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News - January 2017

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December 2016
News Archive

Website of the Week - John Yarrow
Focus On Results
OASIS Photocontest
Website of the Week - Robert White
January BSoUP Meeting
Website of the Week - Elaine White
UwP - Latest issue
DIVER Magazine - Latest issue

Website of the Week - Mark Webster
Underwater Photographer of the Year
DEEP Indonesia 2017
Our World Underwater 2017
Website of the Week - Suzy Walker-Toye
BSoUP on the Web in the past month
Other News Sources
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Website of the Week - John Yarrow

"Photography and diving - two activities that offer a lot of fun and enjoyment. However, putting the two together is often frustrating and the learning curve just seems to get steeper.

The underwater shots were all taken using a Canon DSLR in an Ikelite housing with Ikelite strobes where appropriate.

The images included in the various galleries represent the best of a very large bad bunch. Any comments and feedback would be most welcome."

John Yarrow
John Yarrow

Nick More
1st - Nick More

Focus On Results

Congratulations to Nick More who was the winner of this month's Focus On competition with an image of a Hammerhead Shark. Nick's image was taken in Bimini, Bahamas.

Congratulations also to Nick Blake and Martyn Guess, who came second and third respectively. Nick's image of a Cenotes cave diving scene was taken in Mexico. Martyn's image shows a backlit Rhinopius.

There were a total of 38 entries and these were judged by Martha Tressler.

Pos. Photographer
1 Nick More
2 Nick Blake
3 Martyn Guess
4 Paul Colley
5 Chris Knight
6 Mark Drayton

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

Nick Blake
2nd - Nick Blake

Martyn Guess
3rd - Martyn Guess

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries enlarged in the Competition Slideshow Archive, and Martha'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 - Black and White: an image in shades of only black and white..

The competition will open shortly. Please read the Rules before submitting your entry and please include details of your image and the camera system and settings used.

OASIS Photocontest 13 Edition

Deadline: 28 February 2017


Is now open the new edition of the International NATURE and WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST - Oasis Photocontest 13 edition, organized and promoted by Oasis magazine and AITN (Italian Nature Tourism Association).

The winner will be awarded a prize of 2,500 Euros and the Michele Vitaloni's sculpure. Ten prizes of  800 euros to the winners of the 10 sections of the adult category. The contest have two sections (adults and children) and 10 categories. 


Robert WHite
Marine Pix - Robert White

Website of the Week - Robert White LRPS

Each week a BSoUP Member's website is highlighted. This week's choice is Marine Pix by Robert White.

Rob’s been teaching diving for the past 15 years and has been taking photos underwater for the past 10.

He’s had numerous articles and mentions in magazines and newspapers and has several awards to his name.

In 2015, Rob was awarded a Licenciate distinction from the Royal Photographic Society for a panel of 10 images from both under and above the water.

January BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 17th January 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.

Colin Doeg  - Pictures that sell

BSoUP co-founder Colin Doeg will talk about the type of photographs that sell – not all of them underwater! – as well as the general state of the market today.  When he was actively freelancing his pictures appeared in newspapers such as the Daily Telegraph, The Times and Guardian plus a variety of magazines. His best-ever sale was £1,500 for a single image … real money over 30 years ago!

Colin DOehg
Colin Doeg

Focus On January 2017
Focus On - January 2017

Competition  - Favourite Shot of 2016.  

Your favourite shot that has not already won a competition.  The competition is now closed.  You can view the 38 entries in the competition slideshow. You will be prompted to log in if you have not already done so this session.
The competition has been judged by Martha Tressler who will present the results and her comments at the meeting.   Martha is known to most of you as a long standing committee member and a regular at the monthly BSoUP meetings. She first picked up an underwater camera in the 1980s and like many of us blames Martin Edge for her conversion from happy snapper to dedicated photographer.  She concentrates on macro photography but still manages to produce some wide angle and big animal images!
Simon Brown

Photogrammetry - 3D Models and Orthophotos

Photographers are always editing their work. Framing and composition is an active choice to include or exclude subjects, and the ability to 
deliver a tight post-shoot edit and exclude those images that didn't quite deliver is a skill in itself.

