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2023 Photographers Night Photo Contest Winners

The Aquarium’s 14th annual Photographers Night was held in October, and guests were invited to enjoy an evening of learning, free equipment rentals, and demonstrations.

sardines swim above a giant sea bass - for main image field

2023 Photographers Night Photo Contest Winner Credit: Crystal Stromer

November 22, 2023

The special event gives photographers of all skill levels the opportunity to learn skills, test new equipment, and bring their arsenals from home to photograph the Aquarium’s animals and exhibits with the entire facility to themselves. Attendees were invited to submit their best photos of the night to this exclusive photo contest.

The results are as follows:

Grand Prize Winner:

Crystal Stromer

First Runner-Up:

Eric Horvat

Second Runner-Up:

Forrest Blanton

Honorable mentions:

  • Annick Loomis
  • Brent Lew
  • Christian Solo
  • Heather Banzuelo
  • Jose Garcia
  • Mandi Blanton
  • Rich Esteban

Congratulations to our winners!

school of sardines swim above a giant sea bass

2023 Photographers Night Photo Contest Winner Credit: Crystal Stomer

day octopus underside as seen suctioned to the acrylic

2023 Photographers Night Photo Contest Second Place Winner Credit: Eric Horvat

juvenile bat fish

2023 Photographers Night Photo Contest Third Place Winner Credit: Forrest Blanton

shrimp on red algae

2023 Photographers Night Photo Contest Honorable Mention Credit: Annick Loomis

black and white photo of underside of a day octopus

2023 Photographers Night Photo Contest Honorable Mention Credit: Heather Banzuelo

triggerfish

2023 Photographers Night Photo Contest Honorable Mention Credit: Rich Esteban

crab close-up

2023 Photographers Night Photo Contest Honorable Mention Credit: Jose Garcia

spiny lobster antennae in a cave

2023 Photographers Night Photo Contest Honorable Mention Credit: Mandi Blanton

clownfish in an anemone

2023 Photographers Night Photo Contest Honorable Mention Credit: Brent Lew

sea horse wrapped around sea grass

2023 Photographers Night Photo Contest Honorable Mention Credit: Christian Solo