Our Objective

To promote underwater photography, provide opportunities for divers to nurture photography skills, and increase marine environmental appreciation to all through this medium.’ 

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In January 2010, a small group of divers with an avid passion for underwater photography began meeting regularly to share their images, in-camera and photo editing skills. 
Interest grew and Snappers’ Underwater Photography Inc was formed in March 2012. 

We continue to grow – mentoring, learning and sharing, while having fun. 
Who knows what each photographer can achieve with their acquired skills, and the group’s support.

We meet with a Zoom meeting at present on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6pm.

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Results for competitions in January – Natural Light

There were 5 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in January – Natural Light

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Under the Bridge
Kate Tinson – 1st Place
Natural Light

Kate Tinson – 2nd Place
Natural Light

Watching you
Ashley Smith – 3rd Place
Natural Light

Raja Ampat Wagmab Island Clownfish
Trevor Cotterill – Highly Commended
Natural Light

Trevor Howard – Highly Commended
Natural Light

by Ian Marriner, February 10, 2021

Snappers ZOOM meeting Febuary 2021 – NB change of time 6:30PM

Ian Marriner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. – NB change of time 6:30PM

A couple of apologies, sorry for the late notice, some family issues that took my time and attention during the last week. Also change of time 6:30PM, back 30 mins so I can get home to gain internet access all OK. Agenda coming out to committee on Tuesday, it will be a bit fluid.


Hope to see you all there, Ian

Topic: Snappers UPG Inc

Time: Feb 9, 2021 06:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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by Ian Marriner, February 8, 2021

Reminder – comp results December 2020

The results for December 2020 competition have now been finalised and published.

Please have a look at all the comments made by our judge Beau Pilgrim, some really helpful and informative feedback.

CLOSING SOON – JANUARY 2021 – NATURAL LIGHT –  only a week and a bit to go .. don’t miss out, get you entries in ASAP – close midnight Sunday 31st


by Ian Marriner, January 21, 2021

Results for competitions in December – Open

There were 5 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in December – Open

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Bubble Shell on Sponge
Ian Marriner – 1st Place

Starry eyes
Matt Dowse – 2nd Place

Young Moray
William Wright – 3rd Place

Blue Line Occy on Kelp
Ian Marriner – Highly Commended

Pinnacle cuttlefish
Matt Dowse – Highly Commended

by Ian Marriner, January 21, 2021


MEDIA ALERT:-The beaches from Nelson Bay marina to Fly Point have been closed due to a sewage leak and the community is advised to avoid swimming in the area.During excavation works this morning at Teramby Road, Nelson Bay a sewage main was damaged and began leaking into the harbour.The leak is currently contained within the harbour and Hunter Water are working to repair the sewage main. The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), SafeWork NSW and Fire & Rescue NSW have also been notified.The beaches from Nelson Bay marina to Fly Point, including the marina and SPLASH Waterpark have been closed for the day as a precaution.ENDSMedia contact:Ashleigh McIntyre, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Port Stephens Council 4988 0436 | 0428 867 043Paige Sellers, Public Relations & Marketing Officer, Port Stephens Council 4988 0509 | 0417 803 833

by Trevor Cotterill, January 11, 2021

Christmas and New Year

On behalf of myself and the committee we would like to wish you and your families a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

2020 has presented a number of new challenges. Catching up with family/friends and  time to spread kindness and compassion will be a bit of a respite from the many challenges and some disappointments as COVID restrictions limit activities.

Please take care of your selves and others.

Catch you in the New Year, hopefully we will have some nice conditions to bring in 2021.

(PSSSSS ……. The mermaids tell me there are lots of new and exciting photo opportunities in 2021)


by Ian Marriner, December 23, 2020

December Competition – Closing soon

 A quick reminder that the December Open Competition closes this Sun, 27th Dec 2020, 11:58 PM.

Some entries are in, it would be great to see more. Don’t miss out in the rush towards Christmas.

Start thinking about January – NATURAL Light.


by Ian Marriner, December 23, 2020

December Meetings – Notes

December Meetings – Notes

Nice to see a good turn out at Bar Beach last night – hardy souls indeed. A good time was had by all who put up with the strong and brisk easterly wind that eventually led to us all seeking somewhere warmer with a bit of an early close.

