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World Oceans Day at the UN Photo

World Oceans Day at the UN

Every day should be world oceans day, but today has been celebrated at The Ocean Conference which being held under the auspices of the United Nations in New York and aims to support the implementation of sustainable development goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Click through to see the BBC Earth team’s short film and the announcing ion the winners of the associated imaging contest.

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Interview with underwater photographer Paul Nicklen on NPR’s Fresh Air Photo

Interview with underwater photographer Paul Nicklen on NPR’s Fresh Air

National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen, famed for his more than two-decades worth of work in the Arctic and Antarctic, has been interviewed by Terry Gross for NPR’s Fresh Air series. In the interview Nicklen speaks about his well documented interaction with a leopard seal, who tried to feed him penguins, the dangers of this type of photography, and of course how climate change will impact the sea ice.

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Where to Scuba Dive in Papua New Guinea by Don Silcock Photo

Where to Scuba Dive in Papua New Guinea by Don Silcock

This is the second in a series of articles by Don Silcock on the fascinating and often misunderstoodPapua New Guinea. This article provides an overview of the main diving locations. If follows on from his first article Understanding Papua New Guinea and if you are interested in diving in PNG or looking for a new diving destination in SE Asia, you really should read this article!

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One space available for Wetpixel Whale Sharks 2017 Photo

One space available for Wetpixel Whale Sharks 2017

We now have only one space available on our trip to snorkel and photograph the amazing whale shark aggregation in Isla Mujeres. The space is available on the trip that is running from 04 to 10 August. As is always the case, the trip will focus on being photographically and videographically productive in documenting this amazing spectacle. In 2015, we experienced around 400 whale sharks in a tight group around our boat!

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Gabon announces Africa’s largest network of marine protected areas Photo

Gabon announces Africa’s largest network of marine protected areas

On Monday of this week the central African country of Gabon announced a network of 20 marine parks and protected reserves. More than a quarter of Gabon’s coast will be protected, stretching for a collective total of 20,500 square miles. Although not much of Gabon’s waters have been explored, what is known is that it is home to the world’s largest breeding populations of Leatherback and Olive Ridley sea turtles.

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Aquatica announces housing for Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Photo

Aquatica announces housing for Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Aquatica has announced their new housing for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II mirrorless camera. The AE-M1 Mk II offers lever controls for REC and Fn2 buttons and all menu navigation buttons have been moved closer to the edge of the housing. It can be supplied with an opto-electrical converter, Nikonos or Ikelite strobe triggering, has “self finding” controls and a magnetic camera saddle.

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Inon ceases production of z240 strobe Photo

Inon ceases production of z240 strobe

Inon has announced that they have ceased production of their Z240 strobe, in preparation for the release of a new model. Once current dealers have sold out of their existing stock, there will be no more new Z240s available. Details of the new model have not yet been announced, but as soon as they are, we will be letting the Wetpixel community know.

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Jack O’Neill, pioneer of the wetsuit, has passed away Photo

Jack O’Neill, pioneer of the wetsuit, has passed away

Jack O’Neill, founder of the O’Neill company and developer of the neoprene wetsuit, has died of natural causes in his home in Santa Cruz, California. O’Neill was 94 years old. In the 1970’s O’Neill lost his eye in a surfing accident, which resulted in his signature eye patch. He was an eternal ocean lover and late in life became an ocean and environmental advocate.

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