By Julie Powers
Atlantic Beach, NC - If you like to take photos, picture this -- your pastime could win you $500 in the 2009 North Carolina Aquariums’ Underwater Photo Contest. And you don’t even have to get wet.
The Aquatic Life at the North Carolina Aquariums category is reserved for photos of animals and exhibits at the three state Aquariums – at Fort Fisher, at Pine Knoll Shores and on Roanoke Island.
Divers can compete in two other categories, Underwater Animal Close-ups or Underwater Open, with photos taken in waters off the coast of North Carolina or within the state’s freshwater systems.
Amateur and non-professional photographers can enter up to three photographs in each category. Photos must be submitted online at www.ncaquariums.com by midnight, Dec. 31, 2009.
Cash prizes are awarded in each of the three categories – first place, $500; second place, $200; third place, $100; honorable mention $50.
The North Carolina Aquariums Division, under the N.C. Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, hosts the annual competition to highlight the state’s aquatic biodiversity. The Aquariums share the mission, “inspiring appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments.”
See www.ncaquariums.com for complete contest rules and application details.
The three North Carolina Aquariums are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $8 for ages 18-61; $7 for ages 62 and up; $6 for ages 6-17; no charge for ages 5 and under and members of the North Carolina Aquariums.