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Save Our Shores 2017 Wave and Wildlife Photo Contest Exhibit for Marine Protected Areas

Explore your Monterey Bay’s many Marine Protected Areas this July.

Join Save Our Shores at the Sanctuary Exploration Center for an interactive photo exhibit of Monterey Bay’s many Marine Protected Areas. Pulling from over 200 submissions to the 2017 2nd Annual Waves and Wildlife Photo Contest, local award winning photographers will showcase the unique beauty and biodiversity of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. While the exhibit will be featured for the entire month of July, our special launch is on First Friday July 7th. Come, be inspired, speak to each photographer and learn more about the significance of our Marine Protected Areas. There’ll be drinks, small bites, as well as vibrant prints of fluffy, feathery and blubbery ocean creatures thanks to Community Printers!




Need some inspiration before coming to experience the beauty of our many Marine Protected Areas? Here are a few of the submissions on display.

Best of 2016 Waves & Wildlife Photo Contest

Best of 2016 Waves & Wildlife Photo Contest Winner and Honorable Mentions include: Edward Garner- Justin Hofman- Erik Landry- Kyrod Myatt- Molly McCorkell- Vivienne Orgel- Jody Parker- Joe Plakto- Irene Reti- Kimberly Saxton-Heinrichs- Kim Steinhardt- Laurel Teague


If you’ve ever visited a beach in Santa Cruz or Monterey County, chances are you’ve already visited a Marine Protected Area (MPA). MPAs large underwater conservation zones that manage the resources of fragile and ecologically significant habitats in our ocean and along our coast. Still, the majority of people who visit these precious ocean/landmarks are unaware of their significance. Thanks to the Resources Legacy FundSave Our Shores Waves and Wildlife Photo Contest aims to increase Marine Protected Area awareness. Here are a few of the MPAs that will be showcased during the Sanctuary Exploration Center exhibit:Featured Marine Protected Areas


Our featured Waves and Wildlife photographers range from amateurs to professionals from and around the Monterey Bay. Many will be present on July 7th for First Friday to answer your questions and give Marine Protected Area viewing tips. We’re excited to announce our 20 talented finalists:


Leslie Abbott

Danielle Crook

Allison Formica

John Hanley

Justin Hofman

Jim Kirklin

Hailey Lozano

Molly McCorkell

Nathan Moses

Kyrod Myatt

Salina Nevarez

Joe Platko

Irene Reti

Kimberly Saxton Heinrichs

Neil Simmons

Kim Steinhardt

Gary Teoxon

Robin Welter

Cole Wilson

Lilianne de la Espriella


Waves & Wildlife Photo Exhibit for Marine Protected Area Sponsors 

With major support from the Resources Legacy Fund, Waves and Wildlife Photo Contest is brought to you by #MPAmondays, a Save Our Shores project to increase Marine Protected Area awareness. Continue to help us spread the word by sharing you inspiring photos of Monterey Bay’s invaluable network of MPAs using #MPAmondays on your social media. For questions regarding the contest, contact

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