Awards & Features

Winner - 'British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017'
05th March 2017


Absolutely delighted and very proud to be awarded the prestigious title of 'British Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017' in the Underwater Photographer of the Year Competition.

The 2017 competition, which was judged by Alex Mustard, Martin Edge and Peter Rowlands, received over 4,500 entries in total, from 67 countries.

My image is of Kukulkan Cenote on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsular. It forms part of the Chac Mool system and is noted for the spectacular light effects as the sun penetrates the darkness.
Shooting natural light only, my favourite style of underwater photography,the rock outline of the cavern around me made for a pleasing symmetry and Andreas Costanza, my dive buddy and guide edged into the stronger beams of light to complete the composition.

Click on the link to go to the Underwater Photographer of the Year web site and details of all the winning images:http://underwaterphotographeroftheyear.com/

Download the free 2017 Yearbook from UPY here:https://goo.gl/DpJJvp

A selection of the extensive media coverage below:
National Geographic:https://goo.gl/Axc5rs
The Guardian:https://goo.gl/bCQ5yX
Mail Online:https://goo.gl/h5c3i0
Lonely Planet:https://goo.gl/rq4cej
The Telegraph:https://goo.gl/ZqJCHu
BBC Newsround:https://goo.gl/TYhLpO
Petapixel:https://goo.gl/XjXeZz
DPReview:https://goo.gl/ouwdf5
DigitalRev:https://goo.gl/V8svlJ
Gold Medal - UnderwaterPhotography.Com Photo Contest
01st March 2017


A further success for my image taken in Kukulkan Cenote - Mexico, winning the Gold Medal in the 'Wide Angle-Natural Light' category of the UnderwaterPhotography.com 2016/17 Photo Contest.This photography contest is the longest running and one of the most prestigious online.

Click on the link to see details of media coverage in the
Daily Telegraph:https://goo.gl/0Ny6y9
And here for details of all the winners:-
http://www.underwaterphotography.com//photo-contest/Winners.aspx?intYear=2016
British Society of Underwater Photographers - Favourite Image of 2016
25th January 2017
A 2nd Place award for my image of Kukulkan Cenote on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsular in the British Society of Underwater Photographers Favourite Image of 2016 competition.

Click on the link to see the top six winning images.
https://goo.gl/jDq98P
'Hello Cheeky' Seal Image on ITV's Good Morning Britain
30th March 2016
Following the announcement of the UnderwaterPhotography.com annual photo contest awards and a gold medal for my shot 'Hello Cheeky, my image also featured on ITV's Good Morning Britain TV programme.



Click on the link to view the video clip and presenter Kate Garraway's seal impression:

https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/715064413489905664/pu/vid/640x360/EWyTyfOTUfBDdaHJ.mp4
Gold Medal - UnderwaterPhotography.com Annual Photo Contest
28th March 2016
A further success for my image 'Hello Cheeky' which was awarded the Gold Medal in the Temperate Waters category of the 2015/16 UnderwaterPhotography.com underwater photography contest.
The image features a boisterous atlantic grey seal, photographed at Lundy Island, UK during Summer 2015. An image I captured of the Gosei Maru wreck at Truk Lagoon - Micronesia was also awarded 'Runner Up'in the Wide Angle-Wrecks category.
The competition attracted over 6,000 entries and the winning images can be viewed from the link below.
http://www.underwaterphotography.com/photo-contest/Winners.aspx


'Hello Cheeky' featured strongly in the media coverage, which can be viewed from the links below:

Huffington Post:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/underwater-photography-contest_us_56fd6d42e4b0a06d58052cb5

Daily Mail:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3512615/Incredible-picture-moment-shark-breaks-water-helps-British-snapper-win-global-underwater-photographic-competition.html

Daily Mirror:http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/cheeky-seal-snap-one-best-7649444

BBC Newsround:http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/35935009

Independent:http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/friendliest-seal-britain-underwater-photographer-nick-blake-photo-picture-a6959741.html

Daily Telegraph:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/galleries/underwater-photography-competition-winners/

Viral 24:http://viral24.club/this-could-possibly-be-the-friendliest-seal-posing-for-selfies-ever/
1st Place - Photosub Annual Digital Photo Competition
10th March 2016
A very pleasing set of results in the Photosub Annual Digital Photo Competition in which my images were awarded 1st place in both the Blue Water and Green Water Wide Angle categories. My winning image in the Blue Water Wide Angle category was a split shot of a Red Sea sunset, captured in Egypt.

