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Wetpixel sperm whale expedition, update 2 Photo

Wetpixel sperm whale expedition, update 2

The typhoon to the east continued to throw huge swells into Ogasawara, resulting in extremely difficult conditions during our next couple of days out at sea. On day 3, we decided that the weather was too bad to make it out to the sperm whale area, so we turned around and stayed in the protection of the island’s lee. Luckily, we found a school of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in the bay.

Swimming with these dolphins are one of the reasons Japanese tourists flock to Ogasawara by the hundreds in high season, and when we jumped in, we could immediately see why…

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Beneath The Sea 2010 Image Contest Photo

Beneath The Sea 2010 Image Contest

Beneath the Sea 2010 is pleased to invite all Photographers and Videographers from around the world to enter the Beneath the Sea International Imaging Competition. For the first time this competition is now open to both amateurs and professional image makers. The contest deadline is 31st December 2009.

In addition to spectacular prizes, BTS also awards the David Doubilet award for excellence in underwater photography, the Stan Waterman award for excellence in underwater video, and the Jim Church award for excellence in creative underwater photography.

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Wetpixel sperm whale expedition, update 1 Photo

Wetpixel sperm whale expedition, update 1

We arrived in the Ogasawara Islands two days ago after enduring a typhoon in Toyko and an arduous 25.5-hour ferry ride. Ogasawara is 1000km due south of Tokyo and sits, isolated, at approximately the same latitude as Okinawa. As the ferry approached land, Tony Wu translated what was being broadcast over the ship-wide speaker system.

"There's another typhoon coming, and it's supposed to hit tomorrow..."

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Wetpixel members sweep Fotosub Gran Canaria Photo

Wetpixel members sweep Fotosub Gran Canaria

Congratulations to Wetpixel members David Barrio, Carlos Villoch and Carlos Suarez for finishing 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the 5th Fotosub Gran Canaria (2009), Costa Mogan, Spain, dividing the 6000 Euro cash prize fund between them. Fotosubs are underwater photography competitions, where photographers dive the same dive sites at the same and must submit images as unadjusted jpegs, directly from the camera.

The Costa Mogan event is an invitational, the organisers inviting and paying for leading photographers and their models to compete. Wetpixel’s Alex Mustard was one of the judges for the competition and posted live updates from the event on the Wetpixel forums, where you can also see the winning portfolios.

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NYUPS presentation by Emory Kristof Photo

NYUPS presentation by Emory Kristof

NYUPS (New York Underwater Photography Society) is proud to present “20,000 Bytes Under The Sea”, a special presentation by legendary National Geographic photographer and IMAX filmmaker, Emory Kristof, who will recount the challenges and solutions encountered in bringing back striking images from miles down in the world’s oceans.

The presentation will take place Bleecker Street Theater, 45 Bleecker St New York, on 30th October. Admission is complimentary, but seating is limited. You must RSVP to attend.

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2010 Our World Underwater & DEEP Indonesia competitions Photo

2010 Our World Underwater & DEEP Indonesia competitions

Underwater photographers of all levels, from novice to professionals, are invited to compete in what has become the “Superbowl” of international underwater imagery events, with over $80,000 of world-class prizes and the opportunity to have their images showcased to the world as some of the very best.

The unique competition series was founded by professional underwater photographers Jason Heller & Eric Cheng and hosted by popular websites DivePhotoGuide.com and Wetpixel.com. Deadline for submissions Jan 15, 2010.

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Ocean Optics open underwater photography stage Photo

Ocean Optics open underwater photography stage

British underwater photography retailer, Ocean Optics, has opened a unique underwater photography stage at their retail shop in Essex, east of London, UK. The stage has been specifically designed for teaching, training and testing kit and is designed to replicate realistic coral reef, with subjects including corals, sponges, jellyfish, a wreck and even a hammerhead shark built by a props company from the movie industry.

A two hour session on the set, including tank and weights costs £45 GBP per person.

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Tony Wu catalogs humpback whale calves in Tonga Photo

Tony Wu catalogs humpback whale calves in Tonga

Photographer Tony Wu spends more than a month each year photographing humpback whales in the calving grounds near Vava’u, Tonga. For the past two years, he and his network of local friends have been cataloging humpback calves in August and September. This year, they have photographic IDs of 26 calves (compared with 14 in 2008), as well as 25 additional sightings where they were unable to identify the calf in question.

Tony’s results are available as a PDF download. If you’d like to help in this year’s calf survey, please contact Tony directly.

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