2009 Underwater Photography Contest Winners Announced

UM Rosenstiel School’s fifth annual photo contest entries double to reach 918 images

Marchione Giacomo Photo by: Marchione Giacomo

Virginia Key, Fla. — In its fifth annual Underwater Photography Contest, the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science attracted a diverse array of national and international photographic talent representing 23 countries and 918 images which competed in one of three categories: “wide angle,” “macro,” and “fish or marine animal portrait.” Recognition was also given to the best among University of Miami student entries.

Winning images were chosen via anonymous judging by a panel of experts in underwater photography and fine arts, including underwater photographers Myron and Nicole Wang, wildlife photographer Tim Calver, and Wilfredo Lee from the Associated Press. The competition is open to all amateur photographers who earn no more than 20 percent of their income from their photography. Awards included a weeklong trip with Blackbeard’s Cruises and cash prizes.

The Best Overall was an image submitted by Marchione Giacomo from Italy.  The photograph depicts two Boxer crabs (Lybia tasselata) with sea anemones in each claw. When threatened Boxer crabs wave the stinging tentacles in defense against predators.  The image was shot in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.  Other winners, listed by category, include:

1st   Vickie Coker, Austin, Texas
2nd  Michael Rosenfeld, Stamford, Connecticut
3rd  Judy Townsend, Boca Raton, Florida

Fish or Marine Animal Portrait
1st   Steven Kovacs, Clewiston, Florida
2nd  Jerry Kane, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
3rd  Steffen Binke, Mooroobool, Australia

1st  Evan D’Alessandro, Miami, Florida
2nd  Alessio Viora, Borgomanero, Italy
3rd  Thomas Carey, Kailua-Kona , Hawaii

1st  Neil Hammerschlag, Miami, Florida
2nd  Evan D’Alessandro, Miami, Florida
3rd  Neil Hammerschlag, Miami, Florida

To see all of the winning photos, please visit

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
Founded in the 1940’s, the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life.  For more information, please visit

Media Contacts:

Barbra Gonzalez
UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Marie Guma-Diaz
UM Media Relations Office

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