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News - April 2015

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

March 2015
News Archive

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015
Website of the Week - Joanna Lentini
Pash Baker LRPS and Rob White LRPS
Subscriptions 2015
Focus On - Two of something - Results
Website of the Week - Paul Morgan
BSoUP April Meeting
World ShootOut 2015
Website of the Week - Jane Morgan

Website of the Week - Chris McTernan
Spawning - An alternative view of pondlife
SUPS - April Meeting
NUPG - April Meeting
BUPG - April Meeting
Website of the Week - Gill McDonald
The International Ocean Film Tour

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015

Deadline - Saturday 2nd May

This is your last chance to win a prestigious award, with a cash prize of £5,000 and reach millions through national exposure.

Help raise awareness about British wildlife and celebrate our natural heritage. Winners and commended entrants will have their work showcased in a touring exhibition and stunning book, and will be invited to an exclusive Awards ceremony in London. The overall prize fund worth up to £20,000 includes prizes from lead sponsors Sky and Canon.

The awards recognise the talents of photographers practising in Britain whilst also highlighting the great wealth and diversity of British natural history. A celebration of British wildlife as well as a showcase for photographers and videographers, both amateur and professional.

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015

Joanna Lentini
Deep Focus Images - Joanna Lentini

Website of the Week - Joanna Lentini

Joanna Lentini has maintained a lifelong passion for the ocean, travel and photography, but it was only in 2009 when these three joined up for a true confluence of disciplines.  Having relocated from her US homeland to Hong Kong, Joanna left behind her entrepreneurial sales background to focus on conservation and sustainability issues.  The oceans came into deep focus for her.  From there, a near obsession for diving quickly followed, and Joanna soon took her camera beneath the waves.  In fact, she has had a camera in her hand since her very first dive and has never looked back.  Other land-based photo and media production work followed, however, Joanna’s heart had sunken below the sea, and she was committed to focusing her work there.

Now based in Europe, Joanna has dived in over a dozen countries across all hemispheres and received training from some of the world’s pre-eminent underwater photographers.  Despite her ongoing passion for dive travel and ocean photography, Joanna has found a way to satiate her underwater photography addiction through professional pool portrait and commercial work.  This endeavor has helped her stay balanced during her inevitable surface intervals, while also helping new generations to begin their own journeys beneath the surface.

Pash Baker LRPS and Rob White LRPS

Congratulations to BSoUP Members Pash Baker and Rob White who have recently been approved for a Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society.

The RPS offers three levels of Distinctions which set recognised standards of achievement throughout the world.  Both members and non-members can apply for Distinctions (non-members will need to join The Society if they gain a Distinction).

LRPS (Licentiateship of The RPS) - images of a high standard of photographic execution - demanding but achievable for most dedicated photographers. Applicants must show variety in approach and techniques but not necessarily in subject matter.

Pash and Rob are two of around 3,505 photographers worldwide to be awarded a Licentiateship of the RPS.

Pash Baker LRPS
Pash Baker LRPS - Licentiatiateship Portfolio

Rob White LRPS
Rob White LRPS - Licentiatiateship Portfolio

BSoUP Membership Subscriptions 2015

The annual BSoUP Membership subscriptions fell due on 1 February 2015. Quite a large number of members have paid already. Our thanks for doing so.

Please would those who haven't yet done so, make life a little easier for our Treasurer and Membership Secretary and pay your subscription now. Please see Join.php current rates and methods of payment. If you have underpaid please send us the balance. If you are not renewing please let us know.

BSoUP Membership Subscriptions 2014

BSoUP Members don't forget you can login to check and if necessary change your e-mail address and password. Select 'Edit my details' from the Members menu. If you have never logged in before you will initially be treated as a 'Guest' until an Administrator upgrades you to 'Member'. If we don't have your correct details we won't be able to post you copies of the magazine or send you information via e-mail. If you have moved, please let us know.

Justin Beevor

Focus On - Two of something - Results

Congratulations to Justin Beevor who was the winner of this mont's competition with an image of two Caribbean Reef Sharks taken in Grand Cayman with a Sony NEX-6 and 10-18 mm lens in a Nauticam housing with dual Inon Z240 strobes at 1/160 @ f8, ISO 200.

Congratulations also to Arthur Kingdon and Trevor Rees who came second and third respectively. Arthur's image of two male Anthias was taken in the Egyptian Red Sea, Nuweiba with a Nikon D200 at 1/125th @ f11. Trevor's image of a male and female Harbour crabs was taken in Loch Carron with a Nikon D90 witha 60 mm lens.

There were a total of 38 entries and the competition was judged by Martin Edge.

