JULY 19, 2016 NEWSLETTER
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CONGRATULATIONS JULY SFUPS CONTEST WINNERS!

"Juicy Jellies" from around the world challenged Photographers in the Masters category. SFUPS photographers did not disappoint. They submitted a total of 17 beautiful entries, and first prize went to Wayne MacWilliams for his photo, Jellyfish Heaven.
The Challengers category required photographers to capture "Long and Thin" subjects using any lens.  Taking first place honors, out of 22 entries, was Jason Spitz with his photo, Needlefish Reflection.
Master's Category - 2nd through 5th place:
Wayne MacWilliams, Judy Townsend, Judy Townsend and Susan Mears
Challengers Category - 2nd through 5th place:
Debbie Wallace, Marsha Stamatakis, Kelly Casey and Bob Weybrecht
CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE WINNING PHOTOS
AUGUST CONTEST CATEGORIES

MASTERS: Sargassum Community- Any Lens - Sargassum must be in the shot. It can be wide angle or a specific macro subject.

CHALLENGERS: Artificial Reef (Not a Boat) - Wide Angle - An Image of man-made structures (excluding boats) intentionally placed to form artificial reefs.  For example: boulders, concrete structures like erojacks and reef balls, Christ of the Abyss Statue and Neptune Memorial Reef.  It may not be debris such as shopping carts, tires and bicycles. Wide Angle Only.
SFUPS MEMBERS CLICK HERE TO ENTER THIS MONTH'S CONTEST

OCEAN GEOGRAPHIC NOW AVAILABLE IN THE USA!

SFUPS recently hosted David Borus with the Ocean Geographic magazine.  By popular interest, many of you have asked how to order a subscription.  For those not in attendance at June’s meeting, Ocean Geographic is one of the most pictorial and vividly rich magazines on the planet, often seen by many as the journal of choice for issues impacting the world’s oceans. The magazine is based out of Sydney, Australia as a creation by Michael Aw, and features an editorial board packed with many of the greatest/elite experts on the conditions of our ocean ranging from:  Conservation, Science, Exploration, Adventure, Photography, Filmmaking, and the Arts.
 
Ocean Geographic is now available in the USA. The subscription price for a printed issue is $40 per year for four quarterly editions. A digital version is also available.  Subscriptions for the USA are available on the Ocean Geographic website or by contacting David Borus directly should you have any further questions.
CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TO OCEAN GEOGRAPHIC

GALLERY EXHIBIT:  CALL FOR ENTRIES

Announcing the SFUPS Gallery Exhibit
"COLORS OF THE SEA"
Broward County Library, August 3rd through September 30th, 2016
Up to 80 images will be displayed at this prestigeous exhibit. It is the perfect opportunity to get more exposure, and have your work viewed by the public!
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS: JULY 29, 2016
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS ON HOW TO ENTER YOUR PHOTOS
Next Meeting:  August 9, 2016:  6:00 pm for Social Hour
 
Meeting Begins: 7:20 pm

Guest Speakers:  Stephen Kajiura & Shari Tellman
Seasonal Shark Aggregations


Courtyard Marriott - Ft. Lauderdale North
2440 W. Cypress Creek Rd
Ft. Lauderdale, FL  
33309
IF YOU ARE NOT A MEMBER, CLICK HERE TO JOIN

BLACK WATER DIVING:
NEW AND RARE DISCOVERIES BY SFUPS PHOTOGRAPHERS

Blackwater diving has become popular in Southeast Florida.  Many SFUPS members are boarding a boat in the early evening to head offshore to the Gulf Stream, where the water is deep and the smallest of creatures can be found drifting in the current. The photographers are in search of gelatinous sea creatures, often in their larval stage. As you can imagine, photographing such tiny creatures, which are translucent and constantly moving, while keeping an eye on your depth and location in the darkness of the night, can be a bit of a challenge. The rewards however, have been great.  Several of our photographers are capturing photographs of marine life that we have seldom, if ever, seen.

