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News - April 2017

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March 2017
News Archive

Lembeh vs Gulen Shootout
Focus On - Animal Portraits - Results
April BSoUP Meeting
The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017
Nigel Wade

Theme Portfolio Competition Results
BSoUP on the Web in the past month
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Gulen Lembeh SHootout

Lembeh vs Gulen Shootout 2018

The SHOOTOUT, which will be held from 15 to 23 June 2018, will again pitch two teams head to head in a live underwater photography contest.  A team from the beautiful Gulen Dive Resort ( in Norway will be competing with their opposing team at the equally beautiful Lembeh Resort ( in Indonesia. The first contest, in 2016, resulted in the narrowest of last-minute victories for the team from Lembeh.

The 2018 event is proud to announce that captaining the Lembeh team will be the world-renown professional underwater photographer, Alex Mustard ( and in the corner for Gulen will be another big hitter of the underwater imaging world, Keri Wilk. (

Focus On - Animal Portraits - Results

Congratulations to Rebecca Drayton who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition with an image of a Hairy frogfish, back and front lit, taken in Lembeh, Indonesia.

Congratulations also to Justin Beevor and Joe Daniels who came second and third respectively. Justin's image of a Petersen’s cleaner shrimp was taken at Devil’s Table, Bequia, St Vincent & the Grenadines. Joe's image was of a tiny crab (no further details).

There were a total of 25 entries and these were judged by Laura Storm.

Rebecca Drafton
1st - Rebecca Drayton

Justin Beevor
2nd - Justin Beevor

The top six:-

Position Photographer Subject
1 Rebecca Drayton Hairy Frogfish
2 Justin Beevor Petersen’s cleaner shrimp
3 Joe Daniels Tiny crab
4 Trevor Rees Tompot blenny
5 Mark Drayton Pygmy seahorse
6 Martyn Guess Rhinopius

The top six may be seen in the Gallery. BSoUP Members only may view all of the entries in the Competition Archive Slideshow and Laura's Feedback. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

Next month's competition Focus on - Wrecks will open shortly. The deadline is Sunday 7th May

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 isand where it was taken.

Joe Daniels
3rd - Joe Daniels

Alex Mustard
Alex Mustard

April BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place for just this month on WEDNESDAY 19th April 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.php). New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome.

Talk 1: Alex Mustard and Edward Lai - Beyond The Dome
Dome ports are great, but they are not perfect. In this talk Alex will briefly explain the strengths and weaknesses of domes, before covering some of the alternative and new solutions for wide angle photography.

Edward Lai has contributed to this talk but will not be participating. The founder of Nauticam, Edward, an underwater shooter himself, has produced more innovative underwater designs than anyone else on the planet. (for examples of his work, click here). Edward's passion for capturing the beauty of the ocean is contagious, and is reflected in the Nauticam designs. 

Alex needs little introduction;  the author of several books on underwater photography, hugely popular leader of countless workshops worldwide and winner of many prestigious competitions.  He is more recently known for his highly successful introduction and organisation of the Underwater Photographer of the Year competition. 

Competition: Animal Portraits
An image of any animal where clear character and personality are portrayed. The competition is now closed. There were 25 entries.  BSoUP Members only can view all the images in the competition slideshow. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

The competition has been judged by BSoUP member Laura Storm who will present the results for the top six along with some comments at the meeting.

Laura grew up in Kenya, a land of incredible contrasts. She has tried her hand at almost everything going from technical (Trimix) to freediving. While she dabbled in camera work along the way, she only really caught the bug six years ago and now shoots with a Canon SLR in a Sea and Sea housing. 

