Coral & Reef USA 2015 Photo Contest

Reef tank owners can submit a photo of their tank to be considered in the Reefs Rule photo contest in Coral & Reef USA magazine

How do you capture great photos of your tank? Check out the article Aquarium Fish Photography by Michael F. Havelin at The following excerpt gives you a hint of the tips in store:

“It is a rule of optical physics that as you get closer to your subject at a given f-stop, the depth of field decreases. In practical terms, this means that it is difficult to get the front of a fish (such as the eyes), all of the body and the tail in focus at the same time.

How can we overcome this limited depth of field? Stopping down the lens aperture (by going to a larger f-number — i.e., f/5.6 to f/11) increases depth-of-field, but in order to use smaller lens apertures, you must either use a higher speed (faster) film or put more light on the subject.”

Info & Rules
1. Send a color print or digital image of your reef tank. Prints should be unmounted, unframed and no larger than 8 by 10 inches. Digital images must be taken using a camera with 5 or more megapixels set on its highest resolution (mail these entries to us on CD or DVD, or send them via email to A completed entry form must be included for each entry (photocopied forms are acceptable). Attach a completed form to the back of each photo, or include one with the CD or DVD for digital entries (be sure to mark which digital image goes with which entry). If sending via email, include information in the body of the email.

2. Send only unpublished photographs. Each person may submit multiple entries if they own more than one reef aquarium, but only one prize per person will be awarded.

3. Any amateur photographer may submit photos, except employees of I-5 Publishing and their families. Photographs taken by professional photographers or photography studios will not be considered for the contest.

4. All entries become the property of Coral & Reef USA and cannot be returned. Any future use, such as in I-5 Publishing magazines or websites, is at the discretion of I-5 Publishing. No payment, other than prize money for this photo contest if you are a winner, will be awarded. By submitting your photograph to this photo contest, you agree that if you win the contest, your contact information will be given to contest sponsors, who may use the information for marketing purposes.

5. Entrants certify that they own the reef tank photographed or have the owner’s permission to enter the contest. The photographer whose name appears on the entry form will receive the prize money, and the address and phone number provided on the form should be the photographer’s.

6. The first-place winner receives $75, the second-place winner receives $50, and the third-place winner receives $25. The judges also may choose to award Honorable Mention status to various entries (no prizes given for Honorable Mentions).

7. Winners will be selected by the Coral & Reef USA staff. Entries will be judged on technical merit (clarity, composition and lighting) and information submitted. All decisions are final.

8. Mail entries to Coral & Reef USA 2015 Photo Contest, Attn: Editorial, 3 Burroughs, Irvine, CA 92618. All entries must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2014. Winners are not notified in advance. Prize money (in the form of a check) is mailed following the magazine’s publication date (usually in late spring).

Send The Following Info
Coral & Reef USA 2015 Photo Contest

Size of Tank: ____________________________________
Age of Tank: ____________________________________
Tank inhabitants: ________________________________
Photographer’s name: ____________________________
Phone number:  _________________________________
Address: _______________________________________
State:  _________________________________________
Zip: ____________________________________________

Send to: Coral & Reef USA Photo Contest
Attn: Editorial
3 Burroughs
Irvine, CA 92618

Send digital images on CD or DVD taken by a camera with 5 megapixels or higher, at highest resolution. Mail in the photos to the address above, or email to:, subject line “Coral & Reef USA 2015 Photo Contest.”

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Fish · Reef Tanks