In the Green Water Wide Angle category, my shot of a Comb Jelly and Sunburst captured at Lundy Island, UK was voted the winner.

The competition was judged by experienced Underwater Photographer Arthur Kingdon and all the winning images can be viewed by clicking on this link:http://photosub.co.uk/
'Highly Commended' - Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016
19th February 2016


I was delighted to be part of the winners circle for the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016 competition. My image 'Set the Ray to Jelly' was awarded 'Highly Commended' in the British Waters Wide Angle category. The competition attracted 3,500 entries from 54 countries.

The 80 winning images can be viewed from this link:http://underwaterphotographeroftheyear.com/2016winners.aspx
To view the stunning and free to download 2016 Yearbook, click this link:http://underwaterphotographeroftheyear.com/2016yearbook.aspx
To see the widespread media coverage for the 2016 competition, click here:http://underwaterphotographeroftheyear.com/upyinthemedia.aspx
BSoUP/Diver Magazine Annual Print Competition - 1st Place, British & Irish Advanced Category
19th November 2015
Delighted that my image of an Atlantic Grey Seal, titled 'Hello Cheeky' was the winner of the British & Irish Advanced category in the 2015 BSouP/Diver Magazine Annual Print Competition. The image was taken at Lundy Island in August 2015, and this 1st place position marks back to back wins in the British & Irish Advanced category, with both my 2014 and 2015 winning images captured at Lundy.

The competition attracted 123 entries of which 80 were displayed at the Dive Show at the NEC for judging by the visiting public, whose votes were used to determine the winner of each of the four categories.

Details of all the winners can be seen from the link here: http://goo.gl/IAh76Q

UnderwaterPhotography.com 2014/15 Photo Contest - Bronze medal
19th March 2015
A success for my image of a sunken Landrover which won the Bronze medal in the 'Wrecks' category of the UnderwaterPhotography.com 2014/15 annual photo contest - the world's biggest online underwater photography competition. The image was captured using a Nikon film camera and Fuji Provia film at the National Dive Centre in Chepstow during 2014.

In addition, my image of a Compass Jellyfish and Sunburst taken at Lundy Island came Runner Up in the 'Marine Life' category.

Details of all the winning images can be viewed here:http://goo.gl/XtjrXJ
Photosub Annual Photo Competition - 1st Place
08th March 2015
I was delighted that my image of a jet Provost aircraft and diver achieved 1st place in the Green Water Advanced Category of Photosub's annual photographic competition. The image was taken at Eccleston Delph in Lancashire with a Nikon D800 in Sea & Sea housing. The competition was judged by Nigel Wade ARPS of Diver magazine and the winning images revealed at the Photosub Annual Dinner.
Details of the winning images can be viewed here:http://photosub.co.uk/?p=540
Daily Mail Online - Truk Lagoon Feature
18th January 2015
The Mail Online featured several of my images this month in an article it published on Truk Lagoon in Micronesia. The article can be viewed here:http://goo.gl/ya2PM7
The Guardian - The Week in Wildlife - Pictures
16th January 2015
An image of a turtle I photographed in Truk Lagoon, Micronesia during 2014 was featured in the Guardian's The Week in Wildlife - in pictures. All the images featured can be seen in the article here:http://goo.gl/VQBJ13
BSoUP/Diver Magazine Print Competition - Winner (Advanced British & Irish)
19th November 2014
I am delighted that my image 'Jellyfish and sunburst' has been voted the winner of the Advanced British & Irish category of the 2014 BSoUP/Diver Magazine Annual Print Competition. The shot was taken off Lundy Island with a Nikon D700 camera in a Hugyfot housing.

