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News - February 2015

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

January 2015
News Archive

'Beneath the Waves'  exhibition
Website of the Week - Michael Lockton
Midnight Sun 2015 U/W Photo Competition
Focus On - Macro / Close-up - Results
Underwater Photographer of the Year - The Results
Website of the Week - Christian Llewellyn
Sea&Sea Housings
February BSoUP Meeting

Anima Mundi - Latest Issue
Website of the Week - Josef Litt
The London International Dive Show
British & Irish Underwater Photography Championship
World ShootOut 2015
DEEP Indonesia 2015
Our World Underwater 2015
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

'Beneath the Waves'  exhibition

Thursday 2nd April to  Sunday 31st May 2015

Whitstable Community Museum & Gallery, 5A Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1DB

Discover the unique seafaring history of Whitstable, famous for its oysters, diving, and celebrity residents!

The Museum is packed with art, images, film and iconic objects: from a diver's helmet and knife, to the slippers in Cushing Corner, worn by the actor during the filming of Star Wars. The Gallery hosts a changing programme of national touring exhibitions and the cream of local and regional art.

The prints from the BSoUP/DIVER Prints Competition 2014 will be on display from 2nd April to 31st May courtesy of DIVER Magazine.

The museum will be open Thurs - Sunday each week 10.30 am to 4.00 pm.

Speakers are needed for talks on diving and/or underwater photography in the early part of the evening (say 6 or 7pm start), not necessarily on open days. Please contact me, if you are interested.

Whitstable Museum
Whitstable Museum & Gallery

Michael Lockton
Michael Lockton

Website of the Week - Michael Lockton

"My name is Michael Lockton, formally known as Michael Oates. I was born in Belper, Derbyshire in the UK in 1951. Photography has always been a bit of a passion with me, as was Scuba Diving in the 70’s and 80’s. Unfortunately I had to give up Scuba in the mid 80’s, but in 2010 I was given the all clear to dive again. Now I am able to combine my two passions, Scuba Diving and Photography, and the result is my growing portfolio of underwater photographs.

My website, along with my Facebook page  allows me to share those images with you. Please feel free to share the content of this site and my Facebook page on the web, but please include a link to this website when you do.

Strangely, the underwater photography has rekindled my interest in all forms of photography, so I will include those too, both old and new.

My current diving qualifications are: BSAC Advanced Diver – SAA Dive Supervisor – SAA Open Water Instructor and I belong to the North Notts Nautilus Scuba Diving Club"

Midnight Sun 2015 U/W Photo Competition

21st June 2015, Iceland

The Midnight Sun shootout takes place on June 21st in the Thingvellir National Park of Iceland, 45 mins drive from Reykjavik city centre. Participants will visit the Great Lake Thingvallavatn and world
famous Silfra Tectonic Ravine, where they will
shoot from midnight until 6am in the morning.
After diving, the judging phase will be live during
the winning ceremony at the Hilton Reykjavik
Nordica, commencing on the evening of 22nd June.

Joining us for this special event from the UK will be Simon Rogerson, editor of SCUBA magazine, and Adam Green from Cameras Underwater.
A small film crew will be present to document the
event from start to finish in HD 1080p quality.

Details at Midnight Sun 2015 Media Kit.pdf

Midnight Sun Shootout

Trevor Rees

Focus On - Macro / Close-up - Results

Congratulations to Trevor Rees who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition - Macro / Close-up. Trevor's image of a Long clawed squat lobster was taken at Loch Striven, Scotland with a Nikon D90, Nikkor 85mm micro lens f25 @ 1/250sec ISO 200.

Congratulations also to Alex Mustard and Joss Woolf who came second and third respectively. Alex's image of a Nudibranch feeding on hydroids was taken in Gulen, Norway with a Nikon D800 and 60mm lens. Joss' image of tiny crabs in a sea pen was taken in Komodo, Indonesia with a Nikon D300 and 60mm lens.

The competition was judged by Paul Colley, BSoUP's Competitions Secretary.

