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News - September 2014

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

August 2014
News Archive


Zac Macauley features in Nikon Europe
Website of the Week - Tony Ford
Society of Biology Photography Award Shortlist
Website of the Week - Charles Erb
Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous-Marine
African Diver - Latest issue
The British Wildlife Photography Awards

Sir David Attenborough returns to Great Barrier Reef
Underwater Excellence - Results
Website of the Week - Martin Edge
Pacific Northwest Diver - Latest issue

Pash Baker in Monserrat
Next BSoUP Meeting
Scuba Diving Guinness Record Live broadcast
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014
Website of the Week - Matt Doggett
UwP - Latest issue
SUPS - Next Meeting
NUPG - Next Meeting
BUPG - Next Meeting
BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2014
Website of the Week - Len Deeley


Zac Macaulay

Zac Macauley features in Nikon Europe

For over 20 years BSoUP member Zac Macaulay has been going where few photographers venture underwater. His passion for submerged shooting, both out at sea and in purpose-built tanks and flooded studios, has taken him and his crew all over the world, producing breath taking images for a client list including the likes of Sony, Diesel, BAA, Conde Nast, Boots, Guinness and Royal Caribbean. His many awards include Winner of the Palme d'Or, Advertising, 2007, and finalist in the 2012 Association of Photographers Awards in the Non-Commission Portrait/Moving Image category.

Find out how he got into this highly specialised and intriguing field, and why his Nikon D800 kit makes such a difference to his working life https://nikoneurope-en.custhelp.com/ci/documents/detail/2/Zac-Macaulay


Website of the Week - Tony Ford

Each week we highlight a BSoUP member's website. This week's choice is Tony Ford on SmugMug. Tony lives in Guildford, Surrey and has been taking underwater images since at least 2003.

To view Tony's images please visit tonyford.smugmug.com/Underwater

If you are a member and you website is not in our list at www.bsoup.org/Links/Members.php please contact us

Tony Ford
Tony Ford

Society of Biology
Turtle eating a jellyfish by Boris Borath
Shortlisted for Young Photographer of the Year

Society of Biology Photography Award Shortlist

The Society of Biology has announced the shortlists of their Photographer of the Year and Young Photographer of the Year competitions.

The annual Photographer of the Year competition is open to amateur photographers, aged over 18, and has a top prize of 1000. The Young Photographer of the Year competition is open to amateur photographers, aged 18 and under, and has a top prize of 500.

The theme of this year's competition was Home, Habitat and Shelter and nearly 800 entries were received. Shortlisted images include; a chick embryo growing inside its egg, an underwater image of a sea turtle eating a jellyfish, and parasitoid wasps building clay pots to protect their young.

Judge Tim Harris, from Nature Picture Library said, ˜We were impressed by the variety of entries this year, in both subject matter and geographical location. There was some stiff competition in the adult category, and some great images from the younger age group too. It was refreshing to see some unusual and imaginative interpretations of this year's theme, and especially some which related the theme to man as well as animals.'

The winners will be announced at the Society of Biology Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 14th October at the King's Fund, London, as part of Biology Week 2014.

For more information please see the Society of Biology website.

The competition was judged by: Catherine Draycott (Chair), Head of Wellcome Images; Linda Pitkin, Underwater photographer; Tim Harris, Sales and Marketing Manager, Nature Picture Library and Bluegreen Pictures; and Alex Hyde, Natural history photographer and lecturer in biological photography.

Website of the Week - Charles Erb

"I am a scuba diver and photographer based in the midlands of England with a passion for UK underwater photography. My favourite dive locations are along the UKs South West coast, Western Scotland, West Wales and the North East coast. This blog exists to showcase some of my favourite images and communicate some of the passion behind their creation.

I am a member of Worcester Divers, British Society of Underwater Photographers, the Bristol Underwater Photography Groupand sometime member of East Midlands Underwater Photography Group, as well as occasional contributor to Scuba and Dive magazines. My regular dive buddies are Trevor Rees and Rob Bailey.

I regularly give talks to camera groups, dive clubs and other interested parties about UK scuba diving, the challenges and excitement of underwater photography and dispelling the myth that there is little of beauty or interest to see beneath the waters around UK shores."

Please visit www.undersea-images.com/

Charles Erb
Charles Erb

Festival Mondial
41me Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous-Marine

41me Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous-Marine

CONGRESS CENTER - PARC CHANOT - MARSEILLE - FRANCE

The 41stWorld Festival of Underwater Picture will take place from Oct. 30th to November 2nd, 2014 at the Congress Center of the Parc Chanot - Marseille - France.

