Last call for British Underwater Image Festival 2008 entries Photo

Last call for British Underwater Image Festival 2008 entries

January 31, 2008 is the deadline for entries to be received for the 2008 British Underwater Image Festival. The festival has Open, Young Photographer (under-30), Digital Compact, and Portfolio categories for still photography, and Documentary-style and Open categories for video. The winners of the festival are presented on March 14-16 at the Birmingham NEC as part of the Go Diving! show.

Prizes include Suunto and Scubapro dive computers, regulators, digital cameras and accessories, and cash! Best of all, entry is free, and open to all photographers and videographers! Visit the BUIF 2008 page at Dive Magazine UK for more information and to download an entry form…

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Brian Skerry interviewed in American Photo Magazine Photo

Brian Skerry interviewed in American Photo Magazine

Professional photographer Brian Skerry was interviewed for this month’s edition of ‘Behind the Lens’ in American Photo Magazine. Skerry, who has worked primarily with National Geographic, talks about his introduction to underwater photography and how he began shooting professionally, and ends with a few recommendations for aspiring photographers.

The interview is an excellent read for all Wetpixel visitors, and provides a sampling of Skerry’s provocative imagery…

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Canon announces EOS 450D/Digital Rebel XSi, new telephoto lenses Photo

Canon announces EOS 450D/Digital Rebel XSi, new telephoto lenses

Canon today announced the 12.2MP EOS 450D/Digital Rebel XSi, the replacement to the Canon 400D/Digital Rebel XTi. The 1.6x crop camera features a 14-bit CMOS sensor, 3.5fps, a 3” LCD, and Live View shooting (with autofocus in this mode). The camera will retail in April for USD$799.

Also introduced are new telephoto and super-telephoto lenses: the EF 200mm f/2L IS USM and the EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM, with the latter sized the same as Canon’s 600mm f/4L, but weighing nearly 2lbs less. The lenses come in at hefty retail prices, USD$5,999 and USD$11,999, respectively, and are expected to be available in Spring 2008.

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Panasonic SDR-SW20 underwater camcorder reviewed Photo

Panasonic SDR-SW20 underwater camcorder reviewed

The Panasonic SDR-SW20, the company’s first “dive” camcorder, was recently reviewed by CamcorderInfo. The SDR-SW20, like the Sanyo Xacti E1, is only waterproof to 5 feet, and the video quality is “pale, noisy, and bad with motion,” but the camera is praised for its “rugged, shock, and dust-proof body.”

While we don’t recommend investing in a housing, this is a good effort by Panasonic to provide a camera to throw in the dive bag and not worry about getting wet on your next dive trip.

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Wetpixel ships issue #2 of Wetpixel Quarterly Photo

Wetpixel ships issue #2 of Wetpixel Quarterly

SAUSALITO, Calif.—January 21st, 2008—Wetpixel LLC is proud to announce the immediate availability of issue #2 of Wetpixel Quarterly magazine. In its trademark landscape-oriented, high-resolution format, issue #2 celebrates the lifelong work of James D. Watt, one of the pioneers of modern underwater photography. Jim will always be remembered for his boundless energy and generosity as a photographer, educator, and friend.

Wetpixel Quarterly #2 also features the work of the talented staff behind the scenes at the magazine and at its electronic sister publication, Wetpixel.com. Featured staff photographers include Alex Mustard, Eric Cheng, Mike Veitch, Luiz Rocha, Cor Bosman, Julie Edwards, Herb Ko, James Wiseman, Todd Mintz, Matt Segal, Elijah Woolery, William Heaton, and Leslie Harris…

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H2O Photo Pros opens store location in Southern California Photo

H2O Photo Pros opens store location in Southern California

H2O Photo Pros Underwater Photo & Video has announced the opening of a new store for underwater imaging in Newport Beach, California. Owned by Mike Luzansky, H2O Photo Pros is an authorized dealer for manufacturers including Gates, Sea & Sea, Light & Motion, Aquatica, and Ikelite, and the store location features Apple editing stations and flat-screen televisions for display of underwater footage.

Finally providing a dedicated retail location for Southern California, H2O Photo Pros joins Backscatter as a major California-based provider for underwater photographers and videographers. Continue reading for the full press release and photos from the store…

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