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Fantasea Introduces Canon G15 Housing

Brent Durand
A First Look at Fantasea's New G15 Housing at a Special Price

Fantasea Introduces the FG15 Housing

A First Look at Fantasea's New Housing for the Canon G15

By Brent Durand  April 23rd, 2013



Fantasea FG15 underwater housing



Fantasea Line proudly announces the release of a new and stylish waterproof housing for the Canon PowerShot G15 camera.  The Canon G15 is a great compact camera choice and underwater photographers will find that the camera paired with the new FG15 housing is an affordable way to capture high-quality underwater images.

Below are some details from the Fantasea website.


FG15 Housing Feature Highlights

  • Depth rated to 60m/200 feet
  • Ergonomic design
  • Full access to all camera controls & functions
    with clearly marked controls
  • Shock resistant
  • Double O-ring seal
  • Special mount for lighting accessories
  • Removable double fiber optic cable connection
  • Removable flash diffuser
  • Easy and secure installation of camera
  • Removable anti-glare hood for the LCD screen
  • Optional leak detector for increased confidence
  • Dedicated video control button for easy video filming in any shooting mode
  • Compatible with a wide range of underwater
    photo accessories
  • Manufacturer's warranty included


Suggested US retail price:  $499.95



The new PowerShot G15 reaches new heights in speed, agility and creative possibilities. The G15 introduces full HD (1080p) video recording capabilities, super bright f/1.8 lens and high speed AF, which all result with ultra-fast performance and phenomenal image quality.

The FG15 Housing, specially designed for the Canon G15, meets the same high and professional standards of function, style and durability as previously found in popular and successful Fantasea F series Housings (FP7000 and FP7100). It is ergonomically designed, fully functional and features easy-to-use, clearly labeled controls. This shock resistant housing protects your G15 camera from damaging elements including water, sand, dust, snow, ice and pollutants.

The FG15 has been successfully depth tested to 80 meters (240 ft.) and is certified to a maximum depth of 60 meters (200 ft.), which is well beyond the 40 meter (130 ft.) dive limit of most compact housings.

The FG15 Housing is supported by a complete accessory line, including wide angle and macro lenses. Additional accessories include a variety of color correction filters and lighting sets, which enable photographers to further enhance the quality of their images and videos.


For more info, sample photos, video and more, visit Fantasea's website at:

Fantasea FG15 Housing



Fantasea FG15 underwater housing


Further Reading


Where to Buy

Fantasea FG15 Housing for Canon G15

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April News Roundup

Travis Ball
Shore and Explore in Bonaire, Free Underwater Photo Workshop with Wolfgang Polzer, Xray Magazine #54 Just Released, and more...

April News Roundup

Shore and Explore in Bonaire, Free Underwater Photo Workshop with Wolfgang Polzer, Xray Magazine #54 Just Released, and more... 

By Travis Ball










New Shore and Explore Package at the Divi Flamingo Beach in Bonaire

Want to explore Bonaire on your own?  Take a look at this new package that grants you access to a 4-passenger pickup rental, a deal on a seven-night stay and unlimited shore diving.  More information can be found here: http://www.diviresorts.com/bonaire-shore/

Free Underwater Photography Workshop with Wolfgang Polzer

Respected underwater photo journalist, book author, and double gold medallist at the CMAS World Championship of Underwater Photography will be running a free week-long underwater photography workshop at ECO Divers Resort Lembeh from Septembrer 28th to October 5th.  More information about Eco Divers resort in Lembeh can be found here: http://www.eco-divers.com/


Issue #54 of Xray Magazine is Now Out!

New articles on Cocos Island in Costa Rica, Lermontov Wreck in New Zealand, Ojamo Mine in Findland and more.  Read or download the new issue here: http://www.xray-mag.com/content/x-ray-mag-54


Other News:

Scubapro Waterman Photo Contest

Ikelite D7100 Housing Released

Worldwide Dive & Sail Announces Truk Lagoon Liveaboard

Call for Entries: San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition

Lightroom 5 Beta Now Available

Winning Photos from the Acqua 2013 UW Photo Contest

Fantasea Introduces $499 Housing for the Canon G15

Watershot Housing now out for iPhone 5


Further Reading


About the Author

Travis Ball is a travel blogger and underwater photographer who recently finished 30 straight months of travel. He believes everyone should enrich their lives with travel and all the experiences it has to offer. Hisphotography and writing can also be seen at his blog Flashpacker HQ. 




