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Congratulations to our 2015 Photo Contest Winner!

Judges’ 1st Place Winner

“The Cormorant Overlook,” San Francisco
By Mary Sheft

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About the Photo Contest

The contest features photographs that reflect the importance that the coast and ocean has for California residents and the role that the Coastal Commission, Natural Resources Agency and Ocean Protection Council have played in preserving coastal and marine resources.

Entry was free and open to all amateur photographers. An amateur photographer is defined as someone who earns less than 50 percent of their income from photography. Photographs in this contest feature the following subjects:

  • The scenic coast and Pacific Ocean off California,
  • People and the California coast, and
  • California ocean and coastal wildlife.

Photo Contest Exhibit

We are pleased to announce that our photos are currently on exhibit around the state. Come check out the winning photos in-person!

Past Exhibits:

2015 Contest Timeline

  • Contest Opens: June 8, 2015
  • Submission Deadline: 11:59 pm PDT July 17, 2015
  • Voting Deadline: 11:59 pm PDT July 31, 2015
  • Announcement of Viewers’ Choice Award: mid-August 2015
  • Announcement of Judges’ Choice Award: September 2015


Four winners will be announced for this contest. Online voters will select one “Viewers’ Choice” winner, while a panel of professional photographers, naturalists, and Coastal Commission and Thank You Ocean staff will select “Judges’ Choice” winners for first, second, and third place.

Winners will select from the following donated prizes:

The judges will also select a number of honorable mentions, who will receive coupons for a free meal courtesy of Rubio’s.