How to Enter the CORAL E-Current Photo Contest

Send an email to along with your submitted photograph as an attachment (not to exceed 5 megabytes) in accordance with the instructions below.

Include the following information in your email:

1. Name
2. Address 
3. Telephone number 
4. Email address
5. Date of Birth 
6. Description of the photo submitted, including (1) a description/caption for the photo, (2) the common and Latin names of any species shown, (3) location of photo, (4) date of photo, (5) type of camera and setup used in the shot, and (6) other descriptive information as appropriate (such as how you got the shot).

Entry Limit

There is a limit of one (1) entry per person per contest.

Contest Deadline

All entries must be submitted and received by 11:59 p.m. U.S. Pacific Standard (or Daylight) Time on the 15th of the month prior to the next E-Current (photo edition) publication month. For the next deadline, return to CORAL E-Current Photo Contest.


Entered photographs must fit within the following categories:

  • corals
  • coral reef scenes
  • coral reef species
  • coral reefs seen from above water
  • humans living near coral reefs
  • coral reef communities
  • coastal development near coral reefs
  • coral reef damage and bleaching
  • coral reef protection
  • responsible divers and snorkelers near coral reefs
  • sustainable marine recreation near coral reefs
  • coral reef community development
  • coral reef threat reduction

Please Note: Photographs showing animals in captivity or modified habitat will not be accepted.

Photograph Requirements

Each entry must comply with the following requirements:

Format: Photographs must be in digital format. Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted for entry into this contest. The photograph need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable. All digital files must be 5 megabytes or smaller, must be in JPEG or .jpg format, and must be at least 1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image).

Eligibility: Photographs may not previously have won an award in the CORAL E-Current Photo Contest or any CORAL photograph contest in the last three years.

Acceptable Changes: Minor burning, dodging, and/or color correction is acceptable. Hand tinting is acceptable, as is cropping. Fish-eye lenses are acceptable. High-dynamic range images (HDRI) and stitched panoramas are acceptable only if the combined parts are all made around the same time. Any changes to the original photograph not itemized here are unacceptable and will render the photograph ineligible for a prize.

Warranty: The photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the contest entrant. By entering the contest, entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submitted photograph is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity, or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the photograph.

Release: CORAL retains the right to use all photographs submitted to the contest unless requested otherwise. For more details, please review The Rules.

Content: The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of CORAL, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.

Judging: The entries will be judged in accordance with the judging criteria, as defined in The Rules.

For more information, including complete details, see The Rules »

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