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BSoUP's Sponsors

Kungkungan Bay Resort

Winning Imaes by Paul Colley

Cameras Underwater - Sponsor of the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition 2015 - 2018 and BIUPC 2015 and 2016

Brtish Divers Marine Life Rescue - Sponsors of BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2017

Carpe Diem, Sponsors of BUIPC 2017


Diver Magazine - Sponsor of the Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition and the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition

DiveQuest - Sponsor of the Underwater Excellence

News - August 2014

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

July 2014
News Archive

Website of the Week - Joe Daniels
Anima Mundi - Latest Issue
Eilat Red Sea - Shoot Out
2014 Monterey Shootout Winners Announced
NUPG Splash-In 2014
DIVE 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham
Focus On - Wreck - Results
BSoUP in the Media
Website of the Week - Ellen Cuylaerts
Alex Mustard in Practical Photography Magazine

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2014
BSoUP August Meeting
Website of the Week - Jeremy and Amanda Cuff
Next SUPS Meeting
Next NUPG Meeting
Next BUPG Meeting
Website of the Week - Paul Colley
2020VISION at Fringe By The Sea
See Stars During National Marine Week
Website of the Week - Jackie Campbell

Joe Daniels
Joe Daniels

Website of the Week - Joe Daniels

Joe's underwater photography has developed through his love for the marine world which began from a very young age. In 2007 Joe volunteered on marine conservation project in the Seychelles. He then spent over 2 years in New Zealand and Australia, a year of this was working with Manta Rays and Whale Sharks on the Ningaloo Reef off Western Australia. Joe returned to the Seychelles for 3 months as a volunteer on the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles (MCSS)Whale Shark Monitoring Project. After completing his Dive Instructor course in South Africa he thencontinued on in Seychelles as Dive Officer for Global Vision International, a marine conservation NGO.

In 2013 Joe and his partner Emily moved to Ambon, Indonesia where they currently manage Maluku Divers, a photography focused dive resort

In the clear waters of Australia and Seychelles Joe found free diving as his preferred method, shooting many of his wide angle images with little other than a mask and fins. Now his location in Ambon, Indonesia is bringing him to focus more on Macro photography, he is finding himself utilising his scuba diving skills in order to spend more time with each subject. Joe continues to find inspiration in the ocean and hopes that his images can bring awareness to the fragility and diversity of the underwater environment.

Joe currently shoots with a Cannon 7D in Nauticam housing, earlier photos on this site were also taken with a Cannon 50D in Ikelite housing.

Anima Mundi - Latest Issue

The latest issue of the FREE Anima Mundi compiled and edited by Andrea & Antonello Ferrari is available to download.

Issue 16 includes Scoop Swimming with Basking Sharks, Magical Madagascar The Red Island -Part 2,
The Snake Charmer A portfolio by Daniel Heuclin,
Long Legged beauties Grasshoppers and katydids,
The lions of Gar A Photo Trip Report.

To download your copy please visit

ANima Mundi 16

Anima Mundi Issue 16

Eilat Red Sea
Eilat Red Sea - Shoot Out

Eilat Red Sea - Shoot Out

7th-13th September

You're invited to take an exciting one-week break from your daily routine in the crystal clear water of the Red Sea. Meet people, dive, photograph fish & models, party all night long and perhaps even win some valuable prizes, including a $10,000 check for the first prize!

  • The competition is open to both amateurs and professionals.

  • The Eilat Shoot-Out will be held in Eilat, Israel, onSeptember 7-13, 2014.

  • It is recommended that photographers interested in participating inthe competition register in advance.

The Eilat Red Sea event is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Full details at

2014 Monterey Shootout Winners Announced

The winners from the 2014 Monterey Shootout have been announced. In a window of about a day and a half, participants captured some amazing shots in the Monterey Bay area.

The judges for this years competition included Erick Higuera, Cristian Dimitrius and Adam Ravetch for photography, while Mary Lynn Price, Jim Decker and Joel Penner judged the videos. Berkley White presided over all the judging for the competition.

