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Ocean Art 2018 winning photos are some of the world's best underwater photography
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Ocean Art 2018 Winners Announced!

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Ocean Art 2018 winning photos are some of the world's best underwater photography

7th Annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest Winners Announced

Ocean Art Contest Announces the Best Underwater Photos of the Year 

Culver City, CA – January 15, 2019 – The prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, has announced its 2018 winners. The 7th annual competition attracted a very high caliber of photos from waters around the world and showcases the best underwater photographs of the year. 2018 was the most competitive year to date. 

Winning photos can be seen on the Underwater Photography Guide at:

 http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/2018-ocean-art-contest-winners 

The Best of Show is a graceful photo of three Giant Devil Rays performing a “ballet”, which uses soft, ambient light to accentuate the movements of elegant giants, shot by Duncan Murrell. Other exceptional images include some astonishing fish and marine life shots, rarely seen animal behavior, innovative shooting techniques, stunning portraits, seals, ocean adventure, whales and some dramatic moments between humans and marine life. The judges evaluated thousands of entries from 70 countries before selecting the final set of images as Ocean Art winners. 

Ocean Art 2018 judges included prestigious underwater photographers Tony Wu, Martin Edge, and Marty Snyderman, accompanied by Underwater Photography Guide publisher Scott Gietler. 

Over $80,000 in prizes will be awarded, making the Ocean Art prize value among the highest in the world. 

The most lucrative prizes included a luxury liveaboard trip on the Socorro Vortex, Indonesia liveaboard trips (and 50% off a companion) on the S.M.Y. Ondina and M.Y. Oceanic, a 7 night Palau liveaboard trip with Solitude Liveaboards, a 7 nights Solomon Islands liveaboard trip on the Solomon PNG Master, a 7 nights Solomon Islands liveaboard trip with Bilikiki Cruises, a 7 night dive package at Villa Markisa Resort in Bali, Indonesia, a 9 night Passport to Paradise dive package at three Indonesian destinations with Critters@Lembeh and Murex Dive Resorts, and a variety of gift certificates from Bluewater Photo. Premium travel prizes are provided by VoliVoli Beach Resort (Fiji), Siladen Resort & Spa (Indonesia), two packages with Solitude Liveaboards (Komodo, Indonesia, and Lembeh Straits, Indonesia), Atlantis Dive Resort (Philippines), Manta Ray Bay (Micronesia), Spirit of Freedom Liveaboard (Australia), Atmosphere Resort & Spa (Philippines), Aiyanar Dive Resort (Philippines), Crystal Blue Resort (Philippines), Blackbeard’s Cruises (Bahamas), El Galleon Beach Resort (Philippines), Aquamarine Diving and the Watergarden Hotel (Bali, Indonesia), Eco Divers Lembeh (Indonesia), Scuba Club Cozumel (Mexico), and premier scuba travel agency Bluewater Travel. Premium gear prizes are provided by Bluewater Photo, SEA&SEA, Ikelite, and ThinkTANK Photo. 

See our list of full prize descriptions for more details.

Sixteen different categories ensure a competitive contest for all levels and disciplines of underwater photography, including compact, mirrorless, and DSLR cameras. There is also a new category called “Underwater Art.”

The quality of image submissions was incredible this year, making judging very difficult but also proving that these photos are the best in the world. Bluewater Photo and Travel owner and Underwater Photography Guide publisher, Scott Gietler comments, “This year’s outstanding underwater images in the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition continue to raise the bar for underwater photographers. Myself and the other 3 judges were honored to be viewing such amazing results of the dedication and drive of the human spirit.” 

