Results announced: Our World Underwater 2013
The results of the 2013 Wetpixel/DivePhotoGuide Our World Underwater contest have been announced. The contest attracted over 1500 entries from around the world, and the celebrity panel of judges which included Alex Mustard, Berkley White, Vincent Laforet, Keri Wilk, Mary Lynn Price, Steve Douglas and Eric Hanauer commented on how high the standard was this year. The overall winner and winner of the wide-angle unrestricted category was Sam Cahir with his portrait of a mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus), entitled “Paris the mako shark”. The winner of the video category was “The Giants of Cenderawasih Bay” by John Boyle and Fionn Crow Howieson. Many congratulations to all the winners.
You can view all the winning images on UnderwaterCompetition.com. Winning videos will also be broadcast as episodes on DiveFilm HD.
Wetpixel to receive major facelift
Over the next few days, Wetpixel will be undergoing a major facelift. We are really excited to be rolling out a major new and updated design that will not only feature a modern and up-to-date appearance, but also incorporate a number of improvements in the ways that you will be able to interact with and browse the site.
The work on the site will mean that we will have to limit access for a while. We do not plan to shut it down, but you may not be able to post for a while. Please accept our profound apologies for this, but rest assured that we will try to get things back to normal as swiftly as we can. Once the new design is up and running, we will be asking for the community’s help and support in finding bugs and quirks. I will start a new forum thread for this purpose once we are ready to get your feedback. Once again, apologies in advance for any inconvenience, and we hope that you will find the changes as exciting as we anticipate they will be.
Beneath the Sea 2013 results announced
The results of the 2013 Beneath the Sea (BTS) imaging contest have been announced. The three major awards were awarded as follows: The David Doubilet Award for Excellence in Underwater Photography to Peter G Allinson for his hunting sailfish image, the Jim Church Award for Excellence in Underwater Creative Imaging to Filip Staes for his creation of a winged model underwater and the Stan Waterman Award for Excellence in Underwater Videography to Erick Higuera for his film entitled Baja.
Congratulations to all the winners, so many are active members of the Wetpixel community that it feels like a real celebration! The full results of the contest and the winning images are posted on the BTS website and will be available to view on March 22, 23, and 24, 2013 at The Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, New Jersey.
Retra releases prime LSD
Retra has announced a new version of their light shaping device (lsd). Called the prime, it uses the same lens technology that is used on the existing LSD pro, but is simpler. It is supplied with 13 standard light projection shapes and is compatible with a wide variety of strobes.
The LSD prime is available now and retails at €349.00.
Review and Field Notes: Subal ND4
Wetpixel Associate Editor, Alex Mustard, has written a comprehensive 5 page review of the Subal ND4 housing for the Nikon D4 SLR. Alex was an early adopter of the D4, and published a review of the camera’s performance here on Wetpixel last May, so this review concentrates on the housing’s performance. In characteristic style however, he includes a wealth of information and advice about techniques, tools and lens selections that are suitable with almost any camera and housing combination.
The article sections are as follows: Introduction, Subal ND4 housing, housing and camera controls, lens choices for the D4 and FX cameras and other notes, problems and conclusion.
Lytro goes underwater
As most of the Wetpixel community is probably aware, Wetpixel publisher Eric Cheng is also Director of Photography for the ground-breaking Lytro light field camera. Recently, Eric took one, in a custom Nauticam housing with Light & Motion SOLA 2000 lights, with him on the Wetpixel Ultimate Indonesia expedition. Wetpixel has interviewed him about the camera’s performance and how to shoot light field images underwater.
Winter edition of Alert Diver published
The winter 2013 edition of DAN’s Alert Diver magazine is now winging its way through the post towards North American members of the organization. This issue features articles on the Egyptian Red Sea by Wetpixel Associate Editor Alex Mustard, Yap by Andy Sallmon and Alison Vitsky and Antarctica’s Ross Sea by John B Weller. Magazine editor Stephen Frink writes about using slow shutter speeds and Cathy Church writes about receiving training in the provision of oxygen first aid.
As mentioned above, print editions of Alert Diver are a member benefit for North American DAN members. It is also available as a flipbook version online or as a purchase for iPad, iPhone or Android devices via an app.
Revised: Photographer captures manta giving birth
Wetpixel reported earlier that: “Martin Ureta of cameraman.com has captured a unique image of a giant manta (Manta birostris) in the act of giving birth.”
It would now seem likely that this is not an image of a manta giving birth, but rather an image of one having a “gastro-intestinal eversion,” where the manta actually ejects the lower part of its intestine out of its cloaca in order to remove indigestible debris from its intestine. Comments posted onto the original Wetpixel post have caused this re-evaluation.
This has been documented and photographed before (pdf) although it is still a rarely witnessed event. It may also be that the image is actually of a reef manta (Manta alfredi) rather than a giant oceanic manta (Manta birostris) as was originally reported.
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