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News - July 2016

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

June 2016
News Archive

Cover Image - Joss Woolf
Website of the Week - Malcolm Nobbs
Focus On - Wide-Angle - Results
Website of the Week - Alex Myers
BSoUP July Meeting - Tuesday 19th July
Scuba Diver Ocean Planet Magazine
Website of the Week - Paul Morgan
PNW Diver - Latest issue
Anima Mundi - Latest issue

UwP Latest issue
Focus On - Wide-angle
The EPSON International Pano Awards
Website of the Week - Chris McTernan
NUPG 2016 Splash-In
World ShootOut 2016
BSoUP on the Web in the past month
Other News Sources
Free Magazine Downloads

Cover Image - Joss Woolf

The August issue of DIVER Magazine includes a cover image by BSoUP Member Joss Woolf of dolphins and an underwater photographer at Sha'ab el Erg, Egypt taken last month.

The issue also includes Alex Mustard's regular fetaure 'Be the Champ', which focuses on the benefits of dive guides in helping develop our photographic eye, and an article by fellow BSoUP member Rick Ayrton on Le Polynesien.

DIVER is available by subscription or you can download the August issue for iPad, Android, PC or Mac for just £1.99 and save up to 62% off the cover price.

Joss Woolf DIVER August 2016
DIVER - August 2016

Malcolm Nobbs
Malcolm Nobbs

Website of the Week - Malcolm Nobbs

"Nowadays I live in Nelson Bay, New South Wales, Australia with my wife Mary and our border collie Bella.

Nelson Bay is a relaxed holiday town with fabulous beaches just a few hours drive north of Sydney and very importantly has some great diving – check out my Dive Log reports of Nelson Bay and nearby Broughton Island to see for yourself. 
I was born in Kent, England and spent most of my life based in Folkestone, Kent moving to Australia in 2009. I now hold joint Australian/British citizenship, am a regular contributor to Australia's Sport Diving Magazine, occasional contributor to other magazines and am a member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP).

I used to have no interest in diving whatsoever. However my late wife Eve did and in December 1994 I reluctantly joined her on a Try Dive, in the Red Sea. To my amazement I thoroughly enjoyed it and was soon assuring everyone that I had always wanted to dive. Keen to capture memories of my underwater dives, I began shooting video but soon became seduced by, in my opinion, the greater challenge of still photography. Well that and very few people wanted to watch my videos!" More at

Focus On - Wide-Angle - Results

Congratulations to Nicholas More who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition - Wide-Angle with an image of a Caribbean Reef Shark taken in the Bahamas with a Nikon D7200 & Tokina 10-17 @ 13mm lens in a Nauticam housing. 2 x Inon Z240 strobes. f18 @ 1/8th ISO 200

Congratulations also to Mark Pickford and Susannah H. Snowden Smith who were second and third respectively. Mark's image was Schooling snapper taken in Sodwana with a Nikon D300 with a Tokina fisheye lens. Susannah's image "Eye Contact" of a Curious stingray was taken at Stingray Sandbar, Grand Cayman with a Canon 40D, Tokina 10-17mm lens, ISO 320, f/11 @ 1/200th

There were 28 entries and these were judged by Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown, who provided feedback at the meeting.

Nicholas More
1st - Nicholas More

Mark Pickford
2nd - Mark Pickford

The top six:-

Pos. Photographer Subject
1 Nicholas More Reef shark
2 Mark Pickford Schooling snappers
3 Susannah H. Snowden-Smith Curious Stingray
4 Laura Storm Atlantic spotted dolphins
5 Dave Peake Stream
6 Joe Daniels Batfish

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 Nick and Caroline'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 - Close-up A close-up image of a specific subject at approximately life size or greater magnification. The competition is now open. Please read the Rules before submitting.

Susannah H. Snowden-Smith
3rd - Susannah H. Snowden-Smith

Alex Myers
Alex Myers

Website of the Week - Alex Myers

Alex served a Letterpress printing apprenticeship with a division of John Waddingtons Leeds. He went on to work in the development department, eventually designing and building specialist print machinery, returning to production to become Print Manager and then 6 years as Repro Studio Manager.

He served a total of 34 years within the printing industry. Has been a photographer since 1973. In 2005 formed Alex Myers Imaging.

“I have always been passionate about imagery and obsessed with clarity and quality of reproduction, no matter what medium is used.”

More at

BSoUP July Meeting - Tuesday 19th July

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 19th July 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.

Nick Robertson-Brown FRPS and Caroline Robertson-Brown MSc.

Nick and Caroline's talk this month will be about the successes and failures of searching for the images and stories for their latest publication, The World's Best Wildlife Dive Sites.

