Friday May 06 07:11 pm
Underwater Photography Contest 2011 Winners
Subscribe http //tinyurl.com/BarcroftTV twitter https //twitter.com/Barcroft TV Facebook http //www.facebook.com/BarcroftMedia These remarkable images make up the winners of an annual worldwide underwater photography competition for amateurs - run by one of the planet's top research institutions. Brit Michael Gallagher scooped first place in his category for a stunning image of a minuscule red pygmy seahorse. As a master of camouflage, the tiny creature can barely be seen against the red coral it uses to hide from predators. Other incredible images taken by non-professionals around the world - all shot over the past year - include the comical cartoon face of a webbed burrfish snapped by Susan Mears, from Florida, at Lake Worth Lagoon in Riviera Beach, Florida. Belgian Luc Rooman captured a frog perfectly reflected on the surface of a lake in his home country. Luc also took first place in the wide-angle category for a haunting image of mating cuttlefish seen in Oosterschelde, Holland. Overall winner was awarded to German Tobias Friedrich, 30, who photographed two completely see-though goby fish, each less than an inch long, in Marsa Alam, Egypt. Macro 1st Place photo by Michael Gallagher, from United Kingdom. A Pygmy seahorse. Macro 2nd Place Jordi Benitez, from Spain's picture of a Nudibranch in Tarragona, Catalunya, Spain. Macro 3rd Place photo by Erika Antoniazzo, from Malaysia. A Nudibranchand mantis shrimp pictured in Serayabeach, Bali, Indonesia. Fish or Marine Animal Portrait 1st Place by Steven Kovacs, from Florida. Jellyfish in Lake Worth Lagoon, Riviera Beach, Florida. Fish or Marine Animal Portrait 2nd Place by Susan Mears, from Florida. Web Burrfish, pictured in Lake Worth Lagoon, Riviera Beach, Florida. Fish or Marine Animal Portrait 3rd Place photo by Luc Rooman, from Belgium. Frog at the surface of a lake in Belgium. Best Student Entry by Laura Rock, from Florida. Orange spotted filefish, pictured in YasawasIslands, Fiji. Student 2nd Place picture by Laura Rock, from Florida. Whale shark, pictured at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia. Student 3rd Place photo by Laura Rock, from Florida. Blue striped cleaner wrasse cleaning an Emperor Angelfish, in Yasawas Islands, Fiji. Wide-angle 1st Place picture by Luc Rooman, from Belgium. Mating cuttlefish pictured in Holland. Wide-angle 2nd Place photo by David Barrio Colongues from Spain. Sting ray and cardinal fish pictured in Mogan, Gran Canaria, Spain. Wide-angle 3rd Place photo by Jackie Campbell, from Ireland. Barracuda pictured in the Sudanese Red Sea. Overall winning picture of two completely see-though goby fish, each less than an inch long by German Tobias Friedrich, 30, pictured in Marsa Alam, Egypt.