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NUPG announce Splash-In and Print Competitions



The Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG) have announced the dates for their annual Splash-In & Print Competitions.

To take part in the Splash-In competition, underwater photographers need to register now!


The 2019 annual NUPG splash-in will take place on Saturday 3rd August.

Images must have been taken in the sea around North Wales & entries should be submitted between 18:00 and 19:00 at the Belle Vue Hotel in Bangor (Belle Vue Hotel, Holyhead Road, Bangor, North Wales, LL57 2EU)

Voting will take place on 12th August at our monthly meeting.

Full rules can be found here: 

Winners of the Splash-In competition get trophies to keep and these have kindly been sponsored by: Scubaverse, Mares, Dive Safari Asia & Frogfish Photography.


You must register to enter the Splash-In before the event. You can do this by emailing The closing date for registration is 7pm on Friday 2nd August.
You will then be sent a registration form that you should photograph before taking any other photographs for the Splash-In.

Entry Fee

The entry fee will be £4 for NUPG members, £5 for non-members; this fee is payable when you submit your entries (cash only).


The categories this year will be:
– Wide Angle
– Close-Up
– Newcomer

Any images taken by a Newcomer will automatically be eligible for the Newcomer category. A Newcomer in this case is any non-professional photographer who has not won a prize for underwater photography, this includes NUPG Splash-in or Print Competitions but not the NUPG monthly competition.

Print Competition

The print competition is also running (with Shark Trust adoptions for the category winners) and, again, voting taking place on 12th August at our monthly meeting.

The closing date for postal entries is Wednesday 7th August, but entries can also be brought to the meeting itself on 12th August. If you are bringing entries to the meeting, please ensure you arrive early so the meeting can start at 8pm.

Rules can be found here:

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

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Jeff chats to… Rowen Hemsley-Harding, third place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-large, chats to Rowen Hemsley-Harding, third place winner of the See You at the Sea Festival Film Competition. The See you at the Sea Festival was an online film festival created by young people, for young people.

Rowan’s film – Ocean Art and Facts – can be seen here:

Fourth in a series of six videos about the competition. Watch the first video HERE with Jenn Sandiford – Youth Engagement Officer with the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust – to find out more about the Competition. Each day this week we will be sharing one video in which Jeff talks with the young contestants about their films and what inspired them.

For more information please visit:

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NUPG Lockdown Best of…



Usually the January NUPG meeting involves a guest judge coming to Manchester to talk through the very best images members had taken in the previous 12 months. However, this year, due to COVID19 restriction many of the members had not had the chance to dive. The NUPG committee decided to change the rules a little. So this year members judged a series of Best of the Century images online and were also invited to take part in a lockdown underwater bath tub category.

There were five categories for members to enter. Here are the winners of each…

British and Irish Close Up

Octopus in St Abbs Marine Reserve by Mike Clark

British and Irish Wide Angle

A Basking Shark off the coast of Cornwall by Nick Robertson-Brown

Overseas Close Up

A squid at night in the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia by Ken Byrne

Overseas Wide Angle

Hammerhead Sharks in the Red Sea by Justin Beevor

Under Bath Water

Lockdown fun in the tub by Caroline Robertson-Brown

The next NUPG meeting will be held on Monday 8th February and the guest speaker is John Bantin.

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

Header image: Lionfish hunting in the Red Sea by John Spencer

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