So the photographer is very much an editor of the subject, selecting and  presenting a single view of the subject. But what if the culling of images into a single view was dropped and  instead of an edit to the single viewpoint, the viewer was given a free  hand to explore the subject from every angle? To let the viewer choose  their own viewpoint?

Deep 3D
Deep 3D

This is what photogrammetry and a 3D model delivers; an interactive world for the viewer to wander around and explore from whatever angle they wish, all rendered in full colour. It takes hundreds, often thousands of frames, but the results can be good enough to take direct  measurements from, to geolocate with GPS data and to use 3D printing to  build a scale model. An offshoot of the 3D model is an orthophoto - the ability to derive a single massive image often measured in gigabytes that shows the entire subject such as a wreck. With these images, it is  possible to see the entire wreck as if the water had been drained away,  whilst being able to zoom in and count the barnacles, or spines on the sea urchin.

Simon will present the basics of 3D photogrammetry, before delving deeper into what is possible and where these techniques are heading, presenting some personal projects as well as some as yet unseen commissioned work of a protected wreck.

For more models and information, please visit or

Elaine White
Elaine White

Website of the Week - Elaine White

Elaine started taking photographs in 2006.
Having learnt to dive in 2001, she was captivated by the diverse beauty of the underwater environment and decided to combine her passions for diving and photography.

Elaine has since dived and photographed around the world – from Borneo, Yap, Bali, Maldives, Raja Ampat, Djiboutti, Cayman Island and around the UK coast

Elaine’s eye for detail and composition has produced an exciting portfolio of images that portray both the beauty and the unexpected to be found in our oceans. She is as at home with the larger underwater subjects as she is with the smaller close ups and has a photographic style that allows the shapes, colours and unexpected detail in her subjects come to the fore.

Elaine’s work has steadily been gaining recognition – Starting to have success in Underwater photography competitions and recently starting to get some of her photographs published in Scuba Magazine

“I love everything about being underwater and feel privileged that I can enjoy and photograph the whole experience. No two dives are ever the same and you can never predict what you will see – so often the beauty is in the detail and I enjoy the challenge of capturing the unexpected.”

Elaine is a member of Merseyside Sub Aqua Club and lives on the Wirral.

UwP - Latest issue

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

Issue 94 includesd Editorial, News Travel & Events
New Products, Canon 1Dx MK11 review, Fantasea revisited, Less is more, Freshwater Fishes (book review), Poor Knights, NZ, Palm Beach, Florida, and Parting SHots.

To downlaod your copy please visit

UwP 94
UwP - Issue 94. Cover @ Alex Mustard

DIVER - January 2017
Joss Woolf

DIVER Magazine - Latest issue

The January issue of DIVER magazine features a cover shot by Joss Woolf. The image comprises a Turtle and diver and was taken in the Philippines.

Alex Mustard's regular monthly feature 'Be the Champ' focuses on controlling the background.

To subscribe to DIVER please visit

To view earlier covers by BSoUP Members, please visit Covers.

Website of the Week - Mark Webster

Mark Webster first developed his interest in underwater photography whilst working in the commercial diving industry. This quickly developed from an essential skill to a passion and a fascination for competitive photography. 

Many successful years included representing the UK four times at the CMAS World Championships of Underwater Photography (Sicily 1990, South Korea 1994, Minorca 1996, Norway 1998) scoring Silver and Bronze medals. 

Other achievements include Highly Commended placings in the BBC/British Gas Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and winning shots in the 2000 and 2002 Agfa Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Blue Earth 2000, Geographical Magazine Photographer of the Year 2000, Ocean Realm Magazine Marine Photo 2000, Diver Magazine Image 2001 and 2003, Subios 2004 and the British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2011. More ...

Mark Webster
Mark Webster

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.

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.

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

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