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News - January 2016

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December 2015
News Archive

Mastering Color in Underwater Photography
Website of the Week - Adam Hanlon
PNWDiver - Latest issue
Focus On - Best of 2015 - Results
Website of the Week - John Gulland
BSoUP / UPY Dinner
LIDS 2016
Polynesia - An Ocean Realm
BSoUP January Meeting
Website of the Week - Martyn Guess
Nikon D500

Ocean Art U/W Photo Competition - Winners
Nikon Action Camera - KeyMission 360
Website of the Week - Jason Gregory
UwP - Latest issue
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016
Our World Underwater 2016
DEEP Indonesia 2016
Website of the Week - Charles Erb
BSoUP on the Web in the past month
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Mastering COlour in Underwater Photography
Mastering Color in Underwater Photography
by Alex Mustard in DPG

Mastering Color in Underwater Photography

By Alex Mustard

Color is incredibly powerful in our pictures. It transforms atmosphere, grabs attention and communicates the splendor of the underwater world. Cool blues speak of the tranquillity of the deep, while warm primary colors push subjects forward, making them jump out of the frame. The work of the world’s best photographers is often distinguished by how they capture light and color, combining the richest blue backgrounds and all the magnificence of vibrant life.

More in Digital Photography Guide

Website of the Week - Adam Hanlon

Adam Hanlon is an underwater photographer captivated with the challenge and beauty of the underwater world and passionate about its conservation. His images and reports have won international competitions and been used in prestigious publications and by world-renowned organizations. 

He grew up in South Africa, learned to dive in mid-1980's and has been pursuing a career "beneath the surface" ever since. He holds recreational and technical diving qualifications up to instructor level from many agencies, and dives very regularly. 

Adam Hanlon
Adam Hanlon

He is the editor of Wetpixel, the worlds leading resource on all things underwater imaging and through Wetpixel Expeditions, Adam leads regular photography expeditions and workshops around the world. He also owns a successful dive school based near Lancaster, UK. 

He is lucky to live with his wife Caron and a menagerie of cats and dogs in a house from which he can see the sea from every window!

Pacific North West Diver

PNWDiver - Latest issue

"We are now a quarterly magazine and this is our Winter 2016 Issue. We hope you enjoy it.

  • Featured: Bob Webb, Chelsea Cameron and Jesse Miller

  • 4 Individual articles with a safety focus

  • More Infrared exploration

  • Egmont Trip Report by Chris Sherwood

  • Squids

  • Acrylic Prints and more 

To download your copy please visit"

Focus On - Best of 2015 - Results

Congratulations to Becky Drayton who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition - Best of 2015. Becky's image of an Oceanic white-tip shark was taken in the southern Red Sea with a Sony A600 with a 19-17 mm lens (@17 mm) in September 2015.

Congratulations also to Pedro Vierya and Gill McDonald who came second and third respectively. Pedro's image of a Mobula shoal was taken at Cabo Pulmo, Baja California, Mexico with a Nikon D800 @ f9.5 1/180sec in Spetember 2015. Gill's image of a Spanish dancer in full flamenco swirl in Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia with a Nikon D7200 in a Nauticam housing and a 105mm lens @ f18 @ 1/250th in September 2015.

Becky Drayton
Winner - Becky Drayton

Pedro Vierya
2nd - Pedro Vierya

A total of 38 images were received and these were judged by Mark Webster, who presented his feedback at the meeting.

The top six:-

Position Photographer
1 Becky Drayton
2 Pedro Vierya
3 Gill McDonald
4 Tony Baskeyfrield
5 Henley Spiers
6 John Parker


The top six may be viewed on the Home Page and 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 Mark'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 the Theme Portfolio Competition - Photo Story. The competition will open shortly. Please note this competition is open to BSoUP members only. Submit your two images as sRGB jpgs at a max. 1400 pixels wide, 1050 pixels high at 300 pixels/inch. Please read the Rules before entering.

Gill McDonald
Gill McDonald

John Gulland
John Gulland

Website of the Week - John Gulland

John Gulland has combined his knowledge as a biologist and fascination with underwater photography to record images of the wonders to be found in the major oceans of the world. He is a member of BSoUP.

Browse Blue Waters Photography for life beneath the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the British coast, the Irish Sea, the Red Sea, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean. See the beauty of microscopic creatures and admire the magnificence of some of the largest creatures on planet earth.

