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Diving with Beluga Whales Presented by Virginia Bria and Art Haseltine

10 January 2014 - 01:44 AM

Check out Diving with Beluga Whales Presented by Virginia Bria and Art Haseltine

  • DATE:  January 10, 2014

    TIME: 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Doors Will Open at 7:00 p.m

    New Vision United Methodist Church (Gymnasium)
    450 Chadbourne Avenue, - Millbrae





    The fabled white whales, very social and very vocal, draw adventuresome naturalists and photographers into the icy waters of the far north. Few divers are successful in photographing belugas in their natural habitat. But, long-time NCUPS members Virginia Bria and Art Haseltine were able to meet the challenge.




    Virginia and Art were among a small group of five intrepid divers who, in July 2011, went into the Hudson Bay off Churchill, Canada, to take underwater photos of these enchanting “ghosts of the sea.” They will show their photographic results, explain special challenges of subarctic underwater photography, and share an overview of Hudson Bay, polar bears, dog sledding and an excursion onto the subarctic tundra.


    Virginia, who lives in Marin County, is past president of the Northern California Underwater Photographic Society and has provided photo to several environmental organizations. She studied art and photography at Pratt Institute in New York and has followed a lifelong passion for photography and the marine environment. Her work can be seen at www.bellasirenaimages.com. Virginia travels extensively.

    Art, a longtime resident of Carmel, is a marine biologist and underwater photographer who retired from the California Department of Fish and Game to concentrate on his fine-art photography, specializing in black-and-white prints of underwater marine life. His work can be seen on www.fotosea.com. Art said the beluga whales have been high on his “bucket list.”


    Please join Virginia and Art at the January NCUPS meeting as they share their underwater photography and subarctic adventures.





Monterey Shootout Early Registration Ends July 15, 2013

08 July 2013 - 11:33 PM

The Northern California Underwater Photography Society (NCUPS) proudly announces the 2013 Monterey Shootout.


The Monterey Shootout will be held August 9-11, 2013.  On this weekend, SCUBA divers from all over the United States will converge on Monterey, California, to sharpen their underwater photography skills and compete for over $25,000.00 in prizes. For 32 years running, this is one of the most exceptional underwater photo contests in the United States.


During this three-day event, participants are offered seminar courses that are sure to teach them new underwater photo and video techniques.  Diving and image taking is open for the first 32-hours of the competition.  All amateur underwater photographers and videographers are welcome.  Digital photos and videos must be taken from dives during the 32-hour competition period along the Monterey coastline.


Come see “Swimming with Giants” on Saturday evening, August 10, 2013, at this year's Monterey Underwater Film Festival, held at the Golden State Theatre.  “Swimming with Giants” showcases some of the recent underwater cinematography work and behind-the-scenes stories from internationally renowned filmmakers Howard & Michele Hall, Bob Talbot and Shawn Heinrichs. The Film Festival is included with full weekend registration. Film Festival only tickets are available to the public for $10.00.  This will be a very special evening that you won't want to miss!


A panel of judges comprised of world-renowned professional underwater photographers and filmmakers will select the winners on Sunday, August 11, 2013.  The winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Monterey Shootout Awards Ceremony held at the Monterey Institute of International Studies on Sunday, August 11, 2013.  The Monterey Shootout Awards Ceremony is a FREE event, open to the public.


Come see all the winning images and videos produced over the weekend. For detailed information about the event and ticket sales, please visit www.montereyshootout.com

Fiji as Seen By Linda Reisinger and Chuck Tribolet, July 15, 2013

08 July 2013 - 11:28 PM

Date(s) - 12/07/2013
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Doors open at 7:00 and the presentation will begin at 7:30.


New Vision United Methodist Church (Gymnasium)

If you had the chance to see Chuck’s presentation last year on the Sea of Cortez and the Rocio Del Mar, you know this will be a fantastic show on one of the most colorful underwater places on earth.Linda Reisinger and Chuck Tribolet dive the Monterey area almost every weekend with cameras in hand. Their first date was a dive at Pt. Lobos in 1997. Between the two of them, they have over 3000 Monterey dives, mostly off Chuck’s seventeen-foot Boston Whaler dive boat. They consider the Monterey Bay to be some of the best cold-water diving around. In order to finance their dive addiction, Linda spends her weekdays as a Revenue Accountant for Responses while Chuck is a Software Engineer for IBM.
Each year they religiously participate in two local underwater photo competitions: the SEA International Photo Competition and the Monterey Shootout. They have placed several times over the years. In fact, in 2011 Linda placed first in the SEA International California category and won a stay on the Nai’a dive boat in Fiji. This past April, they spent ten days on the Nai’a (thanks Nai’a and NCUPS). To minimize their luggage and maximize their photo opportunities, Linda chose to shoot only wide-angle while Chuck shot only macro.
They look forward to sharing their images from their Fiji trip with you at the next meeting!

SEA International Underwater Photo & Video Competition

18 March 2013 - 01:25 AM


The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society announces the 48th Annual International Underwater Photo & Video Competition and the Bob Commer Award of Excellence in Underwater Photography.

The competition is open to amateur photographers and videographers from around the world. Award sponsors of the SEA 2013 competition, with prizes totaling in the tens of thousands of dollars, include SCUBA ecotourism resorts, travel agencies, and luxury live-aboard dive boats, as well as SCUBA and photography equipment manufacturers. Previous competitions have brought in the finest still images and video entries from underwater photographers and videographers around the world!

The SEA 2013 competition will issue awards for the best work in still categories including Macro, Wide Angle, Underwater California, and Marine Conservation; plus Creative. There are two video categories; Classic and Video Snapshots.

The SEA 2013 competition Best of Show, in addition to a selected prize from the prize list, is awarded the prestigious Bob Commer Award of Photographic Excellence! The Bob Commer Award consists of a trophy and a check for $500.00 USD! As a very special incentive, all winning images will be showcased at the 2013 Northern California Dive and Travel Expo in Santa Clara California.

Entry is Open on March 1, 2013, and Deadline for entry is April 12, 2013.