NCUPS 45th International Underwater Photographic Competition Photo

NCUPS 45th International Underwater Photographic Competition

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society proudly presents the 45th Annual SEA International Underwater Photographic Competition, and the Bob Commer Award of Excellence in Underwater Photography.  This “mail-in” underwater digital still / print photography and underwater videography competition is open to amateur photographers and videographers from around the world. The prize list is impressive totaling in the tens of thousands of dollars. Previous competitions have brought in hundreds of the finest still image, print, and video entries from underwater photographers and videographers around the world!

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The Cove: Documentary about Taiji’s annual dolphin slaughter Photo

The Cove: Documentary about Taiji’s annual dolphin slaughter

I finally went to see The Cove, a documentary about the annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan. The Cove made its way around the film festival circuit this year, earning over a dozen awards—and for good reason.  I had seen short clips of the water running crimson from the blood of dolphins being killed there, but this seems to be the first time anyone has taken comprehensive footage and put it together into a compelling story that will be sure to reach a wide audience.

The Cove is out in theaters now, and it should be relatively easy to find a showing; in the San Francisco Bay Area alone, it is currently playing in 5 theaters. Anyone who is interested in the ocean and its marine wildlife should definitely go see it. To take action against the slaughter, go to takepart.com/thecove/.

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Film Festival at Benthic Ecology Meeting 2010

Announcing an exciting new dimension to a scientific conference:  in addition to the usual posters and oral presentations, BEM 2010 will host short films!  Creators and directors ranging from professionals to amateur and student filmmakers are invited to submit their entries on topics related to marine biology and conservation.  The competition will take place in the beautiful new Lumina Theater in the Fisher Center on the campus of UNC Wilmington.  This is a great chance to come to a scientific conference, show your film and interact with a large group of active researchers and scientists.

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Lowepro Pro Roller 3 suitcase review Photo

Lowepro Pro Roller 3 suitcase review

The quest for the ultimate underwater photography travel case is one that will probably never end. I have used Pelican cases, Storm cases, Lightware cases, Samsonite luggage with Pelican dividers, coolers, and more. I’m always in the market for photography bags.

I was over at Backscatter the other day and ended up coming home with a brand-new Lowepro Pro Roller 3 rolling suitcase. Aside from the name of the brand (which thieves probably associate with camera gear), this suitcase, from the outside, is like any other semi-rigid suitcase. But inside, it’s a serious photography case…

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DivePhotoGuide launches monthly photo contests Photo

DivePhotoGuide launches monthly photo contests

Our friends over at DivePhotoGuide are launching a new, monthly underwater photo cotest series.

This contest is geared to promote friendly competition, to push photographers’ skills and to give photographers specific themes or subjects to shoot on their next dive. By always posting the themes/subjects for the next six months, they will provide underwater photographers with personal assignments and specific goals to shoot specifically for the contests, if they do not already have images to enter for the themes.

The monthly contest is free to enter. DPG will be giving away valuable prizes each month, and a grand prize at the end of each year.

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High-resolution frame grabs from RED ONE camera Photo

High-resolution frame grabs from RED ONE camera

As part of the Gates RED ONE underwater housing review, Howard Hall send us high-resolution TIFF screengrabs from his RED ONE. Unfortunately, at 47.5MB each, they are far too large to host in their original form. But we have converted them to high-quality, full-resolution JPGs, which you can download for your pixel-peeping pleasure.

The link to the gallery can be found at the bottom of the review, but you can also go directly to it.

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PangeaSeed Fuji Rock Festival 09, No Fin No Future Photo

PangeaSeed Fuji Rock Festival 09, No Fin No Future

PangeaSeed, an organization in Japan dedicated to raising awareness about the global plight of sharks, has sent us a report of their summer activities, which included the Fuji Rock Festival 09 and No Fin No Future, a fundraising event featuring donated prints and photography from artists. No Fin No Future also included a screening of the award-winning documentary, SharkWater.

The report can be found on PangeaSeed’s website, and you can purchase some really cool prints at the PangeaSeed Art Mart. Seriously, if you’re into sharks, you should click through to see the prints. I want some.

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Spawning striated frogfish at Blue Heron Bridge Photo

Spawning striated frogfish at Blue Heron Bridge

Most all underwater photographers at some point have relied upon the DeLoach & Humann fish ID and behavior books. Their commitment to continuing to find and capture new species and their behavior are a driving force behind most divers creature knowledge. Just recently Anna and Ned ventured down to Florida’s West Palm Beach to dive Blue Heron Bridge. By their own admission it had been far to long since they visited one of their favourite spots.

The obvious highlight of the night dive was the above video of a striated frogfish spawning. It is only recently people have seen a frogfish in this area but the Deloachs were about to get lucky as their “stars are aligned” and there is not just one but two frogfish nestled in the expected spot…

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Cal Mero’s swimming pool photography Photo

Cal Mero’s swimming pool photography

Cal isn’t the first person to bring models in a pool to the screens of Wetpixel readers, but he is by far the most recent and regular. For me, the part that draws me in is the feel of movement and grace with simplicity and style. The part that I think everyone is open-jawed at is the studio feel they all have.

It all started (if memory serves) with Alex Mustard and his choice of models, which—lets face it—were complete dogs! Next pool images to stick in my mind were those of James Wiseman and his Planet Funk Dancers which brought the human element into the game and showed us that some people wanted a new way to showcase themselves

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