ReefNet’s May 2010 Indonesia documentation expedition
On the heels of ReefNet’s first public documentation expedition, marine life specialist and underwater videographer Kris Wilk leads a 16-day follow-up expedition to Indonesia’s Banda Sea this May. Participants will work as a team to intensively search for—and photograph—rare and undescribed marine species. Photos and videos contributed to ReefNet will be included in upcoming field guides jointly published by ReefNet & New World Publications (Humann & DeLoach).
Wetpixel is excited to co-sponsor this unique project: it’s a great opportunity to encounter new marine life, to learn from the experts, and to have your work published!
Keen photographers, videographers, and marine life enthusiasts of any experience level should check out the details. Space is limited!
Sundive Underwater Photo Competition
With the annual Underwater Festival departing from Australia’s Byron Bay, local dive operator Sundive has picked up the slack and is this year hosting its first in-house photo shoot-out in May 2010. All underwater photo enthusiasts are invited to join in a week of great diving, great company, a little healthy competition and mostly heaps of fun.
With major prizes including a liveaboard trip with Rodney Fox Great White Shark Expeditions, dive gear and other dive trips, this is looking to be a great event for underwater photographers in the region.
Repost: Review of Canon 7D / Aquatica underwater housing
Last month, we posted a news item highlighting Berkley White’s review of Aquatica’s underwater housing for the Canon 7D. We neglected to properly title the post, which made it look like we were simply pointing to another 7D review and not a full-blown review of the 7D as used in Aquatica’s Canon 7D housing.
If you are interested in reading about using the Canon 7D underwater in an Aquatica underwater housing (for both photo and video) click on over to Berkley’s comprehensive review.
On tiny dome ports: Seacam and Zen
Over the past couple of months, there has been quite a lot of activity in the forum discussing small dome ports. Seacam has released its 105mm Fisheye Macro port, and Zen, its 100mm dome (both about 4”, for the conversion challenged). Both little dome ports are perfect for fisheye lenses, although crop sensor SLR users have more flexibility due to the availability of the Tokina 10-17 fisheye zoom, one of the most popular underwater wide-angle lenses.
If you’ve felt limited by the large size of your wide-angle dome port, you’ll appreciate the discussion, which includes sample images and in-depth discussion of pros and cons. Discuss: [Seacam fisheye macro] [Zen 100mm]
Video workshop at Sam’s Tours in Palau this coming April
Nick Martorano over at Ocean Wonders Productions has 3 spots left for his underwater video workshop in Palau this coming April 5-11, 2010. Nick is offering a $400 discount to anyone who signs up for one of the final spots.
The workshop is being hosted by Sam’s Tours in Palau, and is a great opportunity to learn underwater video techniques while getting in some fantastic diving. Nick is the resident video pro at Sam’s Tours, and is an internationally-known and multi-awarded High Definition cameraman, filmmaker and digital media producer, whose credits include National Geographic, “Survivor”, GEO, and others.
Carol Grant wins Nature Conservancy’s 4th annual photo contest
Congratulations to Wetpixel member Carol Grant (seagrant), who won the grand prize in the Nature Conservancy’s 4th annual photo contest!
Grant’s stunning photo of endangered Florida manatees warming themselves at the Three Sisters Spring wintering site in Crystal River, Florida received the highest marks from the 19,000 supporters that logged onto our voting site to rank their favorite images.
See all the 2009 winners at the Nature Conservancy’s website.
Winners announced for BTS Photo & Video Competition 2010
Beneath the Sea is pleased to announce and congratulate the winners of the BTS 2010 International Imaging Competition. The Best in Show-Underwater Photography receives the David Doubilet award for excellence in underwater photography. This year’s grand prize winner is Yeang H Chng of West New York, New Jersey for “Salt Water Crocodile.” Winning photos and videos can be found at the BTS competition website.
The 34th Annual Beneath The Sea Dive Exposition will take place March 26, 27 and 28, 2010 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, New Jersey, 10 minutes from Manhattan. Further information can be found on at beneaththesea.org.
Ocean Views Photo Awards Competition entry deadline on March 1st
Don’t wait until the last minute! Enter NOW for the 2010 OceanViews PhotoAwards competition. The winners will be published in ALERT DIVER and NATURE’S BEST PHOTOGRAPHY magazines and featured in online galleries. Get the guidelines and enter online before the deadline of March 1, 2010, at www.NaturesBestPhotography.com, Prizes include trips to Papua Niuguini and Key Largo and other equipment prizes.
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