African Ocean Alliance’s petition against shark fishing tournament

A group of anglers in KwaZulu Natal are planning a shark fishing competition on August 18-19, 2007. Advertised in the Natal Deep Sea Rod and Reel Club newsletter, they will catch and kill the sharks, not tag and release them. Their motivation is that their catches are often taken by sharks and “a number of anglers have now got together to find out for themselves what is going on with regards to the shark numbers,” to quote from their newsletter. Please help by joining the African Ocean Alliance’s petition to stop this “charity” event from taking place.

Update (Aug. 16): The tournament has been postponed, possibly to be rescheduled as a catch-and-release event later this year.

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James Wiseman to speak at Visions Conference

The 11th Visions In The Sea Conference will take place in central London (UK) on the weekend of the 20/21 October. Tom Peschak (RSA), Tony White (UK/RSA), Constantinos Petrinos (GR), Frederic Buyle (F) and Wetpixel’s James Wiseman (USA) have so far confirmed as speakers. It will be a great chance for UK and European based underwater photographers to meet James and, of course, hear one of his excellent technical talks about digital underwater photography. Visions In The Sea is an annual underwater photography conference organised by Ocean Optics in London.

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Raja Ampat announces tourism entrance fee and tagging system Photo

Raja Ampat announces tourism entrance fee and tagging system

The Raja Ampat government and the CORAL Reef Alliance have announced a tourism entrance fee intended to generate funds for conservation and enforcement programs, community development, and tourism department projects. The system will use a tag with the Epaulette shark Hemiscyllium freycineti that is endemic to Indonesia, and will be required for visitors to the area at a cost of approximately $55 USD (valid for the calendar year).

The tagging system is part of a conservation and protection effort started earlier this year with the designation of seven protected marine areas, covering nearly “45% of Raja Ampat’s shallow reefs and coastal habitats.” Continue reading for the full press release and accompanying article from Conservation International and the Raja Ampat Community and Conservation Fund…

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Amphibico Endeavor housing for Sony HVR-V1U review and field test Photo

Amphibico Endeavor housing for Sony HVR-V1U review and field test

Wetpixel’s Drew Wong had the opportunity to use the first 3 sensor progressive scan HDV camera, the Sony HVR-V1U, with Amphibico’s latest offering, the Endeavor underwater housing, in this exclusive field test on the Southwestern Indian Ocean in difficult oceanic conditions, with rough surf launches and entries, constant boat ingress/egress and bad visibility with sharks and ocean swells.

Also included is feedback on the HVR-DR60, Sony’s new harddrive recorder for their camera line. Continue reading for Drew’s in-depth review of Amphibico’s Endeavor…

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DivePhotoFest Bali underwater workshop: space available Photo

DivePhotoFest Bali underwater workshop: space available

There are still spaces available for the DivePhotoFest photo workshop at the Scuba Seraya Resort in Tulamben, Bali. Held from October 5-12, 2007, the class is perfectly suited for beginning and intermediate photographers looking to take their photos to the next level.

With hands-on attention underwater by Simon Buxton and Wetpixel moderator Mike Veitch, and fifteen included guided dives, the workshop offers the opportunity to improve your photography while capturing the exotic marine life of one of the world’s top destinations. For more information or to view other upcoming workshops, visit DivePhotoFest.

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Interview with underwater cinematographer Didier Noirot Photo

Interview with underwater cinematographer Didier Noirot

Didier Noirot is an award winning cinematographer whose long list of credits include the BBC’s Blue Planet and Planet Earth series and also the principle cameraman for the “padrino” of underwater films, Jacques Cousteau, until Cousteau’s death in 1997.

Wetpixel’s Drew Wong met Didier in San Diego and South Africa for this interview, to give Wetpixel readers an insight into one of the top underwater cinematographers in the world…

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Reef Check Australia Photography Competition 2007 Photo

Reef Check Australia Photography Competition 2007

Reef Check Australia has begun accepting entries for the Photography Competition 2007. The overall winner will receive a Canon A630 digital camera and underwater housing kit and a weekend sail trip on a yacht, and the winners of categories including “Icons of the Reef,” “Animal Behaviour,” and “Creative Visions,” will each receive a Sea & Sea MX10 underwater camera kit.

Photographs are not required to be taken underwater, and there is a special prize for the best submission from the under-18 age group. Entry to the competition is free, but the deadline of August 31, 2007 is quickly approaching. Continue for the full press release detailing Reef Check Australia’s mission and the motivation behind the photo competition, or submit entries now...

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NYUPS hosts “Saving the Dragon” and “Planning Your Shot” Photo

NYUPS hosts “Saving the Dragon” and “Planning Your Shot”

On August 9, 2007, the New York Underwater Photographic Society (NYUPS) will host a presentation of “Saving The Dragon,” a documentary by Rick Morris about the efforts to establish a marine park in the Komodo Island region of Indonesia. NYUPS President Jason Heller will also feature “Planning Your Shot & Shooting to Win,” with tips on “how to create images versus simply taking pictures.” Attendees can submit their underwater photos to be randomly selected for review and discussion at the meeting.

The event will be held at 6:30PM at the Rock Theatre in Manhattan, NY. While admission is free, seating is limited and an .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) is required. To learn more or confirm your attendance, read the full press release…

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