 

Media Contact 

Nirupam Nigam

Managing Editor, UWPG

info@uwphotographyguide.com 

 

Complete list of winners: 

 


Best of Show 

“Courting Devil Ray Ballet” by Duncan Murrell

 

Wide-Angle

1st François Baelen 

2nd Grant Thomas

3rd Celia Kujala

4th Geo Cloete

5th Edwar Herreno

6th Daniel Flormann

HM Steve Kopp

HM Wu Yung Sen

 

Macro 

1st Jeff Milisen

2nd Chun Zhou

3rd Fabio Iardino

4th Jinggong Zhang

5th Tianhong Wang

6th Stefano Proakis

HM Shane Gross

HM Dennis Corpuz

 

Marine Life Behavior

1st Duncan Murrell

2nd Anders Nyberg

3rd François Baelen 

4th Richard Barnden

5th Flavio Vailati

6th Liang Fu

7th Mei Hing Sin

HM Doris Vierkötter

HM Richard Barnden

HM Els Van Den Borre

 

Portrait 

1st Claudio Zori

2nd Christina Barringer

3rd Doris Vierkötter

4th Shane Keena

5th Mirko Zanni

HM Jinggong Zhang

HM Matteo Visconti

HM Kyler Badten

 

Coldwater

 1st Greg Lecoeur

2nd Tyler Schiffman

3rd Claudio Zori

4th Rémi Masson

5th Eiko Jones

HM Henley Spiers

HM Simon Lorenz

HM Adam Martin

 

Nudibranchs 

1st Flavio Vailati

2nd Fredrik Ehrenström

3rd Bettina Balnis

4th Giacomo Giovannini

HM Chun Ho Tam

 

Supermacro 

1st Edison So

2nd Wayne Jones

3rd Ludovic Galko-Rundgren

4th Leon Zhao

5th Gaetano Gargiulo

HM Iyad Suleyman

 

Reefscapes

1st Yen-Yi Lee

2nd Tobias Friedrich

3rd Alex Lindbloom

4th Renee Capozzola

HM Fred Bavendam

HM Brett M Garner

 

Novice dSLR 

1st Alvin Cheung

2nd Antonio Pastrana

3rd Marie Charlotte

4th Steven Walsh

5th Alvin Cheung

 

Mirrorless Wide-Angle 

1st Eugene Kitsios

2nd Pier Mane

3rd Pier Mane

4th Max Holba

HM Fabrice Dudenhofer

HM Pier Mane

 

Mirrorless Macro 

1st Steven Walsh

2nd Owen Yen

3rd Younghun Kan

4th Enrico Somogyi

HM Rafi Amar

 

Mirrorless Behavior

1st Fabrice Dudenhofer

2nd Debbie Wallace

3rd Yeh Hung Wei

4th Lorenzo Terraneo

5th Tiffany Poon

HM Pier Mane

 

Compact Wide-Angle 

1st Melody Chuang

2nd Andrea Falcomatà

3rd Alessandro Raho

4th Andreas Schmid

HM Jon Anderson

HM Miguel Ramirez

 

Compact Macro

1st Sejung Jang

2nd Kate Tinson

3rd Matteo Pighi

4th Sunbong Jung

HM Jim Chen

 

Compact Marine Life Behavior 

1st PT Hirschfield

2nd Miguel Ramirez

3rd Jin Woo Lee

4th Danny Van Belle

HM Dennis Corpuz

HM Jack Berthomier

 

Underwater Art 

1st Bruno Van Saen

2nd Jordan Robins

3rd Guillaume Néry

4th Dennis Vandermeersch

HM Alexandre St-Jean

HM Thomas Heckmann

 

The Underwater Photography Guide is the #1 destination for all things underwater photography. Featuring highly-regarded tutorials, technique tips, in-depth gear reviews, amazing international workshops and breaking u/w photo news, UWPG is here to help divers around the world achieve their photo and video goals. For more information, please visit http://www.uwphotographyguide.com 

 

Media Contact 

Nirupam Nigam

Managing Editor, UWPG

info@uwphotographyguide.com 

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The best underwater photography holiday deals for 2018
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An Underwater Photographer's Holiday Gift Guide 2018

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The best underwater photography holiday deals for 2018

The holidays can be the toughest season to be an Underwater Photographer - especially if you're in the market for a new camera system. With underwater photography equipment being a niche market built for very precise needs, it can be hard to find the right holiday deals. In partnership with our sister company, Bluewater Photo, we have created a holiday gift guide to help you navigate this holiday season's specials for underwater photography. If you're looking for holiday gifts for an underwater photographer or some great deals for yourself, this guide is definitely worth checking out.

