Announcing the 2018 Habitat Month Photo Contest Winners!

July 31, 2018

The 2018 NOAA Habitat Month digital photo contest recognized photographers who have captured beautiful and captivating images of the habitats we and our partners are working to conserve, protect and restore.

The 2018 Habitat Month Photo Contest public winners. Original photos are below.

The 2018 Habitat Month Photo Contest public winners. Original photos are below.

NOAA and partners are conserving habitat to sustain fisheries, recover protected species, and maintain resilient coastal ecosystems and communities. To help celebrate our work, we asked the public and NOAA staff to submit their photos highlighting four categories of habitats, including coastal wetlands, estuaries and shallow coral reefs.

Thank you for submitting your wonderful photos! We received hundreds of compelling photographs to help celebrate NOAA Habitat Month. Here are the winners. We will be showcasing these as well as other entries throughout our website. 
 

Category 1: Coastal Wetlands, Marshes, and Mangroves

Public Entry Winner: Hank Carter

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Stand-up paddle boarders explore marsh around Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

NOAA Entry Winner: Dana Bethea

A young mangrove sprouting through the sandy substrate near Port of the Islands, Florida.

A young mangrove sprouting through the sandy substrate near Port of the Islands, Florida.

Category 2: Estuaries and Rivers

Public Entry Winner: Douglas Croft

The Little Sur River winds its way into the Pacific in Big Sur, California.

The Little Sur River winds its way into the Pacific in Big Sur, California.

NOAA Entry Winner: Hansje Gold-Krueck

Morning mist in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.

Morning mist in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.

Category 3: Underwater Habitats like Oyster Reefs, Coral Reefs, Deep Sea Coral, Grasses, and Kelp

Public Entry Winner: Laura Tesler

The kelp forest in California serves as a nursery for many species of fish, including these juvenile blacksmiths.

The kelp forest in California serves as a nursery for many species of fish, including these juvenile blacksmiths.

NOAA Entry Winner: Andrew Gray

A six-blotch hind fish peers out from the safety of a small cave at Maug Island, Northern Mariana Islands.

A six-blotch hind fish peers out from the safety of a small cave at Maug Island, Northern Mariana Islands.

Category 4: Other Habitats

Public Entry Winner: Joshua Lord

Low tide at Cape Arago Lighthouse in Charlston, Oregon.

Low tide at Cape Arago Lighthouse in Charleston, Oregon.

NOAA Entry Winner: Jan Willem Staman

A female green sea turtle, basking on Tern Island, Hawaii. She came back up later that night to lay her first nest of the 2018 season. Photos taken under NOAA and USFWS permits.

A female green sea turtle, basking on Tern Island, Hawaii. She came back up later that night to lay her first nest of the 2018 season. Photos taken under NOAA and USFWS permits.

Thanks to everyone who participated this year!