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News - October 2014

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September 2014
News Archive

BSoUP Leaflet updated
BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition Results
Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Results
Website of the Week - Jason Gregory
Lembeh 2014 by Roger Eve
Best of British - Results
Hurricane Highlights by Roger Eve
Website of the Week - Frogsborn Diving
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Will Clark wins brochure cover contest
October BSoUP Meeting

Website of the Week - Massimo Franzese
50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Scimitar Diving to close in January 2015
Website of the Week - Paul Flandinette
Dave Smith wins Countryfile Photo Competition
BUPG - Next Meeting
NUPG - Next Meeting
DIVE 2014
Zac Macauley features in Nikon Europe
Website of the Week - Tony Ford

BSoUP Leaflet updated

In advance of the Dive Show last weekend we took the opportunity to update the BSoUP information leaflet.

Our thanks to Alex Mustard for the image of a diver with a compact camera photographing a Scorpionfish used on the cover, to Trevor Rees for the image of a Tompot blenny used inside, and to Chris McTernan for design.

Download a pdf of the Leaflet

BSoUP Leaflet
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Terry Steeley
Overall Winner
Taj Mahal Cenote and diver © Terry Steeley

Kirsty Andrews
Highly Commended Overall and Winner of the British category
Fireworks anemone © Kirsty Andrews

BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition Results

Congratulations to Terry Steeley, Kirsty Andrews, Elaine White, Nick More, Nick Blake, Pash Baker, Ellen Cuylaerts and Dan Bolt who's prints are among the winners, runners-up and highly commended entries in this year's BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition. Eighty of the 109 best prints were displayed at the Dive Show at the NEC, Birmingham over the weekend of 25-26th October.

Over a thousand members of the public voted for their favourites in each of four categories and a panel of judges comprising Nigel Eaton, Chief Editor of DIVER, Martin Edge, author and underwater photo-journalist, and Steve Jones, underwater photojournalist, chose the winner of the Grand Prize, donated by Oonasdivers and The Egyptian Misnistry of Tourism, and highly commended entries.

BSoUP thanks DIVER, Sea & Sea, Cameras Underwater, Paul Colley Underwater Photography, Frogfish Photography and The Wildlife Trusts for sponsoring the competition.

The Awards Ceremony will take place at the BSoUP Meeting on Tuesday 18th November 2014 in the Meeting Room 3, Imperial College Union, London, SW7 2BB.

Full details at Results and subsequnet pages.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The results of the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest were announced at a gala occasion at the Natural History Museum in London, England on Tuesday 21st October. The Duchess of Cambridge presented the prizes and in conversation with Wetpixel Associate Editor Alex Mustard mentioned that she loves nudibranchs and night diving!

The overall winner is a stunning mono image of a pride of resting lions by Michael Nichols. The winner of the Underwater Species category was Indra Swart Wonowidjojo of Indonesia with an image of two whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) taken at Cenderawasih Bay. Other underwater photographers in the listings include Alex Mustard, Cristian Vizl, Brian Skerry, Fabien Michenet, Geo Cloete, Adriana Basques, Chris Gug, Jordi Chias, Adriano Morettin, Rodrigo Friscione Wyssmann, Paul Hilton, Matthew Smith and Pedro Carrillo. Heartfelt congratulations to all those placed in the contest.

Adam Hanlon (wetpixel)

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Results
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Nicholas Godfrey
Jason Gregory

Website of the Week - Jason Gregory

I was already a keen photographer including natural history photography when I decided to extend my range into the underwater world. I live in Yorkshire, England.

My first underwater camera was the Sea & Sea MX-10, a handy and effective little thing. Second was a Nikon F90x in a Subal Housing with twin Sea & Sea YS90 strobes. Both camera and housing gave faultless service. I also had a Nikon Nikonos V, its lenses, particularly the wide angle were superb.

I resisted the change to digital photography but replacing my camera system and housing was inevitable. And so in December 2007 I left the convenience and simplicity of film photography behind. Approximately 50% of images shown on the web site (British Marine Life Pictures) are scanned from 35mm film 'slides'.

