Happy New Year!
Happy New Year, readers and members! Here’s to another excellent year at Wetpixel.com and in the waters around the world. In 2006, we generated:
2,324 new members
416 front page posts
2,263 picture of the week entries
37,975 forum posts
5,458 new forum topics
3,966 private messages
1,732,797 forum top-level topic views
78,997,567 pages served
57,302 unique visitors per month (average)
Special thanks to you, our readers, and to all of our sponsors and partners. You all made the last year at Wetpixel possible.
Also, the favorite shot of 2006 thread is still going strong in our forums, so head on over there if you want to see what our members have been up to in the last year.
Divester & Wetpixel Readers Donate $300 to the Coral Reef Alliance
For those of you who purchased one (or more!) of the famous—and great-looking!—Divester/Wetpixel shirts, thanks…and congratulations! Through your support, we raised enough money to donate $300 to the Coral Reef Alliance, an organization that works to increase the capacity of communities to work collaboratively towards coral reef conservation. With all the problems coral reefs face today, every little bit helps.
For those of you who haven’t quite gotten around to ordering a shirt of your own, it’s not too late. We still have a few shirts left—although we have sold out of the XL shirts. Consequently, if your New Year’s resolution is to lose some weight, go ahead and order a Large shirt and consider the purchase as a first step towards the new you!
Happy New Year!
Ike Brigham, founder of Ikelite, passes away
With great regret, we’d like to inform our community of the passing of Ike Brigham, founder of Ikelite Underwater Systems. Founded in the early 1960s, Ikelite had a huge influence on the birth of consumer underwater photography and continues to shape the underwater imaging market today.
In December of 2001, Ike joined Wetpixel as member #15—only 4 days after our forums were launched. During his time here, he posted 939 messages full of his notoriously self-deprecating, dry humor. Our staff and users came to love the “Addled Shopkeeper” (his self-appointed title), and as a representative of his company, Ike’s integrity was unparalleled. We shall miss him dearly. Continue reading for more thoughts about Ike Brigham.
Backscatter seeks salesperson
Our sponsor and good friends at Backscatter are looking for a new salesperson! In addition to working with the latest underwater photographer and video gear, Backscatter employees are highly encouraged to make use of the rental / demo equipment and are required to expand their personal imaging skills. That means you can grab demo gear, get your dive equipment out of your dive on-site dive locker, and jump into the water before or after work! Continue reading for full job details…
Shark conservation on Wetpixel
There has been a lot of activity in our conservation forums lately, and some of the most active topics are discussions about shark conservation and the exploitation of shark fins. Wetpixel member Justin Ebert has just returned from Raja Ampat in Indonesia and started a discussion where he shows images of fishermen taking fins and disposing of the shark bodies in the waters of Indonesia.
In another related topic our members discuss how differently the subject is viewed in Asia, where most think that no harm is being done. Please join us and drop a line in the discussions. Sharks are more threatened than most people think, and it is important that we as divers and underwater photographers keep ourselves well informed!
Happy holidays from Wetpixel
It’s that time of year again, and the Wetpixel staff and I are pleased to wish everyone a happy and dive-filled holiday season! There’s been a lot of new photography gear out in the last year, and I can only imagine that some of it is on everyone’s wish list.
Jeff Leicher, owner of Jack’s Diving Locker, managed to send in a tropical holiday greeting from Kona, Hawaii. Continue reading to see Jeff offering free photos underwater with Santa…
Free underwater photography seminar at NCUPS
The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society, Backscatter Underwater Video and Photo and Wallin’s Dive Center are sponsoring an underwater photography seminar next January in northern California, entry is free:
FREE two-day underwater photo and video weekend seminar with world-renowned underwater digital photography expert, Berkley White. The two-day event begins with the “Underwater Imaging Today” seminar, on Friday evening, January 12, 2007, from 8:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. in Millbrae. On Saturday, January 13, 2007, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Wallin’s Dive Center 10,000-gallon heated pool, in San Carlos, Berkley continues with five hours of intensive hands-on, in-water product training.
Giant squid caught and captured on video
Researchers with Japan’s National Science Museum captured and filmed a live 24-foot giant squid at the surface near the Ogasawara Islands. The team attributed their success to having followed sperm whales that they believed the were eating the squid. Previously, the team had photographed a giant squid at a depth of 2,950 feet.
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