The top six:-

  Pos. Photographer Subject
  1 Trevor Rees Long clawed lobster
  2 Alex Mustard Nudibranch feeding
  3 Joss Woolf Tiny crabs in sea pen
  4 Rebecca Drayton Fish eye
  5 Mike Davidge Squat lobster
  6 Gill McDonald Tiger shrimp
Alex Mustard
Joss Woolf

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 Paul Colley's feedback for more details. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

Next month's competition is the Theme Portfolio - Photo Story. The competition will be judged by Simon Rogerson, Editor of SCUBA Magazine. The competition will open shortly.


BSoUP is grateful to Joss Woolf, Pete Ladell, Jane Burnett, Paul Colley, Steve Jones, Jan Maloney, Mike Maloney, Rob White, Pash Baker, Martha Tressler, Anthony Holley, Sarah White, Mark Feldman, David Allan, Dave Smith, Lucy Bilson, Brian Pitkin and Linda Pitkin who manned the BSoUP Stand at the International Dive Show at ExCel in London's Docklands last weekend.

BSoUP also thanks Joss for transport of all the items needed and setting up the display with Pete and Paul early on Saturday morning, Dave and Mark for coming early to help out on Sunday morning and Brian, Linda, Mike and Jan for help breaking down the display after the show on Sunday.


UPY London Winners
Underwater Photographer of the Year - The Winners

Underwater Photographer of the Year - The Results

The results of the first Underwater Photographer of the Year London Competiiton have now been published online at

Congratulations to Portuguese photographer Nuno Sá who was judged as Underwater Photographer of the Year. Congratulations also to BSoUP member Matt Doggett who was judged Runner-up in the British Waters Wide Angle and British Underwater Photographer of the Year and BSoUP member Mario Vitalini who was judged Third in Up and Coming Worldwide and Most Promising Underwater Photographer 2015.

Other BSoUP members who won awards were Charles Hood (Runner-up, International Wrecks), Cathy Lewis (Third, International Behaviour), Trevor Rees (Runner-up, British Waters Wide Angle), Steve Jones (Third, British Waters Wide Angle), Trevor Rees (Winner, British Waters Macro), Arthur Kingdon (Third, British Waters Macro), Trevor Rees (Winner, British Waters Compact), Paul Colley (Third, British Waters Compact). Several BSoUP members were also highly commended including Pash Baker, Terry Steeley, Arthur Kingdon, Steve Jones, John Parker, Duncan Robins, Charles Hood, Trevor Rees, Jane Morgan, Alex Tattersall, Matt Doggett and Warren Williams. Well done all of you!

The competition was judge by Alex Mustard, Peter Rowlands and Martin Edge and the results announced at LIDS at the Dive Show, ExCel, London on Staurday last.

Website of the Week - Christian Llewellyn

I first learnt photography from my Grandfather who worked at Kodak, and for whom photography was his passion and hobby. My first cameras were a Praktica SLR and a Mamiya C33 medium format. These cameras truly opened my eyes to photography & the art of controlling the image. 

I have also been in and around water my whole life, and openly admit feeling safer in the water than on dry land. I taught myself how to snorkel at a very early age, and fondly remember watching Jacque Cousteau in the 70’s wanting to scuba. However I did not progress to diving until the 90’s and in 2004 I made a life change from London and moved to Cyprus to undertake training as a Scuba Instructor and start promoting marine and turtle conservation. My limitless passion for the sea and diligent patience were well suited for instructing. I  am a PADI IDC instructor with specialty training in numerous fields of scuba.

Christian Llewellyn
Christian Llewellyn

It was no surprise then that I would want to capture my underwater life as well. I started with disposable cameras, a Sea life reef master for a few years and then as the world of digital emerged I have used various compact cameras.  However my love of film made me focus on purchasing and filming with various video cameras ending up with the last being the first HD Sony DV cam. 

Now I dive with an Olympus OMD EM5, Nauticam housing and dual Inon Z240’s. My passion for marine life is still as strong as it ever was and I have started publishing my work as a photo journalist in various scuba publications, as well as winning various minor photographic competitions. 

I am the manager of X-posure Underwater, specialising in creating artwork from underwater images. I also have a blog page under the same name on Facebook, promoting conservation and my life underwater. Furthermore I am the manager of the Facebook Group “Wrecks Of The World,” which promotes travel, wrecks and marine ecology conservation through artificial reefs.

