Texas estuaries are beautiful and the Mission-Aransas Reserve Director, Jace Tunnell, captured some of the beauty in images that were awarded winners and honorable mentions in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2015 Estuary Photo Contest. There were over 130 submissions and our Reserve was awarded winning photos in the “Creepers” and “Play” category.

NOAAphoto 2American Alligator image wins in the "Creepers" category. Credit: Jace Tunnell.

 

NOAAphoto 3Squid observation image wins in the "Play" category. Credit: Jace Tunnell.

 

NOAAphoto 1Blue crab image receives honorable mention. Credit: Jace Tunnell.

 

NOAAphoto 4Learning on the R/V Katy image receives honorable mention. Credit: Jace Tunnell.


The contest was created to help promote National Estuaries Day, which is this Saturday September 26, 2015. You can view and DOWNLOAD more of the photos at NOAA’s photo gallery.

The Reserve is also hosting FREE education events this Saturday to celebrate National Estuaries Day. Come join us!

2015 NED Flyer