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News - August 2017

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July 2017
News Archive

Anima Mundi - Latest Issue
Travel Photographer of the Year
Focus On - Close-up - Results
Whales: Beneath the surface
BSoUP August Meeting

World Shootout 2017
BSoUP on the Web in the past month
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Anima Mundi - Latest Issue

The latest issue 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

Issue 28 includes articles on the Clouded leopard, Kingdom of Unicorns, Sea of Sands, Global Arctic Awards, China's Mysterious cavefish, and Parting shot

Anima Mundi 28

TPOTY 2017
Travel Photographer of the Year

Travel Photographer of the Year

Closing Date: 25th September 2017

This year's awards are open for entries with new categories and themes. The judging panel welcomes back award winning photographer, Eamonn McCabe, Travel Editor of Vanity Fair, Michelle Jana Chan, and our first Asian-based.

Last year's winners can be seen in the 2016 winners' gallery and the Travel Photographer of the Year 2016 is Portuguese photographer, Joel Santos. The Young Travel Photographer of the Year is 14 year old Darpan Basak from India.

Photographers from 20 countries featured amongst the winners and the already high standard of entries rose further that year.

Focus On - Close-up - Results

Congratulations to Justin Beevor who was the winner of this month's Fcous On competition with an image of a Mantis shrimp guarding her eggs taken in Dauin, Plilippines.

Congratulations also to Chris Knight and Susannah H. Snowden-Smith who came second and third respectively. Chris' image was of an American alligator and its reflection taken in Florida. Susannah's image was of two squid taken in Grand Cayman.

There were a total of 33 entries and these were judged by Jane Burnett. BSoUP members only may view all of the entries in the Competition Slideshow and Jane's feedback on the top six. You will be prompted to login unless you have done so already this session.

Justin Beevor
1st - Justin Beevor

Chris Knight
2nd - Chris Knight

The top six:-

Pos. Photographer Subject
1 Justin Beevor Mantis shrimp with eggs
2 Chris Knight American alligator
3 Susannah H. Snowden-Smith Squid
4 Mark Pickford Bobbit Worm
5 Gill Marsh Tube Worm
6 Kirsty Andrews Blue-bellied blenny

The top six may be viewed in the Gallery.

Next month's Competition is Underwater Excellence - a portfolio of three inages. The competition will open shortly. The deadline is Sunday 10th September 2017.

Please submit your 3 jpeg images 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, where it was taken and what camera system you used.

Susannah H. Snowden-Smith
3rd - Susannah H. Snowden-Smith

Whales: Beneath the surface
Whales: Beneath the surface

Whales: Beneath the surface

Natural History Museum, London

14 July 2017 - 28 February 2018

Dive through one of the world's most compelling evolutionary journeys in this family exhibition.

More than 100 specimens from the Museum's collection will be on display together for the first time, from parts of a colossal blue whale to a small harbour porpoise.

Explore whales, dolphins and porpoises' extraordinary adaptations to their underwater environments, and learn how they are similar to us.

BSoUP August Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place on Tuesday 15th August at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in Meeting Rooms 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.


Doug Allan
Doug Allan
Doug Allan
Doug Allan

Doug Allan: Too cold for comfort? Underwater Photography and Me

Doug’s presentation, over the entire evening,  will mix behind the scenes stories with his perspective on how filming and photography have changed over time. He’ll offer advice on technique and equipment, and give insight into his own style for a single shot or a sequence.
Pearl diver, SCUBA instructor, Antarctic marine biologist, photographer, writer, cameraman, Doug Allan has been taking his cameras underwater for 45 years and is one of the world's most respected and well-known wildlife cameramen.

His images have been published in numerous magazines and books, and he has contributed memorable underwater sequences to classic BBC series like The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Forces of Nature and many others.

All this from the man who never had a formal lesson in photography in his life.

You will also have an opportunity to buy a signed copy of Doug's wonderful book, Freeze Frame, which will be available before the talk and during the break.

Focus on Competition: Close up  

Definition:  A single image that is a close-up view of a specific subject. Entrants are free to interpret the exact definition of close-up as they see fit. 

The competition is now closed.  There were 33 entries and these have been judged by Jane Burnett who will present the top six with her comments at the meeting. BSoUP Members only may view all the entries at August Slideshow.  You will be prompted to log in if you have not already done so.

Jane has been a BSoUP member since 1998 and she currently uses a Nikon D300s in a Sea & Sea housing.   She has dived extensively around the world including both the North and South Polar Regions but her favourite dive trips have been to the southern fjords of New Zealand - dark, cold and gloomy but utterly brilliant and rarely dived.

World Shootout 2017

Awarding Underwater Photographers with Prestigious Prizes - 14 Years | 641 Winners | $262,000 Cash

January- November 2017

Submit your best and most impressive underwater images, taken anywhere between January 1st to November 1st, 2016,
and win some of the most valuable prizes ever awarded to underwater photographers.
Please review all categories rules and guidelines prior submitting images or videos to the World ShootOut competition.

World Shootout

BIUPC 2017
BIUPC 2017

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.

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.

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