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News - June 2018


May 2018
News Archive

Focus On - Bokeh - Results
BSoUP Meeting - June 2018
British and Irish U/P Championship
in focus - Latest issue

Anima Mundi - Latest issue
British Wildlife Photography Awards
Lembeh vs Gulen Shootout 2018

Martyn Guess

Focus On - Bokeh - Results

Congratulations to Martyn Guess who was the winner of this month's Focus On - Bokeh competition. Martyn's image of an Anemone fish was taken with a Trioplan manual 100mm lens in Dumaguete, Philippines.

Congratulations also to Arthur Kingdon and Henley Spiers who came second and third respectively. Arthur's image of an octopus was taken in Lembeh, Indonesia. Henley's image of A White-Spotted Hermit Crab (Dardanus megistos) was taken in Mactan, Cebu, Philippines.

The competition, comprising a total of 30 images was judged by WIll Clark.

The top six:-

Position Photographer
1 Martyn Guess
2 Arthur Kingdon
3 Henley Spiers
4 Jeremy Brown
5 Simon Yates
6 Sean Chinn

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

Arthur Kingdon
Henley Spiers

BSoUP Members only may view all the entries enlarged in the Competition Slideshow Archive. BSoUP Members may also read a summary of Will'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 - Sunlight
Definition: An image where natural light, rather than strobe light, is a major feature of the photo. Use of some artificial fill light is still allowed.
Deadline: 8th July 2018.

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.

BSoUP Meeting - June 2018

The next BSoUP meeting is on Tuesday 19th June 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.

Bernat Garrigos
Bernat is the President of Alive Fundació, which is teaming up with WoRMS and Lynx Edicions for a presentation of the Sealife Collection. This is an ambitious online collaborative project to collect photographs and videos of the entire world's species and marine habitats.

Bernat Garrigos
Bernat Garrigos

"Our project is based on the very successful Internet Bird Collection. The IBC has achieved around 90% coverage of all 10,000 bird species in just a few years, and now we plan to do the same with the 240,000 marine species! 
Obviously the new goal is much more ambitious and difficult, but we think the international underwater photographic community could find a common purpose in this project  by helping the catalogue with millions of unused underwater photos that could ultimately help marine science and conservation."

The website is about 75% complete for launching and at present they are looking for the first group of contributors who can upload their images before the website goes public.
Bernat is resident in the UK until next month when he will move back to his native country of Catalonia.

Monthly Competition - Bokeh

Definition: An image showing a subject with an appealing background, where blur or shallow depth of field has been used for creative effect.  For this new BSoUP theme you can read about Bokeh from Wikipedia:
The competition has been judged by Will Clark, who will present the top six along with his comments. 

The current anonymous slide show can be viewed by members only. You will be prompted to login if you haven’t already done so this session.

Focus On

WIll Clark
Will Clark: Photo credit: Jenny Stock

Main Speaker - Will Clark -  50+ hours with the Nauticam WACP: a paradigm shift in underwater photography or an expensive and heavy gimmick? 

Will dives a lot and was recently on a 15 day live-aboard in Indonesia where out of 45 dives, 44 were with the WACP. He also used it snorkelling with Orca in November.

WACP is the acronym of the Nauticam Wide Angle Conversion Port. It is the latest underwater optical technology, made of a massive amount of glass, where the optical performance is much better than any combination of lens and dome, especially in the corners. Alex Mustard helped develop and trial it and has published articles on why it’s so special. (

You can use a much larger aperture than you would shooting with a dome and still maintain sharpness across the whole frame. It is a total game-changer but is ridiculously heavy and expensive.

Will hails from Somerset and does a variety of jobs including helping run two local charities with community and conservation aims, as well as being a partner in a property letting and development company. Since winning the BSoUP Beginners Portfolio in 2010, Will has gone on to gain awards in a variety of competitions such as UPOTY, BWPA, the British Photography Awards, the BSoUP & NUPG Print competitions, Red Sea Photocall, Deep Indonesia, and others including most recently having an image shortlisted in the ‘Open Nature’ category of the Sony World Photography awards.

British and Irish Underwater Photography Championship

Saturday 1st September

Dive your favourite sites in our seas, rivers and lakes in British and Irish waters during this increasingly popular competition.

Categories for different experience levels and camera users..

Divers will compete for the title British and Irish Underwater Photography Champion 2018 and the Peter Scoones Award, plus additional trophies and prizes. More..

BIUPC 2018

in focus 112

in focus 112 - Spring 2018

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

Cover Image: Wrasse by Kirsty Andrews.


Through Snell’s Window – Ken Sullivan
The #Nudidude Challenge – Paul Statham
In Love With Lembeh – Gill McDonald
Focus On Competition Results
Converted - The Move From DSLR To Mirrorless – Martha Tressler

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.

Anima Mundi - Latest issue

Issue 31, July 2018, of the FREE online magazine Anima Mundi - Adventures in Wildlife Photography is now online and ready for downloading (or simple online browsing, if you prefer) at This new issue features tons of great stuff including a scoop on the bird-eating jackals of the Kalahari desert, the spectacular Chobe National Park trip report from Africa’s amazing Botswana, Costa Rica-based Greg Basco’s amazing Personal Portfolios with lots of great rainforest images, a photographic tribute to Assam’s remote and exotic waterbirds of Maguri Bheel and finally Silvano Paiola's 's first-hand report from Slovenia with everything you want to know about Kocevje’s primeval forest and its endangered European bears.

Anima Mundi Issue 31
Anima Mundi - Issue 31

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.

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. (

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