 

Check out a full list of holiday specials at Bluewater Photo!

 

Newest Gear

  • Sony RX100VI - Premium compact camera with improved image quality, auto-focus and image stabilization for high quality underwater photos, and a new 200mm full frame equivalent zoom for great topside versatility. 
  • Nikon Z7 - Nikon's first mirrorless camera, with a full-frame 45 MP sensor packed into a mirrorless-sized body. Check out the UWPG pre-review for more info.
  • Canon EOS R - Canon's first full-frame mirrorless camera, with a 30 MP sensor. Priced a bit above the Nikon Z6, but below the Z7 and the Sony A7RIII, it's another interesting option with a claimed ability to autofocus down to -6 eV. Check out Bluewater Photo's announcement for more info.
  • Nauticam macro to wide angle lens - Interchangeable lens shooters take note! Nauticam just released an extremely innovative wet lens which converts a 60mm full frame equivalent macro lens into a wide angle lens with 150 degree angle of view. Now you can switch between macro and wide angle underwater, within only a few seconds!

 

Bundles & Packages

  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Bundle - The perfect option to enter the world of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras without breaking the bank, and save $700 when buying the package. Just add the renowned Olympus 60mm macro lens or an 8 mm fisheye lens and port, and you will be all set to take very high quality underwater photos.
  • Olympus TG-5 Packages - The Olympus TG-5 is the little compact camera that could. Along with providing solid image quality and 4K video, at a very affordable price, it excels at taking macro photos with its phenomenal microscope mode. Check out our detailed UWPG review here. We even have a great article from a seasoned DSLR macro shooter who brings a TG-5 along with his DSLR to take photos of extremely small, hard-to-reach subjects.

 

Gifts Under $1000

  • iTorch Symbiosis Pro Strobe with Video Light - A great strobe with a built-in video light on top, simplifying your rig, adding versatility, saving you space and reducing your mount requirements. Plus it's $200 off!
  • Sea & Sea YS-D2J Strobe - the latest version of the classic standby. Comes with a free 4-pack of Eneloop Pro rechargeable batteries.
  • Olympus 8mm f/1.8 fisheye Pro lens - the best fisheye lens for micro-four-thirds, allowing for dramatic wide angle photography, in a compact and weatherproof package. With a maximum aperture of f/1.8, it is also great for star photography. $150 off.

 

Gifts Under $500

  • Kraken Universal Smartphone Housing with Depth Sensor - Works for both android phones and iPhones, and includes a vacuum leak detection system to protect your phone from flooding. The perfect option for the person who loves taking photos with their phone but doesn't want the bulk or expense of a larger camera system.
  • Kraken Sports KRL-02 Wet Wide Angle Lens - Shooting a compact camera like the TG-5 or Sony RX-100? Take stunning wide angle photos with the 150 degree field of view provided by this excellent lens. $150 off.
  • GoPro Hero 7 Black - The latest GoPro model, with improvements over the already excellent 6. The ratio of video/image quality to size/cost beats any other underwater camera, hands down. There is a reason so many people use GoPros underwater - they are tiny, super easy to use, and capture great videos with no hassle.

 

Gifts Under $300

  • Light & Motion 2500F Video Light - Small and compact video light which produces a wide, powerful and even beam for great video color. Factory sealed so you don't have to worry about flooding. $134 off.
  • Bluewater Photo 1000 Lumen Focus Light - Bright and wide white light in a compact body, along with a red mode for skittish subjects. Also comes with a "snoot" attachment allowing for creative lighting options.
  • Thinktank Camera Bags - Roller bags and backpacks designed for underwater photographers. They provide padding and protection for all of your gear and fit most carry-on requirements.

