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News - May 2018


April 2018
News Archive

Focus On Competition - Jellyfish - Results
May BSoUP Meeting
UwP - Latest issue
Lembeh vs Gulen Shootout 2018

British Wildlife Photography Awards
BSoUP on the Web in the past month
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First Arthur Kingdom
1st - Arthur Kingdom

Focus On Competition - Jellyfish - Results

Congratulations to Arthur Kingdon who was the winner of this month's Focus On Competition - Jellyfish with an image of a mauve stinger inside the cave at Xlendi.

Congratulations also Josef Litt and Kirsty Andrews who came second and third respectively. Josef's image was of an Aurelia aurita, taken at Jardines de la Reina, Cuba. Kirsty's image was of a Stalked jellyfish, taken in .Shetland.

There were a total of 20 entries whch were judged by Rick Ayrton.

The top six:-

Position Photographer
1 Arthur Kingdon
2 Josef Litt
3 Kirsty Andrews
4 Dave Barker
5 Henley Spiers
6 Catherine Holmes

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

Second Josef Litt
2nd - Josef Litt

Third Kirsty Andrews
3rd - Kirsty Andrews

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries enlarged in the Competition Slideshow Archive. BSoUP Members may also read a summary of Rick's feedback for more details. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so this session.

Next month's competition is Focus On - Bokeh. The competition will open shortly. Please note this competition is open to BSoUP members only. Submit your image as sRGB jpgs at a max. 1400 pixels wide, 1050 pixels high at 72 pixels/inch. Please read the Rules before entering.

May BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting is on Tuesday 15th 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.  New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome.

Oceans Daughter by Mike Portelly  - presented by Warren Williams

This historic film was made in 1981 in the Red Sea by Mike Portelly, a dentist and talented underwater photographer.  Mike won Best Beginner at Diver Magazine's Brighton Underwater Film Festival in 1976 with the help and guidance of BSoUP members.

Oceans Daughter
Oceans Daughter by Mike Portelly

Focus On - Jellyfish
Focus On - Jellyfish

The film was  highly acclaimed and launched him into the advertising film world.  Some of his advertising clips, also made at that time,  are included at the end of the film.   Sadly, his flamboyant lifestyle was cut short by cancer.

Monthly Competition - Focus On -Jellyfish

Definition: An image featuring at least one jellyfish, which may be close-up or as part of a wide-angle scene. Included are hydroid medusae as well as anything from any stage in the life-cycle of a jellyfish.

There were 20 entries.  Members may view them via the following link.  You may be asked to log in if you have not already done so.

The competition has been judged by our second Dentist of the evening, Rick Ayrton, who will present the top six along with his comments.

Rick Ayrton - Underwater Photography in the Wreck Diver's Paradise

Rick Ayrton learnt to dive with Clifton BSAC club, Bristol in the late 1980’s. He took up rebreather diving (as an early adopter) in 2002. At the same time started shooting underwater video and he has been involved as one of the cameramen on the “Deep Wreck Mysteries” TV series. More recently he has developed a passion for still photography joining the Bristol Underwater Photo Group (BUPG) and enjoying varied modest success in competitions! Rick took over from Arthur Kingdon as Chair of BUPG in 2017. Rick is an Ambassador for O’Three Drysuits and writes an occasional Blog for them as well as being regularly published in the Diving press.

Ricks Ayrton
Rick Ayrton

UwP Issue 102

UwP - Latest issue

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

Issue 102 includes Editorial, News Travel & Events, New Products, Acquapazza Sony A7 review, RGBlue Screen Magnifier, 3D printing, Alligators in Florida, Hurricane damage, Book review, Real Life, My Shot, My Shots, and Parting Shot.

To get your copy please visit

Lembeh vs Gulen Shootout 2018

15th to 20th June, 2018

The SHOOTOUT will again pitch two teams head to head in a live underwater photography contest.  A team from the beautiful Gulen Dive Resort ( in Norway will be competing with their opposing team at the equally beautiful Lembeh Resort ( in Indonesia. The first contest, in 2016, resulted in the narrowest of last-minute victories for the team from Lembeh.

Gulen Lembeh SHootout
Lembeh vs Gulen Shootout 2018
The 2018 event is proud to announce that captaining the Lembeh team will be the world-renown professional underwater photographer, Alex Mustard ( and in the corner for Gulen will be another big hitter of the underwater imaging world, Keri Wilk. (

British Wildlife Photography Awards
British Wildlife Photography Awards

British Wildlife Photography Awards

Deadline: 8th June 2018

The British Wildlife Photography Awards is open for entries.

Your chance to win a prestigious award, cash prize of £5,000, nationwide exposure reaching millions in the media and your work showcased in a touring exhibition and book.

Winners and commended entrants will be invited to an exclusive awards ceremony.

The prizes include products from lead sponsor Canon.

Help raise awareness about British wildlife and celebrate our natural heritage.

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