Each spring, the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science hosts an underwater photograph contest open to amateur photographers around the world.

Photographs are judged in five separate categories: Fish or Marine Animal Portrait, Macro, Wide Angle, Student and Best Overall.

Bigmouth Triple Fins on Sea Pen (Helcogramma sp. on Virgularia sp.) by Lau Tsz On
Bigmouth Triple Fins on Sea Pen (Helcogramma sp. on Virgularia sp.) by Lau Tsz On

First prize is a liveaboard trip around the Bahamas, worth $995. Cash prizes and gift vouchers are also on offer.

Eligible photos are those that have not been published or accepted for publication and must have been taken by the person submitting the entry. All photographs must be taken underwater in a natural fresh-water or salt-water environment.

All photographs must be of marine life. No Photographs of divers touching or stressing marine wildlife are allowed.

Tall-fin Batfish Juveniles  by Michael Gallagher
Tall-fin Batfish Juveniles by Michael Gallagher

You can digitally edit photographs in moderation, for example minor brightness, contrast, or cropping. Your photos will be judged by professional photographers and marine scientists. You can submit up to three photos as high resolution digital files in JPEG format. All entries must be received by midnight on April 3, 2017.

For the full rules see http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/outreach/underwater-photography/contest-rules/

Mauve Stinger(Plagia noctiluca) by Maurizio Pasi
Mauve Stinger (Plagia noctiluca) by Maurizio Pasi

The Rosenstiel School began as a small marine biology and fisheries laboratory founded by Dr. F. G. Walton Smith in 1943. Today it has grown to become one of the premier oceanographic research and education institutions in the world. It aims to help the world better understand some of today’s most pressing environmental issues, including sea level and climate change, fisheries sustainability, oceans and human health, hurricanes, and coral reef health.


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