NUPG / TGNDS Underwater Photography Print Competition – Results

The 23rd & 24th April 2016 marked the inaugural Northern Underwater Photography Print Competition in association with The Great Northern Dive Show. Underwater photographers were asked to enter print images into 4 categories which were then mounted and displayed at the event for the general public to vote on.


Over 400 people voted in the competition over 2 days, and it was a tough job for all those that perused the display. Some fantastic images were on display, and the voting in some categories was very tight. Images from around the UK caught the eye, with shots from all around our amazing coastline, and our fresh water sites. Alongside these, images from around the world, from Australia to the Caribbean showed off the amazing marine life, wrecks and caverns that divers get to experience.


The results:

British & Irish Macro:

Winner: Mark Thomas with his Mauve Stinger Jellyfish from ConnemaraMauve Stinger

Runner-Up: Mark Thomas again with a Shanny portraitRunnerUp_BritishIrish_Macro_MT

Highly Commended: Yo-Han Cha with a Squat Lobster shot from Loch Sunart in Scotland


British & Irish Wide Angle:

Winner: Yo-Han Cha with a Grey Seal portrait from the Farne Islands

Runner-Up: Kirsty Andrews with a shot of Blue Sharks from CornwallRunnerUp_BritihIrish_WideAngle_KA

Highly Commended: Kirsty Andrews with a shot of a Fireworks anemone and crab from Loch GoilHighlyCommended_BritishIrish_WideAngle_KA


Overseas Macro:

Winner: Caroline Robertson-Brown with a shot of a Leafy Seadragon from South AustraliaWinner_Overseas_Macro_CRB

Runner-Up: Jason Melton with Pygmy Seahorses from Anilao in the PhilippinesRunnerUp_Overseas_macro_JM

Highly Commended: Justin Beevor with a Spiny Blenny from BonaireHighlyCommended_Overseas_Macro_JB


Overseas Wide Angle:

Winner: Nick Robertson-Brown with a shot of an Eagle Ray from Grand CaymanWinner_Overseas_WideAngle_NRB

Runner-Up: Elaine White with a shot of a diver and a snorkeler in Dos Ojos cenote in MexicoRunnerUp_Overseas_WideAngle_EW

Highly Commended: Marcia Melton with a shot of fighting moray eels from Anilao in the PhilippinesHighlyCommended_Overseas_WideAngle_MM


The NUPG will be sponsoring the prize for each winner, which will be a shark sponsorship pack from The Shark Trust. Rather than material prizes, the NUPG thought it would be better to show our support for marine conservation with these prizes. The winners have selected to sponsor Basking Sharks and the No Limits Sharks (2 for each).


The competition was a huge success and we look forward to working with The Great Northern Dive Show again next year. The NUPG would like to thank all those that entered the competition, voted at the show and assisted us with all the preparation and running of the competition. Well done to all those that were placed.

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