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NUPG February 2019 Monthly Meeting Report



February saw the NUPG welcoming Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown of Frogfish Photography who entertained us with a presentation entitled “Telling Tales” which was all about the type of underwater images required by diving magazines, newspapers, online media and other organisations. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and specialises in photo journalism and is currently the Photo Editor of Scubaverse whilst Caroline has a MSc. in animal behaviour and is the Deputy Editor of Scubaverse so they should know what they are talking about.

The differences between single page double page spreads was discussed and how for an article in a magazine a great double page spread image is the photo that has to be thought of first. This image needs to tell the story of the article. As always the talk was illustrated with many examples of their work.

The discussion turned on to the importance of divers in a shot, especially for dive magazine front covers. Lots of front cover shots have been taken in portrait mode, so try to remember this underwater. Some dive magazines will only produce front covers that have photos of divers in them, even if it is only a silhouette. A diver can add scale and make a picture “pop”. When photographing divers for a magazine image it is good to either have the face lit or the diver to be a silhouette. Also try to avoid photos of divers with camera gear or ones that show a diver with loads of dangly bits that can make the image look untidy. It is also interesting to note that black and white images rarely make a great front cover shot.

Images that can tell a story as well as have a good headline are often favoured. They don’t have to be 100% perfect as wording and post photo editing can work wonders, however there is only a certain amount of backscatter allowed! At this point they emphasized the importance of strobe angles in underwater photography.

It is always good to prepare a “To do” list so that all the particular shots that are required are taken. Often above water pictures are needed and these can be very easy to forget. Many more hints and tips were supplied especially if you are hoping to write and illustrate your own article for a dive magazine. Again there were many great examples that they have had published in the diving press along with the tales of where and how they took the images.

The next part of the talk went onto discuss other media that is not dive orientated such as the general press, television and digital social media and how images can be sold to them. They used their iconic shot which launched the BT Paralympic World Cup in 2012 as an example. Following on from this they showed some of their images which have been the most published. Unsurprisingly seals and salt water crocodiles were some of the top billing shots as was the swimming pig!

After the presentation it was time for our monthly competition “Front Cover”. There were an impressive number of entries. We had asked Nick and Caroline to pick the winners. They went through every shot discussing what was good and bad about each one and how some could be improved and how it was difficult to pick a winner out of so many great photographs.

In the end there were 2 highly commended images. Elaine White with her shot of a seal in The Scillies and Maggie Russell and her shot of a diver over a large brain coral taken in The Banda Sea Indonesia. There were two joint runner-ups, Alex Tasker with his image of a diver on the “Mark Graf” and Paul Ansell with a lovely fish portrait shot taken off Bussletown jetty Australia. The overall winner was Elaine White and her great image of a diver in The Cenotes, Mexico.

Following on from this there also was the announcement of the winning compact shot “Best of 2018” The winning image was Jason Melton and a delightful shot of a blennie in its coral home.

Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to everyone who entered, there were some great images.

Our next meeting which is being held on the 2nd Monday of the month as usual, will be on the 11th March and Jason Gregory will be telling us how he planned and took his award winning image of a Sea Pen in a Scottish Loch. Further details of this talk and next month’s competition theme “Monochrome” as well as details of our splash-in and print competition in July 2019 will be found on our website shortly. Please come along and join us. Everyone welcome.

For more information about the NUPG please click here.

The Northern Underwater Photography Group (NUPG) is an organisation of like-minded people with an interest in taking images underwater. The group meets in Manchester but membership is drawn from around the North of England and further afield. Meetings are monthly and previous speakers have included Alex Mustard, Martin Edge, Alex Tattersall, and Scubaverse's own Nick & Caroline Robertson-Brown. Find out more at


WIN a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!!!



For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Liquid Sports to give away a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!

This torch delivers 1200 lumens of light powered by an ion rechargeable battery. There are 4 levels of brightness with burn times between 2-20 hours. Battery charge level is indicated via coloured lights around the on/off button. The beam angle is 10°. The anodised aluminium alloy housing sealed by double ‘O’ rings with a max operating depth of 100m. SRP £125.00 which includes torch, charging cradle and battery.

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 via the Marine Conservation Society that the UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has now become law. The Fisheries Act is the first legislation of its kind in nearly how many years?

Is it:

  • A) 60
  • B) 50
  • C) 40

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

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Northern Diver Christmas Sale starts TODAY!



This year Northern Diver’s Christmas offers are starting on Black Friday and running until midnight on New Year’s Eve! 

There are some great deals to be had across the site – – from discounted Drysuits and Coltri compressors to 15% off their entire Lighting Section!

And if you can’t find the perfect present for the diver in your life, they have a choice of Gift Cards on offer. They are even giving you £25 extra when you purchase a £100 voucher!

The offers don’t stop there – there is FREE shipping on all orders over £100 and even a FREE gift with every online purchase.

Every purchase will get you entered into a great prize draw to win one of their new Electracore 3.0mm Rechargeable Heated Vests!

And should you find that you need to return any of your purchases, Northern Diver understand that Christmas may be a little different for everyone this year and you may not get to see every one over Christmas, so they have extended their Returns Period to the end of January 2021. (Valid for purchases made from Black Friday to end of December 2020).

Some unmissable offers to look out for are the Varilux Zoom, part of the Varilux Black & Gold Range, with its variable beam width; and Northern Diver’s 4mm compressed Neoprene Drysuit, the Voyager, which is on offer for an incredible £475!

For more information visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.

Photo credit: Joe Duffy

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