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News - June 2014

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

May 2014
News Archive

Splash-In Boats
Website of the Week - Tony Baskeyfield
in focus - Latest issue
Reef Fish Identification 4th Edition
Wildscreen Panda Awards 2014
Focus On - Red - Results
Joss Woolf and Dan Bolt - Cover shots
First World Ocean Day Photo Contest
Website of the Week - Pash Baker
BSoUP June Meeting

Anima Mundi - Latest issue
Website of the Week - Robert Bailey
NUPG - Next meeting
BUPG - Next meeting
Nick Robertson Brown - Cover shot
Website of the Week - Dana Rayfield and Mark Atwell
Lundy Splash-In
BSoUP Splash-In 2014
World Shootout 2014

Scimitar Diving
Scimitar Diving

Splash-In Boats

The BSoUP Splash in is getting very close now. There are still ten places available on one of the two hardboats made available to us by Scimitar Diving, tel. 07765 326728, website or you can contact them by email at

Make the most of the local knowledge available! Look forward to seeing you there.

See full details of the event at

Website of the Week - Tony Baskeyfield

Divestock features exclusive underwater images taken by multiple award winning photographer, Tony Baskeyfield, at some of the most stunning locations across the world.

Tony has just designed, photographed, and published a book on whale sharks for Dr David Rowat, and contributed, featured, and submitted cover images for the UK dive press.

This website gives you instant access to over 1000 images online, available to purchase directly though the site. You can find images matching your specific requirements by using our search facility at the top of each page.


Tony Baskeyfield
Tony Baskeyfield

in focus 102
Cover image: Peter Scoones by Georgette Douwma

in focus - Latest issue

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

Issue 103 includes Editorial, Peter - Our own Special One Colin Doeg, Peter Scoones in pictures - photographs by Georgette Douwma, Through Snell's Window Paul Colley, Focus On competition results, Whale shark Heaven Len Deeley, Peter Scoones profile Gill McDonald

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.


Reef Fish Identification 4th Edition

Florida Caribbean Bahamas

A new, updated and enlarged edition of Reef Fish Identification Florida Caribbean Bahamas is now available from New World Publications.

With the advent of genetic testing there has been a revival in marine taxonomy. The 25th Anniversary 4th Edition reflects the many recent changes including 89 new fish species and more than 200 additional photographs. The field guide now includes 683 species documented in more than 1000 underwater photographs, representing a significant update to the 2002 3rd edition. The most comprehensive and beautiful visual ID reference published for the region features an easy-to-use quick reference format. The book first appeared in 1989 and has since revolutionized fish watching. The first edition had 288 pages and 345 color photographs. The new edition has 548 pages in a 6  x 9 format. Information on each species includes their common, scientific and family names, descriptions, habitat, behavior, abundance, distribution and reaction to divers.

Reef Fish Identification - Florida Caribbean Bahamas
Reef Fish Identification 4th Edition
Florida Caribbean Bahamas

Wildscreen Panda Awards
Wildscreen Panda Awards

Wildscreen Panda Awards 2014

The Wildscreen Nomination Jury descended upon Bristol from the 2- 6 June and engaged in a non-stop week of reviewing, discussing and deliberating films...and after some very intense debates the nominees were chosen!

Wildscreen are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2014 Panda Awards. Congratulation to all nominees for being selected!

For a complete list of nominees see

Focus On - Red - Results

Congratulations to Super Jolly who was the winner of this month's Focus On - Red with an image of a jelllyfish taken in Jellyfish Lake, Palau with a Canon S95 1/800 @ f8.

Congratulations also to Arthur Kingdon and Mark Drayton and who came second and third respectively with images of a Sunstar with hermit crab passenger taken at Loch Creran, near Oban with a Nikon D7000, Sigma 17-70mm, 125th @f16 and a Pygmy Seahorse on red sea fan at Jo-Jo's, Lembeh with a Nikon D7100, twin Inon Z240, Nauticam Housing, 60mm Micro Nikkor, 1/125 @ f13.0, ISO 250.


