The theme for Master Photographers this month was to capture a photo that showed off the beautiful color patterns that fish have. Photographers could use any lens for this contest. Taking first place in the Master's Category was Wayne MacWilliamswith Colors of the Rainbow.
Placing second was Judy Townsend with Colors of the Lionfish. Finishing Third was Debbie Wallacewith Juvie Stripes. Fourth place was Walt Stearnswith Love Triangle, and coming in Fifth was Susan Mearswith Fin on Fire. Congratulations everyone - the competition this month was fierce!
The Challenger's Category required photographers to to get a great shot of Manatee behavior. The manatee must have been engaged in feeding, sleeping, nursing, chewing on a rope, or any typical manatee behavior. Taking first place honors this month was Julie Morgan withManatee Sofa.Second place was Igor Seregin's, Manatee Kiss, and finishing third was Heidi Thoricht's Nap and a Clean.
Have you checked out the Winter 2017 Alert Diver Magazine? If not, I encourage you to do so - two of our members, Susan Mears and Deb Devers have photos that are featured in the magazine!
Susan has a great shot of a Lookdown in it's larval stage, and Deb's photo of a Larval Pancake Batfish looks surprised to have been discovered in the darkness of night! Both are absolutely awesome shots taken while on a blackwater dive in Florida.
It is always fantastic to see our members featured in the news.
If you have been published recently, please send us the information, including photos and relevant links at email@example.com
Once again this year, SFUPS will have a display booth at the Blue Wild Expo featuring many of your images. Details regarding entering your images have been sent to everyone via e-mail from Nikole.
All SFUPS Members are eligible for FREE entry to the show! That is a $20 savings folks! It is easy to claim your ticket - you must register for the event using our website - the link is below. Print your ticket and bring it, along with your ID, to the show.
SHOW HOURS: Saturday April 22 -- 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Sunday April 23 -- 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
If you haven't updated your SFUPS Profile in a while, now is is good time to do it. You can use the link below. Just sign in and click "Manage Account" and "Profile," and be sure to enter all your current information, including what type of camera equipment you are using.
March 23 at Force-E Boca: 6:30 pm - Gumbo Limbo Sea Turtle Rehab Presentation: David Anderson and Caitlin Bovery will be at Force-E to discuss the work done by this amazing center. Come learn more and find out how you can be involved! Free event, but please register online!
March 25: Two Tank Dive Aboard Kyalami in search of sea turtles, especially Hawksbills. The Florida Hawksbill Project will be on board for this fun dive event.For more information, click here.
March 28 - Digital Photographer Course: 6pm at Force-E Pompano: $60: Force - E photo pro Jason Spitz will cover basic camera skills and learning the best options on accessories and housings. Click for more information and to register.
Fri, April 14 – Social Night: Marine Debris: Join us for yummy food and drinks as Chris Vargas, from the Sea Shepherd organization, discusses the impact of marine debris on ocean ecosystems worldwide. Learn about simple changes you can make to reduce, reuse and recycle. http://www.puravidadivers.com/april-14-social-night-marine-debris
Sat, April 22 – Great American Cleanup: 9 - Noon: Join Pura Vida Divers at Phil Foster Park as we help keep one of our favorite shore diving spots in pristine condition. Kids and families welcome. Cleanup materials and t-shirts will be provided. Call to Register: 561-840-8750
April 1 - 18: Anilao Photo & Video Worshop: This is a hands-on workshop with Reef Photo and Chris Parsons. You will be staying at one of Anilao's newest and most beautiful resorts. $2,195 per person, double occupancy. For complete details, click here.
April 18 - 19: Lightroom U/W 1 & 2: Level 1 is a beginner level workshop, while Level 2 is Intermediate/Advanced and aimed at people who have completed the Lightroom 1 class or are comfortable with the basics of Lightroom. For more information, contact Reef Photo.
