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Call for entries: Ocean in Focus Conservation Photo Contest Photo

Call for entries: Ocean in Focus Conservation Photo Contest

SeaWeb has announced that it is now accepting entries for the Marine Photobanks fourth-annual Ocean in Focus Conservation Photo Contest. The competition attempts to raise public awareness of the threats facing the marine environment. Dawn M. Martin, President of SeaWeb asserts that:

“Compelling images illustrating both the grandeur and the threats to the ocean can be the spark that inspires action.”

The competition is open until 30 September, and the winners will be announced in the fall.

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Sea and Sea releases RDX-600D housing Photo

Sea and Sea releases RDX-600D housing

Sea and Sea has announced the release of the RDX-600D housing for the Canon Rebel EOS 600D/T3i. The polycarbonate case accepts ports from the Sea and Sea NX, CX and RDX ranges, and comes equipped with fiber optic strobe connectors. A sync cord bulkhead can be fitted by the user as an extra option.

The RDX-600D is available now and can be supplied as a package with various port options. The housing is priced at $1,395.00.

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Dominica announces Dive Fest 2011 Photo

Dominica announces Dive Fest 2011

The Island of Dominica will be hosting its seventeenth annual Dive Fest from 8 to 17 July. Dive Fest is an annual event held to educate the public about diving, and to raise awareness about Dominica’s stunning and unique marine environment.

During the festival, Sealife cameras will be hosting several photography competitions and events.

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Panasonic releases the LUMIX GF3 EVIL camera Photo

Panasonic releases the LUMIX GF3 EVIL camera

Panasonic has released the LUMIX GF3 EVIL camera. It features a 12.1 megapixel sensor with a Venus VII HD processor that is designed for give performance in low-light situations. It also has 1080i HD video at 25fps, in AVCHD format with full-time AF and AF tracking. Although the camera features touch screen controls, it also features for the first time on the LUMIX series, a touch-wheel to access key camera functions.

The Panasonic LUMIX GF3 will be available for a suggested retail prices of $699.99 with the 14mm lens kit system starting in July 2011, and $599.99 with the 14-42mm lens kit system starting in late August 2011.

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Call for entries: Diving, Resort and Travel Expo Photo

Call for entries: Diving, Resort and Travel Expo

The 2011 Diving, Resort and Travel Expo will be held from 8-10 July at the Hong Kong Exhibition Center. The event will host 130 exhibitors, and it is expected to have over 30,000 visitors. The event will be hosting an underwater photography competition with categories for behavior, reefscapes and conservation. In addition, the show plans to highlight the issues facing the conservation of the marine ecosystem, via professional seminars and promoting public dialog.

The deadline for entries to the competition is 18 June.

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Underwater VFX demo reel posted in forums Photo

Underwater VFX demo reel posted in forums

Wetpixel member Chris East has posted a demo showreel of visual effects (VFX) onto the forums. The sequence includes some underwater footage and also shows what software went into creating each shot. It highlights several uses of post production VFX compositing, from match-moves and 2D camera solves, through to 3D modelling and placement. Chris reckons that it took about an afternoon to actually cut together, but the total time to acquire the footage was about a month.

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Muck diving tips and techniques on YouTube Photo

Muck diving tips and techniques on YouTube

As trailed earlier this week, Steve Fish and the Critters@Lembeh/Lembeh Resort team have released a video highlighting good practices for muck diving onto YouTube. The idea is that this video will be used by many of the dive centers in the area to promote responsible environmental practices among their visitors.

The video also highlights issues like photographic etiquette and using too much strobe on a single subject.

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