Some Incredible Underwater Photos

These incredible, jaw-dropping underwater photos were taken for a photography contest held by the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The contest, which is open to amateur photographers who earn no more than 20 percent of their income from photography, is held every spring, and was first held in 2005. As you can see from these shots, there are some astounding photos produced every year.

A lionfish on the Thistlegorm wreck in the Red Sea, Egypt.

Wide-angle 3rd Place
Pietro Cremone, Italy

Raccoon butterfly fish and angelfish on a reef in the Red Sea, near Sharm el Sheik, Egypt.

Fish or Marine Animal Portrait 1st Place
Steven Kovacs, Florida

A juvenile lionfish during a night dive in Roatan, Honduras.

Fish or Marine Animal Portrait 3rd Place
Judy Townsend, Florida

A male Dusky Jawfish with his clutch of eggs at the Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach, Florida.

Best Student Entry
Laura Rock, Florida

Goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara) during the annual spawning event in Jupiter, FL.

Student 2nd Place
Laura Rock, Florida

Great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran) in Bimini, Bahamas.

For more information on the contest, including past winners, click here.

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