Thank you for such wonderful participation in the UF Water Institute’s 2018 Photo Contest! We received 70 beautiful photos representing a wide variety of UF water-related research, education and outreach programs and had a very difficult time narrowing it down to five winners. All photo entries may be used on UF Water Institute’s websites, printed materials and social media accounts. A photo credit will be given whenever a photo is used for these purposes. The winners will each receive a $100 prize. The UF Water Institute’s 2018 Photo Contest Winners are:
Trey Crouch  Environmental Engineering Sciences “My research has focused on the effects of hydroelectric dams in the Madeira Basin on hydrology and sediment load, mostly looking at larger run-of-river dams. The green-colored reservoir in the photo was a reminder that smaller dams are also littered all over the Andes, and may play an important role in trapping sediment.” Huyana Potosi, La Paz, Bolivia
Wendy Mussoline, Ph.D.  UF/IFAS “Freeze protection on a blueberry farm.” Putnam County, Florida
David Kaplan, Ph.D. Environmental Engineering Sciences “Photo taken from the end of a transect where we are studying how freshwater flows and extreme events affect saltwater intrusion in a coastal bald cypress floodplain.” The Suwannee River, Florida
Carlos Quintero  Soil and Water Sciences “During the rainy season water levels rise and inundate parts of the landscape that were bone dry just a few months ago, connecting the wetlands of the preserve and allowing aquatic life to thrive.” Big Cypress National Preserve, South Florida
Corene Matyas, Ph.D.  Geography “I took this photo while collecting weather observations at sunrise. Cool air and the warm waters of Lake Alice combined to produce fog and the view is looking east over the UF campus.” Lake Alice, Gainesville, Florida