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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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Digital Shootout Bonaire 2007 Winners Photo

Digital Shootout Bonaire 2007 Winners

Check out the winning images and videos from this year’s Digital Shootout Bonaire 2007!  After a tough week of non-stop diving, classes, and evening image critique sessions, we received nearly 400 entries in 4 categories from 60 participants. 

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the shootout!  As we like to say each year, “All of us are winners. Some are just more prize-challenged.” We’ll see you next year.

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Digital Shootout Bonaire 2007 Day 6 Photo

Digital Shootout Bonaire 2007 Day 6

Today is the last official day of the Digital Shootout Bonaire 2007!  We had an evening awards ceremony presentation that included a topside slideshow and an underwater slideshow of all the images submitted in the photo contest, followed by a presentation of this year’s winning images.  After the show, more than 20 of us ended up at Papaya Moon, a relatively new Tex-Mex restaurant in town. When I left the group, they were having a great time at Little Havana…

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