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University of Miami announces UW Photo contest winners

More than 650 underwater images were submitted for the 2013 Annual Underwater Photography Contest hosted by the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe ‘Best Overall Submission” photograph was submitted under the Wide Angle category and was shot near San Diego.  The winning photo by Kyle McBurnie shows a harbor seal looking out from a kelp forest at Cortes Bank.

A panel of experts, including photographer and UM lecturer Myron Wang, underwater photographer Nicole Wang and Rosenstiel School Marine Biology & Fisheries Scientist Dr. Jiangang Luo judged the photos which came from 23 countries.  Awards were given in three categories, Macro, Fish or Marine Animal Portrait, Wide Angle, plus, Best Overall submission.  The contest also recognized the Best UM Student Photo, which was of a Goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara) during an annual spawning event in Jupiter, Fla., shot by Laura Rock.

To view all of the winners of this year’s contest, visit

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. The ‘Best Overall’ prize is a trip on Blackbeard’s Cruises departing from Freeport, Bahamas. ‘Best UM Student Photo’ was sponsored by Divers Direct.

Winners listed by category, and location where photo was shot:

2013 Underwater Photo Contest Winners
Overall Winner
Kyle McBurnie, California
Beth Watson, Puerto Galera, Philippines
Douglas Good, Dinah’s Beach, Papua New Guinea
Frederica Bambi, Pescador Island, Cebu, Philippines
Fish or Marine Animal Portrait
Steven Kovacs, Roatan, Honduras
Marcello DiFrancesco, Malapascua Island, Philippines
Judy Townsend, Riviera Beach, Florida, USA
Alex Tattersall, Red Sea, Egypt
Joseph Tepper, Kona, Hawaii, USA
Pietro Cremone, Sharm el Sheik, Egypt
UM Student
Laura Rock, Jupiter, Fla., USA
Laura Rock, Bimini, Bahamas
Austin Gallagher, Cat Island, Bahamas

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world.