Stocking Stuffers

  • AO Cooler Bag - An affordable and very convenient padded bag for your camera rig, which fits as carry-on, protects your gear on the dive boat and doubles as a convenient dunk-tank for cleaning your gear after diving. 
  • Bluewater Camera Care Kit - Useful accessories to keep your camera kit in great shape.

 

Check out a full list of holiday specials at Bluewater Photo!

 

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Big savings on some of the best and most popular gear for underwater photo and video
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Bluewater Photo Black Friday Preview 2018

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Big savings on some of the best and most popular gear for underwater photo and video

Bluewater Photo and Bluewater Travel have released a secret preview of their upcoming Black Friday sales and discounts. If you're an underwater photographer or videographer, then this is a sale you cannot miss.

Below are some of the highlights we're seeing on their sale page:

 

Bluewater Photo:

 

Check out the full list of specials at Bluewater Photo!

 

2018's Best Deal! 

Purchase from Bluewater and receive up to $1,000 travel credit, a macro lens, or a new focus light!*

 

  • Free Domestic Shipping
  • Strobes - up to $200 off
  • Bundles - up to $1,144.93 off!
  • Video Lights & Focus Lights - up to $150 off
  • Free Eneloop Batteries
  • Wet lens specials
  • 25% off any rental booked this year
  • Clearance Items

 

Be sure to check out all the discounts when they are announced on Thanksgiving, 2018! More information can be found on the Bluewater Black Friday Sales page.

 

Bluewater Travel:

  • 5% Off Any Liveaboard!
  • Socorro Spring '19 - $750 off
  • Sea of Cortez '19 - 10% off
  • Anilao December '18 - up to $800 off
  • Cocos '20 - $1400 off

Be sure to check out all the discounts when they are announced on Thanksgiving, 2018! More information can be found on the Bluewater Dive Travel Black Friday Sales page.

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Fantasea Line Introduces FRX100 VI Limited Edition Housing for Sony RX100 VI
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Fantasea Line FRX100 VI Housing for the Sony RX100 VI Introduced!

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Fantasea Line Introduces FRX100 VI Limited Edition Housing for Sony RX100 VI

Photo by Elisabeth Lauwreys/Oceans Below

 

Fantasea Line is proud to announce the world's toughest, lightweight housing for the Sony RX100 VI.  The housing is now available for order! 

 

About the FRX100 VI Limited Edition Housing

The FRX100 VI Limited Edition Housing features a stylish and ergonomic design, specifically created for the Sony RX100 VI digital camera. 

The housing's flat port features a 67mm thread, allowing the use of "wet" wide angle and macro conversion lenses, thus capturing both macro and wide angle images during the same dive.

The housing allows operating the camera lens within an ideal focal range of 24-66mm*.This focal range enables utilizing the most powerful capabilities of the camera for underwater photography. 

The housing is manufactured to the highest professional standards of function, style and durability. It is depth rated to 60m/200 feet and features ergonomically designed and labeled controls. The Fantasea FRX100 VI Limited Edition is the ultimate waterproof home for the Sony RX100 VI. 

The FRX100 VI Limited Edition Housing is ideal for outdoor and underwater photography. Underwater photographers can dive or snorkel and capture all the excitement of this fascinating world, while outdoor photographers also have the option of capturing the action of activities such as white water paddle sports, sailing, boating, surfing, fishing, hunting, backpacking and camping. 

The FRX100 VI Limited Edition Housing is shock resistant and protects the camera from water, sand, dust, frost and other damaging elements.

The FRX100 VI Limited Edition Housing was designed to be compatible with a complete accessory system, enabling photographers to enhance the quality of their images.

Check out the Fantasea Line FRX100 VI Limited EditiionCamera Housing at our sister company, BlueWater Photo!

