California Coastal Commission

Galleries of Past Winners:

2015     |    2014

2013     |    2012     |    2011

2010     |    2009     |    2008

2007     |    2006     |    2005

2004     |    2003     |    2002

2001     |    1999     |    1998

Come see our traveling exhibit of previous contest winners!

December 2015 - January 2016
Topanga Library
122 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.

February 8-19 2016
California State Capitol
Outside the Governor's office
10th and L Streets, Sacramento

March - May 2016
Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach

Right Column

17th Annual California Ocean & Coastal Amateur Photography Contest

Congratulations to the 2015 winners and honorable mentions!
View the whole gallery.

Photo pier in San Francisco, by Iswar Biswal
2015 Judges' Second Place: Pier in San Francisco, by Iswar Biswal

This contest is a partnership with the Thank You Ocean Campaign.

Watch the Thank You Ocean Report about the 2015 Contest:

Advice for Taking Pictures

"Here's a central and obvious principle about photography that is sometimes overlooked even by some veteran photographers — that it's about light. Light makes the image. All cameras, whether film-based or digital are wonders of technology but they don't have a clue about subject; they're designed to transmit and register light and a range of its qualities.

It's true that the history of photography is filled with examples in which the subject and not the light is what the viewer's attention is drawn to and many of those images are powerful and memorable. In photojournalism, for example, when the urgency of an event takes precedence over art, the photographer may not have the time or the interest in waiting for the right light. But amongst the most memorable of those images, the ones that put a lump in your throat are those in which the light was a significant and descriptive player. So think about the subject but shoot the light."
  - Malcolm Lubliner, Photographer

Photo contest entries may be used in Coastal Commission web pages, publications, and products. Past contest photos have been used to produce a set of greeting cards; a free screensaver (see below); and coastal access guides for southern California, central California, the San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay regions, and California’s north coast.

The Screensaver!

It is free and contains images from our 2001 contest. The file to download  is 3.3 MB.  Right click on this link and select save target as or save as to save it to the directory of your choice before installation. (Remember, screen savers use energy. To conserve energy, turn the monitor off when computer is not in use.)