University of Miami 2012 Underwater Photo Contest announced  new category,”Fan favorite” – allows online users to vote (link provided at end of blog)

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


 Since its inception in 2005, the contest has drawn several thousand entrants from across the globe. This year the contest will include a “Fan Favorite” category in which users can vote online.


Photographs are divided in three separate categories: Fish or Marine Animal Portrait, Macro, Wide Angle, and the School will also recognize the best UM Student Submission and the Best Overall submission.

The top prize is a trip on Blackbeard’s Cruises, departing from Freeport, Bahamas. (Trip prizes do not include gratuities, port taxes, Bahamas Underwater National Park Fees, gear rental, etc., and are subject to availability.)

There will also be monetary awards for those finishing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each of the categories.

The underwater photography contest is open to all amateur photographers who earn no more than 20 percent of their income from photography.

The winners will be announced this year at the Rosenstiel School’s popular Sea Secrets Lecture on April 18. During this free lecture, Stan Waterman, one of the true pioneers in the shark diving community, will share some mind-blowing tales as well as clips from his extraordinary marine life videos that have garnered five Emmy¨ Awards.

You can vote once per day. Voting ends at 11:59pm on Sunday April 8th, 2012. Comment below on why your favorite photo should win! Read more about our Annual Underwater Photography Contest here.


 –  online voting

 – Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science –


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