One way to understand environmental health such as our oceans is to know the marine life affected by sea level, pollution and climate change. [The University of Miami Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science] is in its 10th year hosting its underwater photography contest. This year’s winners were recently announced. Amateur photographers from all over the world submit approximately 500 photos every year. The aquatic photographs are judged in five categories: Fish or Marine Animal Portrait, Macro, Wide Angle, Student, and Best Overall. The Rosentiel School is a leading facility of oceanic research. One of the school’s goal is to bring attention and understanding of environmental impact on marine life. The 2015 winning images will be exhibited throughout south Florida. Here are the stunning photos. : http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/Japanese War Bonnet (Chirolophis japonicas), Japan Sea, Rudnaya Bay.
Crinoid Shrimp (Periclimenes amboinensis), Siquijor Island, Dumaguete, Philippines.
Golden Gobies (Priolepis aureoviridis), Lembeh, Indonesia.
Stony Coral Ghost Goby (Pleurosicya micheli), Eilat, Israel (Red Sea).
White Breasted Cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus) and Barrel Jellies (Rhizostoma pulmo), Kingdom of Bahrain.
School of Ribbon Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus polytaenia), Wai Island, Raja Ampat, Indonesia.
Lionfish (Pterois volitans) and School of Glassfish (Parapriacanthus guentheri), Eilat, Israel (Red Sea).
Greater Blue Ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena lunulata), Lembeh Strait, Indonesia.
Larval Fish (Macrouridae nezumia), East Attica, Greece.
Molly Miller Blennies (Scartella cristata), Blue Heron Bridge, FL.
Great Hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran), Bimini, Bahamas.
Lemon Shark (Negaprion brevirostris), West End, Grand Bahamas.
Panamic Cushion Sea Star (Pentaceraster cumingi), Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.