Lembeh Strait diving entrance fee starts on January 15, 2010
Effective as of January 15, 2010, the Bitung government has instituted a new entrance fee of 50,000 Rupiah (approximately $5 US) for all divers entering Lembeh Strait. The fee is good for the duration of stay, and may be re-assessed if divers leave the area.
Have questions? Head over to the conversation started in the forums.
Sea Shepherd heads to the Mediterranean for the bluefin tuna campaign
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has announced plans to send two boats to the Mediterranean to combat bluefin tuna poaching.
Bluefin tuna came briefly to international attention two weeks ago when a single fish fetched close to $180,000 at a Japanese auction. The IUCN lists the fish as critically endangered. Although simplified, bluefin tuna is commonly known at sushi restaurants as toro or maguro.
Sea Shepherd, widely known for the Animal Planet TV series Whale Wars, hopes to bring the plight of bluefin tuna to international attention. A discussion is already underway in the forums.
Nauticam finishes first Canon 7D underwater housing prototype
Nauticam’s has just finished the first prototype of its new underwater housing for the Canon 7D. Previously, the press release we posted only showed CAD renderings of the housing; even so, the specifications were greeted with excitement in our forums.
Ryan Canon of Nauticam USA has just sent us images of the new 7D housing, and it looks great.
UPDATED: Posted larger images on January 25, 2010.
Underwater photos taken with the Canon 1D Mark IV
Stephen Frink has posted a few underwater images taken with the Canon 1D Mark IV, as well as his first impressions:
Holy crap ... AF is so nice. Very fast and accurate, even in low contrast subjects like black wetsuits. Focus acquisition is brilliant. Having shot my 5DII in similar conditions the 2 previous days, the improvement is striking.
Check it out, if you’re thinking of taking your 1D Mark IV underwater.
Ikelite ships flashlights to Wetpixel POTW winners
Starting this week, Ikelite is shipping underwater flashlights to the winners of 2009 Wetpixel POTW winners. Congratulations to all prior year winners! In 2010 prizes will be sent to winners in monthly intervals. Please make sure to keep your profile complete with shipping address, country, postal code and phone number to be eligible for your prize.
Special thanks to Ikelite for sponsoring our POTW competition! In case you haven’t already heard, Ikelite is proud to once again usher in a new generation of underwater strobes with their new, versatile DS161 Movie Substrobe. Pocket-sized video cameras are also tremendously popular and supported with complete systems for JVC, flip and Kodak models.
Remember to vote for the Wetpixel Picture of the Year 2009. We look forward to seeing this year’s entries!
Amazing Seas Book Event in Malaysia in Oct/Nov 2010
The Amazing Seas Book Event is a unique festival spanning the globe for underwater photographers. The idea is simple; get together with good friends, travel to the best SCUBA diving destinations in the world, stay at exotic resorts, dive amazing reefs and photograph the definitive hard cover, coffee table book for that area.
The first Amazing Seas event will be in Malaysia this coming October and November 2010.
2009 Wildlife Photographer of the Year disqualified of title
A statement released today by the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition announces that winner Jose Luis Rodriguez has been disqualified after the judging panel determined that his winning image made use of a trained wolf.
Rodriguez beat out thousands of other entries in the competition last October. Shortly thereafter suspicions were raised regarding Rule # 10, which states that photographs of animal models are not allowed in the competition.
An interesting dialogue is taking place in our forums and how this specifically relates to underwater photography competitions many of us enter each year.
Wetpixel is going to Indonesia in Nov/Dec 2010
Wetpixel Expeditions announces two dive photography expeditions in late 2010:
- The Ambon Night Safari, Indonesia: November 7-16, 2010
- Raja Ampat / Misool, Indonesia: November 20 - December 2, 2010
Photographers Eric Cheng and Tony Wu will lead the Ambon trip. Eric leads the Raja Ampat trip. Hope you can join us out there! For booking information, please click through above and read thoroughly. Both Tony and I are traveling a lot this coming month and may not be responsive over email; all bookings will be done via Dan at Under Exposures.
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