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DivePhotoFest Philippines u/w photography workshop: space available Photo

DivePhotoFest Philippines u/w photography workshop: space available

The DivePhotoFest underwater photography workshop at the beautiful El Galleon Resort in Puerto Galera, Philippines still has space available. The workshop runs from June 3-10, 2007 and includes 3 dives per day plus breakfast and lunch, as well as 7 nights accommodation at the resort.

Daily presentations will be given by Simon Buxton, Tim Rock, and Wetpixel video moderator Mike Veitch. Sponsors include Aquatica, Ikelite, Magic Filters, and the PADI Diving Society - society members will receive $50 off the package price. Full details and booking information can be found at the DivePhotoFest website.

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ROV support vehicle catches rare oarfish Photo

ROV support vehicle catches rare oarfish

The crew of the ROV vessel HOS Innovator and the Saipem Innovator 9 ROV recently encountered and caught a rare oarfish at the surface near their boat - over 100 miles off the coast south of New Orleans.

The fish measured at over seven feet in length, but weighed only about six pounds, and has been preserved for donation to a research organization or aquarium for study. Crew member Dick Elliott took a few photographs of the experience - continue reading to view them…

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Diving Clipperton Island video preview Photo

Diving Clipperton Island video preview

Mary Lynn Price, producer of DiveFilm, has posted a 5-minute video preview of her recent trip to Clipperton Island, which includes an interview in Spanish with Roberto Chavez Arce, one of the Mexican divers and explorers on the trip.  Arce talks about the need for protection of the island and surrounding reefs (no subtitles—I hope your Spanish is good).  There is plenty of underwater video footage that accompanies the interview, which shows the beauty of the reefs around Clipperton.

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Shark documentary to be featured at NCUPS Photo

Shark documentary to be featured at NCUPS

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (NCUPS) will be presenting a free showing of Sharks: Stewards of the Reef on Friday, May 11, 2007 in Millbrae, CA. The 30-minute documentary film, by David McGuire of Trillium Films, details the relationship between reef sharks and their environment, and the danger of forever losing both:

From over-fishing and the economics behind shark finning, to the escalating threats of habitat destruction, Sharks: Stewards of the Reef, examines the forces causing shark populations to plummet.  Humans are now the top predators of the oceans and we are removing a critical link in the oceanic ecosystem.

Continue reading for the press release from NCUPS…

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National Association of Broadcasters Show 2007 Photo

National Association of Broadcasters Show 2007

Wetpixel conservation moderator and videographer Shawn Heinrichs attended the recent National Association of Broadcasters show held in Las Vegas from April 16-19. He came back with thoroughly researched impressions of some of the items on display, including the Sony XDCAM EX, Apple’s Final Cut Pro 6, and Color.

This is a big show with every serious company engaged in broadcast and post production in attendance.” Continue reading for information and photos of many new or updated products, and Shawn’s feedback from some of the developers…

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Solmar V launches new website, gives away free stuff Photo

Solmar V launches new website, gives away free stuff

The new owners of the M/V Solmar V (the boat Wetpixel is taking to the Socorro and Revillagigedos islands in February of 2008) have launched a new website, designed by Wetpixel member Bonnie Pelnar. 

As part of the celebration, they are offering several incentives to help everyone get as excited about the upcoming year as they are.  Solmar V is giving away four free trips (and more)!  Continue reading for the full release…

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ADEX Wetpixel meetup, Bangkok, April 28 Photo

ADEX Wetpixel meetup, Bangkok, April 28

ADEX is this weekend and quite a few Wetpixel members are going to be attending, Barring any other event, Wetpixel will be hosting a meet-up at Admaker Bar, 51/51 Lang Suan Road. at 8.30pm on Saturday, April 28, 2007, for drinks. The first round will be on Wetpixel, and Drew Wong will be our man on the ground with the credit card.  Jason Heller will also be there, representing DivePhotoGuide, and will be sponsoring the second round of drinks.  Please see the discussion topic for final place and time.

Check out photos from ADEX 2006 and see a photo of Wetpixel member Peter Mooney falling out of a bar window onto the sidewalk (well, a re-enactment, anyway—I was laughing too hard to photograph the actual event).

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