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Underwater images dominate in Wildlife Photographer of the Year Photo

Underwater images dominate in Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Underwater photos dominated in the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2006, winning the overall prize, coming first in 4 and placing in further 4 of the 12 categories.

Goran Ehlme’s photo of a walrus feeding in the sediment was the overall winner and also won Animal Behaviour: Mammals category, taken in Greenland with a Nikon D2X, 12-24mm lens and a Seacam housing. Michael Aw won the Underwater World category with a mimic octopus swimming straight at the camera, taken in the Sulawesi with a Nikon D2X, 12-24mm lens and Seacam housing. Tibor Dombovari won the Animal Portraits category with a barracuda portrait taken in Papua New Guinea with a Nikon D70s, 12-24mm lens and Subal housing. Andre Seale won the Behaviour, All Other Animals category with a green turtle being cleaned by surgeonfish in Hawaii, taken with a Nikon D100, 12-24mm lens in a Nexus housing. Wetpixel members Gavin Parsons, Jordi Chias and Alex Mustard were highly commended.

Widely regarded as the most prestigious competition of its kind, each year it attracts around 20,000 entries from professional and amateur photographers from about 60 countries.

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Aquatica announces housing for Canon 30D Photo

Aquatica announces housing for Canon 30D

Aquatica has sent us photos of their new housing for the Canon 30D dSLR.

The Aquatica 30D features a belt-drive design to put the command dial controls at your fingertips, relieving the need to pull your hand from the shutter to adjust shutter speed or aperture. The housing comes standard with two Nikonos-style bulkheads, is rated to 100 meters depth, and is compatible with the current line of Aquatica ports.

Continue for the full press release…

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JVC showing new 3CCD Everio HD camcorder Photo

JVC showing new 3CCD Everio HD camcorder

For the last two months, JVC has been showing a prototype of a 3CCD HD camcorder, rumored to be a 3x 1/5” CCD sensor recording 1080/50/60i on a 30GB hard drive.

Details on the camera are sketchy at best. Specifications like format (HDV or AVCHD) are still lacking from JVC but it is based on the Everio GZ-MG505 HDD camcorder. This camcorder should hit the market in the first half of 2007. It is also rumored to be able to shoot 1080p, an industry move that started with the Sony HVR-V1.

It seems manufacturers are pushing towards 720/1080p even for consumer models. Now that is great news for the consumer market.

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Seatool announces new website, housing for Sony HDR-SR1 / HDR-UX1 Photo

Seatool announces new website, housing for Sony HDR-SR1 / HDR-UX1

Seatool, a manufacturer of a compact video housing for the Sony HDR-HC3, has announced a new housing for the Sony HDR-SR1 and HDR-UX1.

This housing will likely follow in the tradition of the current offering, which weighs under 2.5lbs and has a depth rating of nearly 200 feet.

Seatool USA has also established a new website, with current specifications, accessories, and availability information for their housings. Visit for more details…
 

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Iceland breaks 21-year-old commercial whaling ban Photo

Iceland breaks 21-year-old commercial whaling ban

An Icelandic whalers’ spokesman has announced the killing of a fin whale, effectively ending a 21 year ban on commercial whaling by the International Whaling Commission. The fin whale, listed as endangered by the World Conservation Union, was killed on October 21st and will be landed in Iceland soon.

The Iceland Fisheries Ministry also announced new plans to take 9 fin whales and 30 minke whales annually, adding that these numbers were sustainable with present whale population. Japan intends to start hunting humpbacks next year. The International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) Gallup poll showed the vast majority of Icelanders don’t eat whale meat. There is also a glut of whale meat in the market from previous “scientific research” hunts.

Help stop the wasteful killing and show your opposition to whaling by supporting Greenpeace’s efforts or write to the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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LAUPS 2006 Contest Winners Posted Photo

LAUPS 2006 Contest Winners Posted

The Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society (LAUPS) has posted the winners of its 44th International Underwater Photographic Competition. A number of Wetpixel members placed or earned honorable mentions in the competition.

The Best of Show was awarded to Adriano Morettin for his brilliant photograph of an anemonefish. Winning images, information about the judges, and the judges’ comments will be posted this Saturday.

Continue reading for a list of the winners, with Wetpixel winners (at least the ones I know of) highlighted in bold.

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Andrea and Antonella Ferrari photograph pair of mating mimic octopus Photo

Andrea and Antonella Ferrari photograph pair of mating mimic octopus

FiNS Associate Editors and marine life book authors Andrea and Antonella Ferrari had another of their ridiculous lucky strikes a few days ago while muck diving in Puri Jati – a black sand expanse at low and medium depth along Bali’s north-eastern coast.

Moments after entering the water, the pair came across two mating mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) that didn’t seem to mind being photographed.

Read on for their words and photos of the experience…

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Review of UK-Germany housing for Pentax *istDS Photo

Review of UK-Germany housing for Pentax *istDS

Mark Stiebel has written a review of his impressions of the UK-Germany housing for the Pentax *istDS digital SLR. Mark commends the company for the solidly built housing, their support of the Pentax brand, and the speed with which his questions were answered, “even when emailing via Google translator.”

Mark writes “after taking this housing for only a few dives so far, I am extremely happy with my results. It feels so much better to hold and use than my previous underwater camera (Sony DSC-P10 P&S), and I actually enjoy taking pictures instead of being frustrated by my equipment.

The review includes photos of the housing and camera in various stages of assembly, as well as some of his first photos with the new system. Read on for all the details…

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Take a diver survey and win a trip to Indonesia Photo

Take a diver survey and win a trip to Indonesia

Win a trip to Indonesia aboard the Archipelago Adventurer I by filling out a quick survey!  This diver survey is being administered collaboratively by some of your favourite diving related websites, to help us better understand you needs and to better serve you.

You are not required to provide any personally identifiable information, however, to enter into the drawing for the prize, you must provide your email address. By taking the survey you are not giving the prize sponsor nor participating sites any permission to contact you. We respect your privacy.

*Update 12/04* The survey has closed - thanks for participating!

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