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News - February 2016

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January 2016
News Archive

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Dive Ireland 2016
Website of the Week - Jo Horrocks
Anima Mundi - Latest issue
Photo Story Results
DIVER Magazine - Latest issue
Website of the Week - Charles Hood
Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016
ADEX 2016
BSoUP February Meeting

Website of the Week - Anthony Holley
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016
Website of the Week - Mark Harris
LIDS 2016
BSoUP / UPY Dinner
Our World Underwater 2016
DEEP Indonesia 2016
BSoUP on the Web in the past month
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Deadline: 25 February 2016

Are you ready for the fifty-second Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition? Enter from 4 January 2016 to 25 February 2016.

Judges are looking for outstanding images that raise awareness of nature's beauty and fragility, while also championing the highest ethical standards in wildlife photography. From intimate animal portraits to atmospheric landscapes, groundbreaking photojournalism to innovative technique, the 2016 jury wants to see it all.

Get ready to join the legacy. 

Keep up to date with the latest Wildlife Photographer of the Year news on our blog, or find us on Twitter and Facebook.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Dive Ireland Expo
Dive Ireland Expo

Dive Ireland 2016

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th March

Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone

Dive Ireland is not only the Irish Underwater Council's AGM. It is also a place to see some fantastic underwater photography. Some of you more dryer photographers might even pick up a trick or two!

It is also a place to learn a bit about the history surrounding the 1916 rising and some of the boats that were involved. Dive Ireland will have one of the biggest trade shows where one can pick up a great bargain from one of the many exhibitors. Book a holiday on a tropical island (yes this will be possible!), buy a wetsuit or some outdoor clothing.

Dive in and enjoy one of the many talks and bargains over the weekend. It's open to all members of the public and it's only €5, children free of charge.

Website of the Week - Jo Horrocks

Jo Horrocks has been diving since 2000 and is a PADI Divemaster.

Always with a keen interest in watching wildlife documentaries, Jo took a housed video camera underwater in 2004 and has not looked back since. She dreams of travelling the world and capturing amazing footage to share and enlighten people to the remarkable beauty and diversity found beneath the waves.

Initially Jo started with a basic housed consumer video camera. With the absence of readily available underwater video courses and materials, Jo has built her expertise over the years by trial and error. Jo has found guidance and numerous useful tips in the book "The Underwater Videographer" by professional videographer John Boyle", and attended a course with John in September 2007 which has helped to improve the quality of close up and macro work.

Jo Horrocks
Jo Horrocks

Jo is a member of the BSoUP and Photosub.

In the past Jo filmed a number of BSoUP presentations so that these can be viewed on YouTube by those BSoUP members unable to attend the meeting. These can be found on BSoUP website at Video.

Anima Mundi Issue 22
Anima Mundi Issue 22

Anima Mundi - Latest issue

The latest issue of Anima Mundi is now available to download.

'Contents of the latest, photo-filled issue include a spectacular scoop by our contributor Lucas Bustamante about his rare encounter in the Peruvian Amazon with a pair of majestic Harpy Eagles with their chick; our own extensively illustrated report on our expedition to the lonely, wind-swept, beautiful Nunavik tundra in Northern Canada; a great photographic tribute by Megh Roy Choudhury to the stunningly colorful Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher; an inspiring photo gallery with a selection of the images from the Global Arctic Awards of 2014; a great article about the protection and conservation of the endemic frogs of Mona Island, Puerto Rico, by Jennifer Stabile and Rafael Joglar; and a spectacularly illustrated, in-depth essay on shark diving in the Bahamas by Don Silcock. Plenty of eye candy and some good reading for you all!' 

Download your copy

Photo Story Results

Congratulations to Mikko Voipio who was the winner of this month's Theme Portfolio Competition - Photo Story. Mikko's portfolio 'Sail or Steam' features a dive on the SS Harald Haarfager in the cold and deep, dark waters of Parainen, Finland. Images were taken with a Canon EOS 6D.

Congratulations also to Paul Colley and Neil Rosewarn who came second and third respectively. Paul's portfolio entitled 'Bridges over troubled waters' highlights the plight of England's urban chalk streams. Images were taken with a Nikon D4 or Olympus ZX2. Neil's portfolio entitled the 'Dolphin Dance project'. Further details unknown.

Only 11 portofolios were submitted and these were judged by Simon Rogerson.

Mikko Voipio
Paul Colley

Simon was unable to attend the meeting, so Paul Colley presented the results and feedback on Simon's behalf.

The top six:-

Position Photographer
1 Mikko Voipio
2 Paul Colley
3 Neil Rosewarn
4 Mark Drayton
5 Lucy Ray
6 Jason Melton

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 Focus ON - Natural Light. The competition is now open. 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 72 pixels/inch. Please read the Rules before entering.

