2017 UW Photog of the Year

Organizers of the Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest have just announced their winning photos for 2017.

The winner Gabriel Barathieu beat entrants from 67 different countries with his portrait of an octopus in the lagoon of the island of Mayotte.

Prizes and commendations were also handed out in a number of categories, including…

THE 2017 WINNERS

Walking Frogfish

Fish can be terrifying and scary, but Waterwanted.ru has captured this cute couple of walking frogfish that’s also a perfect example of evolution. Frogfishes generally do not move very much, preferring to lie on the sea floor and wait for prey to approach. However, once the prey is spotted, they can approach slowly using their fins to walk along the floor!

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WIN A DREAM DIVE TRIP

As a THANKS to Our Viewers…

Every month thru May 2017, We are GIVING AWAY one dive or leisure package

To the GEM of  BELIZE

 St. George’s Caye Resort

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Shark Diving Safari

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like nowhere else in the World!

SOUTH AFRICA PREDATOR EXPEDITION  with Cape Town Highlights

South Africa is considered the shark diving Mecca of the world with an impressive diversity of over 200 different species of shark (including rays and skates). This expedition starts in the warmer waters of the Kwa-Zulu Natal (perfect add on if you are doing the Sardine Run), and ends in the cooler water of Cape Town. 

You will be introduced to at least 15 different species of sharks from the mighty Great White Shark to the…

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Take Great Vacation Photos

Crocodile Island (Esa Pulau Buaya) Banda Sea, Indonesia

You could lose the souvenirs you buy when you go on vacation, but the pictures you take from your trips will last forever, says the travel photographer Natalie Amrossi. A brand ambassador for the camera company Canon, Ms. Amrossi has a portfolio of travel shots from more than 50 countries.

“Travel pictures instantly transport you back to those destinations and evoke the good times you had,” she said.

Fear not, inexperienced photographers — you can take great pictures even if you’re not a pro. Here, Ms. Amrossi

TELLS YOU HOW:

 

Classified Ad of the Week

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For sale is my Canon 7D setup.

Aquatica A7D,Aquaview viewfinder, 8inch dome,Canon 7D,Tokina 11-16

Everything is well taken care of and used in freshwater (one trip in saltwater).
This setup is complete except for for strobes or video lights.
Low shutter count on camera as it was only used in the housing.

Would like to sell everything as a package for $2500 USD

Will ship at buyers cost.

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Cuddly Shark

Credit: Rick Anderson

Shark Swims Up To Diver For a Cuddle Every Time She Sees Him.

Diver Rick Anderson is friends with a shark. That’s Right.

 This has been going on for 7 years!  Anderson’s friend is a 6-foot female Port Jackson shark.  And she always recognizes him, according to Anderson.  “I started playing with her about seven years ago when she was just a pup about 6 inches long,” Anderson told The Dodo. “I approached her carefully so as not to spook her, then began to gently pat her. Once she got used to me, I would cradle her in my hand and talk soothingly to her through my regulator.”

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Nights at The Zoo

Squids at night dive Photo by Wayne MacWilliams

Wakatobi Dive Resort, Indonesia

It isn’t hard to understand how the dive site known as The Zoo got it’s name.  This is one of the region’s best macro dives, with residents that include frogfish, ghost pipefish, mantis shrimp, leaf fish, funky hairy squat lobster, different species of pygmy seahorses and more. And the same picturesque underwater landscape that make for good hunting during the day also provides habitat to a wide range of creatures that remain hidden while the sun is up. As a result, The Zoo is also a favorite night dive.

ARTICLE & PHOTOS

Fighting Robust Ghost Pipefish

by: liquidguru

Robust Ghost Pipefish usually hang vertically in the water, not moving, pretending to be a bit of Sea Grass.

Here we have two males (the two smaller Pipefish) fighting over a female (the lager one with the lager pelvic fins). It was fascinating to watch and I ran out of bottom time before I could see who won.

Filmed at Pante Parigi, Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi. Music: Tony Byker

New Airline Carry-On Rules

travel tips

Airlines will be offering NEW “basic economy” fares — the lowest prices on a particular flight, but with notable restrictions such as: You don’t receive a seat assignment until check-in (and sitting next to your traveling companions is not guaranteed); you’re the last to board; and you’re not allowed to bring on a full-size carry-on bag (which means no use of the overhead bins).

There are loopholes to get around those restrictive carry-on baggage and boarding rules.

How to Navigate & Skirt the Rules

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As a THANKS to Our Viewers…

Every month thru May 2017, We are GIVING AWAY one dive or leisure package

To the GEM of  BELIZE

 St. George’s Caye Resort

SIX EASY WAYS TO WIN  

ENTER NOW

PARADISE IS WAITING

Featured Images - Lynn Minor

Fluorescence is a truly magical effect: It transforms light from one wavelength to another and it will also transform your  Night Dive.   Some species of coral and other marine animals fluoresce under certain wavelengths of light due tofluorescent photoproteins in their tissues

Photos by Lynn Miner owner of FireDiveGear.com manufacturer of underwater floruescent lights, filters and other gear  Taken in Raja Ampatwhile at Papau Explorer Resort

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How to Buy a Wetsuit

Want to know how to buy a wetsuit?

Here is a wetsuit guide in order to make wetsuit buying a little less overwhelming!  

First off, you’ll see a thickness at the beginning of a product (i.e. 3/2mm or 5/4/3mm). Wetsuit thickness is described in millimeters (mm) and the number is the thickness of the wetsuit material called neoprene.

Next Every wetsuit also features a seam construction. This includes: Flatlock, Sealed, Sealed & Taped, and even Stitchless.

COMPLETE GUIDE by Wetsuit Wearhouse

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