Shark Rescue: buy postcards, win liveaboard trip
Asian based shark conservation organisation, Shark Rescue is giving away a free liveaboard trip to a lucky person who buys a pack their shark conservation postcards (which cost $10).
The prize, with a value of up to $5000 USD, is a trip of a lifetime for you and a buddy aboard the S.M.Y. Ondina, with the winner free to select which of MY Ondina’s itineraries they wish to join, including Komodo and Raja Ampat routes.
Bite-Back Calendar 2010
Twelve of the world’s most remarkable underwater photographers have joined forces to produce Oceans 12 calendar in support of Bite-Back, the UK based shark and marine conservation organisation. The photographers include Wetpixel’s own Eric Cheng and Alex Mustard, as well as celebrated names including Jeff Rotman, Doug Perrine, David Doubilet, Brian Skerry, Amos Nachoum and Michael Aw.
The 2010 fundraising calendar costs just £7.99 GBP (+p&p), celebrates the oceans, draws attention to urgent marine conservation issues and makes an ideal gift!
Book Review: Diving Indonesia’s Raja Ampat
Over the last decade Raja Ampat has become one of the most desirable diving destinations in the world. With their new book, Diving Indonesia’s Raja Ampat, Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock guide us through the wonders of diving on the most biodiverse coral reefs.
This 146 page book, is an ideal size for travel, costs $25 USD and is the only diving guide that has been published about the wonders of Raja Ampat. Continue reading for Wetpixel’s Alex Mustard review.
Hammerhead conundrum solved
A new study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology has finally answered the conundrum of why hammerheads have their distinctive heads. The study, the first to test their binocular vision, the area where the fields of two eyes overlap that allows accurate perception of depth and distance, found that the area of binocular vision increases the wider apart the eyes are.
Although the hammer also provides hydrodynamic and hunting benefits, improved binocular vision is an mechanism that could drive its evolution. In addition to binocular vision, hammerhead’s have exellent 360 degree vision, and are even able to see behind them because of their distinctive, waggling swimming action.
Aquatica announce 7D housing
Aquatica are pleased to announce their new housing for the Canon 7D. The housing is competitively price with suggested retail of $2799 USD and is available with either standard electronic or optical strobe connectors.
There is already much discussion about the housing in our forums, where Jean Bruneau of Aquatica has revealed that, conservatively, he expects deliveries to begin in early January.
New Dive Photo Guide website launched
Our friends over at Dive Photo Guide have launched a new version of their popular website with a large amount of new content, while retaining old favourites like their popular galleries.The site is under development and look out for updates in the coming weeks.
Certain to be a popular feature is the new DPG Techniques Guide to underwater photography, written by the DGP staff with contributions from leading underwater photographers such as Jason Bradley, David Doubilet, Martin Edge, Alex Mustard and Aaron Wong.
Report from Visions In The Sea 2009
Wetpixel member Tim Moran (timmoranuk) reports from the 12th Visions In The Sea Conference, which this year moved from London to be held for the first time in Manchester, UK. The speakers at this year’s event included Cathy Church, Martin Edge, Charles Hood, Alex Mustard and Peter Scoones.
Tim’s report gives a great flavour for this unique event which consists entirely of talks designed to help them get their own stunning images. The event also raised £2000 for the Shark Trust and showcased an international underwater photography competition. Several Wetpixel members were amongst the winners…
Photoshop CS4 DVD for the Underwater Photographer
Doug and Lorenza Sloss announce their latest easy to follow instructional video Photoshop CS4 for the Underwater Photographer.
With 10 hours of content, real life examples, this is a guide to the correct way of using Photoshop CS4 for correcting and manipulating the underwater photographs. The cost is $99 plus shipping.
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