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Each spring, the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science organizes an underwater photography contest open to amateur photographers who earn no more than 20 percent of their income from photography. Started in 2005, the contest has grown in popularity drawing entrants from across the globe. This year over 700 entries were submitted from participants located in 23 countries.

Photographs are judged in five separate categories: Fish or Marine Animal Portrait, Macro, Wide Angle, Student, and Best Overall. The winning images are announced at one of the Rosenstiel School’s Sea Secrets lectures and are displayed in a traveling exhibit throughout the South Florida community.

The following photo by Kyle McBurnie, from California, own this year’s contest. The beautiful beastie is a harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) in a kelp forest at Cortes Bank, about 100 miles west of San Diego, California.

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