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News - May 2017

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April 2017
News Archive

Focus On - Wrecks - Results
May BSoUP Meeting
Meeting presentation
in focus - Latest issue
San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition

UwP - Latest Issue
The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017
BSoUP on the Web in the past month
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Focus On - Wrecks - Results

Congratulations to Nick Robertson-Brown who was the winner of this month's competition with the image right (no further details).

Congratulations also Laura Storm and David Alpert who came second and third respectively. Laura's image is of a wreck of the Bakanal, a sailing yacht that sank during Hurricane Lenny. Location – Bonaire. Camera, Lens, Settings - Canon EOS 550D. Sigma 15mm fisheye. ISO200. 1/80th@f9. David's image is entitled 'Searching for hidden treasure – the stuff that boyhood dreams are made of'.  Boy’s (aged 7) first wreck “dive”. Unidentified fishing boat – Mosquito Coast, Nicaragua.

Nick Robertson-Brown
1st - Nick Robertson-Brown

Laura Storm
2nd - Laura Storm

The top six:-

Pos. Photographer Subject
1 Nick Robertson-Brown Wreck - no details
2 Laura Storm Bakanal, a sailing yacht that sank during Hurricane Lenny in Bonaire
3 David Alpert Unidentified fishing boat, Nicaragua
4 Rick Ayrton Wreck - no details
5 Paul Short Wreck on the house reef at Mirihi, Maldives
6 Nick Blake Zero Fighter, Truk Lagoon

There were 14 entries which were judged by Pater Ladell.

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

Next month's competition Focus on - Symbiosis
Definition: An image that shows animals in association with each other. Examples may be of commensalism, mutualism as well as parasitism and also mimicry. will open shortly. The deadline is Sunday 11th June 2017.

Please submit your jpeg image at 1400 pixels wide(landscape) or 1050 pixels tall(portrait) at 72ppi and at a size less than 1M. Please indicate what your subjects is and where it was taken.

David Alpert
3rd - David Alpert

Alex Tattersall
Dr. Alex Tattersall

May BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place this month on Tuesday 16th May 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.

Dr. Alex Tattersall

Talk One - Alex's sexy new toys 

Alex has been scouring the earth to bring back the most exciting of shiny underwater things for your viewing (purchasing) delights. But what are these wonders, what do they do, and how can they enrich our lives?  

Competition: Wrecks
Definition: An image of any large man-made structure that was not originally designed to be underwater or resting on the sea bed.  The competition has been judged by BSoUP member Pete Ladell, who will present the results for the top six, along with his comments, at the meeting.
There are a total of fifteen entries and these can be viewed by clicking on the link. Members only may view the slideshow. and will be prompted to login if they have not done so this session.

Pete is a long serving member of BSoUP and is well-known to many members for his technical ability at producing and modifying underwater photographic components and housings as well as making fine jewellery.

Focus On - Wrecks
Underwater Visions
Underwater Visions Ltd
Talk 2:  Undesirable Fiddling

The desire to win competitions and create a name in the underwater photography world has produced a tendency (in certain circles) towards a less than passive interaction with our subject matter. This talk explores this phenomenon and suggests ways in which we can use photographic skills and tools to produce outstanding images without the need for 'fiddling' with our beloved critters.

Alex is perhaps best-known in the underwater photographic community  - in addition for his wonderful photographs - as the enthusiastic, energetic, enigmatic and enterprising  Nauticam guru. He was bitten by the photography bug in 2006 whilst living in Taiwan where he studied Mandarin as part of a PhD in cross-cultural business communication.  He went on to lecture  at Bournemouth University and, 7 years ago, set up Underwater Visions Ltd.  More recently, he took a sabbatical in order to devote more time to Nauticam and to leading his ever-popular underwater photography workshops worldwide. I have no doubt he will tell us a little bit about them.

Meeting presentation

How I got the shot - part 3 Macro/Close-up by Martyn Guess

Martyn has very kindly made his presentation, given at the March BSoUP meeting, available to members. You can download the pdf from Meetings pdfs. You will be prompted to login if you have not done so this session.

How I got the shot by Martyn Guess
How I got the shot - part 3 Macro/Close-up by Martyn Guess

in focus 109
in focus 109.
Cover: Diver with thermic lance by Warren Williams

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 109 includes Editorial, Through Snell's Window – David Alpert by Joss Woolf, Chasing Sturgeon – Trevor Rees, Far, Far Away – Martha Tressler, Competition Results, A Review Of Housings For Nikon D500 – Pash Baker, A chat with Daniel Norwood by Joss Woolf

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?

San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition

This is a “Call for Entry” for the 2017 San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition (SDUFEX) that will take place Friday and Saturday evenings, October 6th and 7th, 2017 at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall in San Diego, California.

This is your opportunity to see your work projected in a High Definition format in a state of the art venue on a 30’ screen.  An independent panel of distinguished judges will select the approximately 30 films to be shown during the two-night event.  There is no entry fee!   Filmmakers whose films are selected are encouraged to come to the show and introduce their film(s) in person on the night of the exhibition.

San Diego Film Festival
San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition
The top three films as selected by an audience vote each night will be awarded prizes. The films with the highest number of votes each night will be awarded cash prizes of $500, $250, and $100 respectively for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

UwP 96
UwP Issue 96. Cover: Tony Myshlyaev

UwP - Latest Issue

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

Issue 96 includes Editorial, News, Travel, Events, New Producrs, Our Wordl Underwater, Coral Bleaching, Papua New Guinea, Dumaguete, Down Mexico Way, Alorese fishtraps, Canadian Salmon, Farne Islands, My Shot and Parting Shot.

To get your copy please visit

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

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