More than 700 images were submitted for this year's underwater photography contest, put on annually by the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science.
Ximena Olds – U.S. Virgin Islands
This dashing headshield sea slug photo taken by Ximena Olds (Florida) snagged "best overall" award.
Taking home first place in the Macro category, Canadian Todd Mintz's photo of these cute-as-can-be yellownose gobies, Elacatinus randalli, peering out from bolder brain coral in Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean.
Fish or Marine Animal Portrait
Though this animal doesn't look like a tot, indeed the behemoth is just a babe, a juvenile sperm whale. The photo, taken in Dominica by Douglas Kahle of Florida took home first place in the animal portrait category.
First place in the Wide Angle category went to this Lionfish, a species in the genus Pterois, in the Red sea, taken by Mark Fuller from Israel.
Todd Aki, Florida for the picture of Sea nettle Chrysaora quinquecirrh taken on an early morning shore dive off the Breakwater at Monterey, California, USA
Macro 2nd Place
Davide Lopresti, Italy for the picture of Porcelain crab Porcellanella sp. on feathery sea pen Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Macro 3rd Place
Marcello DiFrancesco, Italy for the picture of Emperor shrimp, Periclimenes imperator takes at Ambon, Indonesia
Wide-angle 2nd Place
Matt Potenski, New Jersey for the picture of Red mangroves (Rhizophora mangle) at South Bimini, Bahamas
Wide-angle 3rd Place
Bill Lamp’l, Florida for the picture of Soft corals and scalefin anthias taken at Bligh Water, Fiji.
Fish or Marine Animal Portrait - 2nd Place
Rockford Draper, Texas for the picture of Paddle flap Rhinopias, Rhinopias eschmeyeri (Bali, Indonesia)
Fish or Marine Animal Portrait 3rd Place
Nicholas Samaras, Greece for the picture of Nudibranch, Cratena peregrina (Chalkidiki, Greece)
Best Student Entry
Kyra Hartog for the picture of Whale shark, Rhincodon typus (Isla Mujeres, Mexico)
Student 2nd Place
Phillip Gillette for the picture of Harlequin shrimp, Hymenocera picta(Similan Islands, Thailand)
Student 3rd Place
Austin Gallagher, Florida for the photos of Juvenile tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier, and lemon shark, Negap.