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UwP issue 59 available Photo

UwP issue 59 available

Issue 59 of Underwater Photography magazine (UwP) is now available to download. The March/April issue runs to 76 pages and includes articles and reviews on FIT close-up lenses by Alex Mustard, Making an Aquatica by Jean Bruneau, Dome Reflections by Pete Atkinson and Pearls of Borneo by Chris Mitchell.

In addition there are reviews, features and lots of great photgraphy. UwP magazine issue 59 is available as a free pdf download.

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Mustard and Edge to speak at LIDS 2011 Photo

Mustard and Edge to speak at LIDS 2011

Wetpixel Associate Editor Alex Mustard and Martin Edge are teaming up again to present a joint presentation at the London International Dive Show (LIDS) on 26 and 27 March. Wetpixel reported on their last combined talkin November 2010, which attracted over 240 underwater photographers, and received many rave reviews. Their seminars at LIDS will start at 11.15 on both days and the organizers expect demand to be high, so plan to be there early.

The 2011 London Dive Show is to be held at ExCel, London and also features the PhotoZone, an area dedicated to underwater imaging. I will be there to cover the event for Wetpixel, so please check back here if you can’t be there in person.

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Cove director gives free DVD of the film to all Taiji residents Photo

Cove director gives free DVD of the film to all Taiji residents

The director of “The Cove”, Louie Psihoyos, said on Monday that a Japanese dubbed version of the film was delivered over the weekend to all households in Taiji, Japan, with the help of a local group called People Concerned for the Ocean. The Oscar-winning documentary is based on the sales and slaughter of dolphins in a cove near the town.

Huffington Post has quoted Psihoyos as saying that he was concerned many Japanese have yet to see the film, but especially the 3,500 people of Taiji in the southwest of the country.

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DEMA issues statement on goliath grouper protection Photo

DEMA issues statement on goliath grouper protection

The Diving Equipment Marketing Association (DEMA) has released a statement welcoming the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWCC) decision to continue with a moratorium on the harvesting of goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara). This decision was reached at a meeting on 23 February, and was based on the lack of available data on population numbers.

Tom Ingram, DEMA Executive Director, said that:

“The goliath grouper’s size, visibility, low birth rate and slow movement seems to trace another of Florida’s truly majestic waterborne creatures – the manatee, and could easily be thrown back to species extinction if harvesting were allowed without verified stock assessments,”

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Dates for British Underwater Photography Championship announced Photo

Dates for British Underwater Photography Championship announced

The British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) has announced the British Underwater Photography Championship 2011. This splash-in competition will be held at Mount Batten, Plymouth, UK on Saturday 9 July. The competition comprises four categories open to images taken with all types of digital cameras during the day: Marine Life, Mankind in the Sea, Humorous, and a special theme to be announced at the event. Prizes will be awarded to each category winner. There will also be an award for the best image with a compact camera in each category (except Humorous).

Please see the BSoUP website for full details and how to enter.

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Coral Reefs Revisited: 90% of all reefs threatened by 2030 Photo

Coral Reefs Revisited: 90% of all reefs threatened by 2030

The Huffington Post has quoted a report that suggest that by 2030, over 90% of the worlds coral reefs will be threatened, and by 2050, nearly all reefs will be. The report, “Reefs at Risk Revisited” carried out by the World Resources Institute, cites ocean acidification and global warming as the major causes of this potential catastrophe. However over-fishing, coastal development and pollution are also seen as being significant problems.

All may not be lost though as one of the reports authors, Lauretta Burke states that with quick, broad action much may be saved:

A future with dying or dead reefs is not a future we are committed to.”

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Apple unleashes Thunderbolt Photo

Apple unleashes Thunderbolt

As is being discussed in the forums, Apple has announced the release of a re-designed series of MacBook Pro notebooks. Among the new features is a new system for connecting peripherals: Thunderbolt. This is a new high-speed peripheral-connection technology that combines data, video, audio, and power in a single connection. Thunderbolt allows for very high-speed connection of peripherals such as hard drives, RAID arrays, video-capture solutions, and network interfaces, and it can transmit high-definition video using the DisplayPort protocol. Each Thunderbolt port also provides up to 10 Watts of power to connected peripherals.

Macworld reports that a Thunderbolt channel can provide up to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of data throughput and each Thunderbolt port includes two channels It can also transmit and receive data at the same time. Even with estimated real-world performance of around 8Gbps, Thunderbolt is many times faster than FireWire 800 and USB 3.0. It’s also significantly faster than the eSATA connections available on many Windows PCs.

It is rumoured that the forthcoming Nikon D4 SLR will be equipped with the technology.

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Into the Deep exhibition opens Photo

Into the Deep exhibition opens

Into the Deep, an exhibition of underwater images, will be on display in Edinburgh, UK from Friday 25 February. The outdoor display is presented by Steve Bloom Images and Edinburgh International Science Festival. The images start at the surface of the ocean and travel downwards looking at sharks, coral reefs and eventually the creatures of the deep. The exhibit features photography from Steve Bloom along with that of Franco Banfi, Daniel Selmeczi, David Shale, Wetpixel Associate Editor Alexander Mustard and more.

A total of 60 giant photographs will be on show, which is at St Andrews Square, Edinburgh and runs from 25 February to 1 May.

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