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News - June 2015

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

May 2015
News Archive

Website of the Week - Duncan Robins
Immerse Yourself
Website of the Week - Frogfish Photography
NUPG Splash-In
Lundy Splash-In
Focus On - Monochrome - Results
Glass and Water by Mark Harris
BSoUP Meeting - June

Sharks & Rays of the Arabian/Persian Gulf
Website of the Week - Trevor Rees
Cover shots
NUPG - Next meeting
BUPG - Next meeting
in focus - Latest issue
Website of the Week - Linda Pitkin

The Dark Water Gallery

The UK's first gallery dedicated to marine life art is set to open in Brighton next month.

The Dark Water Gallery, which will feature work by artist Nick Oneill as well as other guests, will open its doors for the first time on 3 July.

Among the pieces featured will be huge original artworks, prints, sculptures, T-shirts, jewellery and gifts. And let's not forget Nick's famous life-size shark paintings!

For more information, visit

Dark Water Gallery
The Dark Gallery

Duncan Robins
Duncan Robins

Website of the Week - Duncan Robins

Duncan Robins is a UK based photographer with a specific interest in wildlife and underwater photography.

Based in Newbury, Berkshire he travels when he can both home and abroad.

His website shows some examples of his photography. Any of the photos on his site are available as prints or electronically for media use.

Immerse Yourself - Gaynor Bennett and Jane Morgan

Wednesday 1st July - noon Sunday 5th July

The Institue of Photography Gallery, Penryn Campus, Falmouth University

Gaynor Bennett and BSoUP Member Jane Morgan invite you to their underwater photography exhibition celebrating UK marine biodiversity.

The exhibition takes place at The Institue of Photography Gallery, Penryn Campus, Falmouth University and is open for general view from Wednesday 1st July - noon Sunday 5th July.

They hope the event will act as a catalyst for closer dialogue with the many people and organisations involved in Marine conservation, Education and Industry in Cornwall

Immerse yourself
Immerse Yourself

Caroline and Nick Robertson-Brown - Frogfish Photography
Caroline and Nick Robertson-Brown - Frogfish Photography

Website of the Week - Frogfish Photography

"Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. We both have degrees in biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick has a Associateship from RPS in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. We are passionate about marine conservation and hope that our images can inspire people to look after our seas and oceans. Frogfish Photography, based in Manchester, offers a wide range of services and advice. We offer tuition with our own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques.

We also offer equipment sales, underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad, as well as writing for Sport Diver and Wild travel magazines and undertaking photography commissions. Please have a look around our website for more details on what we do, the Frogfish Photography latest news, as well as having a look as some of our images in the gallery. Please contact us if you have any questions - we are happy to help

Nick is also now a published author with his book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques being published by Crowood Press in December 2013. To find out more about this book, please go to The Book page of our website."

NUPG Splash-In

Saturday 15th August 2015

Anglesey Scuba Fest are delighted that the Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG) will be holding their annual ‘Splash-In Underwater Photography Competition’ during 2015 The Anglesey ScubaFest.

All underwater photographers are welcome to join in the fun whilst diving the Anglesey or North Wales coastline. You can shore dive or go out on one of the boats available as part of ScubaFest, the choice is yours. It doesn’t matter if you have just got your first compact camera and are starting to take photos, or you are a seasoned diver with a beautiful SLR. Come and join in, we would love to see your photos.

This is a great competition where images must be taken on Saturday 15th August and then judged by those that attend the evening at The Anglesey ScubaFest. Trophies will be presented to the winners. At the same time the NUPG will also hold a print competition, showing off some of the best images from the British Isles and overseas. Everyone is welcome to enter.

Anglsey ScubaFest Photo COmpetition 2015
NUPG Splash-In at Anglesey ScubaFest

Lundy Splash-In
Lundy Splash-In

Lundy Splash-In

Now Saturday, 1 August 2015

Lundy Island, just outside the Bristol Channel, holds its annual splash-in underwater photography competition on Saturday, 1 August. Underwater photographers of all abilities are invited to compete.

The usual categories of Mega to Macro, Spirit of the Marine Protected Area and Marine Abstract have been joined by a fourth, Simply Marine.

The overall winner will receive a Suunto Eon Steel dive computer.

Saturday evening features a barbeque and live music at the Marisco Tavern, with free camping “only a short stroll” away.

