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Kungkungan Bay Resort

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Cameras Underwater - Sponsor of the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition 2015 - 2018 and BIUPC 2015 and 2016

Brtish Divers Marine Life Rescue - Sponsors of BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2017

Carpe Diem, Sponsors of BUIPC 2017


Diver Magazine - Sponsor of the Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition and the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition

DiveQuest - Sponsor of the Underwater Excellence

News - February 2017

Please send items for the News to Brian Pitkin

January 2017
News Archive

Focus On - Black & White - Results
The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017
BSoUP February Meeting
NUPG Open Print Competition 2017
BIUPC 2017
Underwater Photographer of the Year
Anima Mundi - Latest issue
DIVER February 2017

World ShootOut 2016 Winners
Website of the Week - Robert Bailey
OASIS Photocontest
Our World Underwater
BSoUP on the Web in the past month
Other News Sources
Free Magazine Downloads

Focus On - Black & White - Results

Congratulations to Dougie Souness who was the wiiner of this month's Focus On - Black and White competition. Dougie's image is an American crocodile from, Jardines de la Reina, Cuba.

Congratulations also to Dario Navaro and Warren Williams, who came second and third respectively. Dario's image is of a Caribbean reef shark. Warrens' image is of a diver working with thermic lance.

Dougie Souness
1st - Dougie Souness

Dario Navaro
2nd - Dario Navaro

The top six:-

Pos. Photographer Subject
1 Dougie Souness American crocodile
2 Dario Navaro Caribbean reef shark
3 Warren Williams Diver with thermic lance
4 Sylvia Pryer Wreck of Braga, Dieppe
5 Mike Clark Grey seal
6 Alex Mustard Leafy sea dragon

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries enlarged in the Competition Slideshow Archive, and Colin's' feedback on the top six. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

The March competition is now open with a deadline of midnight on Sunday 12th March.
Subject: Theme Portfolio Definition: Three individual images, of any subject matter, but with a clear theme running through them.
The theme portfolio is one of BSoUP long standing competitions but this year makes a return in a different form by asking for three separate images. Images may be of the same subject, or be of different subjects. Note that this is NOT a Photo Story theme this year.

Please submit your jpeg image at 1400 pixels wide(landscape) or 1050 pixels tall(portrait) at 72ppi and at a size less than 1MB. Also, please indicate what your subjects are and where they were taken.

Our judge this month is Mark Drayton.
Entries are anonymous during judging and all images will be projected at the meeting. 

Please note our new email for submitting images, which is now:

Warren Williams
3rd - Warren Williams

BWPA 2017
The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017

The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017

Deadline: Midnight Saturday 3rd June

Whether incredible behaviour, a characterful portrait, an atmospheric woodland scene, or the secret world that lives in the undergrowth we want to see your pictures and films.

Be part of a competition and community that is supported by the UKs major conservation charities and celebrates excellence in wildlife photography. With fifteen separate categories covering all aspects of British Wildlife, share your vision with us and compete for a chance to win a prestigious prize.

BSoUP February Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 21st February 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 Duxfield  We have the pleasure of Duxy's (as he is better known) fabulous company for the entire evening.  He will talk firstly about the latest new kit available. We have the pleasure of Duxy's (as he is better known) fabulous company for the entire evening.  He will talk firstly about the latest new kit available. This will not be merely a Nauticam themed demonstration but will include mirror-less cameras, new strobes, Go-Pros etc.

For the second talk, he will enlighten us with some of the latest techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Duxy's Facebook Page
Duxy's Facebook Page
Duxy on Scuba Travel's Blog
Duxy on Scuba Travel's Blog

Duxy is a familiar face for many Scubatravel customers.  He started his love affair with diving as a dive guide and videographer. Having worked for five years in Sharm el Sheikh, he returned to the UK and has worked for both Cameras Underwater and Ocean Leisure Cameras. From here he started to really make his mark in the world of underwater photography, writing popular columns in DIVE and Sport Diver magazines, helping divers who were just starting to get to grips with underwater photography. Today Duxy is well known for his honest and fuss free advice helping divers get the most out of their kit. He has presented ever popular and often lively talks at both the London and Birmingham Dive Shows and many UK dive clubs have enjoyed his club night presentations. For the past three years

Duxy has brought his travels full circle, hosting photography workshops back in the Red Sea and also in diverse locations such as the Maldives and Indonesia.

Competition:  Focus on - Black and White

As the name suggests, we are looking for any image in shades of only black and white. 
The competition is now closed. BSoUP Members may view the 46 entries in the slideshow. You will be asked to log in if you have not already done so this session. The competition has been judged by BSoUP co-founder Colin Doeg who will present the results for the top six along with some comments at the meeting.