Features Highlights:

Allows operating the lens zoom within 24-66mm*, the ideal range for UW photography 

Depth rated to 60m/200 feet 

Ergonomic design

Made from durable injection molded Polycarbonate

Full access to all essential camera controls and functions with clearly labeled controls 

Dedicated video control button for easy video filming in any shooting mode

Shock resistant 

Double O-ring main seal 

Special cold-shoe mount for lighting accessories 

Removable double fiber optic cable connection 

Removable flash diffuser

Removable anti-glare hood for the LCD screen 

Easy and secure installation of camera 

Moisture Detector and Alarm 

Lens Port Cover 

Hand Strap 

67mm thread on flat port allows for mounting conversion lenses 

Compatible with a wide range of underwater photo accessories

Weight (with camera on land): 900g

Weight (without camera on land): 600g 

Dimensions (without accessories): 15.5 x 14.5 x 12 cm \ 6.25 x 5.75 x 4.75 inch (WxDxH) 

Manufacturer’s warranty 

* In depths greater than 40 meters, maximum focal length is limited to 60mm

Check out the RX100 VI Camera at our sister company, BlueWater Photo!

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Fantasea and AOI Introduces the UWL-400F Wide Angle Lens - Available now!
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Fantasea Introduces UWL-400F Wet Wide Angle Lens

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Fantasea and AOI Introduces the UWL-400F Wide Angle Lens - Available now!

May, 2018 - The Fantasea-AOI UWL-400F is a SUPER SHARP quality "wet" wide angle conversion lens. Featuring a wide field of view and zero minimal focus distance, the UWL-400F produces breathtaking wide angle and close focus images that are super sharp corner-to-corner and great on the details. 

UWL-400F attaches to the housing lens port thread and can be installed and removed during the dive. The lens is compatible with most all cameras featuring a 24mm lens (or a higher focal range) and can also be used with some cameras featuring a wider lens by zooming in to avoid a vignette.

High Optical Performance 

UWL-400F features an FOV of 120 degrees (when used with a 25mm lens), a magnification of 0.50X, a zero minimal focus distance and exceptional overall sharpness. It is perfect for a wide variety of compositions, including seascapes, divers, ship wrecks, schools of fish and close focus portraits, all without having to move further away from the subject, thereby still taking full advantage of water clarity and artificial lighting. Images produced with this lens are sharp corner-to-corner with minimal distortion.

Durable Construction

Lens barrel is made from a durable aluminum alloy with a black hard coating. The dome is coated as well, helping to protect it from getting scratched or damaged. During R&D, the lens was thoroughly tested in extreme conditions (depth, temperature, salinity and radiation) to ensure long term resistance and durability. 

Anti-Reflection Design

The AR (anti-reflection) coating on all glass elements assists in avoiding lens flare from the sun or artificial light sources. Lens wings feature an improved design and can be rotated anytime underwater according to image composition without need of any tools. Vertical and horizontal images can be easily captured without having the sun or strobes reflecting on the dome and interfering with crystal clear images.

Universal Compatibility

The lens features a 52mm thread and can be mounted directly on any lens port with a 52mm thread or on lens ports featuring a different thread, by using a compatible adaptor. Its design allows for use with most lens holders, adaptors, bayonet mount converters, flip mounts and quick release adaptors. 

The EyeDaptor M67-F52 lens adaptor is included in the box and allows mounting the lens on housings featuring a 67mm threaded lens port.

Compact & Lightweight

The UWL-400F is compact and lightweight, allowing for easy storage and transportation and comfortable handling of the lens during the dive.

Accessory Package 

Lens comes with a Neoprene dome cover, rear lens cap, and a quality padded carrying case for safe storage and transportation. A secure line ensures that the lens is safely secured to the system at all times. The EyeDaptor M67-F52 lens adaptor included allows for mounting the lens on housings featuring a 67mm threaded lens port. The microfiber cloth can be used to clean the lens prior installation, thereby also reducing lens flare, often caused by light hitting spots on the lens.

Warranty & Best Service 

The lens includes warranty against defective materials and workmanship under reasonable use for a period of 1 year. If damaged, the dome of the lens can be replaced with a new one for a discounted price during the 1-year warranty period. In addition, Fantasea offers a professional and responsive service program. 

