Portsmouth, NH – After reviewing 135 incredible submissions, the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup is excited to announce the winners of the #KingTideNH2019 Photo Contest. Now a regular event, the photo contest aims to raise awareness of New Hampshire’s rising tides.

Judging the photos was interesting and frightening at the same time. The images gave me a real sense of what we will have to deal with here in the seacoast as sea levels rise.

Jim Chase

President, Seacoast Science Center

The #KingTideNH2019 judges panel included Seacoast Science Center President, Jim Chase; New Hampshire Public Radio Reporter, Annie Ropeik; and personal and business brand photographer, Raya Al-Hashmi of Raya on Assignment. The official judges meeting took place on Friday, November 1, 2019 during which judges selected the following Contest Category winners.


 Awarded to the photo that best showcases people, places, and/or things impacted by the king tide.

The Canals of Hampton, NH | © David Murray



 Awarded to the photo that best showcases man-made or nature based flood protection.

Scrubbing the Beach | © Kathy Motyka Lavigne



Awarded to the photo that best showcases Halloween costumes, decorations, etc. pictured with the king tide.

Pumpkin on the Edge | © Jennifer Dubois


In addition to the three judges’ picks, the public voted for their favorite photo during the People’s Choice voting period from November 4-8, 2019. The following photo received the most votes and was selected for the People’s Choice award.



Awarded to the photo that received the most votes at the conclusion of the People’s Choice voting period.

Dividing the Waves © Jennifer Dubois


Contest winners have been notified and will receive fantastic prizes generously donated by the following seacoast area businesses: Granite State Whale Watch, Flatbread Company, The Franklin, Ohana Kitchen, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, and Seven Rivers Paddling.

An exhibit of select contest photos – donated by Live Free Print & Frame – will be on display at several seacoast area locations throughout the remainder of 2019 and 2020. Exhibit dates and locations will be posted on the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup website and social media in the near future.

Please direct all questions to: Nathalie Morison Coastal Resilience Specialist NHDES Coastal Program nathalie.morison@des.nh.gov (603) 559-0029