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News - December 2014

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November 2014
News Archive

Website of the Week - Arthur Kingdon
Website of the Week - Steve Jones
DEEP Indonesia 2015
Our World Underwater 2015
Open Portfolio Competition Results
BSoUP in the Press
Website of the Week - Super Jolly
December BSoUP Meeting
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Website of the week - Jack Jackson
New Sea&Sea YS-03 Strobe
Underwater Photographer of the Year
Nick Robertson-Brown FRPS
BUPG - Next Meeting
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Website of the Week - Arthur Kingdon

My interest in photography began many years ago when I was around fourteen. My father was an accomplished amateur photographer with his own darkroom and I remember being fascinated as the monochrome images would slowly appear in the developing tray.

As I was also interested in aircraft, I thought there could be no better career than to join the Royal Air Force as a photographer. After serving my photographic apprenticeship, I enjoyed some two and a half years photographing all manner of interesting stuff before applying for and being accepted for aircrew training.

As my 'professional' photographic career came to an end, I found myself flying around the world in the 'good old days' when we still had bases overseas and many of these bases were in locations ideal for diving. Addu Attol in the Maldives was a frequent stop en route to Singapore, as was Nassau, en route to Belize.  I joined my local BSAC sub aqua club in 1968 and my diving career began.

Arthur Kingdon

I soon purchased a secondhand Nikonos 11, for what was about two weeks wages at the time, and set off to capture  fantastic images of the underwater world. Well, it did not work out quite as I expected; the 35mm lens was not very wide, it was tricky to focus, and those expensive flashbulbs! Six rolls of fairly mediocre images later, I was diving Kimmeridge Bay (UK south coast) when a member of our shore party managed to accidentally damage my camera beyond repair. Unable to afford a replacement and being somewhat unimpressed with my results, my underwater photography career came to an abrupt end - or so I thought.

I continued diving with my 'wreckie' buddies for the next thirty years but was becoming increasingly bored and doing less diving. I started organising expeditions to Newfoundland in the Ninetees and that inspired me to take up underwater photography again. I purchased another Nikonos in 1999, a strobe and a 20mm lens followed and my results were sufficiently encouraging. A Nikon F4 in an Aquatica housing replaced the Nikonos and the results improved again. However, the bug really bit in 2004 with the move to digital  (a Nikon D100) and I have not looked back. I am keen to dive anywhere, anytime and now do far more diving than I used to do. Currently, I use a Nikon D7000 in an Aquatica housing with twin Inon Z240 strobes. I use a variety of lenses, mainly Nikon but also a Tokina 10-17mm fisheye and Sigma 17-70mm. I also enjoy using a housed Canon compact on occasion.

My work has been published in a variety of magazines and I have enjoyed a fair amount of success in photographic competitions. I have recently been involved in a book project for early readers under the Collins Big Cat label. I currently organise the programme and act as webmaster for the Bristol Underwater Photography Group as well as being a member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers  I am always keen to help any of the less experienced underwater photographers and I enjoy receiving emails on any aspects of what has become my passion - feel free to get in touch.

Steve Jones
Steve Jones

Website of the Week - Steve Jones

Steve Jones is an underwater photographer and journalist based in the UK.  He is a photographer-in-residence at the Ocean Geographic Society and a member of the Ocean Artists Society. He has over 25 years diving experience and spent most of the 90’s working as a professional dive guide and instructor in the Indian Ocean. It was there that his passion for photography led to him working as guide to a number of the worlds premier underwater photographers and subsequently in 1996, respected German magazine “Unterwasser” published his own work.

Steve’s images and articles have subsequently gone on to be published in over 25 countries in journals such as Ocean Geographic, Tauchen and Scuba Diving and newspapers including the Times and the Telegraph. He has contributed to numerous book projects and along the way his work has picked up a number of awards.

He has also been invited to speak internationally on various marine issues, including at the International Boat Show in Düsseldorf “BOOT”, Photokina, Celebrate the Sea and ADEX.

He is truly in his element when leading expeditions to remote and unexplored locations and in 2010 Steve was a team leader on the ground breaking “Elysium” Expedition to Antarctica, the aims of which included producing a documentary and book to commemorate the forthcoming centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

DEEP Indonesia 2015

Deadline: Thursday, February 26, 2015

The 9th annual DEEP Indonesia competition will open for submission on December 16th, 2014. The 2015 edition features six themed categories and more than $40,000 in prizes, including underwater photo equipment and premium dive travel packages to some of the top photography destinations.

Complete Competition Details

Total Prizes:$40,000

DEEP Indonesia 2015
DEEP Indonesia 2015

Our Wrold Underwater
Our World Underwater 2015

Our World Underwater 2015

Deadline: Saturday, February 7, 2015

The 2015 competition opens for entries December 16th. Underwater photographers of all levels, from novice to professionals, will compete in what has become the “Superbowl” of international underwater imagery events.

Complete Competition Details

Total Prizes:$50,000

Open Portfolio Competition Results

Congratulations to Mark Drayton who was this year's winner of the Open Portfolio Competition. Mark was awarded with a cheque for £100 courtesy of DiveLife and a voucher for a copy of "Bonaire - Point to Point" courtesy of the author Federico Cabello

Mark's images were all taken with a Nikon D7100 either last year or this and include Dappled evening light with butterfly fish, Tubbataha Reef Philippines; Mackerel feeding, Marsa Shagra, Red Sea; Cathedral lighting in cave, St. Johns Caves, Red Sea; Longhorn Cowfish, Wideangle in Ravine, Grand Cayman; and Turtle Portrait, Tubbataha Reef, Philippines

Congratulations also to Nicholas More and Cathy Lewis who came second and third respectively.

