The deadline is Friday, July 28th, for submission of photographs for the California Coastal Commission Eighth Annual Amateur Photography Competition.

The purpose of the competition is to pay tribute to the resources the coastal commission is mandated to protect — the state’s coast and ocean.

The commission is seeking photographs that depict the coast and its myriad landscapes, resources and uses.

Entrants are encouraged to submit photos depicting the scenic coast, the ways people use the coast, or coastal wildlife.

Photographs must be in color and taken from a public place.

Entry is free and open to all amateur photographers.

The winner of the grand prize will choose one of the following:

– a two-night stay in Century City courtesy of the Park Hyatt Los Angeles, plus free theme park admission and priority passes courtesy of Universal Studios;

– four tickets for a Marina del Rey channel cruise, courtesy of Hornblower Cruises & Events; or

– a special prize in northern California.

Second and third place winners will select from the remaining prizes.

Winning photographs will be displayed on the California Coastal Commission Web site and may be used in additional printed materials or videos produced by the commission for governmental purposes.

For example, photos from previous years were used to create greeting cards and a screensaver. They can be viewed at www.

Photographer credit will be given for every reproduction that is published by the coastal commission.

Photos of marine mammals must be taken at a minimum distance of 50 yards away to avoid illegal disturbance or harassment.

Plants and animals depicted should be native species in their natural setting.

Photographers must submit a signed waiver and entry form in order for the photographs to be eligible for consideration.

Any identifiable person depicted in the photo will also need to sign a release form if the subject’s image is selected for publication.

Photographers will retain copyright to their photographs.

Entries must be postmarked by Friday, July 28th.

For complete guidelines and entry forms, (800) 262-7848 (800-COAST4U) or

n California Coastal Commission Photo Contest; 45 Fremont St., Suite 2000; San Francisco 94105.

The California Coastal Commission was established by voter initiative in 1972 and made permanent by the Legislature in 1976 (the Coastal Act) in order to provide long-term protection for California’s 1,100-mile coastline.