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Growing up in Ohio, Kelly's parents took her family on exciting tropical vacations. This is how she developed an early affinity for the ocean and a fascination of it's unique water life. She began scuba diving in 1987 after moving to Florida with her husband, John. They have enjoyed diving traveling and meeting new people ever since.

Kelly took the digital photography plunge in 2011 with a Nikon D7000 in a Nauticam housing with two Inon Z-240 strobes. She is especially fond of medium shots and close macro photography and has learned a great deal from very talented photographers. Kelly wants to continue to discover new wonders at home and abroad and always looks forward to her next adventure.

Kelly is an accomplished photographer, and received the 2016 SFUPS Photographer of the Year Award.

To see more of her images you can visit her personal website at


Congratulations to our contest winners last month.  I hope that more of you will take the chance and enter your images. For the newbies, don't be shy, jump in!

Spring is in the air. For those of you who were able to make it to the February meeting, hands down it was a lot of fun! There was a lot of information exchange and I feel confident in saying the "Round Table Sessions" were a success! For those of you who missed it, we will do it again later in the year, so don't worry. My deepest gratitude to our speakers Linda Ianniello, Diane Randolph, Craig Dietrich and new member Rick McCawley!  I hope that you are enjoying this year's curriculum and we hope to have more meetings with some of the top's in our field...which is vast. Speaking of which...

We are very fortunate to have Bud Gillan, "The Jelly-Mon" as this month's speaker. He comes to us with a list of amazing credentials including key researcher for Smithsonian!  I've had the good fortune of meeting him a number of times, and I have to tell you he is absolutely fascinating. Be prepared to learn all about the bizarre world of Jellyfish, from their structure, identification, (they have eyes...did you know this?), their habits, to how to protect yourself, and even more interesting- how to protect the environment while protecting yourself. Bud is a wealth of information and will surely capture your your imagination!

Suzan Meldonian
President - South Florida Underwater Photography Society


Most of us have had an unfortunate encounter or two with some type of jellyfish, so don't miss this rare opportunity to listen to a world renowned expert on the topic. Join us on March 14th as we learn amazing facts about the weird world of jellyfish: where they have been found, how to identify them, how to protect yourself and the environment, and more! 

Bud Gillan is an educator & biologist who will amaze you with his knowledge of jellyfish - in particular Box Jellies, their stings, the impact of chemical sunscreens on coral reefs, and finding effective natural insect repellents.

His presentation will be an opportunity to take an adventure with box jellies, examining the science of stings and new antidotes, a trip across the broad spectrum UV wavelengths, and how science created dangerous repellents for insects and how nature has provided alternatives. It will also include the discovery of a new species of jellyfish, Tamoya ohboya, in his work with the Smithsonian Institute and the University of Hawaii Med School.
Beautiful But Toxic - Blue Box Jelly: Video By Jim Mears

Join us at our next meeting, March 14, 2017
Meeting Begins at 7:20 pm
Social Hour Begins at 6:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Bud Gillan 
Jellyfish and the Dark Side of Science

Courtyard Marriott - Ft. Lauderdale North
2440 W. Cypress Creek Rd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309

SFUPS DIVES: For Members and Their Guests
We are super excited to be able to offer speciality dives for all our members!  We have special pricing and you can register right on our web site! After the dives, we can meet-up at a local restaurant, have a bite to eat and socialize. 
Click on the links below for more information.
Be sure to sign-up soon!


Be sure to check out the SFUPS Calendar of Events Web Page often. The event calendar is updated regularly to help keep you informed about meetings, dives, sponsor events, classes and local happenings.

Sponsors may contact the newsletter editor or webmaster to have events placed on the calendar.

MASTERS: Fish Patterns - Any Lens - Show off the fish's beautiful color patterns

CHALLENGERS: Manatee Behavior - Wide Angle - Manatee must be engaged in a behavior, i.e. feeding, sleeping, nursing, chewing on a rope, etc.


Chris Gug was a winner in the 27th annual MML Photo Competition ... with an above-the-ground photo! The competition received 16,000 entries from 1401 photographers from 81 different countries. The photo, titled, "Bioluminescent Shrooms" was captured in Papua New Guinea. Late one night, he followed the faint glow on the rainforest floor, and one of his childhood fantasies became a reality! Chris said, "After sprinting back to gather my photo gear from my boat, I covered myself in DEET, and laid on the forest floor in the middle of the night for several hours doing multi-second and multi-minute exposures on a makeshift tripod fashioned from tree bark and rocks. I half-expected fairies to be living among the shrooms!"  Congratulations!

