Articles & Awards

April 2020 Scuba Diving Magazine (USA) Award: Sea Hero 
2019 Nov Scuba Diving Magazine; No Place Like Home, Blue Heron Bridge
2019 Nov Guy Harvey Magazine; Black Water Diving and Portfolio
2019 Anima Mundi ; Black Water Stories  

2019 May Birdshead Seascape Raja Ampat: 

Dive Photo Guide: Aliens of the Deep: Black-Water Diving in Florida

By Suzan Meldonian, May 16, 2018
Dive Photo Guide: Photographing Alligators Underwater in Florida
By Suzan Meldonian, January 5, 2018

Dive Photo Guide: Photographer of the Week – Suzan Meldonian By Joseph Tepper, August 8, 2015  

2017 Heinz.Press In the Dark of Night, The Art of Black Water Diving

2017 Dive Photo Guide Macro Surprises at the Blue Heron Bridge

Underwater Dive PhotoGuide:

Macro Surprises at the Blue Heron Bridge

... Await Divers at this Florida Hotspot Text and Photos By Suzan Meldonian       SHARE THIS STORY ...

Article 2ndjetty - Thu, 2015-03-05 14:58


The Horseman

Photos:  0 Perhaps one of the most treasured finds at the Blue Heron Bridge are the seahorses. Such a fragile and delicate creature, they are highly reactive to over photographing. So the word is, if you find one, sit...

Photo Stream 2ndjetty - Fri, 2015-03-27 11:37


Yellowhead Jawfish with Eggs

Photos:  0 By far one of my favorite subjects, and also a rather rare find is the illustrious Yellowhead Jawfish. Their colors are absolutely beautiful. The subtle ombre tones from yellow to pale aqua to violet are...

Photo Stream 2ndjetty - Fri, 2015-03-27 11:20


Baby Blenny

Photos:  0 Ahh Blennies. They are always a source of entertainment and smiles. They really display so many different expressions, probably more so than any other fish in the area. On bad viz days I find myself hunting...

Photo Stream 2ndjetty - Fri, 2015-03-27 11:20


Bluethroat Pike Blenny

Photos:  0 The Blue Throat Pike Blenny is another silent singer. Easily missed unless you are really looking for them, can appear as thin as a pencil and really blend in well with their surroundings . . . until they...

Photo Stream 2ndjetty - Fri, 2015-03-27 11:39


Anilao Shootout Winners - Part I

...   First Place, Colmani shrimp, taken by Suzan Meldonian   Second Place, taken by Nayan Savla   ...

2017 Gold Metal Award:

2017 Beneath the Sea Second Place Overall:

Pura Vida Divers
Blog on Blackwater Diving 2017

May 2017

Winner 1st Place: Ocean Geographic's Photojournalist of the Year

Honorable Mention: Ocean Geographic's Small Exotic Animal, The Neville Coleman Award for Outstanding Achievement

Honorable Mention: Ocean Geographic's Portrait,
David Doubilet Award for Outstanding Achievement;

Aprill 21, 2017
 3rd Place Deep Visions (2016) Macro ScubaShooters Underwater Photo Contest

2015 Published: Scubashooters.Net

       May issue

2015 Semi Finalist Nature's Best Ocean Views (Flying Dragon) Congratulations! You have been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2015 Nature's Best Ocean Views Photo Competition!

2016 National Geographic Photographer of the Year : Tripodfish

2015 Nominated: Nature's Best : Dancing Flamboyant Cuttlefish

2015 Nominated Final Round Ocean Views Contest; The Never Ending Story

2015 Indoctrinated into the Ocean Artists Society

2015 Beneath the Sea, Winner 1st Place Behavior

2015 International Color Awards, Nominee Abstract: Spinning Reef 
2015 International Color Awards, Nominee Nature: Sunkissed Anemone
2015 Beneath the Bridge, Under the Sea, featured in Video by Rick Morris on the Blue Heron Bridge 
2015 Published:Beneath the Sea Program Book, March 27-29
2015 Published: Scuba Diver Ocean Planet, Special Adex Singapore Film Festival Edition Issue 2
2015 Published in Underwater Photography Guide: Article:

2014 Published: Mergulho Magazine, Brasil Ano XV - No 221 pagina 54

2013 New Release: Paul Humann and Deloach's  third edition of Reef Creature Identification—Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas.

2013 Huia Publishers on behalf of the Ministry of Education, New Zealand

2013 Bronze Medal: Nudibranchia

Jul 2012  Published: Palm Beach Post: Phil Foster Park Snorkel Trail

Jul 2012 2nd Place

Monthly Contest

Jul 2012 Published in Sun-Sentinel: Phil Foster Park Snorkel Trail Approved 

  2012 Silver Medal:

 Oct 2010 Published Underwater Photo Journal : Blue Heron Bridge

 2009 Published "Under the Bridge,"  a 250 photo documentary of the Blue Heron Bridge