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News - January 2015

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

December 2014
News Archive



Website of the Week - John Liddiard
Bali underwater photography workshop
Linda Pitkin - Cover Shot
Focus On - Best of 2014 - Results
UPYLondon - The judging process
PHOTOQUEST - Trevor Rees and Charles Erb
Website of the Week - Cathy Lewis
Nick Blake's images from Truk Lagoon
Chairman's Address
PNWDIVER relaunched
Next BSoUP Meeting
NUPG - Best of 2014 Competition
The London International Dive Show
British & Irish Underwater Photography Championship

Website of the Week - Peter Ladell
in focus - Latest issue
Ocean Art Contest Winners
Website of the Week - Michelle Kleyr
UwP - Latest issue
World ShootOut 2015
SUPS - Next Meeting
NUPG - Next Meeting
BUPG - Next Meeting
Website of the Week - Arthur Kingdon
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2015

Website of the Week - John Liddiard

"I am a freelance diving photographer and journalist. I travel, go diving, take pictures, write about it, and make an income from publication and licence fees for my photography and writing. This site is mostly an on-line library of my photographs."

"My work appears regularly in Diver Magazine and has appeared in all the other UK diving magazines and many more general magazines. I have also worked for many European diving magazines and a selection of diving magazines worldwide."

To learn more about John please visit

John Liddiard
John Liddiard

Jane Morgan Bali Underwater
Bali underwater photography workshop
with Jane Morgan

Bali underwater photography workshop with Jane Morgan

4th-14th September 2015

Led by expert underwater photographer, photo-journalist and BSoUP Member Jane Morgan, discover the amazing marine life at Tulamben, Nusa Lembongan and Penida in Bali, famous for its macro life and mola mola encounters.

Prices from £1,975 pp. BSoUP Members receive a £50 discount.

Full details at

Other courses, workshops and expeditions led by BSoUP Members

Linda Pitkin - Cover Shot

The February issue of DIVER magazine features a background cover image of a diver in a cave in the Egyptian Red Sea by BSoUP Member Linda Pitkin.

Linda dived at St John's Caves in the Southern Red Sea last June, with her husband Brian and other BSoUP members. She loved the Caves, and tried something different from her usual wildlife shots - portraits with a model, Tammy Korndoerfer, our dive guide on ‘Hurricane’. Linda used her Nikon D90 in a Sea & Sea housing, with a Tokina 10-17 zoom lens, and 2 Z240 flashes. Settings: f8 @ 1/160th sec., ISO 320.

Also in the February issue of DIVER is BSoUP Member Alex Mustard's regular underwater photography feature 'Be the Champ', which includes some of his recent award winning images.

DIVER Magazine - February 2015
DIVER Magazine - February 2015

Bob Anthony

Focus On - Best of 2014 - Results

Congratulations to Bob Anthony who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition - Best of 2014 (non-winners). Bob's image of four Longfin Spadefish (left) was taken at Arborek Village Pier, Raja Ampat, Indonesia with a Nikon D7100 using a Sigma 17-70 mm lens at f7.1 @ 1/320th sec. and ISO 100.

Congratulations also to Arthur Kingdon and Warren Williams who came seond and third respectively. Arthur's image of a diver in a cenote was taken in Taj Maha, Mexico at f3.5 @ 1.40 sec. Warren's image was taken closer to home in a river (below).

The competition was judged by Peter Rowlands, Publisher/Editor of UwP Magazine.

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. BSoUP Members may also read a summary of Peter Rowlands' feedback for more details. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

Next month's competition is Focus On - Macro/ Close-up - something small.  Could be very, very small, or a bit larger, but make it an exciting image. Deadline 8th February 2015. Please note , as this month, that entries will not be judged by the audience, but by a nominated judge to be announced. The competition is now open.

Arthur Kingdon Warren Williams

UPYLondon - Judging
UPYLondon - The judging process

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2015

The judging process.

The judging process for the 2015 Underwater Photographer of the Year competition has now been completed, the winners are being notified and preparation for the LIDS weekend is well underway.