Where to Buy

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Winners Announced! Acqua 2013 u/w Photo Contest

Brent Durand
See the Winning Underwater Images from Acqua 2013 photo contest, out of Italy

Winners Announced - Acqua 2013 Underwater Photo Contest

See the Winning Images from Acqua 2013!




H2O Photo Tribe has just announced the winners of the Acqua 2013 underwater photo competition.  Congratulations!  Per the contest rules, the photos are from the Mediterranean and Tropical dive locations, showcasing some amazing photographers, marine life and dive locations.

We've included the 1st place images in each category below, but you can see all the winners and their photos on the Acqua 2013 website.



Rome, 20 april 2013

Category 1 - Portfolio

Pos Surname Name Nationality
1 Zanni Mirko Swiss
2 Friedrich Tobias Germany
3 Perez Francis Spain
4 Roscigno Domenico Italy
5 Formis Pietro Italy
6 Acevedo Eduardo Spain
7 Fernandez Raimundo Spain
8 Donati Gabriele Italy
9 Gazzaroli Claudio Swiss
10 Cipriani Giordano Italy


Category 2 - DSLR -  Tropical Wide angle

Pos Surname Name Nationality Photo name
1 Montse Grillo Spain "Backlighting"
2 Schmolke Uwe Germany "Light and shadow"
3 Virgilio Gabriele italy "Mantas"
4 Borghi Filippo Italy "Al Pascolo"
5 Montse Grillo Spain "Synchronized Flight"
6 Formis Pietro italy "Loloata's Sunset"
7 Montse Grillo Spain "Mutual Timing"
8 Cherbas Tony USA "Up from the Underworld"
9 Davino Michele Italy "Croc swimming"
10 Borghi Filippo Italy “La Diavolessa”




Category 3 - DSLR -  Tropical Macro

Pos Surname Name Nationality Photo name
1 Morettin Adriano italy "David and Goliath"
2 Borghi Filippo Italy "Tra le branchie"
3 Tolstov Gleb israele "Squid Reflection"
4 Morettin Adriano italy "host on head"
5 Maccarelli Marco italy "In the dark"
6 Acevedo Eduardo Spain "Refleso"
7 Davino Michele Italy "In coppia"
8 Roscigno Domenico italy "Sornione"
9 Bausani Paolo italy "Golden eye"
10 Michele Davino Italy “Foglia Back”



Category 4 - DSLR -  Mediterranean Wide angle

Pos Surname Name Nationality Photo name
1 Borghi Filippo Italy "L'agguato"
2 Casanovas Felix Marc Spain "Zeus Faber"
3 Salvatori David Italy "Corallo nero alla secca di Atlantide"
4 Borghi Filippo Italy "L'orata"
5 Lipari Michele italy "Gamberi"
6 Visintin Francesco Italy "Senza titolo"
7 Friedrich Tobias Germany "The Cave"
8 Salvatori David Italy "Il benthos e gli astrospartus 1"
9 Bach Roland Germany "Roland 2"
10 Salvatori David Italy "Sopra e sotto punta sottile"



Category 5 - DSLR -  Mediterranean Macro

Pos Surname Name Nationality Photo name
1 Samaras Nicholas Greece "Alien Spaceship"
2 Borghi Filippo Italy "Janolus"
3 Samaras Nicholas Greece "Fly high and smile"
4 Morettin Adriano italy "Fairy snoot shrimp"
5 Borghi Filippo Italy "Hippus"
6 Davino Michele Italy "Bavosa"
7 Gargiulo Marco italy "San Pietro"
8 Maccarelli Marco italy "My little pony"
9 Roscigno Domenico italy "Simbiosi?"
10 Samaras Nicholas Greece "Camouflage"



