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  • Underwater World Shoot-Out — August 1-8, 2011

    The six-day World Shoot-Out will take place on August 1-8, 2011, in any natural water resource found around the world, including seas, oceans, lakes, rivers, under the ice and more. During the week the whole underwater world will be performing as one huge festival, hosting professional and amateur photographers competing with each other for some cash and very worthy prizes. …Read More »

  • NorCal Underwater Hunters Big Ab Competition — August 20

    This special event will begin at Ocean Cove, Sonoma County on the California’s North Coast. It is open to free-divers only and current California Department of Fishing Game laws apply. Entry fees are $30 if preregistered and $40 day of event. To receive a free shirt you must preregister. The preregistration will end on July 20. After that you will …Read More »

  • Monterey Shootout Underwater Photo and Video Competition — September 9-11

    The 2011 Monterey Shootout underwater photo and video competition will be held September 9-11, 2011. Formerly known as the Northern California Underwater Beach and Boat Dive Competition, the 2011 Monterey Shootout has expanded to include a film festival, multiple educational seminars, and much more. In this unique, three-day event, underwater photographers and videographers of all experience levels are invited to …Read More »

  • SoCal Shootout Photo/Video Contest — September 16-18

    Bluewater Photo is hosting the 1st annual SoCal Shootout in September. Divers can shoot photos or videos anytime, anywhere in Southern California on September 16-18. There are 9 different categories for compact, DSLR and video shooters and $7,500 worth of prizes including liveaboard trips, resort trips, strobes, lights and more. Highlights include a weeklong stay at the Marco Vincent dive …Read More »

  • L.A. County Advanced Diver Program — begins July 9

    Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced dates for the 2011 Advanced Diver Program (ADP). Beginning July 9, local divers can take part in this wholly unique diving program that is designed specifically with California divers in mind. Participants will be exposed to the skills that will create a more confident and well-informed diver in a practical …Read More »

  • 3Rs Beach Diving Workshops — July 9 and more

    Rocks, Reefs and Rips program (3Rs) is a mini-course designed to familiarize divers with popular beach dive sites and improve their beach diving skills. Summer sessions in the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area will take place: July 9 at Malaga Cove and August 13 at Point Dume. Sessions are also set for the San Diego area — July 9 at …Read More »

  • Salt Point/Gerstle Cove Coastal Clean Day and Dive — July 30

    Unfortunately, there has been an increase in beach trash at popular North Coast beach sites especially with the tsunami in Japan. NorCal Underwater Hunters and Sonoma Coast Bamboo Reef have announced a Coastal Clean Day and Dive and invite everyone to join in the festivities at Salt Point State Park/Gerstle Cove in Sonoma County July 30, 2011. Participants should meet …Read More »

  • Gold Star Dive – July 16

    The 13th Anniversary Gold Star Dive on Catalina Island at the Casino Point Underwater Park will be held on Saturday, July 16. The event is hosted by the Avalon Sheriff’s Station and sponsored by several dive shops and companies associated with diving. This event will be a fund-raiser for the Avalon Sheriff’s Station’s  Y.A.L. (Youth Athletic League) program and the …Read More »

  • The Underwater Photographer’s Mantra

    The Underwater Photographer’s Mantra

    Photography articles commonly focus on the technical side of photography–cameras, lenses, lighting, etc. While it is necessary to understand at some level how your camera works, I’ve have always believed that an understanding of composition, animal behavior, and how the photographer’s behavior influences the creation of an image are more important to understand. This is especially true when that once-in-a-lifetime …Read More »

  • Sheephead: The Bold Rogue of the Kelp Forest

    Sheephead: The Bold Rogue of the Kelp Forest

    When I first came upon a male California sheephead, I thought I had wandered into the neighborhood of the local bully. The adult sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher) are bigger than many fish of the Central and Southern California rocky reefs and kelp forests. With a big, blunt, black head, red mid-section, and black tail he looks at you with alert eyes, …Read More »

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