Thanks to Mike Bartick of Crystal Blue Resort in Anilao for showing us some inspiring photos from his travels in the Philippines!

For those of you who couldn't make it, here are the winners of last night's minicomp, "Molluscs":

1st Place Open - Kevin Lee
2nd Place Open - Kevin Lee
3nd Place Open - Ferdinando Meli
1st Place Novice - Phil Garner
2nd Place Novice - Vickie Elson
3rd Place Novice - Walter Bassi, Phil Garner

1st Place Open - Nannette Van Antwerp
2nd Place Open - Nannette Van Antwerp
3rd Place Open - Anastasia Laity
1st Place Novice - John Forbes
2nd Place Novice - Dana Rodda
3rd Place Novice - Klaus Biber

You can see all the winners in our minicomp gallery.

Note: next month's categories will be "Diver in Scene" for stills, and "Cleaning Stations" for video. Congratulations!

1st Place Open: Kevin Lee

After a few months away, we will be back at our usual location in the Natural History Museum on Wednesday, August 21.

August Speaker - Mike Bartick

Mike discovered his first Nudibranch in the frigid California waters just off the Southern California coastline of Laguna Beach. Since then his admiration for critters has blossomed into a full blown obsession that has lead him across the globe. His favorite diving is split between California, The Philippines and other Indo-Pacific environs.

[caption id="attachment_202" align="aligncenter" width="471"]Mike Bartcik at the PADI  Wyland Event with California Diver Magazine

Mike Bartick at the PADI Wyland Event with California Diver Magazine[/caption]

Kamusta Anilao is a digital coffee table book presented in Power Point combining a unique blend of observed experiences, photographic insight and rarely seen animal behaviors that include Egg Brooding fish, various and colorful Nudibranchs and mating frogfish.

Minimal croppin’and shoppin is Mike Motto, Its all about spending the time underwater, doing your homework and crossing your fingers..

Mike is also the General manager, Photo pro and head of marketing for Crystal Blue Resort in Anilao Philippines…. The critter hub of SE Asia.

All UPS groups will receive a free gift from Mike during his visit which will be discussed at the end of the slide show.

Mikes Gear:
Nikon D300 and D300s
Sea and Sea housings/YSD1 and YS 250 pro strobes

To learn more about Mike’s work and photo safari trips visit his website at

August Minicomp: "Molluscs"

This month's minicomp topic is "Molluscs" (for both stills and video). Please submit your entries using the upload page no later than 11:59pm Tuesday, August 20.

Hope to see lots of you there!