Category 6 - DSLR -  Behavior

Pos Surname Name Nationality Photo name
1 Montse Grillo Spain "Blue kiss"
2 Friedrich Tobias Germany "Playful seal"
3 Montse Grillo Spain "Life Cycle"
4 Borghi Filippo Italy "Dal dentista"
5 Roscigno Domenico italy "La Danza"
6 Erta Roberto Italy "Slurp"
7 Cipriani Giordano Italy "Dolce Casa"
8 Varani Alex Italy "Anemone in love"
9 Acevedo Eduardo Spain "On the way"
10 Pulido Oliviero Giorgio italy "The sentinel"



Category 7 - Compact Camera - Tropical Wide angle

Pos Surname Name Nationality Photo name
1 Weimberg Dany Israele "Seahorse and Wreck"
2 Altomare Amedeo italy "Colorful Reef"
3 Commodore Marcus Canada "Living on the edge"
4 Weimberg Dany Israele "While you were diving"
5 Muratore Massimiliano italy "Allegria"
6 Gallucci Alberto italy "Jackfish"
7 Altomare Amedeo italy "Helena"
8 Commodore Marcus Canada "Big Gulp"
9 Commodore Marcus Canada "Rush hour"
10 Forti Luciano italy "Hops"



Category 8 - Compact Camera - Tropical Macro

Pos Surname Name Nationality Photo name
1 Commodore Marcus Canada "Climacaphobia"
2 Goodwin Bill USA "Tubed Shrimp"
3 Bambi Federica Italy "Il mio tappeto a pois"
4 Rossi Paolo italy "Son figli miei"
5 Giovannini Giacomo Italy "Lizard's head"
6 Pescarolo Andrea Italy "L'invisibile"
7 Rossi Paolo italy "Frog"
8 Forti Luciano italy "Edward - mano di forbici"
9 Muratore Massimiliano italy "Verso il blu"
10 Bambi Federica Italy “On the run”



Category 9 - Compact Camera - Mediterranean Wide angle

Pos Surname Name Nationality Photo name
1 Gallucci Alberto italy "Sciame di Anthias"
2 Torresan Patrick Italy "Elviscot"
3 Gallucci Alberto italy "Il giardino incantato"
4 Nuccio Stefano Italy "Incontrando octopus"
5 Forti Luciano italy "Riccioli d'oro"
6 Gallucci Alberto italy "Stella Gorgone e crinoidi"
7 Negrillo Sanchez Fancisco Javier Spain "Senza titolo"
8 Salzedo Virginia italy "Stella Gorgone"
9 Muratore Massimiliano italy "Cernia Vanitosa"
10 Gambirasi Martina italy "Giochi di luce"



Category 10 - Compact Camera - Mediterranean Macro

Pos Surname Name Nationality Photo name
1 Salzedo Virginia italy "Bijou"
2 Gallucci Alberto italy "Guardami negli occhi"
3 Altomare Amedeo italy "Blenny Hill"
4 Giovannini Giacomo Italy "Passeggero abusivo"
5 Altomare Amedeo italy "Jelly School"
6 Altomare Amedeo italy "Giardino Fiorito"
7 Reali Carlo italy "Di notte mi accendo"
8 D'ulisse Barbara Italy "Pensando al futuro"
9 Vailati Flavio Italy "Adamsia/Pagurus"
10 Gambirasi Martina Italy “Guardando l'aurora boreale”



Category 11 - Compact Camera - Behavior

Pos Surname Name Nationality Photo name
1 Weimberg Dany Israele "Tug of war"
2 Giovannini Giacomo Italy "Mama"
3 Pulido Oliviero Giorgio italy "The sentinel"
4 Gambirasi Martina italy "La cena"
5 Bambi Federica Italy "Anemoni in accoppiamento"
6 Gallucci Alberto italy "Dal dentista"
7 Muratore Massimiliano italy "Pulizia orale"
8 Pracchi Marta italy "The winner takes it all"
9 Giorgetta Massimo italy "Viaggiare insieme"
10 Rossi Paolo italy "Il Cannibale"


CONGRATULATIONS to all of the winners!  To view all the winning photos, please visit:

Acqua 2013 Website - Full List of Winners & Photos



Further Reading


Where to Buy

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Lightroom 5 Beta is Now Available

Brent Durand
Learn About Great NEW Features for Lightroom 5 Beta!

