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News - December 2015

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

November 2015
News Archive

LIDS 2016
Website of the Week - Charles Erb
X-Ray Magazine - Latest issue
BSoUP 2015-16
Website of the Week - Martin Edge
Anima Mundi - Latest issue
OASIS Photocontest 2015
Open Portfolio Competition - Results
Peter Scoones honoured at Cozumel Scubafest
Website of the Week - Matt Doggett
Next BSoUP Meeting
Bite-Back Calendar 2016

Website of the Week - Len Deeley
BSoUP / UPY Dinner
New 2016 Calendar – Jeremy & Amanda Cuff
DIVER - Latest issue
SCUBA - Latest issue
Website of the Week - Joe Daniels
Our World Underwater 2016
DEEP Indonesia 2016
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016
BSoUP on the Web in the past month
Other News Sources
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The London International Dive Show - LIDS 2016.

ExCeL, London on 11-14 February

If you've been to the London International Dive Show before, you'll know that everything under the sun (and the sea) can be found there. Compare or buy all that "essential" kit you've been hankering after; plan or book dive trips; or meet some of sport diving's biggest names.

Check out the website regularly for all the latest news!

Guest presenters are lining up to appear on the DIVER Stage and Ocean Theatre over the four days of the Show. Some, like TV presenter Andy Torbet, cross over with other spheres of outdoor activity, so even if you miss them on the DIVER Stage you may be able to see them talking in other parts of the hall on the day of your visit.

LIDS 2016
LIDS 2016

Popular speakers Mark Powell (“Training Doesn’t Work“) and Louise Trewavas (“All-Time Top 10 Diving Mistakes“) will be back on stage, as will Alex Mustard, whose advice is regarded as gold-dust by underwater photographers.

Many other top photographers will be offering their own pointers based on extensive experience. PhotoZone speakers confirmed include Jane Morgan, (“Photography in Scapa Flow”), British Underwater Photographer of the Year Matt Doggett and Paul Colley. And dynamic duo Saeed Rashid and Nigel Wade (the PhotoZone’s answer to Ant & Dec) will be standing by to answer your questions in the Digital Clinic.

Expert advice apart, everything else underwater photographers need can be found in the PhotoZone itself.


Charles Erb
Charles Erb

Website of the Week - Charles Erb

"I am a scuba diver and photographer based in the midlands of England with a passion for UK underwater photography. My favourite dive locations are along the UK’s South West coast, Western Scotland, West Wales and the North East coast. This blog exists to showcase some of my favourite images and communicate some of the passion behind their creation.

I am a member of Worcester Divers, British Society of Underwater Photographers, the Bristol Underwater Photography Group and sometime member of the late East Midlands Underwater Photography Group, as well as occasional contributor to Scuba and Dive magazines. My regular dive buddies are Trevor Rees and Rob Bailey.

I regularly give talks to camera groups, dive clubs and other interested parties about UK scuba diving, the challenges and excitement of underwater photography and dispelling the myth that there is little of beauty or interest to see beneath the waters around UK shores. Please use the contact form below if you would like me to give a talk to your camera or dive club."


X-Ray Magazine - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE X-Ray Magazine is now available for download.

Issue 70 includes articles on Barrier Reef and Ningaloo Reef at Exmouth; Honduras' Cayos Cochinos; Canada's BC Wreck Trek; Tonga's Humpback Whales; Solo diving; Maritime Archaeology Program in Denmark; Open season on US coastal sharks; Tech Talk: Is there still a case for open circuit; Scuba Confidential: I just had it serviced; Color psychology in underwater photography; J Paul Fennell portfolio; Plus news and discoveries, equipment and training news, books and media, underwater photo and video equipment, shark tales, whale tales and much more...

X-Ray Magazine Issue 70
X-Ray Magazine Issue 70

BSoUP COmmittee 2015
BSoUP Committee 2016

Brian Pitkin, Paul Colley, Nick Watson, Martha Tressler, Sarah White, Joss Woolf, Anthony Holley, Alex Mustard, Colin Doeg, Peter Ladell and (not shown) Mark Feldman and Dave Smith

BSoUP 2015-16

Those of you who missed the BSoUP A.G.M. last week can read a summary of the Society's acheivements in the Chairman's Address.

