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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

Farming, Science & Technology: Photography Gear
From the science in the lab to hatcheries and grow-out, there are a lot of moving pieces that come together for successful aquaculture operations. This category is for images and videos of the animals, plants, seafood, farms, hatcheries technology, science, etc. that make up aquaculture.


First Place
A Northern Quahog, Mercenaria mercenaria, spat inside a perfect seawater droplet. This clam looks like a grain of sand to the naked eye.
Credit: Kathryn Markey Lundgren
Bristol, RI

Second Place
Sturgeon in a recirculating aquaculture system.
Credit: Allen Pattillo
Stevens Point, WI



Third Place
The macroalgae Ulva lactuna in tank cultivation program.
Credit: Brian Cousin
Fort Pierce, FL

Honorable Mention
A specialized dissection of the digestive tract of an adult sea louse.
Credit: Ian Bricknell
Maine


*We did not receive enough submissions to warrant a contest in the iMoment format.