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In Topic: The World Shootout Competition

29 March 2016 - 12:54 PM

The petition itself, whilst having arisen from the above events, is about the bigger picture. Much more interesting than the number of people signing up are the comments and debates that are happening and it seems to be evolving in a direction for the greater good.


I’ve had three reputable resorts in key macro hot spots say how useful such posts are to help them show their guides that not everyone wants them to move subjects around. I find that most heartening. 


For sure, it’s a small cause when compared to current coral bleaching concerns, plastics and polluants in the oceans, and unsustainable overfishing, but it is a valid one.

In Topic: The World Shootout Competition

27 March 2016 - 01:21 PM

I’ve started a change.org petition with which to gather momentum for change in UW photo ethics which we intend to circulate to spheres of influence such as competition organisers, dive centres and dive magazines. Feel free to sign up or ignore, no need to troll but your opinions are very welcome.



In Topic: The World Shootout Competition

07 March 2016 - 07:51 AM

Because apparently I’m an incredibly bad loser Mr Veitch. 


I can smell can you not a critical mass of people who want to stop this from continuing as it does? When I made the first post on FB, I had no idea the number of people who have also risked their own status and credibility to make comments and share experiences. I have had double the number of people contact me privately, phoning me from Israel, sending me emails, contacting me in PM here on wetpixel offering support that it is now high time the culture should change.


My tenacity in continuing this argument however is spurred on not only by likeminded people in the community, but also the inability to have any of my genuine and legitimate concerns respected or questions replied to with any level of substantiated evidence by the competition organisers. My questions asking for evidence and highlighting further inconstancies between rulings and judging results are not unreasonable in any way yet they have been rejected and an honest debate made impossible. The same questions have been posed to the organisers by multiple concerned parties and none of these have been responded to. 


I think a competition that is taking so much money from people should be transparent and open to debate. The winning image in the macro category, I and almost every experienced photographer are still convinced has been staged, however I have made peace with this decision and I hate to think that an individual is being vilified for this so I’ve moved to drop this completely.


I cannot make peace with being ignored and stonewalled, I have more respect for myself than that. 


Thanks for asking though. I hadn’t realised that this debate is raised so regularly, I have not entered/placed in many competitions. 

In Topic: The World Shootout Competition

05 March 2016 - 11:23 AM

Well, Wetpixel is a lively old forum nowadays.

In Topic: Nauticam 4,33" Dome scratch

24 February 2016 - 03:10 PM

We can do that but where are you based?