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NUPG 2016 Splash-In Results

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Splash-In Competition

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The Northern Underwater Photography Group held their annual splash-in competition on Saturday 16th July. The rules of this single day underwater photography competition mean that divers have to take their photos in the seas off North Wales on the day and then hand in images to be judged by the group on the same evening. Post dive editing of the images is limited to the very minimum, so that it is all about what you do in the water.

As with previous years, the visibility and conditions were not ideal and gave the underwater photographers some real challenges, be it particles in the water, or simply the ability to hold still in the surge to take a shot! Divers entering the competition dived at Trefor Pier, McKenzies Pier and Bull Bay and then raced back to the Belle Vue Hotel in Bangor to hand in their images. Members were also invited to enter prints into a competition on the night, so that those more inclined to dive in warm clear waters could join in too!

After a refreshing beer, it was time to gather in the images and then project each category for judging by everyone that came along. Each category, along with the overall prize, was sponsored by a host of diving, travel and underwater photography companies, and the winners took away a glass trophy to keep. The winners of the 4 splash-in categories were entered into a vote-off to see who would be crowned the overall winner, who also gets a fabulous trophy to keep for the year.

Here are the results:

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Compact Macro sponsored by DiveLife – Sue Spencer

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Compact Wide Angle sponsored by Frogsborn Diving – Nick Robertson-Brown

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System Macro sponsored by Nauticam UK – Paul Ansell

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System Wide Angle sponsored by Scubaverse – Phil Medcalf

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Overall Winner sponsored by DiveQuest – Paul Ansell

Print Competition

Overseas Macro sponsored by INON UK – Anne Medcalf

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Overseas Wide Angle sponsored by Apeks – Nick Robertson-Brown

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UK Macro sponsored by Mares – John Spencer

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UK Wide Angle sponsored by Frogfish Photography – Alex Tasker

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The NUPG would like to thank the sponsors for their support once again this year. It is wonderful to have the backing of such a great bunch of companies, many of whom have been sponsors for years now. It would also like to thank all those that came along to take part in the event. It is great to get out and dive together, as well as meeting up for the social aspect at the end of the day. We are looking forward to next year already!

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 www.frogfishphotography.com

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Introducing the all-new PADI Dive Guides: connecting divers worldwide with local expertise

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The new PADI Dive Guides™ make it easier than ever for divers to discover, explore and plan their next adventure by providing the tools needed to research and book dive experiences or training anywhere in the world. PADI Dive Guides are the go-to resource whether planning a local dive or seeking inspiration and information about far-off destinations.

“Dive destination information has been integral to padi.com for years,” says Lisa Nicklin, Vice President of Consumer Marketing for PADI Worldwide. “This next evolution provides more detailed guides that will continue to grow in global coverage and bring unprecedented value to PADI Members and divers alike. Leveraging new system capabilities, the guides combine PADI’s global expertise with the immense local knowledge of PADI Members around the world. PADI Dive Guides enable divers to plan and book adventures near home or wherever their future travels may take them – all through one convenient platform.” 

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Now available at padi.com/exploration, the collection of thousands of guides offers marine life calendars, seasonal weather data and travel information. Users can learn about dive opportunities by continent and country, or drill down to specific dive destinations and dive sites. They will find a mosaic of dive sites to explore in each location with insight provided by local experts, as well as dive site reviews from fellow explorers. Users can easily contact PADI operators and book dives, snorkel excursions, holidays and courses through the integrated PADI Adventures™ platform.

Start exploring and planning your next adventure at padi.com/exploration.

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Why Every Diver Should Be A Rescue Diver (Watch Video)

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Why Every Diver Should Be A Rescue Diver! I’ve got three reasons why every diver should take a Rescue Diver course. The world would be a better place!

Rescue Diver is mine – and a lot of my Instructor buddies’ – favorite course to teach. A well-run Rescue Diver course should be heavily practical and feature realistic scenarios. It expands your vision to include situational awareness and give you the knowledge and skills to react should an accident occur.

Think resuscitation is hard on land? Wait until you’re given rescue breaths in water whilst towing the victim! It’s a fantastic confidence booster, especially for divers who are more naturally anxious or nervous.

Thanks for watching! D.S.D.O James


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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.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email john@thescubaplace.co.uk

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