Under the theme "Ocean, future of mankind', this edition will invite you to enter a world made of utopia, realized dreamsand current or future technology innovations.

The entrance gives you access to all exhibitions, events, discussions and film screenings (Except Inauguration and Giving Prize Ceremony which are subject to availability.)

To attend the Inauguration Evening (on Oct. 30th at 6.30 pm) and Giving Prize Ceremony (on Nov. 1st at 6.00 pm), a specific tariff is proposed.


African Diver - Latest issue

Welcome to African Diver Magazine our online pdf magazine for you to download and save on your computer/iPad/kindle to read as often as you like. African Diver Magazine looks just like a printed magazine but it's electronic.

Download the magazine today and discover why diving in Africa and the surrounding islands is about some of the best and most exciting diving in the world. Our issues are packed with news and reviews of African dive destinations, features on marine conservation efforts in Africa , personality profiles and portfolios, inspiration for underwater photographers and stories of diving, free diving and wrecks.

We charge $2.00 per download, per issue. You can pay with PayPal, Visa or your Mastercard.

African Diver 29
African Diver 29

BWPA5
The British Wildlife Photography Awards
Collection 5

The British Wildlife Photography Awards

Collection 5 showcases the very best entries from the British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2014. This stunning coffee table book is a celebration of British wildlife as captured on camera by todays best amateur and professional photographers.

Available at www.amazon.co.uk/

The winners and highly commended entries can be viewed at www.bwpawards.org


Sir David Attenborough returns to Great Barrier Reef

Sir David Attenborough is returning to the Great Barrier Reef for a new series on BBC One.

Sir David first filmed on the Great Barrier Reef in 1957, and has retained a passionate interest in its diverse wildlife and eco-system.

The TV naturalist hailed the reef's "astounding and unforgettable beauty".

"I'm very excited to be returning with all the latest technology and science to see one of the most important places on the planet in a whole new way."

Sir David has often said it is the place he most wanted to return to.

Dubbed "the rainforest of the ocean", the Great Barrier Reef has unique status as the world's largest living organism. More at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/

Sir Dabid Attenborough

Joe Daniels
Joe Daniels. A half and half image of Bait fish at sunset in the shallows
of Baie Ternay Marine Park, Seychelles taken at f10 @1/125th, ISO 100

Underwater Excellence - Results

Congratulations to Joe Daniels who was the winner of this year's Underwater Excellence competition with a half and half image of Bait fish at sunset in the shallows of Baie Ternay Marine Park, Seychelles taken at f10 @1/125th, ISO 100, a pair of Lemon Gobies dwelling in a discarded glass bottle taken in Ambon, Indonesia at f18, @ 1/250th, ISO 200 and a diver exploring a huge underwater archway off the coast of Ambon Indonesia taken at f10 @ 1/125th, ISO 400.

Joe won a trophy and a cheque for 250 courtesy of DiveQuest.

Congratulations also to Alex Tattersall and Peter Tatton who came second and third respectively.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Joe Daniels 46 10
2 Alex Tattersall 35 8
3 Peter Tatton 35 6
4 Pedro Vieyra 35 4
5 Nicholas More 29 4
6 Arthur Kingdon 22 3
Joe Daniels
Joe Daniels. a pair of Lemon Gobies dwelling in a discarded
glass bottle taken in Ambon, Indonesia at f18, @ 1/250th, ISO 200
Joe Daniels
Joe Daniels. A diver exploring a huge underwater archway off the coast
of Ambon Indonesia taken at f10 @ 1/125th, ISO 400

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 the Best of British Portfolio competition The competition will open shortly.


Website of the Week - Martin Edge

Martin Edge was born in Staffordshire, England in 1955, where he lived and grew up without any inclination towards diving or photography. Years later, together with his wife Sylvia they moved to the Dorset coastline and in 1977 it was here that they both learnt to dive in the temperate waters around Swanage, Weymouth and Portland. Soon after, driven by a desire to travel, explore and experience warm water diving they visited the Island of Minorca in the Mediterranean and Martin took his first underwater photographs.

He had never had any particular interest or tuition in photography but his desire to shoot pictures underwater grew into a passion bordering on an obsession. Frustrated by a lack of knowledge of camera equipment and how to best use it underwater, he set out to understand the 'minds eye' of those underwater photography whose work he most admired. In the 1980's he participated in numerous underwater photography competitions obtaining many awards from all over the world.

