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We’re looking forward to seeing your best photos and videos of state marine protects areas (MPAs) along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary! Selected images and videos will be posted on Facebook and Instagram, showcased during our virtual Waves & Wildlife 2020 Awards Ceremony & Celebration, and included in our official Waves & Wildlife 2020 video!

Please take a moment to enter your favorite photos and videos, "like" your favorite entries, and share this page with your networks to help increase awareness about our incredible habitat-restoring MPAs. Thank you for entering and for helping us to spread the word about Waves & Wildlife 2020! 



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THANK YOU to the organizations who donate incredible prizes for our Waves and Wildlife competition. 

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Use the form below to upload your photo(s) and/or video(s)!


To enter PHOTOS directly from your Instagram posts, tag @SaveOurShores on the photo (not just in the caption) and add the hashtag #WavesWildlife2020 to your caption. (To use this method, your Instagram account must be public.)


To enter 30 second VIDEOS without uploading to YouTube or Vimeo, email mp4s to with the subject: Waves & Wildlife 2020 Video Entry. Be sure to include your full name, the MPA where you shot the video, and a phone number.



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(For video entries, please also email a copy of the mp4 to

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"Like" your favorite entries!


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Share this contest with friends

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OFFICIAL DEADLINE: To be eligible for prizes, entries must be posted to this site by 11:59 PM (PDT) on Saturday, September 26.

By submitting photos and videos to the Waves and Wildlife photo competition, you agree to allow Save Our Shores to utilize your photos for all promotional purposes in print, online, and other outlets. This includes our website, social media outlets, newsletter, videos, etc. Photographers will be given credit for their work whenever it is used. 

  • Please do not incorporate any text into your images.

  • Preference is given to photos excluding people and man-made structures.

  • Photos can be from any point in time.

  • Photos must be original and belong to the submitter.

  • You may submit as many images as you’d like.

  • Photos must hold a minimum resolution of 300dpi.

  • Acceptable file format for digital images are jpg or png.

  • Videos should be in mp4 format and no longer than 30 seconds.

  • Photos and videos must be taken at one of the marine protected areas within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary which includes: 

Año Nuevo State SMR

Asilomar SMR*Edward F. Ricketts SMCA

Big Creek SMCA* and SMR*

Cambria SMCA* and State Marine Park*

Carmel Bay SMCA*

Carmel Pinnacles SMR*

Elkhorn Slough SMCA and SMR

Greyhound Rock SCMA*

Lovers Point SMR*

Montara State Marine Reserve (SMR)*

Moro Cojo Slough SMR*

Natural Bridges SMR

Pacific Grove Marine Gardens SMCA*

Piedras Blancas SMCA* and SMR*

Pillar Point State Marine Conservation Area (SCMA)*

Point Lobos SMR and SMCA

Point Sur SMCA* and SMR*

Portuguese Ledge SMCA*

Soquel Canyon SMCA

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MPAs are portions of our ocean and estuaries that are sheltered from particular kinds of human disturbance. From rocky intertidal zones to lush kelp forests, MPAs include a wide range of ocean habitats along our coastlines. These protected parts of the ocean and shorelines help conserve and restore wildlife and habitats of the sea much like state and national parks do for land. MPAs protect critical habitats and improve the sustainability of fisheries. There are two kinds of MPAs: state marine reserves and state marine conservation areas. These types of areas provide different amounts and kinds of protection.