The Northern Underwater Photography Group held their Best of 2019 competition this month. This event is one of the highlights of the year for members who can enter images into four categories: British & Irish Close Up, British & Irish Wide Angle, Overseas Close Up and Overseas Wide Angle. There is also a prize for the best image using a compact camera and a trophy for the overall winner. This year, Yo-Han Cha was selected to be the guest judge.
Yo-Han said he had real trouble selecting the winners from a great showing of images in all the categories, although he said that the Overseas Macro was the toughest of all. It must have been a little strange for him to judge a competition that he has been competing in for many years, but he did a great job of talking through all his favourite images, and handing out 4 or 5 awards in each category.
Here are the results
British & Irish Close Up
British & Irish Wide Angle
Overseas Close Up
Overseas Wide Angle
After Yo-Han had selected his favourite from each category it was up to the audience on the night to select their overall winner and crown the Best of 2019 champion. It was Nick’s shot of a shark swimming over wrecks in The Bahamas that took this overall honour.
Each category winner took away their choice of bottle of wine and Nick took home a rather super wooden whale trophy.
The NUPG have a really exciting programme for 2020. Please have a look at their website for details of upcoming speakers and meetings.