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Congratulations to the 2017 NOAA Habitat Photo Contest Winning Entries!

 

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.  NOAA received many compelling photographs of important habitats to help celebrate NOAA Habitat Month, thank you to those who submitted entries. We will be sharing all entries and using the images on our website and in other materials. View contest rules.

 

Category 1: General Habitat.

Any type of coastal or ocean habitat including estuaries, wetlands, coasts, rivers, oysters reefs, coral reefs, etc.

NOAA Selection

Public Selection

Lisamarie Carrubba
NMFS Office of Protected Resources
Steve Callahan
Looking toward Punta Ventana (Window Point), an area containing pocket beaches where hawksbill sea turtles nest, corals, seagrass and habitat for seabirds and numerous fishery species Salt marsh with small grass islands

 

Category 2.Habitat Helps Critters.

Wildlife living in or interacting with their habitat.

NOAA Selection

Public Selection

Linda Shaw
NMFS Alaska Regional
Office Habitat Conservation Division, Juneau.
Jason Major
A starfish is revealed in an eelgrass bed at low tide. This bed was located in an area protected as mitigation for the Sitka Airport Runway Safety Area expansion. A trio of Harlequin Ducks in the surf off Sakonnet Point in Little Compton, RI.

 

Category 3: Habitat Helps Communities.

People interacting with and enjoying coastal and ocean habitat areas including for recreation such as kayaking, swimming, flood protection, etc.

NOAA Selection

Public Selection

Janelle Mueller
NMFS Office Habitat Conservation
Ted Morgan
Fly fisherman fishing in Gunpowder Falls State Park, MD. This area is known for hiking, biking, bird viewing and many kinds of fishing. An intrepid kayaker is enjoying an early season sunrise paddle in Annapolis, MD.

 

Category 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.).

NOAA Selection

Public Selection

Danielle Olive
NMFS Office Habitat Conservation
Steve Callahan
Overlooking view of Charlotte Amalie, the capital of tourism in St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands. Lobsterman on boat with lobster trap