Raja Ampat announces tourism entrance fee and tagging system
The Raja Ampat government and the CORAL Reef Alliance have announced a tourism entrance fee intended to generate funds for conservation and enforcement programs, community development, and tourism department projects. The system will use a tag with the Epaulette shark Hemiscyllium freycineti that is endemic to Indonesia, and will be required for visitors to the area at a cost of approximately $55 USD (valid for the calendar year).
The tagging system is part of a conservation and protection effort started earlier this year with the designation of seven protected marine areas, covering nearly “45% of Raja Ampat’s shallow reefs and coastal habitats.” Continue reading for the full press release and accompanying article from Conservation International and the Raja Ampat Community and Conservation Fund…
Amphibico Endeavor housing for Sony HVR-V1U review and field test
Wetpixel’s Drew Wong had the opportunity to use the first 3 sensor progressive scan HDV camera, the Sony HVR-V1U, with Amphibico’s latest offering, the Endeavor underwater housing, in this exclusive field test on the Southwestern Indian Ocean in difficult oceanic conditions, with rough surf launches and entries, constant boat ingress/egress and bad visibility with sharks and ocean swells.
Also included is feedback on the HVR-DR60, Sony’s new harddrive recorder for their camera line. Continue reading for Drew’s in-depth review of Amphibico’s Endeavor…
DivePhotoFest Bali underwater workshop: space available
There are still spaces available for the DivePhotoFest photo workshop at the Scuba Seraya Resort in Tulamben, Bali. Held from October 5-12, 2007, the class is perfectly suited for beginning and intermediate photographers looking to take their photos to the next level.
With hands-on attention underwater by Simon Buxton and Wetpixel moderator Mike Veitch, and fifteen included guided dives, the workshop offers the opportunity to improve your photography while capturing the exotic marine life of one of the world’s top destinations. For more information or to view other upcoming workshops, visit DivePhotoFest.
Interview with underwater cinematographer Didier Noirot
Didier Noirot is an award winning cinematographer whose long list of credits include the BBC’s Blue Planet and Planet Earth series and also the principle cameraman for the “padrino” of underwater films, Jacques Cousteau, until Cousteau’s death in 1997.
Wetpixel’s Drew Wong met Didier in San Diego and South Africa for this interview, to give Wetpixel readers an insight into one of the top underwater cinematographers in the world…
Reef Check Australia Photography Competition 2007
Reef Check Australia has begun accepting entries for the Photography Competition 2007. The overall winner will receive a Canon A630 digital camera and underwater housing kit and a weekend sail trip on a yacht, and the winners of categories including “Icons of the Reef,” “Animal Behaviour,” and “Creative Visions,” will each receive a Sea & Sea MX10 underwater camera kit.
Photographs are not required to be taken underwater, and there is a special prize for the best submission from the under-18 age group. Entry to the competition is free, but the deadline of August 31, 2007 is quickly approaching. Continue for the full press release detailing Reef Check Australia’s mission and the motivation behind the photo competition, or submit entries now...
NYUPS hosts “Saving the Dragon” and “Planning Your Shot”
On August 9, 2007, the New York Underwater Photographic Society (NYUPS) will host a presentation of “Saving The Dragon,” a documentary by Rick Morris about the efforts to establish a marine park in the Komodo Island region of Indonesia. NYUPS President Jason Heller will also feature “Planning Your Shot & Shooting to Win,” with tips on “how to create images versus simply taking pictures.” Attendees can submit their underwater photos to be randomly selected for review and discussion at the meeting.
Bahamas exploratory drift expedition, August 21-27
Our good friends at Jim Abernethy’s Scuba Adventures have a few spots left on a revolutionary exploratory Gulf Stream Drift and Bahamas expedition this coming August 21-27, 2007. Each day, the M/V Shear Water liveaboard dive vessel will drift along the ocean surface of the Gulf Stream in search of rare and unique creatures (both day and night!). If you’re uncertain about the outcome of such an exploratory drift, don’t worry: you will only be a couple of miles from Tiger Beach and beautiful Bahamian reefs, so you’ll be sure to see lots of sharks, as well. The price is $2340 USD per person.
For more information, contact JASA and let them know you found out about their trip on Wetpixel.com.
Cor Bosman and Julie Edwards, moderators
Please join me in welcoming Cor Bosman and Julie Edwards as the newest Wetpixel moderators (see all)! Cor and Julie are both fantastic shooters, specializing mostly in macro critters in the South Pacific. Their work can be see on their webpage at underwa.ter.net, and Julie has both the cover and a portfolio in the current issue of Australasian Scuba Diver.
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