Santa Monica Pier Aquarium to Host Amateur Photography Exhibit – Santa Monica Real Estate

Selections from the California Ocean and Coastal Amateur Photography Contest will be displayed next month at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.

The photos — which feature everything from magnificent coastlines and beautiful birds to underwater sea life and frolicking children — represent winning entries from the annual contest, which has operated since 1998.

“The photos represent what we all love about the California coast,” said Mayor Richard Bloom, a Coastal Commissioner who requested that this traveling exhibit be brought to Santa Monica.

The contest features photographs that reflect the importance that the coast and ocean has for California residents and the role that the Coastal Commission, Natural Resources Agency and Ocean Protection Council have played in preserving coastal and marine resources.

“I am excited to present science and art together to educate the general public about how interconnected these two disciplines are,” said Vicki Wawerchak, Aquarium Director.

“The ability to see what the ocean looks like underwater through this exhibit is a great tool to inspire awareness and conservation of the ocean environment,” she said.

The Aquarium is open to the public from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. weekends. The marine center is closed Mondays.

The aquarium, located just below the Carousel at the Santa Monica Pier, attracts more than 85,000 visitors per year. Since Heal the Bay acquired the Aquarium in 2003 from UCLA, more than 475,000 visitors have been welcomed during public hours and approximately 108,000 students have been educated during in-house education programs.

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