"We want to explore the themes of the ocean's existence -- how it moves and breathes, how it experiences dramas and seasons, how it nourishes its hosts of living things, how it harmonizes the physical and biological rhythms of the whole earth, what hurts it and what feeds it -- not least of all, what are its stories."
- Jacques Yves Cousteau
The Houston Underwater Photographic Society (HUPS) is a not-for-profit organization formed to encourage interest and participation in underwater photography and videography. At its monthly meetings, HUPS provides educational and entertaining programs, a monthly photo contest, and a convivial atmosphere of shared interests and camaraderie.
Recent programs have included a broad range of "how to's" of underwater photography, narrated slide presentations, video shows, and various special events including photo workshops conducted by recognized experts in the field. HUPS also sponsors dive trips that are designed specifically to meet the special needs and interests of underwater photographers.
Monthly Meetings - HUPS meetings are free to guests. Each month we have a guest speaker and/or film presenter, news from HUPS' divemasters and officers on trips and other events, and a monthly photo contest based on selected subjects. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at the Bayland CommunityCenter, 6400 Bissonnet Street, Houston, Texas.The doors open at 7:00PM for a brief but enjoyable social time, with the actual program ranging from 7:15 - 9:00PM.
NOTE - from time to time the usual meeting date will fall
on a holiday weekend. In such cases, the meeting
is usually postponed to the following Monday.
Check the calendar on the Forum for any change in date.
Membership - Our membership consists of people from all walks of life, from young adults to seniors. The common thread is an interest in underwater photography and/or videography. One need not be a certified scuba diver to join the club, but must be a certified diver in order to participate as a diver on trips sponsored by HUPS. Annual membership dues are $35.00 for an individual and $45.00 for family memberships. HUPS provides a monthly newsletter to all members before each meeting, and an annual membership directory.
We encourage anyone interested to attend HUPS meetings, regardless of their photography skill level. Our members are happy to share knowledge and expertise, and can be most helpful in:
Several of our members who started as novices have become professional underwater photographers.
- Providing the necessary information on getting started in U/W photography.
- Evaluating options and selecting the right equipment and where to purchase U/W camera equipment.
- Improving your underwater photography techniques.
- Where to find the best travel spots for photography.
- How to enter and succeed in photo competition
For additional information or questions on HUPS, please contact Alicia Grimes, our Membership Chair.All images on these pages are copyright © 2000-2012
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