Top underwater shots of 2013

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    Image: A harbor seal swims in a kelp forest at Cortes bank, near San Diego, Calif.

    2013's top underwater shots

    Click through the best pictures from the University of Miami's 2013 Annual Underwater Photography Contest, hosted by the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

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    Seal of approval -

    More than 650 underwater images were submitted for the 2013 Annual Underwater Photography Contest, hosted by the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The "Best Overall Submission" photograph was submitted under the Wide Angle category and was shot near San Diego. The winning photo by Kyle McBurnie shows a harbor seal looking out from a kelp forest at Cortes Bank.

    Kyle McBurnie
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    Blending in -

    Beth Watson's photo of an anemone shrimp in the waters off Puerto Galera in the Philippines won first place in the "Macro" category of the Underwater Photography Contest.

    Beth Watson-www.bethwatsonimages.com
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    Three amigos -

    An emperor shrimp (Periclimenes imperator) straddles two nudibranches (Risbecia tryoni) at Dinah's Beach in Papua New Guinea. The picture by Pennsylvania photographer Douglas Good earned second place in the "Macro" category.

    Douglas Good
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    Not too crabby -

    Italy's Frederica Bambi won third place in the "Macro" category for this picture of a porcelain crab (Neopetrolisthes maculatus) on an anemone at Pescador Island in the Philippines.

    Frederica Bambi
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    Night dive -

    A juvenile lionfish is captured on camera during a night dive in Roatan, Honduras. Florida photographer Steven Kovacs' picture won first place in the "Fish or Marine Life Portrait" category of the Underwater Photography Contest.

    Steven Kovacs
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    Polka-dot octopus -

    Italy's Marcello DiFrancesco won second place in the "Fish or Marine Life Portrait" category for this picture of a greater blue-ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena lunulata) near Malapascua Island in the Philippines.

    Marcello DiFrancesco
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    Mouthful of eggs -

    A male banded jawfish shows off his clutch of eggs at the Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach, Fla. The picture by Florida's Judy Townsend won third place in the "Fish or Marine Life Portrait" category.

    Judy Townsend
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    1st Place Wide Angle -

    A lionfish floats past the Thistlegorm wreck in the Red Sea while schools of other fish swarm nearby. British photographer Alex Tattersall's photo of the scene won first place in the "Wide Angle" category.

    Alex Tattersall
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    Dolphins' delight -

    Dolphins swim in a small inlet off Hawaii's Kona Coast. The image by New York photographer Joseph Tepper won second place in the "Wide Angle" category.

    Joseph Tepper
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    Under the sea -

    Raccoon butterfly fish and angelfish swim around a reef in the Red Sea, near Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. The picture by Italy's Pietro Cremone won third place in the "Wide Angle" category.

    Pietro Cremone
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    The giant emerges -

    A Goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara) makes its presence known during the annual spawning event in Jupiter, Fla. The picture won Florida's Laura Rock first place in the student photography category.

    Laura Rock
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    Hammer time! -

    Laura Rock's picture of a great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran) near Bimini in the Bahamas won second place in the student category.

    Laura Rock
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    Catching a shark -

    Florida's Austin Gallagher won third place in the Underwater Photography Contest's student category for this picture of an oceanic white tip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) near Cat Island in the Bahamas.

    Austin Gallagher
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