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Call for Entries: Big Picture Natural World Photography Contest Photo

Call for Entries: Big Picture Natural World Photography Contest

The California Academy of Sciences has announced that their 2018 Big Picture Natural World Photography Contest is calling for entries. The competition has a category called “Aquatic Life” and offers a grand prize of $5,000 for the overall winner and prizes of $1,000 for the winners in each category. Entries are open now, and close on 1 March 2018.

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Cathy Church’s new online video series for Vivid-Pix Photo

Cathy Church’s new online video series for Vivid-Pix

Cathy Church and Vivid-Pix have collaborated in an online series of how-to videos for using Vivid-Pix to edit underwater photos. The first in the series of Vivid-Pix Tutorial Videos illustrates how she improves her photo of a wobblegong shark. Cathy Church has been pioneering and teaching underwater photography for over 50 years and brings her experience to this series of videos.

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New whale shark study utilizes citizen science Photo

New whale shark study utilizes citizen science

A new study in the Journal BioScience utilizes imagery taken by citizen scientists to analyze population, distribution and movement of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus). An application designed by NASA to recognize stars has been used to automatically catalog and identify sharks from images uploaded to the Wildbook for Whale Sharks. Some 30,000 individual encounters with 6,000 shark in 54 countries have been analyzed thus far.

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The deepest fish in the ocean has been described Photo

The deepest fish in the ocean has been described

On Tuesday of this week, scientists released the scientific name and description of the deepest fish in the ocean. Pseudoliparis swirei is a Snailfish that lives at the bottom of the Mariana Trench and was collected at 7,966 meters (nearly five miles) deep. The fish was originally filmed in 2014, but has only now been described. There is one other species of Snailfish living at this depth, that makes an appearance in Blue Planet II, but a specimen has yet to be collected and described.

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