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Underwater Photography News from DIVE 2016, Part 5: Ocean Leisure Cameras and Hugyfot



This year Ocean Leisure Cameras extended their Dive Show stand to make room for their partners Hugyfot too. OLC have a knowledgeable team of staff at the Dive Show, with plenty of them to cope with the crowds that come to get a great deal and see what is new in their equipment range.

olcWe got together with Dave Glanfield, who showed us their most popular new product – the exciting i-DiveSite Symbiosis combi strobe and video light. There are 2 versions, the SS1 and the SS2, with the SS2 having the advantage of a digital display to assist the photographer with an easy view of the strobe settings. Both versions have a 2000 lumen video light, which can be removed, fitted to the top of a strobe. The SS2, in addition to the digital display, also has a more powerful strobe. We hope to get our hands on this in the near future to do a review, so watch this space.

Another hot item for the Dive Show on the Ocean Leisure Cameras stand was the GoPro Hero 5. These diminutive cameras have a huge following and any new version is going to attract plenty of interest from the diving community.

Hugyfot were also concentrating on the GoPro market with their main display showing off their 200m depth rates GoPro housing, that boasts a macro lens and red filter. The modular system can be tinkered with to adjust the length of the arms and also to get the system neutrally buoyant. This year Hugyfot also have new 1,500 lumen video lights. Alas, the team were not so happy when we visited the stand, as someone had just stolen a rucksack with a full GoPro system inside, worth over £1000. It is very sad to have this happen at the Dive Show.


Hugyfot led the way on the vacuum seal that is not popular with many manufacturers. Their housings are always good looking and the new housing for the Nikon D500 is no exception. With OLC as their UK partners, they are bound to do well and we can only hope that the rest of the show went well for them.

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 supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit


BSAC launch #DiscoverUKdiving video competition



BSAC is launching a new video competition which aims to get the diving community sharing and discussing the highlights of UK diving to inspire others to give it a try and discover it for themselves.

They are inviting you to share short UK diving or snorkelling videos – tagged #DiscoverUKdiving or #DiscoverUKsnorkelling – to be in with a chance of winning a Fourth Element Hydra Neoprene Drysuit worth £999 (or an alternative non-diving suit if a snorkeller wins). There are other prizes up for grabs too, with a Fourth Element duffel bag going to second place and a year’s BSAC membership for third.

The #DiscoverUKdiving video competition aims to get the diving community talking about the highlights of UK diving and/or BSAC club life by sharing short videos to surprise and inspire others to discover it for themselves.

BSAC is looking for videos that show an exciting moment, unique insight or anything that exemplifies why diving in the UK is so much fun and can encourage others to take up UK diving. People will be invited to vote for the entries they find most inspiring on the competition gallery website.

BSAC CEO Mary Tetley said: “We want to show others who haven’t experienced UK diving why we love it so much, and we need your help! Use your phone, GoPro or pretty much anything to share a short video that encapsulates why you love diving in the UK. Ideally, showing off UK diving the BSAC way!”

The competition will be open for entries until midnight on Monday 30 November.

The videos can be either be above water (e.g. a RIB ride out to a dive site), below water (e.g. exploring a wreck with your buddy) or a combination of both. Each video should be short (no longer than 15 seconds) and you can enter up to three videos. The winner will be the entry that receives the most votes. Voting will remain open for a further week and close on Monday 7 December. The winners will be announced the week of 14 December, good luck!

Full terms and conditions, including how to enter as well as how to vote on your favourite video can be found here.

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Henley Spiers: Black & White Photography at the September NUPG meeting (Watch Video)



The September NUPG meeting saw Henley Spiers take to the virtual stage. Henley decided to divide the evening into two topic areas for discussion: Black and White Photography and Pelagic Encounters – his two biggest passions in underwater photography at the moment.  Henley showed off his stunning black and white images to the NUPG audience, talking about why he selected each image to convert to monochrome and was generous enough to share the photoshop techniques with the group too. He then went on to wow the group with images from the deep blue sea, with some simply stunning pelagic encounters. 

As always, the NUPG members also had a chance to show off some of their images in the monthly competition. This month’s theme was “Invertebrates” and it saw a range of ideas and images from the group.

The winning shot of a sea lion was taken by Maggie Russell

The runner-up was by John Spencer

Third place was taken by Justin Beevor

The next meeting was held on Monday 12th October, a talk from Simon Rogerson: Difficulties with Sharks. Check back soon for the video!

For more information about the NUPG please visit the website by clicking here.

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