NCUPS Sea 2005 Contest Winners Photo

NCUPS Sea 2005 Contest Winners

Winners have been announced for the NCUPS Sea 2005 underwater photo contest.  As usual, Wetpixel was well-represented in the list of winners.  Congratulations, everyone!  There are some really beautiful shots in there.

Also, it’s apparent that in general, the quality of slide entries is starting to suffer as a result of the mass migration to digital.  The last time I judged the NCUPS Sea competition, the Best of Show for slides ended up being a digital image printed to slide.

*UPDATE* Continue reading for comments from the judges…

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DEMAAuction.com launched Photo

DEMAAuction.com launched

New York, NY – (November 9, 2005) – To help the victims of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) has announced the launch of www.DEMAauction.com.

This DEMA-sponsored website will enable members of the diving community to donate items to be auctioned to the general public, with 100% of the winning bid of each auction item sold through the site from November 14, 2005 to December 16, 2005, to be donated to the American Red Cross to support the organization’s Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, and Hurricane Wilma relief efforts…

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James Wiseman, HUPS Member of the Year Photo

James Wiseman, HUPS Member of the Year

Wetpixel administrator James Wiseman has been elected Member of the Year by HUPS - the Houston Underwater Photographic Society.  HUPS is one of the largest and most active uw photo societies in the US, hosting a photo gallery and presentations at Seaspace, offering quarterly photo workshops, and a monthly digital and slide photography contest.  Congratulations, James!

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Nikon updates D2x firmware, recalls some EN-EL3 batteries Photo

Nikon updates D2x firmware, recalls some EN-EL3 batteries

Nikon released firmware 1.01 for Nikon D2x and D2Hs, which makes improvements to auto focus, fixes an AF assist bug when using certain Speedlights, improves flash performance and fixes a manual white balance bug.

They also issued a voluntary recall of some EN-EL3 batteries (for D50, D70 and D100) due to a shorting/overheating problem.

In other news, Nikon announced a new suite of full-frame cameras!

(just kidding)

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SUBIOS photo and video contest Photo

SUBIOS photo and video contest

Entries from across the globe are already being invited for the photo and video competitions of SUBIOS, the annual underwater festival of the islands of Seychelles.

The winners of the competition will receive airfare and accommodation for an exclusive Seychelles holiday, offering visitors a chance to explore this tropical getaway known for its sparkling blue water, white sandy beaches and lush mountainsides, in addition to its excellent diving.

The SUBIOS photo and video competition is an opportunity for both professional and amateur photographers and filmmakers to capture stunning shots of the natural underwater world at work. The yearly event, which in 2006 will be held from March 6-12, continually produces a number of impressive visuals taken in Seychelles and other places around the world – some focusing on sharks, turtles and whales, while others delve into the often curious relationship between organisms along colourful coral reefs.

Entry forms and additional details about the competition can be downloaded at www.subios.sc (continue reading for full press release)

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