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July 16 Meeting: Dr. Tabby Stone on Travel Medicine

Please join us in the Times Mirror room of the Natural History Museum at 7:30pm, Wednesday July 16 for a presentation on travel medicine by Dr Tabby Stone.

Tabby Stone, MD practices Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Panorama City and is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at USC. He developed an interest in diving medicine following his initial dive certification in 1979. He lectures to both divers and medical audiences on diving topics and was the author of the Medical Facts column in Discover Diving from 1988 to 1999. He is past President of the Pacific Chapter of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, and an avid underwater photographer.

JULY MINICOMPS:

This month’s topics are “Color Abstract Patterns” (stills) and “Slow” (video). Please submit your entries using the upload form by 11:59pm Tuesday July 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.

June Minicomp Winners and Announcements

Thanks to everyone who joined us last night for a great presentation by Nikki Pieper about the dive trip to the Philippines she is leading this fall. This is Nikki’s 5th time to the Philippines, visiting some old favorite spots plus a few new ones – if you’re interested in joining her, there’s more information on the trip at the Hollywood Divers website.

I also encourage everyone to consider entering the NCUPS SEA 2014 International Photo and Video Competition. Deadline for entries is June 30.

Last night’s minicomp topics were “Lit with One Strobe” (photos) and “Fast” (video). The winners have been posted in our gallery:

June 2014 Minicomp Winners

Stills:

1st Place – Fletcher Forbes
2nd Place – Vickie Elson
3rd Place – Bob McKenna

Video:

1st Place – Anastasia Laity
2nd Place – Vickie Elson
3rd Place – Vickie Elson

Congratulations!


1st Place: Fletcher Forbes

June 18 Meeting – Nikki Pieper from Hollywood Divers, Philippines Resorts

Please join us in the Times Mirror room of the Natural History Museum at 7:30pm, Wednesday June 18.

Nikki Pieper, instructor and travel agent from Hollywood Divers, will be presenting a tour of three beautiful dive resorts in the Philippines. Find out more information about diving in beautiful waters, seeing wonderfully weird critters, enjoying fabulous food, and relaxing at luxurious spa resorts.

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Three different islands, one 15-day adventure. Do you have time for vacation in September? Join us on ours!

JUNE MINICOMPS:

This month’s topics are “Lit with One Strobe” (stills) and “Fast” (video). Please submit your entries using the upload form by 11:59pm Tuesday June 17.

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.

May Competition Winners

May 2014 Portfolio (Stills)

1st Place Open – Kevin Lee
2nd Place Open – Fletcher Forbes
3rd Place Open – Kelly Bracken

1st Place Novice – Vickie Elson
2nd Place Novice – Robert McKenna

Video 3-minute Edited:

1st Place Open – Nannette Van Antwerp, “Indonesia: Not the Usual Suspects”
2nd Place Open – Anastasia Laity, “Why Here?”

1st Place Novice – John Forbes, “Philippines Crabs”
2nd Place Novice – Klaus Biber, “Mary Celestia”


1st Place May Portfolio: Kevin Lee

May 21 Meeting: Dee Dee Flores on Freediving with Large Mammals

Please join us in the Times Mirror room of the Natural History Museum at 7:30pm, Wednesday May 21, for a presentation by award-winning freediver and underwater photographer DeeDee Flores.

DeeDee is the directory of Samy’s Camera’s underwater photo and video division. She has also worked as a photo pro aboard the Kona Aggressor and in competitive freediving and freediving photography. She will be talking to us about freediving to photograph large animals.

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MAY MINICOMPS:

This month we will be voting on “Portfolio” (for still photographers), “3-minute Edited” (for video), and also on last month’s video minicomp which was delayed due to technical difficulties.

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.

April 2014 Minicomp Winners

Last night’s minicomp topic was “Itty Bitty”, and the winners have been posted in our gallery:

April 2014 Minicomp Winners

Note – due to technical problems, we only voted on stills last night; the videos will be judged at the next meeting.

Open:

1st Place – Fletcher Forbes
2nd Place – Jeff Laity
3rd Place – Dana Rodda

Novice:

1st Place – Chris Askew
2nd Place – Richard Todd
3rd Place – Vickie Elson

Congratulations!


1st Place: Fletcher Forbes

April 16 Meeting: Emmy-winning Director of Photography Kenneth Corben

Please join us in the Times Mirror room of the Natural History Museum at 7:30pm, Wednesday April 16, for a presentation by Kenneth Corben.

