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News - June 2016

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May 2016
News Archive

Website of the Week - Chris McTernan
Len Deeley FRPS
Courses, Workshops and Expedition
Focus On - Silhouettes - Results
Website of the Week - Ally McDowell
San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition
Aquatica AD500 Housing
Next BSoUP Meeting
David Doubilet interviewed

Website of the Week - Archipelago Images
NUPG 2016 Splash-In
Focus On - Silhouettes - Reminder
World ShootOut 2016
Website of the Week - Chicco Maggioni
World's Best Wildlife Dive Sites
BSoUP on the Web in the past month
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Website of the Week - Chris McTernan

Each week we highlight a BSoUP members website. This week's is Sealife Images by Chris McTernan.

Sea life images is a collection of images that have been photographed in and around the temporate seas of Britain and Ireland and illustrate the richness and diversity of the animals that are found there.

The collection is by no means complete yet and will be added too over time. If any image is required please email Chris, who is the designer of BSoUP's magazine 'in focus'.

Chris McTernan
Sealife Images by Chris McTernan

Len Deeley
Len Deeley FRPS

Len Deeley FRPS

21 July 1946 - 17 June 2016

Sadly Len Deeley was taken ill on Wednesday evening 15th June 2016, with aortic dissection, he was operated on at St Georges, Tooting but suffered a massive stroke. Len passed away on Friday 17th June 2016.

Our condolences and thoughts are with his wife Pat and his family.

Len began diving as a member of 562 Para Sqn. T.A. back in 1970 with BSAC London Army 328 Branch. When Len left the T.A. in 1975 he joined BSAC East Ham Branch 604. However, Len really settled into serious diving when he became a member of the Billericay Sub Aqua Club (1620) in 1980 when it formed.

His first camera was a Nikonos IVA. A couple of years later Len moved on to a Canon F1, which he housed in an Ikelitehousing, accompanied by an Ikelite225 flashgun. In 1998 Len 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'. More...

Courses, Workshops and Expedition

BSoUP members running course, workshops or expeditions this year or next are invited to submit details promoting them on the Courses page of the website. Currently there are none!

Please include your name, location, dates and contact details and send them to the webmaster.


Ellen Cuylaerts
1st - Ellen Cuylaerts

Focus On - Silhouettes - Results

Congratulations to Ellen Cuylaerts who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition - Silhouettes with an image of 'Tarpon lurking on silversides' in Devil's Grotto , Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands with a Nikon D800, Nikkor 16mm, ISO 800, 1/125 sec. @ f5.6.

Congratulations also to Rick Ayrton and Joe Daniels who were second and third respectively. Rick's image ' Divers on the shotline' was taken in Malta with a Nikon D610, 15mm Sigma, 1/1600 sec.@ f22. Joe's image 'Turtle in the rain' was taken at Baie Ternay, Seychelles at ISO 320, 1/1000th sec @ f8.

There were 33 entries and these were judged by Zac Macaulay, who provided feedback at the meeting.

The top six:-

Pos. Photographer Subject
1 Ellen Cuylaerts Tarpon in cave
2 Rick Ayrton Divers on Shotline
3 Joe Daniels Turtle in the rain
4 Alex Mustard Sealions
5 Mark Harris Springs Guardian
6 Nick More Manta Ray

Rick Ayrton
2nd - Rick Ayrton

Joe Daniels
3rd - Joe Daniels

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. and Zac's feedback on the top six. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

Next month's competition is Focus On - Wide-angle - Underwater scenes or specific subjects with obvious wide angle background contexts (e.g. reef, open water or both). The competition is now open. Please read the Rules before submitting.

Website of the Week - Ally McDowell

Ally is a dual American and British citizen having grown up in Massachusetts and residing in Bristol and London for the past ten years.  Her background is colorful and varied as she attended schools in Italy, Scotland, and New Hampshire in her teens, graduated high school in Hawaii, spent a few years at Harvard studying astrophysics, and received a Biological Sciences degree from Exeter University in 2013. 

Ally’s love for animals began at an early age growing up on a farm, spending most weekends at dog shows with her family, and training Saddlebred show horses for several years in her 20s.  Her curiosity in all things small and marine was born from observing horseshoe crabs zoom around bays in Cape Cod while quahogging with her grandparents and has lead to exploring the seas of the US, UK, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Maldives, Egypt, Sudan, Sweden, Norway, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Bahamas, Greece, and Malta in the past several years. More at 

Ally McDowell
Ally McDowell

San Diego Undersea Film Festival
San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition

San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition

Deadline: Friday 1st July 2016

This is our third and final “Call for Entry” for the 2016 San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition (SDUFEX) that will take place Friday and Saturday evenings, October 7th and 8th, 2016 at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall in San Diego, California.

