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Underwater Photography News from DIVE 2016, Part 2: Nauticam

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nauticam2Nauticam are part of the furniture at the Birmingham Dive Show these days and you can be sure to find their stand in the Photozone, next door to BSoUP. You can also be sure that you are going to have to wait in a crowd three-deep as people lust after the Nauticam underwater housings and all the accessories that Alex and Kat from Underwater Visions have to offer. Martin Edge was also to be found at the Nauticam stand, promoting his courses and books. Respected photographers Pash Baker and Rob White were also around to help so there was plenty for the visiting underwater photographer to get excited about.

New from Nauticam for this year’s show were housings for the Canon 5D MKIV and the Panasonic GX85. These new housings have had a make-over with new and typically good-looking styling that also makes these new housings even sleeker, and they have a new smaller vacuum testing system. Nauticam are always bringing out new & innovative products, and the Compact Macro Converter II was proving to be a particularly popular accessory with those that like their critter photography.

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Aside from all the lovely Nauticam gear, there were plenty of other products to see on the stand; the Zen Tripod Base, in particular, caught our eye. It has been designed to work with housings large and small, and will provide a stable platform on which to leave you camera for remote or slow-shutter shooting. Alex also showed us the 10 Bar Laser Snoot which has a red LED to guide you on snoot positioning (something I could do with!). The LED turns off when your strobes fire, so it doesn’t ruin the image. These are available for INON strobes and also the Sea & Sea YS-D1/D2. Another snoot accessory was the FIT Multi-Snoot which fits on the end of existing FIT video lights and offers varying sized snoot options by turning the head of this accessory; an inexpensive bit of fun for macro photography.

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The final bit of kit we looked at was the FIT Strobe Dome which works on selected INON and Sea&Sea strobes. A clear, air-filled, acrylic dome that will increase your light spread, and also give you a softer light across your image. As you can see, there was a huge amount to look at on the Nauticam stand and we hope to get some of these products underwater in the near future for review.

When he was not busy on his stand, Alex also spoke on the Centre Stage, giving a talk titled “No More Fiddlesticks”. We will cover all the talks from the Photozone in a separate article later this week. The final word from Alex was that he “really enjoyed seeing lots of happy returning customers”.

For more information, visit www.nauticam.co.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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Stories behind the winning images by Nur Tucker – January NUPG meeting (watch video)

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The January 2022 NUPG meeting saw Nur Tucker take to the virtual stage. Nur has seen huge success with her underwater photography in recent years, winning several high profile competitions. In this talk she was hugely generous to share just how she got the shots. Nur shared what drives her, her dedication to practicing techniques wherever she can, and some of the innovative ideas she has come up with to create images that stand out from the crowd. You can see more of her work here.

The monthly NUPG competition theme in January was “The End of the Dive” and the winner was John Spencer with this split-shot of a diver getting back onto the boat after a dive in the Menaii Strait.

The next meeting is on Monday the 21st February and sees Scubaverse photo-journalist, Sean Chinn, talk about the images he has taken during the pandemic.

For more information about the Northern Underwater Photography Group visit their website by clicking here.

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World Shootout 2021 Winners to be named online

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Photographers from 54 countries, thousands of submissions and five finalists from each category who reached the final. Who is going to win in one of the 12 categories and who will win the picture of the year?

The award ceremony will take place on Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UnderwaterPhotoCompetitions

Saturday, January 29 2022

Screening time: London – 6.30 pm


Gallery of Best Picture Nominees

This year, like last year due to coronavirus and closures, the organisers have deviated from the strict procedures that must be submitted for photographs from the past year and allowed photographers to submit photographs from the archive.

WORLD SHOOTOUT is a global competition, in which amateur and professional photographers submit photos in 12 categories. The international judging panel selects 10 photos from all the submissions and Mr. Petros Michelidakis the director of the world’s largest water sports exhibition, boot Dusseldorf, will choose the picture of the year and announce it on January 29, at the award ceremony.

It all started 16 years ago in Eilat. The Eilat competition grew and became the leading event in the world of underwater photography, with candidates coming from all over the world. According to producer David Pilosof, so far over $1 million in prizes, including $ 267,000 in cash prizes, the competition is now branded as number one and has been dubbed the ‘Underwater Photography Olympics’.

For more visit www.worldshootout.org

Header Image: Tobias Friedrich

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