Ken Corben is a multiple EMMY winning Director of Photography with credits spanning the underwater genre from 3D IMAX production to Shark Week and Hollywood features. His film projects have led him to both the Arctic and Antarctic as well as many of the Earth’s remote regions in between.

Ken will present images and video from his recent expedition to the Solomon Islands and discuss filming biofluorescence at night with new technologies. The new discoveries and their advanced biomedical applications are astounding. The new image possibilities for all us underwater enthusiasts even more so.

APRIL MINICOMPS:

This month’s regular minicomp topic is “Itty Bitty” – plus we’ll be running an extra minicomp “Night at the Museum” for photos taken during February’s after-hours museum visit.

Please submit your entries using our upload form no later than 11:59pm Tuesday April 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.

Wednesday April 30: Greg Piper at Samy’s Camera

LAUPS and Samy’s Camera is proud to present the first in an occasional series on Underwater Photography. Greg Piper (gregpiperart.com) is a photographer and artist living in Northern Virginia. While he has been diving for only 4 years he has generated an extraordinary portfolio. His credentials include contributing photographer and writer for Scuba Diving magazine and more.

Come meet Greg at Samy’s Camera Educational Center located at 431 south Fairfax Ave. in Los Angeles at 7:30PM on Wednesday April 30, 2014. Greg will share with us some of his diving adventures, some great underwater images & techniques and tell us a bit about some upcoming dive trips you might be interested in.

Please RSVP to Vickie (LAUPS) (vcelson@gmail.com) or Ray at Samy’s ( rnrouzi@samys.com) so he or she will know how many cookies to bake.

March 2014 Minicomp Winners

We had a great presentation last night from Kurt Lieber of Ocean Defenders Alliance. If anyone is interested in helping out this organization – especially by donating photos or videos to be used in outreach and educational materials – please see their “Volunteer Opportunities Onshore” page. There’s a form near the bottom of the page that you can fill out and send to ODA where you can indicate how you’re interested in contributing.

Last night’s minicomp topic was “Big”, and the winners have been posted in our gallery:

March 2014 Minicomp Winners

Stills:

1st Place – Bill Van Antwerp
2nd Place – Fletcher Forbes
3rd Place – Jeff Laity

Video:

1st Place – Nannette Van Antwerp
2nd Place – Anastasia Laity
3rd Place – Dana Rodda

Congratulations!


1st Place: Bill Van Antwerp

March 19 Meeting: Kurt Lieber from Ocean Defenders

Please join us in the Times Mirror room of the Natural History Museum at 7:30pm, Wednesday March 19, for a presentation by Kurt Lieber of Ocean Defenders.

From the Ocean Defenders website:

Founded in 2002 and based in Orange County, California, Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit grassroots marine conservation organization.

In the years leading up to the launch of ODA, the need for our work became appallingly apparent to Founder Kurt Lieber, an avid diver and self-made scholar of marine conservation news and information. On dive after dive, and all over the world, Kurt found abandoned commercial fishing gear on the ocean floor or attached to boat wrecks—where it indiscriminately kills marine flora and fauna long after its service to the fishing industry was over! At the same time, in his studies of the state of the world’s oceans, Kurt read widely diverse reports about the oceans, and came to understand the dire plight of life in the seas. The urgent call came clearly to him: rampant, escalating overfishing and man-made pollution was threatening the survival of marine wildlife and the overall health of the life-giving seas of the earth…and someone needed to DO something about it!

His heart told him to take action, and his intellect agreed completely. So, with a 40-foot boat generously gifted to ODA by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Kurt began taking volunteer divers to reported abandoned fishing gear sites. Using the boat as a dive platform, the divers descend at each location, cut the gear loose, and float it to the surface. Volunteers on the boat haul it onto the deck and take it back to shore for proper disposal. Animals such as lobsters, crabs, and fish found trapped alive are carefully liberated by ODA, and thus given a new chance to thrive, grow, and breed.

In addition to doing invaluable work at sea, ODA also works onshore to educate the public about the vital need for clean and healthy oceans. Through educational presentations at schools, expos, festivals, and dive clubs, we strive to inform people of all types and ages, raise their awareness about the plight of the oceans, and inspire them to join our efforts. ODA also reaches out to fishermen, restaurants, and the seafood community to enlighten them to these issues and seek to gain their commitment to becoming better stewards of the oceans.

MARCH MINICOMP:

This month’s minicomp topic is “Big”. Please submit your entries using our upload form no later than 11:59pm Tuesday March 19.

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.