The annual BSoUP / DIVER Magazine Print Competition was held at Dive 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham over the weekend of 25th-26th October. Eighty of the best prints in four categories were mounted for display and judging by the visiting public. More than a thousand visitors completed voting slips and over 4,000 votes were counted.

The Advanced British & Irish Category was for underwater photographers who had previously won a national or international competition, with my print receiving nearly 16% of all votes cast in this category.

For full details of all the winning images published by BSoUP, click on this link : http://goo.gl/odpqZO

The competition and winning images were also widely covered in the media, including The Guardian http://goo.gl/JZnX7A, Amateur Photographer http://goo.gl/xgTX9j and The Wildlife Trusts http://goo.gl/iYgESq

A Photographer's Exploration of Truk Lagoon
01st October 2014
A report of my experiences from the "Art of Underwater Photography" 2014 workshop at Truk Lagoon in Micronesia is published on the Divequest web site. Click the link here to view: http://goo.gl/63KLTl

Images from the workshop can also be viewed in the 'wrecks' image portfolio. The workshop was hosted by renowned Underwater Photographer Shannon Conway, diving from both the Odyssey Liveaboard and Blue Lagoon Resort.


Click on either of the photos above to go to the 'wrecks' portfolio.
Monthly Hotshots Winner - UnderwaterPhotography.com
07th July 2014
I was delighted that my image of a jellyfish and sunburst taken at Lundy Island was the winning monthly hotshot in the June photo competition on UnderwaterPhotography.com
Click on the link here to view all the June hotshots : http://goo.gl/kLNnb0
1st Place - DivePhotoGuide Photo Contest
12th February 2014
I was delighted that my "Airplane" image won DivePhotoGuide's January 2014 Underwater Photo Contest.

The image was shot at Capernwray, UK and features a purposefully sunk Hawker Siddeley (HS) 748, which is a full-sized airliner from the 1960s.

DPG is a comprehensive underwater photography website and community for underwater photographers

Click on the link here to read the full article:http://goo.gl/CsIOYD
Photographer of the Week - DivePhotoGuide
26th December 2013
I was privileged to be featured as DivePhotoGuide's Photographer of the Week.
Click on the link to view the article on DivePhotoGuide's web site:http://goo.gl/lSrbIf
DivePhotoGuide Photo Contest - 2nd Place
15th December 2013
My self portrait image with an Atlantic Grey Seal off of Lundy Island has gained further success, achieving second place in the DivePhotoGuide November 2013 photo contest.

The focus of the competition was "Humans and Divers," with contributors submitting images that portrayed our direct interaction and subsequent admiration and love with what we consider a very particular privilege of our time.

Click on the link to read the DivePhotoGuide announcement:http://uwpho.to/1aTr4TD
The image also featured on DivePhotoGuide's Facebook page:http://goo.gl/bKvlXo
British Sub Aqua Club 2014 Calendar - Winning Images
09th December 2013
I was delighted that 2 of my images were winners in the British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) 2013 Dive of the Year Photo Competition.
The final 12 winning images included my shots of a Tompot Blenny taken at Swanage Pier - UK and a Ghost Ornate Pipefish photographed in Indonesia.

All winning images will feature in BSAC's 2014 calendar.
To view the article on BSAC's website or to order the calendar, click on the link below:

http://goo.gl/SBCpaI

Fly with a Spitfire Experience - "Action Stations"
19th October 2013
Something up in the air rather than underwater - a set of images from an amazing day in October flying alongside a second world war Spitfire. The event was run by Action Stations who are located in Kent and offer the opportunity to view the Spitfire close up in flight over the White Cliffs of Dover. Click on the link or images below to view the portfolio:-

http://www.nickblakephotography.co.uk/fly-with-a-spitfire



View video footage of the Spitfire start up and take off from Pent Farm Airfield here:http://goo.gl/RQJ34I
Link to the Action Stations web site here:http://goo.gl/w8FxG5
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