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Voting open: Wetpixel Picture of the Year 2009 Photo

Voting open: Wetpixel Picture of the Year 2009

The new year is upon us, which means that it’s time to vote for the Wetpixel Picture of the Year 2009!

Last year, we hosted 44 Picture of the Week contests resulting in 44 stunning winners. Over the next 30 days, you—the public—will vote on what you think was the best photo from last year. The author of the winning photo will score a one-week liveaboard dive trip aboard the M/V Solmar V, a fantastic liveaboard dive vessel that runs trips to Socorro, the Sea of Cortez, and to Guadalupe for great white sharks.

Voting ends on February 11, 2010. Good luck, everyone! Seriously—check out the gallery; there are some really impressive images over there.

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45 new compact cameras announced at CES 2010 Photo

45 new compact cameras announced at CES 2010

Digital Photography Review has an informative article highlighting the 45 new compact cameras announced at CES 2010 (Consumer Electronics Show). All cameras range between 10 and 14 megapixels and of particular note are the wide-angle lenses present on many of the newly introduced cameras, and built-in GPS and compass on some of the higher-end cameras.

For new and seasoned photographers alike, compact cameras are an inexpensive way to dive into the world of digital underwater photography and start creating high quality underwater images.

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The Night Safari Lembeh, Feb 27 - Mar 6, 2010 Photo

The Night Safari Lembeh, Feb 27 - Mar 6, 2010

Join Scubacam and underwater photographers Tony Wu and Eric Cheng at Kasawari Lembeh Resort from February 27 - March 6, 2010 for a special night safari at Lembeh Strait, Indonesia. During this time, Kasarawi will switch to a night schedule, allowing photographers to dive well into the night (and sleep late into the morning).

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Nauticam’s new underwater housing for Canon EOS 7D Photo

Nauticam’s new underwater housing for Canon EOS 7D

Nauticam USA announces the manufacturing of an underwater housing for the Canon EOS 7D digital SLR.

Nauticam engineers have incorporated design suggestions from top Canon shooters worldwide in an effort to build a 7D housing that is a completely logical extension of the camera making no ergonomic compromises.The resulting design is small, light weight, attractively styled, and provides effortless camera control.

Particularly interesting are a new joystick control pad for access to the multi-selector, a locking port release lever, which eliminates the twisting of ports during attachment, and new “piano key” controls, which should be fantastic for people diving in gloves. Continue reading for full press release.

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Grand Cayman’s Stingray City to get a floating bar Photo

Grand Cayman’s Stingray City to get a floating bar

Stingray City has been a main attraction to Grand Cayman for over two decades since Skin Diver reported on it in 1987. Yes—it’s got a little bit busier these days, but it is still the same mind-blowing experience it always was. However, all of this could change soon, as the Cayman Islands Liquor Licensing board has granted a permit for a floating bar to operate in this area (which is a Marine Park).

Whilst it is not yet known what legislation exists that can prevent this from happening there is obviously something very wrong with the idea of a bar in a marine park where you interact with wild animals. Many Wetpixel members have spent time with the rays in Stingray City, generating 1000s of photos between us all. If you have enjoyed the experience, please head on over to the forums to learn about how you can get involved with our protest.

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Misool Eco Resort holds fundraising raffle to support Ranger Patrol Photo

Misool Eco Resort holds fundraising raffle to support Ranger Patrol

Misool EcoResort, located in the heart of Raja Ampat, Indonesia, is holding a raffle to support the Ranger Patrol, which protects a 425 sq km No-Take Zone. A 50 Euro donation gets you entered once into the contest to win a free 7-night stay at the resort plus 10 dives (100 Euros gets you entered twice!).

You can read the details about the raffle and what it supports at Misool Eco Resort’s website.

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Winning Wetpixel entry for the new Sensational Seas 2 DVD Photo

Winning Wetpixel entry for the new Sensational Seas 2 DVD

Congratulations to Jon Shaw of GinClearFilm for his winning entry in the Wetpixel contest for the soon-to-be-released Sensational Seas 2 DVD.  “Underwater New South Wales:  Sydney” is the introductory video to Jon’s new DVD release featuring the underwater world around Sydney, Australia and the NSW area. 

DiveFilm HD Video Podcast is a Featured Outdoor Sports Podcast at iTunes, and is produced in association with Wetpixel.

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Sony announces new video cameras at CES 2010 Photo

Sony announces new video cameras at CES 2010

Sony announces 13 new handycams at CES 2010. The new range of handycams include new XR, CX and TG series. The top of the line XR550V now has 24mbps, Memory Duo/SDHC card support , 240GB hard disk drive and a new EXMOR R CMOS sensor that is optimized for low light. The LCD screen is now a 3.5”  and the camera has full manual controls. The variation among the series are mainly memory configurations. Included in the 13 handycams are 5 new SD cameras. 2 pro cameras, the HVR-AX2000 and HVR-NX5 were also announced.

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