More at

2014 Monterey Shootout

NUPG Splash-In

NUPG Splash-In 2014

The Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG) held its annual Splash-In competition on Saturday 16th August. A record number registered for the event, which was held in conjunction with the Anglesey Scubafest.

The Results

Scubafest Image 2014 (AP Diving) Nick Robertson-Brown (Runners-up Elaine White & Tony Gilbert)
Print Overseas Wide-Angle 2014 (Equator Diving) Elaine White (Runner-up Nick Robertson-Brown)
Print Overseas Close-Up 2014 (Dive Quest) Anne Medcalf (Runner-up Phil Medcalf)
Print British Isles Wide-Angle 2014 (Frogsborn) Nick Robertson-Brown (Runner-up Caroline Robertson-Brown)
Print British Isles Close-Up 2014 (DiveLife) Caroline Robertson-Brown (Runners-up Elaine White & Ken Byrne).

More at

DIVE 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham

Saturday-Sunday 25th-26th October

Organised for more than 20 years by DIVER, Britain's best-selling diving magazine, the Dive Shows attract hundreds of exhibitors offering the latest diving holidays, training courses, and dive gear - on display and to buy - and is visited by thousands of experienced and aspiring divers from the UK, Europe and beyond.

The Dive Shows also deliver an unrivalled programme of free presentations from the world's top diving speakers. And this is combined with popular in-hall features such as the Try Dive Pool, Rebreather Pool, PhotoZone, and New Product Showcase, plus themed Travel and Dive-Training areas.

Check out their website regularly for all the latest news!

DIVE 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham

Clive Allcorn
Winner © Clive Allcorn

Focus On - Wreck - Results

Congratulations to Clive Allcorn who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition with an image of a diver on the wreck of Salem Express, Red Sea, Eqypt taken with an Olympus XZ2 at 1/250 @ f4.

Congratulations also to Trevor Rees and Paul Colley who came second and third respectively.

Trevor's image features the wreck of the tugboat Rozi, taken at Cirkewwa, Malta with a Nikon D600 with Sigma 15mm lens 1/125sec @ f8 ISO 640.

Pauls' image is of a WWI U-Boat taken in Cornwall at 1/50 sec @ f7.1 ISO 2000 using natural light.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Clive Allcorn 32 5
2 Trevor Rees 18 4
3 Paul Colley 15 2
4 Super Jolly 11 2
5 Nick Robertson-Brown 10 3
6 Joss Woolf 9 2


Trevor Rees
2nd © Trevor Rees

Paul Colley
3rd © Paul Colley

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries enlarges 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 competition is 'Underwater Excllence'. Details will be announced shortly.

BSoUP in the Media

September's issue of DIVER magazine includes two double page spreads about this year's British Underwater Photography Championship.

September's issue of SCUBA magazine includes a double page spread on the same event.

This year's event was sponsored by Scuba Tours Worldwide, O'Three, Under Water Visions, AP Valves, Scimitar Diving, Paul Colley Underwater Photography and South West Nudibranchs to whom BSoUP is extremely grateful.

DIVER September, 2014

Ellen Culaerts
Ellen Cuylaerts

Website of the Week - Ellen Cuylaerts

Ellen studied history in Antwerp and got her master in modern history and education and relocated from Belgium to the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman, in 2009. She home schools her two gifted teenagers and decided to take up scuba diving in June 2011. Soon she became a Master Scuba Diver and took up her childhood dream photography and combined it with the wonders of the underwater world.

After diving a few months she signed up for a workshop on the island with renowned underwater photographer and marine biologist Dr. Alex Mustard and decided to use the skills she learned to spread the awareness and contribute to the conservation and preservation of the fragile marine environment.

Her basic concern is the decay of the oceans by pollution, overfishing, the brutal act of shark finning and dolphin and whale slaughtering. By showing to beauty of the underwater world she hopes people will start protecting what they love.

