The task for October's Masters category was to capture a shot of any fish yawning. Its mouth had to be wide open, not feeding and not displaying a parasite. Winning the Master's Category, was Judy Townsend with her image of a jawfish looking right into the lens with its mouth wide open.
Placing second through fifth was Kelly Casey's "Weedy" Rhinopia, Walt Sterns and Wayne MacWilliams with Goliath Groupers, and Wayne MacWilliams' adorable little clownfish yawning as big as it could!
The Challenger's Category required photographers to capture a pre-historic looking creature. Taking first place honors was Marsha Stamatakis with her photo of a Crocodile fish showing off a toothless grin.
Placing second through fifth was Kelly Casey's evil-looking Spiny Devilfish, Zarina Staller's Swimming Iguana, Bernie Meier's Stargazer, and Kevin Hanson's Horseshoe Crabs; one of which was "hitching a ride!" Congratulations to all!
Buy your tickets at any of our SFUPS Meetings to be eligible to win!
Thank you Bob Weybrecht and Blackbeard's Cruises, Bahamas! This is your opportunity to win a One Week Blackbeard's Scuba Adventure!
Tickets are on sale now through the Holiday Party (December 4th), and will be available at all our SFUPS meetings. Tickets are only $10 each.
100% of the proceeds will be donated to SFUPS!
You do not have to be present to win!
MASTERS:LIGHT BEAMS FROM ABOVE - WIDE ANGLE - An image showing light beams coming from above, through something like trees on the bank, cave system with overhead holes, an opening in a wreck. Not a sun ball or light rays in the open ocean or reef.
CHALLENGERS: SILVER SCHOOLS- WIDE ANGLE - A school of highly reflective fish.
April 1 - 8: SFUPS Sponsor, Reef Photo, has a photo & video workshop planned in Anilao, Philippines. This is a chance to learn and develop with professional instruction, unlimited support, and to be guided to striking imaging opportunities – every day. The diversity of underwater imaging opportunities in Anilao is unparalleled, offering incredible wide-angle shooting, as well as abundant macro life. If you are interested, please contact Reef Photo at 954-537-0644.
April 2017: SFUPS members - Kathi, Ken G, HOWARD,Ronnie and Nils - are going to Truk Lagoon aboard the Truk Odyssey Live Aboard April 9-16, 2017. Departure is from FLL on April 6. We have optionally added a one week: Palau only, or two weeks: Yap and Palau/Peleliu. Land based extensions are available afterwards, and optionally, an Hawaiian home bound stopover. If interested please contact Nils Jacobsen at 954-605-7405 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
April 1 - 15, 2017: Marsha & Paul Stamatakis will be traveling to the Puerto Galera Resort in the Philippines. A few openings are still available. If you are interested, contact Marsha.
August, 2017: Kurt Kohleris 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.
EVENTS OFFERED BY OUR SPONSORS
Florida's Underwater Archaeological Preserve: Shipwrecks PURA VIDA is hosting a Social Night on October 21st to raise awareness about the wrecks of Palm Beach County. The featured speaker is Dr. Della Scott-Ireton. Don't miss it - this is a free event! For more information, contactPura Vida Divers.
PURA VIDA Divers is teaming up withBigBlue Lights for a Demo Night on October 29th at 5:30 pm. Stop by the shop to learn about the latest underwater light technology. Then, check out a BigBlue light for the Blue Heron Bridge Halloween Night Dive. This is a free event. RSVP by Oct. 26th at 561-840-8750.
Force-E Events Watershot / i-Phone Photography Class with Ben Hicks: Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 5:30 pm. The class will be offered at the Boca Raton location.
Alien Nation Presentation by Suzan Meldonian on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the Riviera location beginning at 6:30 pm. Suzan will present the bizarre aliens of the sea, many found right here in our own backyard at places like the Blue Heron Bridge, and just off shore drifting n the Gulf Stream Current.
Monster Mash Presentation by Suzan Meldonian at the Boca Raton location on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 pm. This presentation will be a repeat of the "Alien Nation" presentation, above.
BHB Halloween Night Dive, October 28 at 6:00: Dress Up, Eat, Dive and Have Fun!
Halloween Dive in Pompano, October 29 at 8:00 am. Dress up and Dive a Haunted Wreck and Carve a Pumpkin!
Reef Photo Blue Heron Bridge UW Photo Workshop Nov. 3 - 6, 2016
Join the experts at Reef Photo for photo intensive instruction at the Blue Heron Bridge. The cost of the three day workshop is $450, and includes instruction, tanks, fills and weights. For more information, visit the Reef Photo Web site.
TONIGHT AT 7:00 pm INTRODUCTION TO THE GOPRO
Join Pompano Dive Center tonight and learn about the new Hero 5. Whats better, just for attending you will receive $50 off and a free 16gb MicroSD card with the purchase of any remaining Hero 4's in stock.
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.
by Susan Mears
Sometimes when you can't find a subject or the vis is poor, you need to look closer at the common place. This gorgeous shot of a Parrotfish eye was taken on a night dive at the Blue Heron Bridge.
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
60mm lens 1/250 at f/16 IS0160
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
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
Welcome Committee - Carol Schurtz
Historian - Bill Lipscomb
Web - Patrice Marker