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News - September 2015

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August 2015
News Archive

Website of the Week - Rob White LRPS
Shark Bytes by John Bantin
BWPA 2015 - The Book
World Shootout - National Team
Website of the Week - Paul Woodburn
BIUPC Winners
Underwater Excellence Results
BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition - Update
BWPA - BSoUP Winners 2015
Website of the Week - Elaine White
DIVE 2015
Pacific North-West Diver - Latest issue
BSoUP - Next Meeting
Website of the Week - Mark Webster
Anima Mundi - Latest issue

BSoUPers in September's SCUBA
X-Ray Magaxine - Latest issue
BSoUPers in September's DIVER
BIUPC Update
UwP - Latest issue
SUPS - Next Meeting
NUPG - Next Meeting
BUPG - Next meeting
Website of the Week - Suzy Walker-Toye
Out of the Blue - Call for entries
BSoUP / DIVER Annual Print Competition
Festival mondial de l'image sous-marine
BSoUP on the Web in the past month
Other News Sources
Free Magazine Downloads

Website of the Week - Rob White LRPS

Rob’s been teaching diving for the past 15 years and has been taking photos underwater for the past 10.

He’s had numerous articles and mentions in magazines and newspapers and has several awards to his name.

Last year, Rob was awarded a Licenciate distinction from the Royal Photographic Society for a panel of 10 images from both under and above the water. Details of which can be found on his blog page.

Rob now teaches diving and photography during his spare time near his home in Sussex and when he’s asked, provides photographic services to good causes around the country.

Rob White
Rob White

Shark Bytes: Tales of Diving with the Bizarre and the Beautiful by John Bantin

Shark Bytes: Tales of Diving with the Bizarre and the Beautiful by John Bantin

The popular image of sharks is of a dorsal fin cleaving the surface as it rushes to its next kill, but this is a limited caricature. There are over 500 species to choose from, most of whom are far more frightened of humans than vice versa. In this beautiful book, diving veteran John Bantin recounts many tales of his diving with several species of sharks and other marine animals over the last 4 decades. Accompanied by his own stunning photography, the captivating, spectacular and sometimes shocking encounters show the reader what it is like to get up close and personal to these bizarre and beautiful creatures. The sharks covered range from the great whale sharks to the small blacktip reef shark, in locations extending to all corners of the globe.

Available in softback, hardback and Kindle.

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015

The British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 6 showcases the very best entries from the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015.

This stunning coffee table book is a celebration of British wildlife as captured on camera by today’s best amateur and professional photographers.

The book includes images by BSoUP Members Paul Colley, Trevor Rees, Charles Hood, Will Clark, Matt Doggett, Mark Webster and Laura Storm.

BWPA Collection 6

World SHootout

World Shootout - National Team

The World Shootout is calling for national team entries to the Underwater Photography Global Championship 2015. Each team consists of 3 photographers from the same country that submit a combined portfolio of 6 images. These can be taken anywhere is the world, but must have been shot between 1 January and 1 November 2015. Judging will take place live at the BOOT show, Dusseldorf on 30 January 2016.

Registration is open now and the deadline for submissions is 1 November.

Website of the Week - Paul Woodburn

"I’m originally from the north west of England, now living on the south coast. I started diving in 1998, at the same time I started working freelance. In 2002 I bought my first digital camera and underwater housing. I established Scubysnaps in 2005 (Scuby never came along until 2008!). I've dived in several locations in the Maldives, Indonesia, Caribbean, Red Sea, Thailand, and of course the UK. As a PADI Divemaster, I've tried to work part time as one, but unfortunately found I have very little time available to give it my all. I also have my PADI self reliant diver, and SDI solo diver cert. I have my HSE medical and CRB cleared."

"I now use a Nikon D7100 dSLR, which amongst other places, I take underwater in a Nauticam professional aluminium machined housing with up to 3 strobes."

