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PADI sells for $700 million Photo

PADI sells for $700 million

PADI has been purchased by an entity known as Mandarinfish Holding for $700 million US. PADI is the largest scuba diving training and certification organization in the world. To date PADI has issued more than 25 million certifications. Mandarinfish Holding is comprised of a group of wealthy families and endowments.

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Report: The Photography Show 2017 Photo

Report: The Photography Show 2017

Wetpixel presents a report from the UK’s largest consumer photographic show. Held annually at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, The Photography Show attracts over 30,000 visitors and features exhibits and talks for the leading equipment manufacturers and well known photographers

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New waterproof drone with DJI camera is released Photo

New waterproof drone with DJI camera is released

A new drone that is waterproof and uses DJI’s 4k camera, gimbal, and app, has been released. The HexH20 Pro V2 is the latest waterproof drone from Quadh20. The drone can fly in wet weather, has buoyancy devices, and can film below the waterline. The ability of the drone to make water landings makes it an appealing choice for underwater photographers looking to add a drone to their camera arsenal. The drone will be available March 31st with an MSRP of $6449.

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Interview: Kelly Cestari on surf photography Photo

Interview: Kelly Cestari on surf photography

Kelly Cestari works as a full time professional surf photographer, capturing the action during the World Surf League. Based in Australia, his work takes him through Australia, USA, Europe, Tahiti, South Africa and Hawaii with the tour each year. Wetpixel caught up with Kelly and he kindly agreed to answer a few questions about his imagery and surf photography in general.

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Behind the scenes of Cirque du Soleil’s “O” Photo

Behind the scenes of Cirque du Soleil’s “O”

CNET has just published an article that goes behind the scenes of the famed Cirque du Soleil show “O”. Cirque du Soleil’s underwater show has been running for 18-years now, where it has been home at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The crew is comprised of 75 performers, and another 122 technicians who work behind the scenes, all of them scuba certified (with the exception of the wardrobe team). There are 14 safety divers who remain underwater for the entirety of the show.

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Images: Free Diving World Record under Ice Photo

Images: Free Diving World Record under Ice

Predrag Vuckovic shares an amazing series of images taken during a successful world free diving record attempt under ice in the Lago Di Anterselva Lake in the Italian Alps. Free diver Valentina Cafolla completed a distance of 125 meters (410 feet). Predrag found the light levels under the ice challenging photographically with 50cm (1 foot 7 in) thick ice and a thick layer of snow.

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Recovery of Raja Ampat reef damaged by cruise ship up to 100 years Photo

Recovery of Raja Ampat reef damaged by cruise ship up to 100 years

As divers begin to assess the damage sustained to a Raja Ampat reef destroyed two-weeks ago by a cruise ship, the full extent of the reef destruction is coming into focus. On March 4th, the Caledonian Sky went off course after taking tourists on a bird-watching cruise and ran aground into one of Raja Ampat’s famously pristine reefs. The reef is irreparably damaged and could take up to “100 years” to recover.

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