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Keep shark nets out of Cape Town Photo

Keep shark nets out of Cape Town

As many of you already know, a swimmer was killed by a great white shark in Cape Town yesterday at a beach with no shark nets. Shark Savers director Julie Andersen has written a message for those of us interested in sharks attacks in South Africa.

Continue reading for Julie’s full message. If you don’t have time to read but still want to help, Julie asks that you click on over to News 24 to vote on how you think shark attacks can be prevented.

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INON micro semi-fisheye relay lens adapted to work with Nikon Photo

INON micro semi-fisheye relay lens adapted to work with Nikon

Wetpixel member Jordi Chias has posted images taken with the INON UFL-MR130 EFS60 Underwater Micro Semi-Fisheye Relay Lens (let’s find a new name for the lens, please!) adapted to a Nikon D300 and old 60mm AF macro lens. The adapter was machined by Jose Sanchez at Saga Dive, which means that it will probably make its way to distributors at some point.

Chias says that the adapted lens works pretty well, but that there is some corner softness. Also, the port “needs to be very well machined to align both lenses and avoid vignetting.”

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2010 OWU and DEEP photo / video contest - entry deadline Jan 15 Photo

2010 OWU and DEEP photo / video contest - entry deadline Jan 15

The deadline for submissions to the 2010 Our-World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia photo and video competitions is this January 15, 2010. Enter photos—and video, in the OWU competition—for a chance to win over $80,000 in dive travel and equipment, and to be published in magazines like Wetpixel Quarterly.

Be sure to enter now to avoid the last-minute rush, which inevitably causes server slow-down! We’re looking forward to seeing this year’s incredible submissions.

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Voting open: Wetpixel Picture of the Year 2009 Photo

Voting open: Wetpixel Picture of the Year 2009

The new year is upon us, which means that it’s time to vote for the Wetpixel Picture of the Year 2009!

Last year, we hosted 44 Picture of the Week contests resulting in 44 stunning winners. Over the next 30 days, you—the public—will vote on what you think was the best photo from last year. The author of the winning photo will score a one-week liveaboard dive trip aboard the M/V Solmar V, a fantastic liveaboard dive vessel that runs trips to Socorro, the Sea of Cortez, and to Guadalupe for great white sharks.

Voting ends on February 11, 2010. Good luck, everyone! Seriously—check out the gallery; there are some really impressive images over there.

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45 new compact cameras announced at CES 2010 Photo

45 new compact cameras announced at CES 2010

Digital Photography Review has an informative article highlighting the 45 new compact cameras announced at CES 2010 (Consumer Electronics Show). All cameras range between 10 and 14 megapixels and of particular note are the wide-angle lenses present on many of the newly introduced cameras, and built-in GPS and compass on some of the higher-end cameras.

For new and seasoned photographers alike, compact cameras are an inexpensive way to dive into the world of digital underwater photography and start creating high quality underwater images.

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The Night Safari Lembeh, Feb 27 - Mar 6, 2010 Photo

The Night Safari Lembeh, Feb 27 - Mar 6, 2010

Join Scubacam and underwater photographers Tony Wu and Eric Cheng at Kasawari Lembeh Resort from February 27 - March 6, 2010 for a special night safari at Lembeh Strait, Indonesia. During this time, Kasarawi will switch to a night schedule, allowing photographers to dive well into the night (and sleep late into the morning).

Continue reading for photos and more information!

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Nauticam’s new underwater housing for Canon EOS 7D Photo

Nauticam’s new underwater housing for Canon EOS 7D

Nauticam USA announces the manufacturing of an underwater housing for the Canon EOS 7D digital SLR.

Nauticam engineers have incorporated design suggestions from top Canon shooters worldwide in an effort to build a 7D housing that is a completely logical extension of the camera making no ergonomic compromises.The resulting design is small, light weight, attractively styled, and provides effortless camera control.

Particularly interesting are a new joystick control pad for access to the multi-selector, a locking port release lever, which eliminates the twisting of ports during attachment, and new “piano key” controls, which should be fantastic for people diving in gloves. Continue reading for full press release.

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Grand Cayman’s Stingray City to get a floating bar Photo

Grand Cayman’s Stingray City to get a floating bar

Stingray City has been a main attraction to Grand Cayman for over two decades since Skin Diver reported on it in 1987. Yes—it’s got a little bit busier these days, but it is still the same mind-blowing experience it always was. However, all of this could change soon, as the Cayman Islands Liquor Licensing board has granted a permit for a floating bar to operate in this area (which is a Marine Park).

Whilst it is not yet known what legislation exists that can prevent this from happening there is obviously something very wrong with the idea of a bar in a marine park where you interact with wild animals. Many Wetpixel members have spent time with the rays in Stingray City, generating 1000s of photos between us all. If you have enjoyed the experience, please head on over to the forums to learn about how you can get involved with our protest.

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