Annual Photo Contest

At the bow, snow is being reflected off the ships' sodium lights

Photo Credit: Jordan Watson

Photography and science are inherently linked. Physics, chemistry, and mathematics have all played significant roles in photography. What a photograph means, however, is less of a science and more artistic expression. Photographs help tell stories, preserve memories, and evoke emotion. 

Now in its 11th year, NPRB has conducted an annual photo contest for amateur and professional photographers. Awards are given to those who best depict images of sea life, coastal scenes, and marine research within U.S. waters of the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean. From tiny plankton to some of Earth's largest creatures, NPRB has seen it all with the annual photo contest. As NPRB develops program and educational materials, these images are used to help tell the stories of research, understanding, and life along coastal Alaska.

Who Can Enter

The contest is open to photographers of all skill levels who are residents of the United States, except employees of NPRB or their families, members of the NPRB Board of Directors and their immediate families, and members of NPRB Science Panel or Advisory Panel. Non-US residents are welcome to participate in the contest but will not be eligible for a cash prize. Both professionals and amateurs are encouraged to submit. The contest includes two categories: an Adult Category (18 and older) and a Youth Category (under 18).

Requirements

Images that are submitted to the contest must depict sea life, seascapes, coastal scenes, and/or marine research within the waters of the North Pacific Ocean including the Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea, and Gulf of Alaska. Up to five images may be submitted for the contest per entrant. Entries may be submitted online or snail mail. Those submitting via mail must complete the given year's Entry Form.

Deadlines

Entry deadline is Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Entrants may be asked to submit a short paragraph about the story behind the photo any time after March 2, 2017. Winners will be announced on or before  Friday, June 2, 2017. NPRB reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.

Prizes

Age CategoryGrand Prize2nd Prize3rd Prize
Adult$1200$600$300
Youth$600$400$200

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2016 Winners & Honorable Mentions

  • Adult 1st Place

    Adult 1st Place

    Photographer: John Matzick

  • Adult 2nd Place

    Adult 2nd Place

    Photographer: Alexander Burdin

  • Adult 3rd Place

    Adult 3rd Place

    Photographer: Sergei Zagrebelnyy

  • Youth 1st Place

    Youth 1st Place

    Photographer: Ria Smyke

  • Youth 2nd Place

    Youth 2nd Place

    Photographer: Alisa Aist

  • Youth 3rd Place

    Youth 3rd Place

    Photographer: Alisa Aist

  • Adult Honorable Mention

    Adult Honorable Mention

    Photographer: Lisanne Aerts

  • Adult Honorable Mention

    Adult Honorable Mention

    Photographer: Michael Johns

  • Adult Honorable Mention

    Adult Honorable Mention

    Photographer: Carl Johnson

  • Adult Honorable Mention

    Adult Honorable Mention

    Photographer: Bill Rome

  • Adult Honorable Mention

    Adult Honorable Mention

    Photographer: Caitlin McKinstry

  • Adult Honorable Mention

    Adult Honorable Mention

    Photographer: Glenn Aronwits

  • Adult Honorable Mention

    Adult Honorable Mention

    Photographer: Lione Clare

  • Adult Honorable Mention

    Adult Honorable Mention

    Photographer: Coby Brock

  • Adult Honorable Mention

    Adult Honorable Mention

    Photographer: Jodi Frediani

  • Adult Honorable Mention

    Adult Honorable Mention

    Photographer: Carl Johnson

  • Adult Honorable Mention

    Adult Honorable Mention

    Photographer: Alexander Burdin

  • Adult Honorable Mention

    Adult Honorable Mention

    Photographer: Melissa Armstrong

  • Adult Honorable Mention

    Adult Honorable Mention

    Photographer: Jenell Larsen

  • Youth Honorable Mention

    Youth Honorable Mention

    Photographer: Alisa Aist

  • Youth Honorable Mention

    Youth Honorable Mention

    Photographer: Alisa Aist

2015 Winners & Honorable Mentions

Photo Credit (from top to bottom, left to right): Nirupam Nigam, Stephen Jewett, Elizabeth Siddon, Anna Zhang, Chip Arnold, Todd Blaisdell, Reid Brewer, Elizabeth Siddon, Cedar Stark, Cedar Stark, Cedar Stark, Lynn Wilbur, Lynn Wilbur

2014 Winners & Honorable Mentions

Photo Credit (from top to bottom, left to right): Kathleen McGauley, S. A. Ulrich, Glenn Aronwits, Glenn Aronwits, Bill Rome, Bill Rome, Taylor Aronwits, Mark Kreider, Mark Kreider, Susan R. Serna, Ward Hulbert, Ward Hulbert

2013 Winners & Honorable Mentions

Photo Credit (from top to bottom, left to right): Gerry Sanger, Alexandra Ravelo, Alexandra Ravelo, Ryan Wolt, Elizareta Ershova, Elizareta Ershova, Fiona Ritter-Davis, Bill Rome, Bill Rome, Rich Brenner, Rich Brenner, Janet Berlin

2013 Bering Sea Photo Contest

Photo Credit (from top to bottom, left to right): Chris Linder, Ram Papish, Chris Linder, Rosana Paredes, Chris Linder, Chris Linder, Mark Rauzon, Andrew Trites, Andrew Trites, Andrew Trites, Andrew Trites, Ann Fienup-Riordan