Aquarium volunteers named winners in AZA photo contest

Luke Straus - harlequin shrimp

Harlequin shrimp – photo taken by Seattle Aquarium volunteer, Luke Straus

Two Aquarium volunteers—Luke Straus and Deanna Saxbe—were among the winners of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) 2012 photo contest. Per the contest’s guidelines, all submissions were to be made by staff members or volunteers at AZA-accredited zoos or aquariums. The Seattle Aquarium has been accredited by the AZA since the early 1980s but must re-apply every five years to stay current.

Deanna Saxbe - rockfish

Canary rockfish – photo taken by Seattle Aquarium volunteer, Deanna Saxbe

Deanna Saxbe, who has been an Aquarium volunteer for the past 17 years, chose to submit a photo of a canary rockfish. “My goal was to make a photo of our diving birds swimming along with the canary rockfish,” she says. “That was a challenging goal and I’m still trying to get that photo. Among the photos I did get, I loved the brightness of the colors of the water and the canary rockfish which is so rare to see in the Puget Sound. I couldn’t resist submitting a photo that captured that vibrant color.” She adds, “I encourage everyone to visit the Birds and Shores exhibit to see the fish and invertebrates sharing a watery home with the diving and shore birds!”

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