Petition to Ecuador’s President Correa to reinstate ban on shark finning Photo

Petition to Ecuador’s President Correa to reinstate ban on shark finning

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa recently lifted the ban on the sale of shark fins. During the ban, the sale of shark fins was punishable by up to two years in prison, but under the new laws, fins from sharks caught “accidentally” may be legally traded.

Wetpixel member Mark Harding (writepic) has started a petition protesting this lift on the shark fin ban. In addition to showing the petition on Ecuadorian TV this Friday, Mark will be flying to Ecuador to present the petition in person to President Correa, the Minister for Tourism, and the British and American Ambassadors in Ecuador.

Mark is asking for your help - he has posted a sample letter in the Conservation and the Environment forum, and is requesting that people supporting the ban sign up to add their name to the list - sending an email takes less than a minute and requires only your name and e-mail address.

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Ocean Odyssey Digital Photo Shootout 2007 Photo

Ocean Odyssey Digital Photo Shootout 2007

Eco Divers has been selected by Asian Diver Magazine to host the the 2007 Ocean Odyssey Digital Photo Shootout. The competition will be held at both the Tasik Ria Resort, from November 26 - December 1, 2007, and Kungkungan Bay Resort, from November 30 - December 5, 2007.

Featuring standard categories, but open only to entries from digital cameras, winners can receive prizes including Mares regulators, Citizen dive watches, and liveaboard trips. The winner of ‘Best Portfolio’ will receive a Nikon D80 camera kit and housing. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend seminars and learn from judges Rod Klein, Mathieu Meur, Wolfgang Pölzer, Stephen Wong, and Takako Uno. Continue reading for the full press release…

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Looking for book and movie reviewers

Want to expand your participation at Wetpixel.com?  We are looking for folks who are interested in writing reviews for underwater photography books, DVDs, and other published media.  If you’re interested, please send Eric a writing sample and a brief bio (so we know who you are!).

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Wetpixel Bahamas Expedition 2007 trip journals Photo

Wetpixel Bahamas Expedition 2007 trip journals

Wetpixel editor Eric Cheng and company have returned from the 2007 Bahamas Expedition on Jim Abernethy’s M/V Shear Water, and Eric has already put together two very comprehensive trip journals detailing each charter. While wild pigs became company during the search for the elusive ocean whitetip, the group had plenty of encounters with tiger, lemon, and Caribbean reef sharks on the Sharks and Dolphins tour.

These expeditions have been very popular over the past few years and always fill up quickly - to stay informed of upcoming Wetpixel trips, be sure to join the mailing list!

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Do you solo dive as a photographer? Photo

Do you solo dive as a photographer?

When you set yourself behind the lens and focus on a subject, does the rest of the underwater world become a distant afterthought? Contrary to the training of most certification agencies, many underwater photographers and videographers learn, or even prefer, to become self-sufficient and dive under the “same ocean” buddy rule.

Wetpixel member Gary (ce4jesus) has started a discussion questioning the practice of diving solo while recognizing the benefit of pacing the dive yourself and spending as much (or little) time with a photo opportunity as is necessary. Join in and share your decision on whether to solo dive or not…

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Olympus E-410 dSLR and PT-E03 underwater housing Photo

Olympus E-410 dSLR and PT-E03 underwater housing

Wetpixel member Phil Rudin (Tropical1) recently purchased the Olympus PT-E03 underwater housing for his E-410 digital SLR and, along with the new 14-42mm Zuiko lens and Athena ring flash, evaluated the build, ergonomics, and final picture quality.

For the traveling photographer you will find this housing to be one of the smallest for a DSLR and very lightweight…I have owned the prior PT-E01 & PT-E02 housings and have found that the cost to performance ratio was very high. This new housing is no exception.

Rudin includes many example images and heartily recommends the camera and housing, taking note of a few minor issues to be resolved. Continue for his impressions and tips for using this reasonably priced setup…

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Win a trip to Christmas Island Photo

Win a trip to Christmas Island

FiNS Magazine is currently sponsoring a giveaway for a trip to Christmas Island, including a single complimentary airplane ticket from Singapore, 50% off accommodation at The Sunset, and two boat dives for two people.

Located in the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island features the full range of marine life, from whale sharks to ribbon eels and clingfish, and the five survey questions are easily answered after reading a short article originally published in the magazine. Enter by August 31st and you could win a trip to this remote destination!

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