Annual Underwater Photography Contest Winners Announced

Winner of the annual contest hosted by the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science announced.

Coral Gables (April 25, 2011) — Tobias Friedrich of Germany has been named the Overall Winner of the 2011 Annual Underwater Photography Contest hosted by the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The winning photograph was submitted under the Macro category and depicted two extremely small Goby fish, no bigger than an inch, spotted on a dive near Marsa Alam, Egypt.

“I spotted the first Goby and set up my camera for a close angle. Slowly I was approaching the small fish so that it could fill out the picture a bit more. When I was ready for the shot, surprisingly a second Goby came out of nowhere and placed itself on top of the first one. I immediately took two to three shots before the second Goby disappeared. Right after, I quickly checked the images on the back of my camera for exposure and sharpness and was happy that I captured this moment which only took 1-2 seconds,” Friedrich said.

A panel of experts, including photographer and UM lecturer Myron Wang, underwater photographer Nicole Wang, Rosenstiel School marine biology and fisheries professor Michael Schmale, and professional photographer Brian Call judged more than 600 photos from 20 countries. Awards were given in three categories: Macro, Fish or Marine Animal Portrait, Wide Angle, and Best Overall submission. The School also recognizes the Best UM Student Photo, which this year was submitted by Laura Rock.

“The winning photograph has it all—color, balance and symmetry. The translucent Goby are just spectacular,” Wang said of the winning photograph. Other winners, listed by category, include:


  1. Michael Gallagher
  2. Jordi Benitez
  3. Erica Antoniazzo

Fish or Marine Animal Portrait

  1. Steven Kovacs
  2. Susan Mears
  3. Luc Rooman


  1. Luc Rooman
  2. David Barrio Colongues
  3. Jackie Campbell

The underwater photography contest is held annually and is open to all amateur photographers who earn no more than 20 percent of their income from their photography. The winning prize is a trip on Blackbeard’s Cruises departing from Freeport, Bahamas. View all the winning photographs at

The winner was announced at a reception on April 20, following the Sea Secrets lecture series featuring Kenny Broad, UM associate professor, director of the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, and National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

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