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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: November 12, 2019
CONTACT: Nathalie Morison, NHDES Coastal Program, (603) 559-0029
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Announcing the Winners of the #KingTideNH2019 Photo Contest

Portsmouth, NH - After reviewing 135 incredible submissions, the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup is excited to announce the winners of the #KingTideNH2019 Photo Contest. Now a regular event, the photo contest aims to raise awareness of New Hampshire's rising tides.
The #KingTideNH2019 judges panel included Seacoast Science Center President Jim Chase; New Hampshire Public Radio Reporter Annie Ropeik; and personal and business brand photographer Raya Al-Hashmi, of Raya on Assignment.
"Judging the photos was interesting and frightening at the same time," Chase said. "The images gave me a real sense of what we will have to deal with here in the Seacoast as sea levels rise."
The official judges' meeting took place on Friday, November 1, 2019, during which they selected the following contest category winners:

MOST VULNERABLE
Awarded to the photo that best showcases people, places and/or things impacted by the king tide.

The Canals of Hampton, NH

The Canals of Hampton, NH – © David Murray / New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup #KingTideNH2019 Photo Contest

MOST RESILIENT
Awarded to the photo that best showcases man-made or nature-based flood protection.

Scrubbing the Beach

Scrubbing the Beach – © Kathy Motyka Lavigne / New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup #KingTideNH2019 Photo Contest

BEST HALLOWEEN THEME
Awarded to the photo that best showcases Halloween costumes, decorations, etc., pictured with the king tide.

Pumpkin on the Edge

Pumpkin on the Edge -  © Jennifer Dubois / New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup #KingTideNH2019 Photo Contest

In addition to the three judges' picks, the public voted for their favorite photo during the People's Choice voting period from November 4 through 8, 2019. The following photo received the most votes and was selected for the People's Choice award:

PEOPLE'S CHOICE
Awarded to the photo that received the most votes at the conclusion of the People's Choice Voting Period.

Dividing the Waves

Dividing the Waves – © Jennifer Dubois / New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup #KingTideNH2019 Photo Contest

Contest winners have been notified and will receive fantastic prizes generously donated by Seacoast-area businesses.
An exhibit of select contest photos – donated by Live Free Print & Frame – will be on display at several Seacoast locations throughout the remainder of 2019 and 2020. Exhibit dates and locations will be posted on the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup website.

Please direct all questions to Nathalie Morison, Coastal Resilience Specialist with the NHDES Coastal Program, at nathalie.morison@des.nh.gov or (603) 559-0029.

The New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup is a collaboration of 20+ organizations working to ensure that New Hampshire's coastal watershed communities are resourceful, ready and resilient to extreme weather and long-term climate change. To learn more, visit the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup website.




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