Joss Woolf stepped down as Chairman after four very sucessful years. Her role is now in the capable hands of Paul Colley. Martha Tressler has taken on the task of Membership Secretary from Pash Baker and Joss has assumed Martha's former role of as Meetings Secretary. Mike Brodbelt stepped down as a Committee Member. The remaining Officer, Sarah White (Honorary Treasure) and Committee Members - Mark Feldman, Anthony Holley, Alex Mustard, Colin Doeg, Peter Ladell and Dave Smith are unchanged.

BSoUP is extremely grateful to all those who have served or continue to serve on the Committee.


Website of the Week - Martin Edge

Martin Edge was born in Staffordshire, England in 1955, where he lived and grew up without any inclination towards diving or photography. Years later, together with his wife Sylvia they moved to the Dorset coastline and in 1977 it was here that they both learnt to dive in the temperate waters around Swanage, Weymouth and Portland. Soon after, driven by a desire to travel, explore and experience warm water diving they visited the Island of Minorca in the Mediterranean and Martin took his first underwater photographs.

He had never had any particular interest or tuition in photography but his desire to shoot pictures underwater grew into a passion bordering on an obsession.

Martin Edge
Martin Edge

Frustrated by a lack of knowledge of camera equipment and how to best use it underwater, he set out to understand the 'minds eye' of those underwater photography whose work he most admired. In the 1980's he participated in numerous underwater photography competitions obtaining many awards from all over the world. He began to write articles on such a diverse range of subjects simply has a medium to get his work published. Once judges and peers had vindicated his efforts in competitions, he quickly identified that his passion and potential was to teach and develop other aspiring underwater photographers. Over the last 20 years he has done just that. Introduced, developed, motivated and mentored many hundreds of underwater photographers from all parts of the globe. Martin is considered to be one of the most influential teachers of underwater photography in the world today.

In 2010 the fourth edition of his best selling book ‘The Underwater Photographer’ was published. This has taken the underwater world by storm and is considered to be the Bible on the topic. A Spanish translation is available from Anaya Multimedia. Russian, Czech and German translations will be available in later this year.

The other half of this successful partnership is Martins wife Sylvia who has also 30 years of diving, travel and photo experience behind her. Sylvia is responsible for tropical workshop logistics and planning. She acts as buddy and photo model to workshop participants and frequently provides a 'one to one' facility on every topic from underwater modeling to advanced composition.


Anima Mundi 21
Anima Mundi 21

Anima Mundi - Latest issue

The latest issue Issue 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 http://www.animamundimag.com

Contents of the latest, photo-filled issue include a truly stunning essay on a rare find - a fascinating Jumping spider-mimicking moth from the forests of Assam; Part Two of our own extensively illustrated trip report from Sri Lanka's legendary, uniquely scenic and leopard-rich Wilpattu National Park; a beautiful Personal Portfolio by Indian photographer Bhavya Joshi; an exclusive feature by Scott Trageser on the uniquely important fieldwork being done by the researchers of the Bangladesh Python Project; and a wonderful, beautifully illustrated article on herping in Morocco by Marco Sassoe.


OASIS Photocontest 2015

Deadline: 31 December 2015

Is now open the new edition of the International Nature and Wildlife Photograpjhy Contest, organized and promoted by Oasis magazine and AITN (Italian Nature Tourism Association).
The winner will be awarded a prize of 2,500 Euros and the Michele Vitaloni's sculpure.
Ten prizes of  600 euros to the winners of the 9 sections of the adult category.
The contest have two sections (adults and childrens) and 11 categories. 

The best photos will be included in the prestigious catalog and will be part of the exhibition "Oasis Photocontest Tour 2016", which will shows in most important cities of Italy. The event was attendet by over 350.000 in past year. 

For all information and submissions guidelines please visit: www.oasisphotocontest.com/

OASIS Photocontest 2015
OASIS Photocontest 2015

Cathy Lewis
Winner - Cathy Lewis

Open Portfolio Competition - Results

Congratulations to Cathy Lewis who was the winner of this year's Open Portfolio Competition. Cathy's Portfolio comprised six images taken in Hurst Island to the north of Vancouver Island, Canada with Nikon D200 and Nikon D7000 cameras. Cathy won an individual glass trophy and a cheque for £100 courtesy of DiveLife.

Congratulations also to Marco Gargiulo and Arthur Kingdon who came second and third respectively. Marco's images were taken in Sorento and Maldives. Arthur's images included Divers in Mexican cenotes (x2), Diver in Heber River canyon, China Rockfish, Red Irish Lord and Diver with giant fried egg jellyfish taken in Vancouver Island, Canada.

A total of 26 portfolios were received and these were judged by Martyn Guess, who presented his feedback at the meeting.

