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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

 

 
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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

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

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Please submit your video as a high resolution H.264 file that has been archived (copied) to a data DVD disk.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."

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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

 

 
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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 D7100 PRESS RELEASE:

 

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.
 

Availability

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.

 

 

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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

 

 
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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

 

 

PRESS RELEASE:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“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.

 

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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

 

 
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  • $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.

 

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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

 

 

 
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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

 

 

 

 


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March News Roundup - 2 new Canon dSLRs!

Travis Ball
New Housings, new camera bodies, exciting new humpback sightings, win for sharks, NCUPS contest and more.

March News Roundup

New Housings from Sea & Sea, Hugyfot and Ikelite, new camera bodies from Canon, humpbacks, sharks, contests and more. 

By Travis Ball

 

 

 
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New Housings Announced for the Nikon D600 

Sea&Sea's newly announced MDX-D600 housing is now available.  This is another reliable Sea&Sea housing, featuring a more compact and lighter weight design than its MDX predecessors.  Check out the full press release here

 

Hugyfot also just announced their housing for the D600, the HFN-D600.  Another solid addition to the Hugyfot lineup, the HFN-D600 allows easy access to all the camera controls with Hugyfot's stylish design and HugyCheck (vacuum check) feature.

 

 

 

CanonCanon Announces Two New Camera Bodies

On Thursday, Canon announced the EOS Rebel T5i. The new camera has a few upgrades on the T4i, including a new mode dial, body finish and new 18-55 STM kit lens.

Canon has also announced the EOS SL1, the world's smallest and lightest DSLR camera.  The camera features a thinner 18 megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon's Digic 5 processor, but in a body more similar in size to mirrorless competitors.  This is great news for those who have an EF-S lens collection but are looking for a small camera body.

 

 

Ikelite XZ-2Ikelite Announces New Housings

This last month Ikelite announced two new housings, one for the Olympus XZ-2 and the SLR-DC for the Sony A57 and A65 SLT cameras.  These are two great housings for compact (XZ-2) and DSLR (A57, A65) shooters, backed by Ikelite's stellar customer service.

 

 

Indonesia World Underwater Photo Contest 2013

This free contest is "the largest, the longest, the most prestigious photo contest in the world" according to Indonesia's Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.  With cash prizes worth over $200,000 US, this is certainly a very large contest, and one you should enter if you'll be diving in Indonesia anytime this year through November.  More information can be found here.

 

Humpback Whales Spotted in Saba

There's been an increase in recent sightings of multiple whales, mothers with calves and orcas in February and March of 2013 throughout Saba, St. Maarten and St. Barths.  Everyone is asking if the Humpbacks will begin to reclaim abandoned calving grounds now that the population is increasing.  Seasaba has a great article here.

 

NCUPS 48th Annual International Underwater Photo & Video Competition

The Northern California Underwater Photographic Society is accepting entries for the 2013 SEA contest through April 12th, 2013.  With 7 categories and the deadline rapidly approaching, now is the time to get submit your images.  Check out the contest details at the SEA International Photo Competition website.

 

 

Big Win for Sharks and Mantas at CITES

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (or CITES) passed a two-thirds vote adding five species of shark (porbeagle, oceanic whitetip and three species of hammerhead) and two species of manta ray to the list of protected species.  While this doens't guarantee protection, it does mean trade will be closely monitored in these species and is a necessary first step in the basis of full protection.  More information can be found here.

 

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Light & Motion Ultraviolet NightSea Flip Filter for GoPro Hero3

Scott Gietler
New UV flip-filter for the GoPro Hero3 announced. Very cool!

New Ultraviolet NightSea Flip Filter for GoPro Hero3

Light & Motion announced the NightSea Flip3 Filter

By Scott Gietler

 

What: A very cool flip-filter for your GoPro

What it does: Allows you to do ultraviolet light underwater video

When: Available now 

How Much: $99

What else is needed: Sola Nightsea Light, or another UV light

 

 
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How cool is this? A flip ultraviolet light filter for you GoPro hero3. When used a UV light like the Sola NightSea, you can take amazing UV underwater video. The filter is available here.

nightsea gopro filter for ultraviolet underwater video

light and motion flip UV filter for gopro hero3

 


Photo taken with an ultraviolet light

 

Official NightSea Flip Filter for GoPro Press Release:

Capture fluorescent underwater footage on your GoPro Hero3 using Light & Motion’s new Nightsea Flip3 filter. Crafted with aircraft grade aluminum, the robust Nightsea Flip3 filter is a quick simple installation process, that when used in conjunction with your Sola Nightsea blue dive light, gives you the opportunity to bring home astounding fluorescent underwater video and photos that will amaze and impress your friends and family. 
With the quick, simple one-screw installation process, you will be filming fluorescent coral and fish in minutes. Push open the yellow filter to take regular video and then easily flip it closed again to make the creatures around you fluoresceonce again.  It is that simple!

The Nightsea Flip3 filter is only effective when used with the Sola Nightsea, a blue LED light emitter.

