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Larry Smith passes away in Indonesia Photo

Larry Smith passes away in Indonesia

Larry Smith, beloved dive pioneer, guide, and critter expert in Indonesia, passed away on March 20, 2007, in Sorong, Indonesia. Larry spent two days in a hospital in Fakfak with what everyone thought was pneumonia.  He was on his way to Bali when he passed away at the Pertamina hospital in Sorong from complications associated with pneumonia.  Our heart-felt condolences go out to his family and friends.

- Memorial service in Bali on Sunday, March 25, 2007.
- Memorial gathering at SeaSpace, Houston, Saturday, March 31, 2007.
- Larry Smith Memorial Fund established. Read full article for donation details.

Letters and images have been pouring in for the last two days, and we’d like to share them here.  Continue reading for more about Larry…

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Local San Francisco underwater photographer Kawika Chetron missing Photo

Local San Francisco underwater photographer Kawika Chetron missing

Kawika Chetron, a local diver in the San Francisco Bay Area, went missing off Cape Mendocino this weekend. Berkley White writes, “he’s a great guy and a great shooter. He’s a very strong guy and we’re hoping he swam the 5 miles to shore and is hiking out of the Lost Coast as we speak. He dropped anchor on Saturday and has been missing since.

If you have any information about Kawika, or just want to help, please contact Berkley at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Under the Blue 2007 International Photo and Video Competition Photo

Under the Blue 2007 International Photo and Video Competition

Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide have teamed up with the 2007 SCUBA Show to announce the Under the Blue International Photo and Video Competition.

Limited to amateurs and hobbyists (no professionals), the competition features over $20,000 worth of prizes (with travel trips to Fiji,  Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, and Australia), and includes a category focused solely on California’s underwater environment.

The deadline for entries is May 12, 2007, and 15% of proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts. Winners will be announced online and exhibited at the show in Long Beach, California on June 2nd-3rd. For all the details and information on how to enter, continue to Under the Blue 2007 at UnderwaterCompetition.com…

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Oceanblue Divers and NYUPS host ‘Planning Your Shot’ Photo

Oceanblue Divers and NYUPS host ‘Planning Your Shot’

Oceanblue Divers and the New York Underwater Photographic Society (NYUPS) have partnered to host ‘Planning Your Shot’ on March 22nd in New York. The event features seminars presented by Amos Nachoum, Jason Heller, and Larry Cohen on their techniques and insights into the photographs they take, and the opportunity to meet fellow underwater photographers just prior to the Beneath the Sea dive exposition.

The entry fee is only USD$12 for early registration, and includes appetizers, two raffle tickets for prizes, and discounted drinks. Reserve your spot quickly if you plan on attending, as space is limited.

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The Photo of the Week—now shareable Photo

The Photo of the Week—now shareable

For years now, the photo of the week contest at Wetpixel has been generating fantastic, themed imagery whose quality rivals some of the best published images out there.  Now you can embed the POTW into your own webpage! It’s as easy as copying a bit of HTML into your website’s code.

There are two versions of the embeddable POTW web widget. One always shows the last POTW winner—perfect for featuring beautiful underwater imagery on your own website—and the other is keyed to a specific user here at Wetpixel. The user-specific version will show only the last image entered into the POTW by that user.

The cut & paste code for embedding the photo of the week widget is available here.

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National Geographic Global Fisheries article Photo

National Geographic Global Fisheries article

National Geographic has published a 38-page article on the global fish crisis in the April 2007 issue of its magazine.  The article is written by Fen Montaigne, with topside photographs by Randy Olson and underwater photography by friend and Wetpixel member, Brian Skerry.

The Mediterranean may lose its wild bluefin tuna. High-tech harvesting and wasteful management have brought world fish stocks to dangerous lows. This story explores the fish crisis—as well as the hope for a new relationship between man and the sea…

Preview the article online at National Geographic’s website.

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Marty Snyderman to lead underwater photography seminar at DUPS Photo

Marty Snyderman to lead underwater photography seminar at DUPS

The Dallas Underwater Photographic Society (DUPS) will be hosting Marty Snyderman for an all-day underwater photography seminar on April 15, 2007 in Dallas, TX.

The seminar is priced at USD$150, or USD$100 for DUPS member, and is designed by Snyderman “to make sure that you know more about underwater photography at the end of the day than you did at the beginning…once you really “get it” you can take the concepts you learn with you anywhere you dive and create compelling images.

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