Lightroom 5 Beta Now Available!

Learn what Adobe has Improved for Lightroom 5

By Brent Durand


Adobe Lightroom 5



Adobe Lightroom is arguably the best tool for underwater photographers to edit, organize and catalog their photos.  Lightroom has been essential in my photography workflow and version 5 promises to enhance the editing power of the software.  If you're not yet a user of Lightroom, check out our article on Why You Should be Using Lightroom.

Lightroom 5 Beta is now available, meaning that you can begin using the software for free.  If you're a new Lightroom user, great, but if you're planning to test Lightroom 5 Beta, here are a few notes:

  • As with any Beta program, all the "kinks" haven't been worked out.  Back up your images and catalog.
  • Lightroom 5 Beta will build a new catalog for your images.  This means that you will not be able to upgrade your current catalog, and will need to import images directly into Lightroom 5 Beta.  Once Lightroom 5 is fully released these catalogs will be transferable.
  • Lightroom 5 Beta will expire once the finished Lightroom 5 is available, so you'll need to purchase the upgrade or keep your current version.


So what's new in Lightroom 5 Beta?  Here's a quick summary:


Advanced Healing Brush

This tool is much more robust for Lightroom 5.  Underwater Photographers can now adjust the size of the brush and move it in precise paths.



A new tool great for seascapes, landscapes and any other photos with a horizon or other verticle/horizontal lines.  Upright will quickly straighten images - the first edit for any photos of this sort.


Radial Filter

The radial gradient tool in Lightroom 5 is designed to help bring focus on the subject of an image.  Good composition requires the right depth of field and elimination of a distracting background to accentuate a subject (among other things), but sometimes this isn't enough.  This new tool allows photographers to create off-center vignette effects or multiple vignette areas in a single photo - great for underwater photography.


Smart Previews

Lightoom users (and especially traveling underwater photographers) know that carrying your full catalog and library of images slows down image editing while on-the-go.  New Smart Previews allows photographers to easily work with images without bringing their entire library with them.


There are many more updates in Lightroom 5 Beta, detailed at Adobe's blog.


Click here to read more about Lightroom 5 Beta and to DOWNLOAD.


Learn Lightroom for Underwater Photographers

Our partner, Bluewater Photo, offers great classes on using Adobe Lightroom every month in Santa Monica, CA.  Learn more HERE.


Further Reading


Where to Buy

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Last chance to enter NCUPS SEA underwater photo competition

Scott Gietler
Deadline for the NCUPS SEA underwater photo contest is April 12th

NCUPS SEA underater photo competition

Deadline is April 12th, 2013

Great prizes from Nai'a, Bilikiki, Marco Vincent and more

By Scott Gietler April 11th, 2013




NCUPS has been running great underwater photo contests for quite a while, with lots of great prizes, and a special category for images taken underwater in California. Here are all the details:



  • Lots of great prizes (see partial list below)

  • No pros or underwater photo trip leaders can enter (this is good for everyone else!)

  • Deadline is end of day Friday, April 12th

NCUPS SEA winning image
"Grand prize" winner from the previous SEA contest


NCUPS SEA Categories



Marine conservation

California Underwater


Video - classis

Video - snapshot



NCUPS SEA underwater photo competition deadline



Here is a partial list of prizes to be distributed to the winners of the SEA 2013 competition:

  • Nai’a Cruise – 7-day cruise for one (1) person in Fiji.
  • Discovery Fleet – 8 day cruise & dive package for one (1) person with companion 50%, Philippines, Northern Route.
  • MV Bilikiki – 7-night cruise for one (1) to the Solomon Islands.

  • Tawali Resort, Papua New Guinea – 7-night all inclusive for one (1) person.
  • KBR – Tasik Ria Resort & Spa Pkg – 10-nights for one (1) person, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

  • Banca Diving – 10 day trip for one (1) to the Philippines. Companion for 50% off.
  • MY Vasco – 7 day cruise for one (1) to Tubbataha 2014 season, companion 50% off.