This is your opportunity to see your work projected in a High Definition format in a state of the art venue on a 30’ screen.  An independent panel of distinguished judges will select the approximately 30 films to be shown during the two-night event.  There is no entry fee!   Filmmakers whose films are selected are encouraged to come to the show and introduce their film(s) in person on the night of the exhibition.
For the first time, SDUFEX will provide $500 Cash prize to two films.   Each night the audience will vote for the Best Film of that evening (one on Friday and one on Saturday).    The film with the highest number of votes on Friday and the one with the highest vote count on Saturday will each be awarded $500 cash.

Aquatica AD500 Housing for the Nikon D500

The new Aquatica AD500 housing is designed specifically for the long awaited Nikon D500 camera. With 21mp still image, 4K video possibilities, impressive level of low light performance, this Nikon D500 is a worthy addition to the DX format, a much appreciated sensor size for underwater photography.

Aquatica is offering four different versions of the housing to suit your preferred choice of strobes: a version with an integrated TTL converter for optical/electrical connections, one with an LED flash trigger for optical connections, one with Nikonos bulkhead connectors, and a version especially designed to work with Ikelite strobes.

Available mid-July. Full details at DPG

Aquatica AD500
Aquatica AD500

By Hobe / Holger Behr - Own work, Public Domain,
Raja Ampat Islands. By Hobe / Holger Behr

Next BSoUP Meeting - 21st June 2016

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 21 June 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.

Linda Pitkin, Brian Pitkin, and Georgette Douwma - Shallow Water Photography in Raja Ampat

At the beginning of March this year, our President, Brian Pitkin, his wife Linda, Georgette Douwma, and Jane Burnett, went on a liveaboard trip to the northern part of Raja Ampat, led by Shannon Conway and Graham Abbott, who runs Diving 4 Images. 

“Much of the diving was on coral reefs, but we also spent a day and a bit in mangroves. This was such a short time, but it blew me away with the photographic potential, as well as the pleasure of bobbing about for hours in water so shallow that it was more like snorkelling with a tank on your back.

We will show some of our photos taken in the mangroves, which will highlight the joys and challenges of photographing in the shallows at the water’s edge, working with the surface, and contrasting light and shade, in a unique environment.” (Linda Pitkin)

Focus-on competition  -  Silhouettes (A single image - any outline or dark shape underwater that is clearly visible and recognizable against its lighter background.)

The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 33 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 Zac Macaulay.  At the meeting all entries will be shown and Zac will present his winners with some feedback about how he chose them. 

Focus On - Silhouettes
Focus On - Silhouettes

Zac Macaulay
Zac Macaulay

Zac Macaulay - 'Hand of God or Man' in the open sea, versus the controlled environment of the underwater advertising world

Using behind-the-scenes images, Zac Macaulay will present to us the interesting contrast between the two sides of his professional life; wildlife one day and shooting for advertisements the next.

He recently visited the underwater ruins of Yonaguni's Kaitei Iseki in Japan; a journey of 6,000 miles and one of the world’s most enigmatic dive sites.  Discovered only in 1987, it has been dated between 2,000 and 10,000 years old.  But the question is, is it man-made or natural?

Zac will then show the contrast of shooting with Myleene Klass for Littlewoods swimwear.

Zac’s career, spanning over twenty years as an underwater photography specialist, has taken him and his crew all over the world for a wide variety of agencies both advertising and editorial. He likes to convey a strong graphic element in his photographic style using both colour and composition.

He is as happy shooting for commercial advertising in purpose built flooded studios, tanks or private pools for ultimate control as he is in the open sea on assignment. Zac uses the latest digital camera systems, shooting both stills and HD film.  He can offer either light and portable lighting to go on location or the full film crew lighting rig to light larger spaces. 

Zac and his wife Fliss have been shooting images of children and babies underwater for twelve years!

David Doubilet - Master of Underwater Photography

Interviewed by Becky Harlan

Without photography, the world beneath the ocean’s surface would remain an unseen mystery for most of us.

Pioneering underwater photographer David Doubilet - whose first photo was published in National Geographic in 1972 - has dedicated his life to capturing the action, drama, and poetry of our oceans and bringing those images back to the surface for those of us who might never see those sights with our own eyes.

See the pictures and read the interview.
David Doubilet - Circling Baracuda
A circle of barracuda swirls around Dinah Halstead
in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea - David Doubilet

Archipelago Images - Christophe Mason-Parker
Archipelago Images - Christophe Mason-Parker

Website of the Week - Archipelago Images

Archipelago Images is the website of Christophe Mason-Parker, marine conservationist and photographer. Chris grew up with a fascination for the ocean born from weekends at the seaside and BBC wildlife documentaries. The natural progression was to complete a university degree in aquatic biology, but it was not until later in life that he learned to dive. Joining a volunteer expedition in the Philippines in 2006, Chris was immediately hooked and went on to obtain his PADI Divemaster certification. He has since worked on marine research expeditions around the world where he has been lucky enough to witness some of the planet's most amazing flora and fauna. 

