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As part of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Resortation Program, a draft plan for the third phase of Early Restoration has been released. The draft plan proposes more than $625 million in new early restoration projects across the Gulf states—making this the largest phase of Early Restoration yet. The draft plan also outlines the Trustees’ proposed programmatic approach to early restoration planning for Phase III and future early restoration plans.

We heard from several members of the public that given the length of the draft document, additional time for review would be helpful. Because public input is very important to us, we have extended the comment period by 15 days. The draft plan is now available for public review and comment through February 19, 2014.

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The more comments that are submitted supporting programs that benefit the SCUBA diving community, the more likelihood that funds will be allocated to them.


The HUPS Forum has been discontinued in favor of the FaceBook page being the preferred place to post news and information about HUPS activities, including meetings and trips, and about members. You will need to join FaceBook to access this page.

HUPS Group Tour to Anilao




REEF Lionfish Seminar - Houston Zoo - August 1st

The Reef Environmental Education Foundation is presenting a free seminar at the Houston Zoon on August 1st. It is open to the public, and it will discuss the origin of the lionfish invasion, lionfish biology, the impact on the ecology, collecting methods, and many other topcis. Click here for more information,

TGCC Scholarship Program

TGCC has budgeted $4,000 for a total of up to four awards for this year.  To do this TGCC has increased the normal budget and added additional funds received from a one time donation to the TGCC program by HUC. Remember that HUC dissolved itself in 2012.  As promised to them when their support was solicited, their name will be added to the Michael Szewczyk’s award and their last members eligible during the four years period that their donation will be used to augment the TGCC program.

As outlined on the attached form, TGCC plans 1 scholarship @ $2,000, 1 @ $1,000 and 2 @ $500.  The application cut-off date is June 15th with the decision made by the TGCC Club Representatives on or about June 20th.  There have been no changes made to the qualifying rules from last year.

Members of HUPS, their children and their grand children qualify to apply for these four awards

HUPS is Going Back to Bonaire

HUPS members are invited to join in the 2013 trip to Captain Don's Habitat on Bonaire from October 12 (depart IAH 10/11 late night) through October 19. The cost is $904 (ocean view) or $988 (ocean front) double occupancy. Details can be found in the January HUPS Newsletter. A $200 deposit is required by the February meeting.


Philippines is the HUPS Trip Destination for 2012

HUPS members are invited to join in the 2012 trip to Cebu Islands in the Philippines from May 4th through 12th at the Kasai Village Diving and Spa. The cost is $1551 double occupancy. There is also and add-on trip to Malapascua Island for $725 per person double occupancy from May 12th through 17th. Details can be found in the November HUPS Newsletter. There are only 16 spaces available for Cebu and 10 on the add-on. A $250 deposit is required for each trip by the January meeting.

Underwater Photo Contest Entries Solicited

The editors of Natures Best Photography and Divers Alert Network (DAN) are soliciting entries for the Ocean Views Photography Awards. Entries are due by November 30th. Click here for complete information on how to enter, image requirements, and subject matter.


HUPS Scores Individual Awards in the Glennie Memorial Nature Salon

As in the past two years, HUPS pariticipated in the 31st annual Glennie Memorial Nature Salon, a competition for photography clubs from around the world conducted by the Merrimack Valley Camera Club (MVCC) of North Andover, Massachusetts.

This salon is open to all camera clubs and photographic associations worldwide. Entry is by Club; there are no individual entries, but individual awards are made to club members who have submitted entires through their clubs.

Congratulations to Ken Knezick, who placed first in the Marine and Freshwater - Other category with "Not on the Menu", and to Merit Award Winners Tom Collier with "The Look" and Jackie Reid with "In on the Joke."

Click here to see these and the other 2011 entries.

HUPS Comments on the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Draft Management Plan

HUPS has prepared a response to the draft management plan for the Flower Gardens (see item below).  Click here to read a pdf of the draft response.

Although the deadline for public comment has passed, the FGBNMS Advisory Council will be working on changes to the Draft Management Plan to address the comments that have been made. If you have any input on the Draft Management Plan, contact Frank Burek, our Advisory Council member for the Recreational Diving Community.

The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Draft Management Plan
By Frank Burek

The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) has released a Draft Management Plan (DMP) covering the next five to ten years. Part of that plan has also been released as proposed regulations. This is the time for you to “weigh in” with your opinion.

There is a concern that the rules being proposed will severly restrict diving activities, subject divers to capricious and unpredicatable fines and penalties, and overall discourage diving in the Flower Gardens. Some general comments are summarized in the December HUPS Newsletter.

