Communities agree further MPA in Raja Ampat
In a ceremony, community officials from the villages of Pam, Saukabu, and Saupapir in the Fam (locally Pam) Archipelago of Raja Ampat signed an agreement to protect their waters with the provision of a Marine Protected Area (MPA). This agreement will now move forward through the legal process. Thereafter, the MPA can be formally declared and join the other 5 that are already established within Raja Ampat.
Adobe releases final version of Lightroom perpetual app
Adobe has announced the release of Lightroom update version 6.14. This will be the last release of the perpetual version of the app. The new version adds new camera and lens support and fixes some bugs, but does not add any new features. In future, Adobe recommends that photographers convert their files to DNG if support for forthcoming cameras is not available.
Last chance: Bid on amazing lots in Sea Save Auction
The annual Sea Save Foundation Year End charity auction is coming to a finale very soon. Now is your final chance to bid on 61 lots, which include dive trips, fine art, travel and training courses. Many of the lots are currently at better than retail price, so represent both a bargain and an opportunity to support the charity. The listings all close in a little over 6 hours, so please don’t wait…bid now!
Bureo makes Jenga, skateboards, and more from 100% recycled fishing nets
Bureo is a company based in Chile that makes products from 100% recycled fishing nets. Products include Ocean Jenga, a frisbee (a collaboration with Jack Johnson), and a skateboard. Bureo also sells a surfboard fin that brings awareness to the plight of sharks and donates a percentage of proceeds towards anti shark finning activism. The recycled material is known as Netplus and the fishing net recycling program in Chile is called Net Positiva.
Happy Holidays 2017
Wishing the Wetpixel community the very best and happiest of holidays for 2017. For those that exchange gifts, we hope that you get the imaging tools that your hearts desire, for those that celebrate with family and friends, may they be merry and for those that will be underwater over the holidays, we hope that your dives will be enjoyable and productive!
Sylvia Earle announces the HATCH Ocean Film Challenge
Dr. Sylvia Earle has launched the HATCH Ocean Film Challenge. Hosted by Audience Awards, it is seeking entries from filmmakers showcasing “the impact humans have on the Ocean and the actions individuals can take to save the human race from extinction.” The top ranked films will premiere as a headline event at the DC Environmental Film Festival in March 2018, and then at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, April 2018 and AudFest in Los Angeles on June 8, 2018.
Winners of National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest announced
National Geographic has announced the winners of their Nature Photographer of the Year 2017 photo contest. Selected from more than 11,000 entries, the grand prize winner is Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan with his image of an orangutan submerged in water while crossing a river in Borneo. Began won $7,500 US and will have his image published in a future issue of National Geographic magazine. First place in the underwater category went to Jim Obester for his image of a tube dwelling anemone.
Apple updates Final Cut Pro
In conjunction with the release of the new iMac Pro, Apple has released a major update to Final Cut Pro. Version 10.4 adds 360° VR video editing, advanced color grading tools (including curves and LUT support), HDR support and a faster “optical flow” based on Metal graphics technology.
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- Nikon releases firmware updates for KeyMission 80, D600, D610… (via )
- Lightroom is updated to version 2015.12 (via )
- Adobe updates Camera RAW to 9.12 (via )
- The world’s favorite color looks a lot like the ocean (via )
- Nikon D5 “C” firmware updated to 1.20 (via )
- Nikon updates D500 “C” firmware to 1.13 (via )
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- Sea spiders breathe through their legs (via )