Winter 2024 Issue

VIMS Photo Contest

Capturing the important work of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science

By University Staff

The VIMS Photo Contest, now in its 24th year, recognizes the most noteworthy images captured by William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) faculty, staff and students while in the field and laboratory.

Chartered in 1940, VIMS is currently among the largest marine research and education centers in the United States. VIMS has a three-part mission to conduct research in coastal ocean and estuarine science, educate students and citizens, and provide advisory service to policymakers, industry and the public. VIMS provides these services to Virginia, the nation and the world.

Graduate students in W&M’s School of Marine Science at VIMS conduct research that extends from inland watersheds to the open ocean, with an emphasis on coastal and estuarine science.

One of the four cornerstone intiatives of the university’s Vision 2026 strategic plan is Water. Over the next 50 years, one of the world’s most threatened and valuable resources will be water. Solving global issues related to water will require innovative approaches to conservation and strategies to increase resilience. As home to VIMS, one of the world’s preeminent marine science institutes — and outstanding conservation, law, policy and education programs — William & Mary is poised to be a leader in the development of solutions to these complex challenges. Our students will lead the next generation of scientists and industry professionals who steward the world’s water resources.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Kaitlyn Parker, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia (CBNERR-VA) laboratory & field research specialist, took this photo of Tochi Iwuji (CBNERRVA 2023 Hollings Scholar) and Eduardo Miles (CBNERRVA Marine Scientist) retrieving a YSI EXO from the Stingray Point CBIBS buoy.
OTHER WINNERS & HONORABLE MENTIONS: Top: If you have ever walked through a wetland, you might have noticed a shiny surface on the water which resembles an oil slick. Surprisingly, these are natural! The shiny surface is actually a very, very thin crystalline metallic layer created by iron-reducing bacteria commonly found in marshes. Middle Left: Nepal Fish FACTS team bringing back fishes sampled with a seine on the East Rapti River, Nepal. Middle Right: A fever of cownose rays. Bottom: Bay scallop broodstock are gathered and cleaned in preparation for spawning.

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See more images from the 2023 VIMS Photo Contest