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ALASKA FISHERIES: Fish Photo Contest - 2011 Results and 2012 Details
Alaska Region, January 23, 2012
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1st Place: This incredibly unique photo shows a Dolly Varden char just beneath the surface of Anchorage’s Campbell Creek. It took Mark two hours and 100+ exposures to capture its brief pause before the strike!
1st Place: This incredibly unique photo shows a Dolly Varden char just beneath the surface of Anchorage’s Campbell Creek. It took Mark two hours and 100+ exposures to capture its brief pause before the strike! - Photo Credit: Mark Stadsklev
Runner up: fisheye view of sockeye salmon migrating up the Kenai River. This fantastic photo provides a holistic view of fish habitat and behavior.
Runner up: fisheye view of sockeye salmon migrating up the Kenai River. This fantastic photo provides a holistic view of fish habitat and behavior. - Photo Credit: Kentaro Yasui
The judges thought this shot of pink salmon migrating had a wonderful artistic quality and is a stunning example of nature's beauty shown through the salmon's fascinating life history.
The judges thought this shot of pink salmon migrating had a wonderful artistic quality and is a stunning example of nature's beauty shown through the salmon's fascinating life history. - Photo Credit: Amy Modig
This stunning shot of a Dolly Varden char from Quartz Creek stood out for its great color, tonal range, detail, and composition.
This stunning shot of a Dolly Varden char from Quartz Creek stood out for its great color, tonal range, detail, and composition. - Photo Credit: Vernon Orange
A simple caption for this photo could be “Tough Love.” This incredible action shot epitomizes just how physically demanding spawning truly is.
A simple caption for this photo could be “Tough Love.” This incredible action shot epitomizes just how physically demanding spawning truly is. - Photo Credit: Kentaro Yasui

A large proportion of fish images in the popular media are limited to game or commercial species that have been extracted from their natural habitat.

 

2011 marked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s first annual Alaska Fish Photo Contest (open to all Alaska residents and visitors). We asked participants to send in photos that conveyed information about the natural seasonal behaviors and habitats of native fish, or captured the unique nature of Alaska’s fisheries. We were blown away by the results and hope their photos inspire others to get out and photograph Alaska’s amazing fish in 2012!

2012 Categories

Fish Doing Fishy Things. Fish can be very elusive…and Alaska is a big state! We need your help capturing photos of fish migrating, spawning, feeding, fighting, hiding, and jumping in their natural, Alaskan habitats. Any species, any time of year...If they do it, we want to see it!

What a Girl Wants. Male fish go through a lot to impress the ladies. Case in point: “nuptial” tubercles. Doesn’t sound romantic? You must not be a female lake chub or rainbow smelt. Others get a huge “kype” (a prominent hook jaw). Some especially flamboyant species, like the Dolly Varden char, turn brilliant colors. Watch for these amazing changes and send in your best close-ups!

Fish for the Future. Children are the future stewards and beneficiaries of Alaska’s incredibly rich fisheries resources. We’re looking for outdoor shots of youth (under 18) fishing, helping with fishing gear, holding or releasing fish, or otherwise interacting with Alaska’s fish/participating in related Alaskan traditions!

Unique Alaska. Alaska’s fish support varied and valuable subsistence, personal use, recreational, and commercial fisheries…we’d love to see you capture these unique fisheries and the settings in which they occur. If you catch and release, send in your best shots of fish that are alive and partially (or fully) submerged in their natural habitat!

New in 2012 (Optional)

When you send in your photos, share why fish are important to you, your family, and/or your community. Do you have a favorite fish-related memory that celebrates the importance of fish in your life? Are you really impressed with the life cycle or physical feats of a particular species? We’d like to create a page called “Voices for Alaska’s Fish and Wildlife”. Here, your essays, stories, poems, or any other forms of expression about Alaska’s fish or fisheries will be shared anonymously to help others understand their many values!

Check out our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/USFWS.AK.Fisheries.Habitat.



http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfws_alaska/collections/72157627895741445/
Alaska Fish Photo Contest page
http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/fish/contest_photo.htm
Contact Info: Katrina Mueller, 907-786-3637, katrina_mueller@fws.gov



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