Critter Shootout voting is now live
The first competition day for the Lembeh Gulen Critter Shootout is now open for voting. The first of three competitions, today’s photo contest is nudibranchs. Photographers from two countries, Indonesia and Norway, are competing against one another in a shootout competition. The best images from one day of diving are pitted against one another and open for 24 hours of voting.
NOAA predicts La Niña for Fall
NOAA has predicted that the strong El Niño effect that has been in place in the tropical Pacific for the past year will give way to a La Niña effect by Fall 2016. El Niño’s sea temperature rises have brought numerous effects to the oceans, and has been implicated in mass coral bleaching and abnormal weather patterns.
National Geographic launches its Summer of Sharks
National Geographic Magazine has kicked off their “Summer of Sharks”. The June 2016 issue features an article about diving wth tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) at Tiger Beach. Forthcoming issue over the summer will feature great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) and oceanic whitetips (Carcharhinus longimanus).
DUC Shootout results announced
Model dies during underwater shoot
Taiwanese model Olivia Ku has drowned during an underwater photographic modeling session near Hengchun Township, in Taiwan’s southern Pingtung County. News.com.au reports that she suffered an asthma attack while underwater. Our thoughts go out to her husband and daughter as well as to her family and friends. (Images: CEN/australscope)
Alex Tattersall: Thoughts on minimizing environmental impact
Underwater photographer, Dr. Alex Tattersall provides a personal perspective about the fiercely contested issue of subject manipulation in macro underwater photography. In his article, he shows examples of five photographic and compositional techniques that can be used to enhance such images as an alternative to the movement or harassment of subjects.
Stay tuned for reports from the Lembeh-Gulen Shootout
This weekend marks the start of the Lembeh-Gulen Critter Shootout. This event will pit two teams of photographers against each other, one at Lembeh Resort in Indonesia, and the other at Gulen Dive Resort in Norway. The Gulen team is being led by Keri Wilk, and the the Lembeh team by Tobias Friedrich. Alex Mustard is co-ordinating the two teams and overseeing the judging process. Each team will be submitting images for a public vote, on the event’s Facebook page. Wetpixel will be on hand and reporting “live” from the event, so please stay tuned for in-depth coverage.
App thwarts illegal fishing fleet off South Africa
A post on Facebook by South African angler Mark Hicks has resulted in a 28-strong Chinese fishing fleet being interdicted by the authorities. Hicks had been tracking the fleet’s behavior using a smartphone app that tracks vessel movements. He noticed that when the fishing fleet approached the area around Port St. Johns on the east coast, they would switch off their AIS transponders, apparently to mask their presence.
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