“The Sola NIGHTSEA,is the most advanced tool for fluorescence diving on the market. This is not a white light with a blue filter. The Sola NIGHTSEA takes full advantage of the high output efficiency of LEDs by using blue LEDs coupled with NIGHTSEA’s proprietary interference filter that fine tunes the output for maximum viewing effect,” says Dr. Charles Mazel, President of Nightsea, LLC, and principal research scientist who pioneers the study of fluorescence as well as the specialized equipment needed to do so.

The Sola Nightsea ships standard with a convenient hands-free wrist mount that is easily removed to substitute a ball mount, a locline video mount, or a pistol grip. This light also shipsstandard with a remote phosphor cap that turns blue light to white – perfect for orienting yourself, reading your gauges, or just seeing what exactly it is that is fluorescing.  It is a whole different world down there when you use your blue LED light! Be the first of your dive group to experience it. 

 

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SEA&SEA Announces MDX-D600 Housing

Brent Durand
SEA&SEA Announces the Availability of the New MDX-D600 Housing

SEA&SEA Announces MDX-D600 Housing


SEA&SEA's New MDX-D600 Underwater Housing is Now Available

By Brent Durand

 

 

 
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SEA&SEA has a long history of making great, reliable housings and we're excited for the MDX-D600.  The Nikon D600 is the perfect camera for underwater photographers who want an FX sensor without the extra megapixels and cost of the Nikon D800.  Read our D800 review here.

 

 

SEA&SEA MDX-D600 Underwater Housing Highlights

  • More compact & lighter weight design than its MDX predecessors; possibly the smallest, lightest D600 housing on the market
  • Compatible with both the Sea & Sea 180 and 45 degree prism viewfinders
  • Built-in leak sensor
  • Depth rated to 100m/330ft
  • 2 fiber-optic cable ports, sync cord bulkhead is optional
  • Great port locking system
  • Solid handles
  • Cold shoe mount on the top of the housing

 

Nikon D600 highlights

  • Full-frame sensor, 24 megapixels
  • Great high ISO performance and great dynamic range
  • On sale in the USA for $1,999, great price point for a full-frame

 

Sea & Sea D600 housing PRESS RELEASE:

SEA&SEA is pleased to announce the availability of its latest dSLR housing for the underwater market, the MDX-D600.

The Nikon D600 FX-format camera features 24.3mp full-frame images, high-quality full HD 1080p video at 30fps, 5.5fps continuous shooting, super fast framing and focus with a 39-point AF system, low-light performance with ISO 100-6400 and more.  The D600 HD-SLR is optimized for full-frame shooting and is compact and lightweight for ease of travel and packability, ideal for underwater photographers.

The MDX-D600 is feature-rich and precision engineered just as its MDX predecessors, but in a more compact and lighter weight design. The MDX-D600 allows for operation of the D600’s essential controls and built-in flash while underwater.  "Having taken my first look at the new SEA&SEA MDX-D600 housing, it is patently obvious that they (SEA&SEA) continue to provide underwater photographers with the superb craftsmanship and efficiency in design that has been the hallmark of this brand since the 1970's,” said underwater photographer Andrew Sallmon, of Andrew Sallmon Marine Photography.

The housing is compatible with both the VF180 and VF45 prism viewfinders (offering 1.2x magnification), is depth rated to 100m/330ft, comes standard with a built-in leak sensor, and is equipped with two fiber-optic cable ports. There are also two bulkheads available:  the first to accept a YS Converter or manual wiring harness;  and the second for an optional HDMI output for an external HD monitor.

The MDX-D600 is compatible with SEA&SEA’s NX series ports, digital strobes such as the YS-01, YS-02, YS-110α, YS-D1 and YS-250Pro, and many SEA&SEA SLR accessories.

The MDX-D600 (#SS-06165) has an MSRP of $3,399.00.  It is also offered as a package with a manual (2-pin) wiring harness (#SS-06165A) at $3,499.00.

Dealers are urged to contact your Regional Sales Representative or SEA&SEA customer service at 800-482-2282 to place an order.

Be sure to visit SEA&SEA’s website and Facebook page for the latest updates and events along with product videos and more on YouTube!

About SEA&SEA:  Founded in 1972, SEA&SEA is the leader in underwater imaging technology.  The company offers a complete line of digital imaging products ranging from compact point and shoot cameras to professional housings, strobes, and accessories. SEA&SEA products are distributed in the United States by TUSA, tusa.com.

 

About the Author

Brent Durand is an avid California beach diver, underwater photographer and editor with the Underwater Photography Guide. You can follow UWPG on Facebook, and also read Brent's article on Top 10 tips for fun beach diving.

 

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February News Roundup

Travis Ball
Tons of new Nauticam announcements, Mike Ball adds special expeditions and sharks gain ground around the world.

February News Roundup

Highlights include new housings from Aquatica, Ikelite and Nauticam.

