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Release: Immediate
Date: Mar. 17, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

Time running out to enter reef guide photo contest

MOREHEAD CITY — Time is running out to submit an entry for the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Reef Guide Photo Contest.

The deadline for entering the contest is noon March 30.

“We’ve had some great entries, so far,” said Amy Comer, photo contest coordinator with the Artificial Reef Program. “We know there are more great photos out there, and we’d love for them to be submitted.”

The division is looking for photos that show the abundant fisheries resources available on North Carolina’s artificial reefs and the different ways people use the reefs.

The grand prize winner will receive a $125 cash prize and the photo will be featured on the front cover of the 2016 Marine Fisheries Reef Guide. The second place winner will receive a $50 cash prize and the third place winner will receive a $25 cash prize. All winners will be recognized with a photo on the Division of Marine Fisheries’ Artificial Reef Program’s webpage.

Entry photos should be taken while fishing or diving on a North Carolina artificial reef.

The photo contest is open to amateur and professional photographers 18 or older.

Entries should be high resolution and have a vertical (portrait) orientation. All entries must be submitted electronically with an entry form to ArtificialReefs@ncdenr.gov. Each entrant may submit up to five photos.

Official contest rules and entry forms can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/artificial-reefs-program.

Photos will be judged by April 15. Winners will be notified by April 22.

The 2016 Marine Fisheries Reef Guide will be a 5 ½ x 8 ½ waterproof book that compiles information about all the state’s artificial reefs and oyster sanctuaries. It will include a comprehensive description of reef locations, types of materials deployed on the reefs, the dates of deployments, and directions from the nearest buoy or inlet. The book will also feature tables with reef coordinates that correspond to a color-coded map.

The division’s Artificial Reef Program received $176,000 from Coastal Recreational Fishing License grants to produce the hard-copy reef guide, as well as enhancements to the Artificial Reef Program’s webpage, including an interactive electronic reef guide. Completion of the hard-copy and electronic reef guides are scheduled for this summer.

For more information, contact Comer at 252-808-8054 or Amy.Comer@ncdenr.gov.

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