The British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP)
Inspiring and informing underwater photographers since 1967

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BSoUP's Sponsors

Liveaboard.com

O'Three - Sponsor of the BIUPC 2015 and 2016

Apeks

Diver Magazine - Sponsor of the Annual Beginners Portfolio Competition and the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition

DiveQuest - Sponsor of the Underwater Excellence

Scuba Travel

Scuba Tours Worldwide

Underwater Camera Store

Buddy Watcher

Cameras Underwater - Sponsor of the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition 2015 and 2016 and BIUPC 2015 and 2016

Secrets of the Sea by Callum Roberts andamp; Alex Mustard

World's Best Wildlife Dive Sites by Nick and Caroline Rbertson-Brown


About BSoUP

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BSoUP's 40th Anniversary poster
BSoUP 40th Anniversary poster - 2008

The British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) was formed in November 1967 by Colin Doeg and the late Peter Scoones. Today it has about 300 members and is the largest underwater photographic society in Britain.

When it was formed, the prime objects of BSoUP were to create a forum for the exchange of ideas and information about underwater photography and put the activity on the map. Today, the Society is still dedicated to encouraging and developing underwater photography in all its aspects. Its members vary from divers who have just started to take underwater photographs to eminent professionals who lead the world.

Much of what an individual obtains from his or her membership of any organisation depends on what they want from that organisation.

In the case of BSoUP, the basic needs of members for information and contact with other enthusiasts is catered for in several ways.

Meetings

From January 2014, general meetings are held in London on the third TUESDAY of every month. At these meetings a particular aspect of underwater photography is discussed to help the less experienced. Led by very experienced, award winning photographers, these discussions are followed by a competition, the subject of which varies from month to month. These competitions are open to all members and provide an opportunity for those competing to see how their work compares to that of others.

The main event of each meeting is a presentation by an individual or small group, either members or invited guest speakers. These presentations can range from underwater photographic expeditions to specialised techniques for certain types of underwater photography and talks by renowned personalities. Frequently the topics and/or speakers are considered of such interest that members and guests travel a hundred miles or more to attend. The meetings also provide an informal social environment where members can exchange ideas, sell unwanted equipment, arrange expeditions and enjoy a drink at the bar.
BSoUP magazine 'in focus'
BSoUP Magazine 'in focus'

Members Magazine

Additionally BSoUP publishes its own magazine 'in focus', which is sent to all members, every four months. This full colour newsletter includes news of meetings and competitions, items on underwater photography and expeditions and second hand equipment for sale.

Members Competitions

Some BSoUP members are particularly keen to participate in competitions. For all members there is a monthly competition from January through September (except March) on a particular theme which is judged by the audience present. In March a special Theme Portfolio competition is staged which is for members only. In October the Best of British Portfolio competition is held. For those who have yet to win a major prize, there is an annual Beginner's Portfolio competition, held in November, for a handsome Beginner's trophy kindly presented and sponsored by DIVER Magazine.

The year culminates in an Open Portfolio competition, which like the Beginner's competition, is open to members and non-members alike. In each of the portfolio competitions, six slides are projected simultaneously and like the monthly competitions are judged by the audience present.

Members Websites

Our website includes links to Members websites and each week one of these is highlighted in the News.

Members Forum

BSoUP has its own Member's Forum accessible only to members. This provides a means for the exchange of ideas and information about underwater photography. Unfortunately the Forum is no longer used by the majority of BSoUP members. We suggest instead that you post your messages to the BSoUP Facebook Group which has nearly 1,000 followers. You can still administer your classifieds and competition entries here.

BSoUP Facebook Group

BSoUP has its own Facebook Group where you can post your own messages and images.

Online Shops

BSoUP is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk/Amazon.de/Amazon.fr.

BSoUP has its own Online Shops, created using Amazon Associates aStore, where you can purchase books, DVD's and equipment securely via Amazon. Each purchase you make via a BSoUP Online Shop earns a small commission for the Society.

Photobooks

BSoUP has published two Photobooks featuring members images - one of compact camera images in 2010 (View images in a slideshow ) and one of British marine life in 2012 (Note Password: LIDS2012). We intend to publish further Photobooks.

Code of Conduct

BSoUP recommends all of its members to abide by the Code of Conduct for Underwater Photography.

Diving

BSoUP is not a diving club in anyway but always strongly advises its members to ensure that they receive proper and adequate training in diving techniques before they take up underwater photography. We do NOT organise photographic expeditions nor run courses, although some of our members do so (see Courses, Expeditions and Workshops).


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