More about Paul at

Paul Woodburn
Paul Woodburn - Scubysnaps

Charles Erb
Charles Erb - BIUPC Champion 2015

BIUPC Winners

On 5th September 55 photographers competed in the first British & Irish Underwater Photography Championship. They had only have a 24 hour window to dive and take pictures, and there were strict limits to the amount of image processing that could take place. The competition was judged by renowned underwater photographers Peter Rowlands, Martin Edge and Steve Jones, to whom BSoUP is extremely grateful.

Congratulations to all of the following:-

Charles Erb, who was judged BIUPC Champion 2015.

Spike Piddock, who was the winner of the Close-up category, and to John Spencer, who was Runner-up and to Dan Bolt and Len Deeley who were both Highly Commended.

Charles Erb, who was the winner of the Wide-angle category, and to Terry Griffiths who was Runner-up, and to Charles Erb and Richard Ayrton who were both Highly Commended.

Trevor Rees, who won the Compact/Action category, and to Marco Salino who was the Runner-up, and to Alex Tasker and Ronan Murray who were both Highly Commended.

Pictures, prizes and sponsors

The Winner, Runners-up and Highly Commended entries may also be viewed in the Gallery.

BSoUP Members only may view all of the entries in the Competition Slideshow Archive. You will be promted to login if you haven't already done so this session.

After announcing the awards, BSoUP was presented with clear evidence that the runner-up image and highly commended image for the compact category were not valid for the newcomer category. Sadly none of the genuine newcomers images were among the winners, runners-up or highly commended entries in the other two categories. Therefore, there will be no award and prize for best newcomer this year.

Underwater Excellence Results

Congratulations to Martyn Guess who was the winner of this year's Underwater Excellence Portfolio Competition. Martin's portfolio comprised wide-angle images of Dolphins and an Octopus and macro image of a Pygmy seahorse.

Congratulations also to Nicholas More and Paul Colley who came second and third respectively. Nick's portfolio comprised a wide-angle split image of a Red Sea sunset, a wide-angle image of a Sealion and a macro image of a nudibranch. Paul's portfolio comprised a macro image of a Damselfish guarding its eggs, and wide-angle images of a Trout and sunburst and a Cuban crocodile.

Martyn Guess
Winner - Martyn Guess
Martyn Guess
Winner - Martyn Guess

A total of 17 portfolio were received and these were judged by Trevor Rees, who presented his feedback at the meeting.

The top six:-

Position Photographer
1 Martyn Guess
2 Nicholas More
3 Paul Colley
4 Arthur Kingdon
5 Rebecca Drayton
6 Robert Bailey


The top two portfolios may be viewed on the Home Page and the top six portfolios 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 Trevor'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 Best of British Portfolio. 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.

Martyn Guess
Winner - Martyn Guess

Hidden Depths
Hidden Depths Dive Tours

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition

Deadline Friday 18th September

We are delighted to announce that Hidden Depths have kindly agreed to sponsor this year's BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition by providing the Grand Prize: Grand Prize: A two-week trip to Secret Bay, Philippines, 10-24 April 2016 led by Len Deeley (to include transfers, board, accommodation and diving, but excluding flights) courtesy of Hidden Depths.

Category prizes include a £250 voucher courtesy of Cameras Underwater, a £250 voucher courtesy of Under Water Visions, two copies of 'Glass & Water' courtesy of the author Mark Harris and two copies of 'Winning images' courtesy of the author Paul Colley.

Full details at

BWPA - BSoUP Winners 2015

Congratulations to Paul Colley who was the winner of the Coast and Marine category in this year's British Wildlife Photography Awards with an image of Blue sharks taken in Cornwall.

Congratulations also to Mark Webster who was Highly Commended in the Coast and Marine category with an image of a Barrell jellyfish taken in Cornwall

Congratulations also to Trevor Rees was Highly Commended in the Animal Behaviour category with 'A Knot of Toads' taken in Gloucestershire and Highly Commended in the Habitat category with an image of a Hermit Crab in Brittlestar Bed taken at Wester Ross, Scotland. Trevor also had two other entries Highly Commended.