The top six:-

Position Photographer Subject
1 Justin Beevor Reef Sharks
2 Arthur Kingdon Male Anthias
3 Trevor Rees Harbour crabs
4 Alex Mustard Rays
5 Mark Pickford Porcelain crabs
6 David Baker Trucks
Arthur Kingdon
Trevor Rees

The top six may be viewed on the Home Page and the top six 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 Simon'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 Focus On - Abstract. The competition will open shortly.

Website of the Week - Paul Morgan

Each week we highlight a BSoUP Member's website. This wek's is Paul Morgan.

Paul's website provides "A glimpse of the fantastic world that awaits a diver who is prepared to stop and look around!"

Paul uses a Nikon D200 camera. His favourite subjects are corals and his favourite dive destination is Bali.

Paul is an active member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers (being a member of the magazine production team) and a supporter of his local dive club Sussex Scuba.

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan


UPY London, The Yearbook


BSoUP April Meeting

Tuesday 21 April 2015

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 21 April 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.

Martin Edge and Alex Mustard: Disputes, Discussion & Decisions: The Underwater Photographer of the Year 2015
By now we expect that you’ve seen the winners from the inaugural Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY 2015), and we’re not intending to talk you through them again! If you missed them, check out the UPY Yearbook.

Instead the aim of this evening is to help make you a more effective entrant, both by improving the type of photos that you set out to take and also the ones that you choose to enter into competitions, and by giving you insider knowledge of how judging really works. Even if you are not interested in competing yourself, there is much to be learned about creating images with impact.

First, UPY & HOW TO WIN - Alex Mustard

Alex will introduce the Underwater Photographer of the Year, revealing why and how we brought an International underwater photography competition back to the UK, for the benefit of British underwater photographers. Major competitions these days attract thousands of entries and to be honest, most of them are really, really good. Alex will discuss the opening round of judging, where thousands of really good images have to be culled to a hundred or so exceptional ones, pointing out the common mistakes that might stop your images reaching the business end of proceedings.

Focus On - Two of Something (A single image of any pair of underwater creatures, flora or artefacts.)
The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 38 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 Martin Edge.  At the meeting all of the entries will be shown and Martin will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them. He will have judged using the same criteria he brings both as an official Camera Club Judge and to all the major underwater competitions that he judges around the world. Don’t just listen to what he thinks of your image, instead take away lessons about the images that excel in competitions. 

UPY, London, Results
UPY London, The Judges

Martin Edge and Alex Mustard: Disputes, Discussion & Decisions: The Underwater Photographer of the Year 2015 continued...
Alex and Martin’s two man show will take you behind the closed doors of the judging room and will look at the nearly images from some of the categories of UPY. Almost all of these are stunning shots - they finished ahead of hundreds of really good images, but each had their reasons for not quite making it to the very top. You will see and hear about many examples of the types of images that judges’ love and also the slender margins that hold them back.  You’ll also see how judging has a subjective element and yes, you can expect a few disagreements between Martin and Alex, as they are both very passionate about underwater photography.

Martin has spent the last 25 years teaching and developing many hundreds of underwater photographers from all parts of the globe. He is considered to be one of the most influential teachers of underwater photography ever. In 2010 the fourth edition of his bestselling book ‘The Underwater Photographer’ was published. Martin is an Honorary Life Member of BSoUP.
Alex has been taking underwater pictures for 30 years and has worked as a full time underwater photographer for the last 10. In 2015 he has been asked to judge the Underwater Photographer of the Year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the British Wildlife Photography Awards, the Our World Underwater International Underwater Photography Competition and the CMAS World Championship of Underwater Photography. Alex has been a BSoUP Committee Member for the last 12 years.

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

Jane Morgan
Jane Morgan

Website of the Week - Jane Morgan

Jane is a freelance underwater photo journalist, diving instructor and commercial diver. She dives substantially in the UK and overseas and is available for commisions.

Jane discovered underwater photography during a trip to the Southern Red Sea in 2001 and never looked back. She moved to digital photogaphy in late 2004, and now uses a Nikon D300s camera in a Sea & Sea housing with twin Inon Z240 strobes.

Jane's work has been widely published in the UK diving press and national newspapers.

British & Irish Underwater Photography Championship

British & Irish Underwater Photography Championship

5th September 2015

We hope you are planning your entry into our Championship. 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.

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 at

Website of the Week - Chris McTernan

Chris' website, Sealife Images, is a collection of images taken in and around the temperate seas of Britain and Ireland and illustrates the richness and diversity of the animals that are found there.

