PADI sells for $700 million
PADI has been purchased by an entity known as Mandarinfish Holding for $700 million US. PADI is the largest scuba diving training and certification organization in the world. To date PADI has issued more than 25 million certifications. Mandarinfish Holding is comprised of a group of wealthy families and endowments.
Report: The Photography Show 2017
Wetpixel presents a report from the UK’s largest consumer photographic show. Held annually at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, The Photography Show attracts over 30,000 visitors and features exhibits and talks for the leading equipment manufacturers and well known photographers
New waterproof drone with DJI camera is released
A new drone that is waterproof and uses DJI’s 4k camera, gimbal, and app, has been released. The HexH20 Pro V2 is the latest waterproof drone from Quadh20. The drone can fly in wet weather, has buoyancy devices, and can film below the waterline. The ability of the drone to make water landings makes it an appealing choice for underwater photographers looking to add a drone to their camera arsenal. The drone will be available March 31st with an MSRP of $6449.
Electronic goods in carry ons banned on certain flights
Regulations announced in the past 48 hours prohibit carrying most electronic goods (including cameras) as cabin baggage on flights to the U.S.A. and U.K. from certain destinations. For flights to the U.S., flights originating or transmitting via Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are affected.
Humpback whales are gathering in unusually large numbers
Scientists have been observing large gatherings of humpback whales feeding together off the coast of South Africa in recent years. The size of these gatherings numbers from 20 to 200 individuals, behavior that was only known to occur recently. A recently published study in the journal PlosOne examines the hypotheses of these “super-groups”.
Interview: Kelly Cestari on surf photography
Kelly Cestari works as a full time professional surf photographer, capturing the action during the World Surf League. Based in Australia, his work takes him through Australia, USA, Europe, Tahiti, South Africa and Hawaii with the tour each year. Wetpixel caught up with Kelly and he kindly agreed to answer a few questions about his imagery and surf photography in general.
Behind the scenes of Cirque du Soleil’s “O”
CNET has just published an article that goes behind the scenes of the famed Cirque du Soleil show “O”. Cirque du Soleil’s underwater show has been running for 18-years now, where it has been home at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The crew is comprised of 75 performers, and another 122 technicians who work behind the scenes, all of them scuba certified (with the exception of the wardrobe team). There are 14 safety divers who remain underwater for the entirety of the show.