The North­ern Un­der­wa­ter Pho­tog­ra­phy Group held their an­nual splash-in com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day 16 July. Nick Robert­son-brown re­veals the win­ners.

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News of the win­ners of this year’s NUPG Splash In, an in­de­pen­dent lifeboat for St Abbs fol­low­ing the clo­sure of the RNLI sta­tion and a man who’s won a trop­i­cal dive cen­tre in a raf­fle .

The rules of this sin­gle-day un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion mean that divers have to take their pho­tos in the seas off North Wales on the day and then hand in images to be judged by the group on the same evening. Post-dive edit­ing of the images is lim­ited to the very min­i­mum, so that it is all about what you do in the wa­ter.

As with pre­vi­ous years, the vis­i­bil­ity and con­di­tions were not ideal and gave the un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phers some real chal­lenges, be it par­ti­cles in the wa­ter, or sim­ply the abil­ity to hold still in the surge to take a shot! Divers en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion dived at Tre­for Pier, Mcken­zie Pier and Bull Bay, and then raced back to the Belle Vue Ho­tel in Ban­gor to hand in their images. Mem­bers were also in­vited to en­ter prints into a com­pe­ti­tion on the night, so that those more in­clined to dive in warm, clear wa­ters could join in too.

Af­ter a re­fresh­ing beer, it was time to gather in the images and then project each cat­e­gory for judg­ing by ev­ery­one that came along. Each cat­e­gory, along with the over­all prize, was spon­sored by a host of div­ing, travel and un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy com­pa­nies, and the win­ners took away a glass tro­phy to keep. The win­ners of the four splash-in cat­e­gories were en­tered into a vote-off to see who would be crowned the over­all win­ner, who also gets a fab­u­lous tro­phy to keep for the year. Here are the re­sults:


Com­pact Macro (spon­sored by Divelife) – Sue Spencer Com­pact Wide An­gle (spon­sored by Frog­born Div­ing) – Nick Robert­son-brown Sys­tem Macro (spon­sored by Nau­ti­cam UK) – Paul Ansell Sys­tem Wide An­gle (spon­sored by Scuba­verse) – Phil Med­calf Over­all Win­ner (spon­sored by Dive­quest) – Paul Ansell

Print Com­pe­ti­tion

Over­seas Macro (spon­sored by INON UK) – Anne Med­calf Over­seas Wide An­gle (spon­sored by Apeks) – Nick Robert­son-brown UK Macro (spon­sored by Mares) – John Spencer UK Wide An­gle (spon­sored by Frog­fish Pho­tog­ra­phy) – Alex Tasker

The NUPG would like to thank the spon­sors for their sup­port once again this year. It is won­der­ful to have the back­ing of such a great bunch of com­pa­nies, many of whom have been spon­sors for years now. It would also like to thank all those that came along to take part in the event. It is great to get out and dive to­gether, as well as meet­ing up for the so­cial as­pect at the end of the day. We are look­ing for­ward to next year al­ready!

Nick Robert­son-brown’s Over­seas Wide-an­gle Print win­ning im­age

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