Ascension Island marine reserve announced
The UK and Ascension Island Governments, along with the Blue Marine Foundation have announced the creation of a marine reserve in the Atlantic. An area of 234,291 sq. Km (90,460 sq. Miles) around Ascension Island has been set aside and the Bacon Foundation has donated a £300,000 grant to monitor and enforce the reserve’s provisions. (Image from Shutterstock).
Final Call: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2016
The Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY) contest is making a final call for entries. It offers categories for international entries in 5 categories, which include: Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behavior, Up & Coming. In addition, there are 3 categories for images shot in the UK: British Waters Wide Angle, Macro and Compacts. The deadline for entries is 4 January.
Underwater Photography issue 88 available
The January/February edition of Underwater Photography magazine is now available to download. It features an article on Fluorescence diving by Lynn Miner and an interview with Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock. Nigel Marsh and Helen Rose discuss Anilao, while Wade Hughes’s stunning images form a backdrop to his article about sperm whales in the Azores. There are equipment reviews by Erin Quigley, Phil Rudin and Jussi Hokkanen, while Fernando Lessa talks about the Atlantic Forest of Brazil.
Happy New Year 2016
Wishing the Wetpixel community the very happiest and festive of (Gregorian) New Year celebrations. May 2016 bring you truly memorable imaging opportunities, safe and enjoyable diving, travel to exotic locations and plenty of time with those whose company you enjoy. All the very best for 2016.
Guide: Workflow for the New Year
It is the beginning of a new year and it is worth preparing a few things before shooting in 2016. Whilst many devices will update automatically to the new year, many metadata presets within image processing and import apps need to be manually updated to incorporate the the date change. Similarly, if you have comments set up in your camera, these will need updating
Tokina announces 14-20mm f2 lens
Tokina has announced a new APS-C rectilinear wide angle zoom lens. The 14-20 F2 Pro DX offer a maximum aperture of f2 at all focal lengths, internal focusing and a minimum focus distance of 0,28m. Quite how this will work behind a dome port remains to be seen but if it works, it is an interesting alternative.
Giant squid filmed in shallow water in Japan
On Christmas Eve a giant squid, Architeuthis dux, ventured into Japan’s Toyama Bay and swam beneath a pier full of observers. The 12-foot long squid stayed in the bay for several hours, giving diver Akinobu Kimura the chance to suit up and film the elusive creature underwater.
Wetpixel Guide: Your new housing
Wetpixel Editor Adam Hanlon provides some guidance and critical steps for those fortunate enough to have received new camera and housing systems over the holiday period. Whilst new normally means waterproof, there are few checks and set up steps that are worth performing before the system gets used for its first real dive.
- Graveyard of giant lemurs discovered in Madagascar (via )
- Video: Octopus captures a crab, out of the water (via )
- Google’s Eric Schmidt gives $10M to Monterey Bay Aquarium (via )
- NG photo of the day Manatees by Ryan Nelson (via )
- Limpet teeth are nature’s strongest material (via )
- Amazon UK lists Lightroom 6 (via )
- Serif updates Affinity Photo beta (via )
- 5 ocean centric TED talks (via )
- Freediving underwater photographers on CNN (via )
- Issue 18 of Anima Mundi magazine is now available to download (via )