.

In the early days I focused mainly on underwater photography using a compact. But over the years and a rapidly expanding collection of photographic equipment I have moved onto DSLR territory and am now rarely seen underwater or on land without my camera to hand."


Laura Storm
Laura Storm

Focus On - Silhouettes - Results

Congratulations to Laura Storm who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition - Silhouettes with an image of Mid-morning sunburst of a lemon shark cruising the ocean superhighway taken at Tiger Beach, The Bahamas with a 15mm fish-eye lens at 1/1000 sec @f/16 ISO 200.

Congratulations also to Mark Drayton and Arthur Kingdon who came second and third respectively.

Mark's image of Schooling Jacks in silhouette against sunburst was taken at Tubbataha Reef, Philippines with a Nikon D7100 with a Nikkor 10-24 UWA Zoom lens at 10mm at 1/320sec @ f9.0 ISO 320.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Laura Storm 35 5
2 Mark Drayton 26 4
3 Arthur Kingdon 24 5
4 Dougie Souness 24 4
5 Paul Colley 23 2
6 Theresa Cloake 20 5

Mark Drayton
Mark Drayton

Arthur Kingdon
Arthur Kingdon

Arthur's image of a Diver in Cenote was taken in Mexico at 1/80th sec @ f6.3 ISO 200

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 me.

Next month's Focus On competition is Red - anything alive under water that is red fish, other marine animals or whatever you can find will open shortly. Deadline Sunday 8th June. Please read the Rules before entering.


Website of the Week - Terry Arpino

Freelance photographer Terry Arpinobecame passionately interested inunderwater photography 35 years ago,his interest and love for the underwater environment has stayed with him ever since.

"My photography represents several decades of appreciation and preservation of the underwater world, aiming at passing on my affection for the diverse and fragile marine life through my images, in order to raise awareness and gain the observers appreciation for this beautiful but endangered habitat."

"I do not retouch my images, with the exception of 3D

Terry Arpino
Terry Arpino
Lenticulars; they are a direct imprint of the underwater flora and fauna, presented through fine art. For the past three years I have been working with Jeffrey Rob, who has developed a state of the art 3D printing technology producing spectacular images. Each print takes the observer right into the particular underwater scene and I believe it stirs more affection and appreciation than any other type of printing."

Paul Colley

Joss Woolf interviews Paul Colley

BSoUP Chairman and Magazine Editor Joss Woolf has interviewed Paul Colley, author of the forthcoming book 'Winning Images with Any Underwater Camera: The Essential Guide to Creating Vibrant Photos' for the next issue of BSoUP's magazine 'infocus'.

Due for release 28 May 2014, Paul's book is available for pre-order online from Amazon. See Books


Next BSoUP Meeting - Tuesday 20 May

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 20 May 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.

Neil Rosewarn: Symmetry and composition. Neil has enjoyed a passion for photography and art for over 20 years. He studied photography at Portsmouth University and during his time there had an overwhelming urge to take his camera underwater. Since then his camera has been underwater many times and he would like to share some of the images with you. Join him as he looks at the importance of composition underwater and how symmetry forms a fundamental part of striking underwater images.

Neil Rosewarn
Neil Rosewarn


Focus On - Silhouettes

Focus On Silhouettes (Definition: an object represented as a solid shape of a single colour, usually black. The interior of a silhouette is featureless, and the whole is typically presented on a lighter background.  In the underwater situation likely to be an object taken against the sun or some other light source.) The Competition is now closed. There are a total of 27 entries.  BSoUP Members only may view the entries in the Competition Slide Show. You will be asked to login if you have not already done so this session.

Mark Harris: Breath Taking Photography From Breath Hold Diving.  There are times when underwater photography is best carried out whilst snorkeling or breath hold diving, but not everyone has the same confidence executing a breath hold dive as they would a SCUBA dive. Even world renowned camera people can be seen taking the wrong approach. The world of freediving can appear a daunting domain, reserved for the young, athletic, or those descended from dolphins.

Mark Harris is none of these, yet his talk will be looking at the many small technique and equipment improvements that can be made to bring about a tangible difference to breath hold diving. The emphasis of the talk will be on practical enhancements, rather than an indoctrination into freediving.

Mark has been on a long apprenticeship with his underwater photography, and reached the point where one or two of his images are passable. One was selected by Brian Skerry in 2013 to be part of an exhibition at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. As a retired freediver he has competed, judged, and taught the subject with students as diverse as whale shark tagging vets, Hollywood actors and TV presenters. He has been four times UK freediving champion and holder of a number of UK freediving records.

Mark Harris
Mark Harris


Robert White
Robert White

Website of the Week - Robert White

Each week we highlight a BSoUP Member's website. This week's choice is 'Marine Pix' by Robert White.