Just 48 hours after the competition was closed the judges, Alex Mustard, Peter Rowlands and Martin Edge were meeting at a top-secret venue in the south of England (just off the A4, turn right at the 6-Bells pub) for a two-day marathon judging session.

The aim of the first day was to get the 2,500 images that had been entered into the competition down to a more manageable number so that on day 2 they could start the hard process of selecting the winners. All three of the judges were stunned by the number, variety and strength of all the images submitted to the competition on this inaugural year.

After a night to sleep on their finalists selection, the judges reconvened to hammer out the top images in each category. This was sometimes a very easy task but more often than not there was a debate about the artistic and technical merits of competing images.

In the end the judges were very pleased with their decisions, and to be able to say that every one of the 2500 photos entered had been seen by the judges (twice!) is a testament to the rigorous process the UPY competition has in place.

The results will be announced in the Photozone at LIDS 2015 on Saturday 14th February.

PHOTOQUEST - Trevor Rees and Charles Erb

BSoUP members Trevor Rees and Charles Erb have now started a regular column in SCUBA magazine called PHOTOQUEST. It is a monthly photo orientated column where Trevor and Charles co-author a double page spread for the magazine. Each month two images are discussed and photo tips shared.

The column started in January with a feature on ‘Wreck' photography and the February edition takes on ‘Fish' photography.

PhotoQuest - Trevor Rees and Charles Erb
PHOTOQUEST - Trevor Rees and Charles Erb

Cathy Lewis
Cathy Lewis

Website of the Week - Cathy Lewis

"Underwater photography is challenging, often frustrating but never dull. You’re working in an alien environment, sometimes in poor visibility and strong currents. I think the rewards are amazing. I’ve been lucky enough to dive in fabulous locations around the world, from pristine coral reefs to the wild rocky shores of Scotland’s Cape Wrath. Marine life highlights include manta rays, humpback whales, playful seals and many encounters with inquisitive squid, cuttlefish and octopus - my favourite creatures."

"I was introduced to diving in 1984 by my adventure-loving friend Tina, who took me to Wast Water in the Lake District on a freezing cold November day. The hail was horizontal, my wetsuit didn’t fit, and there was nothing to see. I thought she was mad. Luckily for me a beginner’s course in Port Douglas, Australia during a year’s travelling changed my mind. I joined Clifton Sub Aqua Club when I returned and never looked back."

"Photography seemed a natural progression, to add another element to my diving. I loved seeing the images other photographers had taken and wanted to show non-diving friends some of the spectacular life and scenery beneath the sea. Having no photography experience I had to master the unforgiving Nikonos 5 camera from scratch - a challenge for a non-techy person like me. It took some help from experts Alan James, Gordon James and Martin Edge (thank you!) to achieve anything I was relatively happy with. I progressed on to an SLR Nikon F90X film camera and now use a Nikon D7000 digital SLR in a Sea and Sea housing. For lighting, I use twin YS110 Sea and Sea strobes. Favourite lenses include the Nikon 60mm and 105mm macro, 10.5mm fisheye, and occasionally the 18-50mm, 12-24mm, and 20mm portrait lenses."

To learn more about Cathy and see some of her images please visit

Nick Blake's images from Truk Lagoon

Images by BSoUP Member Nick Blake were featured in the Mail Online last week in an article about the wrecks of Truk Lagoon

More than a thousand miles away from the nearest nation, at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, lies a ghostly graveyard of ships and aircraft sunk in the height of the Second World War.

More than 40 Japanese ships and 250 aircraft have their final resting place at the bottom of the Truk Lagoon, 1,118miles from Micronesia, making it the largest of its kind.

The vessels and airplanes went down during a two-day attack by the Allied forces known as Operation Hailstone, on February 16-17, 1944, destroying cruisers, auxiliaries and merchant ships which severely injured Japan's presence in the Pacific.

To view Nick's images visit

Nick More - Truk Lagoon
Nick Blake on Truk in the Mail Online

Joss Woolf
BSoUP's Chairman - Joss Woolf

Chairman's Address - December 2014

For those who missed the AGM in December, the Chairman's Address is now available as a pdf.

The document highlights BSoUP and its members' achievements during 2014 (at least those that we know about).

Do please let us know if we missed an important event in your life.

