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Call for Entries – 2020 Rosenstiel School Underwater Photo Contest

2019 Best Overall​ Image: Davide Lopresti​
​Juvenile tritone alpestre (Ichthyosaura alpestris)
​Location: Liguria, Italy​
​Range: Central Europe and mountainous Southern Europe​

By Diana Udel

2019 Best Overall​ Image: Davide Lopresti​
​Juvenile tritone alpestre (Ichthyosaura alpestris)
​Location: Liguria, Italy​
​Range: Central Europe and mountainous Southern Europe​

Call for Entries – 2020 Rosenstiel School Underwater Photo Contest

By Diana Udel
New category added for marine conservation

MIAMI —February 21, 2020 — The University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is now accepting entries for its annual Underwater Photography Contest. Since its inception in 2005, the contest has drawn several thousand entrants from across the globe and a collection of beautiful images. The deadline for submitting photos is 12p.m., U.S. Eastern Time on Monday, April 6, 2020.  

A new category for marine conservation has been added this year. Images for this category must capture the connection between humanity and the marine environment, in a positive or negative light.

Judged by a panel of professional photographers and marine scientists, photographs are divided into six separate categories:

  • Fish or Marine Animal Portrait
  • Macro
  • Wide Angle
  • UM Student
  • Marine Conservation
  • Best overall 

The competition is generously supported by Canon USA. The top prize is a trip on Blackbeard’s Cruises, departing from Nassau to the Exuma Cays, Bahamas (trip prizes do not include airfare, 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. Eligible photos must not have been published or accepted for publication and must be the original work of the submitter. No pool or aquarium shots will be accepted.

The winners will be announced this year at the Rosenstiel School’s popular Sea Secrets Lecture Series on April 28,  2020. To view past winners, contest rules and entry form, please visit: https://www.rsmas.miami.edu/community-and-giving/outreach/underwater-photo-contest/contest-rules/index.html