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Cameras Underwater - Sponsor of the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition 2015 - 2018 and BIUPC 2015 and 2016

Brtish Divers Marine Life Rescue - Sponsors of BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2017

Carpe Diem, Sponsors of BUIPC 2017


Diver Magazine - Sponsor of the Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition and the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition

DiveQuest - Sponsor of the Underwater Excellence

News - August 2015

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

July 2015
News Archive

World ShootOut 2015
Website of the Week - Nigel Wade
Neville Coleman’s Nudibranchs Encyclopedia
Focus On - Big Animals - Results
NUPG Splash-In and Print Competition 2015
Website of the Week - Fish in Focus
Lundy Splash-In Winners
BSoUP - Next meeting
NUPG 2015 Splash-In

Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea
Website of the Week - JP Trenque
BSoUP / DIVER Annual Print Competition
The World's Best Tropical Dive Destinations
Website of the Week - Under Water Visions
Festival mondial de l'image sous-marine
Out of the Blue - Call for entries
British and Irish UwP Championship
San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition

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.

Website of the Week - Nigel Wade

Nigel Wade is the Technical Editor for DIVER Magazine UK specialising in underwater photography and scuba diving. Producing editorial and pictorial articles covering all aspects of diving from technical equipment reviews, trip reports, course reviews and safety features. Full articles can be found here

Nigel lives with his wife Karen and their two Birman cats in the beautiful county of West Berkshire in rural southern England. Having retired from the Fire Service in 2010 after 31 wonderful years of service he’s now free to pursue a career in diving, photography and writing.

In 2008 Nigel was awarded the title of UK and Ireland “Underwater photographer of the year“.

Nigel’s a member of the Royal Photographic Society having been awarded an Associateship (ARPS) via assessment for a submission of 15 images captured exclusively underwater.

Nigel Wade
Nigel Wade

Coleman, N. 2015. Nudibranch Encyclopedia
Neville Coleman’s Nudibranchs Encyclopedia
Catalogue of Asia / Indo Pacific Sea Slugs

Neville Coleman’s Nudibranchs Encyclopedia

The 2nd edition of Neville Coleman’s Nudibranchs Encyclopedia - Catalogue of Asia / Indo Pacific Sea Slugs is being released this September. This is a revised and updated version of his 2008 publication. The book contains over 2000 images and describes over 1198 species of nudibranch.

The book honours the passing of Neville Coleman and a proportion of the the proceeds are being donated to the Neville Coleman Legacy. The publishers are accepting pre-orders now at A$49.95

Other books plus laptops, smartphones and tablets may be purchased from our Online Shop. Each purchase earns a small commission for BSoUP.

Focus On - Big Animals - Results

Congratulations to Laura Storm who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition - Big Animals. Laura's image is of a Tiger shark and her remora companions taken at Tiger Beach, The Bahamas using a Canon 550D, Sea & Sea RDX550D housing. ISO 200. 1/200secs @ f /13, INON s2000's

Congratulations also to Ellen Cuylaerts and Len Deeley who came second and third respectively. Ellen's image is of a Manatee calf and mom at 3 Sisters Springs, Crystal River, Florida, U.S.A. taken with a Nikon D800, Nikkor 16mm lens, natural light. Len's image is of frolicking Sea Lions taken at Darwin Island Galapagos using a Nikon F90X.

Laura Storm
Winner: Laura Storm

Ellen Cuylaerts

There were a total of 22 entries and the competition was judged by Alex Tattersall.

The top six:-

Position Photographer Subject
1 Laura Storm Tiger Shark
2 Ellen Cuylaerts Manatees
3 Len Deeley Sea Lions
4 Mark Pickford Trevally
5 Cathy Lewis Humpback Whale
6 Pedro Vierya Oeanic whitetip


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 Nick'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 Underwater Excellence. The competition will open shortly. Please note this competition is open to BSoUP members only. Submit your three images as sRGB jpgs at a max. 1400 pixels wide, 1050 pixels high at 72 pixels/inch. Please read the Rules before entering.

Len Deeley

Caroline Robertson Brown
System Macro and Overall winner
Shannies by Caroline Robertson-Brown

NUPG Splash-In and Print Competition 2015

Every summer since 2000, when the Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG) was founded, they have organised a one day underwater photography competition which takes place anywhere in North Wales. Anglesey has traditionally been the focal point for the judging of the event, and for the third year running, the society has synchronised the event to coincide with the Anglesey Scubafest.

It features a splash-in competition, where competitors have to take images on the day, in the sea, and only in marine waters around the North Wales coast line. In the past, the competition has been restricted to NUPG members only, but since the linkup with scubafest, the event is open to all comers and is now one of the best attended splash-ins in the country. This year 21 registered and 14 submitted images for judging.