The top six:-

Position Photographer
1 Cathy Lewis
2 Marco Gargiulo
3 Arthur Kingdon
4 Taner Atilgan
5 Nicholas More
6 Pedro Vieyra

Marco Gargiulo
2nd - Marco Gargiulo

Arthur Kingdon
3rd - Arthur Kingdon

The top six portfolios may be viewed 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 Martyn'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 - 2015 Images – Your best image from 2016 which has not won a competition yet!. 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.


The late Peter Scoones honoured with Golden Diver Award at Cozumel Scubafest

Cozumel Scubafest 2015 was brought to a conclusion on Saturday 12th December. It was a week that included diving the 9 dive sites of the Scubafest Jean-Michel Cousteau Route, presentations by a host of diving ambassadors, including Dr. Sylvia Earle and Jean-Michel Cousteau, social events and stands. The event, that brought hundreds of divers to the island of Cozumel, finished with the Golden Diver Awards which were presented at a gala dinner in the Cozumel Conference Centre. These awards are given to divers who have had a significant influence on the diving community and have increased our knowledge of the oceans, seas & fresh water sites around the world. They are an elite list of divers who have excelled in their field. So it was with some delight that this year, we were present to watch as Fiona Scoones picked up one of these special awards, given posthumously, to her father Peter Scoones.

Dr Sylvia Earle presenting Golden Diver Award
Dr Sylvia Earle (left) presenting a Golden Diver Award
to Peter's daughter Fiona Scoones at the
Cozumel ScubaFest

After hearing a brief summary of Peter’s work, the audience was treated to a scene from Blue Planet, with narration by Sir David Attenbrough, of whitetip sharks hunting at night. Dr. Sylvia Earle presented Fiona with the award, making Peter one of only a handful of people to have been honoured at Cozumel Scubafest. Fiona described Peter as “a force unto himself” and told the 250 guests in the audience about his pioneering housings, the beginnings of BSoUP, and his underwater filming work for the BBC Natural History Unit. It was a special treat for a couple of BSoUP members, there to cover the event for the press, to both meet up with Fiona and to see Peter honoured at an event in the warm and sunny Caribbean!

Matt Doggett
Matt Doggett

Website of the Week - Matt Doggett

"Based in the south of England on the edge of the New Forest National Park with my wife Polly and our dog Scooby, I feel lucky to be in reach of some wonderful coastal and inland environments. I grew up by the sea sailing, swimming, and later diving and can’t imagine living life far from the coast. I got hooked on wildlife photography during a trip to South Africa over 12 years ago and since then have been fortunate to visit some incredible places as both an ecologist and photographer."

"I continue to work as a marine ecologist and balance this with an increasing amount of photography and filming work. I am also a member of the Earth in Focus project."

"I started off my university life studying pure biology but this very quickly moved toward zoology and into marine biology which was really all I had ever wanted to do. I took these interests further and gained a PhD in marine biology from Bangor University and it was whilst studying there that I really developed my interest in ecological communities, their dynamics and their responses to human influences."

"I then worked abroad for the NGO Coral Cay Conservation as their Project Scientist in the Philippines being responsible for the coral reef survey programme. I also worked with the local communities providing educational materials and working with fishermen toward establishing and managing no-take zones as a means of protecting their resources for future generations. Back in the UK I have worked in consultancy providing advice and evidence to public and private bodies with regard to the state and protection of our marine habitats."


BSoUP Meeting December

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 15 December at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in the Union Bar on the ground floor of the Union Building (next to (walk through) the FiveSixEight bar where we normally buy drinks), 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.

Annual Event:  Annual General Meeting.

Links to the papers for the AGM have been already sent (see November News).

As usual the AGM will (hopefully) take no more than 15 minutes!

BIUPC 2016
The British & Irish Underwater
Photography Championship 2015

Open Portfolio Competition
Open Portfolio Competition

Annual Event: Open Portfolio Competition:

A portfolio of 6 images. The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members only may view all 26 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 Martyn Guess.  At the meeting all of the entries will be shown and Martyn will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them. 

Annual Event: Christmas Party.

BIUPC Awards Presentation: During the party, after you have all had a chance to grab a drink and a plate of food, the winning BIUPC images will be shown and the winners presented with their prizes and trophies.

Bite-Back Calendar 2016

Thirteen of the world’s leading underwater photographers have collaborated on a unique fundraising project to help raise money for the UK shark and marine conservation charity, Bite-Back.

