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World Shootout 2020 – Pictures of your life

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This year, due to the many challenges and restrictions introduced by the Coronavirus worldwide, World Shootout decided to hold their competition in a liberating concept – Pictures of Your Life. Photographers were invited to submit their underwater images captured anywhere and anytime in the world to 13 different categories.

682 photographers from 64 countries around the world have submitted thousands of images and videos to the competition this year. Here are the winners:

Best Picture of 2020

World Shootout / Jeff Milisen: Best of 2020

Best 5 Images

World Shootout / Eduardo Acevedo: Best 5

Amateurs

World Shootout / Rustu Kirman: Amatuer

Wide Angle

World Shootout / Celia Kujala: Wide Angle

Macro

World Shootout / Miguel Ramirez: Macro

UW Fashion

World Shootout / Shang Rui: UW Fashion

Blackwater

World Shootout / Magnus Lundgren: Blackwater

Video

World Shootout / Leandro Blanco, Spain with the clip: For a Good Times

Championship

The Austrian team took the honours: Marco Steiner, Anita Kainrath & Martin Aigner

World Shootout / Anita Kainrath: Championship

Humoristic

World Shootout / David Gallardo: Humoristic

Environmental & Conservation

World Shootout / Pasquale Vassallo: Environmental & Conservation

Wrecks of the World

World Shootout / Nicholas Barraque: Wrecks of the World

Sharks of the World

World Shootout / Renee Capozzola: Sharks of the World

To see all those placed in the World Shootout Pictures of your Life competition visit their website by clicking here.

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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INON announce SD Front Mask and M67 filter adapters for GoPro Hero 8 and Hero 9

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The new SD Front Mask enables users to enjoy dedicated the semi-fisheye lens (the UFL-G140SD) which increases the underwater angle of view and minimises shooting distance.  It also enables users to attach the dedicated wide close-up lens (the UCL-G165SD) which provides ideal coverage and shooting distance for taking video of marine life.

The M67 Filter Adapters allow underwater videographers to attach the INON UW Variable Red Filter to easily obtain natural colour without a blue/green colour cast. To learn more about these filters watch the video below.

No need to bring couple of filters underwater and swap them depending on depth. It is easy to adjust colour tone simply by turning the filter edge and stop turning when you see appropriate white balance on your screen.

For more information visit the INON UK website by clicking here.

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NUPG Lockdown Best of…

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Usually the January NUPG meeting involves a guest judge coming to Manchester to talk through the very best images members had taken in the previous 12 months. However, this year, due to COVID19 restriction many of the members had not had the chance to dive. The NUPG committee decided to change the rules a little. So this year members judged a series of Best of the Century images online and were also invited to take part in a lockdown underwater bath tub category.

There were five categories for members to enter. Here are the winners of each…

British and Irish Close Up

Octopus in St Abbs Marine Reserve by Mike Clark

British and Irish Wide Angle

A Basking Shark off the coast of Cornwall by Nick Robertson-Brown

Overseas Close Up

A squid at night in the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia by Ken Byrne

Overseas Wide Angle

Hammerhead Sharks in the Red Sea by Justin Beevor

Under Bath Water

Lockdown fun in the tub by Caroline Robertson-Brown

The next NUPG meeting will be held on Monday 8th February and the guest speaker is John Bantin.

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

Header image: Lionfish hunting in the Red Sea by John Spencer

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