LAUPS/Samy's Camera event April 30   •   Next Regular Meeting: May 21 2014

April 2014 Minicomp Winners

Last night’s minicomp topic was “Itty Bitty”, and the winners have been posted in our gallery:

April 2014 Minicomp Winners

Note – due to technical problems, we only voted on stills last night; the videos will be judged at the next meeting.

Open:

1st Place – Fletcher Forbes
2nd Place – Jeff Laity
3rd Place – Dana Rodda

Novice:

1st Place – Chris Askew
2nd Place – Richard Todd
3rd Place – Vickie Elson

Congratulations!


1st Place: Fletcher Forbes

April 16 Meeting: Emmy-winning Director of Photography Kenneth Corben

Please join us in the Times Mirror room of the Natural History Museum at 7:30pm, Wednesday April 16, for a presentation by Kenneth Corben.

Ken Corben is a multiple EMMY winning Director of Photography with credits spanning the underwater genre from 3D IMAX production to Shark Week and Hollywood features. His film projects have led him to both the Arctic and Antarctic as well as many of the Earth’s remote regions in between.

Ken will present images and video from his recent expedition to the Solomon Islands and discuss filming biofluorescence at night with new technologies. The new discoveries and their advanced biomedical applications are astounding. The new image possibilities for all us underwater enthusiasts even more so.

APRIL MINICOMPS:

This month’s regular minicomp topic is “Itty Bitty” – plus we’ll be running an extra minicomp “Night at the Museum” for photos taken during February’s after-hours museum visit.

Please submit your entries using our upload form no later than 11:59pm Tuesday April 15.

TRIP REPORTS

We love having one or two people share their dive experiences at the beginning of meetings, so if you have a short trip report (about 5 minutes) you’d like to share, please e-mail the webmaster.

Wednesday April 30: Greg Piper at Samy’s Camera

LAUPS and Samy’s Camera is proud to present the first in an occasional series on Underwater Photography. Greg Piper (gregpiperart.com) is a photographer and artist living in Northern Virginia. While he has been diving for only 4 years he has generated an extraordinary portfolio. His credentials include contributing photographer and writer for Scuba Diving magazine and more.

Come meet Greg at Samy’s Camera Educational Center located at 431 south Fairfax Ave. in Los Angeles at 7:30PM on Wednesday April 30, 2014. Greg will share with us some of his diving adventures, some great underwater images & techniques and tell us a bit about some upcoming dive trips you might be interested in.

Please RSVP to Vickie (LAUPS) (vcelson@gmail.com) or Ray at Samy’s ( rnrouzi@samys.com) so he or she will know how many cookies to bake.

March 2014 Minicomp Winners

We had a great presentation last night from Kurt Lieber of Ocean Defenders Alliance. If anyone is interested in helping out this organization – especially by donating photos or videos to be used in outreach and educational materials – please see their “Volunteer Opportunities Onshore” page. There’s a form near the bottom of the page that you can fill out and send to ODA where you can indicate how you’re interested in contributing.

Last night’s minicomp topic was “Big”, and the winners have been posted in our gallery:

March 2014 Minicomp Winners

Stills:

1st Place – Bill Van Antwerp
2nd Place – Fletcher Forbes
3rd Place – Jeff Laity

Video:

1st Place – Nannette Van Antwerp
2nd Place – Anastasia Laity
3rd Place – Dana Rodda

Congratulations!


1st Place: Bill Van Antwerp

March 19 Meeting: Kurt Lieber from Ocean Defenders

Please join us in the Times Mirror room of the Natural History Museum at 7:30pm, Wednesday March 19, for a presentation by Kurt Lieber of Ocean Defenders.

From the Ocean Defenders website:

Founded in 2002 and based in Orange County, California, Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit grassroots marine conservation organization.

In the years leading up to the launch of ODA, the need for our work became appallingly apparent to Founder Kurt Lieber, an avid diver and self-made scholar of marine conservation news and information. On dive after dive, and all over the world, Kurt found abandoned commercial fishing gear on the ocean floor or attached to boat wrecks—where it indiscriminately kills marine flora and fauna long after its service to the fishing industry was over! At the same time, in his studies of the state of the world’s oceans, Kurt read widely diverse reports about the oceans, and came to understand the dire plight of life in the seas. The urgent call came clearly to him: rampant, escalating overfishing and man-made pollution was threatening the survival of marine wildlife and the overall health of the life-giving seas of the earth…and someone needed to DO something about it!

His heart told him to take action, and his intellect agreed completely. So, with a 40-foot boat generously gifted to ODA by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Kurt began taking volunteer divers to reported abandoned fishing gear sites. Using the boat as a dive platform, the divers descend at each location, cut the gear loose, and float it to the surface. Volunteers on the boat haul it onto the deck and take it back to shore for proper disposal. Animals such as lobsters, crabs, and fish found trapped alive are carefully liberated by ODA, and thus given a new chance to thrive, grow, and breed.

In addition to doing invaluable work at sea, ODA also works onshore to educate the public about the vital need for clean and healthy oceans. Through educational presentations at schools, expos, festivals, and dive clubs, we strive to inform people of all types and ages, raise their awareness about the plight of the oceans, and inspire them to join our efforts. ODA also reaches out to fishermen, restaurants, and the seafood community to enlighten them to these issues and seek to gain their commitment to becoming better stewards of the oceans.

