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NOAA’s Favorite Catch Photo Contest 2021: Share Your Best Shot!

August 16, 2021

Send us your best saltwater recreational fishing photo to enter for a chance to win a weekend fishing trip in the Florida Keys!

Man flyfishing for lingcod off of Humboldt Bay Jetty, California Fly fishing for lingcod off of Humboldt Bay Jetty California. Credit: Nicholas Easterbrook/NOAA Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries and Bonnier Corp. are excited to announce NOAA’s Favorite Catch Photo Contest 2.0! The contest gives American anglers a chance to show their passion for sustainable saltwater recreational fishing. This year’s new and exciting tournament-style contest is now open to the millions of saltwater recreational anglers across the country. The winning submission will receive a weekend of guided fishing in the Florida Keys provided by Bonnier Corporation (lodging included).

Kid holding a caught tarpon
The winning photo in the 2020 Recreational Fishing Photo Contest features 12 year-old Krieger, who is holding his dream fish (tarpon). Credit: Krie Brasseale

In 2020, our winner was Krieger Brasseale from Indiana. He won the fishing trip of a lifetime with an electrifying image of his son coming face to face with the silver king.

The grand prize lived up to its moniker: the pair hooked-up with tuna, amber jack, lane and mutton snapper, cobia, and many more hard-fighting species. It was truly a dream come true for any angler.  

The contest builds on the success of #NOAAsFavoriteCatch photo contest in 2020. It is a continuation of our partnership with Bonnier Corp., the organization behind Saltwater Sportsman and Sport Fishing Magazine. Scott Salyers, Fishing Group Publisher at Bonnier Corp. commented, “Last year’s program exceeded our expectations. With so many new and existing anglers on the water in 2021, it will be exciting to see this year’s submissions from people enjoying their passion for saltwater fishing. Adding in the public vote to determine the winner will make this contest truly unique.”

“Saltwater recreational fishing is an economic powerhouse, and engaging with anglers remains a top priority for NOAA Fisheries. We are excited by the opportunity to once again partner with industry leaders Saltwater Sportsman and Sport Fishing,” stated Russ Dunn, National Policy Advisor for Recreational Fisheries for NOAA Fisheries. NOAA Fisheries is responsible for maintaining healthy marine and coastal ecosystems, including sustainable and productive fisheries. “We are committed to maintaining and promoting sustainable public access to fishery resources and rely on private sector partners like Bonnier to help get that message out.”

How to Enter

After a year like no other, now is the time to get out on the water, make that special memory, and share it to win! 

There are three ways to enter in 2021:

In a new twist, the fishing public will vote on the 64 best images in a tournament-style elimination bracket to decide which images advance and which join the chum slick. Share your best shot today!

Contest Rules

The contest will close on December 31, 2021. Submissions must include a caption, and be received by December 31, 2021. Participants must be 18 years of age or older, and only non-commercial work will be accepted. Please see contest rules available at Saltwater Sportsman or Sport Fishing.

Last updated by Office of Communications on August 18, 2021