Lembeh 2014 by Roger Eve

For those of you who don't follow us on Facebook, BSoUP member Roger Eve has posted a four part video of some of the amazing critters found in the Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Part 1 - Frogfish and Cephalopods
Part 2 - Crustaceans and Molluscs
Part 3 - Nudibranchs, Seahorses & Pipefish
Part 4 - The Best of the Rest

Further details Members Videos - Indonesia

Lembeh 2014 by Roger Eve

Rob Bailkey 1
Grey Seal © Robert Bailey

Best of British - Results

Congratulations to Robert Bailey who is the winner of this year's Best of British Portfolio Competition with images of a Grey Seal taken in the Farne Islands, a John Dory taken in Porthkerris and an Amphipod taken in Loch Corran. All of Rob's images were taken with a Nikon D300.

Congratulations also to Arthur Kingdon and Paul Colley who came second and third respectively. Arthur's images copmprised the Nudibranch Flabellina pellucida taken in Loch Creran, near Oban, a Jellyfish, Snells Window and boat taken in Newquay and Leach's spider crab on a snakelocks anemone taken in Swanage. Paul's images comprised Blue sharks taken in South Cornwall, Spider crab & diver taken in North Cornwall and a Grey Seal taken in the North Sea.

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Robert Bailey 49 11
2 Arthur Kingdon 42 6
3 Paul Colley 29 5
4 Alex Tattersall 28 5
5 Warren Williams 28 4
6 Trevor Rees 19 3
Rob Bailey 2
John Dory © Robert Bailey
Rob Bailey 3
An ampihipod © Robert Bailey

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries enlarged 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 Beginners Portfolio Competition for the DIVER Trophy. The competition will open shortly.

Hurricane Highlights by Roger Eve

BSoUP Member Roger Eve has posted a short video made during a week's cruise aboard MV Hurricane with "BSoUP" members in June 2014 on Vimeo.

"We went South from Marsa Alam to dive in St John's and Fury Shoals in the Egyptian Red Sea. A mixture of caves, reefs and wrecks."

To view the video please visit

Hurricane Highlights by Roger Eve
Hurricane Highlight by Roger Eve

Richard Frost
Frogsborn Diving

Website of the Week - Frogsborn Diving

Based in North Wales, Frogsborn Diving Centre has been running successfully since 1995 under the guidance of BSoUP member Richard Frost, Senior Diving Instructor

Richard has over thirty years of diving and teaching experience.

"Being very close to Chester makes Frogsborn an easy choice for those looking to learn to dive and make that initial plunge (pardon the pun) in the Chester and West Cheshire, North Wales, Runcorn, Wrexham, Oswestry circles."

"We run regular midweek pool training sessions in Chester making it easy for working people to attend the sessions and we teach in open water all over the north west."

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

A selection of winning and finalist images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition have been revealed, among 100 going on show at the Natural History Museum from 24 October 2014-30 August 2015. Alongside the exhibition will be a special events programme starting with a unique master class from world renowned wildlife photographer Frans Lanting, exclusive preview of the exhibition, and champagne reception on 22 October.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

For more information and to book:

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural worlds most astonishing and challenging sights for 50 years. Launching in 1965 and attracting just 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 42,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. This years 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour in 2014 that allows them to be seen by millions of people across six continents.

New for the fiftieth year will be a mobile site for visitors to access additional information on each image and a film featuring images from the past fifty years.

Oonasdivers brochure
OonasDivers 3oth anniversary ediiton of their brochure

Will Clark wins brochure cover contest

Congratulations to BSoUP member Will Clark ( who won the OonasDivers brochure competition with his amazing photo (left) chosen as the cover for the special 30th anniversary edition.

"Discover information about worldwide diving holiday destinations, resorts and liveaboards, plus our specialist workshops. Also including our exciting new diving destination Fiji, hand picked for its world class diving and stunning scenery both above and below the water."

"Why not grab your copy now? Just give us a call on 01323 648924 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."

October BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 21 October at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in Meeting Room 3, Union Building, Beit Quadrangle, Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7 2BB [Entrance via Prince Consort Road] (Directions). New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome.

Super Jolly: Getting the best from a compact camera.  Super's talk will cover her training in a muddy puddle in West London, the equipment involved and some of the techniques used in getting the best out of a compact camera.  All of her underwater images to date have been taken with a Canon S95 or S90 compact camera.

Super Jolly
Super Jolly

Best of British
Best of British

Super is an underwater photographer and writer with a love of travel, and a passion to explore the world. She started underwater photography in 2008 and has had much success in competitions, including winning a trip to the Canadian Sub-Arctic Circle to see Polar Bears and Beluga Whales. Super's pictures are being used for the promotion of a new liveaboard in Truk and are on sale with various stock image sites including Getty.  Following four articles in national and international newspapers in 2014 she is now looking for further opportunities in photo journalism, features & photo-essays.

Focus On Best of British a portfolio of 3 images taken in British waters that typically reflect a photographer's best work or depth in one area of work.  The images should showcase the beauty of the underwater world in British waters.  The images can stand alone; they do not need to work in harmony with each other. 

The Competition is now closed. There were a total of 17 entries of which 12 portfolios have been shortlisted for projection. Entrants whose portfolios 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.

Simon Rogerson: The Wary, the Lairy and the Scary: 10 challenging subjects and how to shoot them.  This talk is about the problems we encounter in approaching and photographing certain subjects, from the everyday fish of an Egyptian Reef to big whales and sharks in the Pacific. I want to share the pain, sometimes artistic, sometimes literal, of working with these creatures. But I'd also like to help inspire people to take on difficult subjects or find a different interpretation of an otherwise over familiar photo. Ultimately, this talk is about pushing beyond your comfort zone and finding ways to keep your natural history photography fresh.

10 Challenging Subjects
Simon is the editor of SCUBA magazine, having previously edited DIVE and been named Editor of the Year in the 2005 PPA Awards. He is first and foremost a writer, but took up underwater photography because he found it a challenging way of recording his dives. Besides SCUBA, he writes regularly on diving and natural history for the Sunday Times, Esquire, Food & Travel, BBC Wildlife, the Independent, the Telegraph and GQ.  Simon was co-author, with John McIntyre, of a guidebook, 'Dive Red Sea'. 

Massimo Franzese
Massimo Franzese

Website of the Week - Massimo Franzese

Each week we highlight a BSoUP member's website.

This weeks choice is Massimo Franzese, Interceptor121 Underwater Photo and Video blog, which focuses on the Sony RX100 Mk II.

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

50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year: How Wildlife Photography Became Art

by Rosamund Kidman Cox

This special collection is a celebration of 50 years of the world-famous Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and of wildlife photography itself. Featuring many of the greatest nature photographs of all time, it charts the development of nature photography, from the first hand-held cameras and the colour film revolution of the 1960s, to the increasingly sophisticated photographs of wild animals and unexplored places that are taken today. An incredible variety of styles, skills and approaches are on show, reflecting the great advances in technology and the many and varied ways of viewing and interpreting the natural world. The prize-winning images include ground-breaking portraits, breathtaking aerial shots, underwater photography, close-up imagery and much more.

50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year

50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year:
How Wildlife Photography Became Art

The images are accompanied by captions that put the photographs in context, explaining their importance and revealing the vision, talent, passion and technique of the world's leading wildlife photographers. All those who are passionate about photography and who have viewed this compelling exhibition since its inception 50 years ago, will treasure this astounding volume. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is an international showcase for the very best photography featuring natural subjects. The competition is owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth: the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.

Scimitar Diving
Scimitar Diving

Scimitar Diving to close in January 2015

We are sorry to learn that Scimitar Diving in Portland will close shortly. Scimitar Diving sponsored this year's British Underwater Photography Competition and made their facilities available for registration and submission of entries.