UWL-400F Specifications 

Description: Wide angle conversion lens 

52mm thread mount

Bezel / Barrel material: Aluminum alloy with black hard anodize, ABS

Lens components: 5 groups and 5 elements

Lens coating: Hard coating on the Polycarbonate dome lens + Multi layer AR coating on all glass lenses

Depth rated to 100 meters / 330 feet

Magnification: 0.50X  

FOV (Field of View): 120 degrees (when used with a 25mm lens)

Focus distance: 0mm from the dome 

Weight (on land): 591 g / 20.8 oz

Weight (underwater): 200 g / 7.1 oz

Dimensions (diameter x height): 121.8 x 76 mm / 4.8 x 3.0 inch

Included in package: Neoprene dome cover, rear lens cap, EyeDaptor M67-F52 lens adaptor, secure string, microfiber cloth, O-ring remover and lens padded carrying case 

Comparison Images

 

For pricing information and orders, please contact sales@bluewaterphotostore.com or visit www.bluewaterphotostore.com

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Company Launches Service that Offers a Whole New Experience in Dive Trip Planning
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Deepblu Introduces Dive Booking Feature

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Company Launches Service that Offers a Whole New Experience in Dive Trip Planning

TAIPEI, March 2018 – Today, Deepblu has announced brand new ways for divers to discover their next destination on Planet Deepblu. With the company’s latest release, divers can now book, manage, and communicate with dive businesses before, during, and after their trip, all in one place.

On Planet Deepblu, virtually all popular global dive locations are placed on a fully interactive interface, allowing users to browse ratings, navigate reviews, and find out more about dive spots than previously available. Now, dive businesses have this tool at their disposal for free.

With tens of thousands of divers already having dive sites at their fingertips, Deepblu has pushed the envelope even further, and will now offer fully interactive dive trip planning and communication between diver and business on the platform. Businesses can now present their services, be seen, and run specials that make them stand out. Trip categories, dive experiences, amenities, and extras can be offered with the click of a button, and potential customers can message each business with the knowledge that they’re on a secure platform designed specifically to cater to the needs of divers. 

 

 

"Planet Deepblu's goal is to help divers simplify their dive trip planning and booking process so they can spend less time planning their dives and have more time on enjoying their dive experiences. The initial roll out of dive experiences is focused on the North American market with service providers concentrated in the Caribbean, Florida Keys, and Mexico which we plan to quickly expand to all dive destinations worldwide"

 James Tsuei, CEO of Deepblu.


The new, expanded Planet Deepblu allows divers to select dates, find pricing, set up, and book all in one place. As it has been from the start, divers can locate their favorite dive countries, regions, and spots through the platform, and now when they see businesses in their chosen area they will have easy access to services offered. If you’re a beginner looking for a certification course, an advanced diver seeking a new cave dive, or anything in-between, you’re sure to find it on Planet Deepblu.

To find more information, please go on Planet Deepblu (https://goo.gl/kXuF1e) 

··· 

About Deepblu, Inc.: Deepblu, Inc. is the company behind the COSMIQ Dive Computer, the Deepblu online community for divers, and Planet Deepblu, where divers can discover, plan, and book their next dive. Deepblu, Inc. is a team of divers and technology enthusiasts whose goal is to use technology and the power of the internet to revolutionize the diving community and lifestyle.

 

About the COSMIQ Dive Computer: The COSMIQ is the trendiest dive computer and the only one in its segment to boast Blue-tooth technology to synchronize digital dive logs with the cloud. Since its launch in April 2016, it has won many awards for its ease of use, clarity and unique design.  

 

Contact:

info@deepblu.com

 

 

 

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Entries open for Deep Visions 2018 Competition by ScubaShooters
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Deep Visions 2018 by ScubaShooters

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Entries open for Deep Visions 2018 Competition by ScubaShooters

Press Release

Scubashooters.net and its team are proud to announce that entries for the contest are open.

The competition will be hosted on the scubashooters.net website 

40 sponsors, each one a worldwide leader in the diving industry, will support an extremely rich prize pane of over $60000 USD total value!

