2023 Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest

May 26, 2023 through September 4, 2023


2019 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.

coral reef with sea anemone
1st Place: Tiffany Duong. Molasses Reef, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Tiffany Duong
a rocky beach
2nd Place: Anne Mary Schaefer. Bowling Ball Beach, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
small fox silhouetted by the sunset
3rd place: Dustin Harris. Island fox on Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

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.

fish swimming around a shipwreck
1st Place: Bruce Sudweeks. Schools of fish swirl around the wreck of an old tugboat off Cape Lookout, North Carolina, near Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.
two barracudas swimming over coral reef
2nd Place: Mike Johnson. A pair of barracuda lurk behind a school of yellowtail snapper at Alligator Reef Lighthouse in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
humpback whales lunge feeding
3rd Place: Douglas Croft.: Humpback whales lunge feed at the surface in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.


Sanctuary Recreation

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

sea turtle and divers
1st Place: Olivia Williamson. A scuba diver swims alongside a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
divers near a shipwreck
2nd Place: Keith C. Flood. Divers explore the Florida shipwreck at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron. The steam ship sank under 200 feet of water after a collision in 1897, and can still be dived today.
woman and dog on beach at sunset
3rd Place: Anne Mary Schaefer. A woman and her dog enjoy a sunset stroll at Schooner Gulch Beach in Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

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. Organizations other than NOAA and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation may use photographs submitted in this contest to promote sustainable and responsible recreation in the National Marine Sanctuary System. These photos are not for sale and are not for commercial use unless prior permission is arranged.