  1. Judging November Animal Behaviour – judged by Tim Hochgrebe
  2. Other Competitions
    1.  Lake Macquarie successes – congratulations all
    1. Hunter Photographic Prize – Closes 21 January 2021 – see MPC post
  3. Fly Point update – Ian Marriner – take care and be extra safe – changes are coming 😊
  4. Next Club competitions
  5. December– OPEN – judged by Beau Pilgrim – closing date Sun, 27th Dec 2020, 11:58 PM
  6. Think about January – Natural Light – judged David Hansell– Wangi Club

Dive safe


by Ian Marriner, December 9, 2020

Results for competitions in November – Animal Behaviour

There were 4 entries that gained our highest award(s).

Members can view all images and comment on them by following this link
View / Comment entries in November – Animal Behaviour

click here to see a pdf catalog of all competition results

Who’s Having Seafood Tonight?
Trevor Cotterill – 1st Place
Digital – Animal Behaviour

Heavy Breathing – bennetti
Trevor Cotterill – 2nd Place
Digital – Animal Behaviour

Eye to Eye
Lyndon Turner – 3rd Place
Digital – Animal Behaviour

Mini Me
Kate Tinson – Highly Commended
Digital – Animal Behaviour

by Ian Marriner, December 9, 2020



  • To enter: email photoprize@austcommunitymedia.com.au
  • Entrants can include a maximum of five photos. JPEG attachments only.
  • Entries must be taken in the region or feature Hunter people
  • Prizes for the winning, highly commended and people’s choice categories
  • Entries close 5pm January 21, 2021

HERE’S your shot at instant frame.

The Newcastle Herald and other Australian Community Media newspapers across the Hunter are searching again for our best backyard photographer.

The annual Hunter Photography Prize is open to residents of the Hunter Region. As in previous years, to be eligible your main source of income cannot be derived from photography.

Photographs must either be taken in the region or feature Hunter people. You can take your pictures with anything ranging from a Box Brownie to an iPhone 11. The overall winner will collect the 2021 Hunter Photography Prize.

Our judges will select the winner as well as a highly commended entrant. The judges’ decisions are final. A readers’ choice award will be voted via newcastleherald.com.au.

A selection of entries will be published in print editions and/or on the websites of the Herald and other mastheads, including the Maitland Mercury, Port Stephens Examiner, Singleton Argus, Lakes Mail, Newcastle & Lake Macquarie Star, Cessnock’s Advertiser, Dungog Chronicle, Muswellbrook Chronicle, Scone Advocate and Hunter Valley News.

Winners receive camera prize packages from Domayne @ Harvey Norman Kotara. The judge’s selection receives a Canon EOS 200D Mark II camera kit with a 18-55mm lens (valued at $900), plus 300 prints, while people’s choice will receive an Olympus E-PL8 with a 14-42mm lens ($750), plus 200 prints.

By entering the competition, a person is stating the photograph was taken by them and that they own the copyright. The photographer gives Australian Community Media and the associated titles permission to publish their submitted photographs in any form, including print, online, book, calendar or exhibition. The photographer retains the copyright.

To enter, email photoprize@austcommunitymedia.com.au (maximum five photos, as JPEG attachments). Include your name, address, phone number, photo title, and a brief description of the image explaining who or what is in the picture as well as the date and location. Write your name and “Hunter Photography Prize” in the subject field. Please note that not all photo entries will be published. Photos must be minimum 500kb and maximum of 2mb. Australian Community Media reserves the right to crop a photograph.

The judges will include Newcastle Herald senior photographer Simone De Peak, Newcastle Herald editor Heath Harrison, Newcastle Herald senior deputy editor Xavier Mardling, Newcastle Herald deputy editor Matt Carr and Newcastle Herald digital journalist Simon McCarthy, as well as Hunter Communities editor Anna Wolf and Lower Hunter editor Rick Allen.

The competition closes at 5pm on January 21, 2021.

by Ian Marriner, December 6, 2020