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News - May 2015

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

April 2015
News Archive

Anima Mundi - Latest issue
MCS - The Good Beach Guide
Website of the Week - Linda Pitkin
Focus On - Abstract - Results
Website of the Week - Greg Piper
Next BSoUP Meeting
Pacific Northwest Diver - May/June issue
Website of the Week - Malcolm Nobbs

DEEP Indonesia Photo Competition Results
Website of the Week - Alex Mustard
UwP - Latest issue
SUPS - May Meeting
NUPG - May Meeting
BUPG - May Meeting
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015
Website of the Week - Joanna Lentini

Anima Mundi - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Anima Mundi is now available to download.

With more than 15,000 downloads worldwide per issue (as per August 2012), ANIMA MUNDI has seen its readership consistently and rapidly
growing in the brief span of only two years and eight published issues. Its authoritative and unbiased travel reports and wildlife articles offer a high level of scientifically-correct information - at absolutely no cost - to thousands and thousands of nature and photography enthusiasts all over the world.

ANima Mundi 19
Anima Mundi #19
Each and every issue of ANIMA MUNDI - Adventures in Wildlife Photography is permanently available for FREE downloading - our mission is the dissemination and condivision of information to promote nature awareness and habitat conservation, and we are proud to reach out on a quarterly basis to a world of passionate, highly motivated, seriously interested readers who all share our passion for wildlife photography and travelling.

MC Sgood Beach Guide 2015

MCS - The Good Beach Guide

A fresh look for a new era in water quality

MCS have published their Good Beach Guide to campaign for better water quality since 1988. They can now reveal that it has achieved many of its goals, a year ahead of the implementation of new coastal water cleanliness standards!

Up to standard

From this summer, MCS no longer needs to give beaches its aspirational ‘Recommended’ rating, because the Revised Bathing Water Directive means standards are now much stricter. From next year, signs will be put up at bathing beaches telling the public how clean the water is, including signs at ‘Poor’ beaches advising against swimming. This is great news and we simply recommend that people choose to bathe at the many ‘Excellent’ or  ‘Good’ beaches on offer.

Good Beach Guide plus

This summer’s Good Beach Guide will include projected water quality ratings alongside wider beach information like weather, tide times, frequently spotted wildlife, links to report wildlife sightings and RNLI life guarding details making this a one-stop-beach-information-shop for anyone who wants to go to the beach. 

Website of the Week - Linda Pitkin

From early childhood, Linda's interest in the natural world drew her to a career as a biologist, specializing until recently in research on insects at The Natural History Museum in London (see Scientific Publications). But for decades her passion for nature has led her also to photograph marine life. She approaches this with a biologist's fascination for living organisms, but even more with a photographer's eye for composition and lighting.

Linda started in scuba diving in 1979 and took up underwater photography a year later, in 1980, joining the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP). Diving usually with Brian, her husband, she has travelled around the world in search of a wide range of underwater subjects, from immense whale sharks to tiny shrimps, and scenic views of reefs and wrecks. She is equally at home in tropical seas and in the colder waters of the UK and Northern Europe.

Linda Pitkin
Linda Pitkin

Linda is the author and photographer of four books, and a number of articles. Her stock photography features widely in books, newspapers, magazines and journals, including Professional Photographer, BBC Wildlife, Nature, and leading diving magazines. Other uses of her photographs include calendars, brochures, cards, advertising, and in an IMAX multi-screen presentation. Linda also undertakes commissioned photography.

She serves occasionally on juries for photography competitions, and has been a jury member for BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts), for the 2002 Television Craft Awards, The Society of Biology and this year is a judge for the British Wildlife Photography Awards.

Warren Williams
1st - Warren Williams

Focus On - Abstract - Results

Congratulations to Warren Williams who was the winner of this month's Focus competition - Abstract - with an image of leaves on the surface taken in a fast flowing river with a bespoke housed compact camera.