HUPS Photo Contest Winners for 2010
By Dennis Deavenport

This year was another good one for the HUPS Photo contest. For the first time, we split up our photographers into 3 groups: Advanced, Intermediate, and Novice. The old category of Compact Digital was abandoned after 2 years in favor of this new format. It appears that the experiment was a success with a large number of Intermediate contestants entering great images month after month.

In the Novice division, Kandace Heimer won over newcomer Lance Glowacki (2nd) and a hard-charging John VanAtta (3rd). The high quality of the entries in the Novice group just goes to show how well HUPS is doing in fostering underwater photographic skills. Mike Brower took 4th place with Jan Baughman showing well in 5th.

The Intermediate division was hotly contested throughout the year with Kay Collier finally winning by only 23 points over Paul McDonald. The couple of Debbie Mensay (3rd) and Jim Mensay (5th) showed that the contest can be a family affair. Mike Greuter slipped into 4th, just 2 points behind Debbie.

The Advanced contest went back and forth between Ken Knezick (the early leader), Jackie Reid (the last one standing), and Tom Collier (pushing hard at the end).


Jackie continued his run of winning or tying for first for well over a decade. Tom was only 5 points off the lead at the finish line but couldn't out-point Jackie for the win. Ken took 3rd place and was consistently in the top throughout the year. Dennis Deavenport finished 4th and our friend from New Zealand, Ken Bean, finished in 5th.

We are looking forward to another successful year in 2011 with new contestants and old stepping up to take their swings.

HUPS a Winner Again in Photo Competition - Jackie Reid Takes BEST IN SHOW
By Jim Heimer

Last Fall, HUPS received an invitation to participate in the George W. Glennie Nature Interclub Exhibition conducted by the Merrimack Valley Camera Club of North Andover, Massachusetts.  Last year, our first year of participation, HUPS placed 5th out of 95 participating clubs from across the United States and several foreign countries.  Two members, Tom Collier and Dennis Deavenport, won individual awards.  Photos for this year were selected from those submitted for the Moody Gardens Collection display.

From left to right - HUPS 3rd Place Club Award, Jackie Reid Best of Show, James Weisman Judges Choice and Merit Award Ribbon



Now, the results are in, and HUPS has placed third in the Photo Exhibition, improving over our fifth place finish last year.  Over  1100 entries were received from 110 clubs in 7 foreign countries and 23 States.  HUPS had 240  out of 300 points, 6 points behind the Cape Cod Viewfinders Camera Club and two behind the Krugersdorp Camera Club (South Africa).  Additionally, two members received individual awards.  Jackie Reid won Best of Show with "Squid with Attitude" and a top score of 27 out of 30.  James Wiseman won a Merit Award in the Marine Category with 26 points for his shark picture, "Nowhere to Hide," and he also received a judges award for his photo "Blowing Bubbles."  
The club results can be found at  http://www.mvcameraclub.org/pdf/2010-Glennie-Club-Scores.pdf and the individual awards are listed at http://www.mvcameraclub.org/pdf/2010-Glennie-Awards.pdf.  All entries in the competition will be available soon at a link from the Merrimack Valley Camera Club website, http://www.mvcameraclub.org/comp-interclub/comp-interclub-01-glennie.htm.  You can view the HUPS entries at http://hups.org/Gallery%20Pages/Images/Glennie%20Exhibition/photo_exhibition/index.htm.

Congratulations to all photographes who had entries selected from among all those submitted for the Moody Gardens Collection - Jesse Cancelmo, Tom Collier, Dennis Deavenport, , Mike Greuter, Kandace Heimer, Jackie Reid, Mary Lou Reid, Ned Shimizu, and Jim Wiseman.  Special congratulations to Jackie and James for their individual awards.

Best in Show

by Jackie Reid

Merit Award

by James Wiseman

Judges Award

by James Wiseman

HUPS Collection Opens at Moody Gardens
By Jim Heimer

the wall

HUPS photography is now featured at Moody Gardens in Galveston. The images are in a display as you enter the aquarium from the ticket hall. In addition to 20 photos of general underwater subjects, the wall opposite to the one shown above contains 16 "theme" pictures - currently the theme is "Sharks." Soon to join the photo display will be a kiosk playing video clips and still photos and providing information about HUPS and HUPS membership.

HUPS images will be on display on a permanent basis, with both the individual and theme photos changing from time to time. Photos will also be available for purchase in the Moody Gardens gift shop and on the HUPS website. Thanks go to Tom Collier and Dennis Deavenport, the driving forces behind making this project successful. Also involved in selecting the photos and setting up the display were Mary McDonald, Sandy Bryan, Kandace and Jim Heimer, and Gregg Grimes.

