Kids Win All Summer with Sanctuary Classic Fishing and Photo Event

NOAA encourages families to participate in contest for cash and scholarships

Sanctuary Classic

Sanctuary Classic

Courtesy NOAA

NOAA and the Sportfishing Conservancy kicked off a summer-long contest — the Sanctuary Classic — with special events held Saturday in Florida and California. From now through September 3, kids can register online and submit their fishing photos each week, taken from any of the country's national marine sanctuaries.

Highlighted sanctuaries include the Monterey Bay and Channel Islands locations in California and the Florida Keys and Gray’s Reef locations in Florida and Georgia, respectively.

Online voting determines each week’s winners. The top 10 receive $100 awards. At the end of the summer, the kids whose photos place in the top four overall win $1,000 scholarships.

Entry is free and open to youngsters under 18; catch-and-release is encouraged. Participants receive information on the sanctuaries, safety, conservation and sustainable recreational-fishing techniques.

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Kids in California and Florida fish and learn during the June 9 kickoff events for NOAA's Sanctuary Classic, which runs through September 3.Photos by Ron Ballanti and Karrie Carnes
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Kids in California and Florida fish and learn during the June 9 kickoff events for NOAA's Sanctuary Classic, which runs through September 3.Photos by Ron Ballanti and Karrie Carnes
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Kids in California and Florida fish and learn during the June 9 kickoff events for NOAA's Sanctuary Classic, which runs through September 3.Photos by Ron Ballanti and Karrie Carnes
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Kids in California and Florida fish and learn during the June 9 kickoff events for NOAA's Sanctuary Classic, which runs through September 3.Photos by Ron Ballanti and Karrie Carnes
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Kids in California and Florida fish and learn during the June 9 kickoff events for NOAA's Sanctuary Classic, which runs through September 3.Photos by Ron Ballanti and Karrie Carnes
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Kids in California and Florida fish and learn during the June 9 kickoff events for NOAA's Sanctuary Classic, which runs through September 3.Photos by Ron Ballanti and Karrie Carnes
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Kids in California and Florida fish and learn during the June 9 kickoff events for NOAA's Sanctuary Classic, which runs through September 3.Photos by Ron Ballanti and Karrie Carnes
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Kids in California and Florida fish and learn during the June 9 kickoff events for NOAA's Sanctuary Classic, which runs through September 3.Photos by Ron Ballanti and Karrie Carnes
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Kids in California and Florida fish and learn during the June 9 kickoff events for NOAA's Sanctuary Classic, which runs through September 3.Photos by Ron Ballanti and Karrie Carnes