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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.

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