April 22 - 29, 2017: A week of Diving and Photography in Playa Del Carmen with Phil Rudin and Yucatek Divers. The workshop fee of only $1075 per diver includes: 5 days of 2 tank dives, Entrance to the Cenote, Sandwich, Water and Guide, Theory and Assistance. To read a full review about Yucatek Divers and Cenote diving, click here. For more information, contact Phil Rudin at: firstname.lastname@example.org
WAKATOBI ADVENTURE for SFUPS Members: The Wakatobi Dive Resort is positioned in the heart of the coral triangle, home to the world's highest level of marine biodiversity. The resort offers five-star service and casually-elegant accommodations. The site has been named as one of the world's best shore dives, and it provides divers with easy and unlimited access to a diverse range of underwater environments. Trips have been put together especially for SFUPS members.Please click to to learn more about these special trips and the arrangements for SFUPS.
Little Cayman July - 8, 2017 with Force-E: Includes 7 night stay and 6 days of 2-tank boat dives with Skip and Cathy Commager of Force E. Includes tanks, ground transfers, all you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner $1,645/diver, double occupancy. For all the details, click here!
Cozumel Trip Sept. 1-5, 2017 with Force-E: This is the 3rd annual trip to Cozumel at Blue Angel Resort. Four nights accommodations, three days of 2-tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving, and breakfast for $964 for 2 divers. For all the details, click here!
Coco View Resort - Roatan Trip November 4-11, 2017 with Force-E: Includes a 7 night stay and 6 days of 2-tank boat dives with Nikole Heath from Force E. $1,564/diver, double occupancy. For all the details, click here!
CALL FOR SFUPS PHOTO & VIDEO GALLERIES!
We would love to have you submit a new gallery of photos for the website! This valuable benefit of being a SFUPS member allows you to post your own photo or video gallery on the SFUPS web page. It is an easy process. If you are choosing to create a photo gallery, just choose between 10-30 photos that you would like to include. Size them to 1400 pixels in the long direction, include a photo and brief biography about yourself, and send it to Sue Mears at email@example.com. Susan will take care of the rest of the work for you!
Whether you are buying, selling, or in search of equipment, this is a great place to find used scuba & photographic gear to meet your needs. Click on the link below to read the full classified as listed on the SFUPS website.
Nauticam NA-7d Housing Only -(no ports) for Canon 7D DSLR $1,300. Canon EOS 7d Camera Body $450. $100 discount for purchasing both! Sue Mears: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subal ND 30 Housing for Nikon D300: $2,800, Subal GS-180 Magnifying Viewfinder(installed: $800), Subal Zoom Gear for Tokina AF 10-17 (Nikon: $50), Zen DP-100 Dome Port -Subal Type 4: $500, (2) Sea & Sea Nikonos Style Sync Cords: $50 ea., Nauticam Housing for Nikon D7100: $2,100, Flash Trigger: $100 -- Will consider all reasonable offers. Jacqui Eisenberg: email@example.com
Atomic Cobalt 2 Computer (only 40 dives) Cost of a new one is $1,300. This is like new! - Only $600 Marsha Stamatakis: 248-721-6806
Sony NEX-7 Camera/Nauticam NA-NEX-7 Underwater Housing: Camera & housing with Handles, Tray, Nauticam 4" Dome Port, Flat Port, Lenses, Float Arms, and more. $3,400 Larry Townsend: firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-445-8898
Canon EF 100MM F/2.8 Macro USM lens in original box in exc. condition $275. Bernd Meier: 305-310-1265
Sea Tool Housing with Canon 40D Camera, 2 Inon Z240 series 2 strobes, arms, housing with all ports, macro & wide angle glass dome, 45 degree Inon view finder $995 for package. Bernd Meier: 305-310-1265
VIDEO LIGHT - Ikelite Pro 2800 LED Package - Huge price reduction! Now only $100. Call GUG: 954-579-8096
AP-S Micro Nikkor 85 mm 1:3.5 GED VR $330 Ikelite Port for this lens $90. All great condition. Tony Barros: email@example.com
2 - 100psi Steel Tanks: $200 ea. Carol Schultz: 954-873-4912
Olympus m.Zuiko 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 lens ($225) and Nauticam 01250-Z zoom gear ($470)for the 12-50 lens. Will sell separately or together. (All: $695) Debbie Wallace: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nauticam NA-550D Housing and Canon T2i/550 Camera Body. $500/OBO. Ellen Rierson: email@example.com
Are you interested in entering your photographs in contests? It is always fantastic to see our talented SFUPS photographers in the headlines! Listed below, are links to several underwater photo contests.