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NUPG Splash-In results announced

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On Saturday 4th August 2018 the Northern Underwater Photography Group held their annual “Splash-In” underwater photography competition in North Wales. Underwater photographers were invited to take pictures on the day which could be entered into two primary categories. The photos were then displayed at that evening’s meeting and voted on by those present. So competitors not only had to take photos on the day they also had to get their SD cards back to the Belle Vue Hotel in Bangor, quite a challenge and great fun.

Wide Angle Winner by Glynn Philips

Some competitors had chosen to hire a boat for the day whilst others opted for shore dives. Underwater visibility varied from great to non-existent depending on dive sites chosen!

Newcomer Winner by Glynn Philips

It was nice to see that the entries were dominated by newcomers to NUPG competitions with Glynn Phillips winning the Wide Angle category with his photograph of a backlit jellyfish and also the Newcomer category with his close-up shot of a skeleton shrimp. However Yo-Han Cha’s feeding nudibranch won the Close-Up category and was voted the overall winner. Congratulations to all.

Close Up and Overall Winner by Yo-Han Cha

The NUPG would like to thank all those that entered the competition, and our kind sponsors, who have provided the winners’ trophies:


If you are interested in joining us then please feel free to come to one of our monthly meetings which are held on the 2nd Monday of each month. For more details please visit our website at www.nupg.org.uk

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 www.frogfishphotography.com

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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)

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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.


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NUPG Lockdown Best of…

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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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