Wreck photographs are a reminder that some of man's mightiest creations are unable to withstand the power of the oceans.

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). If you are attending the London Interantional Dive Show on Saturday why not join us?

To book a place please visit BSoUP/UPY Dinner.

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

LIDS 2016
LIDS 2016

LIDS 2016

11-14 February, ExCeL, London Docklands

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!

Thursday 11th February - 1:00pm-8:00pm
Friday 12th February - 10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday 13th February - 9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday 14th February 2016 - 9:00am-5:00pm

Why not join us at the BSoUP /UPY Dinner on Saturday evening.

Polynesia - An Ocean Realm by Pete Atkinson

Pete Atkinson has published an ebook about his adventures above and below the surface while sailing around the South Pacific. In order to finance this, he earned a living taking pictures and having stories and his imagery published in diving and sailing magazines.

Inspired by the underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau, Pete bought an old yacht on the south coast of England in 1982 and sailed to the South Pacific. He had no experience, relevant qualifications, life-raft, radio, GPS (or insurance) but he says, “I had read a lot of books and I had a plastic sextant I had bought at a jumble sale…” He also had a degree in marine zoology.

Poynesi an Ocean Realm
Polynesia - An Ocean Realm by Pete Atkinson

For 20 years he sailed 45000 miles all over the South Pacific having the life of which he had dreamed, diving with whales and sometimes too many sharks. He found adventure above and below the sea aboard a beautiful, but somewhat marginal, wooden yacht!

Escaping the rat race is the dream of many, but few achieve it. This book shows that with passion and determination anything is possible, even on a limited budget. Pete made ends meet by shooting pictures underwater - using home-made acrylic camera housings - and writing articles for diving and sailing magazines.

The twelve chapters of the ebook cover French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Tonga and Pete’s favourite, remote Beveridge Reef, where there is no land at all. But it has what he loves most, exceptionally clear water and lots of sharks! Two appendices look at the Moody-built cutter Eila and underwater photography.

This is a book not only for those interested in adventure in the ocean, Polynesian life, marine biology, sailing and diving but also those who aspire to escape a humdrum life and become a pirate.

Polynesia - An Ocean Realm by Pete Atkinson is now available as an ebook at US$9.99

Mark Webster
Mark Webster

BSoUP January Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 19 January 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.

Mark Webster: Is UK Diving Really Worth the Effort?

Mark is a UK diving enthusiast who writes a regular column on South West diving for Underwater Photography Magazine. To begin the talk Mark will enthuse about UK diving in general and discuss some techniques for successful imaging. The second half of the talk will focus on three specific habitats which offer different challenges and an appealing selection of subjects. If you don't already dive in the UK then hopefully this talk will encourage you to dust off your drysuit.

Mark started taking pictures underwater when working as a commercial diver in the oil industry and soon caught the bug. He has enjoyed many competition successes and has represented the UK at the CMAS World Championships on four occasions. He has run underwater photography workshops for many years in the Red Sea and Far East and is also widely published, authoring several books, the most recent being Beneath Cornish Seas which reflects his enthusiasm for UK diving.

Focus On - Best of 2015 (best images of 2015 which did not win or get placed in a competition)
The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 38 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 Mark Webster.  At the meeting all of the entries will be shown and Mark will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them.

Focus On - Best of 2015
Focus On - Best of 2015

Mark Webster
Mark Webster's Website

Susanna Webster: Modelling for the Camera - Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs!

Susanna will introduce you to the glamorous, enviable and stress free life of an underwater model! From her first dives to perfecting the required techniques, chasing success on the underwater photo competition circuit, shooting images for books and magazines and finally the joy of taking your own pictures. World travel, tropical and temperate diving and seeing your image in print.....are the highs and lows worth it?!

Susanna began diving in the early 1990s and joined Mark on the underwater photo competition circuit appearing as the model in many successful shots. She has also worked with Mark on the production of several books and assisted in the smooth running of numerous photography workshops before finally taking up the camera herself.

Website of the Week - Martyn Guess

Martyn Guess is a commercial property developer based in Cranleigh Surrey. He started diving over 25 years ago and has from school days had an avid interest in photography.

His first forays into underwater photography were with a Nikonas film camera in Grand Cayman with Cathy Church but for many years has embraced the world of digital photography and currently uses a Nikon D800 and Nauticam  housing with twin Inon strobes.

