Intrepid photographers submitted over 700 underwater images for the 2012 Underwater Photography Contest and an adorable red sea slug grinning for the camera was awarded the contest’s star. The annual contest, put on by the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, showcases the colorful creatures typically beneath reach and awards prizes in three categories: macro, fish or marine animal portrait, and wide angle.
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
Best Overall: Ximena Olds Headshield slug Chelidonura hirundinina — St. Thomas, USVI
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