Bryant Austin teams with World Society for the Protection of Animals
San Francisco-based Marine Mammal Conservation through the Arts founder Bryant Austin has joined up with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) in an effort to “promote and inspire change at the International Whaling Commision’s meeting” in June. A fine-art photographer specializing in producing life-size images (as large as 15 feet high by 90 feet long) of whales, Austin will exhibit images at the Sheraton Santiago Convention Center in Santiago, Chile from June 15-30, 2008.
Reef Check Australia Photography Competition 2008 open for entries
Reef Check Australia has begun accepting entries for the Photography Competition 2008. The overall winner will receive a “6-day, 6-night Osprey Reef Shark Encounter trip,” and the winners of categories including “Icons of the Reef,” “Animal Behaviour,” and “Creative Visions,” will each receive a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses.
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 remember to submit your photographs prior to the June 30, 2008 deadline. Reef Check is also asking for more signatures for the International Declaration of Reef Rights, “to encourage all people and governments to support coral reef conservation” - take a few minutes to voice your support!
DivePhotoGuide posts 2008 Wakatobi Underwater Festival winners
DivePhotoGuide.com has posted the results of the first annual DivePhotoGuide Underwater Photo & Video Festival, which was held in Wakatobi, Indonesia from March 28 to April 15, 2008, and the trip report from the festival.
The diving was split between the Pelagian liveaboard and Wakatobi Resort, and Wetpixel member Victor Zucker (mrbubbles) won Best of Show/1st Place Macro and 1st Place in Wide Angle with photographs of a brilliantly colored crinoid and a scorpionfish on the reef, respectively. Continue to DivePhotoGuide.com for the full competition results and report…
Cor Bosman wins the Underwater Images Competition 2008
Congratulations to moderator Cor Bosman and many other Wetpixel members for placing in the 2008 Underwater Images Competition! Cor’s photo of a lizardfish being cleaned by a goby took Best of Show at the contest this year. Underwater Images is a non-profit photo competition that donates proceeds to marine conservation and education.
All of the winners from this year’s competition can be found online at uwimages.org.
Michael Patrick O’Neill authors ‘Ocean Magic’ and ‘Shark Encounters’
Wetpixel member Michael Patrick O’Neill (Michael) is proud to announce his latest books, Ocean Magic and Shark Encounters. Designed to encourage elementary school children to read and become involved in ocean conservation, both have “have received glowing reviews from School Library Journal, the leading reviewer of children’s books in the United States.”
British Splash In Championship 2008
The British Splash-In Championship 2008, organised by the BSoUP in association with the National Marine Aquarium, will take place on Saturday 12 July at the Mount Batten Centre and the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, Devon. All underwater photographers are invited to participate.
There are two underwater photography competitions – digital images taken on the day in July and prints taken prior to the event. The closing date for the print competition is 21 May 2008. The grand prizes in each category, awarded by an independent panel of judges, are a one week liveaboard holiday in the Red Sea generously donated by Tony Backhurst Scuba and a one week Red Sea diving holiday generously donated by Oonasdivers.
Aquatica announces Canon 1D/1Ds Mark III underwater housing
Aquatica has sent us photos and details of their new underwater housing for the Canon 1D/1Ds Mark III dSLR.
The Aquatica 1Ds Mark III Pro housing, machined from a single aluminum block, features a 100m/300ft depth rating, provides “fingertip access to all camera menu controls,” and is compatible with the Aquatica Megadome, AquaView finder, and new remote control cord.
Currently being field-tested, the housing is expected to ship shortly. Continue for the full press release and images…
DEEP Indonesia 2008 underwater photo competition winners published
The winning images from the Wetpixel & DivePhotoGuide 2nd annual DEEP Indonesia underwater photo competition have been formally announced at UnderwaterCompetition.com. Congratulations to Dale Sanders for winning the grand prize trip with his Best of Show Animal Behavior photograph of salmon collecting to spawn and harbor seal image awarded first place in Animal Portrait.
The winning images were exhibited at the DEEP Indonesia dive exposition in Jakarta, Indonesia. A special thanks to the generous sponsors, without which this competitions would not be possible. Good luck next year!
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