2011 Wildphotos dates announced
Wildphotos 2011 will take place in London, UK, from Friday 21 to Saturday 22 October. The conference aims to explore the power of wildlife and environmental photography, and the impact that iconic and emotive imagery can have on conservation. It often draws the big names in wildlife photography and is a two-day program of events.
Details of the event’s program, speakers and events are to be announced.
Hdvunderwater: A new site for sharing underwater videos
Wetpixel moderator, Paul Waghorn, has created hdvunderwater: A new site for people to submit and embed direct Youtube or Vimeo links to their underwater videos. Membership is free and and easy to set up, the idea is to be able to start posting your underwater videos within minutes. Paul says:
“After seeing underwater videos all over the place on the internet, I wanted to create a single place where people can share and view underwater videos. Instead of having users upload their underwater video files to the site, users can create an account and post their direct Youtube or Vimeo underwater video links along with information about the video and even link back to their own website. It even comes with optional Google maps to mark the videos location.
Sony announces HDR-T10 3D HD camcorder
At CES, Sony announced their entry in 3D with the HDR TD10, a dual lens, dual backlit CMOS sensor 3D HD camcorder which records 3D 1080i in a new format called MVC. The TD10 has dual Sony G lenses, feeding dual Exmor R sensors and processed by dual BIONZ processors. The result is recorded as 1080i in a new 28mbps format called MVC. The camcorder is due to ship in April 2011 at a MSRP of $1499.99,
JVC announces GZ-TD1 full HD 3D consumer camcorder
At CES, JVC showed off the GZ-TD1, the world’s first full HD (1920x1080) capturing 3D camera. The camera has a Twin GT HD T1.2 lenses, recorded onto dual backlit CMOS sensors. All this is processed by the new Falconbrid processor, which is twice as powerful as the older processors. Features like a glassless 3D preview on the 3.5” LCD, 3D timelapse and still image capability as well as 5x optical zoom in 3D(10x in 2D) and 3D sound capture, the TD1 specs are impressive. It will be available in March, with a MSRP of US$1999.95.
Celebrate the Sea Festival 2011
The Sintesa Peninsula Hotel, Manado, is playing host to the tenth Celebrate the Sea Festival from 23 to 25 September 2011. During the Festival, two competition will be held: Firstly there is a call for entries for the International Underwater Imaging Competition and secondly a Shoot out Competition which will run from 19 to 23 September.
Other events during the festival include many speakers namely: Howard and Michelle Hall, Neville Coleman, Dr Carden Wallace, Dr Mark Erhmann, Leandro Blanco, Eric Bettens, Amanda Cotton, Steve Jones, Michael AW, Mathieu Meur, William Macdonald and Indonesia’s very own award-winning underwater photographer Ronny Renkung.
The deadline for entries for stills and videos in the International Underwater Imaging Competition is 1 August.
Call for entries: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011
The Natural History Museum, London, has opened entries for the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 competition. Now in its forty-seventh year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth: The Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine. The competition this year features specific categories for animal behavior, the underwater world and black and white images, and there is also a specific category for young photographers.
Full details, rules and procedures are now available, and the deadline for entries is 18 March.
Penguin flipper bands may harm birds and research
Nature has published the results of studies that suggest that using flipper tags on penguins reduces survival rates and undermines the conclusions drawn from studies that use them. Yvon Le Maho at the University of Strasbourg in France, has conducted a study over the past 10 years on 50 King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) on Possession Island, and has found that when compared with 50 unbanded birds, those fitted with bands had around 40% fewer chicks and a 16% lower survival rate over the study period. In another study, Rory Wilson of Swansea University, UK, found that bands could also disrupt the birds’ hydrodynamics, increasing the amount of energy they require for swimming. (Image by Benoît Gineste).
Sony releases LCD monitor for DSLRs or camcorders
Sony has announced the release of the CLM-V55 external monitor that can be attached to a DSLR or camcorder. The high-resolution WVGA (800 x 480) (5”) LCD panel is attached to a hot or cold shoe on the camera, and receives its signal via HDMI cable. Powered by an optional battery pack or AC adapter, and has pixel magnification and peaking functions to assist with focusing.
Prices are not yet confirmed, and it is due to ship in March. It should be relatively easy for manufacturers to build housings for underwater use.
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