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Beneath the Sea 2008 contest winners announced Photo

Beneath the Sea 2008 contest winners announced

The winning images of the Beneath the Sea 2008 Worldwide Underwater Photography/Video Competition have been announced, with many familiar names in the list of winners. The Best of Show was awarded to Mark Melnick for an image in the cenotes of Mexico.

All winning images will be shown at the Saturday night film festival during the weekend of Beneath the Sea‘s Ocean Adventure and Travel Exposition, March 28th, 29th and 30th, 2008, at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. Congratulations, all!

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Bahamas shark bite aboard Shear Water, official thread Photo

Bahamas shark bite aboard Shear Water, official thread

This is the official Wetpixel report on the shark bite that happened in the Bahamas this morning, February 24, 2008 aboard the M/V Shear Water (also mentioned in the press as “Shearwater” and “Sheerwater”).

On February, 24, 2008, a 50 year old man was bitten by a shark in the Bahamas while on a shark diving expedition aboard the Shear Water. The man was bitten in the leg by a shark while scuba diving and was reportedly flown via Coast Guard helicopter to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami for treatment, where he passed away. Continue reading for more information.

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Digital Shootout adds David Fleetham to workshop staff Photo

Digital Shootout adds David Fleetham to workshop staff

The Digital Shootout is proud to announce the addition of professional underwater photographer David Fleetham to the workshop staff.  David’s images have been published around the globe, with well over one hundred magazine covers to date.  As a true working pro, David will share his knowledge of underwater imaging through insightful seminars and evening image critiques.  He will also be on hand all week to dive with participants and share his expertise.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a pro!

The Digital Shootout 2008 will be in held Bonaire from June 7-14, 2008. Also on staff is Berkley White, Eric Cheng, Mary Lynn Price, and Dan Baldocchi.

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Book Review: A Diver’s Guide to the Art of Underwater Photography Photo

Book Review: A Diver’s Guide to the Art of Underwater Photography

Great art is not created by committees or consensus, but by passionate individuals with vision and desire. The Ferraris’ guide to the art of underwater photography is as personal and as opinionated a book on the subject as you are ever likely to read. And all the better for it.

This book gives us a rare insight into the mindset, dedication and imagination involved in creating magnificent underwater images. Although he always seems keen to modestly deny it, Andrea Ferrari is an excellent underwater photographer. While you may not always agree with his well argued opinions all of us will benefit from reading them. I get the impression that the author does not expect us to agree with him all the time, anyway…

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Three protected tiger sharks killed in Aliwal Shoal, South Africa Photo

Three protected tiger sharks killed in Aliwal Shoal, South Africa

About a week ago, three tiger sharks were landed and killed in Aliwal Shoal, a marine protected area off the coast of South Africa. Marine biologist Thomas Peschak writes in his expedition blog entry:

Tiger sharks are a protected species within the Aliwal MPA as they are the main attraction for thousands of tourists who come from across the world to dive the shoal and see these sharks. One dead tiger shark might fetch a once off payment of no more than $50-100 dollars for the fisherman, but alive that same shark might be worth in excess of $10 000 every year in marine eco-tourism…

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NYUPS hosts David Doubilet for “Hidden Corners of Our Water Planet” Photo

NYUPS hosts David Doubilet for “Hidden Corners of Our Water Planet”

On March 24, 2008, the New York Underwater Photographic Society (NYUPS) will present a special evening with underwater photographer David Doubilet and “Hidden Corners of Our Water Planet.” The event will be held at the Bleecker Theatre in New York from 6:30PM-10PM.

NYUPS says “[Doubilet’s] iconic images have graced the pages of National Geographic and many other publications since 1971,” and he is a member of the Royal Photographic Society and International Diving Hall of Fame. Space is limited, so RSVP as soon as possible to guarantee a spot!

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Aquatica releases details, photos of Nikon D3 housing Photo

Aquatica releases details, photos of Nikon D3 housing

Aquatica has sent us photos of a preproduction model of their new housing for the Nikon D3 dSLR.

The Aquatica D3 is compatible with the new Nikkor 14-24 and features built-in remote trigger capability, access to the Live View feature, and a new “Port locking mechanism…[giving] photographs the added piece of mind of knowing their ports are securely mounted.

The aluminum housing is rated to 300 ft and weighs only 8lb. Continue for the full press release…

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Shark Diver publishes irresponsible articles, replies dismissively Photo

Shark Diver publishes irresponsible articles, replies dismissively

Andy Sallmon, an underwater photographer and supporter of Jim Abernethy, wrote to Shark Diver after seeing their blog posts that state erroneously that Markus Groh died at Tiger Beach. The implication in their series of posts is that 1) the incident happened at Tiger Beach, 2) the diver died at Tiger Beach, and 3) there might have been a tiger shark involved.  In the articles, they use a photo in blue water of a diver surrounded by sharks, and photos of tiger sharks.

Continue reading for full correspondence, including Shark Diver’s dismissive (and anonymous) reply. “This is just a blog,” they write.

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