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DEMA 2008: Ocean Artists Society Photo

DEMA 2008: Ocean Artists Society

The Ocean Artists Society was started by Wyland a few years ago and includes (so far) 71 ocean artists from all over the world. Wyland hosted a breakfast at the Riviera Hotel this morning to give us a chance to get to know each other and to chat about the future of the organization. OAS plans to use its collective power to produce exhibitions, books, DVDs, and other media, and to champion environmental and social causes.

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DEMA 2008: Get a free Wetpixel t-shirt! Photo

DEMA 2008: Get a free Wetpixel t-shirt!

Good news! We have t-shirts. They are made of organic cotton and are really soft. The first 3 people who bring a printed copy of this picture to our booth at DEMA (#3049) during standard exhibit hours get a free Wetpixel t-shirt. Click through for the full image.

Bonus points if you talk to the people in the booth. Ready? GO!
WARNING: Feed the intern at your own risk!

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DEMA 2008: Day 0, Exhibitor set-up Photo

DEMA 2008: Day 0, Exhibitor set-up

Wetpixel Quarterly staff members Michaela Brockstedt, Adam Lau and I arrived in Las Vegas this afternoon and headed directly to the convention center to set up the Wetpixel booth. DEMA is always a whirlwind of activity; this year, the schmoozing started before we had even gotten our luggage. Stephen Frink and Liz Johnson of Seacam USA and Jenny Collister and Meghan of Reef & Rainforest hung out with us while we waited for our baggage to come out of the magic baggage dispenser…

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Douglas Seifert writes WATER COLUMN Photo

Douglas Seifert writes WATER COLUMN

DIVE Magazine Contributing Editor, Wetpixel member, and yellow wetsuit-wearing photographer Douglas Seifert has been named World Editor of DIVE magazine in the United Kingdom. Starting with the December issue, DIVE will publish Water Column, Douglas’ monthly feature column of images and words devoted to ocean natural history, phenomena, destinations, adventure, and conservation issues worldwide. I have always enjoyed Douglas’ entertaining and informative writing, not to mention his fantastic underwater photography, and am looking forward to reading the new column.

DIVE is the official publication of the British Sub Aqua Club and is the largest circulation English language dive magazine in Europe, distributed worldwide from South Africa to Australia to Asia and the US.

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X-Ray Magazine issue 26 is available for download Photo

X-Ray Magazine issue 26 is available for download

Our friends over at X-Ray Magazine have just announced the immediate availability of issue 26, which features articles on the Caribbean, a review of the XScooter Dive Propulsion Vehicle, Bangaram Island, deep diving, and Thetis Island in British Columbia.

Did you know that reef fish are flourencent and that CO2 makes oceans noisier? Did you ever wonder how the jellyfish get its sting? Explorers find hundreds of undescribed species on Australian reefs. Want to know how to pick Ocean-Friendly Sushi?

Check it out—X-Ray is totally free, and only takes a few minutes to download.

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Review of Chris Santella’s “Fifty Place to Dive Before You Die” Photo

Review of Chris Santella’s “Fifty Place to Dive Before You Die”

Let’s suppose you are the author of a hot selling series of books, with titles like “Fifty Places to Go Birding Before you Die,” and “Fifty Places to Sail Before you Die.”  Now your editor suggests you write one about diving.  The problem is you are a casual diver, with only a few hours underwater.If you’re Chris Santella, you seek out fifty experts and interview them about their favorites, in addition to doing basic research.

Here’s a dive book for the general public that provides a highly positive look at the beauty and diversity of the underwater world.  At the same time, it’s a valuable reference for traveling divers who are looking for the best that world has to offer…

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Nature’s Best 2008 winners announced: Wetpixel members take Oceans Photo

Nature’s Best 2008 winners announced: Wetpixel members take Oceans

Congratulations to Wetpixel members Bruce Yates, Alex Connah, Thomas Peschak and Gary Brennand for winning and taking honorable mentions in this year’s Nature’s Best Magazine‘s Windland Smith Rice International photo contest! Bruce won the Oceans divisions with his wonderful image of a lemon shark at the surface in the Bahamas. Gary took honorable mention with a close-up shot of a Napolean wrasse.

Selected Nature’s Best winners will be shown in an exhibition at the Smithsonian starting this coming November. The full list of winners can be found in the discussion topic where this news was broken; we haven’t been able to find them on the Nature’s Best website yet.

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Wetpixel gets new RSS links Photo

Wetpixel gets new RSS links

Hello, readers! Wetpixel has changed all of our active RSS feed URLs. If any of you out there read Wetpixel via RSS feeds, please update your URLs. We cannot guarantee the old ones will continue to work (although they probably will).

Feeds: [RSS News Feed] [Atom News Feed] [POTW Feed] [Forum Feed]

If you don’t know what RSS is, you’re missing out on one of the biggest time-savers out there. For more information on RSS, check out this brief summary and watch this 3 minute YouTube video that explains RSS in plain english.

A lot of people are fans of Google Reader, but I am a big fan of NewsGator RSS readers, which let you read news using native applications for Windows, Mac, Blackberries, iPhones, the web, and more. It keeps your read / unread articles organized and synchronized across all platforms so you don’t have to read anything twice.

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