Andrea and Antonella Ferrari return to Raja Ampat
Schools of fish, fish in the hundreds, in the thousands – jacks, surgeonfish, batfish, snappers, basslets, barracudas, emperors, giant bumphead parrotfish, spanish mackerels, rainbow runners – they’re all here…Indeed, on this, our second visit to these distant shores, the spectacular diving and marine life of Raja Ampat seem to us even more extraordinary than in the past.
Continue reading for the rest of the Ferrari’s report…
ANZANG Photographic Competition Results
Congratulations to Wetpixel member Shannon Conway (blackbird) for winning the Underwater Category at the prestigious ANZANG Nature and Landscape Photographer of the Year 2007 competition with a photograph of a clownfish in an anemone. ANZANG is an organisation focused on the unique natural heritage of the bioregion of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea and its photographic competition is the largest in Australasia. Visit their website to see all the winning and highly commended images.
UWP Magazine Issue #38 available for download
Underwater Photography Magazine Issue 38 is now available for download. The issue contains articles by Michael Wicks, Gearoid Lane, Mark Webster, Wetpixel’s Alex Mustard, Don Silcock, and Paul Carre on topics including the fish of Belize, abstract underwater art, and the techniques and trials of shooting with filters.
UWP Magazine is a free PDF magazine, published every two months.
Beneath the Sea Photo/Video Competition 2008
Beneath the Sea 2008 is pleased to invite photographers and videographers to enter its annual worldwide underwater photo/video competition.
Underwater photographers will compete for the coveted David Doubilet award for excellence in underwater photography and a trip for one on the M.V. Telita in Papua New Guinea. Underwater Videographers will compete for the distinguished Stan Waterman award for excellence in underwater video and a one week trip for one aboard Fiji’s Nai’a. Underwater photographic artists compete for the celebrated Jim Church award for excellence in creative underwater photography and a trip for one aboard the M.V. Telita.
Submit your underwater photographic entry to the Beneath the Sea 2008 Worldwide Photo/Video Competition; the contest deadline is December 31st, 2007. Continue reading for more details…
Nikon D3 underwater housing preview
Berkley White, of Wetpixel sponsor Backscatter, was able to get an early look at a preproduction version of the Nikon D3 dSLR, and used the opportunity to mount the camera in housings previously for the D2x.
Aside from finding that, generally, the D3 will require a newly designed housing be manufactured, Berkley expresses excitement at the higher-ISO capabilities of the camera and new Liveview feature for macro shooting.
Check out the short preview for a sizing comparison of the Nikon D3 and Canon 1D Mark III and a few example photos of the D3 fitted into each housing.
3nd Annual Wetpixel/DivePhotoGuide Photo and Video Contest
Popular websites Wetpixel.com and DivePhotoGuide.com, in association with Our World Underwater, one of the largest consumer dive shows in the US, celebrate the beauty and delicacy of the marine environment with the announcement of the 3rd annual international underwater photography and video competition. The competition has become the “Superbowl” of international underwater imagery competitions, with world-class prizes, major industry involvement, celebrity judges, and the opportunity to have your images showcased to the world as some of the best.
Photographers will compete in seven still-image categories and two video categories to win more than $50,000 in prizes including premium dive travel, underwater photography equipment, and more…
Christie’s hosts the Blue Auction to benefit marine conservation
The Monaco-Asia Society, Conservation International, and Christie’s auction house have announced the Blue Auction, an event “aimed at raising funds to protect the oceans and the marine life they contain.” The auction, to be held at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco on September 20, will feature twelve lots consisting of species, vessel, and expedition naming rights. Among others, a recently discovered species of Indonesian walking shark (Hemiscyllium sp.) could be named after you!
Lot number 4 is a 10-day dive expedition to Bird’s Head, Indonesia on the Seven Seas liveaboard with six Conservation International scientists (including Dr. Gerry Allen) to seek additional new species - the winning bidder will name the expedition and can bring up to eight additional guests. Bids open as low as $45,000. Continue to the Blue Auction to learn more…
Sony releases specifications for PMW-EX1 XDCAM EX camcorder
Sony has finally released details on the PMW-EX1 XDCAM EX video camera. The new camera sports (3) 1/2” CMOS sensors, each with 1920x1080 resolution (and the XDCAM HD codec records in full resolution). It can also record in 1440x1080 XDCAM format to SxS express card media. Unlike the XDCAM line, this camcorder (similar in size to the HVR-Z1) records files in MP4 file wrappers. The lens is f1.9-f16, 11x 5.8-81.2mm lens.
In addition, Sony has announced a currently unnamed video camera that features an interchangeable lens system. This new 3 x 1/3” CMOS sensor design allows the use of Sony’s dSLR lenses with a special adapter, and can also be configured to accept 2/3” and 1/2” lenses. It shoots in native progressive scan in 1080/25P, uses the 25mbps HDV format, and supports DVCAM as well.
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