Month Subject
  January With claws – Subject that has claws that can be seen in the image: crabs, shrimp and other crustaceans
  February Valentine red – The color red should be prominent in the image
  March Portrait – Wide angle to close-up and macro images depicting a sense of character of the chosen subject - usually emphasizing the subject’s face. May or may not be in portrait orientation of the image.
  April Macro abstracts – close up images that do not have an immediate association with the subject.
  May Flora/algae – marine plants or algae
  June Divers – Image of scuba or free diver
  July Hard type corals – Stony corals, order Scleractinia; In tropical water most are colonial producing substantial structure – the reef building coral. Not all species are colonial but form smaller structures in variety of shapes (ex. bubble coral, disk coral). Here in CA there are only solitary. (ex. orange cup coral). We are also including the hydrocorals, order Milleporina, which are not true corals, but have a well-developed calcareous skeleton (fire coral and local purple coral).
  August Beautiful background – The background of the picture adds to the beauty of the subject (other than black).
  September Pelagic – Animals that inhabit the upper layers of the open ocean. Include some types of marine mammals, fish, and plankton.
  October Leading lines – Leading lines refers to a technique of composition where the viewer’s attention is drawn to lines that lead to the main subject of the image. A leading line paves an easy path for the eye to follow through different elements of a photo.
  November Conservation – Image that shows a positive or negative environmental impact. Ex. Coral bleaching, coral restoration, trash, animal rescue, human caused injuries.
  December Awards banquet