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Review of Gorontalo: Hidden Paradise Photo

Review of Gorontalo: Hidden Paradise

I’ll be honest. Having never been fortunate enough to dive in Asia, I’d never heard of Gorontalo - until recently. Nestled among sheer limestone cliffs on the northern arm of Indonesia’s four-fingered island of Sulawesi, the Province of Gorontalo is situated at the heart of the “coral triangle,” the most biologically rich concentration of marine life in the world.

Smack-dab on the equator, Gorontalo is a centuries-old community that is largely dependent on farming and fishing. However, as the world learns of the rich marine ecosystem just off its shores, tourism will no doubt gain in importance. Soon, people will likely be heading to the region in increasing numbers. And by “people,” I mean: divers.

Continue reading for the rest of Volk’s review of Gorontalo: Hidden Paradise…

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Fisheye-Photo announces Bonaire Digital Summer Camp Photo

Fisheye-Photo announces Bonaire Digital Summer Camp

Fish-Eye Photo has announced that Bonaire Digital Summer Camp 2007 will run for four sessions, each a week long, starting July 1st and ending July 27th. The sessions will alternate between underwater photography and videography, starting with photography, and will each finish with a photo or video competition.

Prizes include a Sea & Sea YS-110 DS-TTL strobe, Aquatica and Amphibico gift coupons, and free car rental, as well as accommodation at local resorts and a three-course dinner. Continue reading for the full list of prizes, or visit Fish-Eye Photo for more information on the event…

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UWP Magazine Issue #36 available for download Photo

UWP Magazine Issue #36 available for download

Underwater Photography Magazine Issue 36 is now available for download.

Featured again are many familiar Wetpixel members -  contributors this month include Tim Rock, Mark Webster, Pete Atkinson, and Alex Mustard (with yet another cover shot). This issue’s articles range from reviews of Aquatica, Subal, and Seacam housings, to proper dome placement and the use of mid-range zoom lenses, and a guide to the increasingly popular destination of Bali.

UWP Magazine is a free PDF magazine, published every two months.

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DivePhotoFest Philippines u/w photography workshop: space available Photo

DivePhotoFest Philippines u/w photography workshop: space available

The DivePhotoFest underwater photography workshop at the beautiful El Galleon Resort in Puerto Galera, Philippines still has space available. The workshop runs from June 3-10, 2007 and includes 3 dives per day plus breakfast and lunch, as well as 7 nights accommodation at the resort.

Daily presentations will be given by Simon Buxton, Tim Rock, and Wetpixel video moderator Mike Veitch. Sponsors include Aquatica, Ikelite, Magic Filters, and the PADI Diving Society - society members will receive $50 off the package price. Full details and booking information can be found at the DivePhotoFest website.

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ROV support vehicle catches rare oarfish Photo

ROV support vehicle catches rare oarfish

The crew of the ROV vessel HOS Innovator and the Saipem Innovator 9 ROV recently encountered and caught a rare oarfish at the surface near their boat - over 100 miles off the coast south of New Orleans.

The fish measured at over seven feet in length, but weighed only about six pounds, and has been preserved for donation to a research organization or aquarium for study. Crew member Dick Elliott took a few photographs of the experience - continue reading to view them…

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Diving Clipperton Island video preview Photo

Diving Clipperton Island video preview

Mary Lynn Price, producer of DiveFilm, has posted a 5-minute video preview of her recent trip to Clipperton Island, which includes an interview in Spanish with Roberto Chavez Arce, one of the Mexican divers and explorers on the trip.  Arce talks about the need for protection of the island and surrounding reefs (no subtitles—I hope your Spanish is good).  There is plenty of underwater video footage that accompanies the interview, which shows the beauty of the reefs around Clipperton.

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Shark documentary to be featured at NCUPS Photo

Shark documentary to be featured at NCUPS

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (NCUPS) will be presenting a free showing of Sharks: Stewards of the Reef on Friday, May 11, 2007 in Millbrae, CA. The 30-minute documentary film, by David McGuire of Trillium Films, details the relationship between reef sharks and their environment, and the danger of forever losing both:

From over-fishing and the economics behind shark finning, to the escalating threats of habitat destruction, Sharks: Stewards of the Reef, examines the forces causing shark populations to plummet.  Humans are now the top predators of the oceans and we are removing a critical link in the oceanic ecosystem.

Continue reading for the press release from NCUPS…

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National Association of Broadcasters Show 2007 Photo

National Association of Broadcasters Show 2007

Wetpixel conservation moderator and videographer Shawn Heinrichs attended the recent National Association of Broadcasters show held in Las Vegas from April 16-19. He came back with thoroughly researched impressions of some of the items on display, including the Sony XDCAM EX, Apple’s Final Cut Pro 6, and Color.

This is a big show with every serious company engaged in broadcast and post production in attendance.” Continue reading for information and photos of many new or updated products, and Shawn’s feedback from some of the developers…

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Solmar V launches new website, gives away free stuff Photo

Solmar V launches new website, gives away free stuff

The new owners of the M/V Solmar V (the boat Wetpixel is taking to the Socorro and Revillagigedos islands in February of 2008) have launched a new website, designed by Wetpixel member Bonnie Pelnar. 

As part of the celebration, they are offering several incentives to help everyone get as excited about the upcoming year as they are.  Solmar V is giving away four free trips (and more)!  Continue reading for the full release…

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