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10Bar Ultra Compact Focusing Light Review Photo

10Bar Ultra Compact Focusing Light Review

After growing dissatisfied trying to take photos with focus lights that left hotspots in the frame, Wetpixel member Jeff Mullins decided to try the 10Bar LED Ultra Compact Focusing Light, with its advertised ‘auto cut-out’ feature.

The camera focused almost instantly and after releasing the shutter, the strobes fired, the light switched-off and the image appeared on the camera LCD. A second later the light switched back-on…

Continue to learn the story of Jeff’s attempt to photograph an egg-laden boxer crab and his impressions of this very small focus light…

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Fantasea announces FP-5000 housing Photo

Fantasea announces FP-5000 housing

Fantasea Line has announced the FP-5000 underwater camera housing for the Nikon Coolpix P5000 digital camera. The housing has buttons that provide access all camera functions, a built-in diffuser, a depth rating of 200 feet, and also features a new, form-fitting design.

The purchase of any Fantasea housing includes a year of pre-paid flood insurance built into the cost. Continue reading for the full press release…

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Shark Trust ‘Sharks In Focus’ 2007 Photo Competition Photo

Shark Trust ‘Sharks In Focus’ 2007 Photo Competition

The Shark Trust, along with Diver Magazine, has opened the “Sharks In Focus” photo competition to submission of entries. Intended to “celebrate the beauty and highlight the vulnerability of sharks,” the grand prize winner will receive a week-long diving holiday for two in the Maldives. Sponsors include Barefoot Traveller, Suunto, Mares, Ocean Optics, and Fujifilm.

The August 31, 2007 deadline is fast approaching, and while there is no entry fee, there is a limit of two submissions per entrant, so choose wisely. The top photographs will be displayed at the Dive 2007 exhibit at NEC Birmingham in October and published in the 2008 Diver Magazine calendar.

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Sea & Sea announces 10 megapixel DX-1G underwater camera Photo

Sea & Sea announces 10 megapixel DX-1G underwater camera

Sea & Sea has announced the DX-1G underwater housing and 10 megapixel 1G camera with built-in Vibration Correction, expected to be released in August. The camera features a 24-72mm fixed lens, 2.5” LCD display, and a shutter response time of only 0.1 seconds, with the option to take another photo in just one second.

The camera can record images in RAW format, has both aperture-priority and manual exposure modes, and records movies at 30fps. The companion housing is rated up to 50m depth and has two fiber-optic cable sockets. Continue reading for the press release from Sea & Sea…

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Galápagos added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage in Danger Photo

Galápagos added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage in Danger

On Tuesday, the World Heritage Committee added the Galápagos Islands to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) List of World Heritage in Danger.

Known as a “melting pot of marine species…and unusual animal life,” the area was the first to be placed on the World Heritage List in 1978. However, “the number of days spent by passengers of cruise ships has increased by 150 percent over the past 15 years,” and it is believed the traffic and introduced invasive species are beginning to threaten the natural ecosystem. The List of World Heritage in Danger seeks to mobilize support for the conservation of threatened areas.

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DivePhotoGuide / Wakatobi Underwater Photo and Video Festival Photo

DivePhotoGuide / Wakatobi Underwater Photo and Video Festival

DivePhotoGuide.com has announced the first DivePhotoGuide / Wakatobi Underwater Photo and Video Festival and Shootout, from March 28 - April 15, 2008 in Indonesia. The festival is split into two sessions; from March 28 - April 4, guests will stay on the Pelagian liveaboard, and from April 4 - April 15, at the Wakatobi Dive Resort.

Land activities range from photo, video, and editing workshops to nightly reviews. There will also be weekly contests in wide-angle, macro, and video categories for the chance to win up to $10,000 in prizes from sponsors including Amphibico, Sea & Sea, Mares, H2O Photo Pros, and Ultralight.

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EPIC 2007 Photo Contest winners Photo

EPIC 2007 Photo Contest winners

EPIC has posted the winners of its 2007 photo contest. Many of these winners are recognizable as Wetpixel members or individuals who have placed in other competitions this year. Congratulations to Justin Gilligan for a first place win in this year’s Sharks category with an over-under featuring a blacktip reef shark! 

The EPIC website currently features both the finalists and winning entries from the 2007 competition.

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