Call for entries: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 Photo

Call for entries: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011

The Natural History Museum, London, has opened entries for the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 competition. Now in its forty-seventh year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth: The Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine. The competition this year features specific categories for animal behavior, the underwater world and black and white images, and there is also a specific category for young photographers.

Full details, rules and procedures are now available, and the deadline for entries is 18 March.

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Penguin flipper bands may harm birds and research Photo

Penguin flipper bands may harm birds and research

Nature has published the results of studies that suggest that using flipper tags on penguins reduces survival rates and undermines the conclusions drawn from studies that use them. Yvon Le Maho at the University of Strasbourg in France, has conducted a study over the past 10 years on 50 King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) on Possession Island, and has found that when compared with 50 unbanded birds, those fitted with bands had around 40% fewer chicks and a 16% lower survival rate over the study period. In another study, Rory Wilson of Swansea University, UK, found that bands could also disrupt the birds’ hydrodynamics, increasing the amount of energy they require for swimming. (Image by Benoît Gineste).

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Sony releases LCD monitor for DSLRs or camcorders Photo

Sony releases LCD monitor for DSLRs or camcorders

Sony has announced the release of the CLM-V55 external monitor that can be attached to a DSLR or camcorder. The high-resolution WVGA (800 x 480) (5”) LCD panel is attached to a hot or cold shoe on the camera, and receives its signal via HDMI cable. Powered by an optional battery pack or AC adapter, and has pixel magnification and peaking functions to assist with focusing.

Prices are not yet confirmed, and it is due to ship in March. It should be relatively easy for manufacturers to build housings for underwater use.

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DEEP Indonesia 2011 entry deadline approaching Photo

DEEP Indonesia 2011 entry deadline approaching

The sister competition to Our World Underwater, DEEP Indonesia 2011 is also approaching it’s deadline for entries. It has seven themed still photographic categories and offers over $51,000 in prizes, including underwater photo equipment and premium dive travel packages to some of the top photo destinations in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The contest includes a category for images that focus on conservation and the marine environment, one specifically for entries taken by compact digital cameras and one specifically for Indonesian entrants.

It is also open to all and the deadline for entries is 17 January.

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Deadline for entries: Our World Underwater 2011 Photo

Deadline for entries: Our World Underwater 2011

The deadline for entries to the sixth annual Our World Underwater Competition is fast approaching. This competition has become one of the biggest and most prestigious in the world and celebrates and highlights the art of underwater photography as well as the beauty of the ocean.

It is open to all underwater photographers, from novices to professionals, and offers over $75,000 of prizes. Additionally, Best of Show will receive an additional cash prize of $1,000. Deadline for entries is very soon; 17 January or next Monday!

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Sea Shepherd releases iPhone app Photo

Sea Shepherd releases iPhone app

Environmental group, Sea Shepherd has released an iPhone app. Designed to “Reveal Your Inner Activist”, the app will allow users to stay informed about the organization’s many campaigns including the 2010-11 Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign, Operation No Compromise. It will also give access to commentaries on events from Capt. Paul Watson, a calendar of Sea Shepherd events from around the world, access to social networks, photo gallery featuring vessels, crew and high-seas action and a YouTube channel highlighting the latest Sea Shepherd footage shot around the world.

The app is free to download from iTunes.

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Issue 10 of Beyond Blue magazine available Photo

Issue 10 of Beyond Blue magazine available

Issue ten of Beyond Blue is now available and the theme for this issue is predators. Among the articles are “Killing the Killers” by Christopher Bartlett which is an account of a scientist’s battle against Crown of Thorns starfish; “This Slug is a Fighter” by Yara Tibiriçà about the under-rated nudibranch predators, and “Great Whites Hit the Beach” by Oliver Jewell featuring a look at tracking white sharks into the shallow waters around South Africa.

Beyond Blue is free and available as a download in pdf format, or in an online interactive format.

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PEW Group on shark conservation in The Bahamas Photo

PEW Group on shark conservation in The Bahamas

Matt Rand, Director of Global Shark Conservation of the PEW Environment Group has been featured in a video on YouTube emphasizing that shark conservation should be a priority as the outcome of removing them for a tourist oriented economy like that of The Bahamas is potentially devastating:

“Here in The Bahamas, shark tourism activity actually brings in $78 million into the economy annually and reef sharks here are actually estimated to be about $250,000 each for shark tourism and shark related activities here in The Bahamas. So it is an important economic driver and it’s a sustainable situation. If you leave the sharks in the water, keep them healthy as you currently have them, and keep the ecosystem healthy right now then you will have this resource for future generations to come, so that the kids will actually be able to see a healthy ocean environment as well.”

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