The 23rd & 24th April 2016 marked the inaugural Northern Underwater Photography Group Print Competition in association with The Great Northern Dive Show. Underwater photographers were asked to enter print images into 4 categories which were then mounted and displayed at the event for the general public to vote on.
Over 400 people voted in the competition over 2 days, and it was a tough job for all those that perused the display. Some fantastic images were on show, and the voting in some categories was very tight. Images from around the UK caught the eye, with shots from all around our amazing coastline and our fresh water sites. Alongside these, images from around the world – from Australia to the Caribbean – showed off the amazing marine life, wrecks and caverns that divers get to experience.
British & Irish Macro
Winner: Mark Thomas with his Mauve Stinger Jellyfish from Connemara
Runner-Up: Mark Thomas again with a Shanny portrait
Highly Commended: Yo-Han Cha with a Squat Lobster shot from Loch Sunart in Scotland
British & Irish Wide Angle
Winner: Yo-Han Cha with a Grey Seal portrait from the Farne Islands
Runner-Up: Kirsty Andrews with a shot of Blue Sharks from Cornwall
Highly Commended: Kirsty Andrews with a shot of a Fireworks anemone and crab from Loch Goil
Winner: Caroline Robertson-Brown with a shot of a Leafy Seadragon from South Australia
Runner-Up: Jason Melton with Pigmy Seahorses from Anilao in the Philippines
Highly Commended: Justin Beevor with a Spiny Blenny from Bonaire
Overseas Wide Angle
Winner: Nick Robertson-Brown with a shot of an Eagle Ray from Grand Cayman
Runner-Up: Elaine White with a shot of a diver and a snorkeler in Dos Ojos cenote in Mexico
Highly Commended: Marcia Melton with a shot of fighting Moray Eels from Anilao in the Philippines
The NUPG will be sponsoring the prize for each winner, which will be a shark sponsorship pack from The Shark Trust. Rather than material prizes, the NUPG thought it would be better to show our support for marine conservation with these prizes. The winners have selected to sponsor Basking Sharks and the No Limits Sharks (2 for each).
The competition was a huge success and we look forward to working with The Great Northern Dive Show again next year. The NUPG would like to thank all those that entered the competition, voted at the show and assisted us with all the preparation and running of the competition. Well done to all those that were placed.