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

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BSoUP's Sponsors

Kungkungan Bay Resort

Winning Imaes by Paul Colley

Cameras Underwater - Sponsor of the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition 2015 - 2018 and BIUPC 2015 and 2016

Brtish Divers Marine Life Rescue - Sponsors of BSoUP / DIVER Print Competition 2017

Carpe Diem, Sponsors of BUIPC 2017


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

DiveQuest - Sponsor of the Underwater Excellence

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.

Initially, 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 dedicated to inspring and informing underwater photograhers. Its members vary from divers who have just started to take underwater photographs to eminent professionals.

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.


General meetings are held in London on the third TUESDAY of every month, but members can listen in to the meeting live and see the presentations with easy-to-use conference software. 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.

BSoUP Facebook Group

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


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).

Code of Conduct

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


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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