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NCUPS Sea 2005 Contest Winners Photo

NCUPS Sea 2005 Contest Winners

Winners have been announced for the NCUPS Sea 2005 underwater photo contest.  As usual, Wetpixel was well-represented in the list of winners.  Congratulations, everyone!  There are some really beautiful shots in there.

Also, it’s apparent that in general, the quality of slide entries is starting to suffer as a result of the mass migration to digital.  The last time I judged the NCUPS Sea competition, the Best of Show for slides ended up being a digital image printed to slide.

*UPDATE* Continue reading for comments from the judges…

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DEMAAuction.com launched Photo

DEMAAuction.com launched

New York, NY – (November 9, 2005) – To help the victims of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) has announced the launch of www.DEMAauction.com.

This DEMA-sponsored website will enable members of the diving community to donate items to be auctioned to the general public, with 100% of the winning bid of each auction item sold through the site from November 14, 2005 to December 16, 2005, to be donated to the American Red Cross to support the organization’s Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, and Hurricane Wilma relief efforts…

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James Wiseman, HUPS Member of the Year Photo

James Wiseman, HUPS Member of the Year

Wetpixel administrator James Wiseman has been elected Member of the Year by HUPS - the Houston Underwater Photographic Society.  HUPS is one of the largest and most active uw photo societies in the US, hosting a photo gallery and presentations at Seaspace, offering quarterly photo workshops, and a monthly digital and slide photography contest.  Congratulations, James!

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Nikon updates D2x firmware, recalls some EN-EL3 batteries Photo

Nikon updates D2x firmware, recalls some EN-EL3 batteries

Nikon released firmware 1.01 for Nikon D2x and D2Hs, which makes improvements to auto focus, fixes an AF assist bug when using certain Speedlights, improves flash performance and fixes a manual white balance bug.

They also issued a voluntary recall of some EN-EL3 batteries (for D50, D70 and D100) due to a shorting/overheating problem.

In other news, Nikon announced a new suite of full-frame cameras!

(just kidding)

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SUBIOS photo and video contest Photo

SUBIOS photo and video contest

Entries from across the globe are already being invited for the photo and video competitions of SUBIOS, the annual underwater festival of the islands of Seychelles.

The winners of the competition will receive airfare and accommodation for an exclusive Seychelles holiday, offering visitors a chance to explore this tropical getaway known for its sparkling blue water, white sandy beaches and lush mountainsides, in addition to its excellent diving.

The SUBIOS photo and video competition is an opportunity for both professional and amateur photographers and filmmakers to capture stunning shots of the natural underwater world at work. The yearly event, which in 2006 will be held from March 6-12, continually produces a number of impressive visuals taken in Seychelles and other places around the world – some focusing on sharks, turtles and whales, while others delve into the often curious relationship between organisms along colourful coral reefs.

Entry forms and additional details about the competition can be downloaded at www.subios.sc (continue reading for full press release)

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FiNS Magazine/Seaventures free trip contest Photo

FiNS Magazine/Seaventures free trip contest

Our friends over at FiNS Magazine are running a contest for a free dive trip to Seaventures, a converted oil platform for divers and photographers in Sabah, Malaysia.  The five questions can be found on FiNS’ website (scroll down and look for “Seaventures Contest Question”).  The answers are found in a series of .pdf articles on Sabah, and the answer and entry form is here.

It’s a little confusing, but you can win a trip.  :)

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Seacam Wet Diopter Photo

Seacam Wet Diopter

At this year’s DEMA show Seacam introduced a pair of wet diopters custom designed for their macro ports.  The MacroMate and the Seacam diopter are really different tools, and owning one does not preclude having the other in your arsenal. The MacroMate will go to 2:1, whereas I would estimate the Seacam #4 probably goes to about 1.3:1 magnification. The #4 is available now, packaged in a neoprene case and priced at $295.

I took a pair of the Seacam diopters with me last week on a shoot in St. Vincent. Actually, the vis was pretty bad because of an unseasonable amount of rain, so I spent most of the week shooting 100mm macro subjects, and truly enjoying it…

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