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News - December 2016

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November 2016
News Archive

Website of the Week - Suzy Walker-Toye
Open Portfolio Competition - Results
in focus - Latest issue
Website of the Week - Terry Steeley
December BSoUP Meeting
Website of the Week - Nigel Wade
DEEP Indonesia 2017
Our World Underwater 2017

Anima Mundi - Latest issue
Website of the Week - Mario Vitalini
New 2017 Calendar – Jeremy and Amanda CuffUnderwater Photographer of the Year
BSoUP on the Web in the past month
Other News Sources
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Website of the Week - Suzy Walker-Toye

"I am from London, UK and now happily married. I’ve been taking photographs under the sea since 2003, but not in cold British waters. With my blog posts & photographs I like to raise people’s awareness of the beauty of life in the ocean before it is too late and all that life no longer thrives.

Until recently I shot (mainly) underwater with a D300 in Subal housing, but now I’m selling all my Nikon & Subal gear. I’m now mirrorless with the Olympus OMD EM5 & Nauticam housing."

Suzy Walker-Toye
Suzy Walker-Toye

Taner Altigan
Taner Atilgan

Open Portfolio Competition - Results

Congratulations to Taner Atilgan who was the winner of this year's Open Portfolio Competition. Taner's portfolio comprised images of Nurse sharks taken at night in the Maldives; Silevrsides taken at Kapalai Island, Malaysia; Moray eel - Mabul Island, Malaysia; Mediterranean anemone & diver taken at La Herradura, Almunecar, Spain; Anemones on a beer bottle - Yassi Island, Istanbul, Turkey; and Hard corals & diver taken at Fury Shoal, Red Sea, Egypt. Taner won a BSoUP Trophy.

Congratulations also to Martyn Guess and Rick Ayrton, who came second and third respectrively. Martyn's portfolion comprised images from Bimini, Philippines and Raja Ampat. Riuck's portfolio comprised images from the Mediterranean and the UK.

There were a total of 22 entries and these were judged by Joss Woolf.

Pos. Photographer
1 Taner Altigan
2 Martyn Guess
3 Rick Ayrton
4 Arthur Kingdon
5 Joe Daniels
6 Mark Pickford

The top six may be viewed on the Home Page and in the Gallery.

Martyn Guess
Martyn Guess

Rick Ayrton
Rick Ayrton

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries enlarged in the Competition Slideshow Archive, and Joss' 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 - Favourite shot of 2016 - Your favourite shot taken in 2016 that has not already won a competition.

The competition will open shortly. Please read the Rules before submitting.

in focus - Latest issue

The latest issue of BSoUP's magazine ' in focus' has been mailed to all members who have renewed this year.

Issue 107 includes Editorial by Joss Woolf, Through Snell's Window Laura Storm interviewed by Joss Woolf, Len Deeley, FRPS Remembered, The Black Bream Project – Sheilah Openshaw,
Focus On Competition Results, Minimising Environmental Impact – Dr Alex Tattersall, Confessions of a Photo Pro – Gill Macdonald, BSoUP / Diver Print Competition

This issue was edited by Joss Woolf and produced with help from Chris, Mike and Paul.

BSoUP Members only may download a pdf version of this issue, but you will be prompted to login.

To get your copy of our magazine, as and when it is published, why not join BSoUP?

in focus 108
infocus 108. Cover image: Cathy Lewis

Terry Steeley
Website of the Week - Terry Steeley

Website of the Week - Terry Steeley

"A talented photographer, ardently commited to sharing the magic of the oceans and the richness of our planet.

A knowledgeable and gifted trainer with a passion for sharing ideas, innovation and understanding. Comfortable working one-to-one or one to many.

Designer, digital guru, art director. A highly-motivated creative delivering engaging design solutions for projects small and large.

Consummate and respected industry influencer and public speaker since 2002. Delivering seminars to professionals globally.

A natural leader excited to share a love for big animals and adventure. Leading trips to some of the world’s most fascinating places.