Charles Hood also had one of his images, a split image of a barrel jellyfish and St Michael's Mount, Highly Commended.

All the winners and a selection of Highly Commended entries can be seen at

Paul Colley
Blue sharks by Paul Colley
Winner of the Coast and Marine category

Elaine WHite
Elaine White

Website of the Week - Elaine White

Having learnt to dive in 2001, she was captivated by the diverse beauty of the underwater environment and decided to combine her passions for diving and photography. Elaine started taking photographs in 2006.

Elaine has since dived and photographed around the world – from Borneo, Yap, Bali, Maldives, Raja Ampat, Djiboutti, Cayman Island and around the UK coast

Elaine’s eye for detail and composition has produced an exciting portfolio of images that portray both the beauty and the unexpected to be found in our oceans. She is as at home with the larger underwater subjects as she is with the smaller close ups and has a photographic style that allows the shapes, colours and unexpected detail in her subjects come to the fore.

Elaine’s work has steadily been gaining recognition – Starting to have success in Underwater photography competitions and recently starting to get some of her photographs published in Scuba Magazine

“I love everything about being underwater and feel privileged that I can enjoy and photograph the whole experience. No two dives are ever the same and you can never predict what you will see – so often the beauty is in the detail and I enjoy the challenge of capturing the unexpected.”

Elaine is a member of Merseyside Sub Aqua Club and lives on the Wirral.

DIVE 2015

NEC Birmingham

24th/25th October

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.

DIVE 2015
DIVE 2015

Alex Mustard is the man who straightened us all out about the contents of our favourite Red Sea wreck, and he’ll be back with a new twist on “Thistlegorm’s Cargo” which requires you to get involved.

Alex will also be talking in the PhotoZone alongside Martin Edge – and talking of the PhotoZone, drop into the audience at the Centre Stage to see some of the finest double acts since Eric & Ernie, including Saeed Rashid & Nigel Wade, Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown and Jane Morgan & Gill McDonald.

Saturday 24th October 2015 - 9:30am-6:00pmand Sunday 25th October 2015 - 9:30am-5:00pm

PNWD September 2015
Pacific North-West Diver

Pacific North-West Diver - Latest issue

The September/October issue offers another round of amazing photographers and videographers. We are featuring Jared Jensen, from Washington who is both a photographer and videographer. Be sure to take the time to watch his extraordinary videos. Steve Taylor, from BC, has presented us with astounding images many using a snoot. Quite a skill, indeed! Jim McGauhey offers years of experience and wisdom about his videography. Dale Carlisle tempts us photographers with the double hose regulator, and Ben Normand offers us a unique photographic idea. Mike Meagher has written Part 4 of his video series taking out some of the mysteries of camera recording. Rob Roy tells us his experiences on switching to a rebreather, and Kerry Enns gives a lesson on the DeHaze slider in Lightroom. Don't forget to check out Bob Bailey's story and Eiko Jones' photography trips.

BSoUP - Next Meeting

Tuesday 15 September 2015

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 15 September 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.

Paul Colley: Remote control underwater photography. 
Paul will describe the camera systems that he built to photograph shy freshwater river fish and explain how they worked in field trials on the River Test in Hampshire.  He will show some of the resulting images, which are already attracting interest from the photography community and the media.

Trout by Paul Colley
Trout captured by Paul Colley
using his remote system

Underwater Excellence
Underwater Excellence

Paul is BSoUP’s competition secretary and has just run BSoUP’s first British and Irish Underwater Photography Championship.  His book about photographic composition, ‘Winning Images with ANY underwater camera’, was published in 2014 to wide acclaim.  He has led photography trips to the Caribbean and Far East, but now concentrates mainly on the Northern and Southern Red Sea.

Focus On - Underwater Excellence (A portfolio of 3 images with at least one wide angle and one macro/close up image. Images can be from locations around the world or from one place, but they do not have to work together as a unified portfolio. What the judge will be looking for is a range of techniques with technical and artistic excellence in each individual image.) The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members only may view the 17 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 Trevor Rees.  At the meeting all of the entries will be shown and Trevor will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them.

