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News - March 2016

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February 2016
News Archive

Website of the Week - Arthur Kingdon
Environmental Photographer of the Year
Focus On - April - Crustaceans
Website of the Week - Steve Jones
Focus On - Natural Light - Results
Website of the Week - Super Jolly
Underwater Photographer of the Year

Underwater Photography Masterclass
UwP - Latest issue
BSoUP March Meeting
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016
BSoUP on the Web in the past month
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Website of the Week - Arthur Kingdon

"My interest in photography began many years ago when I was around fourteen. My father was an accomplished amateur photographer with his own darkroom and I remember being fascinated as the monochrome images would slowly appear in the developing tray.

As I was also interested in aircraft, I thought there could be no better career than to join the Royal Air Force as a photographer. After serving my photographic apprenticeship, I enjoyed some two and a half years photographing all manner of interesting stuff before applying for and being accepted for aircrew training."

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Arthur Kingdon
Website of the Week - Arthur Kingdon

EPOTY 2016
Environmental Photographer of the Year

Environmental Photographer of the Year

Deadline: 18 April 2016

The Environmental Photographer of the Year competition is once again calling for entries from environmentally conscious photographers and filmmakers of all ages, nationalities and abilities. We are offering you the chance to use your photographic and filmmaking talents to promote an understanding of contemporary global environmental and social issues including climate change, sustainable development, biodiversity and human rights. If successful, your work will be featured by major global media and at high profile events around the world. The competition offers prize money of £6,000 and is FREE to enter.

The works will be displayed at the Royal Geographical Society in London in June 2016, followed by a tour to forest venues nationally, supported by Forestry Commission England.

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Focus On - April - Crustaceans

The April competition is now open to BSoUP Members only with a deadline of Sunday 10th April at one minute to midnight.  

Subject: Crustaceans. The choice here is huge - from crabs, shrimps, lobsters etc etc. If in doubt, look up 'Crustacea' and you may be surprised just how extensive this group is underwater.

Please submit your single image as a jpeg at 1400 pixels wide (landscape) or 1050 pixels tall (portrait) at 72 pixels/inch and file size less than 1MB. The wrong resolution or size may put you at a disadvantage and an sRGB colour profile may look best when projected.

Trevor Ress
Trevor Rees' winning image
Focus On - Crustaceans - May 2012

Our judge to try and impress this month is Alex Mustard.

It's a good idea to check the Rules before submitting. Entries are anonymous during judging and all images will be projected at the meeting. 

Steve Jones
Steve Jones

Website of the Week - Steve Jones

Steve Jones is an underwater photographer and journalist based in the UK.  He is a photographer-in-residence at the Ocean Geographic Society and a member of the Ocean Artists Society. He has over 25 years diving experience and spent most of the 90’s working as a professional dive guide and instructor in the Indian Ocean. It was there that his passion for photography led to him working as guide to a number of the worlds premier underwater photographers and subsequently in 1996, respected German magazine “Unterwasser” published his own work.

Steve’s images and articles have subsequently gone on to be published in over 25 countries in journals such as Ocean Geographic, Tauchen and Scuba Diving and newspapers including the Times and the Telegraph. He has contributed to numerous book projects and along the way his work has picked up a number of awards.

Steve’s images and articles have subsequently gone on to be published in over 25 countries in journals such as Ocean Geographic, Tauchen and Scuba Diving and newspapers including the Times and the Telegraph. He has contributed to numerous book projects and along the way his work has picked up a number of awards.

He has also been invited to speak internationally on various marine issues, including at the International Boat Show in Düsseldorf “BOOT”, Photokina, Celebrate the Sea and ADEX.

He is truly in his element when leading expeditions to remote and unexplored locations and in 2010 Steve was a team leader on the ground breaking “Elysium” Expedition to Antarctica, the aims of which included producing a documentary and book to commemorate the forthcoming centenary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

Focus On - Natural Light - Results

Congratulations to Alex Mustard who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition - Natural Light with an image of Stingrays over seagrass taken in Grand Cayman with a Nikon D4 and Nikonos RS 13 mm lens.

Congratulations also to David Alpert and Becky Drayton who came second and third respectively. David's image was of and Orca Whale taken 300 km inside the Arctic Circle. The closest outpost – was the village of Husøy – Fjordgard, Northern Norway taken witha Canon S120, 1/50th @ f1.8, ISO 1250. Beckys' image is of a Blacktip Reed Shark in Cave in the sourhern Red Sea taken with a Sony A6000 and Tokina 10-17 mm lens (at 10 mm), ISO 1250, 1/40th @ f10.

Alex Mustard
1st - Alex Mustard

David Alpert
2nd - David Alpert

A total of 31 entries were submitted and these were judged by Saeed Rashid.

The top six:-

Position Photographer
1 Alex Mustard
2 David Alpert
3 Becky Drayton
4 Laura Storm
5 Neil Rosewarn
6 Peter Tatton


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 Saeed'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 - Crsutacean. 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 72 pixels/inch. Please read the Rules before entering.

Becky Drayton
3rd - Becky Drayton

Super Jolly
Super Jolly

Website of the Week - Super Jolly

Super Jolly is an underwater photographer and writer with a love of travel, and a passion to explore the world.