  • Sam’s Tours Palau – 5-days diving only, for one person with 1-day of UW Photo or Video class.
  • Marco Vincent Resort, Puerto Galera, Philippines, 5-nights with breakfast and 8 boat dives for one person. Island Cruise & Adventures

  • Kosrae Village Ecolodge & Resort – 5-nights for one person with 3-days of diving or island exploration, Kosrae Island, Micronesia

Call for Entries: San Diego u/w Film Exhibition

Brent Durand
Check out the Awesome Poster for the 13th Annual SDUFEX Competition!

Call for Entries: San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition

SDUFEX is Now Accepting Underwater Video Entries for 2013 Contest!

By Brent Durand


SDUFEX Undersea Video Contest



The San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition (SDUFEX) is now accepting entries for their 2013 video contest.  The contest has been a great success since 2000, becoming one of the most prestigious underwater film festivals in the world.  Some highlights are below:



- $0 Entry Fee

- Entry deadline: July 15, 2013

- Distinguished panel of independent judges

- Winners will have videos played in front of 500+ audience at Qualcomm Hall in HD!

- Learn more at www.sdufex.com





This is your opportunity to see your work projected in a High Definition format in a state of the art venue on a 30 ft. screen! An independent panel of distinguished judges will select the approximately 30 films to be shown during the two night event. There is no entry fee! If your film is selected you are encouraged to come to the show and introduce it in person on the night of the exhibition. You may enter up to two films.

Here are the Entry Guidelines and Rules:

• Submission must be postmarked no later than July 15th, 2013. Submissions will not be returned, so do not send originals.

• We are accepting video files in the following format:

Please submit your video as a high resolution H.264 file that has been archived (copied) to a data DVD disk.  (Note: this is NOT a self-playing DVD!  This is NOT a Blu-Ray Disk!  This is NOT an HD-DVD Disk!)  

For additional information, please download PDF of 2013 Entry Rules.

• Blank Video Lead-In: Record or add a one (1) second black lead-in at the beginning of your video.

• Marking:  Each DVD must be marked with the filmmaker’s name and the name of the film.

• No film can be longer than five minutes, and at least 50% of the footage must be underwater.

• Please ensure that you have the rights to use all visual footage, images, audio, and music contained in your film.

• Filmmakers are limited to 2 submissions per filmmaker.

• We will not be able to return any submissions to entrants.

• Please include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, film’s name and length, and a brief bio with your submission using the Filmmaker Entry Form below.  Please use one form per entry.

• Judges selecting the films to be included in the two evenings' programs will not be permitted to submit film(s) for consideration.


For detailed instructions and entry forms, go to www.sdufex.com and click on "Call for Entries."



Further Reading


Where to Buy

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Ikelite D7100 Housing Released

Brent Durand
Ikelite Releases Underwater Housing for the Nikon D7100

Ikelite D7100 Housing Released

By Brent Durand


Ikelite D7100 Housing 6801.71



Ikelite has a long history of making quality housings at great prices, and we're excited for the NIkon D7100 underwater housing. This appears to be the first housing announced for the D7100.

The Nikon D7100 is a great camera, and when combined with Ikelite's built-in TTL system (compatible with Ikelite strobes) and great customer service, the new housing will be a excellent choice for those looking to purchase a housing for their D7100 at a good value. Read our Nikon D7100 review for more info on the camera.





Ikelite proudly announces a full-featured, TTL enabled underwater housing for the Nikon D7100 Digital SLR camera. The Ikelite housing is built by experienced divers and underwater photographers in the USA and comes with unlimited access to Ikelite's unparalleled customer support team.

Key Features:

• Superior flash control

Proprietary built-in TTL circuitry makes this the only housing for the Nikon D7100 that can actually improve your photos. Direct connect flash is the most reliable and efficient way to fire an external underwater strobe. The camera's built-in flash does not need to fire, providing the extended battery life and no lag between exposures. Our circuitry allows direct communication between the camera and current Ikelite DS Substrobes* for the most accurate through-the-lens (TTL) metering control of an off-camera flash. Electrical bulkhead and TTL circuitry are provided standard and included in the base purchase price.

