From a field of 65 submitted entries to its annual photo contest, the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition announced seven winners in two categories.
The contest focuses attention on preserving Laguna Beach’s marine habitats, which is the coalition’s aim as well.
“We had unseasonably warm ocean temperatures in 2014 which I believe added to the diversity of sea life found in the photo contest entries,” said photographer Patsee Ober, who with professional photographers Mark Chamberlain and Mitch Ridder judged the contest.
“The judges were very impressed by the caliber of both amateur and professional entries this year,” said Ober. “It was very challenging to score such quality images of Laguna’s Marine Protected Area.”
In the amateur division:
First Place: Michelle Hoalton, “Swimming with the Fishes”
Second Place: Lucas Austin, “Falling Water”
Third Place: Andrea Stockert, “Gotcha”
Honorable Mention: Alicia Warwick, “Summer Sunset”
In the professional division:
First Place: Cliff Wassmann, “Orcas at Sunset”
Second Place: Sean Brown, “Tide Pool”
Third Place: Matthew Saville, “Small World”
The winning photos will be exhibited at Gallery Q in the Susi Q Community Center during the summer and an artist’s reception is planned for July.
See all the entries at lagunabluebelt.org.