Focus On - Animal Portraits
Focus On - Animal Portraits
In 2010 she set up Planet Plankton and shortly after was invited to collaborate with the Sylvia Earle Alliance and Mission Blue. Her role is as an ‘Explorer of the Oceans Story Contributor’ and she is involved in supporting Google Earth's 'Ocean Layer'. Among her other projects she has acted as technical consultant for the diving scenes in Simon Mayo’s adventure book series 'Itch' and worked with her partner-in-crime, Mark Harris, on his freediving for underwater photography book - Glass and Water.
Martin Edge
Martin Edge
Talk 2: Martin Edge and Alex Mustard - UPY: Judging and Winning
We expect that everyone is already familiar with this year’s winners from UPY. So instead of reviewing the results, Alex and Martin will review the judging process. Picking out some stunning images mainly from the UPY 2017 collection, they will explain what makes some images rise to the very top, and what holds other fantastic shots back. A fantastic insight for anyone who enjoys entering competitions. 

Martin Edge is the author of The Underwater Photographer, now in its fourth edition. It offers practical advice on everything from basic techniques such as using compact cameras, composition and lighting to more adventurous topics such as the use of two flashguns, shooting with manual white balance and using Magic Filters. As the only comprehensive guide to underwater photography available, it is regarded by many as the bible for underwater photographers of all levels and skills.
Like Alex, Martin has run many workshops worldwide and also runs day courses for individuals and photographs babies underwater.

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.

British WIldlife Photography Awards 2017
The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017

Nigel Wade
Nigel Wade

Nigel Wade

BSoUP is deeply saddened to report the death of well-known diver Nigel Wade, Diver Magazine's Technical Editor. He passed away at the age of 59 on Saturday morning at the Royal Berkshire Hospital following a heart attack near his home the previous day.

Nigel’s main career was as a firefighter and lasted for 30 years. He was Watch Commander for Surrey Fire & Rescue Service when he retired from the service in 2010, after which he continued to work both as a professional photographer and an underwater photo-journalist.

Nigel was a very experienced diver in both UK and overseas waters. His qualifications included PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Instructor and TDI Advanced Trimix Diver. He was also a rebreather diver.

Highly respected as a photographer, Nigel was an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society as well as a member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers. He was named UK & Ireland Underwater Photographer of the Year 2008-2009, and described himself as “a photographer who dives as opposed to a diver who takes a camera”.

Many visitors to the UK Dive Shows had the chance to benefit from his photographic advice during his regular Digital Clinic appearances.

Nigel became Diver’s Technical Editor and equipment-tester in 2013, by which time he had already been assisting with tests and contributing features to the magazine for some years. In 2011, for example, he had become PADI’s first Self-Reliant Diver in the UK, recording that achievement in a Diver article.

Nigel leaves a wife, Karen, and BSoUP’s deep sympathies extend to her and to the rest of his family. He will be greatly missed by the diving community.

See also DIVER ( and Paul Colley's eulogy 'Nigel Wade the Photographer' on Facebook (

Theme Portfolio Competition Results – BSoUP March 2017

Congratulations to Martyn Guess who was the winner of this month's Theme Portfolio competition. Martyn's portfolio was of three stunning Hammerhead sharks from Bimini, Bahamas.

Congratulations also to Nick More who came second with a Blur portfolio showing a masterful mix of spin, radial blur filter and shutter drag techniques and to Joe Daniels who was 3rd with a classy portfolio of wide angle scenics under a pier in Ambon, Indonesia.

Our judge this month was Mark Drayton, who also commended portfolios from Spencer Burrows and Mark Pickford.

Martyn Guess
Winner (1/3) - Martyn Guess
Martyn Guess
Winner (2/3) - Martyn Guess

The top six:-

Position Photographer Subject
1 Martyn Guess Hammerhead sharks
2 Nicholas More Blur
3 Joe Daniels Wide angle scenes
4 Henley Spiers Shrimps
5 Mario Vitalini Monochromes
6 Warren Williams River bed reflections

The top six may be seen in the Gallery (399-401). BSoUP Members only may view all of the entries in the Competition Archive Slideshow. and Mark's Feedback. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

The April competition is now open with a deadline of midnight on Sunday 12th March.
Subject: Animal Portrits

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 is and where it was taken.

Our judge will be Laura Storm who will present the results for the top six along with some comments at the Aprtil meeting.

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:

Martyn Guess
Winner (3/3) - Martyn Guess

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