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2021 California Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest Winners

Great blue heron with wings outstretched, standing with one leg up in eelgrass, at the beach1st Prize: “Great Blue Heron in Eelgrass” by Susan Cook, Sands Beach, Santa Barbara, CA


Sunset on the beach. Pink clouds in the sky, with orange in the background and whispy gray clouds in the foreground.2nd Prize: “Moss Landing Sunrise”, by Mark Bickerstaff


3rd Prize: Bull Whip Kelp #8, by Michael Shea, Bowling Ball Beach, Mendocino County


Viewers Choice Winner: “Low Tide” by Dianne Gowder, Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro


Honorable Mention: “Pinnacle Gulch Beach On A Birdy Day” by Paula Park


Honorable Mention: “Humpback Whale’s Tail at Avila Bay, CA” by Ronnie Goyette


Honorable Mention: “The Eyes Have It!” by Mary Rose, Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego


Honorable Mention: “On The Move (Egret)” by Leslie Abbott, Cowell’s Beach, Santa Cruz


Honorable Mention: “Slide” by Joe Kearns, Santa Barbara


Humpback whale with barnacles on its back, breaching out of the ocean, with foam.Honorable Mention: “Breeching Humpback Whale” by Ronnie Goyette, Avila Bay


Honorable Mention: “Least terns are showing their love” by Vincent Nguyen, Huntington Beach


Black and white picture, taken from above, of two people walking towards each other at the beach. Their shadows are visible in the sand.Honorable Mention: “Shadows” by John Rice, Ocean Beach, San Francisco


School bus crossing a bridge along the coast, with a person walking on the bridge. Sunlight is visible from the right.Honorable Mention: “Back to Light” by Fabio Piacenza, Bixby Creek Bridge, Big Sur, Monterey County


Underwater black and white picture of a dolphin near the surface of the water.Honorable Mention: “Dolphin Dreaming” by Ben Steele, Newport


Honorable Mention: “Liquid Gold” by Susan Perez, Scripps Beach


Hundreds of monarch butterflies resting on a cypress treeHonorable Mention: “Resting Monarchs” by Brian Weis, Lighthouse Field State Beach, Santa Cruz


An ocean wave falling over the viewer of the picture.Honorable Mention: “Crystal Cove Curl” by Ryan Chadwick, Crystal Cove State Beach