CORVALLIS, Ore. - The winners of “The Real Oregon Coast” photo contest have been announced by the sponsors, Oregon Sea Grant at Oregon State University and Oregon Coast magazine in Florence. The winning photographs go on display at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport on Dec. 23.
“We developed this contest to explore and celebrate the creative vision that many photographers bring to this much-loved place,” said Joseph Cone, Sea Grant assistant director. “We were seeking photographs that show what makes the Oregon coast distinctive and unique, that capture its essence.”
Professional, amateur, and junior photographers entered a total 300 photographs, out of which the judges chose 11 winners and honorable mentions in three categories: The Natural World, The Oregon Coast in Transition, and Coastal People and Communities of Interest.
Winners received cash awards or merchandise at the Sea Grant-supported Visitor Center bookstore at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center.
In addition to the exhibition at the Hatfield Visitor Center, winning photographs will be published in the January/February 2007 issue of Oregon Coast magazine and posted on the Oregon Sea Grant web site (www.seagrant.oregonstate.edu)
“The Natural World” Category
Gold: Carla Farris, of Independence, Mo., for “Sand Islands in a Stream at Seal Rock Recreation Area”
Silver: Jo Hanna Wienert, of Newport, for “Lightning over Yaquina Bay.”
Bronze: Dennis Kneff, Simi Valley, Calif., for “Delicate Ocean Wave Burst at Cape Kiwanda”
Honorable Mention: Doug Sokell, Forest Grove, for “Blood Star on Feather Boa Kelp,” and Deborah Macartney, Oceanside, for “Surf in Front of Rocks at Rocky Footing on Beach”
“The Coast in Transition” Category
Gold: Nancy Sturdevant, Pacific City, for “Pacific City in Snow”
Silver: Tomi Deveraux-Earl, Hillsboro, for “A View of the Dune Development /Planted Grasses at a Beach Access Area with a Glimpse of the Haystack Rock Marine Garden and National Wildlife Refuge in Cannon Beach, Oregon”
Bronze: Jessica Potter, Cannon Beach, “South Jetty Construction on the North Coast”
“Coastal People and Communities of Interest” Category
Gold: James Coffee, Gold Beach, for “Fish On”
Silver: Parker Kendall, Florence, for “Man Clamming along Siuslaw River”
Bronze: Don Frank, Gearhart, for “Razor Clammers on Gearhart Beach”
“Communities of Place” Category
No winners selected