How to Enter

  1. Submit your photos via message to the Whale SENSE Facebook page or to whalesenseww@gmail.com by FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2nd. You can enter up to one photo per category.  With each photo include your name, the name of the whale watch company with which you were on board, date it was taken, and a caption/description.

Categories include: a) breaching, b) scenic view (does not have to include a whale but can) c) tail shot d) feeding e) non marine mammal, i.e. birds, fish, sharks.

  1. Voting will happen on the Whale SENSE Facebook page, so make sure you “like” or “follow” us to see how your photo(s) ranks.
  2. Voting will run from November 6- November 13. When voting opens, encourage your Facebook friends to “Like” your photo in the contest album!  Each like/reaction is a vote, and participants can vote for as many photos as they want. The photo with the most votes in each category wins!
  3. We will notify the winners within 24 hours of the contest ending date. Winning photos will be featured on our Facebook page and website, and winners will receive a prize.

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Any photo of marine mammals taken by passengers or crew members aboard a boat that participates in the Whale SENSE program (Atlantic and Alaska regions!) is eligible for submission, provided that they meet the Whale SENSE responsible advertising criteria. You will be disqualified if your photo shows any of the following:

  1. People touching, pursuing, chasing, attempting to swim with, or closely interacting with wild marine mammals or any activities that would violate the Marine Mammal Protection Act, Endangered Species Act or other regulatory measures.
  2. Pictures taken from a vessel underway within close approach zones:
  • In the Atlantic, the close approach zone is 100-300 feet from whales, or less than 3 boat lengths.
  • In Alaska, the no wake zone is 300-600 feet.
  1. Photos should be taken while following all regional whale watching guidelines.
  2. We will not accept photos of North Atlantic right whales due to the 500 yard approach regulation. We also will not accept photos of Alaskan humpback whales that don’t comply with the 100 yard approach regulation.

Make sure your whale watch company participates in the Whale SENSE program here.

Pictured below are last year’s winners!