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2017 NOAA Habitat Conservation
Digital Photo Contest


The 2017 NOAA Habitat Month digital photo contest recognizes photographers who have captured beautiful and captivating images of coastal and ocean habitat and the people, science, restoration, and protection activities associated with it.  We conserve habitat to sustain fisheries, recover protected species, and maintain resilient coastal ecosystems and communities.  NOAA is looking for compelling photographs of these important habitats to help celebrate NOAA Habitat Month (see categories below).

The contest is open to the public, including professional and amateur photographers, as well as NOAA and other government employees and affiliates including contractors, fellows, and interns.

Submission deadline is by midnight EST on Monday, July 17, 2017.  Contest starts on June 28, 2017. Winners will be announced and showcased July 24 - 28, 2017. Entries submitted after the Entry Period will not be eligible.


  1. General Habitat: Any type of coastal or ocean habitat including estuaries, wetlands, coasts, rivers, oysters reefs, coral reefs, etc.
  2. Habitat Helps Critters: Wildlife living in or interacting with their habitat.
  3. Habitat Helps Communities:  People interacting with and enjoying coastal and ocean habitat areas including for recreation such as kayaking, swimming, flood protection, etc.
  4. Habitat Helps the Economy:  People at work or coastal and ocean industries taking place with or near habitat (e.g. commercial fishing industry, aquaculture, shipping, etc.).
To Enter Contest:  See Photo Contest Instructions