Pew Environment releases shark fin identity guide
Pew Environment Group has released a guide to the fins of the oceanic whitetip, porbeagle, scalloped, smooth and great hammerhead sharks. The aim of the guide is to assist enforcement and customs personnel in the provisional identification of dorsal fins, allowing for these fins to be held pending an expert or genetic test. All five shark species are in need of protection and are proposed for CITES protection at the organization’s next meeting due to be held in Bangkok, Thailand in March this year.
Final call: Our World Underwater 2013
The deadline for entries for the 2013 Our World Underwater is fast approaching. All photographic and video entries must be submitted before 19 January (video entries must be postmarked as being despatched before 17 January). Thanks to our sponsors, we are offering over $40,000 in world-class prizes and the entry judges to be Best of Show will receive a cash prize of $1,000.
Hugyfot housing for GoPro
An image has been posted on Facebook that shows a Hugyfot housing for the GoPro HERO3. Details are not yet available, but the image shows the housing having an external monitor attached via a ball mount which presumably uses the camera’s HDMI connection. There also seems to be an additional port as well as a window for the LCD BacPac. Housing controls seem to give access to all camera functions. The illustration also shows the housing attached to a tray with two grips.
Hugyfot has just released full details. The housing will retails for 499 Euros, and will be available from mid-March 2013.
Judge rules on Twitter images copyright
In a possible landmark ruling, District Judge Alison Nathan of Manhattan has issued a ruling that the two news companies had improperly used an image posted on Twitter and that the use constituted copyright infringement. Petapixel reports that photojournalist Daniel Morel had claimed copyright on an image taken during the Haitian earthquakes in 2010 that he had posted on his Twitter feed, and was subsequently used by Agence France-Presse and The Washington Post. The judge upheld his claim, dismissed the news agencies’ counter-claims but limited his claim for damages to the”number of photos used without permission.”
The case has implications for photographer’s rights, particularly with regard to images on social networking sites. (Image from Petapixel.)
Last few spaces for Wetpixel Alaska 2013
There are now only three spaces left on the Wetpixel Alaska Expedition for 2013. The trip departs Juneau on 18 July and will arrive at Ketchikan on 1 August, and is based on board the well-known liveaboard, the Nautilus Swell. Alaska offers some of the best cold-water diving in the world and during the trip divers can expect to see and photograph gorgeous colorful reefs, humpback whales, glaciers, sea otters, stellar sea lions, bald eagles, harbor seals, jellyfish and wolf eels.
The last few spaces are expected to sell out very quickly, so please don’t delay in getting in touch with trip leader Jason Bradley if you are interested.
Nocturnal Lights releases the M700i video light
Nocturnal Lights has released the M700i video light. It features an 80° reflector and outputs 700 lumens at full power or 280 lumens at low power. It is powered by two CR123 batteries which give a burn time of 1.5 to 2 hours on full. In addition, there is an optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery available. Nocturnal Lights offer various mounting options, including double, YS mount and a ball joint adapter.
The M700i is available now at $204.99 (with a YS mount).
Vincent Laforet to judge photo contests
Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide, organizers of the Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia imaging contests, are pleased to announce that journalist, Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer and videographer, Vincent Laforet, will be joining the judging panel for the contests this year. Vincent is widely regarded as one of the most influential people in modern photography, and he brings a fresh insight and vision into the contest’s judging. He joins an already illustrious judging panel consisting of Alex Mustard, David Fleetham, Berkley White, Diego Garcia, Keri Wilk and Matt Weiss. Steve Douglas, Mary Lynn Price and Eric Hanauer will judge the concurrent video contest.
Our World Underwater and DEEP Indonesia are among the most prestigious underwater imaging contests, and will hand out over $80,000 in prizes this year. For more details or to enter, please visit the UnderwaterCompetition.com site for details on how to do so.
The Great Hammerhead by Joe Romeiro
Underwater filmmaker, Joe Romeiro of 333 Productions, has posted a short video featuring some silky smooth and beautiful footage of great hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna mokarran) onto YouTube. It was filmed off Bimini, Bahamas earlier this month.
He describes it as:
“Kind of my answer to ripfin with hammerheads.”
- In Pictures: Monitoring manta rays (via BBC)
- Durban Protest Against Marine Mammal Captivity (via African Diver)
- Bioluminescence: nature lights up (via BBC)
- Chernobyl mammals tracked in snow (via BBC)
- Audio slideshow: Exploring Africa (via BBC)
- The amazing wildlife of Africa (via BBC)
- The secret lives of giants (via BBC)
- In pictures: midwinter magic (via BBC)
- Jack W. Lavanchy awarded EUF Honorary Vice President title (via African Diver)
- Mapping the world’s vertebrates (via BBC)