A harbor seal floats amidst a kelp forest in this dreamy image shot off the coast near San Diego, Calif. This image took best overall in the University…Read More »
of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science 2013 underwater photography contest, which is open to amateur photographers everywhere. Less «
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Pink on Pink
Credit: Beth Watson, Missouri
This image of an anemone shrimp in Puerto Galera, Philippines, took first place in the macro category of the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of…Read More »
Marine and Atmospheric Science 2013 underwater photography contest. Less «
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Credit: Douglas Good, Pennsylvania
An emperor shrimp (Periclimenes imperator) on two nudibranches (Risbecia tryoni) at Dinah's Beach, Papua New Guinea. This photo won second place in the macro category.
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Credit: Frederica Bambi, Italy
Third place in the macro competition went to this striking shot of a porcelain crab (Neopetrolisthes maculatus) on an anemone at Pescador Island, Cebu, Philippines.
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Blue on Black
Credit: Steven Kovacs, Florida
This bright blue lionfish snagged first place in the 2013 underwater photo contest portrait category. Steven Kovacs of Florida snapped this image during a night dive in Roatan, Honduras.
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Credit: Marcello DiFrancesco, Italy
Second place in the portrait category went to this shot of a colorful greater blue-ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena lunulata) near Malapascua island, Philippines..
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Credit: Judy Townsend
This portrait of a good dad took third place in the portrait category. This is a male Banded Jawfish with his clutch of eggs at the Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach, Florida.
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Rainbow of Fish
Credit: Alex Tattersall, United Kingdom
In the wide-angle category, this shot at a shipwreck in the Red Sea wowed -- and scored first place.
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Pod of Dolphins
Credit: Joseph Tepper, New York
Dolphins frolic off the Kona coast of Hawaii in the second-place wide-angle image in the 2013 underwater photography contest.
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Credit: Pietro Cremone, Italy
Raccoon butterfly fish and angelfish on a reef in the Red Sea, near Sharm el Sheik, Egypt. This image took third in the wide-angle category.
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Credit: Laura Rock, Florida
Get up-close and personal with a goliath grouper in this winning image in the student category. Laura Rock caught this image at an annual grouper spawning event in Jupiter, Fla.
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Credit: Laura Rock, Florida
Laura Rock also took second in the student category for her image of a cruising hammerhead in Bimini, Bahamas.
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Credit: Austin Gallagher, Florida
This oceanic white tip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) near Cat Island, Bahamas took third place in the University of Miami's 2013 underwater photography contest, student division.
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Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science. She covers the world of human and animal behavior, as well as paleontology and other science topics. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has ducked under a glacier in Switzerland and poked hot lava with a stick in Hawaii. Stephanie hails from East Tennessee, the global center for salamander diversity. Follow Stephanie on Google+.