Sarosh Jacob won Bronze in the video Category at Our World Underwater International Imaging Competition. The film, "Sailfish" was taken of the coast of Isla Mujeres, where the sailfish gather to feed on sardines.

Click the photo to view the video.

This month we welcome one new SFUPS member; Brian Eckstein. If you see him at our meeting, please give Brian a warm welcome and make him feel at home.



TRAVEL IN STYLE: 30% off Select Travel Gear Packages during the month of March.  For more information, click here.

March 15 at 6:30pm - A Night with the Florida Hawksbill Project:  Join us at Force-E Riviera to learn about the Florida Hawksbill Project and socialize with fellow divers. Free event, snacks & refreshments served. Sign up on line and win a chance to dive with sea turtles on March 25th!

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.

March 31 - Bowling for Turtles at Strikes in Boca Raton: All proceeds from this event go to the Florida Hawksbill Project. Cost per bowler is $25. For more information and to register, click here.

2017 Night Dive Schedule- Click to see  Pura Vida's Night Dive Schedule at Blue Heron Bridge. 

March 10th - Social Night: Blue Heron Bridge: Come and hear about one of our most interesting local dive sites. This event will also serve as the classroom portion of the PADI Blue Heron Bridge Distinctive Specialty course. You can complete the certification during a dive at the bridge the following morning. Call to sign up: 561-840-8750 or check out:

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.
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

Shark Tagging Excursion: Tag a Shark - Save a Species
Join the Pompano Dive Center on a Shark Tagging Excursion, March 19th at 8:30 am. This trip is made possible through the Guy Harvey Research Institute and Nova Southeastern University. For more information, contact the Pompano Dive Center at 954-788-0208.

Blue Heron Bridge Photo Workshops -  March 16-19. The clinics focus on macro photography, and includes a dive guide for every 2-3 divers. Details and Registration

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.

Video Workshop at the Bridge - May 11-14, 2017 - For complete details click here.


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: 

WAKATOBI ADVENTURE for SFUPS Members:  Located on a small island in southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, 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 in a collection of Bungalows and Villas situated on a white-sand beach overlooking the expansive House Reef. 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.

Truck Odyssey Live Aboard April 9 - 16: Only one spot is left (Departure from FLL is 4/6/2017. For all the details, contact Nils at

Land Based Micronesia: One week in Yap and a (short) week in Palau at Peleiu - Optionally a Hawaiian homebound stopover. Departure for land only is 4/13/2017. For all the details, contact Nils at

Little Cayman Beach Resort with Nils Jacobson June 3-10: For all the details, contact Nils at

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!


One of the best benefits of being a SFUPS member is that we archive the videos from our speakers. Even if you miss a meeting, you don't have to miss a great presentation!  The videos may be accessed on the Members Only page and you must be logged in with your password.  Be sure to check out the page. There are over 30 videos ready to be viewed to help you improve your photography!

A few of the new videos added to the page are:

The Logic Behind Strobe Placement by Wayne MacWilliams
Everglades Underwater and More by Chris Gillette
Take Your Images from Good to Great by Erin Quigley
How To Remove Dome Port Scratches by Chris Gug


Whether you are buying, selling, or in search of; this is a great place to find used scuba & photographic equipment 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:
  • 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:
  • 2 Sets - Mares Limited Edition Metal: 1st stage w/primary air source. V-good condition - Price Drop!. $99 each. Marsha Stamatakis: 248-721-6806
  • 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: or 561-445-8898
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • Nauticam NA-550D Housing and Canon T2i/550 Camera Body. $500/OBO. Ellen Pierson:


This gorgeous Box Jellyfish - Alatina alata - was taken by Linda Ianniello during a blackwater dive off the Jupiter Inlet.

Nikon D500   2-Inon Z240 Strobes     60mm lens     1/250 sec.     f/25      ISO-200        



President ......... Suzan Meldonian
Vice President ........ Nikole Heath
Treasurer ........... Judy Townsend
Audio/Visual ............... Jim Mears 
Membership ............ Linda Ianniello
Web Master  ..............  Susan Mears
Social Media  ............... Jason Spitz
Newsletter ....... Marsha Stamatakis
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