By Travis Ball

 

 

 
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Nauticam NEX-6 announced, shipping soon

The first mirrorless housing Nauticam has announced for this year is for the Sony Alpha NEX-6 camera, which housings starting to ship out later this week. The camera's sensor size, images quality and resolution are all on par with DSLRs and when one in an aluminum Nauticam housing, you have an extremely powerful tool to use underwater. They also announced ports for the NEX 10-18mm and 16-50mm ports.  Read the press release.

 

Nauticam G15 announced

The impressive Canon G15 will soon have an equally impressive housing that will take the camera underwater.  Who wouldn't want to take down a compact camera that shoots RAW and uses high quality zoom lenses?  Read all about the housing.

 

 

 

Aquatica D4 HousingAquatica D4 announced

Aquatica has announced their new housing for the powerhouse that is the Nikon D4 camera.  Features include:

 

-Toggle access to Fn and Pv buttons
-Smooth operation of all video controls
-New lens gear system for improved video zooming
-New camera tray works with a simple push tab
-New left-hand quick lever for ISO access-Strobe connectors easily replaced in the field
-Unparalleled durability and corrosion protection

 

Zen 6-inch glass dome port for Nauticam NEX housings announced

New for the Nauticam NEX series housings, this is a 6-inch glass dome for the 16mm pancake or fisheye conversion lens.  These will provide excellent optical quality and a scratch resistant surface to your kit.

 

 

 

 

Ikelite D5200 HousingIkelite Announces Housing for Nikon D5200

Available in early March for about $1,500, Ikelite might be the only company to make housings for the D5200.  Rubberized handles, propriety circuitry and their signature clear housing will all be attractive aspects of this housing D5200 owners.  Read more.

 

 

 

Lithium BatteryNew Lithium Batteries from Ikelite

Ikelite strobes got a boost last month with an decrease of nearly 20 percent in weight while nearly doubling the number of flashes you get per charge.  These backwards compatable battries also work with the newly released smart charger.  Read more.

 

 

 

 

Minke WhaleSpecial New Expeditions Announced by Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

Specializing in the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea, Mike ball just added some special new trips to their roster.  Newly announced expeditions include:

 

  • Shark Shooter Expedition with Damien Siviero, May 9th - 16th
  • Week Long Minke Whale Expedition, July 11th - 18th
  • Far North Wreck Special Expedition, October 3rd - 10th
  • Torres Strait to Cairns Expedition, October 10th - 17th
  • Deep Reefs Exploratory Expedition, November 21st - 28th 

Detailed information can be found on the Mike Ball Website.

Walindi ResortWalindi Resort Becomes Technical Diver Training Center

Walindi Plantation Dive Resort has partnered wiht Alp-Maritimes Marine Institute and been granted the status of NAUI Worldwide Technical Diver Training Center. Congratulations!

 

 

SharkSharks Gain Ground

It was a good month for Shark species with multiple news items proving that the world is starting to protect these misunderstood animals.  The first Great White case and conviction took place in South Africa, which was also the first country to impose legislation protecting great whites. In the area of protection, California moved to add sharks to the endangered species list and the protections incorporated at the Raja Ampat shark sanctuary became law in Indonesia.

 

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. His photography and writing can also be seen at his blog Flashpacker HQ. 

 

 

 

 

 


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Acqua 2013 - Underwater Art Competition

Brent Durand
Acqua 2013 Underwater Art Competition by H2O Photo Tribe - call for entries

Acqua 2013 - Underwater Art Competition


CALL FOR ENTRIES

UNDERWATER PHOTOS DUE MARCH 10, 2013

By Brent Durand

 

 

 
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The Acqua 2013 Underwater Art competition is a new underwater photo competition with some great prizes. There are categories specifically for Mediterranean Sea underwater photos, and the deadline to enter is in 6 days. Entry fee is 10 Euro ($13) per photo. Contest details are here.

 

Here is the official press release:

A new international underwater photo contest organized and founded by H2ophototribe, the Italian underwater photography comunity, designed for photographers of all levels with 14 categories (11 for photography divided between Digital SRL and compact camera and 3 for book and publications).

The objectives of the organizers is to create a major new photography competition, involving many authors from all around the world and to be able to associate it with an new dive show.The awarding ceremony will take place in connection with SCUBASHOW 2013 on Saturday, April 20th 2013 in Rome where pictures will be displayed in order to show the beauty of the most remote places of underwater worlds.

Thanks to close cooperation between "H2O Viaggi" tour operator and many of the most important dive resort in the world, many dive travel packages, live aboards and underwater photo equipment will be up for grabs; the most prestigious award consists of a 3 weeks stay in papua new guinea (1 week at Loloata Island Resort, 1 week at Walindi Plantation Resort and 1 week at Lissenung Island Resort) including two dives per day and flights from Singapore.  This fantastic trip will be awarded to the winner of the digital SRL Porfolio (5 photos) category.

For an updated list of awards please click here:  LIST OF AWARDS

Full entry details and rules are on the contest website here :  H2OPhotoTribe

The deadline for entries is 10 March, 2013.

 

 

 


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