Smudge, the owner, writes on Facebook "Its with much sadness that i have to inform you that Scimitar diving is soon to be no more. I've toiled over this decision for some time and it is without doubt the hardest decision of my life. Living the dream hasn't been all its cracked up to be the last year or so. I will continue as normal until the beginning of January but thereafter we will cease to be. In the meantime i will settle all bills, and any deposits for next season will be returned. Any bookings will be passed over to other boats in Portland and you groups/clubs will off course have freedom to say yay/nay. I will be contacting all relevant people/companies immenently and speaking to any concerned parties directly. Its been a hoot but its time for me to go and do something different."

Website of the Week - Paul Flandinette

"Forover twenty years I've been writing, producing and directing films for some of the world's leading businesses and government organisations and have also produced a number of documentaries for broadcast. Over the years my production company has been lucky enough to have had our work recognised by top awards at US Film and Video Festivals and World Media Festivals.

I'm a keen scuba diver - my first SCUBA course was in 1973 and I qualified as a BSAC intructor in 1993 -over the yearsI've travelled widely and dived as much as I could, especially in the Far East, the Red Sea, the Caribbean and the UK.

Paul and Gill Flandinette
Paul Flandinette

In 2005 I re-discovered underwater photography after a long break when my old film camera and I got 'separated' on a dive. It wasn't until Irealised how exciting and liberating digital photography had become that I decided to return to underwater photography.

Gill, my very patient wife and diving partner, and I are currently based in the Sultanate of Oman where I am working with Oman's Marine Science and Fisheries Centre and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Wealth to shoot and produce "Hidden Jewels of Oman" the first ever coffee table photographic book on the underwater world of Oman due to be published in 2015. We are shooting throughout 2014 in order to capture the varying effects of the seasons and the 'Khareef' on Oman's underwater life."

BBC Countryfile Calendar 2015
BBC Countryfile Calendar 2015

Dave Smith wins Countryfile Photo Competition

Congratulations to BSoUP member Dave Smith who was the winner of this year's BBC Countryfile Photo Competition with an image of five piglets which graces the BBC Countryfile Calendar 2015.

The theme for the 2015 calendar is ˜Animal Magic' and each month features one of the finalists from the Countryfile Photographic Competition.

The BBC Countryfile Calendar for 2015 is now available for purchase at The price is 9.50 including FREE UK delivery. Postage outside the UK will cost 2.75 per item.

Last year the calendar sold more than 300,000 copies, raising more than 1.4 million for BBC Children in Need.

A minimum of 4 from the sale of each calendar will be donated to the BBC Children in Need Appeal.

BUPG - Next Meeting

Tuesday 14th October

The Meeting (start time 20:00hrs) will be at our normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)

The October monthly competition theme is 'Reflection'.

Cornish Bluesby Paul Colley, who will show images from a recent trip to Cornwall

Photoshop Part 2 by Trevor Rees who will demonstrate his techniques from RAW conversion to finished image.

Further details at

Bristol Underwater Photography Group

Northern Underwater Photography Group

NUPG - Next Meeting

Monday 13th October

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group will take place on Monday 13th OCtober at Gurkha Grill, 198 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LH. The meetings start at 8pm and usually last around two hours.

Talk by Paul Colley - Winning Images: the inside track on understanding composition for all underwater photographers

Competition Theme - Worms

Favourite 5 - Phil Medcalf

It is going to be another meeting not to be missed. Join us for a curry beforehand from 6:45pm. Meeting is from 8-10pm upstairs at the Gurkha Grill. Non-Members welcome (4 entrance fee)

Further details at

DIVE 2014

NEC, Birmingham on 25/26 October

Organised for more than 20 years by DIVER, Britain's best-selling diving magazine, each event attracts 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.

Dive 2014

The Birmingham Dive Show has taken place every year since 1991 and if you've been to one before, you'll know that everything under the sun (and the sea) can be found there. Compare or buy all that "essential" kit you've been hankering after; plan or book dive trips; or meet some of sport diving's biggest names.

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

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

If you are a member and you website is not in our list at please contact us

Tony Ford
Tony Ford

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

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

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