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Photo Contest Winners Connect Viewers with Habitat

July 27, 2021

Winners, runners-up in two categories selected from entries from across the United States and territories.

Three people in a red kayak paddle near a large stone arch. Claire Fackler's image of kayakers enjoying a morning of recreation at Arch Rock at Anacapa Island in the Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary captured the top spot in the "Humans in Habitat" category of the 2021 Habitat Month Photo Contest. Photo by Claire Fackler.

We’re delighted to share with you images from talented photographers that celebrate Habitat Month! We received impressive entries in both of the categories. Thank you to all the photographers who sent in entries, from Guam to Cape Cod.

Humans in Habitat

The “Humans in Habitat” category was for photographs that show people enjoying or benefiting from healthy coastal and marine habitats. Both the winning photo (above) and runner-up photo were taken by the same talented photographer. Congratulations to Claire Fackler, whose entries highlighted the connections people feel with healthy habitats!

Humans in Habitat Runner-up: Girl by Brackish Ponds in Hawaii

A young girl walks over stones at the edge of a tropical pool.
A young girl walks among the brackish water ponds along the Hilo coastline on the Island of Hawai`i at Carlsmith Beach Park. Photo by Claire Fackler.


Habitat and Climate Change

In the Habitat and Climate Change category, we selected photographs that illustrate the effects of climate change on coastal and marine habitats. The winning photo, taken by Haley Capone, highlights the issue of the increasing frequency and severity of algal blooms and their consequences. The runner-up photo tells another algae-related story, but in a very different way and in a different location, thanks to photographer Adam Obaza.

Habitat and Climate Change Winner: Algae Bloom in Biscayne Bay, Florida

Algae grows along a shoreline. A city is visible at the back of the image.
Excessive algal blooms caused by warmer average annual temperatures choking a Biscayne Bay scenic outlook framing downtown Miami, Key Biscayne, Florida. Photo by Haley Capone.



Habitat and Climate Change Runner-Up: Kelp Surrounded by Algae, Catalina Island, California

An underwater photo showing algae and kelp
Algae, including the non-native Sargassum horneri (the yellow/brown growth at the bottom), surrounds a kelp forest (Macrocystis pyrifera; the tall green/yellow plants) off Catalina Island, California. Climate change threatens kelp forests and opportunistic understory algae, such as S. horneri may soon become dominant macrophytes on southern California reefs. Photo by Adam Obaza.



Last updated by Office of Habitat Conservation on August 30, 2021