Neil Rosewarn

DIVER Magazine - Latest issue

The March issue of DIVER Magazine features Will Clark's image of a Blue shark, which was the runner-up in the UPY British Waters Wide-angle category. The image was taken in August 2015 a few miles south of Penzance, Cornwall using a Canon EOS 7D MkII with a Canon EF 8-15mm F4L fisheye lens and two Inon strobes held over the side of the boat, RIB Logan, skippered by Chales Hood.

The results of the UPY 2016 are presented and include the award-winning images along with with background information and comments on each by one or other of the three judges.

DIVER is available in print by subscription and all major book shops and as a digital download for iPad and Android.


DIVER March 2016
DIVER - March 2016 - Cover image by Will Clark

Charles Hood
Charles Hood

Website of the Week - Charles Hood

Charles Hood is a professional Photojournalist, Photographer, Skipper, Diving Instructor and Commercial Diver based in Cornwall.

Charles runs charters on his RIB Logan out of Penzance, Newlyn, Sennen, Hayle, St Ives, Porthleven and Falmouth to photograph Blue Sharks and Basking sharks.

An accomplished photographer Charles uses a Nikon D3, Aquatica Housing and Sea&Sea Strobes.


BSoUP mounted a display of member's prints over the weekend at this year's London International Dive, ExCel, London Docklands.

BSoUP thanks Joss Woolf, Peter Ladell, Justin Beevor, Steve Jones, Paul Colley, Nick Watson, Brian and Linda Pitkin, Mike and Jan Maloney, Martha Tressler, Anthony Holley, Rob and Paul Bailey and Jane Burnett who manned the stand.

The BSoUP Dinner to celebrate the 'Underwater Photographer of the Year' was held at the nearby Ibis Styles Hotel on Saturday evening. Forty-eight underwater photographers and their guests attended. BSoUP thanks Joss for organising the event.

BSoUP Stand at LIDS 2016
BSoUP Stand at LIDS 2016
Left to right: Joss Wolf, Martha Tressler, Anthony Holley, Justin Beevor and Martin Edge

David Lopresti - Underwater Photographer of the Year
'Gold' © David Lopresti
'Underwater Photographer of the Year'

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016

The results of this year's Underwater Photographer of the Year were announced yesterday by Alex Mustard at the London International Dive Show at ExCel in London's Docklands. A total of 3,500 images from 54 countries were submitted in eight categories, including over 1,000 in the International Wide Angle category and nearly 1,000 in the International Macro category. The competition was judged by Alex with Peter Rowlands and Martin Edge over two days.

Congratulations to Davide Lopresti (Italy) who was awarded the title of 'Underwater Photographer of the Year' with an image of a seahorse entitled 'Gold'.

Congratulations also to Dan Bolt (UK) who was awarded the title 'British Underwater Photographer of the Year' with an image of entitled 'Catshark Supernova'

Congratulations also to Pier Mane (South Africa) who was awarded the title 'Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016' with an image entitled 'Three Pillars - Practice, Patience & Luck!

Congratulations also to Marty Engels Dunmore (UK) who was awarded the title 'Most Promising British Underwater Photographer 2016' with an image entitles 'Fired up and "almost" ready to go'.

 Dan Bolt - British Underwater Photographer of the Year
'Catshark Supernova' © Dan Bolt
British Underwater Photographer of the Year

Pier Mane - Up & Coming Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016

All of the Commended, Highly Commended, Third, Second and First in each category were shown and all of the photographers who were present were invited on stage to receive their awards which were presented by Nigel Eaton, Chief Editor of DIVER Magazine assisted by Peter Rowlands, Editor of UwP.

BSoUP members amongst the award winners were Nick Blake, Spencer Burrows, Will Clark, Paul Colley, Matt Doggett, Marty Engels Dunmore, Cathy Lewis Steve Jones, Damien McGuirk, Saeed Rashid, Trevor Rees and Alex Tattersall. Congratulation to you all!

The full results are now on the UPY website. The competition was generously sponsored by some of the great brands of the underwater world.

ADEX 2016 Singapore

April 15-17 2016

ADEX 2016 will be held in Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. Suntec Singapore is a world-class venue located at the heart of Asia's most integrated meetings, conventions and exhibitions hub, which over the last 16 years has hosted more than 18,000 events.

ADEX is the longest running and the largest dive expo in Asia celebrating its 21st year in 2016. A must-attend event for anyone interested or involved in the world of diving, the event has seen a continuous increase in visitors over the past few years, with ADEX 2015 attracting a total of 41,053 visitors over three days.

Alex Mustard is the Head Judge for the ADEX Voice of the Ocean Competition 2016 and will be speaking at ADEX

For further information please visit ADEX 2016

Adex 2016

Simon Rogerson
Simon Rogerson

BSoUP February Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 16 February 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.

