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Clidive Lecture Series sees Frogfish Photography come to town

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Frogfish Photography give talk on underwater photography to Clidive members and guests in London

Over two years ago we met up with Preeda from Clidive BSAC 410 at a dive show and got chatting about underwater photography. She kindly asked us to come down and do a talk to her club and we readily agreed. However, due to all our overseas travels, we never quite made the dates work and so it took us all this time to get it planned. We were delighted they had persevered and travelled down to London by train, looking forward to the evening ahead.

The Clidive Lecture Series take place at a charming bar called the Troy Bar, in the Shoreditch area of London. Whilst the members and guests ordered some of the Caribbean dishes this place is renowned for, we setup our presentation and camera gear. Soon the room was packed, with only standing room at the very back.

We kicked off with some basics of underwater photography, giving a few tips and techniques, including how to avoid backscatter. We then moved on to showing some of our images from the UK and around the world, telling tales of our underwater adventures and showing how our images are used in magazines and other publications.

We got carried away telling tales about some of our up close and personal marine life encounters and had to admit to our audience that we were over-running, shouts from the slightly oddly lit red room urged us to continue and so we happily over-ran our allotted time. When we did finally finish, we took lots of questions from the crowd and then stayed on for refreshments and to chat together about underwater photography equipment and our favourite dive destinations.

Preeda was kind enough to write about us “A fascinating, interesting and incredibly entertaining talk. The audience was gripped from the moment Nick and Caroline started talking. Nick and Caroline shared lots of secrets of how they took award winning shots, lighting and their camera setup. Their photos told a story but I found the stories behind the images far more fascinating. I did not want the talk to end...”

The evening saw people come from 7 different BSAC clubs, non-diving photographers and even family members attend. Profits from the talk will go to The Shark Trust which is Clidive’s nominated charity for this lecture series. Previous talks in this year’s series include Paul Cox from the Shark Trust and Richard Walker from Ghost FIshing. Head to the Clidive website to see what other great talks are coming up.

We love giving talks and offer a number of different lectures to school kids (as part of our work for Sharks4Kids and SeaStraw) as well as diving and photography clubs. For more information email us at info@frogfishphotography.com

For more information about Clidive please visit their website by clicking here.

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 supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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Get ready for a year of incredible underwater encounters in 2021

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Giants from the world of underwater photography have joined forces with Bite-Back Shark & Marine Conservation to create a unique and stunning 2021 calendar to raise funds for its campaigns to make Britain’s retailers shark free.

The line-up of award-winning contributors includes Alex Mustard, Amanda Cotton, Christian Vizl, David Doubilet, Doug Perrine, Ellen Cuylaerts, George Probst, Greg Lecouer, Jason Isley, Laura Storm, Shawn Heinrichs and Tanya Houppermans.

Each photographer has handpicked and donated a breathtaking image along with commentary that features month-by-month in the top class publication.

Campaign director at Bite-Back, Graham Buckingham, said: “This edition is packed with spectacular images to celebrate the marine environment in all its glory. Significantly every purchase of this calendar will directly fund our campaigns to end the trade and consumption of shark products in the UK.”

Alone, Bite-Back has made significant progress in limiting the sale of shark fin soup, shark meat and items containing shark, such as supplements, nationwide.

Graham added: “For the equivalent of £1 a month, we hope scuba divers and ocean lovers will enjoy admiring this rare and magnificent collection of images all year long.  And, of course, it makes a fabulous Christmas present too.”

The high quality A4 calendar is printed on recycled paper using vegetable-based inks by a climate neutral printer. It can be purchased at www.bite-back.com/shop for £12 (including free UK delivery) and shipped worldwide. Don’t miss out!

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Tobias Friedrich: Creative Lighting in Wrecks at the November NUPG meeting (Watch Video)

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The November NUPG meeting saw Tobias Friedrich take to the virtual stage. Tobias has won several prestigious underwater photography competitions with his stunning wreck images and he joined the Northern Underwater Photography Group to talk about general wreck photography, using panoramas and creative lighting in what was an engaging and enlightening presentation. You can see more of Tobias’ wonderful images on his Below-Surface website by clicking here.

As always, the NUPG members also had a chance to show off some of their images in the monthly competition. This month’s theme was “Natural Displays” and it saw a range of ideas and images from the group.

The winning shot of a displaying cuttlefish was taken by Nick Robertson-Brown

The runner-up was a shot of mating Mandarinfish by Caroline Robertson-Brown

There were three shots in the 3rd place position. An image of mating Peacock Flounder by Ken Byrne.

Maggie Russel’s shot of a turtle in the sunshine

and Nick Robertson-Brown’s image from the Moalboal Sardine Run in The Philippines

The next meeting will be held on Monday 14th December will feature part 2 of a talk from Simon Rogerson: Difficulties with Sharks.

For more information about the NUPG please visit the website by clicking here.

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