Focus On - Black & White
Focus On - Black & White

NUPG Print Competition 2017
NUPG Open Print Competition 2017

The Great Northern Dive Show - NUPG Open Print Competition 2017

Deadline: 31st March

After a successful first year the Northern Underwater Photography Group will again be running a print competition at the Great Northern Dive Show being held on the 8th & 9th April 2017 at Event City, Manchester.

Entry to the competition is free and open to anyone. You may enter up to four A4 size prints in total, with no more than two in any of the four categories. The categories will be UK Macro, UK Wide-angle, Overseas Macro and Overseas Wide-angle. All images must have been taken underwater, aquarium images will not be allowed. Any images that are suspected to have involved handling or harassment of marine life in their creation will be disqualified.

Details at

British and Irish Underwater Photography Championship 2017 (BIUPC)

26th August 2017

This competition engages the British and Irish underwater photography community in a one day competition shoot out. It is accessible to people who live and dive at different locations around Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland and England.

A 26th August on-the-day multi-location competition format reduces the travel and cost burden for competitors, whilst at the same time encouraging a level of participation commensurate with a true championship.

Photographers will compete for five awards and associated prizes, foremost being a trophy in memory of one of BSoUP's co-founders, the late Peter Scoones, and the title British & Irish Underwater Photography Champion 2017

BIUPC 2017
BIUPC 2017
Images can be taken and submitted electronically from anywhere within the championship geographic boundary from 10pm Friday 25th August to 10pm Saturday 26th August 2017. The competition is open to all underwater photographers of all nations, with contestants demonstrating the underwater photographic and post-production skills to produce high impact British and Irish images within a limited time frame. Images can be from any body of salt or fresh water in the seas, rivers, streams and lakes of our islands.

BSoUP will convene a panel of three judges (to be announced) during the week following the competition. The results will be announced week commencing 11th September and the awards presented in London on 19th December 2017.

Underwater Photographer of the Year

Underwater Photographer of the Year

Underwater Photographer of the Year award ceremony

This year The Underwater Photographer of the Year award ceremony will take place at 2pm on Sunday 12th February in an online video presentation given by Alex Mustard.

There will be a slide show of the best 200 images and brief interviews with the winners.
In addition the 2017 Yearbook will be become available to download the same day.

The UPY awards will not be in London this year, but we hope you enjoy the online presentation just as much!

The full 2017 prize list is now available.
Check out the stonking prizes from the top names in the diving industry. We are very proud to be working with our sponsors and are most grateful to their support of UPY.

Anima Mundi - Latest issue

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

Issue 26 includes Sri Lanka's endemic Rhino lizard, Assam's Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, Namibia's Brown fur seals, Dante Fenolio's latest book, Dendrobatid frogs.

To download your copy please visit

Anima Mundi
Anima Mundi #26

Diver February 2017
DIVER February 2017

DIVER February 2017

The latest issue of DIVER Magazine includes a six page article celebrating 50 years of BSoUP by co-founder Colin Doeg.

Also included in the issue are articles by BSoUP Simon Yates's Beginners Portfolio and Alex Mustard's monthly column 'Be a Champ' which this month focuses on Black & White wreck shots.

You can subscribe to or download DIVER.


World ShootOut 2016 Winners

The results of the World ShootOut 2016 were announced at the Boot show in Dusseldorf in January this year.

Steven Kovac from USA won the highest prize in the 5 Best Images category - a Dreamy dive vacation for 2 people worth $20,000 in Papua New Guinea, including 7 nights at the Tawali Resort, 7 nights at Tufi Resort, 10 nights on board MV FeBrina plus PNG domestic flights

For a complete list of winners and nominees in each of the nine categories please click here

World ShootOut 2017
World ShootOut 2016 Winners

Robert Bailey
Robert Bailey

Website of the Week - Robert Bailey

Robert is captivated by all things in nature. He enjoys reportage style as well. He says, 'flirting with my subjects without being intrusive', is something he likes to try to do.

He's worked professionally on commercial television sets doing production photography, shot modern dance for the art department at the University of Calgary, and worked in a freelance capacity shooting a variety of subjects.

Rob also worked as a NAUI scuba instructor up to training director level at the University of Calgary from 1993-1999, and is still an avid diver. He never dives without his camera. From 2007-2009 he was chairman of the Leamington and Warwick BSAC Branch 217. The Telecommunications industry is his mainstay.

Photographer's work he is inspired by includes but is not limited to; David Doubilet, Michael Nichols, Bettina Rhiems, Ansel Adams, Helmut Newton, Jim Brandenburg, Paul Nicklen, and Alex Mustard in no particular order.

He's an active member of the British Society of Photographers (BSOUP), the Bristol Underwater Photography Group (BUPG), and Leamington Spa Photographic Society, and is interested in all things photographic.

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. 


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.

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