PNWDIVER relaunched

"We are very excited to re-launch the PNWDiver to a new, updated look. This issue is the biggest yet with a whopping 54 pages of interesting articles and beautiful images. We've included two new sections that will hopefully encourage you to share some of your photography from our waters.

This is an interactive PDF so the links will take you directly to a URL link or email. If you have access to a iPad, simply save this to your iBooks for easy viewing. Given the size of this document, you will experience some delay in the download. It's worth the wait!"

Pacidid Northwest Diver

Peter Scoones
Peter Scoones 1938-2014

Next BSoUP Meeting

Tuesday 20 January 2015

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 20 January 2015 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.

Peter Scoones – the genius behind the lens

The evening BSoUP will celebrate the remarkable career and achievements of its co-founder, the late Peter Scoones, who last year was awarded the Society’s first Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to underwater photography. Subsequently, we learned that his contribution to wildlife documentary making was even more significant. Single-handedly, he changed forever the way natural history films were made and, for many wildlife cameramen, he was the colleague who they most wished to emulate.

Led by his fellow co-founder, Colin Doeg, several members who were close to Peter during his career will reccount some of the many stories about him. In particular they are Tim Glover, whose workshop he used for some 20 years, Peter Rowlands, a former secretary, chairman and president of BSoUP, who was also involved with Peter for two decades, and Warren Williams, who was his backup diver on several occasions.

The evening will conclude with the showing of a section of Great White Shark followed by Malice in Wonderland, a film which Peter shot in the Red Sea and demonstrates his flair for capturing the natural behaviour of fish within their own environment rather than in a tank or an aquarium. The film won an Emmy, and also shows the Red Sea as it was many years ago before it was ‘invaded’ by so many divers.
Great White Shark
Great White Shark
Malice in Wonderland
Malice in Wonderland

Focus On - Best of 2014 (best images of 2014 which didn't win a comptition)

The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 31 entries in the Competition Slideshow.  You will be asked to log in if you have not done so this session. The competition has been judged by Peter Rowlands.  At the meeting all of the entries will be shown and Peter will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them.

NUPG - Best of 2014 Competition

The winning 8 images from of NUPG's Best of 2014 Competition held at their January meeting have been posted to their website.

"The overall winners voted from these images were Elaine White and Yo-Han Cha. The judging on the night, made by all those in attendance at the January meeting, was extremely difficult with a very high standard of images. We are already looking forward to seeing what 2015 offers up!"

To view the images please visit

NUPG Best of 2014
NUPG - Best of 2014 Competition

LIDS 2015
The London International Dive Show

The London International Dive Show

14/15th February 2015

Excel, London Docklands

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.

British & Irish Underwater Photography Championship

5th September 2015

BSoUP is delighted to announce an exciting new competition for 2015. The competition is open to anybody, including non‐BSoUP members and international competitors, who can dive the rivers, lakes and seas around the UK & Ireland on Saturday 5th September.

British & Irish Underwater Photography Championship

Photographers can dive wherever they wish and submit images electronically to a central panel of judges. BSoUP will announce results and award prizes on 19th September at a special event. There are categories for wide angle and close up photography, for experienced photographers and beginners, and for SLR users through to compact and action cameras.

Full details are now available on a dedicated event web site, where you will be able to register for a modest fee and compete for the title British and Irish Underwater Photography Champion 2015. Please visit

Peter Ladell
Peter Ladell / Full Immersion

Website of the Week - Peter Ladell

"I design and make camera housings and accessories mainly for Underwater Photographers. I have worked on most of the popular makes of housing and have also made my own systems, from flash/strobe housings through plugs/sockets to viewfinder optics and all the way forward to dome ports (large and small) and special purpose macro ports. As well as remote triggers for strobes and cameras."

"While I personally use Nikon equipment I have worked on other camera systems such as Hasselblad, Pentax, Canon and Olympus."

"I began taking pictures Underwater in 1983 with the Nikonos system, progressing to Pentax and Nikon film cameras. Since 1993 when I won my 1st major National competition, I have continued to have success in many other National and International events, including a commended in the BBC wildlife photographer of the year. I now shoot with Nikon digital cameras."