Each of the acclaimed photographers has donated a stunning image, along with first hand commentary on the marine environment, to feature in a high quality, limited edition calendar. The result is an exclusive publication that boasts an unrivalled collection of underwater images from all around the world.

Bite Back Calendar 2016
Bite Back Calendar 2016

Contributors include multiple award-winning photographers Alex Mustard, Alex Tattersall, Amanda Cotton, Christian Vizl, Ellen Cuylaerts and Lia Barrett.

Money raised from the sale of the calendar will go towards Bite-Back’s No Fin To Declare Campaign to close the legal loophole that permits anyone travelling to Europe to bring 20kg of shark fins for ‘personal’ consumption. The campaign forms an integral part of Bite-Back’s programme to make the UK the first country in the world to ban the controversial dish.

The calendar costs just £8.99 (+p&p anywhere in the world) and is available online at www.bite-back.com.


Len Deeley
Len Deeley

Website of the Week - Len Deeley

"I began diving as a member of 562 Para Sqn. T.A. back in 1970 with BSAC London Army 328 Branch. When I left the T.A. in 1975 I joined BSAC East Ham Branch 604. However, I really settled into serious diving when I became a member of the Billericay Sub Aqua Club (1620) in 1980 when it formed. My first camera was a Nikonus IVA. A couple of years later I moved on to a Canon F1, which I housed in an Ikalite housing, accompanied by an Ikalite 225 flashgun. In 1998 I changed again to a Nikon F90, housed in an Aquatica Housing, using a Nikon SB26 flashgun, twinned up with a Nikon SB28. Both of these were housed in custom made Housings'. In 2006 I made the transition to digital by purchasing a Nikon D70s, which I housed in a Sea and Sea housing. I also changed the flashgun arrangement to Inons. In 2010 I upgraded to the Nikon D300 in a new Sea and Sea housing."

More..

BSoUP / UPY Dinner

Saturday, 13th February 2016 at 7.00 p.m. for 8.00

Ibis Styles Hotel, 272 Victoria Dock Rd, London E16 3BY [Map]

BSoUP are organising a dinner at the Ibis Styles Hotel just minutes from the ExCel Centre in London Docklands to celebrate the Underwater Photographer of the Year.

All underwater photographers are invited to attend. The cost is £28.00 per person, excluding drinks (see Bar Menu 2015).

To book a place please visit BSoUP/UPY Dinner.

Ibis Styles Hotel
Ibis Styles Hotel, 272 Victoria Dock Rd, London E16 3BY

Diving Dreams Calendar by Jeremy & Amanda Cuff
Diving Dreams Calendar by Jeremy & Amanda Cuff

New 2016 Calendar – Jeremy & Amanda Cuff

Photographers, photojournalists and BSOUP members Jeremy and Amanda Cuff have published a new 2016 Calendar titled “Diving Dreams” which is now available.

Jeremy said, “The Diving Dreams 2016 Calendar features a variety of images, mostly from our dive travels over recent times, and includes destinations such as Egypt, the Turks & Caicos Islands, the Socorro Islands and the UK.”

The 2016 Calendars can be ordered now - please visit Jeremy & Amanda’s website at www.ja-universe.com for further information and prices.


DIVER - Latest issue

The December issue of DIVER Magazine features a cover photo by Joss Woolf of a Diver and Moray Eel.

BSoUP Member Alex Mustard's regular feature 'Be the Champ' focuses on Cage Diving.

Also included is an article by BSoUP Member and DIVER's Technical Editor Nigel Wade on his Red Sea Top Challenge to photograph the ten most coveted subjects.

DIVER is available by subscription at https://divernet.com/subscribe/

 

Joss Woolf - DIVER - December 2015
Joss Woolf - DIVER - December 2015


Alex Tattersall - SCUBA - December 2015
Alex Tattersall - SCUBA - December 2015

SCUBA - Latest issue

The December issue of SCUBA magazine features an image by BSoUP Member Alex Tattersall.

BSoUP Member's Trevor Rees and Charles Erb's regular feature 'Phot0Quest' focuses on monochrome.

Also included is an article on Vancouver Island, Canada by BSoUP Member Rob Bailey and an article by Kirsty Andrews on the Outer Hebrides.