Enquiries - Rebecca MacDonald, Warden, Lundy Island, 01237 431 831 ext 225,

Focus On - Monochrome - Results

Congratulations to Trevor Rees who was the winner of this month's Focus competition - Monochrome- with an image of a nudibranch.

Congratulations also to Alex Mustard and Kirsty Andrews who came second and third respectively. Alex's image was of a frogfish. Kirsty's image was of a Napoleon wrasse.

Trevor Rees
1st - Trevor Rees

Alex Mustard
2nd - Alex Mustard

There were a total of 32 entries and the competition was judged by Rob Bailey.

The top six:-

Position Photographer Subject
1 Trevor Rees Nudibranch
2 Alex Mustard Frogfish
3 Kirtsy Andrews Napoleon wrasse
4 Mike Davidge Stingray
5 Liz Drane Anemone & Anemone fish
6 Mark Drayton Crab

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 Rob'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 - Natural Light. The competition will is now open. Please note this competition is open to BSoUP members only. Submit your image as ONE sRGB jpg at a max. 1400 pixels wide, 1050 pixels high at 72 pixels/inch. Please read the Rules before entering.

Kirsty Andrews
3rd Kirsty Andrews

Harris, Mark. 2015. Glass and Water

Glass and Water: The Essential Guide to Freediving for Underwater Photography by Mark Harris

Glass and Water is the first book on underwater photography for freedivers. With contributions from expert underwater photographers this book teaches the skills, knowledge and equipment necessary to successfully pursue underwater photography without scuba gear. Rather than seeking to replace books on underwater photography, Glass and Water focuses on freediving techniques, equipment and photo opportunities. By carefully choosing or adapting freediving and photographic equipment some early hurdles can be avoided. Using appropriate freediving techniques can increase the length of time available for taking photographs underwater. And by being aware of the possibilities, frustrations can be avoided and good subjects sought out.

BSoUP Meeting - June

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 16 June 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.

Show & Tell: we have images from Peter Tatton, Super Jolly, Ally McDowell and Paul Colley, all with interesting stories!

Focus On - Monochrome (An image in one colour or shades of one colour - not necessarily black and white.) 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 Rob Bailey.  At the meeting all of the entries will be shown and Rob will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them.

Results will not be posted to the website until Monday 22nd June.

Focus on -Monochrome
Focus On - Monochrome

Rob Bailey
Rob Bailey


Rob Bailey: U/W photography in the UK – a 10 year retrospective. Rob will share with us his passion for underwater photography in the UK, some of his experiences, a few insights, and his personal approach.  He hopes that his message will help to enhance everyone’s underwater photography. And of course he will share some of his images, and the places he has personally found to be particularly productive.

Rob has been diving for over 25 years and taking underwater photographs for almost as long.  Originally from Canada, he worked as a NAUI scuba instructor at the University of Calgary from 1993-1999.  After a 6 year spell in the Netherlands he pitched up on UK shores in 2005.  He never dives without his camera, currently a Nikon D300 in a Sea & Sea housing.  A committed UK diver, many of his photographic successes in recent years at BSoUP, BUPG and other forums showcase the best of the UK underwater.  He's an active member of BSoUP and the Bristol Underwater Photography Group and is obsessed by all things photographic!

Rob Bailey's website
Rob Bailey's website

Sharks & Rays of the Arabian/Persian Gulf by Dareen K Almojil et al.

Sharks & Rays of the Arabian/Persian Gulf

Sharks & Rays of the Arabian/Persian Gulf by Dareen K Almojil et al.

The Gulf has a unique diversity of sharks and rays, but for many years their correct identification has been problematic. This fully illustrated book – the first of its kind to focus on the Gulf – brings together the latest research and years of work by the authors to provide a clear and comprehensive guidebook. For each species known to occur in the Gulf, colour images, identification features, and notes on distribution, abundance, ecology and conservation status are provided. Images and information are also provided on those species from nearby sea areas that might turn up in Gulf fish markets. Sharks & Rays of the Arabian/Persian Gulf will be of interest to all those with an interest in the Gulf's marine environment or in marine wildlife such as divers, anglers, natural history enthusiasts, conservationists, research biologists and government fisheries staff.