Entries will be accepted from March 1st through April 22nd, and after competition ends, the scubashooters.net international jury will take the charge of the hard decision on the winning photos.

Mr. Henry Jager (head of the jury) from Switzerland, Mrs. Beth Watson from USA, Mrs. Isabella Maffei from Italy, Mrs. Ivana Orlovic from Serbia, Mr. Davide Lopresti from Italy, Mr. Roland Bach from Spain and Mr. Fabio Iardino from Italy are the members of the Jury and they will have the hard task to decide the winning shots. Mr Jager. recommends two very important things: read the rules and avoid uploading watermarked photos.

The judging system is entirely web based and programmed so that the members of the jury will not be able to determine the authors of the photos; it is then of extreme importance to enter the contest with watermark free photos as those not respecting this simple request will be disqualified.

Visit www.scubashooters.net and enter the contest!

 

ScubaShooters Past Winners:

 

Photo by Tanya Houppermans

Photo by Alex Rush

Photo by Yatwaiso


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Update to the YS-D2

Sea&Sea Announces S&S YS-D2J

Update to the YS-D2

Sea&Sea has announced the updated version of their YS-D2 Strobe. The YS-D2J returned to Japan for manufacturing (hence the J), and should have even better reliability than the original model.

The specs and features remain the same so current YS-D2 users won't have any sort of learning curve by upgrading. The new strobe will be available this month and will retail for $689.95. 

For more information, please check the Sea&Sea product page linked below.

http://www.seaandsea.jp/products/strobe/ysd2/   

Please visit https://www.bluewaterphotostore.com/ to purchase the new strobes when they are available!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matthew Sullivan is an underwater and conservation photographer based out of Los Angeles, CA. For more of his pictures follow him on Instagram.

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New collaboration enables direct wireless synchronization between ScubaPro smart dive computers and the Deepblu online diving community.
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ScubaPro First to Support Deepblu Connect

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New collaboration enables direct wireless synchronization between ScubaPro smart dive computers and the Deepblu online diving community.

Deepblu Inc. has been known to be innovative with their Cosmiq dive computer, dive log & social media app, and online community for divers. Recently they have announced their new collaboration with one of the popular and well known companies for dive equipment, Scubapro.  

Scubapro's smart dive computers such as Aladin Sport (Matrix), Aladin H (Matrix) and Galileo 2 (Matrix) can now be synced with the Deepblu app.  Divers can now wirelessly upload their dive logs to the app which can include vital information such depth, water temperature and a quite a bit more.  The diver can even add photos and videos to the virtual log which produces a more detailed record of the dive. They can also share it among other divers within the Deepblu social community.

 

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SCUBAPRO First to Support Deepblu Connect

New collaboration enables direct wireless synchronization between SCUBAPRO smart dive computers and the Deepblu online diving community.


TAIPEI & SAN DIEGO, August 1, 2017 – Since its launch in November 2016, Deepblu’s rapidly expanding online community has grown to include tens of thousands of divers and ocean enthusiasts. Today SCUBAPRO, the most iconic name in dive equipment, became the first to support the newly introduced Deepblu Connect, a feature that enables the Deepblu app to wirelessly interface directly with SCUBAPRO’s line of Bluetooth-enabled dive computers.

 

 

With the push of a button, information from the SCUBAPRO Aladin Sport (Matrix), Aladin H (Matrix) or the newly introduced Galileo 2 (G2) is wirelessly synchronized with the Deepblu app and stored in customizable, digital dive logs. This includes dive profiles, tank pressure levels, temperatures, depths and times. Divers then can enrich their logs with underwater photography and videography, store them in the cloud, and share them with their peers in the Deepblu community.

“We wanted to make dive logging on Deepblu accessible and easy for everyone, so we designed Deepblu Connect to be a convenient interface for Bluetooth-enabled dive computers to work with the app,” said Deepblu CEO James Tsuei. “We are excited to pilot the feature with SCUBAPRO, one of the most reputable and forward-looking companies in the dive industry.”

