Socorro and Revillagigedos Islands, Feb 2-10, 2008 Photo

Socorro and Revillagigedos Islands, Feb 2-10, 2008

Join Wetpixel and photographers Eric Cheng and Dr. Alexander Mustard on an expedition aboard the M/V Solmar V to the Revillagigedos Islands (also known as the Socorro Islands), 250 miles south of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico, from February 2-10, 2008. 

On a single exploratory trip in December of 2006, we had hours in the water with multiple manta rays, who repeatedly approached within touching distance to play in our bubbles. The manta rays are there to be cleaned by clarion angelfish, and are what the islands are best known for.  We also had underwater encounters with schools of tuna and jacks, whale sharks, white-tip reef sharks, friendly groupers, and much more. The underwater topography of the Revillagigedos Islands is an incredible site to behold…

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Fantasea announces FD-40X housing Photo

Fantasea announces FD-40X housing

Fantasea Line, distributor of popular and affordable underwater photographic products, has announced the release of the FD-40X waterproof camera housing for the Nikon D-40/D-40X.

The Fantasea FD-40X is a compact, lightweight, injection molded polycarbonate housing with ergonomically designed handles, making it easy to hold and use, and the purchase of a Fantasea housing includes one year of pre-paid flood insurance built into the cost. Continue reading for additional details…

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Photo documentary for the Great Turtle Race Photo

Photo documentary for the Great Turtle Race

Jason Bradley wrote in last week to let us know that he has posted images from a recent trip to Playa Grande, Costa Rica, to document Leatherback turtle research. His images are being used in part for the Great Turtle Race, a unique conservation effort that tracks turtles as they leave their nesting areas and “race” toward feeding areas south of the Galapagos Islands.

The Great Turtle Race is currently on day 7, and is well worth checking out!

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San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition 2007 Photo

San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition 2007

The 8th Annual San Diego UnderSea Film Exhibition, scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings, October 12 & 13, 2007 at the Qualcomm Hall in San Diego, has issued a call for entries. Each evening will feature a different program consisting of 14 to 16 short underwater films from locations all over the world.

Here is your chance to see your work in a large-format, state-of-the art, digital theater, and to share your adventures with others.” Submission deadline is August 15, 2007. Continue reading for the full press release…

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DivePhotoFest macro photo competition Photo

DivePhotoFest macro photo competition

DivePhotoFest is proud to announce their first photo competition, which is open to all contestants and has a macro theme (no wide angle images accepted).

The competition is open now and will close on June 15th, with winners announced on June 22, 2007.  Prizes include a flashlight from Ikelite, t-shirt from DivePhotoFest, and a magazine from Scuba Diver Australasia.  Full rules and regulations are listed at www.divephotofest.com.

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Brian Skerry on 20/20, global fisheries crises Photo

Brian Skerry on 20/20, global fisheries crises

An interview with National Geographic Magazine photographer Brian Skerry is scheduled to be included in a Special ABC 20/20 news program with Diane Sawyer, Friday April 20th 10:00PM EDT (please check local listings).

This segment of 20/20, about endangered animals, is being reported by Elizabeth Vargas and will be part of network-wide coverage planned for Earth Day. Brian will discuss issues relating to his NGM cover story on the global fisheries crisis (April 2007). In addition to 20/20, portions of his interview may also appear that day on Good Morning America, ABC World News with Charles Gibson and Nightline.

For more information see the 20/20 website and the companion article and video clip.

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Gates announces EM43 high-resolution color monitor Photo

Gates announces EM43 high-resolution color monitor

Gates Underwater Products has released the new EM43 external color monitor, a 4.3” HD-ready LCD for use with Gates housings.

The unit is rated to a depth of 450 feet, has a two-year warranty, and runs on 8AA batteries for up to 14 hours. It currently supports HD 1080i/720p resolution for new Gates housings (and SD for all current housings, with the possibility of a retrofit). Pricing information should become available soon.

Continue reading for the full press release…

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Marin County Fair underwater photography competition Photo

Marin County Fair underwater photography competition

Celebrating this year’s theme of “Aquatic Adventures,” the 2007 Marin County Fair (located in San Rafael, CA) has announced an underwater photography competition. Only images taken along the California coastline are eligible for the separate print and digital categories, and the deadline for entry forms is May 17, 2007 (with the actual entries due June 14).

The Best of Show in each category will receive $200 and a rosette, and first place earns $100. This 62nd anniversary of the fair also features land-based photography categories and a variety of other contests and competitions, and will be held from June 30 - July 4, 2007.

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