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Since its inception in 2005, the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science's underwater photography contest has drawn amateur photographers from waters around the world. The winners featured in this gallery are also on display in a traveling exhibit throughout south Florida.

Photo Credits: Marcello DiFrancesco

The greater blue-ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena lunulata) near Malapascua island, Philippines.

– Marcello DiFrancesco, Italy

Photo Credits: Steven Kovacs

A juvenile lionfish during a night dive in Roatan, Honduras.

– Steven Kovacs, Florida

Photo Credits: Pietro Cremone

Raccoon butterfly fish and angelfish on a reef in the Red Sea, near Sharm el Sheik, Egypt.

– Pietro Cremone, Italy

Photo Credits: Judy Townsend

A male Dusky Jawfish with his clutch of eggs at the Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach, Florida.

– Judy Townsend, Florida

Photo Credits: Austin Gallagher

Oceanic white tip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) near Cat Island, Bahamas.

– Austin Gallagher, Florida

Photo Credits: Laura Rock

Great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran) in Bimini, Bahamas.

– Laura Rock, Florida

Photo Credits: Laura Rock

Goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara) during the annual spawning event in Jupiter, Fla.

– Laura Rock, Florida

Photo Credits: Beth Watson

An anemone shrimp in Puerto Galera, Philippines.

– Beth Watson, Missouri

Photo Credits: Kyle McBurnie

Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) in a kelp forest at Cortes bank, near San Diego, California.

– Kyle McBurnie, California

Photo Credits: Douglas Good

An emperor shrimp (Periclimenes imperator) on two nudibranches (Risbecia tryoni) at Dinah's Beach, Papua New Guinea.

– Douglas Good, Pennsylvania

Photo Credits: Joseph Tepper

Spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) in a small inlet off the Kona coast, Hawaii.

– Joseph Tepper, New York

Photo Credits: Alex Tattersall

A lionfish on the Thistlegorm wreck in the Red Sea, Egypt.

– Alex Tattersall, United Kingdom

Photo Credits: Frederica Bambi

A porcelain crab (Neopetrolisthes maculatus) on an anemone at Pescador Island, Cebu, Philippines.

– Frederica Bambi, Italy

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