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News - January 2018


December 2017
News Archive

in focus - Latest issue
Peter Rowlands - Wetpixel Interview
Galápagos by Josef Litt
CMAS 16th World Championship
Focus On - Results
Anima Mundi - Latest issue
BSoUP - Next meeting

UwP - Latest issue
DEEP Indonesia 2018
Our World Underwater 2018
BSoUP on the Web in the past month
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in focus 111
Cover Image: Little cuttlefish from Port Dafarch
on Anglesey by Trevor Rees

in focus 111 - Winter 2018

The latest issue of our newsletter has been mailed to all members.


Through Snell's Window – Cathy Lewis
Colin Receives Diver Magazine Lifetime Award
An Almost Undetected Sardine Run – Roland Conrad
Behind The Image – Ivan Donoghue
BIUPC Photography Championship 2017
Focus On Competition Results
The Correct Focus – Alex Mustard
BSoUP / Diver Print Competition 2017
Bonaire - Divers' Paradise – Keith Lyall and Jo Horroks

This issue was edited by Joss Woolf and produced with help from Chris, Mike and Paul.

BSoUP Members only may download a pdf version, but you will be prompted to login.

Peter Rowlands - Wetpixel Interview

45 years of underwater image making with Peter Rowlands

by Adam Hanlon, Alex Mustard and Martin Edge

It was impossible to get into underwater photography in the UK, at any time between the 1970s and 1990s, without hearing of Peter Rowlands. At various times he was the Chair of British Society of Underwater Photograpers (BSoUP), the champ of the major competitions, the writer of The Book, the editor of The Magazine and throughout he ran Ocean Optics. Optics, as it was known by all, wasn’t just the UK’s leading UW camera store, it was arguably the most famous in the world, attracting customers from all corners of the globe.


Peter  Rowlands
Peter Rowlands in 2009

Galapgos by Josef Litt
Galápagos by Josef Litt

Galápagos by Josef Litt

BSoUP member Josef Litt has published a superb book GALAPÁGOS, which launches today at Amazon in the US and the UK.

Josef's book offers a comprehensive picture of one of the most extraordinary places on our planet, with elements of history, science and personal travelogue. As you might expect from Josef, it is packed with beautiful photography and it takes you on an amazing journey through the archipelago. It is filled with stories of discovery and colonisation but also of exploitation, deceit, mutiny and murder!

The book is available at and it is already gathering an impressive clutch of readers’ reviews.

Many congratulations to Josef.

CMAS 16th World Championship of Underwater Photography, La Paz, Mexico

From November 22 to 27, the 16th Underwater Photography World Championship was held, in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

The event was organized by the Mexican Federation of Underwater Activities, under the supervision of the Sports Committee and the Visual Commission of CMAS.

This sport event brought together the best photographers in the world from 19 countries, with the participation of 7 international judges

Results available at

CMAS World Championship
CMAS 16th World Championship of
Underwater Photography, La Paz, Mexico

Mark Harris
1st Mark Harris

Focus On - Results

Congratulations to Mark Harris who was the winner of this month's competition Focus On - Favourite shot of 2017. Mark's image included two cave divers taken in the Chac Mool cenote, Yucatan.

Congratulations also to Christophe Mason-Parker and Paul Short who came second and third respectively. Christophe's image was a young green turtle taking a breath of air. Paul's image was a mory eel and cleaner shrimp.

There were a total of 40 entries and these were judged by Richard Smith.

Pos. Photographer
1 Mark Harris
2 Christophe Mason-Parker
3 Paul Short
4 Joseph Litt
5 Catherine Holmes
6 Martyn Guess

The top six may be viewed on the Home Page and in the Gallery.

Christophe Masob-Parker
2nd - Christophe Mason-Parker
Paul Short
3rd - Paul Short

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries enlarged in the Competition Slideshow Archive, and Richard's' feedback on the top six. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

Next month's competition is Focus On - Black and White: Definition: An image in shades of only black and white.

The competition will open shortly. Please read the Rules before submitting your entry and please include details of your image and the camera system and settings used.

