GUY HARVEY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNERS SELECTED IN THIRD ANNUAL
SANCTUARY CLASSIC FISHING PHOTO “TOURNAMENT”
Guy Harvey Personally Announces Winners,
Highlighting Eight Youngsters to Receive $500 Scholarships From Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation
(December 1, 2014) — Via a video released today (https://vimeo.com/112206683), world renowned marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey personally announced the winners of the 2014 Sanctuary Classic, a fishing photo contest designed to reward families for enjoying recreational fishing opportunities in our nation’s network of National Marine Sanctuaries and sharing their experiences in photographs.
Along with weekly prizes for photos selected throughout the summer, the Third Annual Sanctuary Classic increased from four to eight the number of special Guy Harvey Scholarship Award winners that would be selected at the event’s conclusion. A panel of three prestigious judges — IMAX film pioneer Barbara MacGilivray, Hawaiian fishing television host Ben Wong and Guy Harvey himself — evaluated youth fishing photos based on the their portrayal of the following: Kids Fishing, Kids and Family Fishing Values, Kids in the Outdoors, Kids in the Sanctuaries and Kids’ Conservation.
The eight young boys and girls selected to receive $500 scholarships from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation are Parker Churchill, Joe Cutler, Mason Nunn, David Omura, Damian (no last name), Sierra Davis, Connor Creal and Teagan Barnhart.
"The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation has been a proud supporter of the Sanctuary Classic since the beginning," says Guy Harvey. "America has a tremendous resource in its network of marine sanctuaries and everyone should be encouraged to enjoy these areas responsibly."
This marked the third successful year for the Sanctuary Classic, a summer-long, free competition designed to help promote responsible recreational fishing in our National Marine Sanctuaries. All people had to do was submit photographs of their summer fishing adventures in the sanctuaries or adjacent waters to the SanctuaryClassic.org website. Each week, winners were selected to win Guy Harvey T-Shirts and other great prizes leading up to the eventual selection of the special scholarship awards.
“We want to make more people aware of the fact that the vast majority of our country’s National Marine Sanctuaries are open to recreational fishing,” said Tom Raftican of The Sportfishing Conservancy, founder and organizer of the Classic. “These natural treasures provide Americans with great opportunities to get off the couch and enjoy the Great Outdoors with their family and friends. Responsible recreational fishing is a great way to do this, while demonstrating valuable conservation lessons to the next generation,” added Raftican.
Plans are already underway for the 2015 Sanctuary Classic, scheduled to kick off on National Oceans Day in June and run through Labor Day weekend. Learn more about the Sanctuary Classic and the ongoing activities of The Sportfishing Conservancy at www.sportfishingconservancy.org.