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Ocean Views Photography Awards 2010 final call for entries Photo

Ocean Views Photography Awards 2010 final call for entries

Nature’s Best Photography and Divers Alert Network (DAN) are proud to announce a new alliance to host the third annual Ocean Views Photography Awards, open to all levels of photographers from around the world. Share your passion for the ocean to help inspire a global audience to learn about and protect this fragile realm. A selection of winning images will appear in upcoming editions of Nature’s Best Photography and Alert Divers magazines, and will be featured as Internet presentations on Pixcetera, MSNBC, Discovery Network International, and other online galleries. Cash, trips, and equipment are also being awarded to contest winners.

Deadline for entry is this coming Monday, March 1, 2010.

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Watershot Inc releases housing for the Canon 5D MKII Photo

Watershot Inc releases housing for the Canon 5D MKII

Watershot Inc has just announced the expansion of its underwater photographic system to include a complete product line for the Canon EOS 5D MKII DSLR.

The housing has a sleek and compact design and is billet machined out of grade 6061 T6 aluminum with a 80 meter depth rating. Watershot¹s continuing attention to detail has been applied to both the ergonomics of still and video shooting. A comprehensive range of ports and accessories supports the housing. More information and a list of dealers is available through the Watershot website.

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Our World Underwater 2010 show coverage Photo

Our World Underwater 2010 show coverage

Our friends over at DivePhotoGuide have posted online coverage of Our World Underwater 2010, and have included photos of the OWU 2010 Photo Contest print gallery and underwater photo/video-related booths.

Also included is a photo of Keri Wilk posing in front of some of his images. Keri placed *six* times in the OWU 2010 photo contest. Please, readers—let’s give Keri some competition next year! ;)

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ADEX: Asia Dive Expo 2010, April 9-11 Photo

ADEX: Asia Dive Expo 2010, April 9-11

Asian Diver has acquired the Asian Dive Expo (ADEX) and will take over from TMX Productions in 2010. It seems the publication has come full circle, since it was the magazine that started ADEX in 1994.  ADEX 2010 will feature 100+ exhibition booths, presentations from inspiring dive professionals and industry leaders, fascinating underwater videos, marine-themed photography and art displays, plus prizes to be won in our special underwater competitions.

Speakers at ADEX include Stan Waterman, Shawn Heinrichs, Todd Essick, Chip Scarlett, Diego Garcia, Aaron Wong, Mathieu Meur, Richard Ng, and others.

The brand new Asia Dive Expo, organised “by divers, for divers”, will now take place at Suntec Convention Centre in Singapore from 9-11 April 2010.

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INON announces X-2 underwater housing for Panasonic GF1 Photo

INON announces X-2 underwater housing for Panasonic GF1

At the Diving Festival in Tokyo last week, INON announced several products, including a compact new underwater housing for the Panasonic GF1. The new X-2 housing features controls for almost every feature on the GF1, plus fiber optic bulkheads for external strobe sync. INON plans to support INON 45mm macro, 14-45mm, 7-14mm and 8mm fisheye lenses.

INON also announced a new MRS100 UIII macro port for the new Canon 100mm IS macro lens (on X-2 for Canon 50D), a camera base for 67mm lens adapters, and a camera/video base for INON underwater lights.

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Sony announces roadmap for ultra-compact APS-C cameras Photo

Sony announces roadmap for ultra-compact APS-C cameras

Sony has unveiled a new ultra-compact camera featuring APS-C sensor size and interchangeable lenses. The camera should feature a low-noise Exmor APS sensor and have 1080P AVCHD video capture capability. Sony has also been aggressive about introducing interesting technology into their compact cameras like panorama sweep, low-light imaging modes that reduce noise and blur, and GPS, which hopefully will make it into this new line. If Sony releases super wide-angle lenses, the new camera will compete very well with Micro Four Thirds cameras, which have smaller sensors than does the new Sony series.

Sony says that the camera will be released this year.

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Sigma’s new ultrawide 8-16mm f4.5-5.6 lens (APS-C) Photo

Sigma’s new ultrawide 8-16mm f4.5-5.6 lens (APS-C)

PMA 2010 craziness is underway at the moment, and many new announcements show great promise for use in underwater photography. Sigma has announced an 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM ultrawide-angle rectilinear zoom lens for cameras with APS-C crop sensors (12-24mm equiv). This translates to a 121.2° field of view when zoomed to 8mm.

The Sigma 8-16mm will be available for Sigma, Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony lens mounts.

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Our World Underwater 2010 contest winners announced Photo

Our World Underwater 2010 contest winners announced

DivePhotoGuide and Wetpixel are proud to announce the winners of the 5th annual Our World Underwater international underwater photography & video competition. The competition is in held in association with Our World Underwater and part of a joint series often referred to as the “Super Bowl” of international underwater imagery events, with world-class prizes, esteemed celebrity judges, and significant global media support.

Winning images are being shown at OWU’s evening film festival tonight to an audience of 1,500 attendees. Click through to see all of the winning images and videos.

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