La Mer is one of the premier skin care companies in the world and in 2012 La Mer teamed up with National Geographic to host the La Mer Oceans photo contest. Submissions had to be related to the ocean and could include sea life, kelp, coral, surfing, fishing, waves, sunsets and most any other kind of ocean imagery. While there are not a whole lot of US National Parks that are along the ocean (and even fewer of them I’d been to at that point), I had been out to the beaches at Olympic National Park on the coast of Washington State as well as some state parks on both the east and west coast. I sorted through all the ocean related images and settled on three to submit.
During week 10 (out of 11) of the La Mer Photo competition, I decided to submit one of a bird on Galveston Island, a photo of Trinidad Beach in California and a cool shot looking at Rialto Beach and James Island through a HUGE drift log. The photo of Rialto Beach through a drift log on Rialto Beach was chosen as one of 10 editors favorites for week 10 and was in the final round. In the end it was not chosen as one of the to-11 photos that won prizes but it was the first time I’d had a photo selected as an editor pick in a National Geographic photo contest.
Like many photo competitions, nothing came of it other than the ability to see the photo listed on the La Mer National Geographic photo contest page but it is nice to know it was picked by the folks at National Geographic & La Mer as an editors pick.