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Results of the 2016 Monterey Shootout Photo

Results of the 2016 Monterey Shootout

The results of the 2016 Monterey Shootout have been published. Backscatter and the Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (NCUPS) hosted the annual event. The event took place over the weekend of August 26-28th in Monterey Bay in California.

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President Obama dedicates first marine monument in Atlantic Photo

President Obama dedicates first marine monument in Atlantic

At the 2016 Our Ocean conference, president Obama officially designated the first Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean. The marine monument is roughly the size of Connecticut, 4,913 square miles, and includes seamounts and deep water canyons. The newly created marine monument is known as the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument and is off the coast of New England.

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California governor Brown signs legislation that bans Orca captivity Photo

California governor Brown signs legislation that bans Orca captivity

California governor Jerry Brown signed legislation tuesday that bans killer whales from breeding and captivity. Starting in June of next year marine parks, like SeaWorld, will be able to use currently captive orcas for educational purposes only. The law was authored by assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica).

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Artist Doug Aitken plans underwater installation project off Catalina Island Photo

Artist Doug Aitken plans underwater installation project off Catalina Island

Artist Doug Aitken is planning to install interactive underwater sculptures off Catalina Island next month. The installation coincides with his most recent exhibit at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, which opened this past weekend. The “pavilions” include reflective surfaces and are open to allow snorkelers and scuba divers to swim through and around them. The pieces will be suspended at 5, 10 and 50 feet deep.

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Sony introduces the FDR-X3000R and HDR-AS300R Action Cams Photo

Sony introduces the FDR-X3000R and HDR-AS300R Action Cams

Sony has introduced the FDR-X3000R and HDR-AS300R Action Cams. The former features 4K capture with the latter HD, but both are equipped with Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization. The have a 0.5 inch 8.2MP Exmor R™ CMOS sensor with “big pixels” designed for video with a native 16:9 aspect ratio and a BIONZ X™ processor and their lens is a 26mm focal length with a fixed f2.8 aperture. There is a digital crop function that offers 17mm, 23mm and 32mm equivalent settings. A waterproof housing is supplied with both cameras.

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Aquatica announces housing for EOS 1D-X Mark II Photo

Aquatica announces housing for EOS 1D-X Mark II

Aquatica are shipping their housing for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. The A1DXMarkII has easy to reach controls, video on/off via a lever on the right hand side, the company’s new lens gear system and is shipping with vacuum circuitry, bulkhead and pump as standard. Strobe triggering is via electrical bulkhead and the new housing is compatible with all Aquatica’s existing lens ports.

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Scubacam Singapore relocates Photo

Scubacam Singapore relocates

Singapore’s emporium of fine photographic equipment, Scubacam, has moved premises. The new shop is at 114 Lavender Street, CT Hub2 #05-52, Singapore, 338729. David and Sanah are busy moving and unpacking at the moment, but plan to be back to normal service very soon.

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