Deadline for Our World Underwater and DEEP 2007 competitions Photo

Deadline for Our World Underwater and DEEP 2007 competitions

The January 7, 2007 deadline for the 2nd Annual Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide International Photo & Video Competition and DEEP Indonesia 2007 Underwater Photography Competition is Jan 8 at 12PM NOON, Pacific Time!

We can’t imagine anyone would pass up a chance to win a part of over USD $55,000 in prizes, ranging from 21 different dive trips around the world to an extensive selection of dive and photography gear.

Winning images in the Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide competition will be announced and presented at the Our World Underwater festival in Chicago between Feb 9-11, 2007, and winners of both competitions will have their images printed in some of the most popular dive magazines in the world (see contest site for publishing partners).

Submit your entries before it’s too late! For more details, visit UnderwaterCompetition.com.

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Claude Ruff photographs, creates ‘le Rubis’ panorama Photo

Claude Ruff photographs, creates ‘le Rubis’ panorama

On a trip to Egypt last May, Wetpixel member Claude Ruff (Claude) decided that a panorama would be a unique way to capture the well-known wreck of le Rubis submarine. Claude took the time to write about how it all came together:

It’s about 200 feet long and 30 feet high! There was just one problem: there are generally a lot of people there…knees in the sand, moving forward slowly, I took a bit more than 80 shots during about 20 minutes…

Keep reading to see the impressive final product, a composite of 30 images painstakingly blended together. The panorama was first posted in the “Your favorite shot of 2006” discussion - be sure to contribute your own favorite photograph!

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Sea & Sea to announce DX-400D housing for Canon Digital Rebel XTi Photo

Sea & Sea to announce DX-400D housing for Canon Digital Rebel XTi

Sea & Sea is planning to announce their “newest and most technically advanced digital SLR housing,” the DX-400D for Canon’s Digital Rebel XTi.

The housing will feature a built-in leak-sensor and eTTL/eTTL2 circuitry, compatible with Sea & Sea’s new YS-110 DS-TTL strobe and other YS-series strobes.

Read on for the full press release from Sea & Sea…

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JP Trenque photo gallery featured on BBC News In Pictures Photo

JP Trenque photo gallery featured on BBC News In Pictures

Wetpixel member JP Trenque (frogmansub) is currently featured on BBC News In Pictures with a gallery of twelve images from his recent trip to Borneo. JP narrates each photo in the set, and discusses the experience…

Watching the sun rise over the Malaysian island of Kapalai gave me the best inspiration to go and capture the beauty of Borneo’s aquatic wonders…diving off the nearby island of Sipadan is a privilege for underwater photographers.

JP’s achievement was first reported in Wetpixel’s Members in Media forum, an area for members to post news about published images, videos, or contest wins. Congratulate JP for his second BBC gallery in the continuing discussion...

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Tony Wu’s free, informal workshop in Lembeh Photo

Tony Wu’s free, informal workshop in Lembeh

Our good friend Tony Wu will be aboard the Archipelago Adventurer I liveaboard dive vessel in the Lembeh Strait this coming March 24-28, 2007, and has offered to give free advice to anyone who happens to be onboard at the same time.  It is not a paid workshop, but Tony will be happy to provide hands-on help and suggestions.

If you sign up for the trip, be sure to bring your copy of Silent Symphony for Tony to sign.  Or, you could ask him to sign your chest for a more “personal” touch.

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Amazon.com sells shark fin soup Photo

Amazon.com sells shark fin soup

It seems that Amazon.com is carrying shark fin soup and other products through third-party vendors Roland, Pacific Rim Gourmet, VitaminLife, and Seagate.  With all the controversy surrounding shark fins and the horrible practices used to harvest fins, Amazon should be ashamed to be carrying shark fin soup and should rectify the problem immediately by pulling all shark fin products from their catalog.

What you can do:

  1. Leave feedback at Amazon’s product page for Roland Shark Fin Soup, Dragonfly Shark Fin Soup, VitaminLife, and Seagate.
  2. Participate in the discussion over at Amazon about the product and why it’s bad for them to carry it
  3. Send e-mail to Roland Food at Phyllis.Goldberg@rolandfood.com, Pacific Rim Gourmet at customerservice@pacificrim-gourmet.com, VitaminLife at customerservice@vitaminlife.com, Seagate Products at their contact form, and write letters of protest to:

    Pacific Rim Gourmet
    75-5660 Kopiko Street, Suite C7-210
    Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

    15940 Redmond Way
    Redmond, WA 98052

    Seagate Products/First Fishery
    9484 Chesapeake Dr. Suite 802
    San Diego, CA 92123

  4. Write to Amazon.com at Advantage Customer Service (advantage@amazon.com) and Investor Relations (ir@amazon.com)
  5. Spread the word through your webpage, blog, etc. (code available here)
  6. Boycott Amazon.com until they comply
  7. Join our discussion in the forums

*UPDATE* 10:39AM Jan 8, 2007 - The Roland product is now no longer available as well.  Good work, everyone!  However, it is no longer possible to leave feedback on this product.  6 of our supporters got in before it was no longer possible to leave reviews.

*UPDATE* 12:03AM Jan 6, 2007 - Amazon has pulled all 35+ negative reviews for the Dragonfly product. They have introduced a new product, Shark Fin Cartilage Powder sold through VitaminLife.

*UPDATE* 06:55PM Jan 3, 2007 - Dragonfly Shark Fin Soup now shows “not available.”  Hopefully, our campaign is working.

Continue reading for Amazon’s response and more.

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Win a trip to North Sulawesi Photo

Win a trip to North Sulawesi

Start the new year off with a free trip to North Sulawesi, courtesy of FiNS Magazine, Siladen Resort & Spa, Archipelago Resorts & Fleet and Two Fish Divers. North Sulawesi is one of Asia’s premier dive destinations, with great reef diving and world-class muck diving, all in one place. All you have to do is answer a few questions, then sit back and wait to be contacted! 

Three trips will be given away to random questionnaire participants.  I just took a look at the page, and it will probably take less than three minutes of your time.

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UWP Magazine Issue #34 available for download Photo

UWP Magazine Issue #34 available for download

Underwater Photography Magazine Issue 34 is now available for download.

The issue contains articles by Wetpixel’s own Alex Mustard and Luiz Rocha on TTL in 2007 and diving in West Africa, respectively, as well as various review, technique, location, equipment, and marine life articles by Peter Rowlands, Dave Harasti, Joseph Dovala, and Michael Collins. Also featured are announcements of upcoming events and new equipment of interest to every underwater photographer or videographer.

UWP Magazine is a free PDF magazine, published every two months.

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New DiveFilm Podcast Videos - Episodes 35 and 36 Photo

New DiveFilm Podcast Videos - Episodes 35 and 36

Presented in partnership with Wetpixel, DiveFilm Podcast Episode 36, Jeff Leicher’s “Toroidal Vortex,” takes an innovative and humorous look at the air we breath underwater. Be sure to watch for the outtakes!

Also available is Episode 35, “How LOW Can You Go,” by Kathy and Mike Schnetzer.  A three-person submarine takes the couple with their custom Gates housing to a depth of 1000 feet, where they encounter species rarely seen by scuba divers, and are unexpectedly visited by a manta ray and a pod of dolphins.

DiveFilm Podcast Video has been pioneering the video podcasting of underwater short films since late 2005, and is a “Featured Video Podcast, TV & Film” at iTunes.  You can get to the podcasts on iTunes directly by clicking here (if you have iTunes version 4.9 of higher on your computer), or by browsing to the Video Podcasts. DiveFilm Podcast Video is produced in association with Wetpixel.com.

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