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Overview

Each monthly meeting concludes with a photo contest. All HUPS members are eligible to enter digital images pertaining to the current month's theme (see below). Photos are judged by a three person panel selected from HUPS members at the meeting. Judging is subjective on the basis of the relevance of the subject of the photo to the theme, composition, - including the use of negative space, color, exposure, sharpness, and the difficulty involved in getting the shot.

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2013 HUPS
Photo Contest
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2012 & 2013 TOPICS
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JANUARY
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TOPIC:
TOPIC DESCRIPTION:
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Eels
There are lots of eels out there. They are pretty easy to spot. Think “snakes with gills”.
SLIDE SHOWS FOR ALL CATEGORIES AND WINNERS
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FEBRUARY
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TOPIC:
TOPIC DESCRIPTION:
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Wide Angle Wrecks
This is pretty simple. Any photo taken on a wreck with a wide angle lens will qualify. Ancillary subjects such are divers, angelfish, morays, schools of fish, etc. are encouraged.
SLIDE SHOWS FOR ALL CATEGORIES AND WINNERS
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MARCH
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TOPIC DESCRIPTION:
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Starfish - All Types
(Echinoderms as a species)

Echinoderms: Ah yes, another opportunity to learn something useful. Echinoderms don’t always have 5 legs and not everything that looks like a starfish is a starfish. Echinoderms do have 5-part symmetry but you’ve all seen starfish with less and more arms. The body, when dissected, will
always show the basic 5 sections. Extreme examples here are crinoids, crown-of-thorns, basketstars (lots more than 5 arms) and cushionstars that don’t seem to have any arms. Same can be said for urchins and seacucumbers. They don’t look like starfish but they sure are echinoderms. Warm up your critter-ID books and learn something useful.
SLIDE SHOWS FOR ALL CATEGORIES AND WINNERS
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APRIL
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TOPIC DESCRIPTION:
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Cephalopods
(octopi, squid, cuttlefish)

Cephalopods are a sub-group of the phylum molusca (i.e., moluscs). However, we’re not looking for snails or clams this month. Limit your entries to our friends: squid, cuttlefish, octopi, and nautilus (if you have any).
SLIDE SHOWS FOR ALL CATEGORIES AND WINNERS
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MAY
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Schools of Fish

We’re talking beaucoup Pisces this month. Lots a fish… not critters, just fish. What is a school? Good question. Let’s see if we can take a stab at it. How about 12 or more of the same fish.
SLIDE SHOWS FOR ALL CATEGORIES AND WINNERS
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JUNE
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TOPIC:
TOPIC DESCRIPTION:
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Syngnathidae
(pipefish & seahorses)

These bad boys are usually pretty easy to identify but not always easy to find. We all have shots of them so dig them out and send them in. If you aren’t sure if it qualifies… yep, look it up or give us a shout.
SLIDE SHOWS FOR ALL CATEGORIES AND WINNERS
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JULY
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TOPIC DESCRIPTION:
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Silhouettes
Silhouettes are interesting in that the outlines and shape of the subject are
what is important. A good silhouette should have almost no detail observable in the primary subject. We’re talking form and composition this month so see what you can come up with. If you don’t have good
examples, you’ve got plenty of time to go try shooting some. It’ll be good for you.
SLIDE SHOWS FOR ALL CATEGORIES AND WINNERS
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AUGUST
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Sharks & Rays
(class: chondrichthyes)

Not that you have to read all of this but it might be interesting:
Chondrichthyes or cartilaginous fishes are jawed fish with paired fins, paired nares, scales, two-chambered hearts, and skeletons made of cartilage rather than bone. The class is divided into two subclasses: Elasmobranchii (sharks, rays and skates) and Holocephali (chimaeras, sometimes called ghost sharks, which are sometimes separated into their own class).
SLIDE SHOWS FOR ALL CATEGORIES AND WINNERS
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SEPTEMBER
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TOPIC:
TOPIC DESCRIPTION:
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Juveniles of Any Species
This seems simple but it’s not always easy to know when you have a juvenile of a species. I’m really not sure I can offer you any good advice other than look it up or ask someone that probably knows. Anything that’s not a mature adult is an operational definition. In reality, we’re probably looking for fish or critters that are obviously still maturing. Good examples
might be juvenile anglefish that have distinct markings or juvenile spotted
drums that still need a while to grow into their fins. You get the picture (I hope).
SLIDE SHOWS FOR ALL CATEGORIES AND WINNERS
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OCTOBER
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TOPIC DESCRIPTION:
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Ugly Critters

Things only a mother could love (and maybe not even then). Ugly is in the eye of the beholder so I suppose that it’s your call. The judges might disagree, of course.
SLIDE SHOWS FOR ALL CATEGORIES AND WINNERS
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NOVEMBER
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TOPIC DESCRIPTION:
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Close-Focus/Wide Angle
Another chance to learn something useful. This topic is a sub-set of wide angle. The difference is that the primary subject(s) need to be very close to the lens. A typical CF/WA shot will have something in focus in the foreground and a wide angle view of the reef (or whatever) in the background. The nice thing about wide angle lenses is their extreme depth of field that allows you to focus close and still have the background in decent focus, too. You should be using a wide angle lens or a zoom set for wide angle to ualify.
SLIDE SHOWS FOR ALL CATEGORIES AND WINNERS
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DECEMBER
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Best of HUPS
Open category for Novice, Intermediate, & Advanced.  Creative category is for all entrants and "anything goes" (3 images maximum per category). Any image taken underwater is allowed in each of the first 3 categories. This includes images that have placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, in this year’s monthly contests. Please note that 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place winners in Best of
HUPS are not eligible for any HUPS contest in following years. Anyone is allowed to enter in the Creative category. It is basically a free ride for your creative juices. Photoshop away (or any other digital manipulation program). Cut-and-paste parts of one image into another, distort, change color or texture, repeat, invert, rotate, etc. The only requirements are that all elements of the image must have been photographed or created by the entrant and the primary focus
should be related to underwater photography. Non-underwater elements are allowed in the images for humor or creative impact as long as you took the photo.
SLIDE SHOWS FOR ALL CATEGORIES AND WINNERS
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PREVIOUS YEARS
SLIDESHOWS & WINNERS
PREVIOUS YEAR SLIDESHOWS:
PREVIOUS YEARS COMING SOON:
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Click here to review the slideshows from 2004.
Click here to review the slideshows from 2003.
Click here to review the slideshows from 2002.
Click here to review the slideshows from 2001.
Click here to review the slideshows from 2000.
Click here to review the slideshows from 1999.