Capture the future of our Urban Ocean! This winter's storms and King Tides offer a glimpse of what flooding and future sea level rise will look like in our beach communities. Sea level rise in the Los Angeles region is expected to match global projections with an increase of 5- 24 inches by 2050. Sea level rise will worsen the impacts of flooding and coastal erosion due to high tides and storm surge, thus increasing the risks and costs to maintain beaches and coastal infrastructure. Visualizing today's risks enables community leaders and local governments to set priorities as they plan strategies that will help the region adapt to the future impacts of sea level rise.
Category - Photo Essay
1st Place: Alan Walti January 19, 2015. 8:30 AM. Redondo Beach.
Finalist: Doug Wille January 20, 2015. 9:15 AM. Rustic Creek, Santa Monica.
Category - High / Low Comparison Images
1st Place: Jeremy Bellman January 4, 2015. Cabrillo Beach.
Finalist: Jiwon Chae February 18 & 20, 2015. Balboa Peninsula steps, Newport Beach.
Finalist: Kurt Holland February 18, 2015. Westward Beach, Pt. Dume. Malibu.
Catagory - Individual Photo
1st Place: Kurt Holland January 19, 2015. 7:48 AM. Broad Beach, Malibu.
Finalist: Michael Kriskovic January 21, 2015. Mother's Beach, Marina Del Rey.
Finalist: Jiwon Chae February 18, 2015. 8:05 AM. Balboa Pier, Newport Beach.
January 4, 2015. Cabrillo Beach. Photo by Jeremy Bellman December 22, 2014. Redondo Beach. Photo by Juliette Hart
February 17, 2015. Malibu. Photos by Linda Chilton
January 20, 2015. Broad Beach, Malibu. Photos by Kurt Holland
January 19, 2015 Belmont Shore, Long Beach. Photos by Holly Rindge
January 20, 2015. Rustic Creek, Santa Monica. Photos by Doug Wille
January 19, 2015. Mother's Beach, Long Beach. Photos by Linda Chilton
January 20, 2015. High and low tide at China Cove, Corona Del Mar. Photos by Gayle Rindge
January 20, 2015. High and low tide at Pirate's Cove, Corona Del Mar. Photos by Gayle Rindge
January 20, 2015. Seal Beach. Photos by Holly Rindge
January 19, 2015. Long Beach. Photos by Holly Rindge
The constest is now closed. Send us your best photos of extreme high tides and winter storms impacting Los Angeles and Orange County beaches and coastal infrastructure. Impacts are often seen as high waves and flooding on piers, boardwalks, marinas, canals, seawalls, roads, power plants, and the port complex. Images that compare high tide and low tide at the same location are particularly impactful. This is a great opportunity for community members and students of all ages to become citizen scientists. Check out the 2014 SLIDESHOW!
3 Photo Categories: Individual Photograph, Photo Essay (3-6 photos), High and Low Comparison Images
The contest is now closed. The contest has 3 categories for submissions: Individual Photograph; Photo Essay (3-6 images); and High / Low Comparison.
Entries may be submitted via email to UrbanTides.firstname.lastname@example.org. Images may also be submitted to usc_sea_grant on Instagram using the hashtag #UrbanTidesPhotos.
** The following information must be submitted with each photo and/or video:
All entries must be taken by the contestant and must not be subject to any digital manipulation.
In addition to submitting your images to the Urban Tides Contest, we also encourage you to share your photos with the
Calfornia King Tides Initiative. More information on this statewide effort can be found here.
King Tides: The highest tides of the year, called King tides, are occuring January 19, 20, 21 and February 17, 18, 19, 2015.
King tides are an ideal time to capture imagery. Check out this TIDE CHART of the timing and heights of King tides for locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
Photo Tips: We are seeking the best photos and videos of flooding and wave impacts due to extreme high tides and winter storms on beaches, piers, canals, power plants, marinas, and other coastal infrastructure. View our PHOTO TIPS and locations where imagery is needed.
Stay Safe! View TIPS for staying safe along the shore.
Educators: USC Sea Grant has developed a lesson plan designed to increase student understanding of sea level rise impacts on our coastline. This contest can be easily integrated into the LESSON PLAN to increase student contributions to community citizen science efforts on sea level rise education.
Help us promote this contest! Please share this webpage and CONTEST FLYER.
Finalists and winners in each category will be announced in early March 2015. In additon to goodies from the contest Partners, top prizes will include admission tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific and an invitation for a MPA Watch boat trip with Los Angeles Waterkeeper. Stay tuned for more details!
The best images and videos will be shared broadly throughout the community. Digital displays will be scheduled to show at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, and the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.
Imagery will also be shared directly with community leaders and local governments through workshops and webinars as part of USC Sea Grant’s Regional AdaptLA program.
The contest dates are January 12 - February 26, 2015. Imagery may also be submitted that was taken in December 2014.
The contest seeks imagery only from Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
Please read all CONTEST RULES before submitting imagery. Each contestant retains copyright of his/her submitted photograph(s), however each contestant explicitly grants USC Sea Grant and contest Partners a nonexclusive license to use and share each submission for educational and promotional purposes now and in the future. By submitting a photograph or video to the Urban Tides Photo Conest you are agreeing to abide by all contest rules, submission guidelines, licencing, and limitations of liability stated in the contest rules.
Contest judges will evaluate entries on the basis of:
Awards will be given to imagery deemed highest in all three criteria. One first place winner and two finalists will be announced in each contest category. Winners and finalists will be notified via email and will be posted on this website on March 18, 2015.