14th Annual Amateur Photography Contest
See the winning entries and honorable mentions for the 2012 contest!
Stay tuned for details on the 2013 contest.
Catherine Pacho, Bixby Bridge, Pacific Coast Highway, Big Sur
Thank You Ocean Podcast on the last year's 2012 Photo Contest Winners
"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.
Advice for Taking Pictures
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.
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.)