Northwestern Hawaiian Islands now a National Monument
The White House has announced that President Bush is expected to designate the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands the United States’ 75th national monument later today.
WASHINGTON - President Bush on Thursday is expected to announce the creation of the world’s largest marine protected area — a group of remote Hawaiian islands that cover 84 million acres and are home to 7,000 species of birds, fish and marine mammals, at least a quarter of which are unique to Hawaii.
The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands comprise 139,000 square miles of largely uninhabited islands, atolls, pristine coral reefs and underwater seamounts.
Wetpixel staff featured on NWP Photo Forum
The Nature, Wildlife and Pet Photography Forum have just published an online interview with Wetpixel Co-Admin Alex Mustard. The interview covers his approach to photography, the influences on his work, publishing images and the environment. Alex is the second Wetpixel staff member to featured in their “Artist Showcase” interview series, after Eric Cheng was profiled last year. Other interviewees in this series include Thom Hogan, Bjorn Rorslett, Michael Reichmann and Ron Reznick. Photo: Alex and Eric on the Shearwater by James Wiseman.
Cayman Digital Madness
Scuba Diving Magazine and the Cayman Islands department of Tourism are proud to announce the innaugral Digital Madness, which runs from the 16-23 September 2006. The event takes place simulatenously at 4 of the Islands’ best known dive centres, under the experienced eye of celebrity host, (Wetpixel member!) and Scuba Diving Magazine’s Photography Director, Stephen Frink. The photo-pros based at each resort are Cathy Church, Courtney Platt, Mike Nelson and Wetpixel’s own Alex Mustard. Digital Madness should appeal to all levels of digital photographer who want the chance to dive, party, learn and shoot, and get the chance to win from an impressive $30,000 US in prizes.
Sony Announces A100 Camera and Lenses
Sony today announced their first DSLR offering and an impressive suite of lenses and accessories. This camera features the Minolta lens mount and uses a 10 megapixel 1.5x cropped sensor, similar, but probably not identical to what is used in the Nikon D200. Along with the camera, Sony announced a number of impressive lenses - of special interest for underwater shooters are: 100mm f2.8 macro, 11-18mm wide zoom, 16mm fisheye, and an 18-70mm standard zoom.
Kona Classic 2006 Contest Winners + Photos
The 5th annual Kona Classic was great fun this year, with over 30 participants competing the photo competition during the week of diving in Kona. Sport Diver’s Ty Sawyer and photo pros David Fleetham, Eric Cheng, and Marty Snyderman were the judges of this year’s contest, with Dan Baldocchi representing video and Fred Dion on hand to fix gear problems.
In an incredible upset, this year’s Best of Show image was shot by Kate Mitchell with a Canon point & shoot camera! Photo contest winners and photos from the event follow…
Stephen Wong and Takako Uno Exhibition: Form & Dance
Stephen Wong and Takako Uno, husband and wife marine photojournalist team, are showing their images in an exhibition entitled, Form & Dance, which will be held in Hong Kong from 6 to 23 June at 1/F Devon House, Taikoo Place, Island East, from 08:00 to 21:00 each day. Instead of a documentary approach to marine photography, the couple present a more lyrical and artistic style, symbolized in the title of the exhibition. Stephen and Takako use light and colour to create a surreal mood highlighting marine animals and their environment, which they hope will help increase people’s concern toward protecting our marine world.
Stephen and Takako’s work has appeared in numerous international marine and wildlife books, journals, photo agencies, exhibitions, and websites, and the couple’s images have won dozens of international photographic competitions. Their marine photo books include An Ocean Odyssey, Gorontalo — Hidden Treasure, and Celebrate the Sea.
For more information, contact: +852-2844-5094. (via FiNS Blog)
X-Ray Magazine #11 is available for download
Our friends over at X-Ray Magazine have released issue #11, which is now available for download. X-Ray is one of the highest-quality underwater magazines we’ve seen, and it’s free! Issue summary:
Patagonia, Argentina. El Hierro, the Canary Islands, Coral Bleaching and Global Warming. Crossing the Atlantic on a research vessel. The Conveyor Belt, the oceans global circulation. Building reefs on the Maldives. Cosmetics for Divers. Leigh Cunningham: The Wake-up call. Travelling with Camera Equipment. Japanese wrecks off Palau. Portfolio: Patrick Chevalier.
Nikon D2Xs announced
Nikon announced the D2Xs digital SLR today, which has subtle improvements over the original D2X. Improvements include a larger, 2.5” LCD monitor, electronic masking of the viewfinder screen when in high-speed crop mode, modified metering in high-speed crop mode, a longer-lasting battery, black & white mode, Adobe RGB color space in all color modes, custom tone curves, 1/3 ISO boost, in-camera trim, image authentication compatibility (requires additional equipment), the ability to save and load settings between cameras, and more.
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