June 13th  Monthly Competition - Symbiosis
                   Presentation - Magical Mystery Tour - Alex Tattersall

July 11th  Monthly Competition - Wide Angle
                 Presentation - Simon Rogerson


Tuesday June 13th:    Monthly Meeting

The Meeting (start time 2000hrs) will be at our normal venue - The Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, BS34 5DQ (map)  It is  easiest to access it via Durban Road, off Highwood Road. The Casson Centre is the left hand part of the Patchway Community Centre, immediately next door to the Patchway Town Council Offices. There is off-road parking adjacent to the Centre and further spaces along  Rodway Road, near to the local Spa shop.

The monthly competition theme is 'Symbiosis'. If you are unsure about the theme then contact Arthur or Pete, otherwise send your digital files to Pete by midnight on Sunday June11th. Unsure about entering? Even if you don't feel you have any winners, send some in to benefit from the audience feedback - it's an ideal way to learn.

Alex Tattersall will be our guest speaker and he will delight us with his latest stunning images and, no doubt, some stunning products (so do bring cheque book).


May Meeting

Monthly Theme Competition - Wrecks

There were only 12 entries for this competition which reflected the number of members away on trips and also the somewhat limited appeal of the theme.

In First Place with 5 votes was Kirsty Andrews with this unusual view of the Kittiwake wreck.

In Second Place with 2 votes was Rick Ayrton with this image of an aircraft fuselage in Vobster

Three images had 1 vote each:

Another from Rick Ayrton, the Salem Express..

..Rob Bailey with an image of the Satil wreck off Eilat..
..and Arthur Kingdon with this image of the Giannis D.

Although it did not get a vote, it was good to see this image from Chris Court taken in NDAC. A more powerful torch in the divers hand was needed.


Presentation - Norway Wrecks - Kirsty Andrews

Kirsty gave us a talk on her trip to Norway last year, which recently formed the basis of an article in SCUBA magazine.  Kirsty recommends Norway as an excellent destination for wreck enthusiasts, with diving similar to the UK but with consistently excellent visibility and mostly intact wrecks. 

The wrecks of the Ferndale and the Parat lie next to each other, with the Parat sitting in 60 metres.

Kirsty showed images from her favourite 4 wrecks (the Welheim, Frankenwald and Ferndale & Parat) which didn't make it into SCUBA magazine, and also some other highlights including the Tyrrifjord, Haaken Jarl II and Spring.  Knowing the tales behind the wreckage adds to the impact of the image, although Kirsty's knowledge of World War II aircraft was tested by other knowledgeable BUPG members!

          Wreck of the Haaken Jarl II

        The engine of the Spring
             Prop of the Spring

        Lots of life on the Tyrrifjord

Despite the clear visibility, some of the photography was quite challenging due to depths of up to 50m for which Kirsty dived on a twinset of air with a nitrox-rich stage cylinder for decompression.

Welheim wreck

It was clear from the images that Kirsty could have won our Monthly Theme competition several times over!

Recent BUPG Successes

The recent BSoUP Focus On theme was 'Wrecks' and only attracted 15 entries, so perhaps a relatively poorer showing than our competition. However, Rick Ayrton came a creditable 4th with his image of the Salem Express shown above. No doubt helped by the excellent modelling by Kirsty Andrews.

Keep bubbling.