Japan postpones hunting of humpback whales
After considerable pressure and the threat of a formal protest by the Australian government (with support from the US, the UK, Canada, and New Zealand), Japanese officials have announced that plans to hunt humpback whales have been postponed. Japan sets a hunting quota of more than 1,000 whales yearly despite international agreements protecting the various species, and while humpbacks are safe for now, the Japanese whaling fleet remains in the Antarctic.
Iceland and Norway have also continued to lead the push to hunt whales for “scientific purposes.” Drew Wong asks in the forums if this latest move by Japan is a “token gesture or another stepping stone [towards expanded whale conservation]?”
DiveFilm HD Podcast makes “Best of 2007 Podcasts” list
iTunes announced its “Best of 2007 Podcasts,” and DiveFilm High Definition Podcast Video has been named in the Best of 2007 Podcasts, “Classic Video” list. The only diving-related podcast to make the iTunes “Best of 2007” list, DiveFilm Podcasts have been featured at iTunes since their launch in December of 2005, shortly after the first video-capable iPods were introduced. The podcasts are now available in two versions, the original DiveFilm Podcast Video and DiveFilm High Definition Podcast Video for computers and HDTV…
Book Review: Sea of Cortez Marine Invertebrates, 2nd Edition
Marine life guides are the Rodney Dangerfields of underwater books. Nobody reads them cover to cover. Nobody proudly displays them on their coffee table. Instead of dramatic head-on or ¾ front views, the photographs inside are prosaic side views for identification purposes. Yet in the bookshelves of live-aboard boats, their dilapidated, dog-eared appearance attests to heavy use by the divers on board. For serious divers, they are an essential reference and an indispensable facet of our diving experience.
Marine biologist Hans Bertsch recently updated Alex Kerstitch’s classic Sea of Cortez Marine Invertebrates.
Yeang Chng in American Photo 2007 Images of the Year
A photograph taken by Wetpixel member Yeang Chng (Ychng) was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Nature Category of the American Photo 2007 Images of the Year Competition. The gallery event to unveil the winners was held in New York, and out of over 30 images printed and exhibited, Chng’s was the only underwater image on display.
There were many well-known photographers represented in the awards, including Annie Leibovitz, Patrick Demarchelier, Michael Grecco, Vincent LaForet, and Lauren Greenfield. The winning images are featured online and in the January/February 2008 issue of American Photo. Continue reading to see Chng’s photograph on display at the gallery event…
NCUPS SEA 2007 contest winners announced
The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society has (NCUPS) has announced the winners of the SEA 2007 international underwater photo competition. The Best of Show and winner of the Bob Commer Award of Excellence was taken by ‘Sea’s Candies,’ by Patti Baugh, a creative composite image of nudibranchs as candied treats.
Manta Fest 2008 in Yap, Micronesia
Join photo pro Eric Cheng and video pro Mike Veitch at Manta Fest 2008 in Yap, Micronesia, for 15 days this coming September 3-17, 2008!
Obviously, Yap is known for its manta ray activity, and it is certainly the mantas that we will be primarily diving for. But Yap also features healthy reefs, and you should also expect to see mating mandarinfish, anemones/anemonefish, nudibranches, lionfish, cardinalfish, anthias by the thousands, and more!
The Manta Fest dive package includes 14 nights’ accommodation and 11 dive days, but packages of any length are available, with flexible dates.
Christian Skauge Norweigian Champion in underwater photography
Last month, Wetpixel member Christian Skauge (ScubaSapiens) claimed the title as the 2007 Norwegian Champion in digital underwater photography. The send-in competition was hosted by the Norwegian Diving Federation and Skauge won his second championship, after becoming the first ever digital champion in 2005, by taking away three gold and two silver medals in the five competition categories.
In his fifth year of photography, he is currently using a Nikon D200 in a Nexus housing with two Inon Z-240 strobes. The pictures taken for the competition were taken at the west coast and northern areas of Norway. Visit Skauge’s website to view the winning images.
Last call for Beneath the Sea 2008 photo competition entries
December 31st, 2007 is the last day for submitting entries to the 2008 Beneath the Sea Worldwide Underwater Photo/Video Competition. The winners of the competition are announced at the Film Festival the weekend of Beneath the Sea’s Dive and Travel Exposition, March 28th, 29th and 30th, 2008, at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in New Jersey.
In addition to the award that the Grand Prize winner will receive (a trip for one on the M.V. Telita in Papua New Guinea), there will be prizes for all First, Second and Third place winners. Continue reading for more details…
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