New DiveFilm HD podcast: Antartica Weddell seals Photo

New DiveFilm HD podcast: Antartica Weddell seals

Mary Lynn Price, Wetpixel moderator and DiveFilm HD host has added a podcast of her ongoing research in Antarctica. Entitled Antarctica Weddell seals, it is available for download on iTunes. Mary Lynn is part of a research team from Montana State University that returns to the Erebus Bay area of the Ross Sea in Antarctica annually during the Weddell seal pupping season to study these seals. Initiated in 1968, this is one of the longest running studies of a long-lived mammal anywhere, and focuses on the southernmost mammal residing on our planet. The podcast was edited in a hut on the sea ice.

DiveFilm HD is produced in association with Wetpixel and the podcast at iTunes is currently among the iTunes Podcast “Staff Favorites,” and continues to be the #1 Sports & Recreation Video Podcast there.

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Aquatica releases new housing for Nikon D3 series Photo

Aquatica releases new housing for Nikon D3 series

As their existing housing for the Nikon D3 series did not give full functionality for the D3S, Aquatica has gone back to the drawing board, and produced a whole new model. This redesign features the relocation and addition of some controls, particularly those for the cameras video features, and larger more tactile control knobs have been added for better feel in cold water. In addition, a new manufacturing process has allowed the weight to be reduced by 20%. The new housing will fit the D3X and D3 cameras as well as the D3s, and the new housing back can be retrofitted to existing D3 housings.

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Easydive releases iTTL and eTTL strobe Photo

Easydive releases iTTL and eTTL strobe

Easydive has released the Easy Flash strobe, which is compatible with both Nikon iTTL and Canon eTTL protocols. The strobe has an aluminum body with double o-rings and is powered by Sanyo rechargeable NiMh batteries. The batteries should give at least 200 shots at full power and it is available with either Nikonos or Canon S6 connectors.

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Diver numbers may affect manta aggregation in Maldives Photo

Diver numbers may affect manta aggregation in Maldives

Dive magazine has reported that the crowd scenes that occurred during this years manta aggregation at Hanifaru in the Baa Atoll, Maldives may well drive the mantas away. Up to 200 divers and snorkelers were observed in the water at the same time, despite a regulation stipulating that this number must not exceed 80. The possibility of aggregations of up to 250 mantas at a time has massively increased the sites popularity over the past three years. Guy Stevens, director of the Maldives Manta Ray Project and marine biologist at Four Seasons Resort in Landaa Giraavaru, says:

“Hanifaru is an amazing place, but it’s also a place that, if we’re not careful, will be destroyed,” and “no-one will arrive at the site and willingly forgo diving or snorkeling because it is already full. I would like to see enforcement of the regulations - this year it was a mess.”

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WWF Living Planet Report 2010 released Photo

WWF Living Planet Report 2010 released

World Wildlife Fund’s biyearly report on the state of our planet’s biodiversity, the Living Planet Report, has been released. This report covers the planet’s biodiversity health and also human ecological footprint on the biome in every region. The study reveals human activity has outpaced what the planet is capable of handling by 50%. Marine biodiversity has dropped 35% for freshwater biomes and 25% for marine species. The report also maps the consumption based on demographics of different countries and region. The report is available for download here. The webcast from Wild Screen is here.

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Adobe issues release candidates for Lightroom and ACR Photo

Adobe issues release candidates for Lightroom and ACR

Adobe has issued Release Candidates of Camera RAW 6.3 and Lightroom 3.3. The updates bring support for 8 more cameras including the Nikon D7000, D3100 and P7000. Canon’s G12 and S95 enthusiast compacts are also supported, along with the Samsung NX100 and TL350 (WB2000). Panasonic’s GH2 completes the octet. Release Candidate indicates that this update is well-tested but would benefit from more community testing before it is distributed automatically via an update.

Lightroom 3.3 and ACR 6.3 are available for download from Adobe Labs.

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Call for entries: Reefs in Heat competition Photo

Call for entries: Reefs in Heat competition

The theme of the Reefs is Heat photo contest is “Philippine Marine Biodiversity in Adversity”. Its aims are to document the impacts of 2010 mass coral bleaching event in the Philippines and to increase the awareness of the public about climate change, mass coral bleaching events and its potential implications on fisheries, tourism and marine biodiversity. The competition is seeking images with an emphasis on the effects of bleaching, susequent recovery, stress on reefs and people and coasts amidst climate change.

The competition is open for entries, to amateurs only, until 1 November 2010. The winning photographs will be exhibited during the National Workshop of the Integrated Coastal Enhancement: Coastal Research, Evaluation and Adaptive Management (ICECREAM) Program for Climate Change on November 22-23, 2010 at Ecotech, Lahug, Cebu City. A roving exhibit will follow in partner Universities.

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CMAS World Underwater Photography Championship Photo

CMAS World Underwater Photography Championship

CMAS are soliciting entries from national teams for the World Underwater Photography Championship which will be held at Bodrum, Turkey from 26 to 30 May 2011. The competition, which is in its thirteenth year, is a “photosub” style one in which contents of each entrants memory card will be downloaded at the end of each dive, and points awarded according to the contents by a panel of judges.

The deadline for entries is 25 February 2011.

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