Seashell Photo Contest

nautilus seashell on the beach

To celebrate National Seashell Day (June 21st) we want to honor the best shell finds and photos, and we need your help! We'll select our favorites in each category and then everyone can vote on their favorite photo to be awarded The People's Choice Award.

sea shell contest

The Grand Prize for People's Choice Winner includes a free year of Beachcombing magazine, an autographed copy of Seashells by Cindy Bilbao, an autographed copy of My Way of Shelling, and more goodies!

Vote for People's Choice on June 21st

Starting on June 21, 2022, you can vote for your favorite photo from the finalists. We'll tally up the votes on June 30th and the photo with the most votes will be named People's Choice Winner. All finalists will appear in an upcoming issue of Beachcombing and get a free copy of the magazine where their photos appear. People's Choice winner will be announced on July 1st.

Please submit your favorite seashell photos by June 20, 2022, in any/all of the following categories:

  • Beautiful Bivalve
  • Great Gastropod
  • Wonderful Worm
  • Classy Cone
  • Superlative Cephalopod
  • Lovely Limpet
  • Terrific Tusk
  • Elegant Echinoderm
  • Classy Chiton
  • Stunning Shard
  • Cool Critter
  • Favorite Find
  • Funny Find
  • Superb Shape
  • Titanic Treasure
  • Teeny Treasure
  • Fossil Find
  • Beachcombing Buddy
  • Amazing Art
  • Awesome Arrangement
  • Beauty on the Beach

To enter:

✅ Email: Email your photo and include your name, address, and contest category. Send one photo per email. 

✅ Upload: If you would prefer to upload your photo, please use the online Photo Submission Form › You can upload up to 10 images at once.

✅ File Sharing: Email the shareable link to your file or folder on Google Drive, DropBox, or Google Photos and include your name, address, and contest category(ies). You can share multiple links per email.

❌ Social Media: We can't use photos that are posted on social media or sent via Facebook Messenger as Instagram and Facebook shrink down the images. Plus we don't want everyone to see your photos before the contest!

Please make sure that photos are high-resolution, unretouched, and have not been resized.

This contest is open worldwide where not prohibited by law.

Learn more about Submissions ›

Permission to use your copy and images

By submitting copy, photos, and/or videos through an online form or via email you agree to the terms of the Beachcombing Magazine Contributor Agreement, which gives us permission to use your submission in the magazine, website, and videos.

Top: Nautilus shell photographed in Spain by Elena Moiseeva.

Thank you to our generous prize sponsors:

  • Cindy Bilbao, author of Seashells
  • Amanda Collect, author of My Way of Shelling

If you would like to donate to the prize package, please email us. Donors will be mentioned in social media posts, on the website, and in the magazine alongside the winning photos.

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