Sea&Sea MDX-D810 Housing

Sea& Sea MDX-5D MkIII v2 Housing

New housing for the Nikon D810 and revised housing for Canon 5D MkIII

Sea&Sea have released the new MDX-D810 housing for Nikon's D810 (
and a completely revised MDX-5D MkIII v2 housing for Canon's 5D MkIII (/

Both housings are machined solid block aluminium, depth rated to 100mts and are fully compatible with Sea&Sea's extensive range of ports, gears and accessories. Ergonomic design means camera functions are easy to access via well laid out controls and in addition, the Shutter sensitivity can be adjusted on the MDX-5D MkIII v2 housing.

Using the Extension Ring 46 (with appropriate gears) allows discerning users to access both Zoom Control and Manual Focus at the same time, and for when lighting control really matters, both housings are compatible with the Optical Internal YS TTL Converter for quick and accurate TTL exposure.

February BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 17 February 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.

Rob White: Monochrome – subject selection and how to create.  Rob will cover what he believes to be the important components of a good black and white image along with some examples.  He will then describe several ways to produce black and white images using Adobe Lightroom.  This is in anticipation of our June Focus On competition, the subject of which is Monochrome!

Robert White
Rob White

Focus On - Macro / Close-up
Focus On - Macro/Close Up

Rob learned to dive in dive in 1997, became a PADI Instructor in 2004 and started taking photos underwater the following year.  For many years he ran the Shark Dive Experience at the Brighton Sealife Centre.  There he had the good fortune to meet Alex Mustard who, in the space of about 10 minutes, persuaded him to buy a DSLR and a Nauticam housing for it. That was back in 2010 and since then, Rob’s Canon 550D has helped him win various competitions, get articles and photos published in the press and has even led to Rob being the featured “pro-photographer” in an issue of PhotoPlus magazine. He is now running photography courses as well as diving courses, all alongside his day job!
Focus On - Macro/Close Up

The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 32 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 Paul Colley.  At the meeting all of the entries will be shown and Paul will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them.
Matt Doggett: South Coast to Shetland - The UK's Underwater World.  Matt will talk about some of his favourite UK dive sites and experiences, sharing the stories behind the shots and what he loves about UK diving.  This will include the story of his underwater images of northern gannets, one of which was the overall winner of the British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2012. The Scottish sea lochs are also a firm favourite and Matt will share some of his experiences from these diverse habitats.
Meerkats in the Kalahari got Matt hooked on wildlife photography at university. After gaining his PhD Matt progressed to underwater photography whilst working in the Philippines in 2006/7. He currently works as a marine biologist conducting field surveys and research all around the UK. Outside work Matt can be found on Seasearch dive trips or exploring his local dives sites in search of new images. He uses a Canon 5D mkII and Ikelite housing system and is looking to do more video work in the coming years.
Matt Doggett
Matt Doggett

Anima Mundi 18
Anima Mundi Issue 18

Anima Mundi - Latest Issue

Issue 18, March 2015, of the free online magazine ANIMA MUNDI - Adventures in Wildlife Photography is now out and ready for downloading (or simple online browsing, if you prefer) at

Contents of our latest issue include a rare encounter with the gorgeous Himalayan Monal, possibly the world’s most colorful pheasant; the second part of our extensive and heavily illustrated feature on Tambopata Nature Reserve, in the Peruvian Amazon; a truly stunning and inspiring Personal Portfolio by Italian photographer Antonio Mancuso; a photographic tribute to those devilish beauties of tropical seas, the cryptic and colorful members of the Scorpionfish tribe; and a greatly engaging Trip Report from Argentina and its wildlife by herpetologist Cesar Barrio Amoros. 

Website of the Week - Josef Litt

Josef Litt is a keen underwater photographer. He took his first underwater photograph in 2007. Josef's portfolio includes photographs from many diving locations around the world. Josef is 'proud member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers'.

Josef Litt
Josef Litt
'"I aim to create fantastic underwater photographs. Stunning fine art, unique, pixel-perfect.

Josef's project Help the Seas! enables local marine protection projects to reach funds from private contributors. The sea conservation projects receive visibility and on-line fundraising capability.

Josef's underwater photographs were used in the Coral Reef Alliance's Calendars and BSoUP's Photobook 'Images taken with compact cameras' in 2010.

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

World Shoot Out
World ShootOut

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.

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

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.

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