Terry Steeley: Preparing award-winning images for print competitions. A lover of the printed image, Terry has been successful in every print competition he has entered to date. He attributes much of his success to understanding how to print stunning images. Keen to share his thoughts, Terry will lead you through the stages of preparing an image to print; exploring colour set-up, camera RAW, image sharpening, soft-proofing and finally print.

A diver since 1997, it was not until the Spring 2012 that Terry first took a DSLR into the water. Immediately hooked, he describes himself as 'no longer a diver. I am now an observer, and the oceans, rivers and lakes are my studio.’  His love for underwater photography led him to take a sabbatical from his day job in 2013, travelling to numerous destinations from Alaska to French Polynesia in an attempt to fast-track his photography exploring as many different environments as possible, learning from many talented trip leaders.

Terry Steeley
Terry Steeley

His love for photography has flourished and Terry never returned full-time to the office. Terry continues to travel developing his knowledge of underwater photography leading big animal trips for Big Fish Expeditions.  

In 2014, Terry won the Grand Prize in the BSoUP/ Diver Print Competition; in the same year he was also runner-up in The Travel Photographer of the Year competition and National Geographic’s shot of the day. He has also placed in many other competitions including being runner-up in the BSoUP/ Diver Print Competition Overseas category in 2013.

Professionally, Terry is a digital expert. An Adobe Evangelist since 2002, he is also accredited as being an Apple Solutions Expert, a Hewlett Packard industry influencer and a demo artist for Wacom. Passionate about sharing his knowledge, Terry has worked with the RPS, AOP and SWPP and has been a regularly contributor at trade shows and seminars throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Mark Werbster
Mark Webster

Website of the Week - Mark Webster

Mark Webster first developed his interest in underwater photography whilst working in the commercial diving industry. This quickly developed from an essential skill to a passion and a fascination for competitive photography. 

Many successful years included representing the UK four times at the CMAS World Championships of Underwater Photography (Sicily 1990, South Korea 1994, Minorca 1996, Norway 1998) scoring Silver and Bronze medals.

Other achievements include Highly Commended placings in the BBC/British Gas Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and winning shots in the 2000 and 2002 Agfa Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Blue Earth 2000, Geographical Magazine Photographer of the Year 2000, Ocean Realm Magazine Marine Photo 2000, Diver Magazine Image 2001 and 2003, Subios 2004 and the British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2011. More at

Anima Mundi - Latest issue

Issue 20, October 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 the latest, photo-filled issue include a wonderful photo tribute to the highly unusual and truly stunning Satanic Leaf Gecko of Madagascar, Part One of our own extensively illustrated trip report from Sri Lanka's legendary, uniquely scenic and leopard-rich Wilpattu National Park, an engrossing documentation of the demanding fieldwork being done on the endangered European terrapin by Italian field researchers and an exclusive trip report from Africa's lake Malawi and its fascinating cichlids. With contents ranging from Malagasy and Sri Lankan forests to Italian marshlands and African great lakes, this is once more a really international issue!

Anima Mundi 30
Anima Mundi 20

SCUBA September 2015

BSoUPers in September's SCUBA

The September issue of SCUBA Magazine includes a cover image by BSoUP Member Charles Erb illustrating his regular PhotoQuest feature with Trevor Rees. The pair take a look at nudibranchs and the passion they inspire.

An article 'Tow snappers, a compressor and a campervan' by Charles describers how the duo have invested in all the kit necessary to explore and take photographs in the Scottish sea lochs in style.

Charles Hood finds opulence and serenity at Pemba Island, off the coast of Tanzania in 'Perfection in Pemba'.

X-Ray Magaxine - Latest issue

X-Ray Mag issue 68 is now available to download. Florida’s Palm Beaches are featured in the September edition, along with articles about British Colombia, blue sharks and symbiosis. In the photo & video column, Rico Besserdich presents an article on how to compile a portfolio.