Rob is a software developer living in Brighton, Sussex. He has been diving since 1997 and a diving instructor since 2004. He is member of PADI and BSoUP and until a few years back ran the shark-diving experience at the Brighton Sealife Centre.

Rob has been taking photos underwater since 2005 but since 2010 he's been using a DSLR in a Nauticam aluminium Housing and enjoyed his photography much more as a result. He also has a keen interest in website development.


BSoUP Members - Outstanding subscriptions

Sadly, some of last year's BSoUP Members have not yet renewed their subscription this year or have not paid the right amount. Although we will be sorry to loose you, please let Pash Baker know if you are not intending to renew, please do so as soon as possible. Pash, like the rest of the Committee, is a volunteer and failing to communicate with her causes unnecessary extra time and effort sending out reminders. Show her you appreciate her efforts and get in touch now.

You can renew by post or online. See Join for further details.

Subscriptions
Subscriptions 2014

Dave Peake
Dave Peak's winning image

Scuba Fest Splash-In - Winner

Congratulations to BSoUP Member Dave Peake who was the winner of this year's Scuba Fest Splash-In at Pentewan, Cornwall on Saturday 3rd May 2014.

There were about twelve competitors this year, but I don't think there is any truth in Dave's comment that the elderly were given a four hour start, even if they needed it.


Website of the Week - Mark Webster

Mark Webster first developed his interest in underwater photography whilst working in the commercial diving industry. This quickly developed from an essential skill to a passion and a fascination for competitive photography.

Many successful years included representing the UK four times at the CMAS World Championships of Underwater Photography (Sicily 1990, South Korea 1994, Minorca 1996, Norway 1998) scoring Silver and Bronze medals. Other achievements include Highly Commended placings in the BBC/British Gas Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and winning shots in the 2000 and 2002 Agfa Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Blue Earth 2000, Geographical Magazine Photographer of the Year 2000, Ocean Realm Magazine Marine Photo 2000, Diver Magazine Image 2001 and 2003, Subios 2004 and the British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2011.

1998 saw the launch of Mark's first book "The Art and Technique of Underwater Photography" published by Fountain Press. More at www.photec.co.uk/

Mark Webster
Mark Webster

SUPS
Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society

SUPS - Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society takes place on Tuesday 13th May from 8pm at the Stevenage Arts Guild, Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage, Hertfordshire.


Curves with Matt Bacon, Danny King and Dennis Scales

Steve King - Mexican cenotes (caverns)

Further details at www.sups-online.com


NUPG - Next meeting

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group takes place on Monday 12th May at 20.00 hrs at the usual venue - Gurkha Grill, 198 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LH (Map)

Talk: Critter Hunting by Phil Medcalf
Monthly Competition: Tentacles
Favourite 5: Tony Gilbert
Event: Judging of the Winter Splash-In

Further details at www.nupg.org.uk/

NUPG
Northern Underwater Photography Group

BUPG
Bristol Underwater Photography Group

BUPG - Next meeting

The next meeting of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group takes place on Tuesday 13th May at 20.00 hrs at the usual venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)

Competition: Silhouettes

Presentation - Macro Musings with Alex Tattersall

Further details at www.bupg.co.uk/


UwP - Latest issue

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

Issue 78 includes Editorial, News, Travel & Events, New Products, Product reviews, Marine Life, Competitions, iBook review, Techniques, Locations and Tributes to the life of Peter Scoones by Gill McDonald, Peter Rowlands, Doug Anderson, Keith Scholey, Martha Holmes & Colin Doeg.

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

UwP 78
UwP Issue 78 : Cover : Alex Tattersall

Chris Walter
Chris Walter

Website of the Week - Chris Walter

Chris Walter and been taking traditional black & white images on land and underwater for over twenty five years. He still uses film cameras and produces silver gelatin prints for landscape, but have recently started using a digital system underwater.

"Unusually, I design and build my own cameras: landscape and underwater, film and digital. Currently I am using two 12x6 medium format cameras built around the Schneider 47mm XL lens. One is for landscape and is made of wood, the other is an underwater camera and isnt. The major drawback of the underwater system is that you only get six shots per film."

More at http://www.chriswalter-photography.co.uk/


Pacific North West Diver - Latest issue

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

The May issue includes articles on Founding of Edmonds Underwater Park (1970), News Corner, Featured Photographers & Videographers, tured Operator/Resort, Upcoming Travel Opportunities, Technical Corner and the PNW Diver Team.

To downlaod your copy please visit http://pnwups.com/

Pacific North West Diver
Pacific North West Diver. Cover: Eiko Jones

Sponsors

Splash-In 2014

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

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, although BSoUP member's qualify for a reduced entry fee. This year there is a separate category for compact camera users.

Please register and book your accommodation and boat now. Further details.


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.

British Wildlife Photographer Awards 2014
British Wildlife Photography Awards
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

World Shootout 2014
World Shootout 2014

World Shootout 2014

Deadline: Thursday July 31st, 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/



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