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Announcing the winners of the 2017 British Photography Awards: Water Life



The British Photography Awards have announced their first year’s winners and shortlisted photographers in an online gallery showcasing the best of British Photography. Around 6,300 photos were accepted for entry into the competition which raised thousands of pounds for charity. Here are the winners and shortlisted images in the Water Life category:

Winner: ‘Water Vole (Arvicola amphibius)’ – Terry Whittaker – In Support of Shelter

“15 years ago I was involved in the reintroduction of water voles to a stream in mid-Kent, from which they had become extinct several years earlier. I continued to monitor the voles and photograph their progress building a considerable body of work. This image is of a vole in an old land drain covered in liverwort. East Malling, Kent.”

Runner-Up: ‘In The Dead Man’s Forest’ – Kirsty Andrews – In Support of The Wildlife Trusts

“This tiny amphipod (Iphimedia obesa) is living in a forest of polyps at the end of a “dead man’s finger” (Alcyonium digitatum).  The extended polyps indicate that the soft coral is feeding from the nutrients delivered by the tide.  This site contains a forest of dead men’s fingers on the sea floor and if you look closely you can see the amphipods darting from one to another, going about their business unperturbed by diving photographers. Lochcarron, Wester Ross, Scotland.”

Short-Listed Images

Happy Shark Wave – Will Clark – In Support of The Wildlife Trusts

Grey Seal Pup – John Moncrieff – In Support of Help For Heroes

Scotty McSquattie – Kirsty Andrews – In Support of The Wildlife Trusts

Lodberry Shoal – Cy Sullivan – In Support of The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

Compass Jellyfish – Malcolm Nimmo – In Support of The Wildlife Trusts

See all the images from the 2017 British Photography Awards and find out how to enter in 2018 at:


WIN a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!!!



For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Liquid Sports to give away a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!

This torch delivers 1200 lumens of light powered by an ion rechargeable battery. There are 4 levels of brightness with burn times between 2-20 hours. Battery charge level is indicated via coloured lights around the on/off button. The beam angle is 10°. The anodised aluminium alloy housing sealed by double ‘O’ rings with a max operating depth of 100m. SRP £125.00 which includes torch, charging cradle and battery.

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on (which you can read here), we reported via the Marine Conservation Society that the UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has now become law. The Fisheries Act is the first legislation of its kind in nearly how many years?

Is it:

  • A) 60
  • B) 50
  • C) 40

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Liquid Sports Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch November 2020

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Gear News

Northern Diver Christmas Sale starts TODAY!



This year Northern Diver’s Christmas offers are starting on Black Friday and running until midnight on New Year’s Eve! 

There are some great deals to be had across the site – – from discounted Drysuits and Coltri compressors to 15% off their entire Lighting Section!

And if you can’t find the perfect present for the diver in your life, they have a choice of Gift Cards on offer. They are even giving you £25 extra when you purchase a £100 voucher!

The offers don’t stop there – there is FREE shipping on all orders over £100 and even a FREE gift with every online purchase.

Every purchase will get you entered into a great prize draw to win one of their new Electracore 3.0mm Rechargeable Heated Vests!

And should you find that you need to return any of your purchases, Northern Diver understand that Christmas may be a little different for everyone this year and you may not get to see every one over Christmas, so they have extended their Returns Period to the end of January 2021. (Valid for purchases made from Black Friday to end of December 2020).

Some unmissable offers to look out for are the Varilux Zoom, part of the Varilux Black & Gold Range, with its variable beam width; and Northern Diver’s 4mm compressed Neoprene Drysuit, the Voyager, which is on offer for an incredible £475!

For more information visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.

Photo credit: Joe Duffy

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