The University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science recently held its annual amateur underwater photography contest. Winners were named in three categories–wide angle, macro, and marine animal portrait. Awards were also given for the best contributions from University of Miami students.
This photo, taken in Indonesia by Marchione Giacomo, won best overall photo in the contest. It shows two boxer crabs (Lybia tesselata) ready for a fight. The crabs defend themselves by carrying tiny stinging sea anemones in their claws.
These scarlet-striped cleaning shrimp (Lysmata grabhami) were spotted in the Florida Keys by Evan D’Alessandro, who took second place among the University of Miami student submissions.
For more sometimes intriguing photos, like the pygmy seahorse that look like a piglet with a top hat, go to CNet’s Photo Gallery site under Photos: Photography contest uncovers underwater treasures