Winners of National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest announced
National Geographic has announced the winners of their Nature Photographer of the Year 2017 photo contest. Selected from more than 11,000 entries, the grand prize winner is Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan with his image of an orangutan submerged in water while crossing a river in Borneo. Began won $7,500 US and will have his image published in a future issue of National Geographic magazine. First place in the underwater category went to Jim Obester for his image of a tube dwelling anemone.
Apple updates Final Cut Pro
In conjunction with the release of the new iMac Pro, Apple has released a major update to Final Cut Pro. Version 10.4 adds 360° VR video editing, advanced color grading tools (including curves and LUT support), HDR support and a faster “optical flow” based on Metal graphics technology.
Three men charged over shark abuse
Nauticam announces housing for Sony A7RIII
Nauticam has announced their housing for the Sony A7RIII mirrorless camera. It is compatible with the company’s N100 port and accessory lenses and offers strobe triggering via fiber optic (with optional flash trigger). Levers allow for access to “essential camera parameter changes” from the handles.
Final call for entries: WPOTY 2018
The 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPOTY) contest will close for entries at 1130 GMT on Thursday 14 December. As always, there is a specific category entitled “Under Water” along with Portrait and Behaviour classes. First prize includes a £10,000 (US$13,000) cash award.
Sea Save Annual Auction is open for bidding
The annual Sea Save Auction is now in full swing. Over 60 ocean related items, diving packages, and trips are up for bidding on the Sea Save website. Sea Save Foundation is a non-profit based in Malibu, California that seeks to influence local, national, and international policy in ocean-friendly ways.
Guide to Anilao available
Andrew Marriott and Ram Yoro, in conjunction with the Philippine Commission on Sports and Scuba Diving and the Mabini Department of Tourism, have published their guidebook to diving at Anilao, Philippines. The “Guide to Anilao” describes 50 dive sites over 268 pages.
The Palau Pledge is unveiled - a new visa entry program
Today, December 7, the island nation of Palau has adopted a new entry visa program for all visitors called the Palau Pledge. All visitors are required to watch a four-minute film about treating the resources of Palau with care and respect. The passport entry stamp includes the pledge that all visitors will be required to sign: a promise to protect Palau for future generations. The pledge has been translated into five languages.
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