Congratulations also to Alex Mustard and Trevor Rees who came second and third respectively. Alex's image of a seafan was taken in Fiji with a Nikon D4 with a Trioplan 100mm lens. Trevor's image of sulphur deposits on the bed of a volcano lake was taken in Kleifarvatn, Iceland with a Nikon D600 with a Sigma 15mm lens.

There were a total of 31 entries and the competition was judged by Steve Jones.

The top six:-

Position Photographer Subject
1 Warren Williams Leaves on surface
2 Alex Mustard Seafan
3 Trevor Rees Sulphur deposits
4 Alex Tattersall Jewel anemones
5 Nicholas More Fish Eye
6 Christophe Mason-Parker Shoal

Alex Mustard
2nd - Alex Mustard

Trevor Rees
3rd - Tevor 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 Steve'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 - Monochrome. The competition will open shortly. Please read the Rules before entering online

Website of the Week - Greg Piper

"I have always been an artist. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, I grew up drawing, my first paid art jobs were painting Jean Jackets through the 80’s! I have always had a love for photography and did it as a hobby since I could afford my first camera."

"In 2008 while in Cancun I did my first dive, now almost four years later I am well over 1000 and counting. I fell in love with the underwater world. My travels and passion for the sport fueled by the art of photography has carried me off to the far reaches of our planet. I make my living as a photographer and tattoo artist. I have been professionally tattooing for almost 25 years and have made Northern, VA my home."

Greg Piper
Greg Piper

Nigel Wade
Nigel Wade

Next BSoUP Meeting

Tuesday 19th May

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 19 May 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.

Nigel Wade: Shooting for Covers. Seeing your image displayed on the front cover of printed media is the ultimate goal for many photographers. A great shot is not all that’s needed to make the grade; indeed there are many aspects that have to be considered to be successful in a very competitive field. And of course a little bit of luck.

Nigel is the Technical Editor for Diver Magazine UK, producing editorial and pictorial articles covering all aspects of diving from technical equipment reviews, trip and destination reports, course reviews and safety features. He’s a former Divernet UK and Ireland Underwater Photographer of the Year and nominated finalist in the photography section of the British Travel Press Awards. His work is published monthly in Diver Magazine and has been published worldwide. Nigel has seen his images used for 6 of the last 12 covers in Diver magazine.

Focus On - Abstract (An abstract photograph should not immediately or easily reveal the identity of a subject, but engage the viewer initially through combinations of shapes, patterns or colours.) 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 Steve Jones.  At the meeting all of the entries will be shown and Steve will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them. 

Focus On - Abstract
Focus On - Abstract

Stve Jones
Steve Jones

Steve Jones: Seascapes and Vistas. As a photojournalist, Steve considers his skills with a wide angle lens to be vital and in this comprehensive talk, he'll take us through a multitude of techniques & tips he's learned in over 20 years in the field.  Seascapes, wrecks, big animals and even capturing critters using wide lenses will be covered, along with an in-depth look at composition, lighting & equipment considerations.

BSoUP member Steve spent most of the 90's working as a professional instructor and dive guide in the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Med, Caribbean and North Atlantic. Specialising in guiding professional underwater photographers, Steve's own work was first recognised and published by Germany's Unterwasser magazine in 1996 and subsequently his images and articles have gone on to be published in over 25 countries. An allrounder as a photographer, Steve is a field editor at the Ocean Geographic Society and a member of the Ocean Artists Society.

Pacific Northwest Diver - May/June issue

The latest issue of the FREE Pacific Northwest Diver is now available to download.

The PNW Diver Magazine is published in association with the Pacific NorthWest Underwater Photographic Society.

Click on the Subscribe page to receive the next issue directly to your email. The email list is completely private.

Pacific Northwest Diver
Pacific Northwest Diver

Malcolm Nobbs
Malcolm Nobbs

Website of the Week - Malcolm Nobbs

"Nowadays I live in Nelson Bay, New South Wales, Australia with my wife Mary, but am British and spent most of my life based in Folkestone, UK. I am a regular contibutor to Sport Diving Magazine, a member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) and enjoy up to 200 dives per annum worldwide.

