NUPG announce 2019 splash-in and print competition winners


The August meeting of the Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG) saw members judging both the splash-in competition images and the annual print competition.


The Splash-In saw competitors head to North Wales, where they strived to get the best shots in the condition on the day. Most members headed for the old favourite site of Trefor Pier, and even though the pier no longer stands, the winning shots all came from this excellent dive site. The splash-in has 3 categories: Close Up, Wide-Angle and Newcomer and then an overall winner is selected from the 3 category winners. Each category has a sponsor and the winner gets to take away a trophy. The results are as follows:

Wide Angle

Sponsored by Mares

Winner: Alex Tasker

Close Up

Sponsored by Scubaverse

Winner: Caroline Robertson-Brown


Sponsored by Dive Safari Asia

Winner: Michelle Gillian

The winner of the overall trophy, sponsored by Frogfish Photography, was Caroline Robertson-Brown.

Print Competition

The NUPG print competition always has a great display of images from the UK and around the world. Members compete in four categories: UK Macro, UK Wide-Angle, Overseas Macro & Overseas Wide-Angle. This year saw a very unusual clean sweep by John Spencer – who now has to decide what to do with his four Shark Trust sponsorships! The voting was tight in each category. The winners and runners up are as follows:

UK Macro

Winner: John Spencer

Common Shrimp, Menai Bridge

Runners-Up – both by Yo-Han Cha

Tompot Blenny, Cornwall Runnelstone

Wolfish, Eyemouth

UK Wide-Angle

Winner: John Spencer

Grey Seal Pup, Farne Islands

Runner-Up: Nick Robertson-Brown

Diver in Plane, Capernwray

Runner-Up: Yo-Han Cha

Edible Crab on the Breda

Overseas Macro

Winner: John Spencer

Shrimp, Red Sea

Runner-Up: Caroline Robertson-Brown

Christmas Tree Worm, Dominica

Runner-Up: Glynn Phillips

Crocodile Fish, Red Sea

Overseas Wide-Angle

Winner: John Spencer

Bait Fish & Trevally, Red Sea

Runner-up: Caroline Robertson-Brown

Turtle Rain, Bahamas

Joint 3rd: Nick Robertson-Brown

Tiger Shark, Bahamas

Joint 3rd: Caroline Robertson-Brown

Shark Trio on Wreck, Bahamas

For more information about the NUPG please visit their website by clicking here.

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

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

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