SCUBA is available by subscription at http://www.scubamagazine.co.uk/subscribe


Website of the Week - Joe Daniels

Joe's underwater photography has developed through his love for the marine world which began from a very young age. In 2007 Joe volunteered on marine conservation project in the Seychelles. He then spent over 2 years in New Zealand and Australia, a year of this was working with Manta Rays and Whale Sharks on the Ningaloo Reef off Western Australia. Joe returned to the Seychelles for 3 months as a volunteer on the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles (MCSS) Whale Shark Monitoring Project. After completing his Dive Instructor course in South Africa he then continued on in Seychelles as Dive Officer for Global Vision International, a marine conservation NGO.  

In 2013 Joe and his partner Emily moved to Ambon, Indonesia where they currently manage Maluku Divers, a photography focused dive resort www.divingmaluku.com.

Joe Daniels
Joe Daniels

In the clear waters of Australia and Seychelles Joe found free diving as his preferred method, shooting many of his wide angle images with little other than a mask and fins.  Now his location in Ambon, Indonesia is bringing him to focus more on Macro photography, he is finding himself utilising his scuba diving skills in order to spend more time with each subject.  Joe continues to find inspiration in the ocean and hopes that his images can bring awareness to the fragility and diversity of the underwater environment.

Joe currently shoots with a Cannon 7D in Nauticam housing, earlier photos on this site were also taken with a Cannon 50D in Ikelite housing.


Our World Underwater
Our World Underwater 2016

Our World Underwater 2016

Deadline: February 6th, 2016

The Our World Underwater international underwater photography and video competition, now in its 11th year, has become one of the biggest and most respected photography competitions in the world. The competition not only celebrates the beauty of the ocean, but the art of underwater photography as well.

The OWU competition is part of a unique series that, together with the DEEP Indonesia competition, comprises the largest and most prestigous underwater photography competition. Winners also take pride in being named one of the world’s best underwater photographers, and their images will be exposed to millions of readers of dive, travel and photography magazines and websites worldwide. Esteemed judges this year include professional underwater photographer Alex Mustard, Backscatter owner Berkley White, professional underwater photographer Keri Wilk, Scuba Diver AustralAsia and Asian Diver magazine editor Alice Grainger, and professional underwater photographer Amanda Cotton.

Underwater photographers of all levels, from novice to professionals, will compete in what has become the “Superbowl” of international underwater imagery events. Along with thousands in prizes of photo gear and world class trips, the Best of Show will receive a cash prize of $1,000!

This unique competition series continues to be hosted by its founders, the popular underwater photography websites DivePhotoGuide.com and Wetpixel.com. The competition is held in association with the Our World Underwater dive expo in Chicago.

DEEP Indonesia 2016

Deadline: February 25th, 2016

The prestigious DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition is part of a unique series hosted by DivePhotoGuide & Wetpixel, in association with DEEP Indonesia, Indonesia’s first-ever diving, adventure travel and extreme sports expo.

Photographers will compete in six themed categories to win over $45,000 in prizes, including underwater photo equipment and premium dive travel packages to some of the top photo destinations in the world.

DEEP Indonesia
DEEP Indonesia 2016
The DEEP Indonesia competition is part of a unique series that, together with the Our World Underwater competition, has a prize pool of over $100,000. The prestige of these contests means that winners also achieve the glory of being named some of the world’s best underwater photographers. Esteemed judges this year include professional underwater photographer Aaron Wong, underwater photographer and Webpixel editor Abi Smigel Mullens, professional underwater photographer Daniel Botelho, and DivePhotoGuide editor Joseph Tepper.

UPY 2016
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016

Deadline: 4th January 2016

The Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016, opened for entries on 1st November. The deadline is 4th January 2016 with the winners announced on stage at the London International Dive Show on 13th February 2016.

The competition will be judged by Martin
Edge, Peter Rowlands and Alex Mustard. Major
prizes come from APEKS, Fourth Element, Nauticam and Scuba Travel.

The competition is divided into 8 categories Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behaviour, Up & Coming, British Waters Wide Angle, British Waters Macro and British Waters Compacts and the competition will make four special awards: The Underwater Photographer of the Year, British Underwater Photographer of Year, Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the, Year, Most Promising British Underwater and Photographer of the Year.

Chair of the UPY judges, Alex Mustard said, "this is a competition run by photographers for photographers, to give our community the competition it deserves to celebrate excellence in all branches of underwater photography." Following the success of the inaugural UPY competition, which was immediately established as one of the largest annual events in our community's calendar, UPY 2016 continues with the same format.

BSoUP are organising a special UPY/BSoUP Dinner on Saturday evening, 13th February, which is open to all. Further details will be announced in due course.


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