Martin Edge
Martin Edge

He began to write articles on such a diverse range of subjects simply has a medium to get his work published. Once judges and peers had vindicated his efforts in competitions, he quickly identified that his passion and potential was to teach and develop other aspiring underwater photographers. Over the last 20 years he has done just that. Introduced, developed, motivated and mentored many hundreds of underwater photographers from all parts of the globe. Martin is considered to be one of the most influential teachers of underwater photography in the world today.

In 2010 the fourth edition of his best selling book ˜The Underwater Photographer' was published. This has taken the underwater world by storm and is considered to be the Bible on the topic. A Spanish translation is available from Anaya Multimedia. Russian, Czech and German translations will be available in later this year.

The other half of this successful partnership is Martins wife Sylvia who has also 30 years of diving, travel and photo experience behind her. Sylvia is responsible for tropical workshop logistics and planning. She acts as buddy and photo model to workshop participants and frequently provides a 'one to one' facility on every topic from underwater modeling to advanced composition.


Pacific North West Diver
Pacific Northwest Diver. Cover: Bob Bailey

Pacific Northwest Diver - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Pacific Northwest Diver is now available to download.

The September issue includes News Corner, Eelgrass Restoration in Puget Sound, Featured Photographers & Videographers, Richard Salas, Lisa Zazzi, Bob Bailey, Featured Operator: Salmon Safari, Campbell River, Travel Photo Album, Heber River Canyon Trip Photos, Campbell River Trip Photos, Technical Corner- Optical Ocean Resources, Manuals (Starting Out, Wide Angle, Composition, Maintenance, Comparison Charts (Strobes and Lights) , PNW Diver Team.

To download your copy please visit pnwups.com/


Pash Baker in Monserrat

BSoUP Member Pash Baker recently returned home after spending 3 weeks capturing images of the wildlife to be found both in the forests of Montserrat and under the ocean's surface, and also shots of life on a Coral Cay Conservation site. Pash has a long history with CCC having joined us on both our Cambodia and Philippines sites in the past. Pash loves nothing more than escaping to new and exciting locations and capturing their beauty through the eye of a lens. "I love working with CCC. I've seen first hand the incredibly positive effects of their work on the diverse environments and local communities involved. It's always a privilege to join an expedition and meet like minded volunteers and staff, and I'm looking forward to meeting the next challenge whatever that may be!"

The montage (right) is just a taster but we'll be taking the opportunity to show off more of Pash's photos over the next few weeks on the CCC Facebook page. Prints are available to purchase so check out Pash Baker's website to see more of her beautiful photos, including those taken on the Philippines and Cambodia sites.

Coral Cay COnservation Expeditions
Main Story PASH BAKER
The montage of a few of Pash Baker's photos
from Moserratt

Alex_Tattersall
Underwater Visions

Next BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 16th September 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.

Alex Tattersall: Macro - technical and artistic thoughts.  Alex will start the evening with a presentation of some new and innovative products and how these can be used to vary and develop the photographers macro portfolio (lock up your credit cards).

Underwater Excellence a portfolio of 3 images that demonstrate variety (with at least one wide angle and one macro image), strong composition and technical excellence.  The images can stand alone; they do not need to work in harmony with each other.  Images can be from any location world-wide, but must show a range of photographic techniques. The Competition is now closed. There were a total of 34 entries of which 12 portfolios have been shortlisted for projection. Entrants whose portfolios have not been shortlisted have been notified by e-mail.

The winner will receive a trophy and a cheque for 250 courtesy of DiveQuest

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.

Underwater Excleence
Underwater Excellence

Alex Tattersall
Alex Tattersall

Alex Tattersall: Macro - technical and artistic thoughts continued...  Alexs main talk will focus on the artistic and technical sides of macro photography drawing on a wide range of stunning imagery (mostly other peoples). He will share his own techniques that have been developed through many hours of trial and error and discussion with photography peers and friends.
 
Alex has been taking photos underwater for almost 10 years, a shameless digital baby, the film days were not something he had to endure. He is now the French, Irish and UK distributor of the Nauticam range although he will do his best to limit using the N word to a minimum during his talk. Alex runs photo workshops for Oonasdivers and is enraptured by underwater wildlife photography.


Scuba Diving Guinness Record Live broadcast

September 12th

This will not be just another new record. Its one thats based on the support and participation of all divers worldwide. Its a collective record achieved by all fans of the 7 seas wherever they are and it cannot be done without you!

So heres the deal. On Friday morning, September 12th, well be witnessing one of the most magnificent dives ever carried out. In an operation yet to be seen in the world, hundreds of divers, 26 diving instructors, 32 production members and 12 professional photographers, will all be diving together at the Satil - missile boat wreck in Eilat, Israel.

