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
Professional photographer - landscape category – “Coming home” – Susie Spigariol
Amateur photographer – landscape category – “Angry ocean” – Bill Posner
Amateur photographer – fish and wildlife category – “15 minutes after birth” – Bill Posner
Amateur photographer – people category – “North Coast” – Chris Overton
18 and under – landscape category – “Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, OR” – Rita Lovegreen
Cape Falcon Marine Reserve – “3 explorers on the beach” – Carol Gilden
Cascade Head Marine Reserve – “Cascade Head” – Rowan Baker
Otter Rock Marine Reserve – “15 minutes after birth” – Bill Posner
Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve – “Cape Perpetua” – Bob Kennedy
Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve – “Quillback Rockfish” – Laura Tesler
Honorable Mention in the Marine Reserve Category:
“Suds at Sunset” – Bryan Coleman
“Color Splash” – Bryan Coleman
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)
T-shirt, ballcaps, and much, much more!