A stand up paddle boarder in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Winner of the “Sanctuary Portraits” category: Bryan Dort. A stand-up paddleboarder floats over the shipwreck of the steamer Albany in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

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Each year, in honor of the annual Get Into Your Sanctuary celebration, the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries holds a photo contest. Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2018 contest, pictured here! Through photography, these sanctuary visitors show the world our special ocean and Great Lakes treasures through their eyes.

Through September 2, 2019, you can submit your photos to the 2019 Get Into Your Sanctuary photo contest.

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Winner of the “Sanctuary Views” category: Donna Hendricks. Inspiration Point on Anacapa Island, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.
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Winner of the “Sanctuary Life” category: Douglas Croft. Humpback whales feed on anchovies in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.