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Winners of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017 Announced



The British Wildlife Photography Awards have announced the winners for 2017. The Awards celebrate both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife. Winning images are chosen from thousands of entries in fifteen separate categories including a category for film and two junior categories designed to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

Included in the winners and highly commended images are some stunning underwater photos from the UK coastline. These images were spread across several of the categories, from Coastal and Marine to Habitats.

The Winner of the Coastal and Marine category was Caron Steele with Emergence (Northern gannet, Morus bassanus), taken at Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire.

“Having seen many diving gannet photographs I wanted to try and capture something a bit different. I watched the birds fishing and was fascinated by the way the gannets would emerge from nowhere to steal another bird’s prey. I was keen to capture the moment just before they broke the surface, while they were still in ‘stealth mode’. A combination of bright sunshine and cloud made setting the exposure difficult, but the result has some lovely patterns on the water.” Caron Steele

Emergence by Caron Steele

Highly Commended in the Coastal and Marine Category was Melvin Redeker with Inquisitive Porpoise (Harbour porpoise, Phocoena phocoena), taken at Yell, Shetland Islands.

“Harbour porpoises have a reputation as shy and elusive sea mammals. My view on this changed drastically when we found a pod swimming straight at our boat, moving with the speed of little torpedoes. We slipped quietly into the water. They were making sharp turns and approaching me from behind, which made it very hard to anticipate and photograph them. After the encounter, I found a bunch of blurred porpoise images on my memory card. But this one came out well. Because of this fantastic experience, I now think of the elusive harbour porpoises as being more like a small North Sea dolphin because they are so inquisitive and playful.” Melvin Redeker

Inquisitive Porpoise by Melvin Redeker

Highly commended in the Animal Portrait category was Robin Goodlad with A Ring in Bright Water (Eurasian otter, Lutra lutra) taken at the Buckfast Otter Sanctuary, Devon.

A Ring in Bright Water by Robin Goodlad

Highly commended in the Animal Portrait Category was Trevor Rees with A Blue in the Green (Blue shark, Prionace glauca), Penzance, Cornwall.

“I teamed up with a group of shark enthusiasts on a small boat from Penzance. Our skipper took us 10 miles or so offshore where there was a strong chance we would find some blue sharks that we could safely snorkel in the water with. The sharks were there, and this individual came and gently bumped into me a couple of times to check me out – I felt privileged to get so up-close and personal.” Trevor Rees

A Blue in the Green by Trevor Rees

You can see over 100 images from the competition including the winning and commended entries in a nationwide tour which launched at the Mall Galleries, London on 7th November and is open until 1pm on 12th November. Visit the website for more information and to find the closest venue to you:

These images have been published from British Wildlife Photography Awards 8 published by Ammonite Press, RRP £25. This stunning coffee table book showcases the very best entries from the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017  and celebrates British wildlife as captured on camera by today’s best amateur and professional photographers. The book is available online and from all good bookshops.

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WIN an EcoScribe ‘Plastic Free’ Stationary Gift Set!!!



For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with EcoScribe to give away a ‘Plastic Free’ Stationery Gift Set as a prize!

Enjoy EcoScribe’s ‘100% plastic free’ stationery gift set which contains 1 A5 kraft cover notebook & 10 kraft paper pens. Once used, it is 100% recyclable – a fantastic, sustainable alternative to everyday plastic stationery!

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on (which you can read here), we announced the launch of our brand new website, a fantastic new online resource full of scuba diving news, blogs, travel features and deals, plus outstanding underwater photography exclusively about the dive destinations in all corners of the UK and Ireland.

But how many kilometres of coastline do we write that the UK has in the post?

Is it:

A) 22,000km

B) 23,000km

C) 24,000km

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

EcoScribe 'Plastic Free' Stationary Gift Set January 2022

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Stories behind the winning images by Nur Tucker – January NUPG meeting (watch video)



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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