Protest shark finning in Sipadan / Mabul Photo

Protest shark finning in Sipadan / Mabul

Wetpixel member Syam was in the Sipadan/Mabul area over Christmas and discovered the local villagers catching and finning sharks on Mabul Island. Please help the conservation of sharks in the Sipadan area by writing in to encourage the resorts on Mabul and Kapalai and the Malaysian government to protect what few sharks that are left in the area and enlarge the marine protected area to cover the island group.

Please read the thread to get the contact information for the officials. Our voice as paying tourists does count and we should ensure our dollars are spent for the protection of the area and not contribute to its detriment.

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Solmar V offers Wetpixel member free trip to the Socorro Islands Photo

Solmar V offers Wetpixel member free trip to the Socorro Islands

The Solmar V liveaboard has announced a special promotion for Wetpixel members - a free dive trip to the Socorro Islands on the 112’ vessel! The lucky member will be selected at the end of 2009 from the winners of the weekly Wetpixel Photo of the Week (POTW) Competition.

The competition is open to all Wetpixel members, free to enter, and features a new image theme every week. For all the details, continue reading for the full press release, or visit the POTW page to submit your photographs…you can’t win if you don’t enter!

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Inon America announces business operations suspended Photo

Inon America announces business operations suspended

After over five years of supporting the underwater photographic community of the Americas, Inon America has been forced to close by its parent companies, Japanese manufacturers Inon, Inc and Seanet, Inc. Inon America President and Founder Mark Rupert today posted a press release explaining the circumstances behind the action, revealing that Inon, Inc. and Seanet, Inc. have decided to sell directly to their customer base and refuse shipments to the company.

We at Wetpixel are disappointed to hear such a situation has occurred, and hope that there may be an amicable resolution in the future. Continue reading or visit the Inon America website for the full press release, and be sure to voice your opinion in the ongoing forum discussion...

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Alex Mustard writes PhotoPro Column

DIVE Magazine (UK) is proud to announce that underwater photographer and Wetpixel’s Associate Editor, Alex Mustard, will be writing a monthly column, PhotoPro. Alex said, “While PhotoPro unashamedly focuses on the methods of UW photography, it will not be a tech-fest mired in jargon. It is about the key aspects of the photographic process that differentiate producing a stunning shot from an average one.” PhotoPro starts in the February 2009 issue, on sale soon. Worldwide subscriptions available.

DIVE is the official publication of the British Sub Aqua Club and is the largest circulation English language dive magazine in Europe, distributed worldwide from South Africa to Australia to Asia and the US.

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OWU 2009 and DEEP 2009 DEADLINES JAN 15th! Photo

OWU 2009 and DEEP 2009 DEADLINES JAN 15th!

Attention photographers and videographers: the deadlines for the Our World-Underwater and Deep Indonesia contests are this week - 15th January 2009. 

With over $75,000 of world-class prizes, major industry involvement, and the opportunity to have your images showcased to the world as some of the best, these competitions can not be missed. Prizes include premium dive travel, underwater photo and video equipment, scuba diving gear and more!

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Wetpixel Quarterly ships issue 5

Wetpixel LLC is proud to announce the immediate availability of issue #5 of Wetpixel Quarterly magazine. In its trademark landscape-oriented, high-resolution format, issue #5 celebrates Clark Little’s Living Glass Collection of exquisite surf photography from Hawaii and Magnus Lundgren stunning portfolio of underwater photographs from his native Scandinavia and around the world.

Also featured are surf photography portfolios by Ryan Beppu and Brown Cannon III, Tony Wu’s column The Photographic Eye featuring humpback whales, Eric Cheng’s Shot-O-Rama covering Seattle’s six-gill sharks, a report on Wetpixel’s Socorro Expedition by Alex Mustard and Berkley White’s column Saturated.

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UWP Magazine Issue 46 available for download

Underwater Photography Magazine Issue 46 is now available for free download. The issue contains travel and product news relating to underwater photography as well as feature articles including FX for Nikonians by Alexander Mustard, Tamron 70-200mm Macro Lens by James Wiseman, The Underwater “Golden Hour” by Don Silcock, Life in the middle of the Atlantic by Andre Seale, Palau by Open Road by Tim Rock, Horseshoes and Dragons by Mark Webster, Kona: The Big Island by Michael Wicks, Doggone Dugong by Mark Webster, Mantas of the Maldives by Julian Cohen.

UWP Magazine is a free PDF magazine, published every two months.

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