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!

We had a great turnout last night, lots of video submissions, and topped off the evening with a fun talk by Hal Wells about diving in North Carolina. Thanks to everyone who came out to join us, and special thanks to Hollywood Divers for being wonderful hosts!

For those of you who couldn't make it, here are last night's competition winners:

"Black and White" Minicomp - See Gallery
1st Place Open - Tony Frank
2nd Place Open - Fletcher Forbes
3nd Place Open - Kevin Lee
1st Place Novice - Vickie Elson
2nd Place Novice - Bromley Beadle
3rd Place Novice - Walter Bassi

3-minute Edited Video - See Videos
1st Place Open - Anastasia Laity, "Heading North"
2nd Place Open - Nannette Van Antwerp, "Fish Life of Milne Bay"
3rd Place Open - Dwight Crumb, "Blue Heron Bridge"
1st Place Novice - John Forbes, "Philippine Shrimp"
2nd Place Novice - Phil Garner, "Redondo Beach"


1st Place Open: Tony Frank