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  1. Over the years, we discovered quite some photos that were already winning entries in one competition but still got prizes from another competitions later that year.... We reported one case to the organiser, they admitted that the competitor really submitted a repeating winning photo. But unfortunately they have no way to avoid this from happening as judges would not be able to read through all possible winning entries in the world. After all, that "wonderful" photo was still a winning photo in that particular competition. Well, I don't believe there's no way to avoid.... some actions like cancellation of prize, giving warning or black-listing the participants may have some sort of deterrent effect... at least a gesture showing that "we are not fool..." Recently, we found 3 interestingly wonderful winning entries.... Asia Pacific UW Photo Challenge 2014 Winning Photo - Animal in the Cage http://uwphotochallenge.com/photos.php?year=2014 (Regulation: Any images that have won or placed in photo contests with winning entries may not be submitted.) Our World Underwater 2015 - Honorable Mention - Animal in the Cage http://underwatercompetition.com/Photos/View/181281420633841 (Regulation: Images that have won or placed in photo contests with winning entries announced before December 1st, 2014, may not be submitted. A winning image is defined as follows: any image that has placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in any contest that has resulted in prizes worth $100 USD or more. any image that has placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in a major photography contest (to be determined subjectively by judges). any image that has placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in any photo of the year-type contest. Photos of the day, week, or month are fine, as long as they have not resulted in prizes worth $100 USD or more. any single image that was part of a portfolio, but did not place as a single image, is eligible to be entered.) Ocean Art Competition 2014 - 5th Place Wide-Angle - Animal in Cage http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/oa14-5th-wideangle
  2. no.. for fun only... wedding would be done above water
  3. Is there any dive shop/photographer who takes underwater wedding photos in Guam? will be going to Guam in late Dec, and wish to have a time to remember
  4. I'm planning to go diving in Galapagos in this Aug. Has anyone tried M/V Humboldt Explorer of Explore Ventures? Any opinion? Many thanks
  5. Is Maluku Divers under Archipelago Expeditions? If so, is it also affected? Thanks!
  6. Thanks all ! Your info are VERY useful :>
  7. Is there any internet cafe near Maluku Divers that allows me to use my laptop for internet access? Thanks!
  8. For sure August is not the season for manatee interaction in Florida, but it's still tempting to give it a try.... will go to florida in mid aug, wanna spend a day or two to see manateees, any recommendation on where to go, Crystal River, Homosassa, or any other area? many thanks :>
  9. many thanks for all you replies, which definitely relieve my worry of have optical problems with my lens and dome..!!!
  10. Astonishing vdo's....!!!!!! awesome!!! million thanks for sharing! what are the water and topside temperatures? which operator did u join? many thanks!
  11. Thanks for your reply, Tom! Here comes the photo in larger size and with remarks to indicate what I found strange ... I expected that the whole bottom diver should be as sharp / clear as its head, but .... Lily http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/vYBob...feat=directlink pls press "magnifier" button to enlarge :>
  12. I took this picture. It seems that the picture is blurred on the left quarter and top corners unnaturally. As far as I remember, the bottom diver was lying quite in line with the rock. Camera: Nikon D90 in Aquatica housing Lens: Tokina 10-17mm w/ 8" dome port + extension ring #18456, and magic filter Focal Length: 10mm Apeture: F/8 Shutter speed: 1/30s I'm not sure if it's a problem with corner sharpness or merely a depth of field issue. Please advise! Many thanks! Lily
  13. Thanks soooo much for all your replies! So happened I have nikon 50mm f/1.4, see whether it fits my macro port as seems not mentioned in aquatica's catalog... so dear aquatica experts, pls correct me if i'm wrong ...
  14. I'm a newbie in using dslr underwater, with nikon D90, aquatica housing, and 2 lens: tokina 10-17mm and nikon 60mm. I'm going to malapascua coming x'mas and wonder if my existing lens are suitable for taking pictures of thresher sharks. If not, any suggestions? Many thanks! Lily
  15. Hello! Thanks for sharing your photos. They are awesome, esp. the threshers! I'm going to Malapascua coming x'mas and wonder what lens is suitable for shooting thresher shark. I have Tokina 10-17mm fisheye and nikon 60mm f/2.8. Are they suitable? If not, what lens is commonly used? Also wanna clarify - is strobe not allowed for thresher?
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