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News - November 2016

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October 2016
News Archive

Website of the Week - Mario Vitalini
Website of the Week - Nur Tucker
BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition Results
Beginners Portfolio Competition 2016 - Results
BSAC Jubilee Trust’s Duke of Edinburgh Prize
Website of the Week - JP Trenque
BSoUP November Meeting
Website of the Week - Alex Tattersall
New 2017 Calendar – Jeremy and Amanda Cuff

Underwater Photographer of the Year
UwP - Latest issue
Website of the Week - Ken Sullivan
Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition
World ShootOut 2016
Ocean Art Competition 2016
BSoUP on the Web in the past month
Other News Sources
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Mario Vitalini
Mario Vitalini -

Website of the Week - Mario Vitalini

"Mario, currently a PADI Master Scuba Instructor, has been involved in photography since his earliest years (he started in front of the camera as a baby model, posing in Colombia’s first ever nappy print ad campaign!)  So it was only to be expected when he started diving in 1989 that he grabbed a Nikonos V and started taking photographs.  And has not stopped since!

In today’s ever changing digital age, there are few digital cameras on the market that he does not know.  His roles at Cameras Underwater and Ocean Leisure Cameras allowed him to indulge in his love for cameras. It was here that he also come to understand the problems many customers face when trying to chose a camera… then trying to work out how to get the most out of it!"

BSoUP Annual General Meeting

The BSoUP AGM will take place at the BSoUP Meeting on 20 December 2016 at 7.30p.m. for 8.00 p.m. in the Metric Bar on the ground floor of the Union Building, Beit Quadrangle, Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7 2BB [Entrance via Prince Consort Road]. See Directions.

Agenda and papers are available for members to download from this website - see AGM Documents. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

Annual General Meeting

Nur Tucker
Nur Tucker

Website of the Week - Nur Tucker

Nur Tucker spent more than two decades as an investment banker in London. Two years ago she called a halt to this hectic lifestyle, waving goodbye to the bulls and bears of finance, to engage with her true passion, photography – and some real animals. Having started with underwater photography some 20 years ago, over time Nur’s cameras entered the digital age and her expeditions became truly amphibious.

Nur loves nature and animals, but her love of horses is second to none. You will note some recurrent themes in her work – always water, horses (often near water) and stunning landscapes – hence the name of her website, “Equus and Aqua”.

On any given day you may find Nur shod in her longest wellies, plastered in mud and battling swarms of mosquitos, seeking that elusive perfect horse shot. A week later you’ll easily find a completely different (and cleaner) look, sporting a wetsuit and lugging her Subal housing and SCUBA gear. Either way, Nur always feels most connected with nature bubbling under metres of water or viewed from the back of a horse.

 Nur lives in London with her family She is no less hectic than when she left the City, but is very definitely finally pursuing her dream.

BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition Results

The competition was held at the Dive Show at the NEC, Birmingham. Eighty of the 120 prints submitted in four categories were selected for display at the show for judging by the visiting public. About 1,000 voting slips were completed. The overall winner was selected by a panel comprising Nigel Eaton, Publisher and Editor in cheif of DIVER Magazine and underwater photojournalists Paul Colley and Trevor Rees.

Congratulations to Nick More who was the winner of the Grand Prize of a voucher for £750 courtesy of Scuba Tours Worldwide towards a holiday in the Maldives or Red Sea. Nick's image of Jacks in the surf was taken with a Nikon D7100.

Congratulations also to all the winners, runners-up and highly commended photographers (see Results).

Nick More
Nick More's winning image of Jacks in the surf.

Simon Yates
Winning Beginners Portfolio 2016 by Simon Yates

Beginners Portfolio Competition 2016 - Results

Congratulations to Simon Yates who was the winner of this year's Beginners's Portfolio Competition. Simon's portfolio was taken with an Olympus OM D EM5 Mk2 12 using 50mm & 60mm macro lenses included a Diver with Common Urchin, Long Clawed Squat Lobster, Flame shell, Cuckoo Wrasse, Diver in Doyle, Yarrells Blenny. The images were taken at various UK dive sites. Simon won a trophy and a cheque for £100 courtesy of DIVER Magazine

Congratulations also to Christian Llewellyn and Carole Poletti who came second and third respectively. Christian's portfolio were all taken in the Red Sea, Egypt. They comprised Glass fish on the Kingston Wreck; Hard Coral on El Kafein Wreck; a split shot coral; a Blue Belly Blenny on The Barge; Snell's Window - Rib with crew; and a Diver with glass fish . Carole's portoflio was taken with an Olympus OMD - EM5. (See Top Three).