"The collection is by no means complete yet and will be added too over time. The site can be used for identification and if any image is required please contact me."

Chris designed and compiled the last six issues of BSoUP's excellent in-house Magazine 'in focus'

Chris McTernan
Chris McTernan

Toad by Linda Pitkin
Toad with frog spawn and toad spawn
Image@ Linda Pitkin

Spawning - An alternative view of pondlife

BSoUP Member Linda Pitkin's 2020VISION image of a toad with frog spawn and toad spawn featured in the March 18th issue of Country Life magazine.

Linda wrote in her 2020VISION blog 'I spent all of last spring (so it seemed) in or around ponds, trying unsuccessfully to photograph frogs and toads underwater for 2020VISION. If I got in (only possible with large ponds), I stirred up clouds of fine mud, but if I lay at the edge and lowered my large underwater camera housing in, the weight of it led me to a slow but inevitable slide headfirst towards the water, only ended when my husband Brian responded to my plaintive cries and dragged me back.' More

SUPS - April Meeting

Tuesday 14th April

The next meeting of the Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society takes place on Tuesday 14th April from 8pm at the Stevenage Arts Guild, Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK.

Competition Theme: Blue

Stevenage festival images

Rea Sea 2014 KS, VM, NM

Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society

Northern Underwater Photography Group

NUPG - April Meeting

Monday 13th April

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group takes places on Monday 13th April at the usual venue - at Gurkha Grill, 198 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LH. The meetings start at 8pm and usually last around two hours.

Competition Theme – Spots

Favourite 5 – TBC

“An Evening with Lawson Wood”

A highly illustrative fun-talk on what Lawson has been doing during the last couple of years. Lawson Wood currently resides in the Scottish Borders, near to the St. Abbs & Eyemouth VMR. He has written the definitive book on diving that area, amongst many other diving books, both UK and overseas. There will be books for sale for those interested.

BUPG - April Meeting

Tuesday 14th April

The next meeting of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group takes place at the usual venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)  

The April monthly competition theme is 'Two of Something'. 

Alex Mustard is currently judging BUPG's 'Image of the Year Competition and his verdict, including comments on the images, will take the form of an audio-visual presentation.

Several BUPG members were successful (one particularly so) in the recent Underwater Photographer of the Year Competition. All the winning images, plus a few that didn't quite make it, will be shown and discussed.

Bristol Underwater Photography Group

Gill McDonald
Gill McDonald

Website of the Week - Gill McDonald

"My world is full of water, light and words. I have dived worldwide for 25 years, making pictures for over half that time. My very first open water dive back in 1989 was at Temple in the Red Sea. I will never forget the arid, dusty desert morphing into an explosion of bright, teeming, colour-filled reef and I was immediately hooked.

Underwater photography flickered into my consciousness during a four month marine conservation survey in Belize in the early ‘90s. After subsequently flooding a film camera in the Cayman Islands I thought "right, time to get serious". Some research with Steve Warren at Ocean Optics and pouring over dive magazines later (yes gentle reader, this was pre-Google days) decided me on a Nikonos V and a Martin Edge weekend course in Bournemouth.

That decision led to an ongoing journey of discovery, breath-taking beauty, a career u-turn, lifelong friendships and a passion for underwater photography and writing that has seeped into my every pore to become an integral part of my life.

I consider myself very fortunate to have a large, varied and immensely talented group of friends around the world who share my joy and wonder at the fabulous, mesmerising underwater world. Many, like me, do their best to raise awareness of the need for conservation and protection of this incredibly valuable and highly threatened natural resource that covers seven tenths of the earth.

I am incredibly excited to be launching my new Beginners Underwater Photography course which is the result of years of experience and a strong desire to share this wonderful underwater adventure. I obtained an adult teaching qualification (PTLLS 3) in January 2014 to give me the best grounding to teach people who are keen to learn."

The International Ocean Film Tour

The International Ocean Film Tour is back and set to visit five cities across the UK.

Plymouth  Friday, 15 May - 20:00 (Doors open 19.30) - Roland Levinsky Lecture Theatre 1, Plymouth Uni.
London  Sunday, 17 May -  18:00 (Doors open 17.30) - The Rocket Complex, London Met Uni 
Bristol  Tuesday, 19 May - 20:00 (Doors open 19.30) - St. George's Bristol 
Glasgow Thursday, 21 May - 20:00 (Doors open 19.30) - The Mitchell Theatre 
Edinburgh  Friday, 22 May - 19:30 (Doors open 19.00) - Portobello Town Hall 

For further details visit

To win tickets visit

Ocean Film Tour
The International Ocean Film Tour

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