Website of the Week - Trevor Rees

"I started diving over 30 years ago and quickly developed an interest in underwater photography. After many dives exploring the best places to dive and and also learning how to take good underwater pictures I have been able to produce a wide variety of underwater images - from close up macros through to wide angle scenics. My preference is for natural history photography but I am also interested in any subject that makes an appealing and interesting image."

Trevor Rees
Trevor Rees
"My diving around the British coast includes the Scilly Isles in the south, the Orkney Islands in the north, St Kilda in the west - and the Farne islands in the east. My nearest best diving is probably on the south coast but the sheltered sea lochs on the west coast of Scotland are without doubt my favourite area. I also enjoy diving various freshwater sites that I reckon are often overlooked for their photographic potential."

"In creating my website, a conscious effort has been made to showcase images that are mainly from British diving, rather than from coral reefs. I have dived in many overseas places but get more satisfaction from capturing images that show how rich, colourful and diverse British waters can be. Many of my photographs have been successful in competitions and many have now been published in diving and wildlife magazines."

"I live near Worcester in the UK, which although a long way from the sea, does mean I am likely to head both north and south for my diving. My livelihood does not rely on selling images or photojournalism but I do undertake some commissions. This leaves me free to use my experience to work in a more relaxed way on my own photographic interests. I am proud to be associated with SCUBA magazine where since the start of 2015 I co-author a monthly photography column."

Cover shots  
Sport Diver USA - Alex Mustard - July 2015

Alex Mustard

July's Sports Diver USA includes an image by Alex Mustard of a pygmy seahorse.

The pygmy seahorses comprise several species of tiny seahorse in the syngnathid family or Syngnathidae (seahorses and pipefish). Family Syngnathidae is part of order Syngnathiformes, which contains fishes with fused jaws that suck food into tubular mouths. They are found in Southeast Asia in the Coral Triangle area. They are some of the smallest seahorse species in the world, typically measuring less than 2 centimetres (0.79 in) in height.[1][2]

The first pygmy seahorse known to science was Hippocampus bargibanti. At least six more species were named after 2000. The first species discovered lives exclusively on fan corals and matches their colour and appearance. So effective is pygmy seahorse camouflage that it was discovered only when a host gorgonian was being examined in a laboratory. Other species live on soft corals or are free-ranging.


Nick Robertson-Brown

July's Sport Diver magazine bears a cover image by BSoUP Member Nick Robertson-Brown taken on their Portugal Wining & Diving trip to the Algarve, Portugal. It depicts his wife and dive buddy Caroline looking through ship's wheel of the Ocean Revival.

The Ocean Project Revival is born with the objective to promote the underwater tourism in the region by creating an exceptional diving destination. For the first time, four vessels connected by a common history were deliberately sunk in the same place.

The four warships, representative of a Navy Fleet, form the largest single artificial reef structure in the world with the ideal conditions for the proliferation of marine life.

Further Cover Shots.

If you are a BSoUP member and have cover shots not included on the website please send an image with details.

Sports Diver - Nick Robertson Brown
Sport Diver - Nick Robertson-Brown -July 2015

Northern Underwater Photography Group

NUPG - Next meeting

Monday 8th June 2015

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

Speakers – Phil and Anne Medcalf on the Maldives & Wendy Northway “Here be Dragons!”

Competition Theme – Mouths & Teeth

Favourite 5 – Derek Haslam

For further details about NUPG please visit

BUPG - Next meeting

Tuesday 9th June 2015

The next meeting of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group takes place on Tuesday June 9th at the usual venue, The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)  

Monthly Presentation - Monochrome

Presentation - Underwater Photography in the UK - a 10 year retrospective by Rob Bailey

For further details about BUPG please visit

Bristol Underwater Photography Group

in focus 104
Cover image: Tiny crabs in seapen, Komodo
Photo by Joss Woolf

in focus - Latest issue

The latest issue of BSoUP's magazine ' in focus' has been mailed to all members who have renewed this year.

Issue 105 includes Editorial by Joss Woolf; Through Snell's Window an interview with Mark Drayton; Wonderland by Laura Storm; Focus On competition results; Shark Diving in the Bahamas - is it a holiday? by Mark Feldman; How BSoUP helped me bring home the bacon by Dave Smith; Royal Photographic Society by Pash Baker and Rob White; Seasearch For The Underwater Photographer by Sheilah Openshaw

BSoUP Members only may download this issue, but you will be prompted to login.

To get your copy why not join BSoUP?

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.

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