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Setting up the display.

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Supervising picture hanging.

hanging photo

How many HUPS members . . .

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The construction crew


Dennis Deavenport Wins Annual Photo Contest at Capt. Don's on Bonaire

HUPS member Dennis Deavenport (seen here in his natural element, if not his natural hair) is the winner of Captain Don's Habitat Annual Photo Contest. Each week, a photo contest is held for everyone staying at the resort on Bonaire. A monthly winner is selected from the weekly winners, then an annual winner is selected from those.

Dennis was a weekly winner during both weeks of his two week stay.

You can see Dennis' winning photo of the yawning (some would say "belching") frogfish and the runner's-up here.


Marine Life Keywords For Lightroom & Aperture

Lightroom users can take advantage of a new software program to add a comprehensive list of key words to their images to faciliate cataloging and searching. HUPS receives a small fee for each copy of Marine Life Keywords ordered through this site.

Marine Life Keyword List is an importable keywords file created by professional underwater photographers and educators Marty Snyderman, Barry Guimbiot, and Eric Cheng to simplify marine wildlife keywording workflow. It contains keywords for over 12,000 species of marine life and includes not only common names, but also genus and species names, and full taxonomic structure that are automatically applied when you tag your image (in Lightroom). Your images become searchable by common name or part of the common name

Click here to read more and purchase Marine Life Keywords..

Join or Renew Membership On-Line

You can now join HUPS or renew your membership on line and pay by PayPal or credit card. After filling out and submitting your membership application with your contact information, you will be taken to the PayPal payments page. You do not need a PayPal account to pay by credit card. Just look for the credit card logos near the bottom of the page, and use the nearby link to go to the credit card payment form.

Click here to go to the online membership form.


HUPS Member Wins Weekly and Monthly Photo Contests at Captain Don's

During the recent HUPS trip to Bonaire, Dennis Deavenport won the weekly photo contest for the second and third weeks in June and the June monthly contest for photos taken during the HUPS trip. His award winning photograph in the monthly contest can be seen on Captain Don's Habitat website.

HUPS Member Wins Video Category at the 2009 Bonaire Digital Shootout

Jim Heimer placed first in the video category at the recently completed 2009 Bonaire Digital Shootout. His three minute narrative video spoofs popular science shows like "Blue Planet" as he documented the species "Neoprimus" as it went about capturing things underwater. His video can be seen on the 2009 Bonaire Digital Shootout website.

HUPS Ties for Fifth in the 29th Annual George W. Glennie Nature Interclub Exhibition - Individual Awards for Marine Category.

This competition was held by the Merrimack Valley Camera Club, North Andover, MA. 95 photography clubs from 21 states and 3 foreign countries participated. HUPS scored 218 points on the 10 photos submitted, just 13 points behind the winner and one point out of fourth place. The Best of Show and Best Wildlife photos can be seen at this link.

The 10 photos submitted by HUPS were selected by a vote of HUPS members attending the Texas Dive Show from those on display.  You can view the HUPS entries here.

Individual awards were received by Tom Collier (Best Marine) for "Hammertime" and by Dennis Deavenport (Merit Award in Marine Category) for "Lookin' for Leftovers." Click here for all the individual scores.

Texas Gulf Coast Council Awards Banquet

A luncheon banquest on January 31st at the Bayland Community Center was the venue for the presentation of awards to and by TGCC and local SCUBA clubs, including HUPS. HUPS members were recognized as Member of the Year, Photographer of the Year, and as Joyce and Frank Burek Lifetime Acheivement Award recipients, as well as being honored by TGCC.

Click here for a photo gallery of the event.

Texas Coral Reefs by HUPS Member

Member Jesse Cancelmo, an accomplished underwater photographer and photojournalist, has published TEXAS CORAL REEFS,image jesse which - with extraordinary photographs and a knowledgeable first-person narrative - will instill an appreciation for one of the Gulf’s lesser-known natural environments. READ MORE / purchase the book. Note, HUPS does not derive any payment for sale of this publication.

Bonaire Digital Shootout

The 2009 BONAIRE UNDERWATER DIGITAL SHOOTOUT takes place the week before the HUPS Trip to Bonaire (see the next item). The Shootout is a combination of underwater photography diving, seminars on underwater photographic techniques (incuding video), and a photo contest with very expensive prizes. You could combine this opportunity with the HUPS Trip for one airfare. Click here for more information on the Shootout


HUPS Members Photo Web Sites

If you (HUPS members only) would like your site listed here, please send an e-mail to the webmaster containing a link to your site and the text you would like to appear opposite your link.