I used to have no interest in diving whatsoever. However my late wife Eve did and in December 1994 I reluctantly joined her on a Try Dive. To my amazement I thoroughly enjoyed it and was soon assuring everyone that I had always wanted to dive.

Keen to capture memories of my underwater dives, I began shooting video but eventually became seduced by, in my opinion, the greater challenge of still photography. Some of the photographs on this website date back to when I first began diving. That is, images from March 1995 to November 2003 have been scanned from conventional film “snaps” or have simply been taken from analogue video stills.All photographs from December 2003 to May 2006 were taken with Olympus C5050 and C5060 compact cameras, from June 2006 to July 2012 a Nikon D200 digital SLR and since then a Nikon D7000 digital SLR.

I particularly enjoy photographing sharks and feel comfortable in their presence. With one exception. The Great White. I am happy enough being inside a cage when Great Whites are around, I was even reasonably relaxed sitting on top of a shark cage with Andrew Fox while Great Whites circled us. But when solo diving at my easy shore dive at Nelson Bay, NSW, Australia a 3 metre Great White inquisitively circled me and although of course nothing happened, it did spook me."

DEEP Indonesia Photo Competition Results

"After much deliberation and handwringing, our panel of esteemed judges has finally announced the winners of the 2015 DEEP Indonesia Photo Competition!

The biggest winner was Eduardo Acevedo, whose Gold in the Animal Portrait category—an astonishing image of a man-o’-war snaring a fish—was judged to be the “Best in Show.” Amazingly, Eduardo also took home Silver in the Animal Portrait category and Silver in the Animal Behavior category—overall a fantastic triple win that deserves our highest praise.

DPG and Wetpixel would also like to extend our congratulations to the other big winners—Rodney Bursiel (Gold and Silver in Surf), Alfonso Exposito (Gold in Reefscapes), Luc Eeckhaut (Gold in Divers), Petar Sabol (Gold in Animal Behavior), and Dragos Dumitrescu (Gold in Compact Cameras)—and all the other winners and honorable mentions in the various categories.

A huge thank you to everyone who made this year’s competition possible: our generous sponsors; our skilled judging panel (Daniel Botelho, Andy Brandy Casagrande, Abi Smigel Mullens, and Joseph Tepper); and to everyone who entered their images."

DEEP Indonesia 2015

Eduardo Acevedo

Alex Mustard
Alex Mustard

Website of the Week - Alex Mustard

BSoUP Member Alexander Mustard has been taking underwater photographs for 30 years and has worked as a full time underwater photographer for the last 10 years. Previously, he worked as a marine biologist at the UK's National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. His innovative underwater photographs are respected and celebrated around the world. He has pioneered many techniques within underwater photography and is held in particular esteem by the underwater photography community for continually sharing his secrets through magazine articles, talks and workshops.

UwP - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE UwP magazine is now available for download.

Issue 84 includes Editorial, News, Travel & Events, New Products, Product Reviews, Marine Life, Locations, Techniques and Parting Shot.

To get your copy please visit

UwP 84
UwP 84 - Cover image: Alex Tattersall

Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society

SUPS - May Meeting

Tuesday 12th May

The next meeting of the Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society takes place on Tuesday 12th May from 8pm at the Stevenage Arts Guild, Community Arts Centre, Roaring Meg, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK.

Below water knockout competition, and if time allows the seascape/landscape pictures. Upload your images in the usual fashion.

For further details about SUPS please visit

NUPG - May Meeting

Monday 11th May

The next meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group takes places on Monday 13th May 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.


Talk – Warm water meets cold water: Yo-Han Cha will give us a talk on his underwater photography in Korea

Competition Theme – Reflections

Spring Splash-In judging

Favourite 5 – Jason Melton

For further details about NUPG please visit

Northern Underwater Photography Group

Bristol Underwater Photography Group

BUPG - May Meeting

Tuesday 12th May

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

Monthly Competition - Abstract
Presentation - Cenderawasih Bay - Bob Anthony
Presentation - Dome Ports - Trevor Rees

For further details about BUPG please visit

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.

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