RSMAS 2007 Underwater Photography Contest
The RSMAS (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science) is running a photo contest with dive travel and cash prizes with a deadline for submission of May 7, 2007.
Only amateur photographers can enter (defined as those who make less than 20% of their income through photography), and no photos that have been accepted for publication will be accepted. Many Wetpixel members placed in last year’s competition. You can submit up to three entries in each category (Wide Angle, Macro, Portrait), and entry is free.
NWP Landscape & Seascape photo contest
The Nature, Wildlife and Pet Photography Forum (NWP) is hosting a series of themed, monthly photo contests (Landscape & Seascape, Wildlife, and Pets). There is no fee for submission, and winners receive a website design by Chanthee Keokhaw. The current contest is “Landscape & Seascape”, so click on over and submit all those amazing underwater reefscape images you’ve been hiding!
Layang Layang Underwater Photo Challenge 2007
Following the successful event last year, the Layang Layang Island Resort and Asian Diver are hosting the second Layang Layang Underwater Photo Challenge from July 17-23, 2007 in Layang Layang, Malaysia.
The one-week event package includes twelve boat dives, meals, accommodation, and the chance to enter your photos in the competition for a chance to win nearly USD$30,000 worth of trips and prizes from Nautica, Oceanic, Nikon, and more. Judging will be performed by underwater photographers Junji Takasago, Stephen Wong, Dr Kurt Svrcula, and Wetpixel moderator Mike Veitch.
Continue reading for additional details and information on participating…
X-Ray Magazine #16 is available for download
X-Ray, an excellent (and free) online magazine oriented towards diving and underwater photography, has just announced the availability of issue #16, which includes articles on the Visayas in the Philippines, the Ambon Islands in Indonesia, Wolfgang Leander’s efforts to increase shark protections, and an interview with ‘Sharkwater’ creator Rob Stewart. Also featured are discussions of antioxidants for the diver, rebreathers, and more.
At 105 pages, this is X-Ray’s largest issue yet. The magazine is published bimonthly.
Solomon Islands relief effort
On April 3, an earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale and ensuing tsunami damaged much of the Gizo Province of the Solomon Islands and killed at least 34 individuals. So far, UNICEF and the Red Cross organizations of the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia have responded, but all mention a lack of fresh water and the threat of disease.
UNICEF is reporting that USD$500,000 in funding is needed to assist the nearly 50,000 affected people in the area. Nearly 30,000 of this population are children. Donations can be made directly to the UNICEF relief effort.
Whaling and whale watching go head to head
After seeing the front page posting for Dominica’s Dive Fest 2007, Wetpixel member Mauricio Handler (handlerphoto) was concerned that the country had voted in favor of whaling interests at the previous International Whaling Commission meeting:
It seems that Dominica has sold its soul to the Japanese, allowing them to resume whaling in their territorial waters. If not immediately, soon. All this while promoting whale watching and eco-tourism in US dive trade shows.
Keep reading for Mauricio’s thoughts on the issue and his practical solution…
SeaSpace memorial service for Larry Smith
On Saturday, March 31, family members and friends of Larry Smith gathered to celebrate Larry’s life in a memorial service at SeaSpace 2007. All three of Larry’s sons - Casey, Tim and Trevor - were present, as was his mother, Evelyn, his sister, Joyce, and their families. Allan and Barbara Jones of Adventure H2O, Wetpixel members and contributors Gladys Howard, Burt Jones, Maurine Shimlock, Chip and Susan Scarlett, and Ken Knezick, as well as many of Larry’s family members and special friends shared stories about Larry…
Dominica announces Dive Fest 2007
Dominica has announced that the 14th annual Dive Fest will be held from July 6-15, 2007. This year’s event will include underwater photography workshops and contest, hosted by Dive Training Magazine‘s Barry and Ruth Guimbellott, and feature such sponsors as Oceanic and SeaLife.
Not just for divers, the event will also have whale watching, a treasure hunt, traditional boat races, and happy hour dances. For an idea of all the activities, visit last year’s Dominica Dive Fest 2006 blog, or watch for the Dive Fest 2007 website to be updated with this year’s schedule.
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