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2017 Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest Results

Thank you to all the photographers who shared their view of national marine sanctuaries with us! Click each photograph to see the full version.

Sanctuary Views

See the beautiful scenery of the National Marine Sanctuary System through visitors' eyes.

point arena lighthouse
1st Place: The Point Arena Lighthouse, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Michael Beattie
sea anemones
2nd Place: A "garden" of anemones in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Michelle Manson
rowers pass a lighthouse in fog
3rd Place: The Shipwreck Rowers pass the Alpena Light, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Bryan Dort

Sanctuary Life

From tiny krill to enormous gray whales, thousands of species call the National Marine Sanctuary System home! This category depicts the amazing marine life that you can find in your national marine sanctuaries.

sea nettle
1st Place: A bloom of sea nettles drifts through Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Curtis Wee
sea otter mother and pup
2nd Place: A sea otter grooms her pup in the Great Tidepool of the aquarium at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Eric Palmer
green sea turtle
3rd Place: A green sea turtle, or honu in Hawaiian, hangs out at Maluaka Beach in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Mike Rineer

 

Sanctuary Portraits

National marine sanctuaries provide an idyllic setting for a variety of recreational activities – this category celebrates the people who visit them.

surfer above the waves
1st Place: A surfer contemplates the swell at Lighthouse Point in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Douglas Croft
silhouetted diver
2nd Place: A diver in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is silhouetted from beneath as they pass through the sunlit water. Photo: Steve Miller
people on black rock
3rd Place: A group of people venture out on Black Rock on Maui in the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Dan Mitchell

Please note that we may use any of the photos we received for this contest on our website, on social media, and in other NOAA and National Marine Sanctuary Foundation publications. We will provide credit to photographers whenever we use any of the photos.