Website of the Week - Fish in Focus

fishinfocus underwater photography exists to help you get more out of your underwater photography.  Join award winning photographer Mario Vitalini and start taking better photos. From complete starters through to serious amateurs, we are able to support you with a complete and flexible range of courses for all levels.  We offer practical knowledge and honest advice you can trust alongside a carefully selected range of cameras, housings and accessories.  We quite literally breathe underwater photography… and love any opportunity to help make taking incredible pictures underwater all the easier and more fun.

See more at:

Fish in Foucs. Mario Vitalini
fishinfocus underwater photography

Jonathan Aird
Jewel Anemones by Mark Lavington

Lundy Splash-In Winners

The 2015 winners of the annual underwater photography Splash-In competition have been announced.

The tiny island of Lundy - just three miles long by a mile and a half wide - located off the North Devon coastline in the Bristol Channel welcomed divers from around the UK for its annual underwater photography Splash-In competition over the weekend of 1st - 2nd August.

The competition attracted a good number of divers as entrants chose from four different categories: Mega to Macro; Marine Abstract; Simply Marine and Spirit of the Marine protected Area - before presenting their chosen images to the judging team.

A total of 62 images were submitted in four categories.

Taking top spot in the Marine Abstract category and also chosen as Overall Winner by judges for his shot of an anemone entitled 'Jester's Hat,' Jonathan Aird spent three dives and a total of three and a half hours underwater searching for the right subject.

Maggs Ashton's colourful 'Yellow Power' bagged first place in the Spirit of the Marine Protected Area category while BSoUP Member Mike Deaton's brace of grey seal images finished in top spot in both Mega to Macro and Simply Marine categories.

More at

BSoUP - Next meeting

Tuesday 18 August 2015

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 18 August 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.

Alex Tattersall: Follow the yellow brick road to the land of WOW.  With so many images out there, how can we possibly get a WOW reaction to our photos now? Join Alex and his Nauticam munchkins on a trip from the tediously mundane corn fields of Kansas to the wonderfully enchanted land of WOW, an adventure you’ll never forget.

Alex Tattersall

Focus On - Big Animals
Focus On - Big Animals

Alex has been taking photos underwater for almost 10 years, a shameless digital baby, the film days were not something he had to endure. He is now the French, Irish and UK distributor of the Nauticam range although he will do his best to limit using the N word to a minimum during his talk. Alex runs photo workshops for Oonasdivers and is enraptured by underwater wildlife photography.

Alex's talk continues after the Competition Results have beeen announced.

Focus On - Big Animals (images that convey the scale of any BIG animal: sharks, rays, whales, etc.) The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 22 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 Alex Tattersall.  At the meeting all of the entries will be shown and Alex will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them.

NUPG 2015 Splash-In

Deadline midnight Thursday 13th August

The Northern Underwater Photography Group will host its annual splash-in competition this Saturday in Anglesey.

On Saturday 15th August underwater photographers are invited to join in this one off competition. To do so you must register by emailing by midnight on Thursday 13th. Entrants then need to take photos, in the sea, in North Wales, on Saturday, and get them to the Scubafest event at the Anglesey Outdoor Centre by 18:30pm.

Jim Garland
Image: Nudibranchs by Jim Garland
ast year's Macro-winner and Overall Champion.

A £5 entry fee is applicable and you can enter 4 images, with a max of 2 in any single category, into Compact Camera Macro; Compact Camera Wide Angle; System Camera Macro & System Camera Wide Angle. Everyone is then invited to judge the entries from 8pm and trophies will be awarded to the winners.

The event is sponsored by Apeks, Dive Quest; DiveLife; Equator Diving; Frogfish Photography; Frogsborn; INON UK; Mares; Nauticam UK and Scubaverse.

Coral Reefs
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

Last chance to see - Closes 13 September

"Our major exhibition exploring the rich, diverse and beautiful ecosystems of coral reefs is closing soon. Explore these hidden underwater cities where every creature plays a role. Take a virtual reef dive to five stunning locations around the world, see more than 250 coral, fish and fossil specimens and watch a reef in action in our live aquarium."…/coral-reefs-secret-cities-of-the-sea…

Website of the Week - JP Trenque

"Born in France, I learnt to dive in 1980 to follow my father’s footsteps.

After moving to the UK in 1994, I became a diving instructor and spent my holidays teaching people to dive. I also developed an interest in underwater videography, which I thought would be a great tool to share my passion of the underwater environment and would allow me to show non divers how beautiful and fragile coral reefs are. Soon, I realised that, although I could obtain some decent footage, I often struggled to put it together into an interesting story. So I switched to still underwater photography in 2003 with a Nikon D100 and started attending BSoUP meetings on a regular basis. Listening to speakers such as Linda Dunk, Linda Pitkin and Alex Mustard offered a major source of inspiration.