X-Ray Mag issue 68 is available as a free download in pdf format.

X-Ray 68
X-Ray Mag issue 68

DIVER September 2015

BSoUPers in September's DIVER

The September issue of DIVER Magazine includes a cover image by BSoUP's Chairman Joss Woolf taken in the Red Sea earlier this year of her buddy and fellow BSoUPer Jane Burnett photographing an Arabian Surgeonfish. I leave you to judge whether Jane's hand gesture is for the benefit of Joss or the fish.

Dave Peake takes it easy with some unfettered camera work on the Costa Blanca in his article 'Spanish Reflections'.

Alex Mustard's monthly series 'Be the Champ' focuses on taking photographs of fish eyes. Many species have a reflective cornea which light up spectacularly when photographed.

DIVER Magazine is available in most good book shops and you can download issues for iPad and Android from


BIUPC Update

Fifty five photographers will be competing in the British and Irish Underwater Photography Championship on 5th September.

All competitors should have received an updated information pack and a one page guidance note listing the competition essentials.  If you have registered and did not get that email, please contact biupc admin staff at 

With high pressure finally bringing some more settled weather for the weekend, good luck to all competitors finding your subjects on Saturday!


UwP 86
UwP Issue 86. Cover Alex Mustard

UwP - Latest issue

The September/October issue of the FREE Underwater Photography (UwP) magazine is now available to download. It features Alex Mustard talking about Magic Filters, and Karen Stearns about the advantage of using photo pros. Peter Rowlands reviews the Sea&Sea YS-D2 strobe, Jim Decker the Panasonic LX100 and Phil Rudin the Sony A7II and its associated Nauticam housing. Featured destinations are the Azores and the Uk’s South West.

Issue 86 of UwP is free to download in a pdf format after a simple registration.

SUPS - Next Meeting

Tuesday 8th September

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

Focus On: Groups

5-images: Vicky Collins

Photo forum - Discussion on your images. Upload 2 images for discussion.

For further details about SUPS please visit

Stevenage Underwater Photographic Society

Northern Underwater Photography Group

NUPG - Next meeting

Monday 14th September 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.

This month we will review the 2015 NUPG Splash-In.

Bring in your gear! All members and visitors are invited to bring in their UW camera kit to compare, demonstrate and share tips.

Competition Theme – Plants (Flora)

Favourite 5 – Wendy Northway

For further details about NUPG please visit

BUPG - Next meeting

Tuesday 8th September

The next meeting of the Bristol Underwater Photography Group takes place on Tuesday September 8th at the usual venue, The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)

The monthly competition theme is 'Crustaceans'. 

Paul Colley will be our main speaker and he will talk about the equipment and techniques that he has been using to photograph freshwater fish. He will also give a short hot debrief about the BIUPC, for which judging will be in progress when the September Meeting convenes.

For further details about BUPG please visit

Bristol Underwater Photography Group

Suzy Walker-Toye
Suzy Walker-Toye

Website of the Week - Suzy Walker-Toye

"My two main passions are underwater photography and travel.

It’s not about the gear – it’s about vision and opportunity but this is for you all gear enthusiasts - I have recently started using an SLR (Nikon D300) both above and below water (in a subal housing). See Venice and Cebu for my first stab at Holidaying with it. I used compact digital cameras for many years, for most of the older images I used the Fuji finepix F810 (until I drowned it in Lembeh whilst scuba diving). I then moved on to using an Olympus sp550 (I loved this camera)! See the Indonesia and Peru galleries for examples. I also have a Canon G7 which I use less often as I cannot seem to get on with the seeming narrow 35mm viewfinder (the oli is 28mm)."

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.

Out of the Blue
Out of the Blue

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.

We are delighted to announce that so far Cameras Underwater, Under Water Visions, Mark Harris and Paul Colley have kindly agreed to sponsor the competition.

Further details

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

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