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University of Miami RSMAS Photo Contest Results
By Joseph Tepper, April 25, 2016 @ 12:20 PM (EST)

The University of Miami’s Rosenstein School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has announced the winners of their annual underwater photography competition.

The results of the 2016 contest feature many DPG community members, with the top prize going to Beth Watson. Beth’s fantastic image of batfish in Raja Ampat’s blue water mangroves deserves the recognition, to be sure. Her image is just one of 500 entered into the contest, which features four categories: macro, fish or marine animal portrait, wide angle, and best overall submission.

To view all of the winning images, make sure to check out the results page. The contest is open to all amateur photographers who earn less than 20 percent of their annual income from imaging.


Press Release

MIAMI – April 21, 2016 – More than 500 underwater images were submitted for the 2016 Annual Underwater Photography Contest hosted by the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The ‘best overall’ photograph was submitted under the wide-angle category and was taken off Raja Ampat, Indonesia. The photo by Beth Watson and is of a lush near shore view of Mangroves and Orbicular Batfish (Platax orbicularis) over a teeming community of soft corals. A panel of experts, including photographer and UM lecturer Myron Wang, underwater photographer Nicole Wang and Rosenstiel School Research Assistant Professor Evan D’Alessandro judged the photos that came from 14 countries and 15 U.S. states. Awards were given in four categories: macro, fish or marine animal portrait, wide angle, and best overall submission. The School also recognized the best UM student photo, which was of a Caribbean Reef Squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea) taken by David Goldstein in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.

The underwater photography contest is held annually, and is open to all amateur photographers who earn no more than 20 percent of their income from their photography. To view the winners of this year’s contest, visit http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/outreach/underwater-photography/2016-winners/

The ‘best overall’ prize is a trip on Blackbeard’s Cruises departing from Freeport, Bahamas. This year’s ‘best UM student photos’ were sponsored by Divers Direct.

View all of the winners and prizes here.

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