Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Photo contest highlights beauty of North Carolina's coastal reserves

Photo contest highlights beauty of North Carolina's coastal reserves

BEAUFORT – The N.C. Division of Coastal Management’s Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve Program invites people to participate in the judging of its first annual photo contest.

Photos submitted by visitors to the state’s 10 coastal reserve sites will be featured on the reserve’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/North-Carolina-Coastal-Reserve/251517631574646) from March 15-April 1, 2014 for judging by the reserve’s Facebook community. Facebook users will be able to “like” their favorite photos in a variety of categories, with the winners determined by the number of “likes” each photo receives by the conclusion of the judging period.

Winning photographs will be recognized in Animal, Plant, Landscape, and Human Connection categories, and the photo receiving the highest total number of “likes” will be designated the overall contest winner. Winning photographs will be featured in the reserve’s upcoming Tidal Flat newsletter.

The photo contest represents a new opportunity for amateur photographers and coastal enthusiasts to share images of the unique resources found along North Carolina’s coasts. Spanning from the Virginia to South Carolina borders, North Carolina’s reserve sites protect a variety of coastal habitats for research and education purposes. Providing access to these sites enhances the public’s understanding of estuarine environments and supports recreational activities such as boating, fishing, wildlife viewing, and photography. The annual photo contest hopes to build upon visitors’ enthusiasm for the animals, plants, and recreation opportunities found at the reserve sites, and inspire appreciation for North Carolina’s coastal ecosystems.

The reserve staff thanks this year’s photo contest participants, and encourages Facebook users to “like” their favorite coastal photographs by April 1, 2014.

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