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Seward youth takes prized photos


Meret Beutler

Meret Beutler's photograph, "No bird in sight," took second place in the youth category of The North Pacific Research Board photo contest.

Meret Beutler, one of two Seward youths who took part in the Obihiro student exhange program last year, place high in a The North Pacific Research Board annual photo contest. Each year since 2007, NPRB has organized a photo contest celebrating images of coastal or ocean seascapes or sea life within the waters of the North Pacific Ocean including the Gulf of Alaska, Prince William Sound, the Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea or Beaufort/Chukchi seas.

The winning photographs were selected from almost 100 entries and submissions covered subjects from plankton to people and everything in between, including seabirds, fishes and marine mammals. Beutler took second and third place in the youth category with "No bird in sight" featuring sea bird eggs in a beach nest as well as "Living on the edge."

First place in the youth category went to Lione Clare of Sitka for "The remains of decaying dead pink salmon create a striking pattern." A total of over $3,000 went to the contest winners this year in the adult and youth divisions.

"I was struck by the diversity of the photos entered in this year's contest. We were treated to everything from the striking colors of anemones to the action of the kittiwakes escaping the calving glacier to a decaying pink salmon," said Denby Lloyd, NPRB's executive director, "Photographs are a wonderful way to build interest in and awareness of ocean ecosystems and fisheries."

Submissions were judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. The judging panel consisted of professional photographers, graphic designers, NPRB's science and advisory panel members, board members and staff. Photo contest winners will be featured on the NPRB website ( and in a 2015 calendar that will be available for free to the public in January.

Meret Beutler

"Living on the edge" won third place for Meret Beutler in the NPRB annual art contest.

This year NPRB also held a special edition of the photo contest to celebrate the Bering Sea Project, a seven-year joint research program developed in collaboration with the National Science Foundation. Finalists from Bering Sea Photo Contest are on display at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward through the end of the summer.

NPRB supports research to build a clear understanding of the North Pacific, Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean ecosystems that enables effective management and sustainable use of marine resources. Congress created the NPRB in 1997 to recommend marine research initiatives to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

The 2015 edition of the contest will feature a new twist as well as the ability to enter photographs with an online system. Details will be available in coming months at As in previous years, cash prizes will be awarded for the winning photographs in each age category. This year's finalists can be viewed at


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