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BSoUP is a not-for-profit organisation.  It helps its members create great underwater images, regardless of member experience level or photography equipment.  Our extensive network of experienced underwater photographers provides expert advice and encouragement to newcomers.  We inspire others to improve their photography.  You can learn about the benefits of BSoUP membership at this page.

The organisation holds monthly meetings on line from 7.30 to 10pm every third Tuesday of the month.  Members can listen to the results of monthly competitions and hear inspirational speakers talk about their work. We hope in future to meet once or twice a year in the UK.  Our members receive BSoUP’s superb magazine ‘in focus’ two or three times a year,.  The magazine is packed with members’ articles and images plus tips and techniques, news of events, meetings and competition winners.

BSoUP is for photographers of all levels of skill and experience and with all types of camera.  We help accomplished underwater photographers and people that have just bought their first underwater camera.  And many people who fit somewhere in between.

We make it easy for everyone to attend BSoUP meetings, which we transmit live to our members.  The organisation has easy-to-use software that lets you see the presentations live and interact with those speaking.  The purpose of this page is to help you find us more easily and to give you an idea of what we do.  But most of all to find out how joining BSoUP can help you to improve your underwater photography.

Where and how to find us

BSoUP meets on the third Tuesday each month.  Due to the pandemic we stopped meeting in London.  We send members a monthly calling notice with a link to participate on line.  When conditions for meetings improve, we will still have a backbone of on line meetings but seek to get together once or twice a year somewhere in the UK. Wherever those meetings take place, they will still be streamed on line to all members that wish to join in.

Someone to help new members

The idea of just joining even a virtual room full of people you don’t know can be daunting for many. To overcome this, the chairman will welcome new members at the beginning of a meeting.  This provides a possibility (but not a requirement) to introduce yourself and say what you wish to get out of BSoUP.

If you have any questions before you come, please contact any committee member through the contact page on this web site.  The constitution page has a list of committee members.

Improve your underwater photography

At the monthly meetings you will be able to learn from talks on different techniques.  You can also be inspired by presentations from other underwater photographers. Take a look at the programme of speakers/ events to see the format, topics and speakers. There is time to interact informally for about 30mins prior to and after each meeting.

We hold a monthly photo competition. Whether you enter or not, seeing the competition is a great opportunity to get an idea of what makes a good underwater image.  And to see how your own images measure up against the rest. Competition subjects for the year are listed on the competitions pages.

Most important, you will meet other underwater photographers at BSoUP meetings. During the social time you can talk to others about techniques and ‘how to do it’.  People discuss their equipment and how to use it, places to go and what to see there.  You tend to learn find what’s hot and what’s not!

Attending as regularly as you can and taking part in competitions and other activities will help you learn more, be inspired and get to know more people in the community.

BSoUP’s Committee

If you wish to contact a specific member of the BSoUP committee, please follow this link for details.

BSoUP Constitution

BSoUP’s Constitution can be found by following this link.