2018 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.

inspiration point
1st Place: Inspiration Point on Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Donna Hendricks
waves along the shore
2nd Place: Waves along Asilomar State Beach, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Sam Bailey
snowy lakeshore
3rd Place: Bell Bay along Presque Isle, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Stephanie Loewe

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.

humpback whales lunge feeding
1st Place: Humpback whales feed on anchovies in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Douglas Croft
brown pelican in flight
2nd Place: A brown pelican flies over Asilomar State Beach in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Sam Bailey
goldentail moray eel under coral
3rd Place: A goldentail moray eel peeks out from under a blushing star coral in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Steve Miller


Sanctuary Portraits

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

paddleboarder over shipwreck
1st Place: A stand-up paddleboarder floats over the shipwreck of the steamer Albany in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Bryan Dort
hiker above scorpion bay
2nd Place: A hiker pauses above Scorpion Bay in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary at dawn. Photo: Doug Mangum
viw of fish underwater with silhouetted boys in the background
3rd Place: Boys fish for tarpon at sunset in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Katy Danca Galli

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.