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News - November 2018

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BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition
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BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition - Results

Congratulations to Ellen Cuylaerts who took the public vote to win the British and Irish Advanced category and the judges' vote for overall winner, so 1st prize in the BSoUP/DIVER print competition. And to Nur Tucker who was overall runner up.

Full results to follow when the Chairman can squeeze in a web update between other duties, but in short order, other category wins went to Martyn Guess, Lee Mansfield and Simon Temple. Places were awarded to Paul Pettitt, Alison Pettitt and Ellen Cuylaerts. Well done all. And a BIG THANK YOU to Dave Smith and Mark Feldman for organising the competition. Also to our many sponsors (right).

Overall Winner (Judges' vote)
Ellen Cuylaerts

Overseas Advanced - 1st Place
Martyn Guess

Overseas - 1st Place
Lee Mansfield

British and Irish - 1st Place
Simon Temple

Beginner's Portfolio - Results

Winner - Lee Mansfield

Congratulations to Lee Mansfield who was the winner of this year's Beginner's Portfolio with his close up images of a Coconut Octopus and a Cowfish in Lembeh plus a sea lion in Los Islotes, Mexico.

Congratulations also to Ian Mill and David Elmer who came second and third respectively. Ian's portfolio comprised a Donut Nudibranch from Bali, Indonesia, a Blackbotch Lizardfish (with Anthea prey), also from Bali and a blossom in mangrove taken in Lake Kakaban, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. David presented a Red Sea Cardinal fish, a Lettuce slug from Bonaire and a wide-angle shot of sponges & a diver shot in Cayman.

There were a total of 16 portfolios entered and these were judged by Justin Beevor.

The top six:-

Pos. Photographer Subject
1 Lee Mansfield

Coconut Octopus, Cowfish, Sea lion

2 Ian Mill

Lizardfish, Nudibrach, flower blossom

3 David Elmer Cradinalfish, Sponges, Nudibranch
4 Jeremy Brown Clownfish, Snappers, Tube anemone abstract
5 David Bostock Sea anemones, Moray Eel, Lionfish
6 Shannon Moran Split level, Wessex, Dogfish

Winner - Lee Mansfield

Winner - Lee Mansfield

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

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

Next month's Competition is Anything Goes. The competition will open shortly. The deadline is Sunday 9th December 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.

BSoUP November Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting is on Tuesday 20th November, 2018 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.

Martin Openshaw - A Diver-less Camera
“The Black Bream Project” earned the team the Duke of Edinburgh’s Prize in 2015 and a trip to Buckingham Palace. It captures the nesting and breeding behaviour of very shy fish using remote cameras. If you’ve seen or read about the project, you will likely have come across a comment “Martin has adapted a GoPro”. Driven by the need not to disrupt breakfast or Beer-O-Clock, the first talk tells the development story behind the Diver-less camera.

Black Bream Project
The Black Bream Project
Annual BSoUP/Diver Print Competition - Results

The results of the Print Competition held at the Birmingham Dive Show and organized by Dave Smith and Mark Feldman, will be presented at the meeting.

Beginners Portfolio Competition

Beginners Portfolio Competition

Definition: A portfolio of 3 individual images for photographers that have not won or been placed in a major competition. The images can be of any subject matter. There were sixteen entries and the competition, which is now closed, has been judged by BSOUP member Justin Beevor who will present the top six, along with his comments, at the meeting.  Members can view the anonymous competition slideshow by clicking on the following link.  You may be asked to log in if you have not already done so.

For the past 20-plus years Justin has worked as an employment lawyer, originally in private practice at a Manchester law firm, and for the last eight years at one of the big banks, based in London. Before becoming a lawyer, he spent eleven years in the Army, following his grandfather into the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He has dived extensively and has either won or been placed in numerous competitions.  He uses a Sony a6500 mirrorless camera in a Nauticam housing.

Sheilah Openshaw - The Undulate Ray Project
The Undulate Ray Project earned a "highly commended" in the Duke of Cambridge’s Prize (the D of E retired) and a trip to Kensington Palace to receive it this month. On the ICUN red list the Undulate Ray is deemed ‘endangered’ however this may not be the case everywhere. The team discovered a hot spot where sightings of undulate rays are guaranteed, with the record on one dive standing at 24 sightings. Using their own and publicly contributed photographs from divers and anglers, has proved that not only are individuals recognisable, but that they return to the site, sometimes months or years later. The second talk tells the story of this project from its inception to current DNA collection and verification in collaboration with Manchester University .

The Undulate Ray Project
The Undulate Ray Project

BSoUP members Martin and Sheilah Openshaw are not known for having their photographs in competitions or magazines, but their use of photography in underwater projects goes in a very different direction. Their work with fellow BSoUP member, Matt Doggett, has focussed on using the camera to better understand fish behaviour.

UwP 105

UwP - Latest issue

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

Issue 105 includes Editorial, News Travel & Events, New Products, WPY 2018, SoCal Shootout 2018, BIUPC 2018, Equipment Reviews, Shark research by Chris Schenker, Chinchorro Crocodiles by Steve Taylor, Cape Town by Kate Jonker, iBook review by Peter Rowlands, Parting Shot by Gerard Wijnsma

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