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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 Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

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Mares & SSI launch new promotion

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SSI expands financial support to SSI Members worldwide. 

2020 has been an unusual and challenging year for the entire world, especially the diving and travel industry!  To weather the crisis, SSI immediately jumped into action to help Training Centers and Professionals around the world.  

In response to COVID-19, SSI launched the No Water, No Problem Campaign, put Final Exams online, and held hundreds of Webinars to train Professionals on how to use distance learning to teach the dry Specialties online. The FREE SCIENCE OF DIVING promotion resulted in SSI Training Centers worldwide register over 50,000 FREE DIGITAL KITS, funding more than $3.5 MILLION IN RETAIL VALUE. Additionally, SSI introduced an aggressive DOUBLE PRO REWARDS incentive to help SSI Professionals compensate 2020 Renewal Fees and reduce those for 2021. Currently, the WE WANT YOU Crossover promotion aims to fill the industry need for instructors and strengthen the entire SSI Professional community.

Now, in conjunction with Mares, SSI is launching the GO DIVING – PROTECT YOURSELF. OWN EQUIPMENT Promotion, which includes a FREE SSI EQUIPMENT TECHNIQUES DIGITAL KIT. This new campaign strives to motivate divers worldwide to go diving and buy equipment. Look for more information on this next retail support campaign within the next few days.

“These are just a few examples of how we have supported and are continuing to support our Training Centers, Professionals, and divers worldwide. To provide even more economic security and help in business recovery, WE WILL NOT INCREASE PRICES FOR 2021. While travel was restricted and some key resort areas completely locked down, SSI mainly focused on supporting domestic markets with retail-driven incentives. Now, in this next re-opening phase, we need to shift gear and assist resort markets that have no local diving community and are 100% dependent on the traveling diver. Therefore, SSI will grant certain special conditions and delayed payment options to specific resort markets which have been locked down for longer than six months or suffered from closed borders,” stated Guido Waetzig, SSI CEO.

Guido Waetzig, SSI CEO, explains further, “To financially support these needed investments which directly benefit SSI Members and to protect the health of our valuable members and staff, we will forego all 2021 Trade Shows over the next 12 months. Despite international uncertainty, every time we experience one of these events, the entire SSI Network emerges stronger and more resilient. Be assured, SSI is your trustful partner within the Diving Industry!”

For more information about SSI visit their website by clicking here.

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Photo Gallery: Shark Diving in The Bahamas

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In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they look at Shark Diving in The Bahamas.


The Bahamas offers some of the very finest shark diving experiences in the world. The islands have protected sharks in their waters creating one of the first Shark Sanctuaries in the world. Several species of shark can be seen and photographed, with each island offering a different type of shark diving, making this destination the perfect place for a multi-island, multi-shark trip of a lifetime.

Great Hammerhead Shark diving in Bimini

Bull Sharks in Bimini

Tiger Shark off Grand Bahama

Oceanic Whitetip Shark off Cat Island

Nurse Shark off Abaco

Caribbean Reef Sharks off New Providence

Lemon Sharks off Grand Bahama

For more images from The Bahamas and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.

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