Underwater Photography

Contest Rules


William J. Gallwey, III Esquire.


Black Beard


  • Best Overall — image chosen by judges to be best overall from all three categories.
    Prize: Trip†  on Blackbeard’s Cruises, departing from Freeport, Bahamas, and $300.
  • Wide Angle — image shot with a wide-angle lens (minimum of a 28° lens)
    1st Prize: $250
    2nd place: $150
    3rd place: $100
  • Macro — image shot at close range with a macro lens or macro attachment. The subject must be captured in life size (1:1) or larger than life size (2:1, 3:1, 4:1, etc.) on the recording media.
    1st Prize: $250
    2nd place: $150
    3rd place: $100
  • Fish or Marine Animal Portrait — image that captures a fish or marine animal
    1st Prize: $250
    2nd place: $150
    3rd place: $100
  • University of Miami Student — image chosen by judges to be the best overall among submissions by currently enrolled University of Miami students
    1st Prize: $250 Gift Certificate
    2nd Prize: $150 Gift Certificate
    3rd Prize: $100 Gift Certificate

† Trip award is for one person and does not include airfare, gratuities, equipment rentals, courses, park fees, hotel stays, port taxes, etc. and is subject to availability.

All winners will be required to complete and submit an IRS W-9 form (or W8-BEN form for non-U.S. citizens) to the University of Miami in order to receive his/her monetary award.


  1. The RSMAS Underwater Photography Contest is open to all amateur photographers. Amateur photographers are those who earn no more than 20% of their income from their photography. Eligible photos are those that have not been published or accepted for publication and must have been taken by the person submitting the entry. The Photographer must have ownership and copyright of all entries.
  2. No pool or aquarium shots will be accepted. All photographs must be taken underwater in a natural fresh-water or salt-water environment.
  3. All photographs must be of marine life. No Photographs of divers touching or stressing marine wildlife will be accepted.
  4. Digital editing of photographs is acceptable in moderation. Only minor adjustments will be accepted (ie. minor brightness, contrast, or cropping). Any heavily filtered or manipulated photograph will be rejected at judges’ discretion .
  5. Photos will be anonymously judged by professional photographers and/or marine scientists. All decisions will be final.
  6. Ownership and copyright of all entries remain with the photographer. RSMAS reserves the right to publish the winning photos without compensation for educational purposes, including, but not limited to publication on the University of Miami/RSMAS websites, in brochures or for future contest promotion. The winning photographs will also be printed and used as a traveling exhibit within the University of Miami community. Proper credit will be given to all winners.
  7. Contestants are limited to 3 entries per category.


  1. All entries must be high resolution digital files in JPEG format submitted electronically to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or on CD/DVD and accompanied by an official entry form. Images may be optimized (i.e. adjusted while maintaining the integrity of the image), but not altered such that an image does not reflect the actual subject matter.
  2. Digital images should be a minimum of 150 dpi at 8.5 x11 inches. If submitted on CD-/DVD, include name, address, email address, and phone number, as well as category entered for each image included.
  3. Images submitted by University of Miami students must be identified as student entries, as well as by category.
  4. Images sent via email must include name, address, and phone number of entrant and category entered for each photo, and identification of species in each photo.
  5. We prefer email entries, but if you send a CD, include the data as shown on the form. All CDs with entry forms (not being emailed) should be sent to:
    Underwater Photography Contest — SLAB 107
    Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
    4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
    Miami, FL 33149
  6. All entries must be received by midnight on April 15, 2018

*Failure to follow any of the above rules or submission guidelines may result in dismissal of your entry from the contest.

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