Stephen Frink speaks out about Snapper Ledge petition
Stephen Frink has posted a video about Snapper Ledge, which includes footage of the magnificent dive site in the Florida Keys. He talks about Snapper Ledge’s history, and pleads with you to sign the petition we’ve set up to support Sanctuary Preservation Area (SPA) status for Snapper Ledge.
Since we created and posted the petition on September 10, we’ve collected 1600 signatures. If you haven’t signed the petition yet, please head on over and sign it. It only takes 2 minutes, and your signature could mean the difference between preserving a special underwater ecosystem and letting it be destroyed.
Marcio Lisa wins 2009 Raja Ampat Tourism Entry Tag Contest
Conservation International, in cooperation with the Coral Reef Alliance and Wetpixel.com, are pleased to announce the winning photo for the 2009 Raja Ampat entrance tag design contest.
After three weeks of public voting, Marcio Lisa won first place in the 2009 Raja Ampat Tourism Entry Tag Contest with his dramatic silhouette of a manta ray. In second place was Marli Wakeling’s portrait of a squid, and in third, a split image of a small island with a school of fish beneath the surface of the water.
Photokina: World of Imaging live coverage report
Sharon Rainis, of Fantasea Line, is live on the floor covering the Photokina: World of Imaging exhibition in Cologne, Germany and looking for new underwater products:
Every two years some 160,000 visitors from 140 countries attend Photokina to fact-find the entire range of products and services in modern image communication.
This year’s show is a special one for all underwater photographers and underwater photography manufacturers. Visitors to the 2008 Photokina Show will be treated to the first-ever “Underwater Imaging World at Photokina”...
Continue reading for news from the show - updated with final coverage and concluding remarks!
Dome Port Diaries - Chapter 3: The Housing Crisis
When thinking about any large purchase, I’ve a tendency to “buy the good one first” rather than buying a lesser version only to upgrade later. Regardless of the expense of the initial item, it’s increased by having bought a “gap version” in the interim.
In this case, rather than buy a lesser camera in a modest housing which would need to be upgraded later, I decided to spend what was necessary to match my needs. Ideally, my skills could grow into the abilities of the rig and the rig would not limit (within reason) what I could do. I didn’t want to “under-buy”, but over-buying didn’t make sense either. (By the way, never do a “cost-per-dive” analysis unless you dive A LOT.) I was gonna “go big” right from the start…
Final call for voting in Raja Ampat Tag Competition 2009
Hello, readers! This is a last call to vote for the image that will be used on the 2009 Raja Ampat park tag, which will be attached to every visiting diver’s BCD. The voting deadline is on Thursday, September 25, 2008. It only takes a minute or two, so vote now!
On a serious note, we’ve noticed some strange voting activity. It appears that some people are creating new users solely for the purpose of voting in the tag contest. We’ve analyzed the logs—it’s pretty obvious, so I’ve changed the voting logic to try to account for some of this. We are not saying that you shouldn’t encourage all of your friends to come vote. Just don’t try to game the system.
Manta Fest 2008 closing words
Our time in Yap has come to an end. We would like to thank the entire staff of the Manta Ray Bay Hotel and Yap Divers for hosting us for the first two weeks of Manta Fest 2008.
We had several Wetpixel members arrive over the previous few days and have had some great dives with them so far. Todd Mintz (aka Yasemtough) was welcomed in proper Yapese fashion with an up close and personal visit from Valerina, one of the friendliest mantas here. As she moved slowly toward the cleaning station, she decided to check out Todd instead. With a few graceful beats of her wings, she hovered inches away from Todd’s camera…
Dome Port Diaries - Chapter 2: Photography
I’ve never known diving without cameras. My first dive trip was a bribe; go to Sulawesi with the cast and crew of The Digital Shootout and teach a few of the subtle nuances of Adobe Photoshop. Irresistible.
The trip was unfortunate in its timing; we left San Francisco on September 10th of 2001 and, by the time we landed in Singapore, the United States had become a very different country. It seemed callous to continue on with our vacation and not return home at once to brace ourselves for whatever was to happen next. But even if we wanted to come home, air travel (especially into and out of the U.S.) was halted. Our fate had been decided…
Tony Wu blogs from Tonga: Week Six with Humpbacks
Tony Wu has written his sixth and final installment to his weekly chronicles of Tonga humpback whales encounters and other experiences in the kingdom, and has compiled a photo summary of all 16 humpback whale calves :
And finally, as we headed back to port after swimming with mom and calf on our last day on the water, we came upon eight resting whales in shallow water.
Being near one whale is inspiring enough, but being in the midst of eight humongous whales is absolutely amazing! We swam among the whales for 20 minutes or so as the competitive males circled the female and surfaced from time to time for air, until the female finally left the bottom and started to swim again, with all the males in hot pursuit…
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