Please join us in the Times Mirror room of the Natural History Museum at 7:30pm, Wednesday October 16, for a presentation by Mark Strickland. Mark Strickland: Amazing Marine Life Behavior Mark’s presentation combines his award-winning photography with informed commentary to illustrate fascinating habits, adaptations and interrelationships between sea creatures and their habitat. Bungee-jumping snails, snuggly sharks and amorous cuttlefish are but a few of the creatures you will get to know, as Mark shares knowledge gained through years of patient observation and photography. Designed to inform and entertain, this presentation will delight you with stunning imagery while expanding your knowledge, providing insights and inspiration to make each of your dives a more satisfying experience, whether at some exotic destination or a local beach dive. If time permits, Mark will also share a few shots from his recent trip to Indonesia’s Cenderawasih Bay.

Mark Strickland

Mark Strickland’s life-long interest in the sea has included over 10,000 dives and careers as lifeguard, boat captain and scuba instructor. His passion for underwater photography has led him to many top dive locales, including Thailand, where he spent 17 years as Cruise Director on a series of live-aboards. An avid marine naturalist, Mark has discovered several nudibranch species. He is co-author and principle photographer for Lonely Planet’s award-winning book, “Diving and Snorkeling Thailand”, and his work appears in many publications and displays around the world; editorial credits include BBC Wildlife, Conde Nast Traveler, Geo, National Geographic World, Nature's Best, Natural History, Outside and most major dive magazines. His images have also been displayed at the Smithsonian Institute and the United Nations Visitor Center, among other venues. Mark enjoys sharing his knowledge, and leads several dive trips each year to his favorite destinations, specializing in the tropical Indo-Pacific. Current projects include a collaboration with photographer Chris Huss on a traveling photo exhibit titled “State of the Sharks”, designed to raise awareness about the need for conservation of sharks and rays. Mark also works as DSLR and Travel Specialist at Bluewater Photo in Culver City. For a sampling of Mark’s work, visit OCTOBER MINICOMP: This month’s minicomp topic is "Sand Creatures". Please submit your entries using our upload form no later than 11:59pm Tuesday October 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.

Once again this year, the LAUPS Shootout is not constrained to particular LAUPS charters. Instead, we’re opening up the whole month of October, 2013 for our members to take pictures that can be entered in the Shootout competition, to be voted on at the November meeting.

All images and video must be taken during the month of October 2013.

You can dive on your own, use images taken on our two-day Truth trip October 26-27, or any other beach or boat dives you do during the month.

For more info, see the shootout rules.

Sign up for our trip on the Truth here.

I hope everyone is able to participate!