Oil spills in Philippines and Indian Ocean
In less than a week’s time, two significant tanker-based oil spills have been reported to authorities. The first news came Friday after a sinking in the Philippines, and on Monday, Japan’s media stated that the tanker Bright Artemis had spilled oil after a collision with another vessel.
A Japanese tanker spilled about 1.4 million gallons of crude oil in the eastern Indian Ocean following a collision with a cargo ship, the tanker’s operator said Tuesday. Japan’s Kyodo news service said the spill — which would be about 4,500 tons — may have been the largest ever involving a Japanese tanker.
In a separate oil spill, the Philippines said that a tanker had sunk in rough seas Friday off the coast of Guimaras Island, about 312 miles southeast of Manila. About 528,000 gallons of industrial fuel was leaking from the accident, officials said.
A central Philippine island province declared a “state of calamity” following what authorities called the country’s worst spill.
It is hoped that the nations affected move swiftly to contain the respective spills and attempt to minimize the damage to the environment.
2007 Calendar benefits Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation
Wetpixel member Bruce Yates has put together a fantastic 2007 calendar of his underwater images to raise money for the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation. They’re only USD $22.99 and ALL profits go to help a great cause—funding research to find a cure for PKD! (Only available in the U.S.A. at this time)
Matt Segal joins Wetpixel moderation team
Please join me in welcoming Matt Segal to the Wetpixel moderation team!
Matt, a Southern California native and resident, learned to dive in the Cayman Islands after a knee injury at age 15. He began underwater photography (and photography in general) in late 2003 and has pursued it since, spending much of his time underwater at the local Channel Islands as well as areas in the South Pacific and Caribbean. He is a participating member of the Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society (LAUPS), and currently shoots a Canon 20D in an Ikelite housing, with two Ikelite DS-125 strobes. Segal is a National Merit Scholar and is majoring in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southern California on a full scholarship.
Matt is also by far the youngest moderator in the Wetpixel volunteer staff. We are all envious of his youth and are looking forward to the energy he will bring to the team!
Changes to Wetpixel Picture of the Week Contest
I have made some changes to the Wetpixel Picture of the Week Contest:
- Entries in open competitions are now ordered by date and time submitted. This means that if you submit an entry early, your photo is more likely to be shown at the top of the page during voting.
- You may now hide individual entries during voting to reduce clutter on the screen. My recommendation for voting is to show all of the pages (click on "All" in the page selector) and then hide all of the entries you don't like. From your new short list, vote for your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place entries.
Good luck! As a reminder, new contests spawn every Sunday night at midnight, and you can always see the next week's topic in each contest's description.
Save the Breakwater, Monterey
Backscatter‘s Berkley White writes in:
Please call in sick or close your business this Tuesday! ...save the Monterey Breakwater! Please help us finish a 10 year fight to save the Breakwater from hooks and spears… bring back the wolfeels and rockfish for all to enjoy. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 15th, 9:00am, at the Beach Resort Monterey, 2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Monterey
Here’s how you can help:
1) Attend the DFG meeting this Tuesday in Monterey
2) Email the pdf flyer to all your contacts
3) Verify that your dive buddies will attend
Unofficial travel advisory about Puerto Rico
There has been a lot of discussion here on Wetpixel about losing equipment while travelling through Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport (SJU) in San Juan. We have received confirmation that thieves at the airport are continuing to target both topside and underwater camera gear in checked baggage. If you travel with expensive gear, please use caution when deciding on a route that goes through Puerto Rico. I myself decided some time ago that I will not fly through Puerto Rico again until the crime ring is caught.
Wetpixel’s kriptap wins Divester’s First Photo Contest
Wetpixel member kriptap has just won Divester’s First Ever Photo Contest with a nice photo of a hawksbill turtle in blue water. His turtle beat out 1200 other images in Divester’s Flickr pool, This Is Why We Dive. See kriptap’s Flickr account for more of his beautiful underwater imagery.
Wetpixel/Flickr members: remember to join Wetpixel’s Flickr pool!
BSoUP’s International Focus On Competition 06
The British Society of Underwater Photographers invites entries for its second, annual International Focus On Competition. The competition is free to enter and open to all underwater photographers. There is no theme - the only rule is that your photograph must have been taken underwater. Each photographer can enter just one image, uploaded via the BSoUP website, and the deadline for entries is Tuesday 15th August 2006 at 23:59:59 hours BST.
Unusually, the images are judged by the audience of experienced underwater photographers at the Society’s meeting on Wednesday 16th August and the winner will receive the International Focus On Competition trophy and also the kudos of knowing that their image was voted for by their peers. Wetpixel’s own Mike Veitch won the competition last year.
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