Super Jolly
1st © Super Jolly
Arthur Kingdon
2nd© Arthur Kingdon

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Super Jolly 14 3
2 Arthur Kingdon 12 3
3 Mark Drayton 12 2
4 Mark Feldman 10 2
5= Nicholas Godfrey 9 1
5= Dougie Souness 9 1

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 Green Water - anything taken in cold water which is normally green so the UK, Ireland, Norway, Canada, New Zealand and South Australia qualify but the Canaries and Mediterranean don't, no matter how cold it feels! If in doubt, ask. Deadline: Monday 7th July. Please read the Rules before entering.

Mark Drayton
3rd © Mark Drayton

Dan Bolt Joss Woolf

Joss Woolf and Dan Bolt - Cover shots

This month's DIVER Magazine features a cover image by our Chairman Joss Woolf of a diver with a sea cucumber.

This months SCUBA Magazine features a cover image by BSoUP Member Dan Bolt of a snorkeller.

See also Covers

First World Ocean Day Photo Contest

Congratulations to BSoUP Members Ellen Cuylaerts and Joe Daniels who were first and second in the Human Interaction with the Ocean category First World Ocean Day Photo Contest. Ellen was also second in the Underwater Seascapes category. Well done both of you.

From hundreds of entries, the judges selected the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place image in each of the five categoriesAbove Water Seascapes, Human interaction with the Ocean, Underwater Life, Underwater Seascapes and Youth Photographerand the organizers selected from the finalists an Overall 2014 World Ocean Day Theme winner. Congratulations to the Overall Theme winner, Jonas Thormar; to the five category winners, Mark Johnson (Above Water Seascapes), Ellen Cuylaerts (Human interaction with the Ocean), Alan Lo (Underwater Life), Ethan Daniels (Underwater Seascapes), and Svenja Nanfelt (Youth Photographer); and to all the runners-up.

First World Ocean Day Photo Contest
First World Ocean Day Photo Contest

The results were announced on June 9, 2014 by the Under-Secretary-General, The Legal Counsel of the United Nations during a reception held in New York at the United Nations on the occasion of World Oceans Day and the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seaattended by some 200 delegates and accompanied by the United Nations Orchestra Quartet.

Pash Baker
Pash Baker

Website of the Week - Pash Baker

"I qualified as a scuba diver in 1996 in the UK. Back in 2007, I started taking video footage using a Sony PD150 (in an amphibico housing). You can see some of the videos I created by clicking this link.

Although I swore I never would turn to stills photography, I was pleasantly surprised with the results from my first attempt. That was with a Canon DSLR camera in an Ikelite housing. During a trip to Indonesia with Martin Edge, I felt my photography really coming alive and I achieved 3rd place in the BSoUP beginners portfolio competition.

I now shoot with a Nikon D300s in a Subal housing. I've not looked back since then and I'm really pleased with the images I have. I hope you like them too!

Whilst exhibiting at the Birmingham NEC dive show, I was approached by Coral Cay Conservation and asked to visit two of their sites - in Cambodia and The Philippines. The intention was to capture some of the fun, atmosphere and valuable work done by the charity in the hopes it would encourage others to volunteer or contribute to the effort."

BSoUP June Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 17 June 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.

Show & Tell: We have made this a Committee Show & Tell because the rest of you seem to have all gone to sleep!  There will be images from Joss Woolf, Anthony Holley, Colin Doeg, Brian Pitkin, Alex Mustard and Martha Tressler all with clever stories. 

FIveSixEight Bar Imperial College Union
FiveSixEight Bar, Imperial College Union

Focus On Slideshow
Focus On Red Slideshow

Focus On Red (Definition: anything alive under water that is red: fish; other marine animals; or whatever you can find.) The Competition is now closed. There were a total of 46 entries, 30 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 entries in the Competition Slide Show. You will be asked to login if you have not already done so this session.

