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UWP Magazine 33 Available

Underwater Photography Magazine Issue 33 is available to download for free. This issue contains amazing images of swimming elephants taken by famous wildlife photographer Steve Bloom, who is also interviewed on his first experiences of underwater photography. The issue also contains review, technique, location, equipment and marine life articles by Peter Rowlands, Mark Webster, Michael Aw, Tim Rock and me (Alex Mustard). The magazine also features the latest news and new products in the world of underwater photography.

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Antibes International Underwater Photo Festival 2006 Report Photo

Antibes International Underwater Photo Festival 2006 Report

Jason Heller of DivePhotoGuide.com had the opportunity to travel to Antibes, France for the 2006 Festival Mondial de l’Image Sous-Marine (World Festival of Underwater Pictures).

Between promoting the upcoming joint DivePhotoGuide.com and Wetpixel Our World Underwater Competitions and viewing the excellent photo and video submissions, Jason managed to provide coverage of each day of the festival, including the gala awards ceremony for the winning entries.

Continue to Jason’s report for an in-depth look at the event, and be sure to discuss the results and congratulate some of the winners in the ongoing Antibes discussion in the forums…

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Ocean Realm Society spearheads anti-shark product campaign

The Ocean Realm Society will lead an email campaign opposing the business practice of the online trader Alibaba.com allowing the posting of shark parts wanted for purchase.

Alibaba.com, a China based company, lists 335 companies selling 169 shark related products online globally. This adds to the already very stressed shark population as demand rises. 

Please help by lending your support to the cause. You can find out more here.

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Hugyfot Nikon D200 housing review Photo

Hugyfot Nikon D200 housing review

Wetpixel member Udo van Dongen has written an excellent review of Hugyfot’s new housing for the Nikon D200.

In addition to some great shots of the “sexy” housing, Udo walks readers carefully through the compact housing’s functions, its ergonomics and handling, its 45° viewfinder, and more - then delivers his final verdict. Despite a few shortcomings associated with the housing, Udo claims he’s “very happy” with it.

Also, be sure to check out the small but stunning photo set that accompanies his review.

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Canopus EDIUS Pro 4 Review Photo

Canopus EDIUS Pro 4 Review

Wetpixel video moderator Paul Wags (wagsy) has written a review of his impressions of Canopus’ EDIUS Pro 4. EDIUS is a Windows PC-based nonlinear video editing program that can edit both DV and HDV.

The main reason for switching [from Premiere Pro and Aspect HD] is that I can do realtime-on-the-fly conversion to the Canopus HQ codec, and the keyframeable color correction and slow-motion in real-time is perfect for our underwater footage.

Continue reading for Paul’s review of the EDIUS software package… 

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Apple releases Core2Duo MacBook Pro Laptops Photo

Apple releases Core2Duo MacBook Pro Laptops

Apple announced the new Macbook Pro laptops with Intel Core 2 Duo chips at 2.16GHz and 2.33GHz.

The Core 2 Duo chips have 4MB Level 2 cache vs 2MB of the older Core Duo. It also uses less power as well as being a smaller 65 nanometer chip. It is not the upgrade many had hoped with the 800mhz front side bus, nor is there an upgrade on the graphics card, which is still the X1600 256MB. Still it does promise to be a significant upgrade from the Powerbook G4.

Further good news is that Apple brought back the FW800 slot for the 15” laptop, which allows for faster external drive connections that are bus powered. The new laptops are available for immediate delivery.

Did you expect more from Apple? Discuss it in the forums!

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Order your Divester/Wetpixel t-shirts! Photo

Order your Divester/Wetpixel t-shirts!

Yes, finally, the Divester/Wetpixel t-shirts are ready for ordering! Printed on 100% cotton tees, the shirts are available in sizes small, medium, large, and x-large, and are printed on black shirts—an they look totally cool! Order while they’re hot, because we’re only printing 200.

The prices for the shirts are:

  • $17.00, shipping included, if you want one sent within the US/Canada
  • $27.00, shipping included, if you want one sent outside the US/Canada

Any money left over after paying the bills will be donated to an ocean-related charity. Got one in mind? Tell us about it!

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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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