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2015 Photo Contest: Coastal and Marine Places Category

The following are winning entries in the Coastal and Marine Places category of our 2015 World Ocean Day photo contest. Please note that we may use any of the approximately 400 photos we received for this contest on our website and in other NOS publications. We will provide credit to photographers whenever we use any of the photos. We would like to thank all who participated.

Iguana Island, Cayo Largo, Cuba

Fallen Tree

From the photographer: "Fallen tree on crystal clear turquoise sea water. Tourists visit this place, but it still maintains all its natural beauty and biological value as an ecosystem, proof that tourism and preservation can and must work together." This image was shot on Iguana Island, Cayo Largo, Cuba. Credit: Carmen Bellido Aragones

El Capitan shoreline

El Capitan State Beach

This panaroma shows the view looking southwest out on the Pacific Ocean and coast from El Capitan State Beach, California, near a lifeguard watchtower. Credit: Daniel Arellano

a pier

Skeletal Pier

A skeletal pier located in North Eleuthera, Bahamas. Credit: Dan Clem

a seagull in Texas


A seagull landing on the shoreline in Port Aransas, Texas. Credit: Dallas Henderson

a mossy rock

Oahu Shoreline

A rock dripping waves off of Cockroach Cove, Oahu. Credit: Laila Romany