OFFICE FOR COASTAL MANAGEMENT

Coastal Management Photo Contest – Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the 2021 Coastal Management in Action photo contest winners. A panel of judges anonymously selected winning photos and honorable mentions from over 70 submissions. Thank you to all the photographers out there.

Areas We Protect

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Lake Superior, Michigan
Todd Marsee. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Lake Superior, Michigan.

Lake Superior, Michigan, at dawn on a cold January day
Mike Molnar. Photo of Lake Superior, Duluth, Minnesota, at dawn on a cold January day. Air temperature below zero and some open water out on the big Lake cause sea smoke on the horizon. A bit of shelf ice forming on the shoreline and the harbor light blinks in hope of guiding in a ship.

Sunrise at Fisher Island, Florida
Sarah Beggerly. Sunrise at Fisher Island, Florida.

Recreation

Kayaks and canoes at Wellfleet Harbor, Massachusetts

Robin Lacey. Kayaks and canoes ready for use on the high marsh grass. Wellfleet Harbor, Massachusetts.

Coastal Hazards

Incoming coastal storm at Virginia Key Beach, Miami, Florida

Sarah Beggerly. Incoming coastal storm at Virginia Key Beach, Miami, Florida.

Marine Debris

Group of sanderlings on the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park near Lewes, Delaware

Mike Molnar. A group of migrating sanderlings feed on the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park near Lewes, Delaware. They feed in the intertidal area at the water’s edge. The main bird seems heavy lidded as to be commenting about the brightly colored plastics strewn about the beach as marine debris.

Public Access

Cape Cod walkway in Massachusetts, fringed by native beach plums

Betsy Rickards. There are many ways to access the shore in Massachusetts, such as this Cape Cod walkway fringed by native beach plums.

Merizo Pier and lagoon in Merizo Village, Guam

Christian Paul Benitez. Merizo Pier and lagoon in Merizo Village, Guam.

Ocean Planning

Tilapia fish at the Fadian Hatchery in Mangilao, Guam

Audrey Meno. Tilapia fish at the Fadian Hatchery in Mangilao, Guam.

Economics

A lobster at sunset off of Goldthwait Beach, Marblehead, Massachusetts

Betsy Rickards. A lobster boat takes a break and rests on a mooring at sunset off of Goldthwait Beach, Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Whelk in the shadow of the Port of Miami, Florida

Sarah Beggerly. Whelk in the shadow of the Port of Miami, Florida.

Honorary Mentions

group of sanderlings at Cape Henlopen State Park near Lewes, Delaware

Mike Molnar. A group of sanderlings feeding along the shoreline searching for fuel for their migration. Photo taken at Cape Henlopen State Park near Lewes, Delaware.

Sunset over Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Mike Molnar. Sunset over Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge embayment, marsh edge, and coastal pine island at sunset. Near Cambridge, Maryland.

Estuary at Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Texas

Jace Tunnell. Estuary to ocean, Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Texas.

Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse

Betsy Rickards. Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse, originally built in 1835, marks the entrance to nearby Rockport Harbor and is an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. The Massachusetts Audubon Society owns and manages the island as a bird and wildlife sanctuary.

Cocos Island and lagoon from Merizo Village, Guam

Christian Paul Benitez. Drone shot of Cocos Island and lagoon from Merizo Village, Guam.

The horizon on an overcast morning on Folly Beach, South Carolina

Zach Spencer. The sun breaks across the horizon on an overcast morning on Folly Beach, South Carolina.

Sunrise at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida

RJ Mitchell. Sunrise at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida.

Merizo Village in southern Guam

Christian Paul Benitez. Merizo Village in southern Guam.