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News - June 2017

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May 2017
News Archive

Focus On - Symbiosis - Results
BSoUP in the Press
Anima Mundi - Latest issue
June BSoUP Meeting

San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition
The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017BSoUP on the Web in the past month
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Focus On - Symbiosis - Results

Congratulations to Kirsty Andrews who was the winner of this month's competition with an image of an Oceanic white tip shark with pilot fish and one remora, from the Red Sea.

Congratulations also to Martyn Guess and Nicholas More who came, second and third respectively. Martyn's image was of Moray eel and clearer shrimp from Anilao, Philippines. Nicholas' image was of a Oceanic white tip with pilot fish and parasites from the Red Sea.

There were 24 entries which were judged by Trevor Rees.

Kirsty Andrews
1st - Kirsty Andrews

Martyn Guess
2nd - Martyn Guess

The top six images:

Pos. Photographer Subject
1 Kirsty Andrews Oceanic White tip with pilot fish and one remora
2 Martyn Guess Moray eel and clearer shrimp
3 Nicholas More Oceanic white tip with pilot fish and parasites
4 Mark Pickford Emperor shrimp and nudibranch
5 Joe Daniels A red headed coral goby in a branching coral
6 Will Clark A tongue eating parasitic isopod with a clown fish

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

Next month's Focus On Competition is Wide Angle [Definition: Underwater scenes or specific subjects with obvious wide angle background contexts (e.g. reef, open water or both)] 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.

Nicholas More
3rd - Nicholas More


BSoUP in the Press

The July issue of DIVER Magazine includes a cover image by BSoUP Member Nick Robertson-Brown of his wife Caroline photographing a seal in the Farne Islands. This ties in with an article by Caroline on some of her marine life encounters.

The same issue includes six of the winning images from the Great Northern Dive Show Print Competition and Alex Mustard's regular monthly feature 'Be a Champ', which discusses the 'Fear of Missing Out'.

Anima Mundi - Latest issue

Issue 27, July 2017, of the free online magazine ANIMA MUNDI - Adventures in Wildlife Photography is now out and ready for downloading (or simple online browsing, if you prefer) at

Contents of our new issue include a wonderful scoop by our contributor Lucas M. Bustamante on the Jaguars from Tambopata Nature Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon; our own extensively illustrated trip report from Southern Africa’s legendary Etosha National Park, in the parched, bone-dry north of Namibia; a photographic tribute to the impressive Changeable Hawk Eagle, a powerful raptor from South Asia’s skies; a delightful Personal Portfolio by South Indian amateur macro photographer Karthikeyan Shanmugasundaram; and a spectacular, in-depth essay about North Carolina’s misunderstood, endangered and stunningly beautiful Sand tiger sharks by underwater photographer and writer Tanya Houppermans.

Anima Mundi 27
Anima Mundi

Colin Doeg
Colin Doeg

June BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place this month on Tuesday 20th June at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in Meeting Rooms 1&2, 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.

The first part of the evening will comprise a mystery film which has been sourced by and will be introduced by Colin Doeg. 

Competition: Symbiosis

An image that shows animals in association with each other. Examples may be of commensalism, mutualism as well as parasitism and also mimicry. The competition is now closed. It will be judged by Trevor Rees who will present the results for the top six, along with his comments, at the meeting.

Peter Ladell
Pete Ladell

Talk 2:  Image Appraisal

These days, we rarely get an opportunity to have our images scrutinized by the audience as we might have in the old club days.  We are encouraging you to send in up to three images to Pete Ladell,  who will be our Guest Chairman for the evening. Images should be of the usual competition entry size which is 1400 pixels wide by 1050 pixels high and 72 dpi.   Depending on how many images we receive, in addition to comments by Trevor, Colin and Pete, we will be inviting members to come and stand up at the front to give their own constructive criticism. Judge and be judged! 

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.

San Diego Film Festival
San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition

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.

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.

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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