1st Place

“Baby Blue Maxima Clam”

URI aquaculture and fisheries major Michael Corso ’24 of Medford, MA.

The photograph is of a juvenile maxima. clam grown in a coral/invertebrate aquaculture and distribution facility in Wilmington, MA.

In the wild, a clam like this may live for more than 200 years. However, due to climate change and plastics pollution, captive propagation and growth may be the only hope of survival for many integral reef species, including giant clams.

By continuing research and development of new sustainable aquaculture methods, we may be able to protect even the most vulnerable creatures.

“As a student at the University of Rhode Island, my goal is to learn about and develop new sustainable methods to protect our planet’s aquatic species,” said Corso. “My work is in direct relation with my academic pursuits.”



2nd Place


Thupten Tendhar, URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies

“I took this photo at the Indian Lake in Wakefield, RI. It was a bit cold but beautiful evening with serene lights and reflections that reminded me of humanity, a tiny part of a bigger universe,”  says Tendar, who teaches about peace of mind and the interconnected nature of phenomena at the URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies. “This photo shows how humans can learn, enjoy, and derive a positive impact from nature to feel peaceful and enhance our sense of belonging, realizing that we are all a small part of a bigger universe.”

3rd Place

“Up Close and Personal with a Cecropia Moth”

Gillian Mitkowski, URI biology and pyschology major 2023

The cecropia moth, Hyalophora cecropia, is the largest moth native to North America with an average wingspan of 5-7 inches! They are very docile, and this guy posed for me for quite some time! These are one of my favorite insects because they are so stunning to see in real life.

Mitkowski took this photo at the URI Biological Control Lab as part of research to assist the United States Department of Agriculture spotted lanternfly biological  control research.

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The contest was sponsored by URI’s three magazines, the University of Rhode Island Magazine, 41ºN, and Momentum: Research and Innovation.

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