Mark Drayton
Winner © Mark Drayton

Nicholas More
Second © Nicholas More

How the top six scored:-

Position Photographer Points Firsts
1 Mark Drayton 55 9
2 Nicholas More 26 5
3 Cathy Lewis 25 4
4 Martyn Guess 22 3
5 Paul Colley 20 1
6 Arthur Kingdon 14 3


The top six may be viewed on the Home Page and 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 Focus On - Images of 2014. Show us your favourite image from 2014 - the one which hasn't won a competition yet! Deadline 11th January 2015. Please note that entries will not be judged by the audience, but by a nominated judge.

Cathy Lewis
Third © Cathy Lewis

Nick More
Nick More's Highly Commended 'Blue shark'

BSoUP in the Press

The January issue of DIVER includes a three-page report on the BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition winners.

The event was also covered online at Amateur Photographer, BBC, Country Living, Geo, Guardian, The Day, The Wildlife Trusts and many more websites.

Unfortunately the Guardian wrongly credited Nick More's Highly Commended 'Blue shark', and some other websites copied this error.

Full details at BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition

Website of the Week - Super Jolly

"I am an underwater photographer and writer with a love of travel, and a passion to explore the world.

Having travelled to some amazing destinations around the world I would like to share my experiences with others and I'm available for photo journalism features & photo-essays.

I have a large selection of images in my gallery for sale to use for promotional material of trips and resorts. Please complete the contact information and I�ll get right back to you."

Super Jolly
Super Jolly

IC Union Ground Floor Plan
IC Union Ground Floor Plan

December BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 16 December at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in the Metric on the ground floor of the Union Building, Union Building, Beit Quadrangle, Imperial College, Prince Consort Road, South Kensington, London SW7 (Directions). New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome. Note: This is a different room to our normal meeting room.

Annual General Meeting.

Links to the papers for the AGM have been already sent out but are given again here.

AGM Committee List 2014

As usual the AGM will (hopefully) take no more than 15 minutes!

Annual General Meeting

Open Portfolio Competition
Open Portfolio Competition

Open Portfolio Competition:

A portfolio of 6 images. The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members only may view all 27 entries in the Competition Slideshow.  You will be asked to log in if you have not done so this session. Please preview the entries before the meeting if you are attending.

Christmas Party.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition

Deadline: 26 February 2015

Open to young, amateur and professional photographers worldwide, the 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition launches for entries on Monday 5 January 2015 for eight weeks until 26 February 2015. Critiquing the many tens of thousands of submissions to find the winning 101 will be an international jury of experts including National Geographic Senior Editor Kathy Moran, master of nature photographer, Tom Mangelsen, French aerial photographer, Thierry Vezon, and underwater photographer, Dr Alex Mustard.

Etienne Francey - Freeze frame

Sir David Attenborough, who has presented the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards on many occasions, says: 'Great pictures of nature have one thing in common - they are unforgettable. They can also be a profound source of beauty, wonder and joy'.

Truly great images of nature can transform the way people look at the natural world, challenge opinion and stimulate debate. Whether shot in the remote wilderness, a bustling metropolis, or a back garden, wildlife photography has the power to inspire, excite and amaze.

Further details.

Jack Jackson
Jack Jackson

Website of the week - Jack Jackson

Each week we are highlighting a BSoUP member's website. This weeks' choice is the website of Jack Jackson

Jack is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a Fellow of the Royal Geograhic Society and a member of the Outdoor Writers Guild

Jack is author of more than 30 richly illustrated books on the underwater world and travel.

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

New Sea & Sea YS-03 Strobe

The new YS-03 Strobe is a simple to use, DS-TTL only strobe that has been designed primarily for new underwater photographers using compact camera sets but can be used by anyone. The only control is a rotary power switch on the rear and by simply turning it on (and positioning the strobe), the user can take beautiful underwater images. The strobe is compatible with any camera with pre-flash that also has a TTL Flash Exposure function, regardless of make.

The Lighting System includes the YS-03 Strobe Head, a Fibre-Optic Cable II M/2 plus a Flexi-Arm and Tray; all you need to add lighting to a compact underwater housing.

Available now: YS-03 Lighting system: SRP �329.95. Available early 2015: YS-03 Strobe head: SRP �269.95

Sea & Sea YS-30
YS-03 Stroibe and YS-03 Lighting system

UPY London
UPY London 2015

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2015

Deadline: 5th January 2015

UPY 2015 is a brand new and prestigious international underwater photography competition that aims to celebrate the world's best underwater photos. The closing date is Monday 5th January 2015. The Underwater Photographer of the Year and other winners will be announced at an award ceremony on stage at the London International Dive Show.

The competition has been launched to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Brighton Underwater Film Festival, in its heyday the world's leading underwater photography contest. The contest will also name a British Underwater Photographer of the Year, a Most Promising British Underwater Photographer 2015 and reward our category winners with fantastic prizes.

Nick Robertson-Brown FRPS

Congratulations to Nick Robertson-Brown who today has been made a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. 

The fellowship is for his book "Underwater Photography Art & Techniques" and has been awarded in REAP (Research, Education and Applications of Photography) in which only 2 or 3 photographers per year receive this ultimate accolade. The awarding of fellowship means the book is "a very high academic standard and clearly making a significant contribution to the understanding of photography".

Nick is chair of the Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG) and also a BSoUP member who tries to get down to meetings whenever he can. 

Underwater Photography Art & Technique
Underwater Photography Art & Techniques
by Nick Robertson-Brown FRPS

Bristol Underwater Photography Group

BUPG - Next Meeting

Tuesday 9th December  

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

Monthly Competition 

Open Portfolio Competition

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