Full Results: Under Water category of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018
Michael Patrick O’Neill has won the Under Water Category of the 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. Announced at a gala dinner at London’s Natural History Museum, his superb image of a flying fish shot with a slow shutter speed giving it a stunning motion blur.
Controversy swirls around aquarium collecting fish from Blue Heron Bridge
The Blue Heron Bridge dive site in South Florida is a well loved dive site for divers and underwater photographers alike due to its numerous species and shallow depths. However, it is also a constant target of hobbyist and professional tropical fish collectors - sometimes illegally, but often legally. The issue bubbled to the surface this weekend when a Galveston, Texas-based aquarium, Moody Gardens, employed three professional tropical fish collectors to remove dozens of species from the famous dive site.
Isotta ships housing for GoPro HERO7
Microplastics found in river prove they are not just an ocean problem
During a unique expedition project, German professor Andreas Fath collected water samples throughout the length of the 652-mile long Tennessee River. What he found was alarming - sections of the river contained 12,000 - 18,000 plastic particles per cubic meter. In contrast, samples he had taken in Germany’s Rhine River contained only 200 plastic particles per cubic meter. Long thought to be a problem relating to ocean pollution, micro plastics have invaded intercoastal waterways as well.
People are opting for their remains to be used in building artificial reefs
People are opting for their final wish to be their remains are included in an artificial reef. The Neptune Memorial Reef is an artificial reef located 3.25 miles off Key Biscayne in the Florida Keys. The 16-acre memorial reef is situated in 45-fee of water and features the remains of people wishing a more environmentally friendly and ocean centric burial.
Live Reports: Wetpixel/Mustard Macro Workshop 2018
Wetpixel is hosting two macro workshops at Lembeh Resort, Indonesia during October. They are being run by well-known underwater photographer Alex Mustard and Wetpixel Editor, Adam Hanlon. There is a full program of lectures, dives and image review sessions, which will be keeping staff and participants busy! We will be posting “live reports” from the workshops here on Wetpixel, so please check back regularly to see what we have been up to!
Adobe releases Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2019
Episode 9 of Timor Leste From Below has been released
Episode 9 of the web series Timor-Leste From Below has been released. This week’s episode features saltwater crocodiles and an expedition to Oé-Cusse. “Crocodile Caller… an expedition to Oé-Cusse in Timor-Leste. An integral part of Timorese folklore, saltwater crocodiles inhabit the island of Timor-Leste in their thousands. Some indigenous elders on the island still revere and communicate with these aquatic beasts, they are known as the croc callers.”
Maarten de Brauwer: Time to stop mucking around?
Scientist and researcher Maarten de Brauwer is studying the impact that divers and photographers have on the marine environment. His most recent paper Time to stop mucking around? Impacts of underwater photography on cryptobenthic fauna found in soft sediment habitats was published in the Journal of Environmental Management earlier this year. In this article, he kindly provides a synopsis of his research and some guidelines about ways in which underwater image makers can help avoid inadvertent environmental damage.