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California Ocean & Coastal Photography Contest

image © Ralph Wessel, 2010 Humor Category Winner

Entries have opened for the 13th Annual California Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest, which is sponsored by the California Coastal Commission, the California Thank You Ocean campaign, and Fairmont Hotels of California. According to the contest website, the are seeking photograph entries “that reflect the importance that the coast and ocean has [sic] for California residents.” There are three subject categories into which an image can be entered: The scenic coast and Pacific Ocean off California; People and the California coast; California ocean and coastal wildlife. Prizes for the four contest winners are hotel stays at Fairmont Hotel California locations.

The submission deadline is September 2, 2011. Visit for more info.


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Santa Ynez Silhouette
© Keith Skelton – Chiaroscuro Photo Workshops


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El Matador State Beach
© Mike Chen/MetalMan (Regular Programing To Resu


New Sponsor: Y Explore Yosemite Adventures

photo © James McGrew

We first mentioned Y Explore last year when we got wind of their photography workshops at California’s Yosemite National Park, and now we’re excited to introduce you to them formally as a new sponsor here on the DP website. Y Explore presents a diverse schedule of inspiring photo workshops, led by renown professional photographers, that take place in the beautiful Yosemite Valley. Coming up in May 2010 are the Yosemite Twin Valleys Waterfall Workshops:

“Journey to a place where thundering waterfalls leap from granite cliffs into vernal pools, leaving a trail of mist that dances in and out of soft light. Join us for the unique opportunity to photograph the magnificence of two Yosemite Valleys including Hetch Hetchy, the hidden treasure of Yosemite National Park. Spectacular views unfold as we walk through wildflowers to dramatic waterfalls while exploring aspects of composition, perspective, depth of field, motion, color, lighting, and natural history of your subject.

Several options of morning and evening light photo field sessions will be available from a faculty of seasoned professional photographers. Central to all programs will be a focus on the spectacular Yosemite waterfalls during their peak season. Spring classes will include ‘Rainbows and Reflections’ with Walter Flint; ‘Hetch Hetchy Falls and Flowers’ with Robb Hirsch; ‘The Art of Digital Nature Photography’ with Joshua Cripps; and two masters programs from Phil Schermeister, author of National Geographic photography book “Range of Light”: ‘Yosemite Valley Waterfalls’ as well as ‘Abstracts and Colors in Nature’. Smaller sized groups ensure that maximum care is given to each member who wishes to achieve their photo objectives while capturing images of Yosemite’s iconic landscapes along with its diverse flora during periods of optimal light.”

For more information about the upcoming workshops, contact Y Explore Yosemite Adventures at (800) 886-8009 or, or go to To learn more about Y Explore’s wide range of adventurous Yosemite offerings, visit


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Winter in the Tejon Pass California
© Keith Skelton – Chiaroscuro Photo Workshops

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