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News - April 2019

March 2019
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Focus On - Coral - Results
April BSoUP Meeting
British Wildlife Photography Awards
DIVE 2019

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Focus On - Coral - Results

Congratulations to Dave Baker who came first in the Focus On - Coral Competition with an image of a hard coral taken at Ras Mohammed, Egypt.

Congratulations also to Laura Storm and Catherine Holmes who came second and third respectively with images of with images of a Honeycomb coral with a tiny goby and of multicoloured soft corals and fans Raja Ampat respecetivelyt.

There were a total of 25 entries. The competition was judged by Martyn Guess.

Dave Baker
Laura Storm

The top six:-

Pos. Photographer Subject
1 Dave Baker Hard corals
2 Laura Storm Honeycombe coral
3 Catherine Holmes Coral and Sea fans
4 Joe Daniels Cabbage corals
5 Georgette Douwma Soft corals
6 Paul Short Hard corals

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

BSoUP members may view all of the entries in the Competition slideshow 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 Nudibranchs. The competition will open shortly.

Please submit your 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.

Catherine Holmes


Next BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting is on Tuesday 16th April at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.  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.

Martyn Guess - Difficult Backgrounds in Macro Photography
Martyn's talk will include using different Macro lighting techniques including snoot and back-lighting and will consider open aperture and artificial backgrounds and the use of different lenses. The talk will progress  around some of Martyn's images that have been successful in competitions over the last year or so and he will talk about how he took them.  Martyn's presentation will continue after the competition and interval. 
Martyn has been taking underwater photographs for more than 20 years and regularly wins competitions.  As well as a very busy day job, he is also currently leading photo trips to various destinations for Scubatravel pitched at a market in between those led by Alex Mustard and Paul Duxfield.
Competition:  Focus On - Coral

Definition: An image of any hard or soft coral, close-up or wide-angle. The coral displayed should be the significant part of the picture and be of one type or feature different forms.  The competition is now closed. There are 25 images entered and these have been judged by Martyn Guess who will present the top six along with his comments at the meeting.  You can view all of the entries by clicking on the following link  - Focus On - Coral. You may be asked to log in if you have not already done so.
Focus On - Coral
Focus On - Coral


British Wildlife Photography Awards

Final reminder to organise your entries by 6th April! Enter here.

Don’t leave it to the last minute for an opportunity to win a prestigious prize and be in a touring exhibition, book and national media supporting British Wildlife.

To mark our anniversary and help raise awareness about our coast; its incredible biodiversity and the threats it is facing we have expanded the Coast and Marine category to include British and Irish Coastlines within four separate categories; Wales, Scotland, England, and Northern Ireland and the Coast of Ireland. Covering the coast of the British Isles.

Check out all the categories here and the £20K prize fund including £5,000 cash first prize.

DIVE 2019 - 26/27 October

THE MOVE INTO Hall 1 at the NEC for last year’s Dive Show proved popular with both exhibitors and the 15,000-plus visitors who turned up over two days for the premiere event in the UK diving calendar.

Impressive internal and external enhancements to the nation’s top events venue were also extremely well received, and Hall 1’s location just inside the NEC (Birmingham) Main Entrance was a welcome bonus.

So with the NEC in greater demand than ever from organisers large and small wishing to enjoy the best profile for their events, the Dive Show is delighted to have secured prime weekend dates of 26/27 October for DIVE 2019.

DIVE 2018

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