Manta Fest 2008 Wetpixel Coverage - Day 7 Photo

Manta Fest 2008 Wetpixel Coverage - Day 7

The first week of Manta Fest has come to an end, and unfortunately, some folks are leaving us today.  However, we are looking forward to our next batch of arrivals over the coming days, which include several Wetpixel members!  Over the last week, we have enjoyed Yap’s fine Manta diving with each and every one of our visits to Goofnuw Channel resulting in some kind of manta interaction. 

We have also visited the famous Yap Caverns, the mandarinfish dusk dive, and had a fantastic shark feed at Vertigo with over 20 grey reef sharks and a half dozen black tips—but no surprise visit by any silky sharks, unfortunately…

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Tony Wu blogs from Tonga: Week Five with Humpbacks Photo

Tony Wu blogs from Tonga: Week Five with Humpbacks

Tony Wu has written a fifth installment to his weekly chronicles of Tonga humpback whales encounters and other experiences in the kingdom:

This past week has been one of the toughest I’ve had in Tonga for many years. The winds have been consistently strong. We’ve had rain, lightning, thunder and even hail. There have been several power outages. Swells and high seas have hit from every direction. All-in-all, not a prime week for whale watching.

Despite the hardship, we made it out on Friday, the last day of our friends’ stay in Vava’u. Luckily, we found a highly cooperative mom, baby and escort in a sheltered, calm area to end our week-long dry spell. Everyone got in for some quality time with the calf…in fact, the whales were chilled out and laid back, and the mom gave the baby complete freedom to play with us…

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Earth-Touch.com online HD wildlife channel Photo

Earth-Touch.com online HD wildlife channel

Earth-Touch.com is an online HD wildlife content provider that allows viewers to watch amazing wildlife within days of shooting on location. Using satellite transmission and a workflow that pipelines the clips for editing and uploading, this company manages to provide some awesome HD content online and broadcast.

While in South Africa for the Ocean Safari, Drew Wong hung out the Earth-Touch crew, courtesy of cameraman Barry Skinstad, during their underwater filming, editing, and uploading of content. Continue reading to learn about the schedule of a typical day on location…

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DivePhotoGuide presents Underwater Photographer’s Guide to Bali Photo

DivePhotoGuide presents Underwater Photographer’s Guide to Bali

Our friends at DivePhotoGuide sent their youngest editor, Matt Weiss, into the field for three months to research the underwater photography opportunities in Southeast Asia - the most bio-diverse marine ecosystems in the world. This is in no way a complete guide to Southeast Asia, but rather some recommended destinations to dive and shoot, with a focus primarily on macro species.

The first destination is widely traveled through by divers, but is often overlooked for the diving and rather used more as an international airport hub – Bali, Indonesia. Visit Part 1 and Part 2 of the series for the full story…

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Underwater Australasia photo competition 2007-2008 winners released Photo

Underwater Australasia photo competition 2007-2008 winners released

Underwater.com.au has announced the winners of its 4th annual Underwater Australasia 2007-2008 photo competition. The grand prize of a week dive holiday for two in Indonesia was awarded to Matt Tworkowski for his image of the stingless jellyfish in Palau’s lake, while the first place winner of the novice category, Larry Medenilla, won a four day dive trip to the Northern Great Barrier Reef.

Judges included Michael Aw and contemporary underwater artist Richard Vevers, as well as members of the Underwater.com.au team, who anticipate the quality of imagery to continue to impress in the 2008-2009 photo contest - view the 2007-2008 winners to size up the future competition…

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Manta Fest 2008 Wetpixel Coverage - Day 5 Photo

Manta Fest 2008 Wetpixel Coverage - Day 5

Yap, Micronesia is one of the best places on the planet to photograph mandarinfish, which are best known for their sunset mating ritual: a coordinated flutter up into the water column culminating in a sudden release of sperm and eggs.

Last night, seven of us went out on the dusk dive here at Manta Ray Bay Resort in the hopes of seeing mandarinfish mating activity. Unfortunately, there was no mating to be seen, but dozens of mandarinfish presented us with ample opportunity to snap portraits. Neil Rosewarn nailed the shot of the night and returned to the resort with the perfect portrait of a perfect male mandarinfish on a black background…

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2009 Raja Ampat Entrace Tag Design Contest finalists, open for voting Photo

2009 Raja Ampat Entrace Tag Design Contest finalists, open for voting

Finalists have been announced for the 2009 Raja Ampat Entrance Tag Design Contest, hosted at Wetpixel.com. Vote for your favorite image or design—the winning image will appear on Raja Ampat’s 2009 park tag!

Last year’s winning image, a pygmy seahorse with its tail wrapped around a gorgonian branch, was shot by Alex Mustard, who won a week-long dive trip to Raja Ampat in addition to having his image attached to every diver who visited the park in 2008. The winner of the 2009 tag contest will win a week at Raja Ampat’s original eco-resort at Kri (donated by Papua Diving).

Public voting ends at 11:59PM, September 25, 2008 (Pacific time). Be sure to log in to Wetpixel before you vote for your favorite image. We’ll be awarding a free 1-year subscription of Wetpixel Quarterly to a random voter, but you must be logged in to play.

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Wetpixel sponsors contest with LiquidAssets.tv in Turks & Caicos Photo

Wetpixel sponsors contest with LiquidAssets.tv in Turks & Caicos

Two spaces have recently become available on the September 27 - October 4, 2008 chartered adventure with the Liquid Assets team in Turks & Caicos. The Liquid Assets crew will be filming their new dive television pilots and are offering guests the opportunity to witness how their favorite dive programs are filmed and even be part of the next generation of dive television.

Every diver that joins will receive free copy of the pilot, and Week 4 will feature a photo competition for guests aboard the Explorer II with winners receiving a cash prize and promotion through Wetpixel and LiquidAssets. Secure one of these last spaces now, or visit Liquid Assets for more information!

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Bilikiki Cruises hosts Solomon Islands photo slideshow competition Photo

Bilikiki Cruises hosts Solomon Islands photo slideshow competition

Bilikiki Cruises has announced the winner of their video competition, “Treasure in Solomon Islands,” by Daniel Benson, and has started a call for entries to their follow-up Solomon Islands-themed photo slideshow competition hosted on YouTube - all submissions must be posted by December 31, 2008.

If you’ve photographed the Solomon Islands underwater while on either the MV Bilikiki or MV Spirit of Solomons, you could win a seven night trip on one of the boats, courtesy of Bilikiki Cruises, simply by posting your video to YouTube with “Bilikiki” in the title and following the competition rules. Entry is free, and this is second opportunity to win a trip back to a beautiful dive destination. View the latest Bilikiki enius for more details - good luck!

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Mangrove MVD L-2 for Sony HDR-HC1 and HVR-A1 review Photo

Mangrove MVD L-2 for Sony HDR-HC1 and HVR-A1 review

Aditech’s Mangrove range of video housings promise a strong set of features, including a high resolution LCD monitor back, optional Fathoms lenses and electronic Manual White Balance for some Sony camcorders. Wetpixel video moderator Drew Wong put the Mangrove MVD L-2 through the paces with a Sony HVR-A1 video camera while on a trip to the Philippines:

The handling was surprisingly good. I had good pitch and yaw control and slow steady panning wasn’t difficult either…the modular design of the Mangrove housing means it can be refitted to house a new generation of camcorders (which is commonly replaced every 12 months). The PC boards, front port bulkhead and tray position are changeable for a fee by Aditech. They say it will cost less than a new housing, which gives the Mangrove a partial future proofing for newer camcorders as they change.

Read on to find out if the housing delivers the goods…

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