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News - October 2017

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September 2017
News Archive

Dive 2017
Best of British Portfolio Competition - Results
October BSoUP Meeting
World Shootout 2017
San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition

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Dive 2017

Dive 2017

NEC Birmingham

21-22 October 2017

An unrivalled programme of Free presentations from the world's top diving and underwater photography speakers. And this is combined with popular in-hall features such as the Try Dive and Rebreather Pools, PhotoZone, and New Product Showcase, plus themed Travel and Dive-Training areas.

Come and join us at Dive 2017 on Stand P 12 in the NEC Birmingham this weekend for a chat and to vote for you favourite images in the BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition.

Best of British Portfolio Competition - Results

Congratulations to Trevor Rees who was the winner of this year's Best of British Portfolio Competition. Trevor's portfolio comprised images of a Blue shark, a Hermit crab portrait and a Diver on a wreck.

Congratulations also to Arthur Kingdon and Nick More who came second and third respectively.

A total of 19 portfolios were submitted and these were judged by Saeed Rashid.

Trevor Rees
Trevor Rees

The top six:-

Pos. Photographer Subject
1 Trevor Rees Blue shark, Hermit crab, Diver on wreck
2 Arthur Kingdon Basking shark, John Dory, Anemones
3 Nick More Blue shark, Pike, Seal
4 Kirsty Andrews Octopus, Diver in wreck, Wrasse
5 Cathy Lewis Octopus, Anemone, Hermit crab
6 Rick Ayrton Seal, Crayfish, Sea hare

BSoUP Members only may view all the images in the Competition Slideshow Archive, the top six in the Gallery and Saeed's comments in the feedback. You will be prompted to login if you haven't already done so this session.

Next month's Competition is the Beginners Portoflio Competition for the DIVER Trophy. The deadline is Sunday 12th November 2017. The competition will open shortly.

Please submit your 6 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.

Trevor Rees

Paul's rig to photograph a bat taking an insect off the water's surface...from an underwater viewpoint. Nikon D4 in a purpose-built housing connected to a laptop for full control

October BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place this month on Tuesday 17th October 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 Colley -  River & Lake Water Life - An Update  

Yet again, Chairman Paul Colley has stepped in at short notice to show us the latest results from his river and lake water-life project.  The images have not yet been shown in public and Paul has agreed to break cover early with the images, one of which is almost certainly a world first.  And he'll tell us how he did it.

Paul has been designing, building and experimenting with a new camera rig to photograph creatures that spend their nights at the interface between air and water.
Most people will know Paul.  A former BSoUP competitions member and current Chairman, he started underwater photography in 2009, formed his own photography business and has achieved modest success in national and international competitions, including category wins in Underwater Photographer of the Year and the British Wildlife Photography Awards.  He tries to make his images count in the conservation of our rivers, lakes and oceans by working with marine and freshwater conservation agencies.  His work has been widely published, including by the BBC.

Competition:  Best of British Portfolio

Definition: A portfolio of 3 images that showcases the beauty of the underwater world in British waters.
The competition is now closed.  There were 19 entries and these have been judged by Saeed Rashid who will present the top six with his comments at the meeting. 

BSoUP Members only may view all of the images in the Best of British Portfolio Slideshow but you will be prompted to login if you have not done so already this session.
Best of British
Saeied Rashid
Saeed Rashid
Saeed Rashid -  Workflow and other rude words!

When workflow is mentioned, normally people tend to make their excuses and leave the room but it shouldn’t be treated as a dirty word, we all use a workflow in some form or another.

In his talk, Saeed will explain his own image workflow, from importing an image to editing and finally uploading the finished image to his website. This will be a jargon-free talk, with a straightforward explanation of some of the key features of using Adobe Lightroom to manage most of this process.
Saeed has been taking underwater pictures for the past 16 years and started just to pass the time underwater.  He currently uses a Canon 7D in a Nauticam housing.  For the last few years, Saeed has been leading underwater photography trips for blue o two to the Red Sea and the Maldives. He also runs Adobe Lightroom courses aimed at underwater photographers to help them improve their post- processing skills and he fits all that in between his day job at Bournemouth University where he teaches Print Design.

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

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.

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