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NUPG May Meeting Report



The May meeting saw the NUPG hold their AGM and the first point of order was to thank the outgoing committee members for all their hard work over the past 12 months that saw new members joining the club, great talks and popular underwater photography events. The new committee was then voted in and saw some existing members change roles, some new members take up positions and some old members come back onto the committee of 7. So the NUPG would like to welcome: Al, Caroline, Mich, Nick, Roisin, Paul & Donovan.

With the AGM completed as swiftly as possible it was time to move onto the main event. This month was members Donovan Lewis and Roisin Maddison speak about their work at Blue Planet Aquarium. They spoke about their love of the sharks and other species that they have formed bonds with in the aquarium, with their jobs to feed them and ensure their well-being. Occasionally they also get to take in a camera and gets some shots to use to help change the public’s perspective of sharks.

It is a tricky place to take photos, as there is no natural light and images are not allowed to clearly identify any of the members of public on the other side of the glass! But the challenging conditions did not sop Donovan and Roisin showing us great images of Zebra Sharks, Sand Tiger Sharks, Southern Atlantic Stingrays, Pork Fish, Guitar Fish, Blacktip Reef Sharks, Bamboo Sharks, Goliath Grouper, MOray Eels and Sergeant Majors (and their eggs).

It was a fascinating talk about an area of underwater photography rarely discussed.

Image: Nick Robertson-Brown, 1st place, Shark Feed at Stuart Cove’s

The competition theme was “Action” and this saw a varied set of entries to select from. Nick Robertson-Brown took first place with a shot of a shark feed from a dive with Stuart Cove’s Dive Centre in The Bahamas.

Image: Caroline Robertson-Brown, 2nd place, Playing sea lions

Caroline Robertson-Brown took the runner-up spot with a shot of two young and playful Californian Sea Lions shot whilst snorkeling in La Jolla in Southern California. Roisin Maddison took 3rd place with a shot of an eel eating a scorpionfish.

The next NUPG meeting will be on Monday 10th June. This meeting will include a talk by Wendy Northway about Seasearch. The competition theme is “Spots”

For more information about the NUPG visit their website by clicking 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 Beuchat Air Light Bag!!!



For 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 the Philippines have been recognised as the World’s Leading Dive Destination at the 27th World Travel Awards. In the article it states how many islands make up the Philippines… how many are there?

Is there:

  • A) 7,209
  • B) 7,532
  • C) 7,641

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

Beuchat Air Light Bag December 2020

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Quick Scuba Tips #1: How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving (Watch Video)



How To Prep A New Mask for Scuba Diving. Can’t I just take my new mask diving straight out of the box? Well, actually, no. It needs a little work to make it dive ready.

In this, the first in our new scuba diving quick hints and tips series, I’m going to show you how to prepare a new mask for scuba diving with three quick techniques, all aimed at stopping your scuba mask from fogging.

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