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EcoPhoto Competition 2010
|1st place: Stoplight Parrotfish
Submitted by: Holly Mueller
School Name: Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
Location: John Pennekamp State Park, Key Largo, FL.
Description: Though this stoplight parrotfish and its surroundings in John Pennekamp State Park look healthy at first glance, experienced snorkellers and divers often remark on how much the coral reef ecosystems of the Florida Keys have changed. Nutrient and sediment runoff from land, combined with increasing tourist pressure, have killed much of the original coral cover and left the
|2nd place: The Green Balloon
Submitted by: Ethan Welty
School Name: University of Colorado at Boulder
Location: Whitechuck Glacier, Glacier Peak Wilderness, WA.
Description: A ruptured green balloon, carelessly set free from somewhere in the lowlands, lies among ice worms, slowly photodegrading on the Whitechuck Glacier near Glacier Peak in Washington's North Cascades. Ice worms inhabit glaciers (and only glaciers) in the coastal ranges from southern Alaska to Oregon, feeding on cold-tolerant algae and bacteria that also make snow and ice their home. The glacier has retreated rapidly in the last century, and is likely do disappear in our own - the ice worms, adapted to life on the glacier surface, will disappear with it.
|3rd place: Leaf Cutter Ants
Submitted by: Adam Wilson
School Name: University of Connecticut
Location: La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica.
Description: A river of leaf cutter ants carries bits of leaves to their underground farm. A 30 second exposure and flashlight were used to capture the ants in motion.
|People's Choice: Traversing the Graduate Student Landscape: the Life of a Lonely Jumping Spider
Submitted by: Sean Ryan
School Name: University of Notre Dame
Location: My desk.
Description: This is an image of a lonely jumping spider, traversing across the heavily fragmented landscape known as a graduate student’s desk. Here in this environment the spider reigns supreme, sitting atop the trophic food web as the dominant predator in this ecosystem. Fruit flies beware! For even in environments devoid of all things natural, where incandescent bulbs replace the warm energy of the sun and plastic and chemicals dominate a seemingly sterile landscape, we can be reminded that life remains resilient.