Martyn Guess
Martyn Guess

He is a good friend and former student of Martin Edge and has travelled the world with his “model” wife Sue seeking out new underwater photo opportunities. A self-confessed warm water diver his ambition is to get into UK diving!

He is a well-known and successful underwater photographer and his images regularly appear in dive magazines and travel brochures and are often placed in top positions within National and International competitions.  He now teaches underwater photographer from his home pool.

Nikon D500
Nikon D500

Nikon D500

Nikon has announced the much-anticipated followup to its D300S, the 20.9MP D500 which the company calls its 'best enthusiast DX offering.' It features the same 153-point AF system and EXPEED 5 processor as the D5. It can shoot continuously at 10 fps with a 200 shot buffer for Raw images. It can also capture 4K/UHD video and also features 'SnapBridge', a constant connection to a smartphone using Bluetooth, similar to what Samsung did with its NX1. The D500 will be available from March at an MSRP of $1999.95 body only, or $3069.95 with the 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR lens.

The camera has a 100% coverage viewfinder offering 1.0x magnification. It also makes use of the XQD high speed memory format first used in the D4. It also has a flip up/down 3.2" touchscreen LCD with 2.4 million dots.

The camera's relationship to the D5 matches that shared between the D3 and original D300, with the APS-C format camera offering the same AF system and similar feature set with only a slight drop in continuous shooting speed and a much smaller body. And, as a first for one of Nikon's APS-C DSLRs, the D500 also gets the illuminated buttons offered on the D5 for low-light working. More ..

Ocean Art U/W Photo Competition - Winners

Underwater Photography Guide's 5th annual u/w photo competition featured another selection of incredible photos from photographers around the world. Over 70 photos are published in our winners gallery, see the story of the shot for every photo!

The competition was judges by Tony Wu, Martin Edge, Marty Snyderman and Scott Gietler

Please visit

Ocean Art Best of Show -  Best of Show - Jeff Milisen
Ocean Art - Best of Show - Jeff Milisen
Shot in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA with Canon T1i

Nikon Action Camera - KeyMission

Nikon Action Camera - KeyMission 360

Nikon surprised the photo industry on Tuesday by announcing its very first action camera, the KeyMission 360, which shoots 360° photos and videos in 4K resolution. Now the company has released a set of first 360-degree interactive videos on YouTube to show what the camera can do.

A new Nikon KeyMission channel on YouTube published 3 videos yesterday. Everything you see was recorded and edited using the KeyMission 360. Use your keyboard or mouse (or phone if you’re using a mobile YouTube app) to change your perspective and “look around”:

Website of the Week - Jason Gregory

"I was already a keen photographer including natural history photography when I decided to extend my range into the underwater world.
I live in Yorkshire, England.

My first underwater camera was the Sea & Sea MX-10, a handy and effective little thing. Second was a Nikon F90x in a Subal Housing with twin Sea & Sea YS90 strobes. Both camera and housing gave faultless service. I also had a Nikon Nikonos V, its lenses, particularly the wide angle were superb.

I resisted the change to digital photography but replacing my camera system and housing was inevitable. And so in December 2007 I left the convenience and simplicity of film photography behind. Approximately 50% of images shown on the web site are scanned from 35mm film 'slides'.

Jason Gregory
Jason Gregory

My first digital system was the Nikon D200 also in a Subal housing, with my original Sea & Sea YS90 strobes. This system also worked perfectly but all too soon Nikon launched the D300 camera to replace the D200. Thanks to a conversion kit (not made by Subal) I was able to use the D300 in the Subal D200 housing. I replaced my YS90 strobes in 2013 with a pair of Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes.
In 2015 I upgraded again, to the Nikon D7100, once again in a Subal housing.

Current lenses that I use underwater are the Nikon 60mm and 105mm macro lenses, a +5 diopter, and a Tokina 10-17mm DX ‘fish- eye’ lens, all used with various Subal ports. Strobes and focus light (Sola 800) are supported by Ultralight Control System arms."

UwP Issue 88
Underwater Photography Magazine.
Cover image: David Salvatori

UwP - Latest issue

The January/February issue of the FREE Underwater Photography (UwP) magazine is now available.

Issue 88 includes Editorial, News Travel & Events, New Products, Equipment reviews, Techniques, Interview with Jones & Shimlock, Marine Life, Locations and Parting Shot.

Issue 88 of UwP is free to download in a pdf format after a simple registration.

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.

UPY 2016
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016

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.

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 and 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.

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."

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