Suzan Meldonian's recent find of a Thecocodium Medusa on a blackwater dive has been discovered to be so rare a species that it is thought to be a first time discovery in the Atlantic!  




Deb Devers saw tendrils zip past her and the color red light up in her focus light.  She was able to capture this photo of the larval stage of an Alfonsino (Beryx decadactylus). It is possibly the first photo taken of it in the larval stage while alive and in its natural habitat.

Judy Townsend discovered this extremely rare whale fish larvae (also known as a Festive Ribbonfish). Scientists in Australia studying this creature, were very interested in obtaining the photos that Judy captured.

SFUPS PRESENTATION VIDEOS ARCHIVED FOR VIEWING

Did you know that our SFUPS Web Page contains links to many of our previous presentations?  If you were sorry that you had to miss a great meeting where you could have learned a lot, just click below to check out our Featured Videos section. More videos will be coming soon.  (Only available to SFUPS members.)
CLICK HERE TO VIEW ARCHIVED PRESENTATIONS

SFUPS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Our web page has an event calendar to help keep you informed about great events going on for SFUPS members.

New information has been added about the Bug Fest Photo Competition, Pura Vida Events, Reef Photo Workshops, Force-E Events, Blue Heron Night Dives, and more!

 
CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE CALENDAR UPDATES

SFUPS MERCHANDISE

We now have SFUPS logo Embroidered shirts and hats available to our members! We have carefully selected shirts that we think you will like for Ladies, Junior Miss and Men.
ENTER THE SFUPS STORE

COMMUNITY EVENTS - CHANGING SEAS

NSU's "Dive-In Summer Film Series"


Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Sponges: Oldest Creatures in the Sea?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Maug's Caldera: A Natural Laboratory

Wednesday August 17, 2016
Manatees: Conserving a Marine Mammal
 
Location: Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center,
8000 North Ocean Dr., Dania Beach, FL 33304
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm Screening & Panel Discussion
7:00-7:30 pm Reception

CLASSIFIEDS

Whether you are buying, selling or in search of, this is a great place to find used scuba & photographic equipment to meet your needs.
  • Nauticam NA-D7000 Housing
  • NA-550D Housing & Canon T2i/550D Camera Body
  • Canon Powershot Camera, Ikelite Housing, & extras
  • Nauticam Zoom Gear for Tokina 10-17 & Sigma 17-70
  • Canon T2i System, Aquatica Housing, Tokina 10-17 lens w/ zoom gear, Dome Ports, & more!
  • Ikelite Pro2800 LED Video Light Package
  • Olympus Zuiko 12-50mm f/3-6.3 lens & Nauticam 01250-Z zoom gear
  • Wanted:  Old Sea & Sea Camera Arms VII. Need 2 arms 5 or 5.5" with balls on both ends.
CLICK TO SEE THE COMPLETE LIST OF CLASSIFIEDS

GLOBAL UNDERWATER PHOTO CONTESTS

Shine a Spotlight on Your Images!
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.
 

SFUPS TRAVEL NEWS

Kurt Kohler is traveling to the Maldives aboard the Maldive Carpe Vita Explorer in August 2017. It is a 10 day live aboard (northern itinerary).  If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Kurt.
SAVE THE DATE
SFUPS HOLIDAY PARTY!
DECEMBER 4, 2016

PARTING SHOT

July's Featured Videographer, Mike Johnson
Click here to watch Mike's underwater video, featured in the SFUPS Gallery.

2016 SFUPS BOARD OF DIRECTORS & COMMITTEE CHAIRS

President - Sam Hodge
Vice President - Phil Rudin
Treasurer - Judy Townsend
Newsletter/Blog - Marsha Stamatakis
Audio/Visual - Jim Mears 
Membership - Linda Ianniello
Web Master - Susan Mears
Merchandising - Suzan Meldonian
Social Media - Jason Spitz
Events & Programs - Nikole Heath
Committee Chairs
Welcome Committee - Carol Schurtz
Historian - Bill Lipscomb
Web - Patrice Marker  

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