Andrea and Antonella Ferrari return to Raja Ampat Photo

Andrea and Antonella Ferrari return to Raja Ampat

FiNS Associate Editors Andrea and Antonella Ferrari were drawn back to the exceptional Raja Ampat region in Indonesia after visiting only a few months ago. Staying on Kri Island, they write:

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…

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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.

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Beneath the Sea Photo/Video Competition 2008 Photo

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…

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Nikon D3 underwater housing preview Photo

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.

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3nd Annual Wetpixel/DivePhotoGuide Photo and Video Contest Photo

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…

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Christie’s hosts the Blue Auction to benefit marine conservation Photo

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…

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