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BSoUP Open Portfolio Competition 2006

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Third - Alex Tattersall

Alex Tattersall

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1st - Steve Jones
2nd - Sam Bean
3rd - Alex Tattersall
4th - Alex Mustard

My Portfolio

by Alex Tattersall

I'm a newbie to UW photography by all accounts so I'm thrilled to be up there with some of the outstanding people in the field whose work I've long admired from afar. I've been living in Taiwan for the last year so have had the opportunity to go to some amazing diving destinations right on the doorstep and have started taking a serious interest in UW photography (much to the detriment of my bank account). As a land photographer, I would say that I am completely incompetent.. I only just recently learnt what an f-stop is (I thought it was something you did while driving on the motorway with a new girlfriend), but underwater the combined effect of the etherealness on the senses and the nitrogen bubbling around in the blood allows me to reach a state of completeness of concentration (meditation if you like) that I am unable to achieve onland. I find this extemely relaxing and this is the primary reason why I love underwater photography. But enough of the hippy stuff...

Although I've been using basic point and shoot for about 3 years, before a trip to Indonesia earlier this month with Dr Bob Whorton (who I'd sincerely like to thank for sharing his wisdom with me), my local, very reasonably priced UW shop here in Taiwan (www. to lend me a dSLR (Canon 400D) in return for some shameless publicity such as this:). All the macro shots in this portfolio are taken with that camera, the WA shots taken with a Fuji E900 and an INON FishEye wetmate lens. All but the last of these shots were taken on that Indonesia trip this month.

You are welcome to come and see more shots from that trip at


Picture 1 - Squat lobster..

This was the first time I'd seen a squat lobster although seeing others' photos it was a subject I'd been keen to photography. This was taken on a Mandarinfish dusk dive in Wori Bay... I'd decided to forget the frustration of shooting mandarinsfish with ten other people, leave the herd who were gathered clumsily around a staghorn outcrop in the midst of a particulate soup and go in search of other subjects. Very glad I did because this pretty little guy was just sitting happily in the middle of an open, unmoving crinoid. I didn't realise how lucky I'd been until I tried to photo more camera shy ones later in the trip with crinoid arms waving about all over the place.

© Alex Tattersall

Picture 2 - Loving Eyes Puffers

Taken in Lembeh, I saw these two puffers chasing each other and followed them around for a few minutes watching their movements. About three seconds after I took this shot, the one below bit a chunk out of the one above's tail. Sadly, I missed that shot.. but what I originally thought was flirting and playing between lovers quickly turned into anger and pain. But hey, that's love for you, right? :)

© Alex Tattersall

Picture 3 - Hippocampus pontohi (Is that the spelling?)

About 7mm tall, this little guy was jumping around in the seagrass on a small, very surgey, outcrop in the middle of Raja Ampat at about 12m... 'why won't it stay still?' I kept bubbling to myself as I struggled to find it in the viewfinder... 

© Alex Tattersall

Picture 4 - Dugout on Mayu Island

When we arrived on our shiny new liveaboard at the very remote and very stunning Indonesia island of Mayu in the middle of the Sulawesi Sea, the locals folk were quite clearly excited to see another load of puffy, overfed, sunburnt Westerners flapping about on their gorgeous fringing reef. The children were particularly excited and came out in droves passing one pair of goggles between what seemed like several hundred so they could observe with boundless enthusiasm and fascination twenty or more UW photographers going about their peculiar business. I imagine they are used to this by now but one can only wonder what this must have looked like to them the first time. Anyway, this group of children were on a dugout catamaran, the water, as you can see, was crystal clear and the subject, very photogenic. Taken about 2 meters from the surface with the INON FishEye lens and FUJI E900 compact.

© Alex Tattersall

Picture 5 - Nemos

Just another nemo shot, right position, right time.... you know how it is....

© Alex Tattersall

No 6 Turtle in Sipadan

Beautiful clear day and turtles everywhere.... Memories of Sipadan island.

BSoUP Open Portfolio Competition

BSoUP's Open Portfolio Competition Winners 1984-

2017 Mark Drayton

2016 Taner Altigan

2015 Cathy Lewis

2014 Mark Drayton

2013 Jackie Campbell

2012 Mark Pickford

2011 Dray van Beeck

2010 Giordano Cipriani

2009 Trevor Rees

2008 JP Trenque

2007 Shannon Conway

2006 Steve Jones

2005 Jane Morgan

2004 Alex Mustard

2003 Charles Hood

2002 Linda Dunk

2001 Tony White

2000 Gary Clark

1999 Guy Middleton

1998 Hilary Driscoll

1997 Malcolm Hey

1996 Linda Dunk

1995 Linda Dunk

1994 Linda Dunk

1993 Linda Pitkin

1992 Charles Hood

1991 Georgette Douwma

1990 Mike Wong

1989 Mike Wong

1988 Mike Wong

1987 Georgette Douwma

1986 Georgette Douwma

1985 Warren Williams

1984 Georgette Douwma

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