Alex Mustard in Practical Photography Magazine

BSoUP Member, Alex Mustard, is profiled in the August Issue of Practical Photography Magazine. The feature is the magazine's monthly Pro Showcase and includes a selection of Alex's photos, with more than half coming from British Seas. He talks about the equipment he uses for his pictures and passes on some Top Tips for underwater photography.

To learn more about Alex, please visit his website at

Alex Mustard
'What lies beneath' by Alex Mustard in Practical Photography Magazine

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2014

Deadline: Wednesday 17th September 2014

Organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers in association with DIVER Magazine

At the Dive Show, NEC Birmingham 25-26th October 2014

Win a free holiday for one to Marsa Shagra or Marsa Nakari. Prize includes flight from Gatwick to Marsa Alam, transfers, 7 nights full board in a tent and 5 days unlimited shore diving for one person courtesy of OonasDivers

We are delighted to announce that, in addition to the main prize from OonasDivers, Cameras Underwater, Frogfish Photography, Paul Colley Photography, The Wildlife Trusts and Sea & Sea have so far also agreed to sponsor the event.

Further details

BSoUP August Meeting

Tuesday 19 August at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 19 August 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.

Linda Pitkin and Joss Woolf: Cave Women in the Red Sea. Joss Woolf and Linda Pitkin went off to the Southern Red Sea in June and found themselves with a dearth of the expected subjects.  So they moved out of their usual comfort zones (something we should all do more often!).  Joss did some playing in caves and Linda started playing with models (also in caves) and they were both pleased with the results! They will be showing us what a bit of lateral thinking can produce.

Joss Woolf
Joss Woolf

Linda Pitkin
Linda Pitkin

Focus On - Wrecks
Focus On Wrecks

Linda, a long standing BSoUP member, the author of four books and with over a thousand published images to her credit, last talked to us in November 2011.  Joss, our long suffering Chair, last spoke in January 2012 (not to mention her running of the monthly meetings and a Show & Tell appearance recently!). Joss has been taking pictures for nearly ten years and has been a BSoUP member for almost as long. 

Focus On Wrecks (Definition: underwater images of wrecks - not restricted to ships). Entry of two images was allowed if at least one of them was taken in UK waters. The Competition is now closed. There were a total of 53 entries of which 30 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.
Georgette Douwma: Digital Composites. Georgette will tell us about how she started with double exposures in camera and then in the darkroom. With the arrival of the computer and Photoshop huge possibilities opened up and that is how she got started on digital composites.  She will show us many of the beautiful composites she has created from her underwater images and will show some of the stages she used to get to the final image for some of them.   
Georgette originally graduated from art college in Amsterdam and painted pictures in her spare time (and she still paints). Later she became interested in photography, especially natural history photography. She started diving in 1980 and taking pictures underwater, initially with a Nikonos camera (she now uses a Nikon D2X). She joined BSoUP and then the Committee, of which Peter Scoones was Chairman, and a well known partnership was born!

Georgette Douwma
Georgette Douwma

She was asked by one website which features her work ˜If you weren't a photographer, what would you be?' and her answer was ˜a painter and decorative graphic artist'. So it is hardly surprising that she considers the images as they come out of the camera just a starting point from which to create.  She has just over 10,000 pictures with various picture libraries, including about 1100 with Getty Images, and prints for sale on a number of websites.

Jeremy and Amanda Cuff

Website of the Week - Jeremy and Amanda Cuff

Each week we highlight a BSoUP member's website.

'JA Universe' the website of Jeremy and Amanda Cuff is this week's choice.

If you are a BSoUP member and your website is not included on the BSoUP member's websites page, please send the URL of your site to the BSoUP Membership Secretary.

Subsequently your website will be added to the list. All we ask is that you provide a link on your website to

Next SUPS Meeting

Tuesday 12th August

The next monthly meetingof the Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society will be held on Tuesday 12th August. At the Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage, SG1 1XN. We open at 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start.

Focus-on: "People"

Ray Allen,- Post processed by Dave Collins.

