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Lundy Splash-In to be run on Facebook this year




The famous Lundy underwater photography splash-in competition is to be run as an online competition this year. Instead of a single day where a handful of divers have competed in the waters surrounding this amazing marine reserve, this year, underwater photographers will be able to enter images taken in these waters. This should increase the number of divers competing in the competition and also promote the island better.

Lundy splash-in 2016 Competition


  • Mega to Macro: close-up images of marine species
  • Spirit of the Marine Protected Area: portraying the Marine Protected Area and its spectacular underwater scenery, these may include shots with divers in the frame.
  • Marine Abstract: be as imaginative as possible!
  • Simply marine: images in their original, natural form


  1. All shots must be taken within Lundy’s Marine Protected Area and must not have been entered into a previous Lundy Splash In. Both underwater and surface shots are acceptable (but remember, the protected area only extends up to high water mark, so all images must be below high water mark)
  2. All photos must have been taken by the person entering them into the competition.
  3. Entries are to be posted into the ‘Lundy Splash In! photography competition 2016’ group either by the entrant or by the organisers on their behalf. For those without a Facebook account please send your images on a disk or usb stick to Warden, Lundy Island, Bideford EX39 2LY. Please do not email them to the Warden due to the limited broadband width on the island.
  4. The organisers reserve the right to disallow images they believe that they have been overmanipulated. Entries into the Mega to Macro, Marine Abstract and Spirit of the MPA categories can be adjusted in the following ways:
  • Limited removal of backscatter – this does not include changing the background or removing elements of the original image
  • Minor adjustments to contrast, brightness, saturation, tone, colour balance and temperature.

Please remember that this is a photography competition and whilst some minor manipulation is permitted, this is not a substitute for good photography.

Images for all categories including the ‘Simply marine’ category can be:

  • Rotated
  • Cropped slightly
  • Colour, black & white or sepia
  1. The judging panel will review all images once all competitors have submitted their images and their decision is final. The popularity of images on the Facebook page will be taken into consideration.
  2. Whilst entry into the competition is free, donations to The Lundy Fund are always welcome.

sealsA winner from each category will be chosen to go forward to be named the overall winner, who will receive a goody bag of prizes from our sponsors.

Splash In 2016/Competition Rules: In entering Splash-In the entrant accepts that their pictures may be used by The Lundy Company, The Landmark Trust or Natural England in publicity relating to the event and other activities royalty free (although the copyright will remain with the photographer). Winning pictures may be published in dive magazines, on relevant websites and in the Lundy calendar. The organisers would like to thank all sponsors for their kind donations. Please abide by Lundy’s Codes of Conduct and the Underwater Photographers Code of Conduct. Respect, Protect and ENJOY!



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


Book Release: Diving the Thistlegorm – The Ultimate Guide to a World War II Shipwreck



Diving the Thistlegorm is a unique in-depth look at one of the world’s best-loved shipwrecks. In this highly visual guide, cutting edge photographic methods enable views of the wreck and its fascinating cargo which were previously impossible.

This book is the culmination of decades of experience, archaeological and photographic expertise, many hours underwater, months of computer processing time, and days spent researching and verifying the history of the ship and its cargo. For the first time, Diving the Thistlegorm brings the rich and complex contents of the wreck together, identifying individual items and illustrating where they can be found. As the expert team behind the underwater photography, reconstructions and explanations take you through the wreck in incredible detail, you will discover not only what has been learned but also what mysteries are still to be solved.

Find out more about:

  • One of the world’s greatest dives.
  • Incredible ‘photogrammetry’ shows the wreck and cargo in a whole new light.
  • Meticulous detail presented in a readable style by experts in their respective fields.

About the authors:

Simon Brown is an underwater photographer and photogrammetry/3D expert who has documented underwater subjects for a wide range of clients including Historic England, Wessex Archaeology and television companies such as National Geographic Channel and Discovery Canada. Jon Henderson is Reader in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh where he is the Director of the Underwater Archaeology Research Centre. With specific research interests in submerged prehistoric settlements and developing underwater survey techniques, he has directed underwater projects in the UK, Poland, Greece, Italy, Egypt, Jamaica and Malaysia. Alex Mustard is a former marine biologist and award-winning underwater photographer. In 2018 he was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for “Services to underwater photography”. Mike Postons pioneered the use of digital 3D modelling to visualise shipwrecks, as well as the processes of reconstructing original ships from historic plans. He has worked with a number of organisations including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Historic England and the Nautical Archaeological Society.

About the book:

  • Release date 25 November 2020
  • Limited run of Hardbacks
  • RRP £35
  • ISBN 978-1-909455-37-5
  • 240 photo-packed pages
  • 240 x 160 mm

Available to pre-order now from, Amazon, online, and from retailers.

Check back on for a review of the book coming soon!

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Deptherapy’s Dr Richard Cullen becomes a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society



Dr Richard Cullen, Chairman of Scuba Diving Rehabilitation Charity Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education, has been recognised as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society is a prestigious Fellowship that is open to those who demonstrate a sufficient involvement in geography or an allied subject through publications, research or professional experience.

Paul Rose, Deptherapy’s Vice Chair, and a world renowned explorer, author, broadcaster, who is a former Vice Chair of the RGS said: 

“This is a huge achievement by Richard. His Fellowship is richly deserved, and a direct result of his steadfast commitment to preserving our oceans through Deptherapy’s very powerful ‘Protecting Our Oceans’ Programme.  I know the top team at the RGS are looking forward to welcoming Richard into the Society.”

The RGS was founded in 1830 to advance geographical research, education, fieldwork and expeditions, as well as by advocating on behalf of the discipline and promoting geography to public audiences.

Paul Toomer, President of RAID, said:

“I have been close friends with Richard for many years and his passion for our seas, even at 70 years of age, is undiminished.  Deptherapy are the world leaders in adaptive scuba diving teaching and are our much valued partners.  Taking UK Armed Forces Veterans who have suffered life changing mental and/or physical challenges and engaging them in major marine biology expeditions, is to most of us beyond the realms of possibility.  The skills these guys have to develop is just awesome.  This is a great honour for Richard, a great honour for Deptherapy, and also for us as their partners.  The diving world must come together to celebrate and acknowledge Richard’s achievement.”

Richard joins some distinguished Fellows of the RGS.  Former Fellows include Ernest Shackleton and many other notable explorers and geographers.

Richard said:

“I am both honoured and humbled to become a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. When I was invited to apply for a Fellowship, I was, which is very unusual for me, lost for words.  I hope it will allow me to take our message of Protecting Our Oceans to a larger audience and to further develop our programmes.  The Fellowship is a recognition of the charity’s work to raise awareness of the plight of our oceans.  The credit belongs to a group of individuals who have overcome massive challenges to let alone qualify as divers but now to progress to marine biology expedition diving”.

For more information about the work of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education visit

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