Having travelled to some amazing destinations around the world she would like to share her experiences with others and is available for photo journalism features & photo-essays.

She has a large selection of images in my gallery for sale to use for promotional material of trips and resorts. Please complete the contact information and she’ll get right back to you.

World Champion Underwater Photographer

Congratulations to BSoUP Member Terry Steeley who won the title of World Champion in the 2015 Underwater Photograpnhy competition with 165 entries, out of which 37 having been shortlisted and awarded 7 medals. Terry was an active and passionate diver but it was not until the Spring of 2012 that he first took a DSLR camera into the water. He is no longer a diver but is an observer, and the oceans, rivers and lakes are his studio.

Congratulations also to BSoUP Members Paul Colley winner the Gold Medal iin the Wide-angle - Divers category; Henley Spiers, winner the Bronze Medal iin the Wide-angle - Divers category; Susanna Snowden-Smith winner of the Bronze Medal in the Macro / Close up category; Nick Blake, winner of GOld Medal in the Temperate Waters category; Ellen Culaerts, winner of the Silver Medal in the Tempertae Waters category; and Paul Colley winner the Bronze Medal iin the Freshwater category.

Terry Steeley
Six of seven of Terry's award winning images

Alex Mustard Underwtaer Masterclass

Underwater Photography Masterclass by Alex Mustard

A new book by Alex Mustard, one of the world's leading underwater photographers, is packed with beautiful images of colourful sea creatures and advice on how to capture photos like these. The book is called Underwater Photography Masterclass, and that's exactly what it aims to be. From information about diving equipment and cameras, to advice on controlling light underwater, this book provides all the background you need before you take the plunge.

"It includes everything from how to get a pygmy seahorse to face your camera to why you want to flinch first when playing chicken with a basking shark," he says.

"There are many reasons for his fascination with underwater photography, not least because water covers much more of our planet than land. He says one of the great joys is being able to move freely in three dimensions. This means I can approach my subjects from whatever angle I choose, selecting the best viewpoint for a photograph," he says. "Imagine how different photography on land would be if everyone could fly?"

UwP - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Underwater Photography magzine is available for download.

Issue 89 includes Editorial. UPY Yearbook 2016
Black is the new black, My Shot, News Travel & Events, New Products, Equipment reviews, Competitions, Interview, Books, Techniques, Locations, My Shot by Tony Myshlyaev & Shane Wasik and Parting Shot by Peter Rowlands.

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UwP 89
UwP Issue 89. Cover: Alejandro Prieto

Saeed Rashid
Saeed Rashid

BSoUP March Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 15th March 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.

Saeed Rashid  was awarded a HIGHLY COMMENDED in the Wide Angle category of the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition with his image: 'The Tank'. The Tank is in fact an anti-aircraft US-built M42 Duster, sunk in the 1980s by the now King of Jordan as an artificial reef in seven metres of water. Saeed will tell us about diving in Aqaba, where the shot was taken.

Saeed has been taking underwater pictures for the past 15 years, and started just to pass the time underwater.  He currently uses a Canon 7D in a Nauticam housing.  For the last few years, Saeed has been leading underwater photography trips for blue o two to the Red Sea and the Maldives. He also runs Adobe Lightroom courses aimed at underwater photographers to help them improve their post processing skills and he fits all that in between his day job at Bournemouth University where he teaches Print Design.

Focus-on competition – Natural Light
The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 31 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 Saeed Rashid.  At the meeting all entries will be shown and Saeed will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them. 
FOvcus )n - Natural Light
Dan Bolt
Dan Bolt
Dan Bolt has been awarded British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016 for his beautiful photograph of a juvenile shark in its egg-case 'Catshark Supernova'. In his talk, “Winning in your back-yard” he will explore how familiarity with sites and the life that can be found there throughout the seasons can help you take images that stand out from the crowd. (Note:  your ‘back-yard’ could be somewhere abroad that you visit regularly too!)

Dan first learned to dive with Torbay branch of BSAC back in 1987 when he was 13 years old and hasn’t looked back since. His interest in underwater photography started when the digital era made it relatively cheap for sport divers to take up the challenge. Since then he has used a stream of Canon, Olympus and Fuji cameras, including a dSLR, but currently uses an Olympus E-M1 micro 4/3rds camera in an Aquatica AE-M1 housing. For his style of diving/snorkeling, its small size, quick response and superb image quality make it the perfect tool. 
Much of his spare time is spent exploring new diving/snorkeling sights, from the shore and from his kayak. This has given him a new perspective on the UK coastline and inland sites and continues to provide new photographic opportunities. He has had articles and photos published in DIVE,  SCUBA, Sport Diver, DIVER and Underwater Photography Magazine and has contributed images to The Wildlife Trusts and Seasearch for their campaigns for protection of the UK’s coastal waters.

 “Underwater photography is, first and foremost, my hobby. I enjoy immensely the challenges and rewards it provides and it allows me to switch off from my day-job in I.T.”

In both 2011 and 2013 he won the BSoUP Splash-In. In 2014 he co-authored an electronic book about Nudibranchs of South West England with Terry Griffiths and Bernard Picton.

British WIldlife Photography Awards
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016

Deadline: 30th April 2016

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

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