October 28, 2008

2008 Photo Contest Winners Announced

Reef Check’s International Photography Contest 2008 “What Do Reefs Mean To You?” has concluded! Enthusiasts from over 33 countries and territories around the world submitted close to 300 photos. We would like to thank all of you who helped us promote the contest, submitted photos, voted for favorites, or simply took the time to visit the contest site to check out the photo entries. We would also like to thank contest sponsors Body Glove, Chapman Walters Intercoastal Corporation, Manthiri Maldives, Oceanic Worldwide, and PROMATE for their support, as well as pros David Fleetham, Dan Gotshall and Bonnie Pelnar, who readily volunteered their precious time to be part of our judging panel. All of your efforts combined made Reef Check’s 1st International Photography Contest such a great success that we have decided to hold the Contest again in 2009! The Winners and Honorable Mentions are listed below, congratulations!
“Manta” by Scott Hanson – Tropical Reefs Grand Prize Winner
“Stalking Lingcod” by Ben Troxell – California Reefs Grand Prize Winner
Tropical Reefs Categories
“Traveling Circus” by Barb Makohin – People and the Reef Winner
“Honu Drift” by Erin Pfuntner – People and the Reef Honorable Mention
 “Turtle Reef Split” by Scott Hanson – Creative Visions of the Reef Winner
“Whales in the Wild” by Jeannette Howard – Creative Visions of the Reef Honorable Mention
 “Manta” by Scott Hanson – Animal Behavior Winner
“Tongue over Tongue” by Felix Rodriguez – Animal Behavior Honorable Mention
California Reefs Categories
“Stalking Lingcod” by Ben Troxell – Indicator Organisms Winner
“Caged Cabezon” by Randy Hardwood – Indicator Organisms Honorable Mention
“I Gotta Count All Those Stripes?” by Jessie Altstatt – Teams in Action Winner
“Underwater Spell Checker” by Bill Field – Teams in Action Honorable Mention
Young Photographer – Beauty of the Reef Category
“Persistent Coral” by Tiffany Klerk – Winner
“Blue Eye and More” by Christian Salibi – Honorable Mention
 To view all winners and entries, please visit the Contest Website.