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News - September 2016

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August 2016
News Archive

Website of the Week - Duncan Robins
Underwater Excellence - Results
Photosub 25th Anniversary Exhibition
BSoUP September Meeting
Website of the Week - Trevor Rees
BIUPC 2016 Results
Website of the Week - Isobel Pring - eco2
UwP - Latest issue

Website of the Week - Linda Pitkin
BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition
San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition
Ocean Art Competition 2016
World ShootOut 2016
BSoUP on the Web in the past month
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Website of the Week - Duncan Robins

Duncan Robins is a UK based photographer with a specific interest in wildlife and underwater photography.

Based in Newbury, Berkshire he travels when he can both home and abroad.

His website shows some examples of his photography. Any of the photos on his site are available as prints or electronically for media use.

Duncan Robins
Duncan Robins

Nicholas More
Winner - Nicholas More

Underwater Excellence - Results

Congratulations to Nicholas More who was the winner of this year's Underwater Excellence competition. Nick won a cash prize of £250 courtesy of DiveQuest. Nick's portfolio comprised a Caribbean Reef Shark, taken in Nassau, Bahamas with a Nikon D7200 and Tokina 10-17 lens at 10mm, ISO 400 f18 @1/8th sec; a Porcelain Crab taken at Manado, N. Sulawesi, Indonesia with a Nikon D7100 and Nikon 105VR lens, with 2 x Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes, ISO 200 f/25 @ 1/320th; and a shoal of White Mouth Jacks taken at Roca Partida, Socorro Islands, Mexico. with a Nikon D7200 and Nikon 10.5 FE lens, 2 x Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes, ISO 400 f/11 @ 1/100th. Nauticam housings were used for all three images.

Congratulations also to Mark Drayton and Phil Medcalf who came second and third respectively.

The top six portfolios:-

Pos. Photographer
1 Nicholas More
2 Mark Drayton
3 Phil Medcalf
4 Susannah H Snowden-Smith
5 David Alpert
6 Mark Pickford

There were 19 portfolios entered. The competition was judged by Paul 'Duxy' Duxfield.

Nicholas More
Winner - Nicholas More
Nicholas More
Winner - Nicholas More

The winner and runner-up 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 Duxy'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 Best of British: A portfolio of 3 images that showcases the beauty of the underwater world in British waters. Deadline: 9th October. The competitionis now open. Please read the Rules before submitting your entry.

Website of the Week - Nick & Caroline-Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. "We both have degrees in biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick has been awarded his Fellowship from the RPS for his book "Underwater Photography Art & Techniques" and he also has a masters in teaching.

We are passionate about marine conservation and hope that our images can inspire people to look after our seas and oceans. Frogfish Photography, based in Manchester, offers a wide range of services and advice. We offer tuition with our own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques.

Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown

We also offer equipment sales, underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad, as well as writing for Sport Diver magazine, working as Underwater Photography Editors at Scubaverse and undertaking photography commissions.

Please have a look around our website for more details on what we do, the Frogfish Photography latest news, as well as having a look as some of our images in the gallery. Please contact us if you have any questions - we are happy to help

Photosub Exhibition

Photosub 25th Anniversary Exhibition

The Brew House, Guildford House, 155 High Street, Guildford GU1 3AJ

Sat 17th September to Sat 1st October 2016

To commemorate 25 years of Photosub, the club is holding an underwater photography exhibition from Sat 17th September to Sat 1st October 2016 at “The Brew House”, Guildford.

Underwater images from many club members will be on display. Entry is free and there is a cafe on site for refreshments.

Opening times: Mon to Sat 10.00am-4.45pm, Sun 11.00am-3.45pm

Photosub website.

BSoUP September Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 20th September 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.

Paul Colley will present a short talk about the British and Irish Underwater Photography Championship (BIUPC) not only with the results, which most people have already seen, but he will also describe the general atmosphere and how the competition is progressing after the second year in its new format.


Underwater Excellence 2016
Underwater Excellence 2016

Competition:  Underwater Excellence  
As the name suggests we were looking for a variety of excellent images, a portfolio of three,  to include at least one wide-angle image and one macro/close-up. The images did not need to "work" together and did not need to be related. Images can be from around the world or from a single location but must show a range of photographic techniques.

The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 19 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 Paul Duxfield, who is unable to attend, but his comments on the top six will be presented at the meeting.

This competition has been sponsored by Divequest who have generously donated a cash prize of £250 for the winner.

In his main talk Paul Colley will describe how he has developed his remote control photography over the last year and used it to help advance some important conservation causes in the UK.

Paul started taking underwater pictures in 2006 and built a modest list of successes in national and international photography competitions, including top honours in the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015 (Coast and Marine) and Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016 (compact camera).  The Royal Photographic Society awarded him a distinction for his book Winning Images with Any Underwater Camera for its contribution to the research, education and application of underwater photography.  His pioneering work for remote control freshwater photography has featured on BBC television and for the last two years in the British Wildlife Photography Awards.
Always seeking to make more images count in conservation, Paul devotes considerable time to working with marine and freshwater conservation agencies.

Website of the Week - Trevor Rees

"I started diving over 30 years ago and quickly developed an interest in underwater photography. After many dives exploring the best places to dive and and also learning how to take good underwater pictures I have been able to produce a wide variety of underwater images - from close up macros through to wide angle scenics. My preference is for natural history photography but I am also interested in any subject that makes an appealing and interesting image.

