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News - September 2018

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Underwater Excellence - Results
UwP - Latest issue
BSoUP September Meeting
Anima Mundi - Latest Issue
DIVER/BSoUP Print Competition

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SDUFEX 2018 - Click to view trailer


The last five years of SDUFEX have been sellouts and this year's shows are also quickly selling out.   The Film Festival dates are Friday October 5 and Saturday October 6.  As of now, there is a little over 100 tickets available for each night;s show, so please order quickly.

This year's MC is Flip Nicklin, a world renown photographer, who has spent 30 years capturing images of whales while documenting their behaviors around the world.

As in past several years, our venue is  the High Definition Irwin Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, located on Qualcomm's campus. The festival begins at 7:00PM each evening and should wrap up around 9:30PM.  Parking is free in a near by parking garage.

Friday's and Saturday's night's programs are completely different with ~ 14 films each evening. These 28 films are from entries from all over the world and were selected by a panel of 5 independent judges.

Underwater Excellence - Results

Congratulations to Susannah Snowden-Smith who was the winner of this year's Underwater Excellence with her close-up images of spawning Hamlets and of an Arrow Crab, plus her wide-angle shot of Great Hammerheads.

Congratulations also to Henley Spiers and Nick More who came second and third respectively. Henley's portfolio comprises wide-angle shots of Blue Sharks and of a Great Barracuda behind an anemonefish, plus a pair of mating Manderinfish. Nick presented a slow shutter portrait of a Blue Spotted Ribbontail Ray, a split level of a Crocodile and a macro image of a Pygmy Seahorse.

There were a total of 17 portfolios entered and these were judged by Kirsty Andrews.

Winner - Susannah Snowden-Smith

Winner - Susannah Snowden-Smith

The top six:-

Pos. Photographer Subject
1 Susannah Snowden-Smith Hamlets, Hammerheads, Arrow Crab
2 Henley Spiers Blue Sharks, Mandarinfish, Anemonefish
3 Nick More Blue Spotted Ray, Crocodile, Pygmy Seahorse
4 Martyn Guess Blue Shark, Boxfish, Nudi & Shrimp
5 Mark Drayton Blue Shark, Squid, Goby
6 Mark Pickford Manta, Anemonefish, Hairy Frogfish

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

BSoUP members may view all of the entries in the Competition Slideshow and the judge's comments. You will be prompted to login if you haven't already done so this session.

Next month's Competition is the Best of British Portoflio Competition. The competition will open shortly. The deadline is Sunday 7th October 2018.

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.

Winner - Susannah Snowden-Smith

Anima Mundi

Anima Mundi - Latest Issue

Issue 32, October 2018, of our free online magazine Anima Mundi - Adventures in Wildlife Photography is now online and ready for downloading.This wonderful photo-filled new issue features tons of great stuff including our own photo story about an unusual encounter with the majestic African martial eagle, our spectacular Mindo trip report from Ecuador's fascinating cloud forest, Dante Fenolio’s in-depth (literally!) feature about the mysterious oceanic anglerfish, Archna Singh’s stunning Personal Portfolio with lots of great images from India (and elsewhere), and finally Bjorn Olesen's 's first-hand, highly detailed report from Argentina’s Patagonia with everything you want to know about the pumas of Torres del Paine’s National Park

September BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting is on Tuesday 18th September at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. in Meeting Room 3, Union Building, Beit Quadrangle, Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7. Directions. Entrance via Prince Consort Road.  New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome.

BIUPC - Paul Colley

The British and Irish Underwater Photography Championship took place on Saturday 1st September.  A selection of the entries will be shown at the meeting and the winners will be announced by BSoUP Chairman and BIUPC lead organiser, Paul Colley.  All BIUPC entrants will be invited to join the live stream broadcast and hear the results.

BIUPC - Results

Underwater Excellence

Annual Competition - Underwater Excellence

Definition: A portfolio of 3 images showing a variety of photographic skill, with at least one wide-angle and one close-up image.  There were 17 entries and the competition is now closed. The competition has been judged by Kirsty Andrews who will present the top six along with her comments. 

The anonymous competition slide-show  may be viewed by members only via this link.  You will be asked to login if you have not already done so this session. 

Mario Vitalini - Mirrorless cameras are here to stay

Why I love this technology, its pros and cos and why it is perfect for the traveling photographer.

For nearly 30 years Mario has sailed the globe and dived the seas, working as a PADI instructor and dive guide. Today, he shares his passion for underwater photography teaching others with UK day courses and leading overseas workshops with Scuba Travel. His students love his real world expertise and patient approach. He has an extensive working knowledge of all underwater camera systems, having spent several years at the UK’s largest photo retailer. Mario’s images have won several awards and he has featured not once, but twice, amongst the top categories at the prestigious Underwater Photographer of the Year, including Most Promising British Underwater Photographer in 2015.
Mario Vitalini
Mario Vitalini

UwP 104
UwP 104. Cover: Laura Storm

UwP - Latest issue

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

Issue 104 includes Editorial, News, Travel & Events, New Products, Competitions, Equipment Reviews, Marine Life and Parting Shot.

To download your copy please visit

DIVER/BSoUP Print Competition

The Competiton is now open open for entries.

Prizes include a one week diving and accommodation with Kungkungan Bay Resort in Lembeh, two vouchers for £125 from Cameras Underwater, two vouchers for a one day course with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Paul Colley’s book 'Winning Images", and 'SS Thistlegorm" iBook co-authored by Simon Brown, Alex Mustard, Jon Henderson and Mike Postons.

You can bring prints to the 18th September Meeting or submit them by post by 28th September (see Prints Competition).

Overall Winner 2017
Last year's Overall Winner - Nick More

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