Galápagos National Park enforces dive permit regulations Photo

Galápagos National Park enforces dive permit regulations

Wetpixel members have been receiving notifications that their upcoming dive trips to the Galápagos Islands have been canceled.  There is an active thread in the forums with information posted from multiple sources that confirms trips are being canceled due to enforcement of permit regulations. 

Apparently, a specific diving permit is required in order to run dive charters inside the park.  It looks like the Galápagos National Park is beginning to enforce tourism regulations as there are numerous tourism operators who only possess land tourism permits, but also carry out dive tourism as well. Tour operators benefited from the ambiguity and lack of enforcement over the years and offered services they were not permitted to. Now, many tour operators have been stopped from offering this option.

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NYUPS presents Mark Snyder and Michael McNamara Photo

NYUPS presents Mark Snyder and Michael McNamara

At its next meeting, the New York Underwater Photographic Society (NYUPS) will feature a presentations by underwater photographer Mark Snyder, on “Improving your Underwater Lighting”, and Popular Photography and Imaging’s Michael McNamara, who will be providing an overview of upcoming gear and a detailed look at printing underwater photographs.

The event will be held on July 12, 2007 at 6:30PM at the Rock Theatre in Manhattan, NY. While admission is free, seating is limited and an RSVP is required. To learn more or confirm your attendance, continue to NYUPS...

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Stop the destruction of reef life in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez Photo

Stop the destruction of reef life in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez

Tomorrow is the last day to voice your support of Mexico legislation NOM-064, “intended to ban destructive fishing gear and techniques” used in commercial fishing in the Sea of Cortez. Over the last few years, the reef life in the area has significantly declined as a result of “pistoleros” (night divers with spear guns) and individuals on hookah equipment that drive the remaining fish into monofilament nets.

Sea Watch has issued a call to action to contact Mexican government and civic officials to encourage the implementation of NOM-064. Please show your support - sending an email takes less than a minute and requires only your name and e-mail address (if you wish to include either).

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10Bar Ultra Compact Focusing Light Review Photo

10Bar Ultra Compact Focusing Light Review

After growing dissatisfied trying to take photos with focus lights that left hotspots in the frame, Wetpixel member Jeff Mullins decided to try the 10Bar LED Ultra Compact Focusing Light, with its advertised ‘auto cut-out’ feature.

The camera focused almost instantly and after releasing the shutter, the strobes fired, the light switched-off and the image appeared on the camera LCD. A second later the light switched back-on…

Continue to learn the story of Jeff’s attempt to photograph an egg-laden boxer crab and his impressions of this very small focus light…

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Fantasea announces FP-5000 housing Photo

Fantasea announces FP-5000 housing

Fantasea Line has announced the FP-5000 underwater camera housing for the Nikon Coolpix P5000 digital camera. The housing has buttons that provide access all camera functions, a built-in diffuser, a depth rating of 200 feet, and also features a new, form-fitting design.

The purchase of any Fantasea housing includes a year of pre-paid flood insurance built into the cost. Continue reading for the full press release…

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Shark Trust ‘Sharks In Focus’ 2007 Photo Competition Photo

Shark Trust ‘Sharks In Focus’ 2007 Photo Competition

The Shark Trust, along with Diver Magazine, has opened the “Sharks In Focus” photo competition to submission of entries. Intended to “celebrate the beauty and highlight the vulnerability of sharks,” the grand prize winner will receive a week-long diving holiday for two in the Maldives. Sponsors include Barefoot Traveller, Suunto, Mares, Ocean Optics, and Fujifilm.

The August 31, 2007 deadline is fast approaching, and while there is no entry fee, there is a limit of two submissions per entrant, so choose wisely. The top photographs will be displayed at the Dive 2007 exhibit at NEC Birmingham in October and published in the 2008 Diver Magazine calendar.

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Sea & Sea announces 10 megapixel DX-1G underwater camera Photo

Sea & Sea announces 10 megapixel DX-1G underwater camera

Sea & Sea has announced the DX-1G underwater housing and 10 megapixel 1G camera with built-in Vibration Correction, expected to be released in August. The camera features a 24-72mm fixed lens, 2.5” LCD display, and a shutter response time of only 0.1 seconds, with the option to take another photo in just one second.

The camera can record images in RAW format, has both aperture-priority and manual exposure modes, and records movies at 30fps. The companion housing is rated up to 50m depth and has two fiber-optic cable sockets. Continue reading for the press release from Sea & Sea…

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