By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

These 13 Photos Perfectly Capture The Weird And Mysterious Beauty Of The Ocean.

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.

Best Overall

Japanese War Bonnet (Chirolophis japonicas), Japan Sea, Rudnaya Bay.

Macro 1st Place

Crinoid Shrimp (Periclimenes amboinensis), Siquijor Island, Dumaguete, Philippines.

Macro 2nd Place

Golden Gobies (Priolepis aureoviridis), Lembeh, Indonesia.

Macro 3rd Place

Stony Coral Ghost Goby (Pleurosicya micheli), Eilat, Israel (Red Sea).

Wide-angle 1st Place

White Breasted Cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus) and Barrel Jellies (Rhizostoma pulmo), Kingdom of Bahrain.

Wide-angle 2nd Place

School of Ribbon Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus polytaenia), Wai Island, Raja Ampat, Indonesia.

Wide-angle 3rd Place

Lionfish (Pterois volitans) and School of Glassfish (Parapriacanthus guentheri), Eilat, Israel (Red Sea).

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