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California Beach Dive Photo Competition 2008 Photo

California Beach Dive Photo Competition 2008

Celebrating its 27th year, the annual California Beach Dive Photo Competition (CBDPC) is held every spring in Monterey, California by the Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (NCUPS). This is a one-day competition where all photos must be taken from beach dives along the Monterey coastline.

Entries are accepted in both film and digital formats, and underwater photographers have the chance to win up to $20,000 in prizes, including trips to foreign destinations and scuba and photography gear. This year’s competition is being held on May 31 and June 1, 2008.

Continue reading for the full press release and more information on participating…

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FIIS 2008 1st International Underwater Image Festival Photo

FIIS 2008 1st International Underwater Image Festival

The Oceanogràfico of Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences has announced the 1st International Underwater Image Festival (Festival internacional de Imagen Submarina, or “FIIS”), to be held on May 7-11, 2008. The venue will exhibit the “best documentaries chosen from all those presented” and display a selection of photographs throughout the park.

In addition to the competition, workshops and lectures will be held by professionals including Leandro Blanco, Juan Antonio Romero, Andy Byatt, Manu San Félix, and more. Continue reading for the full press release, or continue to the FIIS website for more information on submitting entries…

We have the opportunity to send an individual or two under a press pass if you can cover the event for Wetpixel - please contact us if you are interested!

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Live coverage from Our-World Underwater 2008 Photo

Live coverage from Our-World Underwater 2008

Jason Heller reports live from Our-World Underwater.

We presented the 1st place videos from the General and Conservation categories of the Wetpixel & DivePhotoGuide Competition last night. The five minute films by Mark Santa Maria (Conservation) and Michael Boom (General) were well received by the packed auditorium…

Winners of OWU 2008 will be announced later next week on underwatercompetition.com.

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Ikelite introduces Modular Port System with extension rings Photo

Ikelite introduces Modular Port System with extension rings

Supplementing the current port body combinations for their 8” dome, Ikelite has introduced a Modular Port System featuring a new flat port assembly and extension rings with and without focus controls.

With 0.75”, 1.25”, and 1.75” extension ring lengths, this new system will allow individuals to experiment with add-on diopters or teleconverters without ordering a custom port. This modular arrangement has been common for many other housing manufacturers, and we know that Ikelite users are excited at the possibilities.

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Deadline for DEEP Indonesia 2008 competition Photo

Deadline for DEEP Indonesia 2008 competition

Photographers and videographers!  Remember to get your submissions into the DEEP Indonesia 2008 International Photo Competition before 11:59pm (PST) on February 15, 2008 (tomorrow)! With over USD $30,000 in prizes, winners can receive liveaboard dive packages to Papua New Guinea, Bali, Raja Ampat, and Fak Fak, Indonesia, the Bahamas, and more destinations, and a variety of dive and photo gear. 

The winning images will be presented online, published by media partners worldwide, and exhibited during the DEEP Indonesia Expo in Jakarta, Indonesia from March 28-30, 2008. Entry forms and detailed guidelines can be found at underwatercompetition.com. Good luck!

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Checked baggage and carry-on packing strategies Photo

Checked baggage and carry-on packing strategies

Unfortunately, airlines are becoming more and more stringent with their baggage restrictions. With the concerns for safety during travel and the possibility of delays, Wetpixel’s Eric Cheng decided to prioritize his packing to ensure a basic Seacam setup could be carried on, and found he could make it work with a combination of discreet camera bags. Members are adding their own experiences - discuss in the forums how you guarantee your setup makes it through the airport and to the destination!

Eric has also posted photos of the new Seacam 1D/1Ds Mark III underwater housing, which should be of interest to any users looking to upgrade or invest in the new system. The housing looks to be constructed with the attention to detail we’ve come to expect from the Seacam lineup. Eric says, “It feels just like the Mark II housing. Everything is right under my fingertips—Harald did a great job in its design. The back is well-designed, and I can easily see the entire LCD.” Continue for all the photos...

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Underwater cinematographer Ralph B. White passes away Photo

Underwater cinematographer Ralph B. White passes away

Underwater cinematographer Ralph B. White, who documented the expedition that found the Wreck of the RMS Titanic, passed away on February 4, 2008 in Glendale, CA. A contract cameraman for more than 25 years with the National Geographic Society, he was involved with a number of underwater IMAX and motion-picture productions, including James Cameron’s film Titanic. Ralph is survived by a daughter Krista, son Randy, and by fiancé Rosaly Lopes.

Continue reading for a profile of Ralph’s achievements and successes. Please write to us with stories about Ralph you’d like to share, or leave a comment here…

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Sea & Sea releases 2008 catalog of dSLR housings Photo

Sea & Sea releases 2008 catalog of dSLR housings

Sea & Sea has published their 2008 catalog of digital SLR housings and accessories, which now includes new models (with MSRP pricing) for the Nikon D300 (MDX-D300) and D3/D3x (MDX-D3/D3x) and the Canon 40D (MDX-40D) and 1D/1Ds Mark III (MDX-Pro MKIII).

Also covered is Sea & Sea’s line of TTL converters, including those for the recently introduced YS-250 Pro, which are compatible with single or dual-strobe setups. See the catalog for all the details…

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