An explorer. Passionate about our world, enjoying unique and sustainable encounters with nature, places and people. "

December BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 20th December at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in the Metric bar which can be found on the ground floor of the Union Building but turn left at the walk through to the FiveSixEight bar where we normally buy drinks.  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.

Annual General Meeting

Open Portfolio
Open Portfolio Competition

Annual Event:  Annual General Meeting

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 Event: Open Portfolio Competition

A portfolio of 6 images. The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view all 22 entries in the Competition Slideshow.  You will be asked to log in if you have not done so this session.
The Competition will be judged by Joss Woolf. At the meeting, all of the entries will be shown and I will present the winners with some feedback about how I arrived at my decision. 

Annual Event: Christmas Party

BIUPC Awards Presentation: During the party, after you have all had a chance to grab a drink and a plate of food, the winning BIUPC images will be shown and the winners presented with their prizes and trophies.

BIUPC 2017

Nigel Wade
Nigel Wade

Website of the Week - Nigel Wade

Nigel Wade is the Technical Editor for Magazine UK specialising in underwater photography and scuba diving. Producing editorial and pictorial articles covering all aspects of diving from technical equipment reviews, trip reports, course reviews and safety features.   Full articles can be found here

Nigel lives with his wife Karen and their two Birman cats in the beautiful county of West Berkshire in rural southern England.

Having retired from the Fire Service in 2010 after 31 wonderful years of service he’s now free to pursue a career in diving, photography and writing.

In 2008 Nigel was awarded the title of UK and Ireland “Underwater photographer of the year“.

In 2013 Nigel was a nominated finalist in the photography section of the British Travel Press Awards.

Nigel’s a member of the Royal Photographic Society having been awarded an Associateship (ARPS) via assessment for a submission of 15 images captured exclusively underwater.

DEEP Indonesia 2017

Deadline: February 25th, 2017

The prestigious DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition is part of a unique series hosted by DivePhotoGuide & Wetpixel, in association with DEEP Indonesia, Indonesia’s first-ever diving, adventure travel and extreme sports expo.

Photographers will compete in six themed categories to win over $45,000 in prizes, including underwater photo equipment and premium dive travel packages to some of the top photo destinations in the world.

DEEP Indonesia  2017
DEEP Indonesia 2017

The DEEP Indonesia competition is part of a unique series that, together with the Our World Underwater competition, has a prize pool of over $100,000. The prestige of these contests means that winners also achieve the glory of being named some of the world’s best underwater photographers. 

Our World Underwater
Our World Underwater 2017

Our World Underwater 2017

Deadline: February 4th, 2017

The Our World Underwater international underwater photography and video competition, now in its 12th year, has become one of the biggest and most respected photography competitions in the world. The competition not only celebrates the beauty of the ocean, but the art of underwater photography as well.

The OWU competition is part of a unique series that, together with the DEEP Indonesia competition, comprises the largest and most prestigous underwater photography competition. Winners also take pride in being named one of the world’s best underwater photographers, and their images will be exposed to millions of readers of dive, travel and photography magazines and websites worldwide.

Esteemed judges this year include renowned professional underwater photographers David Doubilet, Alex Mustard and Keri Wilk, and Scuba Diver AustralAsia and Asian Diver magazine editor Alice Grainger.

Underwater photographers of all levels, from novice to professionals, will compete in what has become the “Superbowl” of international underwater imagery events. Along with thousands in prizes of photo gear and world class trips, the Best of Show will receive a cash prize of $1,000!

This unique competition series continues to be hosted by its founders, the popular underwater photography websites and The competition is held in association with the Our World Underwater dive expo in Chicago.

Anima Mundi - Latest issue

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

Issue 25 includes The Bird-poo Crab spider; Exploring Namibia's desert ecosystems; India's Keoladeo Ghana National Park; A tribute to the most elegant of the large cats; The Humpback whales of Tonga and Parting SHot.

To get your copy please visit

Anima Mundi 25
Anima Mundi #25

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!"

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.”

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

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
Underwater Photographer of the Year

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.

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