The competition comprised 14 portfolios and was judged by Martyn and Sue Guess who presented the winning six images and provided their feedback on them. BSoUP Members only may view the feedback and the top six images, but you will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

BSAC Jubilee Trust’s Duke of Edinburgh Prize

BSoUP Member's Sheilah and Martin Openshaw and Matt Doggett were honoured to receive the BSAC Jubilee Trust’s Duke of Edinburgh Prize at Buckingham Palace last week for their work on The Black Bream Project.

Anyone interested in seeing the presentation about the project, Matt will be speaking at the National Oceanographic Centre (Southampton University) on Thursday 1st December at 19:30.

Tickets are free, further details at

Duke of Edinburgh Prize
Sheilah and Martin Openshaw and Matt Doggett
honoured at Buckingham Palace last week
Image: Simon Rogerson

JP Trenque
JP Trenque

Website of the Week - JP Trenque

"Born in France, I learnt to dive in 1980 to follow my father’s footsteps.

After moving to the UK in 1994, I became a diving instructor and spent my holidays teaching people to dive. I also developed an interest in underwater videography, which I thought would be a great tool to share my passion of the underwater environment and would allow me to show non divers how beautiful and fragile coral reefs are. Soon, I realised that, although I could obtain some decent footage, I often struggled to put it together into an interesting story. So I switched to still underwater photography in 2003 with a Nikon D100 and started attending BSoUP meetings on a regular basis. Listening to speakers such as Linda Dunk, Linda Pitkin or Alex Mustard offered a major source of inspiration.

Having retired as Chairman of the British Society of Underwater Photographers, I spend much of my spare time taking photos underwater, either in the UK or abroad and I organise photographic trips with Hidden Depths Dive Tours.

Working as a volunteer RNLI crewmember on the Thames has also given me access to new photographic opportunities, which I hope to explore further in the future."

BSoUP November Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 18th October 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.

BSoUP/ Diver Print Competition Awards  

Annual competition in association with DIVER magazine with multiple categories for printed images. This competiton has been generously sponsored by Scubatours Worldwide, with a voucher for the winner of £750 redeemable against either a Red Sea or a Maldives liveaboard trip and others (right).

BSoUP/ Diver Print Competition Sponsors

Beginners Portfolio Competition
Beginners Portfolio Competition

Beginners Portfolio Competition

Our annual portfolio competition of six images for photographers who have never won or been placed in a major competition. The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 14 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 Martyn and Susan Guess whose comments on the top six will be presented at the meeting. This competition has been sponsored by Diver Magazine who have generously donated a cash prize of £100 for the winner who will also receive a BSOUP trophy.

David Alpert - Orcas in the Arctic

Ever contemplated doing something that immediately makes your heart race and your palms sweaty? When it comes to Apex predators this is as Apex as it gets! In January this year I joined a trip up into the Arctic Circle to dive with Orcas. The wild terrain of the Norwegian fjords, the cold of the arctic circle and darkness of January in a Northern winter and you have the setting for an incredible adventure.  But how do you take photos in close to zero light? David will combine video and still photography to bring this extraordinary experience to life. This is as close as you will get without actually being there yourself.

David grew up in South Africa where he began diving  at the age of 16.  "I literally counted down the days to my sixteenth birthday so I could take the course. ( In those days that was the minimum age.) 30 years later I entered my first underwater photographic competition – BSOUP March 2016 focus on "Light" and came second. No turning back and firmly bitten by the bug, I went on to take part in this year’s annual North Carolina Great Shark shootout which I was fortunate enough to win.  Having originally started with underwater video in 1991  I now use a Canon 5D Mark III – enjoying the additional creative dimensions that come with still photography.