MARCH MINICOMP:

This month’s minicomp topic is “Big”. Please submit your entries using our upload form no later than 11:59pm Tuesday March 19.

TRIP REPORTS

We love having one or two people share their dive experiences at the beginning of meetings, so if you have a short trip report (about 5 minutes) you’d like to share, please e-mail the webmaster.

February 2014 Minicomp Winners

Thanks to everyone who came out for February’s meeting! And special thanks to Leslie Harris, who took us on an after-hours tour of some of the museum’s galleries. The photographers had the place to themselves – we’ll be seeing some of their work at next month’s meeting.

Last night’s minicomp topic was “Hidden in Plain Sight”, and the winners have been posted in our gallery:

February 2014 Minicomp Winners

Stills:

1st Place – Chris Askew
2nd Place – Jeff Laity
3rd Place – Mike Couffer

Video:

1st Place – Anastasia Laity
2nd Place – Dana Rodda
3rd Place – Dana Rodda

Congratulations!


1st Place: Chris Askew

Feb 19 Meeting: Night at the Museum

FEBRUARY 19 MEETING: Night at the Museum

Please join us in the Times Mirror room of the Natural History Museum at 7:30pm, Wednesday February 19.

At this month’s meeting, in lieu of a speaker, our museum liaison Leslie Harris has a special treat for us: a chance to wander through the museum and photograph the exhibits with no crowds!  In March we will have a bonus minicomp to see who took the best museum pics, so bring your cameras!

FEBRUARY MINICOMP: “Hidden in Plain Sight”

This month’s minicomp topic for stills and video is “Hidden in Plain Sight.” Please submit your entries using our upload form no later than 11:59pm Tuesday February 18.

Please note new rule for 2014: To encourage meeting attendance, we’re going to try something a little different this year and require that minicomp winners be present at the meeting.  From Bill’s email to the membership:

“To win this year you need to be present at the meeting (the same as OCUPS).  That doesn’t mean we don’t want you to submit photos if you can’t be there and we will certainly show all the submissions each month but again, you can only win if you are there. The mini comp themes are on the website and we look forward to a lot of interesting competitions this year. If we get enough submissions from either outside of LA or from folks not at a meeting we will have a judging at the end of the year to see who wins the best “I am sorry I wasn’t there” prize.”

Also, please remember to size your photos to be 1440 pixels wide and 1050 high, adding black padding as necessary.  This will help avoid problems with incorrect cropping when photos are projected at the meeting.

TRIP REPORTS

We love having one or two people share their dive experiences at the beginning of meetings, so if you have a short trip report (about 5 minutes) you’d like to share, please e-mail the webmaster.

 

LAUPS Banquet and 2013 Member Awards

Thanks to everyone who made it out to our banquet last night! Photos of the event by Kelly Bracken are available in our gallery.

Below are the winners of the 2013 Member Awards, announced at the banquet. Congratulations to all, and we look forward to your participation in 2014!

Photographer of the Year:

  • Kevin Lee

Videographer of the Year:

  • Nannette Van Antwerp

2013 Photos (Open):

  • 1st Place – Kevin Lee
  • 2nd Place – Tony Frank
  • 3rd Place – Kelly Bracken

2013 Photos (Novice):

  • 1st Place – Phil Garner
  • 2nd Place – Walter Bassi
  • 3rd Place – Merry Passage

2013 Video (Open):

  • 1st Place – Nannette Van Antwerp
  • 2nd Place – Anastasia Laity
  • 3rd Place – Walter Marti

2013 Video (Novice):

  • 1st Place – Dana Rodda
  • 2nd Place – John Forbes
  • 3rd Place – Phil Garner

2013 Dave Nesheim Memorial Shootout:

  • Open Photo – Mike Couffer
  • Novice Photo – Phil Garner
  • Video – Nannette Van Antwerp

RSVP for the LAUPS Banquet

We hope you can all make the LAUPS annual banquet on Saturday, January 25th 2012, at the Ports O’Call restaurant in San Pedro, CA. The cost is $40 for chicken, fish or vegetarian meals; $45 for filet mignon.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 21 so we can give our head count to the venue!

RSVP and pay on our website: http://laups.org/banquet/

Cocktails are at 6:30-7:30, followed by Dinner & Awards.

November 2013 Competition Winners

We ran several competitions last night – thanks to everyone for a great turnout!

5-Minute Edited Video:

1st Place Open – Nannette Van Antwerp
2nd Place Open – Anastasia Laity
3rd Place Open – Matt Berry
1st Place Novice – Dana Rodda
2nd Place Novice – Phil Garner

Dave Nesheim Memorial Shootout:

1st Place Open – Mike Couffer
2nd Place Open – Kevin Lee
3rd Place Open – Bill Van Antwerp
1st Place Novice – Phil Garner
2nd Place Novice – Merry Passage
3rd Place Novice – Merry Passage
1st Place Video – Nannette Van Antwerp
2nd Place Video – Walter Marti
3rd Place Video – Anastasia Laity

2014 LAUPS Print Calendar:

1st Place – Tony Frank
2nd Place – Kelly Bracken
3rd Place – Kevin Lee

Congratulations!

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1st Place 5-Minute Edited Video: Nannette Van Antwerp