"Post Processing" by Dave Collins'.

To learn more about SUPS please visit

Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society

Northern Underwater Photography Group

Next NUPG Meeting

Monday 11th August 2014

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group will be on Monday 11th August 2014

Talk This will be multiple short talks by members Ten minute talks

Favourite Five by Jason Melton

Competiton Theme Nudibranchs.

To learn more about NUPG please visit

Next BUPG Meeting

Tuesday August 12th

The next meeting of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group (BUPG) will be at our normalvenue, The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map). Start time 20.00hrs.

Competition: 'Wrecks'.


To learn more about BUPG please visit

Bristol Underwater Photography Group

Paul Colley
Paul Colley

Website of the Week - Paul Colley

Paul Colley is a professional underwater photographer and leader in the theory & practice of underwater photographic composition; a dive industry instructor of choice for discerning clients.

He supports The Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE); a UK registered charity working to fix the largest solvable problem on the planet - the crisis in our oceans.

Paul's book "Winning Images is destined to be the compositional bible for underwater shooters"
Nigel Wade, Technical Editor Diver Magazine

2020VISION at Fringe By The Sea

Next week, on Weds 6 August, members of the 2020VISION photographer team will be heading to North Berwick to deliver THE VISION theatre show as part of the Fringe By The Sea festival.

North Berwick featured prominently in the 2020VISION photographer assignments, as an example of an economy largely influenced by seabird tourism. See photo story here

The show, featuring Alex Mustard, Mark Hamblin and Peter Cairns, will include a feast of visual imagery, inspiring stories and more than a helping of thought-provoking narrative. If you're in the area or passing by, do come along. Tickets are available here.
2020VISION at Fringe By The Sea
2020VISION at Fringe By The Sea

See stars during National Marine Week
See Stars During National Marine Week

See Stars During National Marine Week (26th July - 10th August)

Hollywood may have its ˜Walk of Fame' but the real stars of the show this summer are to be spotted around the UK coast during The Wildlife Trusts' National Marine Week (26 Jul 10 Aug).

A shoal of events is on offer to day-trippers and holidaymakers who want to savour our shores and discover what lies beneath the waves, ranging from rockpool rambles to seaside strolls along the strandline (the high water mark where shells, sea creatures and flotsam are left by the tide).

The Wildlife Trusts' focus is on five of the 13 starfish species which can be seen around the UK coast; the common, spiny, brittle, bloody Henry starfish and the cushion star.

Website of the Week - Jackie Campbell

"I was born and raised in Ireland and childhood holidays were spent with my family in the West of Ireland or with my Grandparents enjoying the outdoors. My parents instilled in me an enormous appreciation for the beauty of the countryside and for the wildlife that we encountered.

I learnt to swim when I was very young and don't remember a time when I wasn't enchanted with the ocean and the creatures that live there.

In 1996, I went To Australia on a working holiday and booked myself on a PADI open water scuba diving course the day after I landed - I had simply always wanted to learn to scuba dive! Unsurprisingly, I was instantly hooked and spent most weekends diving around Sydney.

Jackie Campbell
Jackie Campbell

Underwater, I enjoy the flexibility of using a compact camera. My current choice is the Canon Powershot S90. This camera has manual mode to give users more control over the image. Having a compact camera system underwater allows me to change lenses during the dive, thereby giving me the option of switching between wide angle and macro on the same dive.

On land, I recently entered the world of the DSLR and am enjoying the creative potential that this allows.

I have always had a fascination with the sea and with nature. My two passions are scuba diving and photography and this website brings both together. I feel incredibly lucky to have seen an enormous amount of wildlife whilst scuba diving and also whilst on land and I am constantly thrilled to learn more about the amazing creatures that I encounter. All of my images are of animals/ marine life in their natural environment.

I created this website initially as a challenge to improve my photography and also to share my images with others who share my passions. Like many others who are passionate about wildlife, I have major concerns about what the future holds and what our world will look like for future generations."

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