A South African has a winning photograph
Organizers of the UK initiated Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest have just announced their winning photos for 2016. Prizes and commendations were also handed out in a number of categories, including Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behavior, Up & Coming, and in British waters, Wide Angle, Compact, and Macro shots.
Historically the UK has been home to some of the world's most prestigious underwater photography competitions. Bernard Eaton kicked it off when he organised the first Brighton Underwater Film Festival in 1965 (and it was a competition that led to the foundation of the British Society of Underwater Photographers in 1967). Furthermore, Britain continues to be the home of world class wildlife photography competitions, like the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and British Wildlife Photography Awards. But since these only cater for underwater images of wildlife, fifty years after the original Brighton Festival it was decided to bring a dedicated and international underwater photography contest back to Britain.
The inaugural competition judged by Alex Mustard, Peter Rowlands and Martin Edge was a huge success. With over 2500 images entered from over 40 different countries, the judges (over a two day meeting in the heart of England) had to make a selection from a staggering array of high-class underwater images.
The 2015 prize winners were announced on stage at the London International Dive Show (LIDS), which also provided a fantastic social gathering for photographers from the UK and beyond. This year, LIDS was a fully integrated part of the exciting Telegraph Outdoor Show, and BSoUP organised an underwater photographers' evening social meal after the awards.
The winning images have been published in over 12 countries in broadsheet, tabloid, hi-end magazine, online, and social platforms. The free eBook of winning images has been downloaded 10,000s of times. After the London International Dive Show the winning images have been on constant display to 100,000s of visitors at the UK's National Marine Aquarium.
For more information visit Underwater Photographer of the year's Website.
Motion activated cameras placed in a previously unexplored region of a Peruvian portion of the Amazon rainforest has captured some of these elusive characters in natures selfies.
Source: Life Science.
To dry your seeds out, line an open plate with a piece of waxed paper or a large coffee filter. Place the rinsed seeds onto the wax paper or coffee filter and spread them about so they are in a single layer. Place the plate in a safe location where the seeds can dry for a few days. Stir the seeds a few times during the drying process to assure that all their surfaces are evenly dry.
Spread them out again into a single layer after each time you've stirred them. Some seeds are thick and can take up to a week to dry thoroughly. If you're having a rainy week drying time may lengthen by a few days. To tell if your seeds have dried properly, move them around - they should move quickly and easily across a plate and should not stick to each other.
You can then put them into their storage packet. Paper packets or envelopes are better than plastic packets, as they assist in absorbing any moisture in the seeds. If you choose to store your seeds in plastic the seeds must be bone dry, otherwise any moisture in the seeds will be transferred to all seeds inside the plastic packet, it will foster mildew and the seeds will be ruined.
If you save and/or trade a selection of seeds you might wish to make a note of exactly which seed is in the packet for future reference. Write the variety name (if you know it) or a very good description if you don't and also add the current year to the packet description. Store them in a cool dry place until spring has sprung. A desk organiser with drawers can make a useful and easily catalogued storage system.
With an interior dining area that opens up with folding doors onto a wide patio, every seat has a view overlooking the beautiful valley below. In summer time, this is the perfect spot to while away the hours on a lazy sunday afternoon, and in winter the fireplace and leather couches inside beckon to where it is warm and cozy.
Complimenting the astounding view is the delicious menu for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Their menu includes yummy burgers, pizza, sandwiches, steaks and tapas. They have a Deli for local produce and a wine tasting bar for all their Nuy wines & sparkling wines.
When en route between Cape Town and Robertson, be sure to stop in at Nuy On the Hill for an experience to remember.
View Nuy on the Hill Facebook page for more information.
May is definitely the month for cramming in the last outdoor sports activities before the cold weather sets in.
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Description :Ground cover to 0.6m with showy light pink-purple flowers and purple underleaf.
Flowering time :Summer - Winter
View more detailed information on this plant in our plant directory.
Store your firewood close to your braai or fire pit.
Placing it neatly underneath the seating of the firepit area or around the actual firepit makes for an aesthetically pleasing integration of function and design.
Seeds can be sown or plants can be planted for the following herbs and veggies this month:
View our full planting plan in our resources section of our website.
We all love a chance to test our own brain capacity with brain teasers. Try see if you can figure out this one...
February's Teaser Answer :
"No one to blame"
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