Website of the Week - Alex Tattersall, Underwater Visions / Nauticam UK

"At Underwater Visions we, probably much like you, live for underwater photography. We welcome any opportunity to dive with like-minded people in the UK. If you want to see any of our products and don’t want to venture to us on the Dorset coast, simply contact us, propose a good dive spot, and we’ll meet you there. You’ll then be able to ‘test-shoot’ a model before making any decisions.

We know from our own experience as underwater photographers that buying an underwater camera system is a significant investment that requires much research and reflection. We are only too happy to provide you with any advice to assist you and information beyond that in our website.

Alex Tatewrsall - Nouticam UK
Underwater Visions
/ Nauticam UK /td>
Now you are here, why not visit our catalogue for full details of our product offerings, enjoy a visit to our image gallery, and check our support pages for more details about our product support, service options, and terms and conditions. We also offer underwater photographic workshops in the UK and overseas where you’ll also have the opportunity to test our products before making any purchases."

New 2017 Calendar – Jeremy and Amanda Cuff
2017 Calendar
Jeremy and Amanda Cuff

New 2017 Calendar – Jeremy and Amanda Cuff

Photographers, photojournalists and BSOUP members Jeremy and Amanda Cuff have published a new 2017 Calendar titled “Diving Dreams” which is now available.

Jeremy said, “The Diving Dreams 2017 Calendar features a variety of images, mostly from our dive travels over recent times, and includes destinations such as Egypt, Hawaii, Guadalupe, Galapagos, the Maldives and the UK.”

The 2017 Calendars can be ordered now - please visit Jeremy & Amanda’s website at for further information and prices.

The website features a wide selection of photography and articles with particular emphasis on scuba diving and travel, although other topics such as abstracts and black and white photography are also included.

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017

Deadline: 2nd January 2017

The Underwater Photographer of the Year
competition is now open for entries and the closing date is January 2nd 2017.

UPY has become a very prestigious competition and has attracted a world class standard of entries but there are categories for all levels to encourage all underwater photographers to enter and have the chance to be voted Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017.

Two new categories have been added; Portraits
and (International) Compacts.

The judging team remains the same but this
year Peter Rowlands is the Chairman as Alex now
has increased family commitments. Peter, Alex
and Martin Edge will spend two days together in
mid January 2017 to give your entries the time and respect they deserve.

Underwater Photographer of the Year
Underwater Photographer of the Year

Uwp #93
UwP #93
Cover Photo: Audun Rikardsen, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Finalist 2016, The Wildlife Photojournalist

UwP - Latest issue

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

Issue 93 incudes Editorial, News Travel & Events, UPY 2017, New Products, Product Reviews, Competitions, Techniques, Locations, Book review, My Shots and Parting Shot

To download your copy please visit

Website of the Week - Ken Sullivan

Ken has been diving for over forty five years after a friend encouraged him to join the Stevenage Sub-aqua Club in 1964.

When he made his first dive 'on the reef’ in the middle of Swanage Bay on the south coast of England in 1965, he could not have possibly imagined that diving would become a central theme throughout his life.

Early diving was a big adventure; home-made wet suits, weight belts and backpacks. Cylinders and life-jackets were ex-RAF and there were no contents gauges. It all seems a far cry from today’s diving, which is warmer and safer with easy access to worldwide travel.


Ken Sullivan
Ken Sullivan

John Parker
Winning Portfolio 2015 © John Parker

Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition

First prize: the DIVER Trophy and a cheque for £100 courtesy of Diver Magazine

Deadline: Sunday 6th November at one minute to midnight

The Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition is held in November and is open to members & non-members alike, provided that they have not come first, second or third in a national or international competition.

The portfolio must comprise six images, set out in two rows of three, which do not overlap.  Each image may, or may not, have a border.

Please read the Rules before entering.

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!

Free Registration for Amateurs Category

Register now

World ShootOut 2016
World ShootOut

Ocean Art 2016
Ocean Art 2016

Ocean Art 2016

Deadline: November 22nd, 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

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