Salish Sea photo contest emphasizes local species, habitats and activities

I’m eager to see the photographs judged as the top 100 in the Salish Sea nature photography competition, called “Salish Sea in Focus.” If you have a favorite photo that tells a story or captures the essence of an animal or a place in our inland waterway, you have until June 4 to submit your image.

Kelp // Photo: Pete Naylor

I’ve featured many nature photography contests in this blog, but I don’t believe we’ve ever had one focused exclusively on the Salish Sea. I hope everyone takes a little time to consider whether a favorite photograph deserves special recognition. The competition is organized by The SeaDoc Society.

Categories are:

  • Birds and mammals of the Salish Sea
  • Fish of the Salish Sea
  • ‘Scapes of the Salish Sea
  • Invertebrates, plants, and kelp of the Salish Sea
  • People of the Salish Sea

The rules actually allow a photograph to be taken elsewhere if the subject can be associated with the Salish Sea, which includes Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia in Canada and connecting waterways, such as the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Be sure to read the rules carefully, along with specifications for submission.

The entry fee is $10 per photo or $50 for six photos, with proceeds going to SeaDoc’s mission of research, education and stewardship.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000, followed by $500 for first place in each category; $250 for second place in each category; and $100 for third place in each category. Among entrants under 18, special first-, second- and third-place winners will be chosen.

Where is the Salish Sea? Map shows watershed boundaries. // Map: The SeaDoc Society

Some 100 finalists will be named, and those photos will be displayed on the contest website and featured on SeaDoc’s homepage.

A reception and awards presentation is planned for Oct. 4 at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center, where the winning photographs will be displayed.

I’m hoping to see pictures that convey the uniqueness of Puget Sound, including marine and terrestrial animals in their natural settings, such as streams, estuaries, salt marshes and so on. Good luck to everyone who enters.

On a related topic, the end of May is the deadline for The Nature Conservancy’s 2018 Photo Contest, which promotes connections between people and nature. Some of the judges’ favorites, with comments, can be viewed on The Nature Conservancy’s Instagram page.

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