2019 Get Into Your Sanctuary Photo Contest results

Below are the winners and entries for the Sanctuary Views category. Thank you to all those who participated! Click each photograph to see the full version.

Sanctuary Views

See the beauty 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.

All submitted photos

rock arch over the ocean
Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Mary Byrd
view of the underside of a pier stretching into the ocean
Bechers Bay, Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Kyle Emery
sunrise over the ocean and islands
Potato Harbor Overlook Trail, Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Kendra Chan
small fox silhouetted by the sunset
Island fox on Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Dustin Harris
island with a lighthouse on top
Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Sarah Raskin
boats in a harbor
Pelican Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Dino R. Dal Bon
underside of a pier stretching into the ocean
Bechers Bay, Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Sarah Raskin
sand dunes
Sand dunes on Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Chuck Graham
sea caves from a boat
Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Mark LeVander
a hill covered in flowers
Superbloom on Santa Cruz Island overlooking Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Sarah Raskin
an island covered in flowers
Superbloom on Santa Cruz Island overlooking Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Sarah Raskin
view of the ocean from high up on an island
Anacapa Island from Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Chuck Graham
view of the ocean from high up on a rocky coastline
Cathedral Cove, Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Sarah Raskin
fish over a large coral head
East Flower Garden Bank, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Scott Bauer
fish over many corals
West Flower Garden Bank, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Scott Bauer
a spit of land between two bodies of water
Dry Tortugas National Park near Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Alicia K. Bishop
mangrove roots above and below water
Key Largo, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Olivia Williamson
sailboat at sunset
Key West, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Jessica Hogan
bright blue water beneath gray skies
Dry Tortugas, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Sabrina Snyder
the ocean through an opening in a brick wall
Dry Tortugas, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Ron Bozuhoski
bull kelp on beach
Manchester Beach, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Anne Mary Schaefer
ocean and rocky cliffs
Sea Ranch, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Pauline Scott
ocean and rocky cliffs
Sea Ranch, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Pauline Scott
driftwood on a beach
Driftwood at Sea Ranch, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Pauline Scott
creek leading into the ocean
Moat Creek Beach, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Anne Mary Schaefer
sandpipers at a beach
Sandpipers at sunset at Manchester Beach, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Anne Mary Schaefer
sunset over rocks and waves
Sunset at Schooner Gulch Beach, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Anne Mary Schaefer
driftwood on a beach at sunset
Sunset at Manchester Beach, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Anne Mary Schaefer
tide pools
Tide pools at Sea Ranch, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Pauline Scott
tide pools
Tide pools at Sea Ranch, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Pauline Scott
hawaiian fishpond
Traditional Hawaiian fishpond, Kīhei, Maui, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Michele Paularena
a small harbor
Kahului Harbor, Maui, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Michele Paularena
rainbow over a beach
A rainbow in Maui, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Jeff Moore
rainbow over outrigger canoers
An early morning rainbow greets an outrigger canoe crew in Maui, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Jeff Moore
black and white photo of the big sur coastline
Big Sur's rugged coastline, along Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Douglas Croft
waves along a beach
Carmel River State Beach, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Zachary Cole Weston
foggy, rocky coastline
Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Megan Crabtree
birds on a beach with fog in the background
Carmel River State Beach, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Peggy Langford
a sunlit kelp forest
Kelp forest at Point Lobos, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Sabrina Wong
river flowing into the ocean
The Little Sur River meets the ocean in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Douglas Croft
bird flying over the ocean
Lovers Point, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Jacob Ahee
a view of fog from a coastline
The marine layer in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Daryll Carlson
view of monterey bay as seen from space
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary as seen from the edge of space via a weather balloon. Photo: Bryan Chan
pier
Monterey Harbor, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Zachary Cole Weston
fog over the ocean
Fog in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Zachary Cole Weston
boat ramp into a harbor
Monterey Harbor, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Zachary Cole Weston
boats moored in a harbor
Monterey Harbor, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Zachary Cole Weston
jellies under a pier
Sea nettles swarm under Monterey Wharf in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Bruce Sudweeks
old fisherman's wharf
Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Wendy Brickman
old fisherman's wharf
Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Wendy Brickman
cliffs and the ocean at sunset
Sunset at Point Lobos, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Douglas Croft
sunset over a beach
Sunset at Seacliff State Beach, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Sierra Rose Garcia
tide pools
The tide pools of Pacific Grove Marine Gardens, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Allison Formica
lighthouse
Walton Lighthouse, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Megan Crabtree
waves crashing on rocks
Carmel River State Beach, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Peggy Langford
coral reef
Corals in Fagatele Bay, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. Photo: Kevin Hollerbach
a large coral head
Corals in Fagatele Bay, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. Photo: Kevin Hollerbach
coral reef
Corals in Fagatele Bay, National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. Photo: Kevin Hollerbach
rocky cliffs over the ocean
Cape Flattery, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Laura Curtz
rocky outcroppings extending above the ocean
La Push, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Laura Curtz
flowers and other plants in front of lake huron
Lake Huron, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Michelle Markowski
aerial view of a research vessel in lake huron
Researchers from NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) float above the Middle Island Sinkhole in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary on the R/V Storm. Photo: David J. Ruck
people prepping an ROV from a research vessel
Researchers from NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) deploy instruments from the R/V Storm to study the Middle Island Sinkhole in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: David J. Ruck
sunset over a lake
Presque Isle, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Kathryn Bitzer
sunset over the thunder bay river
Thunder Bay River, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Michelle Markowski

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.