Using a sophisticated technological setup, the dive will be live broadcasted on YouTube, enabling millions of viewers, online surfers and smart phone owners from all over the world, to take part in this extraordinary event.

Guiness Record
Scuba Diving Guinness Record

British Wildlife Photographer Awards
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014

The winning and highly commended images of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014 have been announced. The Awards celebrate both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife.

Congratulations to BSoUP Member Alex Mustard who won the British Nature in Black & White and Coast and categories with images of a Blue Shark taken in Cornwall and BSOUP Member Trevor Rees who was highly commended in the Coast and category with an image of an Anemone Shrimp taken in Devon.

Winning and commended images are chosen from thousands of entries insixteen separate categories including a special film category for Wildlife in HD Video and three junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.


Website of the Week - Matt Doggett

"Earth in Focus was created and developed by Adam Seward,George Stoyle,Matt DoggettandRichard Shucksmith- a result of our shared interest for photography, education and the natural world. We all met whilst studying at university and discovered our shared interest in photographing the world's wildlife and wild places. Over time this turned into understanding the pressures, conflicts and benefits that exist between mankind and mother nature.

We use our professional and scientific knowledge to tell insightful, captivating stories, generating a unique blend of science and creative vision.

Our numbers have swelled and we are delighted to have new members - Dan Bolt, Kleber de Burgos, Steve Race and Gary Peart, all of whom are working with Earth In Focus, contributing to our blogs, stories and expeditions.

Matt Doggett
Matt Doggett

Earth in Focus images are used to promote the valuable work of national and international conservation organisations and tell nature's stories that many wouldn't see. Our images have excelled in a number of international photographic competitions and appeared in books, magazines and newspapers around the world."

UwP 80
Underwater Photography Magazine issue 80.
Cover by Phil Rudin

UwP - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Underwater Photography Magazine is now available to download.

Edited by Peter Rowlands with articles by BSoUP members and others issue 80 includes Editorial, News, Travel & Events, New Products, Competitions, Product Reviews, Marine Life, Techniques, Locations and Parting Shot.

To download your copy please visit www.uwpmag.com


SUPS - Next Meeting

Tuesday 9th September

The next meeting of the Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society takes place on Tuesday 9th September at the Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage, SG1 1XN. We open at 7:30pm for an 8:00pm start.

Focus On: Sun

Talk: Colin Noel - Diving in Mauritius

Further details at http://www.sups-online.com/

SUPS
Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society

NUPG
Northern Underwater Photography Group

NUPG - Next Meeting

Monday 8th September

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group will take place on Monday 8th September at Gurkha Grill, 198 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LH. The meetings start at 8pm and usually last around two hours.

Talk Alex Tattersall Making Miniature Masterpieces Thoughts and techniques to create memorable macro imagery.
Favourite 5 TBC
Competition Legs

Further details at http://www.nupg.org.uk/


BUPG - Next Meeting

Tuesday 9th September

The next meeting of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group will be on Tuesday 9th September at their normalvenue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)

The competition theme is 'Natural Light'.

There will have two presentations:

Cenotes Diving by Arthur Kingdon, who will show images from a recent trip to Mexico, and Photoshop Workflow by Trevor Rees who will demonstrate his techniques from RAW conversion to finished image.

Further details at http://www.bupg.co.uk/

BUPG
Bristol Underwater Photography Group

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


Website of the Week - Len Deeley

I began diving as a member of 562 Para Sqn. T.A. back in 1970 with BSAC London Army 328 Branch. When I left the T.A. in 1975 I joined BSAC East Ham Branch 604. However, I really settled into serious diving when I became a member of the Billericay Sub Aqua Club (1620) in 1980 when it formed. My first camera was a Nikonus IVA. A couple of years later I moved on to a Canon F1, which I housed in an Ikalite housing, accompanied by an Ikalite 225 flashgun. In 1998 I changed again to a Nikon F90, housed in an Aquatica Housing, using a Nikon SB26 flashgun, twinned up with a Nikon SB28 . Both of these were housed in custom made Housings'. In 2006 I made the transition to digital by purchasing a Nikon D70s, which I housed in a Sea and Sea housing. I also changed the flashgun arrangement to Inons. In 2010 I upgraded to the Nikon D300 in a new Sea and Sea housing.

Len Deeley
Len Deeley
In 1981 I joined the British Society of Underwater Photographers, where I got to know many underwater photographers, some of international status. This was an invaluable part of a learning process, which helped me develop my underwater photography. More at http://www.imagine-photography.co.uk/


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