Rather than reaching out to your external strobe, exposure with a current DS Substrobe can be adjusted quickly through the back of the housing using a large dial control. TTL mode provides four 1/3 f/stop increments over or under flash compensation to fine tune exposure. Or control strobe output completely through the back of the housing using one of the 7 manual power settings provided in half-stop increments.

• Ergonomic handling

Controls are provided for all critical camera functions. Shutter, video recording start/stop, and a large zoom control knob can all be comfortably reached without removing your hands from the handles. Comfortable rubberized grips provide quick-release attachment points for strobes and accessories. The try and handles may be removed from the housing for convenience in traveling. The complete housing is neutral or slightly negative in freshwater depending on choice of lens port.

• Clearly Superior Design

A clear view of the camera and o-ring seals facilitates easy assembly and operation. Heavy-duty polycarbonate construction is durable and corrosion-free to ensure performance in the most demanding conditions. Lens ports can be removed and replaced quickly with a simple positive locking system which provides visible assurance when the housing is assembled properly.

• Glass optical viewfinder enhanced for underwater

• 200ft (60m) depth rating

• Lens zoom gears included with housing

• Made in USA

* Requires current model Ikelite DS Substrobe. Click here for strobe requirements by serial number. TTL circuitry does not operate with non-Ikelite strobes. Non-Ikelite strobes provide manual exposure only.

Full details are available here.


The Ikelite housing for the Nikon D7100 is currently in production for April release. This product is available for pre-order through any Authorized Ikelite Dealer.

Product #6801.71
US Market Suggested Retail Price $1,500
Lens port, camera and lens not included.

Ikelite housings for the Nikon D600 and Canon EOS 6D are available now. Photos and specifications for all housing models can be found at ikelite.com.



Further Reading


Where to Buy

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The "Waterman" Ocean Photo Contest & Scholarship

Brent Durand
Scubapro Announces the "Waterman" Ocean Photo Contest & Scholarship

The "Waterman" Ocean Photo Contest & Scholarship

Scubapro Announces a New Contest & Scholarship for Ocean Photographers

By Brent Durand


Waterman Photo Contest



Dedicated scuba divers spend a lot of time in, on and around the ocean.  As underwater photographers, we pick up additional diving skills, seek out unique marine life and become involved in ocean conservation.  Ancient Hawaiians took pride in being true "watermen" - a tradition that continues to this day with many people around the world.  Stan Waterman is the definition of a true "waterman," and Scubapro has put together a great photo contest and sponsorship in his honor.

Are you a waterman?  Do you have an entry?


Submissions:  April 1 - 30, 2013.  Submit a photo & 300 word essay on why you're a waterman.

Winners:  Announced June 15, 2013

Prizes:  Full Scubapro kit ($5000 value) and PADI training coupon ($400)

Website:  www.scubapro.com/waterman






“Are you a ‘waterman’?”; best response wins $5,400 scholarship

The Waterman Scholarship: honoring a legend, fueling a new generation

To honor SCUBAPRO's longtime ambassador, Stan Waterman, and in celebration of his 90th Birthday, SCUBAPRO, and its partners PADI and Beneath the Sea, are launching an exciting campaign geared towards creating the next generation of ‘waterman’. The Waterman Scholarship will be awarded to the person who, like Stan Waterman, displays a contagious passion for diving, exploration, conservation, adventure and the oceans while inspiring others as well.

"It is no coincidence that Stan’s last name is Waterman. He’s the epitome of the definition and has been inspiring generations of them for decades. He's still living the life of his dreams at 90, and we’ve been honored to be part of it for almost 40 years,” says Joe Stella, SCUBAPRO’s President.

In recognition of Stan Waterman’s extensive contributions, the winner receives a full SCUBAPRO kit (up to a $5000 value) as well as a dive certification or advanced training from PADI (a $400 value) so they can follow in Stan’s legacy. Amateur applicants are challenged to use their creativity and provide an inspired photograph and description about why they are a “waterman”. Submissions will be accepted April 1st – 30th and a winner will be announced on or before June 15th.

