Video: Whale Shark Island by Kip Evans
Whale Shark Island by Kip Evans was the non-broadcast winner at the 2010 Blue Ocean Film Festival. It features the waters around Isla Holbox off of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico which are seasonally rich with plankton and are the scene of a feast for whale sharks. Large aggregations of them gather to feed on the bloom from June through September. The sharks have become the core of a local tourism industry, but over-development could threaten this delicate balance.
Kip Evan’s film, narrated by Dr Sylvia Earle, shows this dilemma and is full of glorious imagery.
British Underwater Image Festival results announced
The British Underwater Image Festival (BUIF) results were announced at a ceremony held at the Big Scuba Show in London, UK last weekend, reports Dive Magazine. Overall winner was an image by Simon Brown in which two Royal Navy Clearance divers simulate an underwater fight.
BUIF is now in its sixth year, and attracted hundreds of still and video entries. Congratulations to all the winners, especially the many Wetpixel members featured in the results.
Full results of Our World Underwater 2011
The results of the Wetpixel/DivePhotoGuide Our World Underwater (OWU) competition were announced at the OWU show in Chicago, IL last weekend. Thousands of entries from novice to professional photographers from 19 countries competed in the sixth annual “Superbowl” of international underwater imagery. This year over $75,000 of world-class prizes were awarded.
Congratulations to Anatoly Beloshchin from Russia who won Best of Show for his 1st place image from the new Commercial, Conceptual and Fashion category. Public voting was held during the show for the crowd’s favorite image, with Canon kindly donating a camera body for the most-voted. This was won by Uwe Schmolke for his image “Prying eyes.” Of course, further congratulations to the many Wetpixel members featured in the results.
The winners were announced live on stage during the Our World Underwater film festival. The winning images are on the following pages and the winning videos will also be broadcast as episodes on the iTunes-featured DiveFilm HD Podcast Video. As with all UnderwaterCompetition.com events, 15% of entry proceeds will be donated to marine conservation efforts.
Triggerfish remote slave trigger launched
Wetpixel member Hedwig Dieraert has announced the launch of a remote slave trigger called the “triggerfish”. The unit attaches to a strobe via a Nikonos 5-pin cable and then allows for this strobe to be triggered by another strobe, typically the one on the camera, even at some distance from it.
The triggerfish is compatible with several different makes of strobe, and can be set for either manual or TTL trigger strobe settings. It is constructed of hard anodized aluminum, has a depth rating of 120 meters and is claimed to have no problems with triggering even in bright ambient light situations. We have a test unit coming soon and will provide a comprehensive review of its performance, so please check back here for details. Hedwig has them available now at 120 euro each, please contact him directly by email for more details or orders.
Call for entries: British Wildlife Photography Awards
The British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) is now accepting still and video entries for the 2011 competition. It has multiple categories available including animal portraits and behavior, invertebrates, coast and marine and video shorts. All entries must have been taken in the United Kingdom and the judges include marine and freshwater creatures in their definition of “animals”.
The competition is open for entries now, until 2 June. Entry detail are on the BWPA website.
Call for video entries: Scuba Show 2011
The Scuba Show, to be held at the Long Beach Convention Center, California from 4 to 5 June, is seeking quality submissions for its continuous underwater film festival. Please note that this is not a competition but the videos selected will be played continuously during the event. Films chosen for screening will be paid an honorarium.
Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2011. Full details of the film festival are on the Scuba Show website.
Review: Think Tank Logistics Manager Rolling case
Steve Douglas presents a review of the Think Tank Logistics Manager Rolling case. He emphasises that this case is too big to be used as an airline carry-on, but big enough to carry everything needed for a major shoot. He concludes:
“In this day of economic recession and uncertainty, it is the wise individual who will make any purchases with forethought to the future. The Think Tank Logistics Manager Rolling case will meet the demanding needs of any professional photographer or videographer, no matter what your status, hobbyist or pro, I don’t think you will find a case better made or more protective of your valuable equipment.”
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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