Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest

Show the world what the ocean and Great Lakes mean to you.

In celebration of Get Into Your Sanctuary days, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is hosting a photo contest. From June 1 to July 15, send us your best photos of the National Marine Sanctuary System and help us celebrate the beauty and importance of these special places.

Remember to practice good ocean etiquette when taking your photos!

close up photo diver in a school of fish
Have an amazing photo of your adventures in national marine sanctuaries? We want to see it! (Photo: G.P. Schmahl/NOAA)

Photo Categories

Photos will be accepted from June 1 to July 15 in the following categories:

Sanctuary Views: Share your photos of beautiful sunsets or scenic shots of your favorite national marine sanctuary.

Sanctuary Life: Send us your best photos of sanctuary inhabitants like fish, birds, marine mammals, and other amazing ocean creatures.

Sanctuary Portraits: Enter your best images of people enjoying national marine sanctuaries, whether they're boating, kayaking, diving, swimming, conducting research, or just hanging out on the beach.

How to Enter

Submit your images (minimum of 1200 pixels wide, no more than 10) to us at All images MUST include the following information: photographer's name, short description of when and where the photo was taken, and what is shown in the photo.

We will highlight the winning photos on the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries website and through social media.

Additional Contest Rules

  1. Photographers must be at least 13 years of age or older as of June 1, 2016.

  2. We will assume that, in submitting a photo, you are the owner of the photo and have the right to publish it (including permission/model release for anyone identifiably pictured).

  3. By submitting a photo, you are giving us permission to use the photo for other purposes, such as on our website, on social media, and in other NOAA publications. We will, of course, provide credit to photographers whenever we use any of the photos.

  4. Only photos taken while in compliance with wildlife viewing regulations and government approach regulations will be considered. Do not harass animals just to get the “perfect’ shot!

  5. Photos that are submitted without information on the photographer and a brief caption will not be considered.

  6. No watermarks on submitted photos.

  7. Photos should be a minimum of 1200 pixels wide (but the bigger, the better!)

  8. Please limit the total number of your photo submissions to 10 entries.

Ready to Submit Your Photos?

Send them to!