New for 2017, the SCUBAPRO G2 blends beauty and simplicity with technologically advanced computing and navigation. It sports a high-contrast, user-configurable color display, along with the intuitive menus and 3-button control system perfected in the original, award-winning SCUBAPRO Galileo. Along with Bluetooth and a long list of advanced features, the G2 incorporates SCUBAPRO’s patented Human Factor Diving™, which can monitor heart rate, skin temperature, breathing rate and water temperature to generate extremely reliable no-stop and decompression-stop calculations. The G2 stores up to 1,000 hours of dive profiles and its rechargeable battery lasts up to 50 dives.

“For more than 50 years, divers around the world have looked to SCUBAPRO for the most innovative, advanced and intuitive products in the industry,” said Joe Stella, Group Vice President at SCUBAPRO. “Divers are connected by a passion for what lies below the water’s surface and our support of Deepblu Connect will help those who put their trust in SCUBAPRO’s dive computers to capture and share their experiences with the global community.”

Once dive logs are uploaded, recent updates to the Deepblu user interface make finding and tagging dive spots easier than ever. Divers can even leave ratings and reviews to help other divers, while gear enthusiasts can now complete their logs with information about nearly every piece of equipment they own.

 

 

Starting in August, Deepblu will hold a monthly dive-logging competition, allowing divers to earn badges they can showcase on their logs. The August winners will receive exciting prizes from SCUBAPRO, including a G2 dive computer and other industry-leading SCUBAPRO dive gear. To win, divers must accumulate praise for their logs from the Deepblu community and climb through the ranks from Dive Log of the Day to Dive Log of the Week and, ultimately, Dive Log of the Month. Details are available at https://events.deepblu.com/2017aug_logofthemonth/.

 

About SCUBAPRO: SCUBAPRO is the iconic mark of the world’s most accomplished SCUBA divers, the preferred and recommended choice of elite diving professionals around the globe. Originators and innovators of exceptional dive gear, we build flawless diving equipment for the lifestyle and sport of those whose passion is found below the surface. Created by divers for divers, we’ve built a strong legacy of innovation and intuitive diver-centric design for more than 50 years. We believe that exacting commitment to performance, usability, safety, and design sophistication brings out the best in every underwater adventure. For more information, visit www.scubapro.com.

About the Deepblu Platform: Deepblu is the fastest-growing online community for divers and ocean enthusiasts. It was released in November 2016 at the DEMA show in Las Vegas and has since brought tens of thousands of divers together at deepblu.com

About Deepblu, Inc.: Deepblu, Inc. is the company behind the COSMIQ Dive Computer and the Deepblu community. Deepblu, Inc. is a team of divers and technology enthusiasts whose goal is to use technology and the power of the internet to revolutionize the diving community and lifestyle. For more information, visit https://about.deepblu.com/

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A collection of specs, rumors and anticipated release date of the much anticipated Nikon D820
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Nikon D820 Camera Rumors

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A collection of specs, rumors and anticipated release date of the much anticipated Nikon D820

Summer 2017 is shaping up to be the summer of prosumer full frame cameras. Canon is expected to announce a successor to the 6D while the rumors for Nikon's successor to the D810 are piling up.

The new Nikon camera will likely be labeled the D820, and is expected to continue the D810's focus on high ISO performance and a mega megapixel count. The specs below have been reported to and published on NikonRumors.com, and while they may easily change, they do seem very realistic.

 

Nikon D820 Rumors

Estimated availability:  Summer 2017

Sensor:  45-46MP sensor

No Built-in GPS:  This would be weird in the age of WiFi and NFC in most new cameras, and with the growing trend of amateur and beginner photographers purchasing these powerful prosumer full frame DSLRs.

Tiltable LCD Screen like the Nikon D750 and Nikon D500. This is a nice feature for Nikon video shooters, landscape photographers and those shooting from tough angles.

Memory:  Dual SD slots (SD & QXD).

 

Please note that these specs are far from guaranteed, but it's fun to speculate. 

We'll update this news article as soon as we know more.

- Brent Durand

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