Delawareans and University of Delaware students are invited to submit nature photos for the 2015 Coast Day photography contest.

Coast Day photo contest

Delawareans, UD students invited to submit nature photos on social media


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Delawareans and University of Delaware students are invited to enter photos in the 2015 Coast Day photography contest that demonstrate the 39th annual Coast Day theme, “Discoveries: on land, in the air and at sea.” 

Entrants may share an unlimited number of photo entries on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #DECoastDay. 

Photographers can approach the nature topic in a variety of ways — highlighting discoveries viewed out of an airplane or automobile window; coastal scenes; wildlife; underwater photos; textural images of shells, rock or bark; and more. 

To enter:

1. Snap a photo depicting a nature discovery on land, in the air, or at sea.

2. Share the photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #DECoastDay. Leave a brief description of the photo (location, what you are discovering) in the caption. On Instagram, be sure to include the hashtag #DECoastDay in the photo description and not the comments section.

3. Make sure that privacy settings are set so that the post is publicly visible. 

Photographs may have been taken anywhere in the world, but they must have been taken after last year’s Coast Day (Oct. 5, 2014). All entries that meet the contest criteria will be digitally displayed at Delaware Coast Day. The winning entry and first runner-up who submit the photos that most closely represent the theme will receive a $100 and $50 Visa gift card, respectively. 

Photos must be posted no later than 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Coast Day, the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and Delaware Sea Grant’s premier celebration of the sea, is held annually on the first Sunday in October at UD’s Lewes Campus. The annual education festival and showcase for Delaware’s rich marine resources attracts thousands of attendees every year. 

Attendees can wander through tents featuring educational exhibits, tour research vessels, sample the region’s best seafood and develop a deeper appreciation for the sea and marine stewardship.

For a complete list of Coast Day Photo Contest rules, and to learn more about Coast Day, visit Like or follow Delaware Sea Grant on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

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