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Salish Sea in Focus

A Nature Photography Competition in the Pacific Northwest

Entry Period
April 20, 2018 -
June 5, 2018
$1,000 Grand Prize Plus
$5,100 in category prizes
Renowned Judges
Amy Gulick, Cristina Mittermeier, Kevin Schafer

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Copyright 2018 Eric Carr
Category:People of the Salish Sea
Title:Adventuress and Zodiac
Location:Port Townsend, WA
Description:The wildlife of Port Townsend Bay share the waters with these two big beauties ghosting along on the light winds and through the lifting fog. The Adventuress (sail #15) at 133 feet was built in 1913. The Zodiac at 160 feet was built in 1924.
Copyright:© 2018 Eric Carr
Contact:Eric Carr
Eric G Carr Photography

Prize winners and highly commended images for our 2018 Salish Sea in Focus photo contest are now available for viewing! Each day we select one of the Top 130 images to feature on our home page. Can't wait that long to see them all? Click below...

Over $6,000 in cash prizes -

  • 1 Grand Prize of $1000
  • 5 First Prizes $500 in each category
  • 5 Second Prizes $250 in each category
  • 5 Third Prizes $100 in each category
  • Plus a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize for entrants under 18 years old (regardless of category)

Special recognition for the Top 130 images:

- Featured on the contest website (home page and gallery) for one year.
- Reception and awards presentation for winners with photos displayed at Pacific Science Center (October 4, 2018 in Seattle, WA).

Salish Sea in Focus photography competition highlights the beauty and biodiversity of the Salish Sea. The Salish Sea is an inland sea that encompasses Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands and the waters off of Vancouver, B.C.. The area spans from Olympia, Washington in the south to the Campbell River, British Columbia in the north, and west to Neah Bay. (REGION MAP:

The contest is presented by The SeaDoc Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. SeaDoc has worked since 2001 to protect and improve the health of marine wildlife and its ecosystem through science and education.

Categories are:

Birds and Mammals of the Salish Sea -
Wild birds and mammals of the Salish Sea marine ecosystem
Fish of the Salish Sea -
Marine and anadromous (migrating up rivers to spawn, i.e. salmon), underwater, intertidal or at the surface.
'Scapes of the Salish Sea -
Salish Sea vistas of all varieties including underwater, seascapes, shorescapes and landscapes
Invertebrates, plants, and kelp of the Salish Sea -
Any of the more than 3,000 marine invertebrates of the Salish Sea, underwater or intertidal
People of the Salish Sea -
Humans interacting with the ecosystem (swimming, boating, diving, wildlife watching, diving, beach combing, fishing, etc.)

Open to all photographers worldwide. Images must be taken by the person entering them. All images should capture the Salish Sea ecosystem and the wildlife and people who call it home. (see Contest Rules for details)

Enter as many images as you'd like at $10/image or 6 images for $50.
Digital upload is required, but images may have been created with any kind of camera.
(see Contest Rules for details)



The photos should capture the Salish Sea marine ecosystem and the wildlife and people who call it home. See details on the FAQs page.


Entry for this year's contest in now closed.


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