World's Best Dive Sites
World's Best Dive Sites

Nick & CAroline Robertson-Brown
Nick Robertson-Brown and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline have been diving together since 1995. Their scuba adventures have taken them to locations all around the world, but they still love diving in their native UK waters. Caroline has an MSc. in Animal Behaviour and Nick has a BSc. (Hons) in Environmental Biology, a Dip Ed in Teaching Studies and is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. They are both conservation driven and involved in several charities that strive to protect our oceans and have recently become the UK ambassadors for Sharks4kids. They are both award winning underwater photographers and work as freelance photo-journalists in the dive press and mainstream media. Their third book, Deadly Oceans, is due to be published in August. 

Focus-on competition  -  Wide Angle  

A single image - underwater scenes or specific subjects with obvious wide angle background contexts (e.g. reef, open water or both).

The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 28 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 Caroline and Nick Robertson-Brown.  At the meeting all entries will be shown and Caroline and Nick will present their winners with some feedback about how they chose them.

Focus On - Wide-Angle
Focus On - Wide-Angle

Scuba Diver Ocean Planet

Scuba Diver Ocean Planet Magazine

Scuba Diver Ocean Planet covers destinations around the world, responding to the needs of today’s divers. Tailored content provides readers with exciting insights into incredible destinations. Scuba Diver OCEAN PLANET is published in collaboration with

The current issue of Scuba Diver Ocean Planet, edited by BSoUP Member Gill McDonald features articles by BSoUP members Alex Mustard, Trevor Rees, Martyn Guess, Alex Tattersall, Joss Woolf and of course Gill! Also past member Jane Morgan.

Published 4 times a year you can subscribe here.

Website of the Week - Paul Morgan

"Whilst I do have a wide range of  photography interests, underwater photography has proved to be a wonderful experience for me! Time almost stands still for the 90 minutes or so that each diving adventure takes!

It is difficult to describe the beauty that is all around you. Coral gardens with colour that is a challenge to describe. Undersea vistas that are hard to capture by camera. Variety abounds in shape, colour and size of the creatures around you. 

My website is an attempt to share something of the magic I am fortunate to have experienced.

I am an active member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers and a supporter of my local dive club Sussex Scuba.

My current camera is the Nikon D200. My favourite subject is coral and my favourite dive sites are in Bali."

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan

PNW Diver Summer 2016
PNW Diver Summer 2016

PNW Diver - Latest issue

The latest issue of PNW Diver is now available to download.

  • Featured Chad Tamis, Marc Damant, Rick Waines and Bill McKinnon!
  • Operator features: Mike's Beach Resort and Sunshine Dive Charters
  • Solo Diving Safety
  • Snoot Photography
  • Understanding Sensor Sizes
  • Adobe CC 2016 Release, Photoshop on iPad, Adobe's New Tablet Tools
  • ARSBC Mooring Project, Halkett Marine Park Expansion, Vancouver Island May Extravaganza
  • Diving Goes to the Movies
  • Avoiding Dive Travel Anxieties

To download your copy please visit

Anima Mundi - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE Anima Mundi is now asvailable to download.

  • SCOOP The Golden Pit Viper of Assam
  • IN THE LAND OF LEMURS Madagascar’s Ranomafana NP
  • FLAMINGOS OF NAMIBIA 50 Shades of Pink
  • BLUE-TAILED BEE-EATERS Birds of Beauty and Bliss
  • FIELDWORK A New Frog from the Ecuadorian Chocò

To download your copy please visit

Anima Mundi 23
Anima Mundi #23

UwP 91
UwP 91. Cover © Bassem Jamour

UwP Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE UwP is now available to download.

News Travel & Events
New Products
Product Reviews
Marine Life
Book review
Parting Shot

To get your copy please visit

Focus On - Wide-angle

The deadline for this month's Focus On competition, which is open to BSoUP Members only, is this Sunday 10th July at one minute to midnight.

Subject: Wide-angle - Underwater scenes or specific subjects with obvious wide angle background contexts (e.g. reef, open water or both).

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. Please read the Rules before submitting.

Our judges this month are Caroline and Nick Roberstson-Brown 

Charles Erb BIUPC Wide-angle Winner 2015
BIUPC Wide-angle Winner 2015 © Charles Erb

Epson Pano Awards 2016
The EPSON International Pano Awards 2016

The EPSON International Pano Awards 2016

Deadline: Sunday 10th July

Professional and amateur photographers around the world are invited to enter The EPSON
International Pano Awards to compete for over $60,000 in cash and prizes

Early-bird entries are open now until Sunday 10th July, 2016.

The 7th Epson International Pano Awards is dedicated to the craft and art of panoramic photography.

Advances in digital photography and editing software has resulted in an ever-increasing rise in the popularity of image stitching, especially in the panoramic format. Panoramic film photography also remains alive and well.

The Epson International Pano Awards showcases the work of panoramic photographers worldwide and is the largest competition for panoramic photography. The 2015 competition saw 4345 images submitted from 1055 photographers in 60 countries.

The 2016 competition is open to all professional and amateur photographers with a combined pool
of more than US$60,000, including $25,000 cash.
Prizes include an Epson SureColor P-7070 printer, an Epson Stylus Pro SP-4900 printer, and an Epson EB-1776 Ultra-Slim Projector.

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


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

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.

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

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