2015 Oregon Marine Reserves Photo Contest


"The Sea That Feeds Us"


the sea that feeds us logo


The sea feeds us in many ways - through the fish it provides, the beaches that give our dogs room to play, and the haystack rocks that dot the coastline, creating homes for nesting seabirds. Or maybe the sea feeds you just by its existence. We asked people to tell us their story about how they connect with Oregon's ocean by participating in Oregon's first marine reserve photo contest.

A total of 54 people entered over 100 photos. During our contest, 4,900 people visited the photo contest and the photos received a total of 4,400 votes. We are awarding a total of 14 prizes.

Professional photographer Jason Waicunas of Outdoor Viewfinder judged photos from the professional, amateur and 18 and under categories. In addition, we awarded a prize for the photo that received the most votes. Also, with the assistance of Briton Ogden of Briton T. Ogden Videography, we awarded prizes for photos that best represented each of the five marine reserves as well as two honorable mentions.


Photo that received the most online votes - "Sunset Stroll" - James Bones Call

sunset stroll


Professional photographer - landscape category – “Coming home” – Susie Spigariol

coming home


Amateur photographer – landscape category – “Angry ocean” – Bill Posner

angry ocean


Amateur photographer – fish and wildlife category – “15 minutes after birth” – Bill Posner

15 minutes after birth


Amateur photographer – people category – “North Coast” – Chris Overton

north coast


18 and under – landscape category – “Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, OR” – Rita Lovegreen

haystack rock


Cape Falcon Marine Reserve – “3 explorers on the beach” – Carol Gilden

three explorers on the beach


Cascade Head Marine Reserve – “Cascade Head”  – Rowan Baker

cascade head


Otter Rock Marine Reserve – “15 minutes after birth” – Bill Posner

15 minutes after birth


Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve – “Cape Perpetua” – Bob Kennedy

cape perpetua


Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve – “Quillback Rockfish” – Laura Tesler

quillback rockfish


Honorable Mention in the Marine Reserve Category:

“Suds at Sunset” – Bryan Coleman

suds at sunset


“Color Splash” – Bryan Coleman

coastal comfort



Congratulations to our contest winners and to everyone that submitted photos!

Photo contest prizes

Free lodging on the Oregon coast at Ocean Haven

Kayak and boat tours of Oregon's marine reserves

Free tickets to the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Kiss a Sea Lion at the Oregon Coast Aquarium!

A $200 gift certificate for camping and other gift shop items at Oregon State Parks

A $50 gift certificate to Redfish, a restaurant in Port Orford

A pair of BX-3 Mojave Pro Guide HD 8x42mm binoculars from Leupold ($700 value)

National Audubon Society Guide to Nature Photography

$50 Gift certificate to to The Audubon Society of Portland Nature Store

One-year family membership to Portland Audubon ($45 value)

Columbia Sportswear Classic Outdoor 25L backpack

Columbia Sportswear Switchback Digital Watch

T-shirt, ballcaps, and much, much more!


Photo Contest Sponsors


Outdoor Viewfinder

Ocean Haven

South Coast Tours, LLC

Redfish Rocks Community Team

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Audubon Society of Portland


Columbia Sportswear