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Oyster Diving, Sponsors of BIUPC 2017

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

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Cameras Underwater - Sponsor of the BSoUP/DIVER Print Competition 2015 - 2017 and BIUPC 2015 and 2016

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News - November 2017

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October 2017
Coming Soon
News Archive

BSouP November Meeting
Coln Doeg receives Lifetime Acheivement Award
UWP Latest Issue
World Shootout 2017

BSoUP on the Web in the past month
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Beit Hall, Imperial College

BSouP November Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting takes place this month on Tuesday 21st November 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 (Directions). New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome.
BSOUP/DIVER Print Competition

The BSoUP/Diver Print Competition took place at the Birmingham Dive Show over the weekend of the 21st and 22nd October.  Competition organizers, Dave Smith and Mark Feldman  will address the meeting about the competition in general,  covering the audience vote and will then present the category winners and runners up.  BSoUP Chairman Paul Colley will then go through the images from the judges’ perspectives and talk about the highly commended images and will name the overall winner.

Competition:  Beginners Portfolio

A portfolio of six images displayed in two rows of three as a single image. This competition is for photographers who have never won or been placed in a major competition.

The slideshow for the Beginners Portfolio for the DIVER Trophy is now available on the BSoUP website. You will be prompted to login if you have not already done so. A total of seventeen portfolios were submitted.

The competition has been judged by David Alpert who will present the top six with along with his comments. 

Beginners Portfolios
Great White Shark by David Apert
Great White Shark
Best in Show - David Alpert
North Carolina Wreck•Shark Shootout 2016

David Alpert

David grew up in South Africa where he began diving  at the age of 16.  "I literally counted down the days to my sixteenth birthday so I could take the course. (In those days that was the minimum age.) 30 years later I entered my first underwater photographic competition – BSOUP March 2016 focus on "Light" and came second. No turning back and firmly bitten by the bug, I went on to take part in the annual North Carolina Great Shark shootout which I was fortunate enough to win.  Having originally started with underwater video in 1991  I now use a Canon 5D Mark III – enjoying the additional creative dimensions that come with still photography".

Paul Kay - Diving in North Wales

Paul will include a section about the switch to mirrorless (Sony A7II)
Paul Kay BSc HSE pt4 FRPS  is best known for specialising in temperate, marine, underwater, natural history photography and supplying high quality stock images of marine wildlife and marine-related subjects from Britain and Ireland. However, his photographic experience is much broader and versatile than underwater only and he has worked as a full-time freelance photographer for over 25 years. In addition, he works as a writer and speaker, and supplies Seacam Silver underwater photographic equipment in Britain and Ireland.
You can access the galleries on his website via the following link: 
Paul Kay
Paul Kay's website

Live-streaming (BSoUP Members only)

If you cannot get to London, please feel free to log in and listen to the meeting live from your desk top or mobile device.  A broadband connection will give you the best chance to follow the meeting in detail.  The instructions for how to do so are below and we recommend that you follow the link at the end if you are not yet familiar with the software. When you join the meeting (not before 7.45pm please), mute your microphone using the GoToMeeting software control panel.  Only the first 50 people to log in will be accepted, but you will also be able to watch a recording of the meeting about 2 days afterwards. The reuqired password has been circulated via mail chimp to all members.

Colin Doeg receives DIVER Lifetime Acheivement Award

Congratulations to Colin Doeg who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Diveshow held at the NEC Birmingham last month.

Colin was a boy reporter during WW2, he took up photography and became an award winning photographer. He started diving in early 1960's and was soon protraying the underwater world on film. In 1965 he won the first International Underwater Photography Competition organised by DIVER Magazine. Colin also took the first underwater pictures of Basking Sharks.

For all his own achievements in underwater photography, it is for his selfless contributions to helping others attain success that he received the award. In 1967, with the late Peter Scoones, Colin co-founded the British Society of Underwater Photographers.

Colin Doeg
Colin Doeg

Fifty years on BSoUP contnues to mentor new photographers and has amassed a outstanding body of alumni, all of whom are indebted to Peter and Colin's influence.

Through his articles over the decades he educated photographers globally and he is cited as an inspiration by National Geographic underwater photography David Dubilet. As co-founder of Visions in the Sea underwater conferences, Colin introduced many of the world's best professional image-makers and cameramen to an audience of British photographers, who would not otherwise have seen them.

UwP 99
Uwp 99. Cover image: Category winner: Mammals: Behaviour,
53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year

UWP Latest Issue

Issue 99 of the FREE magazine Underwater Photography is now available to download,

Issue 99 includes Editorial, News,Travel and Events, New Products, Competitions, Looking for wales, Lionfish invasion, Killer tooth ache, Blue Heron Bridge, Wonderful Journey, Book Reviews, My Shot and Parting shot.

To get your copy please visit

World Shootout 2017

Awarding Underwater Photographers with Prestigious Prizes - 14 Years | 641 Winners | $262,000 Cash

January- November 2017

Submit your best and most impressive underwater images, taken anywhere between January 1st to November 1st, 2016, and win some of the most valuable prizes ever awarded to underwater photographers.

Please review all categories rules and guidelines prior submitting images or videos to the World ShootOut competition.

World Shootout

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