"I have made or modified systems for photographers from around the world, from the UK to Australia, the US and many parts of Europe; while some are full time professionals many are enthusiasts."

"Many items are custom made for particular clients needs, if you are an Underwater or extreme condition Photographer with an idea that needs a custom solution, whether something making or your system modifying, get in touch."

in focus - Latest issue

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

Issue 104 includes:-

Through Snell's window - an interview with Super Jolly
British Underwater Photography Championship results
Focus On Competition results
Underwater Excellence Portfolio Competition results
Best of British Portfolio Competition resuls
BSoUP/DIVER Print Competiton results
Reflections of an old sea dog - Mike Maloney
Campaign for sea change - Joss Woolf

This issue was edited by Joss Woolf and produced with help from Chris, Mike and Paul.

Members only may also download a pdf version of this and earlier issues, but you will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

in focus 104
in focus 104.
Cover image: Ellen Cuylaerts

Ocean Art Contest 2014
Ocean Art Contest 2014

Ocean Art Contest Winners

The winners of the Ocean Art Contest, organised by Underwater Photography Guide, have been announced.

The contest awarded $70,000 in prizes to the winners in 12 categories. The judges were Tony Wu, Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman and Scott Gietler.

The Best of Show was awarded to Ray Collins for his wide-angle image "Underwater - Kirra Point"  which was taken at Kirra Point, Australia with a Nikon D4. Ray won a 7-night dive package at Paradise Taveuni Resort, Fiji!

To view all the winners please visit

Website of the Week - Michelle Kleyr

Michelle is an Animator, Photographer and Illustrator, born 1990 in Luxembourg. She is currently studying the History of Art in Leipzig.

"Engaging in different creative mediums and exploring new innovative combinations of those, I embrace an experimental process to create artworks that make use of a delicate but playful visual language." 

For further information and to view some of MIchelle's work please visit

Michelle Kleyr
Michelle Kleyr

UwP 82
UwP 82. Cover image: Alex Mustard

UwP - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE web magazine is now available to download.

Issue 82 includes Editorial, New & Events, New Products, Edward Lai interview, Nauticam Nikon D750, Flip snoot pro, DeepPro GoPro, Stills to video, Storytelling, Lembeh workshop, Gulf Gobies, SouthWest Ramblings 11, Book Review, and Parting Shot.

To get your copy please visit

World ShootOut 2015

Take part in the competition by diving in your familiar or favorite destination anytime during January 1st- November 1st, 2015. This can be a wonderful opportunity for you to either take a few days off for the sake of some diving in your local area, or to finally book the holiday you've been dreaming of in an exotic dive destination.

Any underwater image taken during January to November 1st, 2015 can be submitted in six Real-Time ShootOut categories.

World Shoot Out
World ShootOut

Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society
Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society

SUPS - Next Meeting

Tuesday, 13th January 2015

The next meeting of the Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society takes place on Tuesday 13th November 2012 from 8pm at the Stevenage Arts Guild, Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK.

SUPS is a group of qualified sport divers (scuba) who share a common interest in underwater photography. They offer experienced and new underwater photographers the opportunity to share and revue underwater and land photographs and provide learning support at all levels through presentations, discussions and lectures.

For further details of SUPS please visit

NUPG - Next Meeting

Monday 12th January, 2015

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group will take place on Monday, 12th January at 8-10pm at The Gurkha Grill (or 7pm if you would like to join us for a curry beforehand) (map).

The NUPG was formed in 2000 by a group of like minded individuals who not only wanted to share their underwater experiences but also learn from others. This is still the goal of the Group today and, although we are Manchester based, we have members in Cumbria, Yorkshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire and North Wales who travel to meetings and come to events in order to share and learn from the experience of other members of the group.

For further details of NUPG please visit

Northern Underwater Photography Group

Bristol Underwater Photography Group

BUPG - Next Meeting

Tuesday 13th January  

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

Monthly Competition - Your Best/Favourite Shot of 2014

Presentation - Simon Rogerson  

Further details at

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.

Arthur Kingdon
Arthur Kingdon
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. More at

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.

If you are thinking of entering this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year with your underwater images, you might like to read Alex Mustard's Blog at…

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