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Underwater imagery from the finalists of WPOTY 2017 Photo

Underwater imagery from the finalists of WPOTY 2017

As reported on Wetpixel earlier, the results of the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPOTY) contest were announced earlier this week. Whilst the winners represent an amazing body of work many of the finalists in each category are stunning. What follows is a showcase of underwater imagery from WPOTY 2017 along with photographer-submitted detailed captions about each picture and how they were captured.

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New images from Blue Planet II released Photo

New images from Blue Planet II released

In anticipation of the release of Blue Planet II later this month, new photographs have been revealed showing key scenes of the upcoming series. Sir David Attenborough was also available for a Q & A about the filming of the series, in which he pressed the importance of cleaning up ocean plastic. The sequel series comes 15 years after the original was released and is the result of over 1,000 hours of filming underwater.

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Adobe releases updated image editing apps Photo

Adobe releases updated image editing apps

Adobe has announced a range of updates and new apps at its MAX Convention. Lightroom has been split into two apps, with the “Classic” version being an updated version of the existing app, and the “CC” being cloud native app that currently has less editing ability, but syncs across devices. Photoshop CC now has deeper integration into a Lightroom based workflow.

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After 100-years, scientists realize Chesapeake Bay Sea Nettles are their own species Photo

After 100-years, scientists realize Chesapeake Bay Sea Nettles are their own species

Irritating and stinging sea nettles are an integral part of the Chesapeake Bay, but have found themselves the subject of a centuries-old case of mistaken identity. The sea nettles inhabiting the Chesapeake were long thought to be the same species as the Chrysaora quinquecirrha living in the Atlantic, however, some scientists decided to take a closer look. Low and behold, the newly described Bay Nettles are half the size, have half as many tentacles, and have arms that are almost twice as long as the long recognized Sea Nettle. The new species has been named Chrysaora chesapeakei, or Bay Nettle Jelly.

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Interview: Dan Beecham on underwater filmmaking and Blue Planet 2 Photo

Interview: Dan Beecham on underwater filmmaking and Blue Planet 2

Wildlife camera operator Dan Beecham was the recipient of the BBC’s NHU bursary scheme and, over the past couple of years, has spent over 500 days in the field, working on the forthcoming Blue Planet 2 series. Wetpixel was able to catch up with him and ask him a few questions about the new series and underwater filmmaking in general.

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