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BIUPC 2018 Results Announced



On 1st September nearly 60 British and Irish divers took to the waters in and around the UK and Ireland to vie for the title British & Irish Underwater Photography Champion 2018.  Veteran UK photographer Trevor Rees took top honours and is the first person to win the coveted Peter Scoones trophy twice.  Trevor won both the wide-angle and close-up categories.  Best newcomer was William Coghill with a super image of an edible crab.

Best Newcomer William Coghill

Photographers submitted their photos from around the UK and Ireland in a tight 24 hour window that tested the planning and photography skills of competitors.  Images submitted this year ranged from macro shots of tiny critters on local reefs to blue sharks cruising in the open ocean.  Judges Susannah Snowden-Smith from the Cayman Islands and Damien McGuirk from Ireland were hugely impressed by the variety and quality of entries, which showcased the extraordinary range of photographic opportunities around the UK and Ireland.

Close-Up Winner Trevor Rees

BIUPC organiser Paul Colley said: “The competition goes from strength to strength.  We enjoy generous sponsorship from the UK dive industry and the competition is routinely attracting three times the number of competitors compared with the older traditional style splash-in.  The trick has been achieving greater inclusivity for the whole UK and Irish diving community by exploiting modern communications.”

Wide-Angle Winner Trevor Rees

Winner Trevor Rees was typically modest about his achievement, which was announced in a live internet broadcast during BSoUP’s September meeting.  He said: “I love the format of this competition and so enjoy taking part.”

Restricted Winner John Bennett

You can see the full list of winners and the judges’ comments by clicking here.  If you are interested in taking part next year, details will appear on the BIUPC web.

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit

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Take an immersive dive below the waves off the Welsh coast using 360 VR: Common Spider Crab (Watch Video)



A week-long series from Jake Davies…

Below the waves off the Welsh coast, there are a range of species and habitats that can be seen. However, you don’t have to venture too far from the shore to see them or don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. Using 360 videos provides an immersive feeling of being below the water and encountering many species and habitats from diving one of the most important habitats and species that aren’t often seen whilst diving. For more of an experience of being below the waves, the VR videos can be viewed using a VR headset.

Take a VR dive just off the shore and explore what can be found within the shallow waters of a sandy beach. Fish can be founding cruising amongst the seaweed and numerous crustacean (Crabs, lobster, prawns, shrimps) species can be found walking around the seafloor. Common Spider Crabs (Maja brachydactyla) are one of the largest crabs species found along the coast and during the early summer, they aggregate in large numbers to moult which allows them to grow.

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Join Me On My Commute To Scuba Diving Key Largo! (Watch Video)



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I thought you might enjoy taking the ride with me! Silly I know! But here’s 2 minutes of chill!



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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

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