World shipwreck images by Alex Mustard Photo

World shipwreck images by Alex Mustard

Wetpixel Associate Editor Alex Mustard has just had a series of his wreck images published in two UK newspapers. The Daily Mail and The Telegraph have both used a portfolio of his images and these have also been picked by Globo, the largest media outlet in Brazil. Alex is quoted by the Daily Mail as saying:

“‘Wrecks attract divers because of the incongruity of seeing something from above the waves beneath them.”

The articles include pictures of the newly-sunk Kittiwake, Grand Cayman, Thisttlegorm and Giannis D, Red Sea and a VW Beetle from Capernwray, Lancashire!

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Apple releases RAW compatibility update Photo

Apple releases RAW compatibility update

Apple has announced the release of a Digital Camera RAW compatibility update for users of Aperture 3 and iPhoto ‘11. Version 3.6 adds support for Canon EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D / Kiss X50, Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D / Kiss X5, Olympus E-5, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100, Pentax K-r and Pentax K-5 cameras. In addition it addresses processing issues with Nikon D7000, Nikon COOLPIX P7000, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2.

The update is available via software update or from the Apple support site.

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Nikon D7000 and Aquatica AD7000 review Photo

Nikon D7000 and Aquatica AD7000 review

The Nikon D7000 is an exciting new camera for underwater use, and there is much interest in the cameras performance, and the housings that are becoming available for it. The new Aquatica AD7000 housing has produced much speculation on the forums. Keri Wilk has just returned from Dominica where he has conducted a very in-depth review of the D7000 with the brand new Aquatica AD7000 housing and can provide all the answers. He says:

“Including a moisture alarm and a hydrophone as standard housing features was a very generous gesture, which I’m sure users will appreciate. And if the multifunctional port-lock/lens-release is any indication of the capability of Aquatica’s engineering team, they have a bright and innovative future ahead of them.”

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Man carrying shark image receives photojournalism award Photo

Man carrying shark image receives photojournalism award

A picture of a man carrying a dead shark through the devastated and rubble strewn streets of Mogadishu, Somalia has received first place in the Daily Life Single category of the World Press Photo contest. The image was shot by Omar Feisal of Reuters, in September last year.

Although not a traditional image for this forum, it is still a stunning composition on many different levels.

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Japanese fleet suspends whale hunt Photo

Japanese fleet suspends whale hunt

The BBC has reported that the Japanese whaling fleet has suspended its hunt in the Southern Ocean. Their hunting season usually ends in mid-March, so it seems unlikely that they will resume. The fleet has actually cited the interference being run by Sea Shepherd as the cause of the suspension. The fleet had planned to harvest over 900 whales this season, but it seems that they may have only managed to catch 30. Sea Shepherd picked up the fleet very early, and were able to prevent the factory ship, the Nisshin Maru, from receiving whale carcasses from the harpoon ships, rendering the fleet’s operations ineffective.

It should be stressed at this time though that the hunt is only suspended, in fact the NZ Herald has quoted Sea Shepherd activists as saying that this is a bluff, and Captain Paul Watson has also highlighted this possibility in his blog. The whaling fleet may simply be re-positioning to attempt to carry on its hunt.

UPDATE: Sea Shepherd reports that Japan has officially ended it’s whale hunt for this season. A fantastic result for whales.

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Epson Red Sea releases 2010 competition album Photo

Epson Red Sea releases 2010 competition album

An album containing images of all competition nominees and winners from the Epson Red Sea 2010 competition is available for download (this link will download the album as a pdf). The 210 pages, compiled by David Pilosof, contain information about the 2010 competition organizers, pictures of the competitors and behind-the-scenes images as well as a complete anthology of all the entries making for a breathtaking underwater journey.

It is available as a free download (also links to download) in adobe pdf format.

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Equinox releases top-mounted monitor Photo

Equinox releases top-mounted monitor

Equinox has released a new external top-mounted monitor suitable for all housings. The 3” hi-res 16 x 9 LCD screen has its own internal power supply and runs on four AA batteries. For ease of viewing in bright conditions, it comes with an attached 1.5” sun shade.

The monitor is available to order now, and costs $1,199.

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Turks and Caicos Islands establishes Reef Fund Photo

Turks and Caicos Islands establishes Reef Fund

The Turks & Caicos Reef Fund (TCRF) has been established to help preserve and protect the marine environment of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The new body will raise funds by selling wristbands and dive tags to visiting divers, and individuals, groups and organizations can apply to it for grants for use in projects that will enhance the marine environment.

The initial project selected for assistance is the upgrading and replacement of the snorkel trail markers on the reef in front of the Coral Gardens Resort.

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