Winners: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year announced the winners of the 2017 contest at a gala ceremony in London’s Natural History Museum last Tuesday. Wetpixel has showcased the winning images that have marine themes, along with the photographer’s description of how the images were captured. The 2018 (#WPY54) contest opens for entries on Monday 23 October.
New images from Blue Planet II released
In anticipation of the release of Blue Planet II later this month, new photographs have been revealed showing key scenes of the upcoming series. Sir David Attenborough was also available for a Q & A about the filming of the series, in which he pressed the importance of cleaning up ocean plastic. The sequel series comes 15 years after the original was released and is the result of over 1,000 hours of filming underwater.
Gates announces AX700/Z90 housing for Sony 4K Camcorders
Gates Underwater Products has announced their new AX700/Z90 housing. It supports three Sony 4K camcorders: The FDR-AX700, HXR-NX80, and PXW-Z90 and is designed to be versatile and travel friendly. Features include full lens zoom through, internal color correction flip filter, access to all key controls and compatibility with all battery types.
Adobe updates video editing apps
Adobe releases updated image editing apps
Adobe has announced a range of updates and new apps at its MAX Convention. Lightroom has been split into two apps, with the “Classic” version being an updated version of the existing app, and the “CC” being cloud native app that currently has less editing ability, but syncs across devices. Photoshop CC now has deeper integration into a Lightroom based workflow.
After 100-years, scientists realize Chesapeake Bay Sea Nettles are their own species
Irritating and stinging sea nettles are an integral part of the Chesapeake Bay, but have found themselves the subject of a centuries-old case of mistaken identity. The sea nettles inhabiting the Chesapeake were long thought to be the same species as the Chrysaora quinquecirrha living in the Atlantic, however, some scientists decided to take a closer look. Low and behold, the newly described Bay Nettles are half the size, have half as many tentacles, and have arms that are almost twice as long as the long recognized Sea Nettle. The new species has been named Chrysaora chesapeakei, or Bay Nettle Jelly.
Interview: Dan Beecham on underwater filmmaking and Blue Planet 2
Wildlife camera operator Dan Beecham was the recipient of the BBC’s NHU bursary scheme and, over the past couple of years, has spent over 500 days in the field, working on the forthcoming Blue Planet 2 series. Wetpixel was able to catch up with him and ask him a few questions about the new series and underwater filmmaking in general.
Adelie penguins in the Antarctic suffer “catastrophic” breeding season
In the second “catastrophic” breeding season for Adelie penguins in five years, conservationists are calling for drastic measures to save the species. All but two Adelie penguin chicks have starved to death in the 2017 breeding season. The last high mortality breeding season occurred in 2015 when every single chick died. Scientists say the record amount of sea ice meant adults needed to travel farther for food as well as increased competition for a primary food source of krill from commercial fishing vessels.
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