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Northern Underwater Photography Group
Where is your club based?
Our members are from across the North of England and Wales. Our monthly meetings are in Manchester.
Club affiliations (i.e. BSAC, PADI, SAA, etc.)
None, we have divers from all agencies and all levels; the passion we share is for underwater photography, be it photos taken in the sea, in a rockpool or a quarry.
Where and when do you meet?
Above the Gurkha Grill, on the second Monday of every month. Click here for location.
How do you respond to the challenge of recruiting new members?
We have a specific section for compact cameras in our monthly competitions. We organise underwater photography print competitions and our splash-in event which are “Open to All”. This year we are planning to do a couple of come and meet us dives, one in a quarry and one coastal. We welcome all divers, both those that like diving in UK waters and those that prefer warmer climates.
Our speakers and topics are chosen so that they will interest both new and current members. Our website is updated with various information regarding our upcoming meetings, competitions, meeting reports and other information. When we have a particular “famous” speaker we try and advertise this as widely as possible via the diving community using Facebook as our main contact point.
Our main way of recruiting members is through word of mouth via the northern based diving community but our greatest resource is our members’ knowledge and experience coupled with their willingness to share that with those who would like to learn! We have a private meeting room above The Gurkha Grill for our meetings and our own projector and screen.
What sort of diving do you do, and where?
Being an underwater photography club, we all like to dive to take photos, however it’s varied as we have divers who like to photograph in deep or shallow water, as well as photographing rust and/or squidge! Whatever diving you’re in to, you’re bound to find someone in the NUPG that is interested in doing the same.
Do you organise any club trips abroad, and if so, where?
We haven’t as yet organised a trip abroad although we may do in the future. As we are an underwater photography club based in the UK we also love to showcase what the UK has to offer! We do have members that have lots of experience in diving abroad and know lots of dive locations that are perfect for underwater photography.
Does your club have any special interests such as conservation, special projects, etc?
We love to support marine conservation charities in any way we can. We sponsor shark trust adoption certificates as our prizes for some competitions. Many of our members try and raise the awareness of over fishing, exploitation of our oceans and the menace of plastics in the environment.
Does your club have any claims to fame or any particularly interesting stories… or members?
We’re always proud to see our members doing well in various underwater photography competitions like the British and Irish Underwater Photography Competition, as well as local competitions like the St Abbs and Eyemouth Splash In. We often get well known speakers from the underwater photography diving community for our monthly talks.
What are the club’s plans for the future?
To try and reach out to more beginners. We never want people to think that they’re not good enough to join. The club is open to underwater photographers of all abilities, especially beginners! We may try and organise a photo diving trip in the future and we are looking at ways to update and increase the information available via our website.
Where can people find out more about your club?
Our website: www.nupg.org.uk/
Our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/northernunderwaterphotographygroup/
Finally… if you could sum up your club in just one sentence, what would it be?
We love taking underwater photographs… If you are interested in underwater photography, you will be made welcome!