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NUPG announce winners of 2018 print competition



The third NUPG open print competition proved a great success at The Great Northern Dive Show 2018. The stand was really busy throughout the two days of the show with many of the visitors stopping to admire the 56 entries in the competition.

Overall Winner: The Car Wash Cenote, Tulum, Mexico by Elaine White

The overall winner and runner-up were chosen by a judging panel consisting of our prize sponsors, Gary from Fleet Dive and Clare from Dutton Divers with expert guidance from Ellen Culyaerts, a freelance professional underwater and wildlife photographer who currently lives and works on Grand Cayman but was visiting the show to give a talk and kindly agreed to assist with the judging.

This beautiful image of Lilies with trees above taken in The Car Wash Cenote, Tulum, Mexico was chosen as the Overall Winner and the photographer was Elaine White The more you look at this image the more you see; she has used Snell’s window to great effect, the reflections and colours of the lilies, water and trees are mesmerising. Elaine won a dive package donated by Fleet Dive based in Costa Brava, Spain. Elaine also topped the British & Irish Macro category with her portrait of a shrimp.

British & Irish Wide Angle Winner: Seal in Sunbeams by Kirsty Andrews

This great image of a seal in the sunbeams taken by Kirsty Andrews was chosen as the overall runner-up and the British and Irish winner. Again the light and sunbeams add to the overall composition. Kirsty also won the British and Irish Wide Angle Category with this photo. Kirsty wins a Full Face Mask Try Dive at Vivian Quarry donated by Dutton Divers, so hopefully she can take advantage of this when she next comes diving around the coast of North Wales.

The public also had their chance to vote for their favourites and in all we received 2928 votes from 366 people that visited the show. The overall standard of the competition was high with a large spread of votes for all the images. There was not one image that did not receive a vote from someone although there were some firm favourites.

The results are as follows. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up. All category winners receive a Shark Trust Adoption Certificate.

Overseas Wide Angle Winner: Red Cenote Car Wash by Tom. St George

Again Cenote Car Wash Tulum Mexico featured with Tom St. George from Mexico winning the Overseas Wide Angle category with this unusual Red Cenote, apparently the waters can sometimes turn this unusual colour after heavy rains. He took this shot with a mirrorless Olympus OMD-EM1 camera using an Olympus Pro Lens 7-14mm.

Overseas Close Up Winner: Seahorse by Caroline Robertson-Brown

Caroline Robertson-Brown won the Overseas Macro with this lovely shot of a seahorse showing how these sensitive creatures blend in with their surrounding environment.

British & Irish Macro – 1st Elaine White – Shrimp, 2nd Yo-Han Cha  – Tompot Blenny, 3rd John Spencer – Sea Loch Anemone.

British and Irish Wide Angle – 1st Kirsty Andrews – Seal in Sunbeams, 2nd Will Clark – Feeding Basking Shark, 3rd Mark Thomas – Grey Seal, Farnes Islands.

Overseas Macro – 1st Caroline Robertson-Brown – Seahorse, 2nd Justin Beevor – Mantis Shrimp with eggs, Equal 3rd Amanda Gartmore – Clam mantle Equal 3rd  John Spencer – Lionfish.

Overseas Wide Angle – 1st Tom St. George –  Red Cenote Car Wash, Tulum Mexico, 2nd Elaine White – Lilies in Cenote Car Wash, 3rd Nick Robertson-Brown – Tiger Beach.

All the winners and runners-up images can be viewed in the NUPG 2018 Print Competition Gallery on the NUPG website.

NUPG members from the group were on hand to encourage people to vote, and also spend time discussing underwater photography and the work of the group with visitors. Maggie said: “Lots of interest was shown in our group and we hope to have gained some new members.

British & Irish Close-Up Winner: Shrimp by Elaine White

NUPG Monthly meetings are currently held at 8pm on the 2nd Monday of every month. Those wanting to join in earlier for a curry are welcome from around 6:15pm at The Ghurka Grill, Burton Road, Manchester.

Below is a taster of events currently planned over the next two months:

  • 12th March – Speaker – Alex Tattersall – “Confessions of an ex (critter) fiddler” – Competition Theme – Schooling
  • 9th April – Speaker – Josef Litt – “Galapagos” – Competition – Fish Faces
  • 28th April – Capernwray Dive Day

For more information about the Northern Underwater Photography Group please email or use the Contact Form or send a message on the NUPG Facebook group.

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


WIN a Beuchat Air Light Bag!!!



beuchat-logo-1-300x58.jpgFor this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Beuchat to give away an Air Light Bag!

The Air Light Bag from Beuchat is a practical travel bag that takes up minimum storage space.

  • Material: 600 denier and 1,000 denier nylon/PVC
  • Soft roller bag, easily stored in its mesh bag
  • Internal retaining straps
  • Zip fastener with eyelets for padlocks
  • Side compartment for fins
  • Outer document pocket with coated zip and carry strap
  • Backpack style straps concealed behind the foam back-plate
  • Drainage vents
  • Red over-moulded wheels; detachable wheel block

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on (which you can read here), we reported that Mexico is to host the first annual Cancun International Boat Show and Marine Expo this year. But when is the event due to take place?

Is it:

  • A) 9th – 11th July
  • B) 16th – 18th July
  • C) 23rd – 25th July

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Beuchat Air Light Bag February 2021

  • Enter the country you live in
  • Terms and Conditions: This competition is open to all visitors to except for members of the Scubaverse team and their families, or employees of Beuchat and their families or employees of Suunto Diving UK and their families. A valid answer to the competition’s question must be entered. If no valid answer to the competition’s question is entered, your entry will be invalid. Only one competition entry per entrant permitted (multiple entries will lead to disqualification). Only one prize per winner. All prizes are non-transferable, and no cash alternative will be offered. In the event that the prize cannot be supplied, no liability will be attached to When prizes are supplied by third parties, is acting as their agents and as such we exclude all liability for loss or damage you may suffer as a result of this competition. This competition closes on 07/04/21. The winner will be notified by email. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

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Jeff chats to… Jill Heinerth – underwater explorer, author and presenter (Watch Video)



In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Jill Heinerth.

Jill is one of the world’s premier underwater explorers, and the first person to dive inside iceberg caves. According to filmmaker James Cameron, “More people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the places Jill Heinerth has gone right here on earth.”

An acclaimed polar explorer, cave diver, author, speaker, filmmaker, and climate advocate, Jill is the first Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. She is the inaugural recipient of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration and Canada’s Polar Medal.

Jill leads expeditions into extreme environments to advance scientific and geographic knowledge. Her projects have been broadcast on the CBC, BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, and television networks worldwide. Jill was announced as the recipient of the William Beebe Award from the Explorer’s Club and was inducted into the International Scuba Divers Hall of Fame in fall 2020.

Her bestselling book INTO THE PLANET – My Life as a Cave Diver  has drawn acclaim from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and O Magazine. Heinerth details her journey into the extreme world of underwater cave exploration, where she has had to overcome fear in order to go where no one has gone before.

Find out more about Jill and her work at:

Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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