Best Overall: Ximena Olds Headshield slug Chelidonura hirundinina — St. Thomas, USVI
In the 2012 annual Underwater Photography Contest contest held by the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, photographers submitted over 700 underwater images.
The contest awards prizes in three categories: macro, fish or marine animal portrait, and wide angle.
‘The quality of photos keeps getting better each year,’ said UM lecturer and photographer Myron Wang who judged among the panel of experts.
Award-Winning Shots From The 2012 Underwater Photo Contest.
source University of Miami Rosenstiel, Underwater Photography Contest
Fan Favorite: Todd Aki Sea nettle Chrysaora quinquecirrh taken on an early morning shore dive off the Breakwater — Monterey, California, USA
1st Place Fish or Marine Life Portrait: Douglas A. Kahle Juvenile sperm whale, Physeter macrocephalus — Dominica
2nd Place Fish or Marine Life Portrait: Rockford Draper Paddle flap Rhinopias, Rhinopias eschmeyeri — Bali, Indonesia
3rd Place Fish or Marine Life Portrait: Nicholas Samaras Nudibranch, Cratena peregrina – Chalkidiki, Greece
1st Place Macro: Todd Mintz Yellownose gobies, Elacatinus randalli, in bolder brain coral – Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
2nd Place Macro: Davide Lopresti Porcelain crab, Porcellanella sp. on feathery sea pen – Komodo National Park, Indonesia
3rd Place Macro: Marcello Di Francesco Emperor shrimp, Periclimenes imperator — Ambon, Indonesia
1st Place Wide Angle: Mark Fuller Lionfish, Pterois sp — Eilat, Israel, Red Sea
2nd Place Wide Angle: Matthew Potenski Red mangroves, Rhizophora mangle — South Bimini, Bahamas
3rd Place Wide Angle: Bill Lamp’l Soft corals and scalefin anthias, Pseudanthias squamipinnis — Bligh Water, Fiji
1st Place Student: Kyra Hartog Whale shark, Rhincodon typus — Isla Mujeres, Mexico
2nd Place Student: Phillip Gillette Harlequin shrimp, Hymenocera picta — Similan Islands, Thailand
3rd Place Student: Austin Gallagher Juvenile tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier, and lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris — Bahamas