What's more, SCUBAPRO is involving the entire online community of ‘watermen’ by asking them to ‘like’ their favorite submissions and vote for a final winner. All of the submissions can be viewed and voted upon on SCUBAPRO’s Facebook page during April and May, enabling everyone to be a part of the competition. “Through the viral nature of social media, it is our hope the campaign will capture the enthusiasm and excitement that both diving and Stan Waterman deliver, inspiring even more watermen to take that giant stride,” says Kate Booth, SCUBAPRO’s marketing manager.

Stan Waterman is thrilled with the campaign. “I am truly honored and humbled by such generous recognition. The nature of the scholarship, with its reach and good purpose, is especially gratifying.“

"Stan's incredible, timeless tales of adventure, exploration and life in the deep make anyone want to rush out and do the same.” Says Stella. “What better way to pay tribute to that?”

To learn more, visit the website, www.scubapro.com/waterman, which shares even more about the original ‘waterman’ through contagious video, photos, and stories while providing details about the scholarship his name has inspired.


Further Reading


Where to Buy

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Olympus underwater camera sale

Scott Gietler
Best deal on an underwater camera we have ever seen

Mirrorless housing on sale at 60% off

By Scott Gietler


  • $1,200 high-end fast-focusing mirrorless camera & housing for $499.95

  • This is by far the craziest deal we've ever seen on an underwater setup

  • Olympus was overstocked on these setups, and is now dumping them

  • Their loss, your gain!

  • The E-PM1 is better than the E-PL2 PEN, just as good as the E-PL3, and almost as good as the E-PL5

  • Excellent sensor, ultra-fast focusing camera; great housing

  • Olympus only has limited quantites left; you can purchase it here from our sister site Bluewater Photo


I normally don't promote products with prices on the UWPG, but I strongly felt this deal from Olympus just had to be shared with everyone. This camera is the perfect underwater camera for any compact shooter looking for faster auto-focus and better image quality. It also makes a great gift for a dive partner, and is a great back-up setup for a dSLR shooter. I've used it myself on many dives.





Thieves Steal Items at BTS Show

Travis Ball
Unfortunately - a variety of expensive items go missing from booths at Beneath the Sea.

Thieves Steal Items at BTS Show.

A variety of items go missing from booths at Beneath the Sea.

By Travis Ball





Beneath the Sea is the largest consumer scuba and dive travel show in America.  Amongst the seminars and workshops on offer is a massive expo hall filled with exhibitors displaying scuba equipment, information on resorts and destinations, and underwater photography gear.  Bluewater Photo attended this year with plenty of gear for Beneath the Sea attendees to try out and experience hands on.  This year, however, they unintentionally left with less than they came with, and were not the only ones.


Out the emergency exit...

Of course, any exhibitor going to a show knows to keep a close eye on the demonstration gear, but there has generally never been an issue of this magnitude within the dive travel community.  Security was aware of the issue by Saturday night and gave a warning Sunday morning .  Even with three staff members diligently keeping an eye out, the Bluewater Photo store had their Sola Nightsea stolen Sunday afternoon. 


Multiple Thefts...

Security said a total of 4 or 5 booths had Sola lights stolen, including one from the Light & Motion booth, one from Bluewater Photo & Backscatter, and a 4-inch glass dome from the Aquatica booth.  The lights included 2 Sola 2000 lights, and one or two Sola Nightseas. All of the Sola lights were taken without chargers and we’d like to spread the word to keep an eye out for anyone looking to purchase chargers without the lights, or selling lights without chargers.  If you see a suspicious Ebay posting or otherwise have information that might help, please let us know. 

Email travis@uwphotographyguide.com if you have a story of items being stolen at a dive show or at the show from this weekend.

This Sola Nightsea light was one of the lights targeted at the BTS show.


About the Author


Travis Ball is a travel blogger and underwater photographer who recently finished 30 straight months of travel before taking a full time job at the Underwater Photography Guide as editor. He believes everyone should enrich their lives with travel and all the experiences it has to offer. His photography and writing can also be seen at his blog http://flashpackerHQ.com





Where to Buy

Please support the Underwater Photography Guide by purchasing your underwater photography gear through our sister site, Bluewater Photo & Video. Click, or call them at (310) 633-5052 for expert advice!


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