Today is Earth Day, and what better way to celebrate our diverse planet than by exploring nature in action under the sea?
The 40th annual San Diego Underwater Photographic Society Film Festival showcases sea creatures from around the world, and we're not talking about your standard underwater film festival.
SDUPS is putting together an evening featuring the top film contestants. You will see the best of amateur photographic work, and have a chance to meet diving legends and well known underwater filmmakers.
"They're all amateurs, none of them make their living at this. They all are lucky enough to travel the world and take these beautiful images," SDUPS Film Director Pete Fowler said.
The film festival is also honoring several San Diego diving pioneers. You may have heard of legendary underwater filmmaker Chuck Nicklin. With his decades of experience, he says new technology makes filmmaking very competitive.
"When we first started you were shooting in16 mm camera and homemade housing and stuff. Now anyone can buy a high-def little camera and buy a housing and they can go out and shoot and take wonderful stuff," Nicklin said.
Perhaps after you watch the film festival, you'll be inspired to grab a camera and shoot some underwater video. You never know when you might catch that octopus skirting about the ocean bottom, or little creatures the size of your thumb.
"It just makes the whole world more interesting and interested in what's out there, and the reason why we have to protect what's out there so it will still be there," Nicklin said.
The SDUPS Film Festival is this Saturday at Qualcomm Hall. For tickets, click on CBS8 Links on the left side of this story.
Film Festival Schedule
Saturday April 25th, 2009
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Matinee Show
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: Reception and Photo Exhibit
8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Headline Show
8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: Worldwide Film Festival