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Congratulations to the 2015 Aquaculture Photo Contest Winners!

NOAA's first-ever Aquaculture Photo Contest recognizes photographers who have captured images of aquaculture and the people, science and technology behind it. The contest was open to the public, and photographers submitted images to one of the four categories below. Judges consisted of aquaculture, communications and photography professionals. Click on a category below to see the winners and finalists. Thank you to everyone for participating!

Aquaculture in Action | Farming, Science & Technology | Aquaculture & the Environment | International

Aquaculture in Action: Photography Gear
Aquaculture is only made possible because of the hard-working farmers, watermen and scientists behind it. This category is for images or videos of people working in aquaculture – whether it be on the farm, on a boat, in the field, or in the lab. We want to see the people that put aquaculture in action!


Tie: First Place
Sorting and spawning Atlantic Salmon broodstock.
Credit: Kevin Bright
Centralia, WA

Tie: First Place
Oyster farmer Frank Peasley pulls oysters through the ice on the Bagaduce River.
Credit: Tonyia Peasley
Brooksville, ME



Second Place
Early morning on the Bagaduce River finds Annie bringing her first load of oysters to work float.
Credit: Tonyia Peasley
Brooksville, ME

Third Place
Adam and Mason Silkes tending the seed collection ropes.
Credit: Paula Quigley
Middletown, RI


Honorable Mention
Jay Stryon, owner of Carolina Mariculture Co., is culling and grading oysters.
Credit: Donald Hurlbert
Cedar Island, NC


*We did not have enough video or iMoment submissions to warrant contests in these formats.