I was pretty excited to open an email this morning from Aquapac and Sigma telling me that I was the grand prize winner for their annual photo contest.

Here were the judge’s comments:

Wilderness to me is about wide open spaces and our sense of scale in relation to that space. This image captures that wonderfully, you feel in awe of what the rower is doing and also slightly afraid for him as he looks so small against the menacing water.

This photo is of my kayaking buddy, Erik Ogaard on Lake Ontario on a cold December day a couple of years ago. I remember it being a pretty cold day that day with the temperature just above the freezing mark. The conditions that day were great for paddling with rolling south east swells and really good surfing closer to shore.

For the camera nerds out there, the photo was taken with my trusty Canon Rebel Xti and shot using the Aquapac SLR submersible bag. For me, the waterproof bag one of the key pieces of gear for shooting on the water and it’s always with me. The original purchase was the deal I made with my wife so I could take it paddling!

Here is the full list of winners on Facebook.

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aquapac dslr waterproof caseCongratulations are in order to waterproof case manufacturer, Aquapac for receiving The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade – the UK’s highest accolade for business success – for the third time.

The awards website describes The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for "outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of Innovation, International Trade and Sustainable Development."

"The awards are made annually by HM The Queen, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category. They are judged to a demanding level and winners receive a number of benefits and worldwide recognition."

I had no idea that Aquapac sells their cases in 61 countries. They have only 12 employees yet manufacturer almost 200,000 products a year with 93% three per cent of their products completly manufactured in the UK.

Here is the full list of the 2012 winners.

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Aquapac Unveils Waterproof iPad Case

Aquapac has just announced a 100%-waterproof case for the iPad.

It’s got a couple of appealing features compared to other waterproof cases on the market including the large twist and clamp opening. When the three camps are closed you know that there is a 100%-waterproof seal.

The other thing that looks very appealing is the 3.5mm nickel-plated earphone socket that allows you to watch movies yet keep the waterproof integrity of the bag intact.

The MSRP is around $60 US.

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Aquapac just posted what I think that this is one of the funniest press releases I have read in a very, very long time. A very nice change from the boring and stuffy ones usually passed around:

Andy MacAuley, Creative Director at Aquapac International, spent much of yesterday cleaning up in the mess left in the Aquapac offices after company CEO Tim Turnbull’s head exploded.

Officials say Turnbull’s head apparently burst after the 153,000th incorrect media reference to Aquapac’s website. For the record, the website is www.aquapac.net, not .com, which seems to escape a number of fact checkers in today’s fast-paced media world.

Aquapac.com is, of course, owned and operated by Western Marine Insurance Services.

"I'm sort of surprised at how much was in Tim’s head," said MacAuley, between dry heaves during the clean-up process.  "I always figured there was little more than Styrofoam packing peanuts and off-color jokes rattling around in there."

MacAuley spent several seconds lamenting Turnbull's demise.

Who is going to forget their URL after reading that? You can read the full thing over at the Outdoor Industry Association’s press release page.

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Aquapac LogoAs the calendar moves over into spring, Aquapac® – makers of 100 percent waterproof protective cases – rolls out its brand new Stormproof™ range, a colorful 14-item collection of affordable waterproof packs and pouches designed for outdoor use.

Being delivered in time to stave off April showers, the breadth of the new Stormproof range includes small pouches that hold and protect phones and MP3 players, to camera bags, padded laptop cases, drybags and backpacks. While not intended to be submersible, the Stormproof range offers lightweight and simple-to-use protection for outdoor enthusiasts to safeguard their equipment against the elements.

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Aquapac Flip Case

Everybody is getting into shooting video while in a kayak. If you are on a budget and want to get in on the action then the Flip Video Camera is a good place to start. Depending on which model you are interested in Amazon has them between $120-180. They record directly to internal memory so no need to fumble with tapes. When you are done you can easily transfer video directly to your computer or straight to youtube.

The problem is that they are not waterproof. To help solve that problem, Aquapac has released two brand new cases designed specifically for Flip Cameras.

The cases are made out of a flexible material that is optically clear so there won’t be any interference. It’s submersible to 15 feet (3 meters) and pretty cheap at $30.

More info: aquapac.net

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