Reef Check AU announces results of Photography Competition 2007
Reef Check Australia has announced the winner and finalists from the “What do Australia’s coral reefs mean to you?” photography competition. Giles Winstanley is Reef Check Australia’s 2007 Photographer of the Year, placing first in two of five categories, “Reef in Our Hands” and “Animal Behaviour,” and will receive a Canon A630 digital camera and underwater housing kit and a diving trip in the Great Barrier Reef. Justin Gilligan and Samara Nicolson were the overall runner-up and Young Photographer of the Year, respectively.
Reef Check Australia is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of coral reefs, and plans to run a competition next year to support the 2nd International Year of the Reef. Continue for the full press release from this year’s contest, and check out the results - congratulations to all the finalists!
Review of A Diver’s Guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife
Bad marine field guides should be stored in deep, dark recesses on dank, dingy dive boats. Good guides should be perused by congenitally disliked divers bent on “impressing” the rest of us with their mind-numbing array of knowledge.
Of course, the very best field guides belong on shelves and are only to have the dust blown off them when we want to identify a bizarre fish before uploading the image to Wetpixel’s Photo of the Week contest.
Continue reading for the rest of Willy Volk’s review of “A Diver’s Guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife”...
Bite-Back 2008 Calendar for Marine Conservation
Bite Back, the UK based Shark and Marine Conservation organisation, announces its limited edition (just 3000 copies) 2008 Calendar. Uniquely, the calendar features images and commentaries from twelve leading underwater photographers, including David Doubilet, Doug Perrine, Brian Skerry, Norbert Wu, Chris Fallows, Jeff Rotman, David Fleetham, Michael Aw, Tim Laman and Wetpixel’s Alex Mustard. As David Doubilet points out: “Images have power - sometimes they are the single link that humans have with the sea.” The calendar costs just £10 (GBP).
Support petition to protect Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins
The New Zealand World Wildlife Federation (WWF-NZ) has issued a call for action to sign a petition to help protect the dwindling endangered populations of Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins, two species of cetaceans native only to New Zealand. In the 1970s, there were as many as 26,000 Hector’s dolphins, but now they number 7,000. The situation is worse for Maui’s dolphins - only an estimated 111 remain, and they are labeled critically endangered.
Fishing nets are the primary cause of death annually, and the WWF petition calls on New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark to introduce a ban on set nets in New Zealand territorial waters and limit trawling in shallow waters while implementing a plan for the recovery of both species. Take a moment to sign the petition before October 22, 2007 - it requires only your real name and address - and you could help save these groups of dolphins.
Endangered goliath groupers speared and killed in Florida waters
Wetpixel member Walt Stearns recently emailed some troubling news about protected goliath grouper species being shot and killed by a few spearfisherman in the Palm Beach County area of Florida. Thus far, at least five fish have been discovered shot (with three of those dying) and all were located at known spawning aggregation sites.
Walt states, “as of now there is a $1,500 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the poacher(s) that is doing this.” Read on for the details about each shooting incident, and a contact number to report any information…
Raja Ampat park entrance tag contest open for voting
A selection of final images has been made by the Wetpixel staff, and we are proud to announce that the official 2008 Raja Ampat entrance tag contest is now open for public voting from October 10-19, 2007!
Remember that the winner’s image will be printed onto over 5,000 park tags to be attached to diver BCDs while in the new Raja Ampat park, and he/she will win a free diving package in Raja Ampat, courtesty of local dive sponsors.
Gates announces DEEP RED underwater housing for Red One camera
Typical of many Gates products, the housing will be machined out of aluminum and will feature mechanical controls and a depth rating of 300 feet. The DEEP RED will also come with a two-year renewable warranty.
The housing was developed in collaboration with professional underwater videographer Howard Hall - continue for the full press release…
Eric Cheng featured in Diver Channel magazine
Wetpixel editor Eric Cheng has been featured with a 10-page “Diver’s Interview and Gallery” in the latest issue of Diver Channel magazine. The article is in Chinese (we’d appreciate if anyone is able to provide a translation) but includes a variety of underwater imagery. The section is available in PDF form, as Diver Channel requires registration before downloading.
Featured in the latest issue of Polish dive magazine Wielki Błękit is Wetpixel member Andrzej Czyżyk (aczyzyk) with an article about the Andaman Islands. Congratulate all featured Wetpixel participants in the Members in Media forum!
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