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Sylvia Earle announces the HATCH Ocean Film Challenge Photo

Sylvia Earle announces the HATCH Ocean Film Challenge

Dr. Sylvia Earle has launched the HATCH Ocean Film Challenge. Hosted by Audience Awards, it is seeking entries from filmmakers showcasing “the impact humans have on the Ocean and the actions individuals can take to save the human race from extinction.” The top ranked films will premiere as a headline event at the DC Environmental Film Festival in March 2018, and then at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, April 2018 and AudFest in Los Angeles on June 8, 2018.

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Winners of National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest announced Photo

Winners of National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest announced

National Geographic has announced the winners of their Nature Photographer of the Year 2017 photo contest. Selected from more than 11,000 entries, the grand prize winner is Jayaprakash Joghee Bojan with his image of an orangutan submerged in water while crossing a river in Borneo. Began won $7,500 US and will have his image published in a future issue of National Geographic magazine. First place in the underwater category went to Jim Obester for his image of a tube dwelling anemone.

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Nauticam announces housing for Sony A7RIII Photo

Nauticam announces housing for Sony A7RIII

Nauticam has announced their housing for the Sony A7RIII mirrorless camera. It is compatible with the company’s N100 port and accessory lenses and offers strobe triggering via fiber optic (with optional flash trigger). Levers allow for access to “essential camera parameter changes” from the handles.

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Final call for entries: WPOTY 2018 Photo

Final call for entries: WPOTY 2018

The 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPOTY) contest will close for entries at 1130 GMT on Thursday 14 December. As always, there is a specific category entitled “Under Water” along with Portrait and Behaviour classes. First prize includes a £10,000 (US$13,000) cash award.

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Guide to Anilao available Photo

Guide to Anilao available

Andrew Marriott and Ram Yoro, in conjunction with the Philippine Commission on Sports and Scuba Diving and the Mabini Department of Tourism, have published their guidebook to diving at Anilao, Philippines. The “Guide to Anilao” describes 50 dive sites over 268 pages.

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The Palau Pledge is unveiled - a new visa entry program Photo

The Palau Pledge is unveiled - a new visa entry program

Today, December 7, the island nation of Palau has adopted a new entry visa program for all visitors called the Palau Pledge. All visitors are required to watch a four-minute film about treating the resources of Palau with care and respect. The passport entry stamp includes the pledge that all visitors will be required to sign: a promise to protect Palau for future generations. The pledge has been translated into five languages.

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Researchers develop Mantis Cam Photo

Researchers develop Mantis Cam

Researchers from the University of Illinois have developed a camera that can see polarized light. Called the Mantis Cam, due to the animal’s 16 color receptors and 6 polarization channels, the new cam works by stacking photodiodes on top of each other, which allows for shorter light wavelengths to be absorbed. It will allow the early detection of cancers in humans, and help decode the ways animals communicate underwater.

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