NUPG / TGNDS Underwater Photography Print Competition Results

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Even Batman wanted to vote in the NUPG Underwater Photography Print Competition at the Great Northern Dive Show

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.

The Results

British & Irish Macro

Winner: Mark Thomas with his Mauve Stinger Jellyfish from Connemara

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Runner-Up: Mark Thomas again with a Shanny portrait

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Highly Commended: Yo-Han Cha with a Squat Lobster shot from Loch Sunart in Scotland

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British & Irish Wide Angle

Winner: Yo-Han Cha with a Grey Seal portrait from the Farne Islands

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Runner-Up: Kirsty Andrews with a shot of Blue Sharks from Cornwall

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Highly Commended: Kirsty Andrews with a shot of a Fireworks anemone and crab from Loch Goil

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Overseas Macro

Winner: Caroline Robertson-Brown with a shot of a Leafy Seadragon from South Australia

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Runner-Up: Jason Melton with Pigmy Seahorses from Anilao in the Philippines

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Highly Commended: Justin Beevor with a Spiny Blenny from Bonaire

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Overseas Wide Angle

Winner: Nick Robertson-Brown with a shot of an Eagle Ray from Grand Cayman

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Runner-Up: Elaine White with a shot of a diver and a snorkeler in Dos Ojos cenote in Mexico

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Highly Commended: Marcia Melton with a shot of fighting Moray Eels from Anilao in the Philippines

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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.

www.nupg.org.uk

www.thegreatnortherndiveshow.co.uk

www.sharktrust.org

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

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