Working as a volunteer RNLI crewmember on the Thames has also given me access to new photographic opportunities, which I hope to explore further in the future."

JP Trenque
JP Trenque

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition
BSoUP / DIVER Annual
Print Competition 2015

BSoUP / DIVER Annual Print Competition

Organised by the British Society of Underwater Photographers in association with DIVER Magazine

DIVE SHOW, NEC Birmingham

24-25th October 2015

Deadline for entries is Friday 18th September 2015

This year we have again teamed up with DIVER Magazine to stage this major competition at the DIVE SHOW at the NEC, Birmingham over the weekend of 24-25th October 2015. A total of 80 of the best prints will be displayed at the show and all categories judged by visitors. A panel of judges will choose the overall winner of the grand prize.

Further details

The World's Best Tropical Dive Destinations by Lawson Wood

"A magnificent and comprehensive illustrated reference to the world's most exotic dive locations covering: the Caribbean Sea (Bahamas, Mexico, Cuba, Cayman Islands, The Virgin Islands, Belize, Honduras, Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao, Tobago, St Lucia and Dominica), Bermuda, the Red Sea (Egypt and Sudan), the Indian Ocean (Oman, Maldives, Seychelles, Mozambique and Western Australia), the Indo-Pacific (Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia), and the Pacific Ocean (Philippines, Micronesia, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia and Eastern Australia)."

"Superb quality underwater photography shows a huge variety of wrecks, marine habitats and aquatic species and there are descriptions of the type of dive you can expect to experience. Each dive site featured can be located via a detailed regional site map, together with travel advice."

Lawson Wood

Under Water Visions

Website of the Week - Under Water Visions

"Welcome to Underwater Visions, distributor and dealer of premium underwater photographic products including Nauticam, Fisheye, INON, STiX, FIT Pro, Subsee, Glowdive, Sea and Sea, IDivesite and Zen Underwater.

At Underwater Visions we live for underwater photography. We welcome any opportunity to dive with like-minded people in the UK. If you want to see any of our products and don't want to venture to us on the Dorset coast, simply contact us, propose a good dive spot, and we'll meet you there. You'll then be able to 'test-shoot' a model before making any decisions.

We know from our own experience as underwater photographers that buying an underwater camera system is a significant investment that requires much research and reflection. We are only too happy to provide you with any advice to assist you and information beyond that in our website."

Dr Alex Tattersall

Festival mondial de l'image sous-marine

Deadline: 30th September 2015

The competitions categories have been modified this year in order to enhance the visibility and notoriety of the Prizes and awards.

New: The Blue Society Prize (1,500 euros), offered by Nausicaa, National Sea Center, will award a work presented in one of the categories of the Festival (Movie, Photo, Portfolio, Series thematic or book).

Festival Mondial de l'Image Sous Marine
Festival mondial de l'image sous-marine

Out of the Blue
Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue - Call for entries

Deadline: 6th September 2015

The Out of the Blue Marine Photography competition, run by The Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit and the Royal Commonwealth Society is calling for entries. The purpose of the contest is to showcase the importance of our marine environment, the value it brings and the threats it is facing. The contest is open for images taken in Commonwealth countries by Commonwealth citizens only. There are three categories: Nature's Assets, People and the Oceans and Human Impacts.

The competition is open to all Commonwealth citizens (and all photographs must have been taken in a Commonwealth country). The winning photographs will be exhibited in Malta in November 2015 at the event of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

Entry is free for up to 5 images. Full details of entry procedures and rules are available. The contest is open for entries now and closes on Sunday 6 September.

British and Irish Underwater Photography Championship (BIUPC)

September 4th 2015

Plan now! Register by 10pm 28 August 2015

For the first time, photographers in Britain andIreland will compete against each other to produce the most eye-catching images from the waters around the shores and within the inland lakes, quarries, rivers and even caves of the two islands.

Entitled the British and Irish Underwater Photography Championship (BIUPC), the groundbreaking competition is open to images taken on any type of camera which is or can be waterproofed. These range from action cameras, smart phones, tablets and pole-cams to the most expensive professional digital models.

Only photographs taken from 10pm on September 4, 2015 and submitted by the same time the next day are eligible.

Full details at

British and Irish Underwater Photography Championship

San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition
San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition

San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition

Deadline: 10 August 2015

This is a call for entries for the 2015 San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition (SDUFEX), that will take place Friday and Saturday evenings, October 9th and 10th, 2015 at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall in San Diego, California.

This is your opportunity to see your work projected in a High Definition format in a state of the art venue on a 30' screen. An independent panel of distinguished judges will select the approximately 30 films to be shown during the two night event. There is no entry fee! Filmmakers whose films are selected are encouraged to come to the show and introduce their film(s) in person on the night of the exhibition.

Full details at

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