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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



    (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




    1. 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






  2. Archipelago Expeditions, operator of the Adventurer II, will cease operations as of Dec 20th 2010. The Adventurer II hit a reef and was written off last month and the subsequent replacement, the Sea Safari III, also hit a reef and sank 11 days ago. Those who have trips booked etc can garner further information here:




    I'd like to extend my condolences to the staff and crew of the Archipelago group and wish them the best of luck in their new endeavors.


    Is Maluku Divers under Archipelago Expeditions? If so, is it also affected? Thanks!

  3. 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 :>

  4. Top right corner - looks to me as simply the variation in sunlight angle and ripples are not lit.


    Bottom left - possibly due to reduction in light reaching the legs when distance is larger, resulting in a loss of contrast.


    Don't see the photo as not having the right level of corner sharpness of DOF. IMHO it is light vs distance resulting in lower contrast, hence perceived sharpness.



    many thanks for all you replies, which definitely relieve my worry of have optical problems with my lens and dome..!!!

  5. Gladden Spit off the coast of Placencia, Belize is a good place.

    from March to April / May is the best time especially around the full moon time.


    In addition, Placencia is a great town to stay in.


    Daily trips are organised to the marine reserve (can be a 1h to 1h30 trip if rough seas). Marine Reserve usually limits to 3 dive boats at anytime on the site


    I have had good Whale Shark encounters in the Malidives but vis was limited.


    Astonishing vdo's....!!!!!! awesome!!! million thanks for sharing!

    what are the water and topside temperatures?

    which operator did u join?

    many thanks!

  6. 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



  7. Of course once Mike says that and sets up with a 60, the thresher comes right up to him. :)


    Lily, you are going during x'mas which means 30 people diving at monad daily. Since no strobes are allowed anyways, you will have a hard time getting good shots with any lens. I suggest going with a f2 or lower lens to get as much light as possible. A 30 or 50 f1.4 is probably the best lens.



    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 ...

  8. Hi all, very tentatively posting up a link to this gallery, as it says in the title i've just got back from my first trip away with my 'new' (new to me anyway) DSLR setup. I'd be very grateful for any feedback, particularly with regards to things i'm consistently doing wrong. These are what I thought were the keepers out of around 50 hours underwater with the new toys.



    oh the link is http://picasaweb.google.com/ibsroushdi/Phi...key=a_-TY412OgA#




    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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