Stuart PhilpottCreating Front Covers.  Stuart has achieved more than 70 diving magazine front covers (UK and overseas) in the past 10 years so he must be doing something right! 

He is a full time professional underwater photographer and journalist so getting the money shot is all important. On a magazine assignment a front cover shot tops up the invoice and he also admits to still getting a kick from seeing one of his pictures on the front! He will also show how the magazines completely ruin the picture by adding text, zooming in and cutting off scenery and in some cases the marine life. And finally he will also talk about how to sell your pictures, and how much money you can make. He says every front cover tells a funny story so be prepared!
Stuart has been taking pictures under water for the past 20 years and turned professional in 2004.  He currently has a regular arrangement with Sport Diver Magazine.  He uses a Nikon D800 in a Sea & Sea housing with 2 x YS-D1 strobes. Favourite lens is the 16mm Nikkor fisheye.

Stuart Philpott
Stuart Philpott

Anima Mundi 15
Anima Mundi - Issue 15

Anima Mundi - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Anima Mundi is now available for download.

Issue 15 includes:-

Scoop Meet the Fan-throated Lizard;
Magical Madagascar Chameleons and much more
The Global Arctic Awards Winners Portfolio
Saving Darwins Frog Dante Fenolios fieldwork
Fantastic Finland A Photo Trip Report

To get you copy please visit

Website of the Week - Robert Bailey

Robert is captivated by all things in nature.

He enjoys reportage style as well. He says, 'flirting with my subjects without being intrusive', is something he likes to try to do.

He's worked professionally on commercial television sets doing production photography, shot modern dance for the art department at the University of Calgary, and worked in a freelance capacity shooting a variety of subjects.

Rob also worked as a NAUI scuba instructor up to training director level at the University of Calgary from 1993-1999, and is still an avid diver. He never dives without his camera. From 2007-2009 he was chairman of the Leamington and Warwick BSAC Branch 217. The Telecommunications industry is his mainstay.

Robert Bailey
Robert Bailey

Photographer's work he is inspired by includes but is not limited to; David Doubilet, Michael Nichols, Bettina Rhiems, Ansel Adams, Helmut Newton, Jim Brandenburg, Paul Nicklen, and Alex Mustard in no particular order.

He's an active member of the British Society of Photographers (BSOUP) and the Bristol Underwater Photography Group (BUPG) and is obsessed by all things photographic.

Northern Underwater Photography Group

NUPG - Next meeting

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group takes place on Monday 9th June at 20.00 hrs at the usual venue - Gurkha Grill, 198 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LH (Map)

Talk Tony Gilbert Diving Northern Island
Favourite 5
Competition Schooling

Further details at

BUPG - Next meeting

The next meeting of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group takes place on Tuesday 10th June at 20.00 hrs at the usual venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)

Competition: Red

Presentation - 'Solo Diving - Coming Out of the Closet'by Mark Powell

Further details at

Bristol Underwater Photography Group

Nick Robertson-Brown
Sport Diver Magazine Cover : Nick Robertson-Brown

Nick Robertson Brown - Cover shot

The June issue of Sport Diver magazine features a cover image taken by BSoUP Member Nick Robertson-Brown (Frogfish Photography) of his wife and diving buddy Caroline looking through the anchor at Double Wreck in St Eustatius in the Caribbean with a Nikon D700, in a Sealux housing and INON Z-240 strobes.

Nick is the author of' 'Underwater Photography. Art & Technique' published in December 2013 (see Books for further details).

More Cover shots.

Website of the Week - Dana Rayfield and Mark Atwell

Each week we highlight a BSoUP Member's website. This week is the turn of Dana Rayfield and Mark Atwell.

More than 70 BSoUP Members have their own websites and these are listed alphabetically at

Atwell and Rayfield
Dana Rayfield and Mark Atwell

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.

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.


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

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