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Final round of The SHOOTOUT opens for voting Photo

Final round of The SHOOTOUT opens for voting

he third and final round of The SHOOTOUT, is now open for public voting. The round’s category was Wide Angle, and the teams at Lembeh Resort and Gulen Dive Resort have produced another stellar collection of images. The two teams are neck and neck, with the final result hinging on the results of this round! Please head on over to the event’s website and vote for your favorite. When you do so please, note that you only have one vote….use it wisely!

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Results for the Fish and Invertebrates round of The Shootout Photo

Results for the Fish and Invertebrates round of The Shootout

The Shootout 2018 kicked off on June 15th at both Lembeh Dive Resort in Indonesia and Gulen Dive Resort in Norway. The subject for the second of three rounds of photography was Fish and Invertebrates. Participants in both countries submitted their best images taken of Fish and Invertebrates during three dives and were then ranked by enthusiastic voters the world over.

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The Shootout 2018 is underway in Lembeh and Gulen Photo

The Shootout 2018 is underway in Lembeh and Gulen

The Shootout 2018 has kicked off in both Lembeh, Indonesia and Gulen Norway. Alex Mustard is team captain in Lembeh, while Keri Wilk is team captain in Gulen. They will each lead their teams from June 15th to June 23rd. Wetpixel editor Adam Hanlon is on hand in Norway while associate editor Abi Smigel Mullens is stationed in Lembeh, both with provide live coverage throughout the event.

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Large food service company bans plastic straws at more than 1,000 locations Photo

Large food service company bans plastic straws at more than 1,000 locations

A large food service management company, Bon Appetit Foods, has banned plastic straws in its more than 1,000 locations across the United States. Bon Appetit runs restaurants at locations such as museums, college campuses, ball parks, and other notable places. The company announced that it had purchased 16.8 million plastic straws in 2017 alone. The company will offer compostable straws as an alternative to the plastic version. Bon Appetit hopes to fully implement the ban by 2019.

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World Oceans Day 2018 Photo

World Oceans Day 2018

June 8 is celebrated as World Ocean’s Day, an occasion to reflect on the global perils that threaten the health of the blue areas of our planet. As image makers, we can offer a unique perspective by documenting the beauty, fragility and perils of our oceans. On 9 June there is a global March for the Oceans, an opportunity to unite and tell lawmakers that marine conservation matters. The March also calls for people to meet and carry out clean ups and other activities.

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Newly invented chamber allows scientists to bring deep water fish to surface Photo

Newly invented chamber allows scientists to bring deep water fish to surface

A new device is allowing scientists to bring live specimens of deep dwelling fish to the surface for study without using invasive techniques. The pressurized chamber, known as the SubCAS (Submersible Chamber of Ascending Specimens), was invented by scientists at the California Academy of Sciences and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The devise specifically is meant for fishes living in the mesopelagic zone, 600 to 3,500 feet below the surface of the ocean. In the past scientist have punctured the swim bladder of fish to allow for escaping gases as they are brought to the surface, an invasive technique.

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