Simon Rogerson:  Repeating the competition we began last year, Photo Story – what the editor wants!  Every month, Simon makes decisions on about 30 articles of differing lengths and styles that will eventually fill the pages of SCUBA magazine, many of which are photo stories. All the time he is editing these stories, he is making commissions for future issues, assessing proposals and advising contributors. So, what makes a good photo story and how does he choose them? What does he look for in a series of images to impress his readers and what common mistakes does he see when images are presented to him? Simon will explain how he makes his decisions, and will then go on to present the winning entries (and those which didn’t quite make it) in the Photo Story competition and tell us why he chose them.

Simon is the editor of SCUBA magazine, having previously edited DIVE and been named Editor of the Year in the 2005 PPA Awards. He is first and foremost a writer, but took up underwater photography because he found it a challenging way of recording his dives. Besides SCUBA, he writes regularly on diving and natural history for the Sunday Times, Esquire, Food & Travel, BBC Wildlife, the Independent, the Telegraph and GQ. Simon was co-author, with John McIntyre, of a guidebook, 'Dive Red Sea'. 
Theme Portfolio - Photo Story
The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 11 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 Simon Rogerson.  At the meeting all of the entries will be shown and Simon will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them.

Photo Story Slideshow
Photo Story Slideshow

Mark Drayton
Open Portfolio 2014 by Mark Drayton
Marj Drayton
Theme Portfolio 2014 by Mark Drayton
Mark Drayton: Underwater Photography the Ansell Adams Way - Creative Eyes and the Electronic Image.
I have taken my inspiration from one of the photographic heroes of my youth; Adams died in 1984 leaving a pile of motivational quotes and many thousands of creative images and negatives. One of the prescient quotations made towards the end of his life in the early 80’s was “I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop.” 
I thought it would be fun to look at Adams’ photographic philosophy and techniques and output from the 20’s to the 80’s and consider how his image-making might have been transposed into the underwater world and the era of Lightroom and Photoshop. So it will be a mixture of philosophical and digital post-processing creative technique. There might be a drop of controversy by asking when image manipulation goes too far, and stirring up the ages old debate as to whether, as photographers, we are artists (of course most of us are!) and the differences between recording and interpreting life in images.
Mark, a retired Consultant Paediatrician, lives in Cardiff yet rarely misses a BSoUP meeting.  Given that he has only completed around 500 dives, his success rate at competitions is impressive. (He won BSoUP’s Beginners Portfolio competition in 2013 and the Open Portfolio in 2014, and has placed in a number of monthly competitions.) In 1979 he was working in Australia and stuck a Canon AE-1 35mm SLR in an Ewa-Marine flexible camera bag for a few days snorkelling off Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef. He knew nothing about underwater photography and had no external light source but he still has several boxes of blurry blue colour slides as a result!

His next opportunity was 27 years later in 2006.  He decided to take a family holiday in Australia and he and his son Andrew set about learning to dive in the cold and murky waters at Chepstow. His camera was a tiny 7.1 mega-pixel Nikon Coolpix 7900 housed in an Ikelite box. From there it was a Canon G9, then his first DSLR, a Nikon D80, still with an Ikelite housing and with a single do-it-all Sigma 17-70 macro lens. The final equipment step change came with the purchase of a Nikon D7000 (now a D7100), more lenses, and a Nauticam housing with all the ergonomic advantages that brings.

Website of the Week - Anthony Holley

"I hope my website will be a useful reference for the many nudibranch fanatics around the world. I use the term 'nudibranch' in the layman's reference to all the animals in the Opistobranchia subclass of the phylum Mollusca, rather than restricting it to the order Nudibranchia only. Sea slugs is another all-encompassing common name.

I was introduced to nudibranchs when I started taking macro pictures back in 1985. My pages catalogue some of the hundreds of nudibranchs I have seen and photographed in more than 3,600 hours of diving in over twenty countries. Some of these countries are not represented here due to most of the diving there being research or other work, and so I was not taking pictures for my own use."

Anthony Holley
Anthony Holley

British WIldlife Photography Awards
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016

Call For Entries

BWPA are delighted to announce the 2016 competition is now open. Whether a characterful portrait, dramatic behaviour, atmospheric woodland scenes, or the secret world that lives in the undergrowth we want to see your pictures and films. Share your vision with us and compete for a chance to win a prestigious prize and the opportunity to be featured in a touring exhibition launching in London. Reaching millions through National Media.

Be part of a competition that is supported by the UK's major conservation charities and celebrates excellence in wildlife photography

More at

Website of the Week - Mark Harris

Mark has been on a long apprenticeship with his underwater photography and reached the point where one or two of his images are passable. One was selected by Brian Skerry in 2013 to be part of an exhibition at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. As a retired freediver he has competed, judged, and taught the subject with students as diverse as whale shark tagging vets, Hollywood actors and TV presenters. He has been four times UK freediving champion and holder of a number of UK freediving records.

Mark is the author of Glass and Water, The Essential Guide to Freediving for Underwater Photography. To purchase a signed copy of this publication (for UK customers via PayPal only), then please get in touch from the Contact page.

MArk Harris
Mark Harris

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.

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.

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

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.

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