A Cambrian’s portrait of two young elephant seals has received an honorable mention award in the California Coastal Commission’s 17th annual Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest.
Writer Charmaine Coimbra got the news about her “Happy Campers” picture Monday, Oct. 5, and immediately posted on Facebook, “This is a real OMG day!”
She said later in a phone interview, “There were 1,500 entries, and they only gave 13 honorable mentions.”
Coimbra used an Olympus EM1 camera for the shot.
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“I knew the minute I took the photo that I had what I call ‘my moneymaker shot.’ ”
She said she took the photo in March “when weaners rule the beach.” Weaners are young seals learning to live on their own after their moms head back to sea.
Coimbra is a docent with the Friends of the Elephant Seal nonprofit that provides information and guidance to the thousands of people who visit the seals’ North Coast rookery every year. She also is the coordinator of the annual Soupabration fundraiser that will happen Nov. 1 this year at the Morro Bay Community Center.
To see the photography contest’s winners, go to www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/photos/photo.html.