Trevor Rees
Trevor Rees
My diving around the British coast includes the Scilly Isles in the south, the Orkney Islands in the north, St Kilda in the west - and the Farne islands in the east. My nearest best diving is probably on the south coast but the sheltered sea lochs on the west coast of Scotland are without doubt my favourite area. I also enjoy diving various freshwater sites that I reckon are often overlooked for their photographic potential.

In creating this website, a conscious effort has been made to showcase images that are mainly from British diving, rather than from coral reefs. I have dived in many overseas places but get more satisfaction from capturing images that show how rich, colourful and diverse British waters can be. Many of my photographs have been successful in competitions and many have now been published in diving and wildlife magazines.

I live near Worcester in the UK, which although a long way from the sea, does mean I am likely to head both north and south for my diving. My livelihood does not rely on selling images or photojournalism but I do undertake some commissions. This leaves me free to use my experience to work in a more relaxed way on my own photographic interests. I am proud to be associated with SCUBA magazine where since the start of 2015 I co-author a monthly photography column."


British & Irish Underwater Photography Championship 2016 Results

Many congratulations to all of the BIUPC winners, runners-up and those who were highly commended.

The winners were:-

Champion: Cathy Lewis
Best Newcomer: Matt Brown
Wide-angle winner: Nick Pfeiffer
Close-up winner: Cathy Lewis
Compact winner: Jason Melton

Full list of images, awards and prizes at

Website of the Week - Isobel Pring

Isobel Pring heads the eco2 centre in Tanzania. Her Masters research focussed on the effects of disturbances in the mangroves of the Ruvuma delta and who has subsequently worked on consultancy projects in the region surveying and documenting coastal environments, and exploring development opportunities for local fishing communities.

Tucked away on the shores of the Western Indian Ocean in southern Tanzania, just north of the local Marine Pak and the border with Mozambique, eco2 diving, marine research and education centre is based in the quiet haven of Mikindani, one of the Swahili coast's historic coastal trading towns, and once the capital of Mtwara region.

Isobel Pring
Isobel Pring

Mikindani and Mnazi Bays offer some of the most spectacular, undiscovered diving in Tanzania and the area is recognized as the centre of biological diversity for the East African coast. Over 258 species of coral have been identified in the area and its dive sites are home to rare species and pristine reefs

From August to November the area is visited by Humpback whales, while Ocean sunfish visit from July to September and Green turles nest on its sandy beaches in the spring.

UwP 92
UwP 92. Cover shot

Tony Myshlyaev

UwP - Latest issue

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

Issue 92 includes Editorial, News, Travel & Events, New Products, Product Reviews, Locations, Marine Life and Parting SHots.

To download your copy please visit

Website of the Week - Linda Pitkin

From early childhood, Linda's interest in the natural world drew her to a career as a biologist, specializing until 2006 in research on insects at The Natural History Museum in London (see Scientific Publications). But for decades her passion for nature has led her also to photograph marine life. She approaches this with a biologist's fascination for living organisms, but even more with a photographer's eye for composition and lighting.

Linda started in scuba diving in 1979 and took up underwater photography a year later, in 1980, joining the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP). Diving usually with Brian, her husband, she has travelled to many parts of the world in search of a wide range of underwater subjects, from immense whale sharks to tiny shrimps, and scenic views of reefs and wrecks.

Linda Pitkin
Linda Pitkin

Linda is the author and photographer of four books, and a number of articles. Her stock photography features widely in books, newspapers, magazines and journals, including Professional Photographer, BBC Wildlife, Nature, and leading diving magazines. Other uses of her photographs include calendars, brochures, cards, advertising, and in an IMAX multi-screen presentation. Linda also undertakes commissioned photography.

She serves on juries for photography competitions, and has been a jury member for BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts), for the 2002 Television Craft Awards.

BSoUP-DIVER  Print Competition

BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2016

The 7th annual BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition is scheduled to take place at the Dive Show, Birmingham in October, 22-23 October.

Deadline: 9th September 2016

The sponsor of the Grand Prize, Scuba Tours Worldwide, has kindly donated a holiday voucher for £750.

Cameras Underwater have kindly donated a voucher for £250. Buddy Watcher have kindly donated a Buddy Watcher Set (plus a 10% discount for all BSoUP Members).

Alex Mustard has kindly donated a copy of 'Secrets of the Seas' by Callum Roberts (author) and Alex Mustard (Photographer).

Nick & Caroline have kindly donated a copy of their book 'World's Best Wildlife Dive Sites'

San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition

7th October

The San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition (SDUFEX) Organizing Committee announced today that tickets for its Friday, October 7, 2016 and Saturday, October 8, 2016 Film Festival shows are now available for purchase.

Now in its 17th year, the SDUFEX Film Festival features 10 minute (or less) High Definition films shot in underwater locations from all over the world with topics ranging from some of the world's smallest creatures to Blue Whales, the world's largest mammal.   The Film Festival is presented each evening (7PM start time) at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, using its state of art High Definition projection and audio systems. 

Each evening's program is different and there will be 28 films shown (14 each night).  These 28 films have been selected by a panel of three independent judges from the approximately 70 entries that were submitted to SDUFEX. 

Tickets are $18 each and are available at Ocean Enterprises (7710 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111) and on the SDUFEX website (  Previous years have been sell outs, so please purchase your tickets early.

San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition

Ocean Art 2016
Ocean Art 2016

Ocean Art 2016

Deadline: November 22, 2016.

The Ocean Art 2016 have just announced the 2016 Competition. Join one of the most prestigious underwater photo competitions in the world for a chance to win from over $75,000 in prizes across 16 categories.

Open to all photographers.

Winners choose their own prizes.

Further details at

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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