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 29 includes the following articles Scoop: A snake of legend
Singing in the rain: Sri Lanka’s Sinharaja
Casle in the clouds: Ecuador’s Mashpi Lodge
The lens of the law: A Portfolio by Kuntala Roychoudhury
Australian Giant Cuttlefish: Sexy swinging sepias

Anima Mundi

Richrad Smith's Website
Richard Smith's Website

BSoUP - Next meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place this month on Tuesday 16th January 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. Richard Smith - The Private Lives of the Pygmy Seahorses

Marine biologist, Dr Richard Smith, spent hundreds of hours on the coral reefs of Indonesia investigating the private lives of pygmy seahorses for his PhD research. 

Like their larger cousins, he found that males carry the brood, but surprisingly he also found that these diminutive fishes are rather pugnacious and promiscuous compared to their larger relatives. Following the lives of Tom, Dick, Harry and Josephine, Richard will share some of his fascinating findings about the biology of these poorly known animals and give tips on photographing them in ways that can reduce diver impacts.

Richard, a British underwater photographer and writer, aspires to promote an appreciation for the ocean’s inhabitants and raise awareness of marine conservation issues through his images.  A marine biologist by training, Richard’s pioneering research on the biology and conservation of pygmy seahorses, led to the first PhD on these enigmatic fishes.  Over the past decade, Richard’s photographs and marine life focused features have appeared in a wide variety of publications around the world. For the last six years, Richard has been organizing and leading luxury marine life expeditions where the aim is for participants to get more from their diving and photography by learning about the marine environment.

Favourite Image of 2017
Competition - Favourite Image of 2017

Competition - Favourite Image of 2017

Definition:  Your favourite image that has not won a national or international competition.

The competition is now closed.  There were a total of 40 entries and members only may view them in the Competitions Slideshow archive. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session. The competition will be judged by Richard Smith who will present the top six along with his comments.
Dr. Richard Smith -  Using Biology to Inform your Photography

Observing and photographing behaviour whilst underwater can be one of the most rewarding and fascinating aspects of our sport but it offers several challenges.  Richard explains how to get more from your diving by embracing the challenge of capturing animals behaving naturally at their most relaxed and vulnerable. By sharing some of his experiences, as well as tips and tricks, Richard will set you up to see the underwater world in a completely different light.

UwP - Latest issue

The latest issue of the FREE UwP is now available to download as a pdf.

Issue 100 includes Editorial, News, Travel & Events, New Products, Dome free, Acquapazza APPO-GH5, Ikelite Olympus TG-5, Lume cube, Inon Z-330 review, Canon to Nikon, Coral bleaching, Only one dive site, Galapagos Orcas, Guam's preserves, Southwest Ramblings, and Parting Shot.

To download your copy please visit

UwP Issue 100
UwP 100. Cover image: Alex Mustard

DEEP Indonesia 2018
DEEP Indonesia 2018

DEEP Indonesia 2018

Deadline: January 27th, 2018

The prestigious DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition is part of a unique series hosted by DivePhotoGuide & Wetpixel, in association with DEEP Indonesia, Indonesia’s first-ever diving, adventure travel and extreme sports expo.

Photographers will compete in six themed categories to win over $45,000 in prizes, including underwater photo equipment and premium dive travel packages to some of the top photo destinations in the world.


The DEEP Indonesia competition is part of a unique series that, together with the Our World Underwater competition, has a prize pool of over $100,000. The prestige of these contests means that winners also achieve the glory of being named some of the world’s best underwater photographers.

Our World Underwater 2018

Deadline: January 27th, 2018

The Our World Underwater (OWU) international underwater photography and video competition, now in its 13th year, has become one of the biggest and most-respected photography competitions in the world. The competition not only celebrates the beauty of the ocean, but the art of underwater photography as well.

The OWU competition is part of a unique series that, together with the DEEP Indonesia competition, has a prize pool of over $100,000. Winners also take pride in being named one of the world’s best underwater photographers, and their images will be exposed to millions of readers of dive, travel and photography magazines and websites worldwide.

Our World Underwater
Our World Underwater 2018
Underwater photographers of all levels, from novice to professionals, will compete in what has become the “Super Bowl” of international underwater imagery events. Along with $55,000 in prizes comprising underwater photo gear and world-class dive trips, the Best of Show winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000!

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