The Classic was a free summer-long fishing and photo contest featuring four National Marine Sanctuaries [Channel Islands and Monterey Bay, CA; Florida Keys, FL; and Gray’s Reef, GA] although photos taken in any National Marine Sanctuary qualified.
Ten $100 prizes were given out each week to the people submitting the photographs that get the most ‘votes.’ At the end of the summer, $1,000 in scholarships was awarded to the four photos judged to best demonstrate certain criteria.
Four $1,000 scholarships were awarded based on how well photos show all or a combination of: Kids Fishing, Kids and Family Values, Kids in the Outdoors, Kids in the Sanctuaries and Kids’ Conservation.Most (98 percent) of National Marine Sanctuary waters are open to recreational fishing and provide an incredible outdoors experience. NOAA Fisheries and NOAA Sanctuaries support sustainable recreational fishing. The "Classic" caters to a broad spectrum of recreational fishing enthusiasts and provides conservation and ethical angling guidelines for the casual angler.