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!
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…
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!
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.
Digital Shootout adds David Fleetham to workshop staff
The Digital Shootout is proud to announce the addition of professional underwater photographer David Fleetham to the workshop staff. David’s images have been published around the globe, with well over one hundred magazine covers to date. As a true working pro, David will share his knowledge of underwater imaging through insightful seminars and evening image critiques. He will also be on hand all week to dive with participants and share his expertise. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a pro!
The Digital Shootout 2008 will be in held Bonaire from June 7-14, 2008. Also on staff is Berkley White, Eric Cheng, Mary Lynn Price, and Dan Baldocchi.
Book Review: A Diver’s Guide to the Art of Underwater Photography
Great art is not created by committees or consensus, but by passionate individuals with vision and desire. The Ferraris’ guide to the art of underwater photography is as personal and as opinionated a book on the subject as you are ever likely to read. And all the better for it.
This book gives us a rare insight into the mindset, dedication and imagination involved in creating magnificent underwater images. Although he always seems keen to modestly deny it, Andrea Ferrari is an excellent underwater photographer. While you may not always agree with his well argued opinions all of us will benefit from reading them. I get the impression that the author does not expect us to agree with him all the time, anyway…
Three protected tiger sharks killed in Aliwal Shoal, South Africa
About a week ago, three tiger sharks were landed and killed in Aliwal Shoal, a marine protected area off the coast of South Africa. Marine biologist Thomas Peschak writes in his expedition blog entry:
Tiger sharks are a protected species within the Aliwal MPA as they are the main attraction for thousands of tourists who come from across the world to dive the shoal and see these sharks. One dead tiger shark might fetch a once off payment of no more than $50-100 dollars for the fisherman, but alive that same shark might be worth in excess of $10 000 every year in marine eco-tourism…
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NYUPS hosts David Doubilet for “Hidden Corners of Our Water Planet”
On March 24, 2008, the New York Underwater Photographic Society (NYUPS) will present a special evening with underwater photographer David Doubilet and “Hidden Corners of Our Water Planet.” The event will be held at the Bleecker Theatre in New York from 6:30PM-10PM.
NYUPS says “[Doubilet’s] iconic images have graced the pages of National Geographic and many other publications since 1971,” and he is a member of the Royal Photographic Society and International Diving Hall of Fame. Space is limited, so RSVP as soon as possible to guarantee a spot!
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