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2015 Winners


Judges’ 1st Place Winner

“The Cormorant Overlook,” Tiburon
By Mary Sheft

Judges’ 2nd Place Winner

Pier in San Francisco
By Iswar Biswal

Judges’ 3rd Place Winner

Marshmallow Roasting, Samoa Beach (Humboldt Co.)
By Carissa Ranario


Viewer’s Choice 1st Place

“Family Reflections”
By Slater Moore

Slater Moore won the Viewers’ Choice prize for his beautiful black and white photo of two dolphins, called “Family Reflections.” Mr. Moore works as a deckhand and boat captain with Davey’s Locker in Newport Beach. He has worked there for eight years, first on fishing trips and more recently on whale watching trips. This gives him plenty of opportunities to take pictures of marine mammals and this one was the viewers’ favorite.


Picasso Rocks (“I See Faces Everywhere”), Santa Cruz
By Vivienne Orgel

“Happy Campers” (Northern Elephant Seals), Piedras Blancas
By Charmaine Coimbra

Gray Whale and Calf, Big Sur
By Douglas Croft

Huntington Beach Pier
By C.T. Bui

“Cat Eyes” (Octopus), La Jolla Shores
By Ed Campbell

Capitola Pier
By Mark Grzan

Opalescent Nudibranch, Morro Bay
By Gary Powell

Feeding a Least Tern chick, Bolsa Chica wetlands
By Hal Beral

“Snack Time” (Mola mola feeding on a Velella velella), Monterey Bay
By Jodi Frediani

Incoming Brown Pelican, Elkhorn Slough
By John Charles Bruckman

“Gate to the Sea,” Davenport (Santa Cruz Co.)
By Ling-Kuo Lee

Striped Shore Crab, La Jolla
By Michael Shane

“Amazing Milky Way,” Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
By Sandy Chen