Many Undercurrent readers will be familiar with the issues surrounding Wetpixel, its travel programme and its owner, Adam Hanlon.
Concerns about the knock-on impact of its popular community forum were never addressed. New members were not being approved, guest access was closed off and its front page was not updated for some months.
As a result, a small group of long-term members have got together and developed a new underwater photography forum called Waterpixels!
The site went live recently, and the reaction has been excellent with lots of underwater photographers joining, posts and articles pouring in, and significant interest from the industry.
Waterpixels sets out to be an innovative online community designed to connect professionals, industry experts, enthusiasts, and newcomers who share a passion for underwater imaging. It explains it “will provide an engaging and inclusive space where you can explore, learn, and connect with like-minded individuals from around the globe”.
Waterpixels is free to join. The site administrators intend to fund the forum through the sale of merchandising in the shape of t-shirts, coffee mugs and beanie hats and, perhaps in the longer term, some advertising from the underwater photography industry. In response to public demand, they are working on stickers/decals! It’s worth noting that arrangements have been made to ship from multiple locations to try and avoid, wherever possible, import duties.
Although Wetpixel was seen sometimes as more for the high-end system user, Waterpixels aims to provide help, advice and information to all underwater photographers.
So, whether you use a GoPro, a housed iPhone or the latest and greatest mirrorless camera or DSLR, take a look at Waterpixels and join up. You are sure of a warm welcome and to see many familiar faces and names.