Moscow Golden Dolphin 2008 winners announced Photo

Moscow Golden Dolphin 2008 winners announced

The results of the 2008 Golden Dolphin International Photo and Film Festival have been posted, and we can see a few Wetpixel members who have been honored. The grand prize was awarded to Olga Kamenskaya for a photograph of sea lions, and to Danny Van Belle for the video The window of life.

Congratulate the winners on their placings in the Members in Media forum, or continue reading for the full press release from the festival…

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London International Dive Show 2008 digital photo clinic Photo

London International Dive Show 2008 digital photo clinic

Wetpixel Associate Editor Alex Mustard will be co-hosting the Digital Photo Clinic, with Photoshop expert and Wetpixel member Saeed Rashid, at this coming weekend’s London International Dive Show (LIDS) on March 8-9, 2008. The session will run on both days between from 1:45PM-3:00PM and much of this interactive presentation will focus on helping you get better images. Alex will be advising on how to improve your in water photographic techniques and Saeed demonstrating how RAW conversion and Photoshop processing can improve those images you have already taken.

If you are thinking of coming to LIDS and would like direct feedback on how you can improve your shots please email two or three of your images to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (the address can handle files up to 20mb, so RAW’s or JPEG’s are fine). Alternatively you can bring your pictures to the show and give them directly to Alex on the BSoUP stand at the show.

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Wetpixel joins Facebook Photo

Wetpixel joins Facebook

Wetpixel finally has a Facebook page!  Since underwater photography and videography is, for the most part, a hobby for folks that are a bit further along in life, we didn’t see the need to create a Facebook page for a long time. But now that more and more folks out of college are signing up for Facebook, we need a presence there.  Check it out, and become a fan!

If you don’t know what Facebook is, you should go over there and check it out. If it still doesn’t make sense, you probably wouldn’t use it, anyway. :)

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Fantasea announces FL-18 and FS-210 housings Photo

Fantasea announces FL-18 and FS-210 housings

Fantasea Line has recently released their FL-18 and FS-210 camera housings for the Nikon Coolpix L15/L16/L18 and S210 digital cameras, respectively. Both housings are rated to 200 ft, and feature access to essential camera functions, an anti-glare hood and built-in diffuser, and a 46mm threaded port ring for accessory lenses or filters.

As with all Fantasea housings, purchase includes a year of pre-paid flood insurance. These new products join a Fantasea lineup of housings for nearly all Nikon Coolpix cameras.

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Michael Patrick O’Neill is Pictures of the Year International winner Photo

Michael Patrick O’Neill is Pictures of the Year International winner

A photograph taken by Wetpixel member Michael Patrick O’Neill (Michael) was awarded First Place in the Science/Natural History category of the 65th Pictures of the Year International competition, the “largest, oldest and most reputable photo journalism competition in the world.”

The image of an underwater photographer and Goliath grouper, taken in South Florida, will be presented among other winning images during the awards ceremony at National Geographic in Washington, D.C. on April 17 and 18, 2008. Congratulations, Michael!

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Book Review: The Marine Life of Bootless Bay: Papua New Guinea Photo

Book Review: The Marine Life of Bootless Bay: Papua New Guinea

Not only is David Harasti a marine scientist, he is also a superb underwater photographer. Combine the two and you have a great recipe for a book. Dave has spent many hours co-producing this book and the results are fantastic. It is full of amazing images, information and a great aid to help local communities understand the ocean and its importance.

The ‘Marine Life of Bootless Bay - Papua New Guinea’ identification guide by Dr Mark Baine and Dave Harasti is the accumulation of 18 months work and several hundred hours spent underwater photographing and documenting the marine biodiversity of Bootless Bay, located just outside Port Moresby…

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Beneath the Sea 2008 contest winners announced Photo

Beneath the Sea 2008 contest winners announced

The winning images of the Beneath the Sea 2008 Worldwide Underwater Photography/Video Competition have been announced, with many familiar names in the list of winners. The Best of Show was awarded to Mark Melnick for an image in the cenotes of Mexico.

All winning images will be shown at the Saturday night film festival during the weekend of Beneath the Sea‘s Ocean Adventure and Travel Exposition, March 28th, 29th and 30th, 2008, at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. Congratulations, all!

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Bahamas shark bite aboard Shear Water, official thread Photo

Bahamas shark bite aboard Shear Water, official thread

This is the official Wetpixel report on the shark bite that happened in the Bahamas this morning, February 24, 2008 aboard the M/V Shear Water (also mentioned in the press as “Shearwater” and “Sheerwater”).

On February, 24, 2008, a 50 year old man was bitten by a shark in the Bahamas while on a shark diving expedition aboard the Shear Water. The man was bitten in the leg by a shark while scuba diving and was reportedly flown via Coast Guard helicopter to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for treatment, where he passed away. Continue reading for more information.

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