Jesse Cancelmo

Jesse Cancelmo is an accomplished underwater photographer, author, and photojournalist.  His articles and photographs have appeared in numerous diving and wildlife publications.  He has authored two books, DIVING CAYMAN ISLANDS (1998), and DIVING BERMUDA (1990 and 2005).  His third book TEXAS CORAL REEFS, is due out in January '08. Jesse is a contributing editor/photographer for Dive Training Magazine, contributes regularly to Scuba Diving magazine and he leads groups on Gulf of Mexico and Indo-Pacific dive adventures.
Tom Collier Tom is an avid underwater photographer. His website features several galleries and slide shows of his work from his travels around the world.
Karl & Kimberly Dietz

Karl and Kimberly are accomplished photographers who have traveled worldwide. Their work has been displayed at the International Photography Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. The website documents their extensive travel to exotic diving (and topsides) locations.
Kandace Heimer Kandace's goal is to see nature as never seen before through the lens of a digital camera. "Take a dive into the underwater world of our spectacular coral reefs and the creatures that make up our oceans, get a new and refreshing look at the flora and fauna in the places that I have traveled."
Chuck Jensen

Chuck is a nature photographer and avid diver who enjoys and pursues photography, primarily that of marine life and their aquatic environment in the Caribbean Sea and to his favorite dive destinations in the Indo-Pacific. Chuck is past President, Vice President and Membership Coordinator for the Houston Underwater Photographic Society. Since moving to the Dallas area, Chuck has also become a member of the Dallas Underwater Photographic Society.

James Wiseman James Wiseman is an accomplished underwater and topsides photographer who, along with his wife Sarah, display their work on this website.

HUPS Members Underwater Photo & Diving Related Business Sites

If you (HUPS members only) would like your site listed here, please send an e-mail to the webmaster containing a link to your site and the text you would like to appear opposite your link.

Kandace Heimer Kandfoto.com is a gallery of Kandace's work. She focuses on nature photography, both above and below water, and the site also contains information about her current projects. Photos may be purchased through her site. She is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, North American Nature Photography Association, Women in Photography International, and the Nikonians Institute. She has had several photos published in photographic and other magazines.
Ken Knezick Island Dreams Travel Photography Galleries - Ken owns and runs the very successful Island Dreams Travel agency in Houston, Texas, which specializes in trips for the diving community. Ken has been shooting underwater photography for more than 25 years, adn this site contains some of his favorite shots and images by some of his friends and dive buddies...many of whom are counted in the highest echelons of professional wildlife and underwater photographers.
Pat Miller
Pat Miller Photography and Digital Services designs websites for small and medium businesses, clubs and organizations quickly and easily. The website has several different examples, including graphics, photography, menu systems, etc.
Terry Moore Liquid Motion Productions was formed in 2002 to display Terry's professional skills as an Underwater Photo/ Video Pro, and the various services that are available to his clients. With more than 20 years experience in Photography and Videography, Liquid Motion Productions is adept at supplying quality imagery and professional video footage any time, any place. Quality images can be seen in the "Galleries" and video samples are available on request.

US Clubs and Societies

If you would like your club listed here, please send an e-mail to the webmaster containing a link to your site and the text you would like to appear opposite your link.

If you are visiting any to these areas, these websites often provide specific information on diving, accommodations, dining and other items of interest, as well as tips on underwater photography..


Colorado Underwater Photographic Society

The purpose of the Society is to provide a forum for underwater photographers and videographers to share their Work, Knowledge, and Techniques with each other and with the Colorado diving community in general, to encourage an understanding and preservation of the marine environment, and to increase the interest of the diving community and of the public in general in the aquatic environment.


Dallas Underwater Photographic Society

DUPS promots underwater photography and underwater videography with the emphasis on education, dive safety, fun, and protection and respect for the marine environment. DUPS does club trips and monthly meetings with educational and entertaining speakers and also a monthly photo contest for members.


Kona Underwater Photographic Society

The Kona Underwater Photographic Society is located on the leeward side of The Big Island of Hawai'i (also know just as "Hawai'i" or "The Big Island". The conduct a monthly photo contest, several shootouts during the course of the year, and periodic meetings. Their website also includes their monthly newsletter and a members gallery, as well as information about diving and photographing in the Kona area.


Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society

Fifty years ago a collection of recreational and commercial divers with a mutual interest in underwater photography got together and formed the Underwater Photographic Society in Los Angeles with a handful of charter members. Membership in the LAUPS is open to anyone with an interest in underwater photography. Monthly meetings provide a great learning environment with speakers, workshops, and competitions. Beginners can ask questions of the more experienced about equipment, techniques and locales for best results. Local boat charter dive trips are scheduled several times a year, and ad hoc trips to exotic sites are always being put together.


Northern California Photographic Society

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (NCUPS) promotes interest in underwater photography. The Club has been active since 1957, sponsoring educational events on both underwater photography and video while promoting awareness of the underwater environment and pertinent ecological issues. NCUPS serves the greater San Francisco Bay area, including Silicon Valley


Orange County Underwater Photographic Society

This is a members only website. The link will take you to the events listing for OCUPS, from which a limited number of other pages on the site may be accessed.


The South Florida Underwater Photography Society

SFUPS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of underwater photography through its membership. The South Florida Underwater Photography Society was created in 1980 as a means and place for fellow underwater photographers to exchange and share ideas and techniques of underwater photography.


Underwater Photographic Society of Hawaii

UPSH is dedicated to perfecting photographic skills, increasing marine awareness, and having fun. It meets once a month on the second Wednesday at the Waikiki Aquarium to discuss general business and share pictures, slides, and digital images and video. There are multiple intra-club underwater photography competitions throughout the year.

International Clubs and Societies

If you would like your club listed here, please send an e-mail to the webmaster containing a link to your site and the text you would like to appear opposite your link.




British Society of Underwater Photographers

Founded in November 1967, BSoUP is the largest underwater photographic society in Britain, catering for both film and digital photographers, and it is run entirely by volunteers with a passion for underwater photography. BSoUP holds meetings at the Holland Club, Imperial College, South Kensington, London,


The International Society of Aquatic Medicine programs include diving medicine, hyperbaric medicine, diving safety, treatment of venomous animal stings and bites, and diagnosis and treatment of decompression illness.


Kapal Selam Dive Club Underwater Photography

This dive club based in Bali, Indonesia, hosts a large photographic gallery on its web site.


Photosub Underwater Photography Club

PSUC is located in Southeast England. It places a strong emphasis on improving members photography, providing and participating in photographic competitions, and organizing diving trips tailored to photography. Also, the social side of the club is an important element, which is promoted by having regular meetings and social events.


The West Australian Underwater Photographic Society

WAUPS promotes an improvement of underwater photography amongst it's members, underwater photography in the community, an exchange of skills and ideas from within the society and from external bodies, and encourages an understanding and preservation of the marine environment while having fun and enjoying socialising, diving and photography.

Underwater Photographic Websites

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Hawaii Underwater Photographic

Hawaii Underwater Photographic is a non-profit web site dedicated to perfecting photographic skills, increasing marine awareness, and having fun.

OZB It is a little difficult to categorize this site, which is based in the Netherlands. However, it has an underwater / marine photography section with numerous links to other photographic websites with underwater and marine themes. This link is to the underwater section of the website, which contains photographs (and advertisements) in many categories.

Dive Clubs and Diving Organizations

If you would like your club or organization listed here, please send an e-mail to the webmaster containing a link to your site and the text you would like to appear opposite your link.

Bay Area Divers

Bay Area Divers SCUBA clubs location is in the south Houston / Clear Lake / Galveston Texas area. BAD strives to provide opportunities to dive locally in order to improve skills and offers affordable scuba dive trips abroad.  Our local dives gives new divers the chance to practice and to dive with seasoned veterans, and they provide experienced divers a reason to get wet.

Houston Underwater Club The Houston Underwater Club, Inc. (HUC) was formed in 1957 to further sport diving and activities relating to man’s involvement in the underwater environment.  We are an active club with a diverse membership, bound together by common interests in the underwater world.  Our interests have expanded from sport diving to underwater archaeology, underwater photography, ecology and marine biology.  Diver education, training and safety are our primary concerns.  Because people with common interests quickly become friends, we also have an active schedule of social get-togethers.  Our activities are as diverse as our many interests.
TGCC The Texas Gulf Coast Council of Diving Clubs (TGCC) is a non-profit organization of diving clubs that seeks to promote the safe recreational sport of scuba diving. TGCC member clubs participate in shared activities, learning events, and recreational activities in an effort to promote club participation among new and experienced divers in scuba diving. TGCC is also the sponsor of TrashFest, one of the nations oldest aquatic clean-up projects, after which many other activities have been modeled.

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