His travels have taken him throughout SE Asia, from the Philippines to Thailand, and Indonesia to Malaysia. Following a year working in Mexico for the international community development and conservation organisation Global Vision International (GVI), Chris transferred to Seychelles where as GVI's Country Director he continues to promote marine conservation awareness and photograph the huge diversity of marine and terrestrial organisms of the Indian Ocean.

Chris is a co-founder of the Seychelles Sea Turtle Festival. Now in it's 3rd year, the annual event promotes sea turtle conservation and education. In 2015 he published his first book 'Underwater Guide to Seychelles', which showcases the marine fauna of the Seychelles granitic islands.

NUPG 2016 Splash-In - Saturday 16th July 2016

The Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG) annual underwater photography “Splash-In” competition will be held in North Wales on Saturday 16th July 2016

All underwater photographers are invited to take part in this fun competition held on a single day. Competitors will dive all around the North Wales coastline on the 16th July and then will meet up at the evening venue, The Belle Vue Hotel in Bangor, to submit their images.

The competition trophies are sponsored by companies who have supported this competition for years and the NUPG would like to thank them for their continued support: Apeks, DiveLife, Dive Quest, Frogsborn, Frogfish Photography, Mares, Nauticam UK, INON UK and Scubaverse.

Full further details and to take part, you need to register before the day, and you will be emailed the full details of timings and rules for the event. Just email and ask to join in.


Brett Thorpe
Winner System Close-up 2015
Image: © John Brett

Laura Storm
Image: Laura Storm
Winner - Focus On - Silhouettes - May 2014

Focus On - Silhouettes - Reminder

The deadline for this month's Focus On competition, which is open to BSoUP Members only, is this Sunday 12th June at one minute to midnight.

Subject: Silhouettes. Definition: A single image - any outline or dark shape underwater that is clearly visible and recognizable against its lighter background.

Please submit your 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.

Our judge to impress this month is Zac Macaulay

The competition is now closed. BSoUP members may be view all of the entries in the Competition Slideshow. You wil be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

WORLD SHOOTOUT 2016 - Dive, Shoot & Win!

Deadline: November 1st, 2016

This is the 6th year in a row that the World ShootOut global underwater photo competition takes place worldwide, allowing photographers to participate in an online competition which awards the winners with extraordinarily worthy prizes.
Choose your own diving destination and submit your images taken during January 1st - November 1st, 2016 to 7 different categories and WIN WIN WIN!

Register now

World ShootOut 2016
World ShootOut

Chicco Maggioni
Chicco Maggioni

Website of the Week - Chicco Maggioni

Chicco Maggioni was born in Milan. Italy, where he lives and works as an orthopedic surgeon. in Liguria. He is a 3-star CMAS instructor, PADI Instructor and Dive Master. In 2005, during a trip to the Maldives, he discovered the ease of using of digital compact camera in a housing.

After making 1 or 2 trips a year to far away places he rediscovered his unforgettable first love, the Mediterranean. His ambition is to share the beauty of the creatures, the colors and the wonderful shows so close to home. Chicco has been a member of BSoUP since 2012. Currently uses a Sony NEX-7 with 10/18mm , 18/55m or 16mm lens and Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes.

World's Best Wildlife Dive Sites

by Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Watching wildlife under the surface of the sea - whether snorkelling or scuba diving - is an increasingly popular pastime. This book covers 32 of the very best underwater wildlife experiences from around the world, including temperate and tropical waters. Each location is chosen for a particular key wildlife phenomenon, whether it is coral reefs, whales, seals, manta rays, and so on. Each has captivating images, a written account and a concise fact-panel outlining key species, tips for visitors, equipment to take and the best time to visit.

Experiences include: crocodiles and silky sharks in Cuba; great white sharks and weedy seadragons

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown
Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

in Australia; whalesharks and manta rays in the Maldives; hammerhead sharks in the Bahamas; basking sharks and seals in the UK; turtles and stingrays in the Caribbean; schooling fish and corals in Egypt; the Sardine Run in South Africa; manatees and kelp forests in the USA; and manta rays, anemonefish, frogfish and more in Indonesia. It will be the ultimate tour of the world's marine wildlife hot-spots, guaranteed to whet the appetite of divers, snorkelers and armchair naturalists everywhere.

The hardback book will be published in August, priced £19.99. Reserve and Collect at

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