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Anyone with a camera can participate in the Project by taking and uploading photos of king tides. Once the season begins, you'll find a form on this page for easily uploading photos that will be displayed on a King Tides Story Map. You may also want to share your photos on social media using #kingtides. The most important thing to remember is to be safe! Take extra precautions when you walk on slippery areas or near big waves, and always be conscious of your surroundings and the weather conditions. Don't turn your back on the ocean! Please be aware that shore birds may be taking refuge in areas above the tide line so that you don't flush them out in the process of getting your shot.

Start by choosing a location and finding out when your king tides will be. Check back here in the fall for a map of California locations showing tide heights and times for the upcoming king tides. You can also check NOAA's Tides & Currents webpage. Take your photos as near to "peak" tide time as you can.

If you're able, try to upload your photo from the place you took it for the most accurate location data. If you can't do that, take careful note of the time, date, location (as specific as possible), and orientation of your photos so that you can include this information when you upload your photo later.

Some of the most powerful images are taken in areas that are subject to flooding and erosion, and of places where high water levels can be gauged against familiar landmarks (such as cliffs, rocks, roads, buildings, bridge supports, sea walls, staircases, dikes, and piers).


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