Results for the first round of the Shootout
The Shootout 2018 kicked off on June 15th at both Lembeh Dive Resort in Indonesia and Gulen Dive Resort in Norway. The subject for the first of three rounds of photography was nudibranchs. Participants in both countries submitted their best images taken of nudibranchs during three dives on June 17th and were then ranked by enthusiastic voters the world over.
Live Reports: The Shootout 2018
The Shootout 2018 has kicked off in both Lembeh, Indonesia and Gulen Norway. Alex Mustard is team captain in Lembeh, while Keri Wilk is team captain in Gulen. They will each lead their teams from June 15th to June 23rd. Wetpixel editor Adam Hanlon is on hand in Norway while associate editor Abi Smigel Mullens is stationed in Lembeh, both with provide live coverage throughout the event.
Inon announces underwater tripod system
Inon has released details of their new underwater tripod system. Designed to be modular, the tripod consists of a “Tripod Hub” that can have a variety of legs, ferrules, shoe mounts or the new “UW Pan head” attached to it. The latter is a specific 3-way ballhead specifically designed differ underwater use.
Large food service company bans plastic straws at more than 1,000 locations
A large food service management company, Bon Appetit Foods, has banned plastic straws in its more than 1,000 locations across the United States. Bon Appetit runs restaurants at locations such as museums, college campuses, ball parks, and other notable places. The company announced that it had purchased 16.8 million plastic straws in 2017 alone. The company will offer compostable straws as an alternative to the plastic version. Bon Appetit hopes to fully implement the ban by 2019.
Film: Dreams of Atlantis by Howard Hall Productions
Alex Mustard is awarded an MBE
World Oceans Day 2018
June 8 is celebrated as World Ocean’s Day, an occasion to reflect on the global perils that threaten the health of the blue areas of our planet. As image makers, we can offer a unique perspective by documenting the beauty, fragility and perils of our oceans. On 9 June there is a global March for the Oceans, an opportunity to unite and tell lawmakers that marine conservation matters. The March also calls for people to meet and carry out clean ups and other activities.
Newly invented chamber allows scientists to bring deep water fish to surface
A new device is allowing scientists to bring live specimens of deep dwelling fish to the surface for study without using invasive techniques. The pressurized chamber, known as the SubCAS (Submersible Chamber of Ascending Specimens), was invented by scientists at the California Academy of Sciences and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The devise specifically is meant for fishes living in the mesopelagic zone, 600 to 3,500 feet below the surface of the ocean. In the past scientist have punctured the swim bladder of fish to allow for escaping gases as they are brought to the surface, an invasive technique.
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