On October 9th the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup held the 3rd Annual King Tide Photo Contest and the turnout was great! There was 87 photos submitted by 32 photographers both on social media with the hashtag #KingTidesNH and via email. A panel of 5 esteemed judges included Mayor of Portsmouth, Robert Lister, Seacoast Photographer, Kristin Burchsted; Pax World Investment’s Julie Gorte; New Hampshire Public Radio’s Sam Evans-Brown and UNH Cooperative Extension’s Chris Keeley.
King Tides are the highest tides of the year, they occur naturally, but they can offer us a glimpse into what regular high tides might look like with rising sea levels brought on by climate change. Learn more about King Tides here.
Winning Photographer Ron Sher’s Perspective – “I’ve always been fascinated with the extreme high and low tides. Even as a little kid I looked forward to going to Odiorne Point on very low tides to look under rocks for sea creatures. I still get a thrill watching the surf crash over the sea wall along Ocean Boulevard during storms or seeing the flooded parking lot at the Dinnerhorn Restaurant every spring tide. The October 9th King Tide offered up an interesting challenge. It was a beautiful sunny day with no storm surge. On a warmer day it would have been a very good day for a picnic. But as my pictures, show it was ‘no picnic at the beach’ during the October 9th King Tide!”
Winning photographer Ron Sher won a $250 cash prize donated by Aquarion Water Company and Smuttynose Brewing Company and other winners received prizes from Seacoast Science Center, Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Cafe, Gundalow Company and Live Free Photography.
Peoples’ Choice Winning Photographer Maren Bhagat’s Perspective:
“It was a perfectly calm day, yet this street was still half-flooded. As I waded along the street, I imagined how flooded it would have been if the King Tide had occurred on a stormy day, or how flooded it would be in the future with sea level rising due to climate change. This photo offers a glimpse into that future.”
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3rd Place Winning Photographer Mike Barron’s Perspective:
“For years, I have ventured to the coast whenever there was a major weather event. I always bring my camera in hopes of capturing an interesting image. In anticipation of the King Tide event, I knew that I wanted to head to the marshes of Hampton as I am always amazed by the juxtaposition of the salt marshes and man made infrastructure and residences. Like many of the major weather events and storm surges of the past, this area was once again affected; an ever present reminder that our earth and climate is rapidly changing.”