Photo Quest September 2022: At The Beach

San Diego’s beaches are great for a visit year round — unless there’s a heatwave, when everyone goes there! 🥵 For your September 2022 photo quest (and somewhat coinciding with our September activity) were looking for photos that match the theme “At The Beach.”

The National Geographic Encylopedia “beach” definition states: “A beach is a narrow, gently sloping strip of land that lies along the edge of an ocean, lake, or river. Materials such as sand, pebbles, rocks, and seashell fragments cover beaches.”

Of course you’re not limited to entire beach scenes — close-ups of some coastal detail (patterns in the sand, beautiful pebbles, etc.), abstracts, experiments with camera movement, long exposures… as long as the photo conveys that it is made at the beach, go for it. Use your creativity. Please put thought into light and composition.


  • MAKE A NEW PHOTOS for the quest – no digging in the archives!
  • Your photo MUST be made in the month of September 2022
  • Color, black & white, DSLR, mirrorless, phone… doesn’t matter
  • Send high-res JPEG files, good quality, sRGB color space
  • No digital art/compositing
  • Deadline: September 30, 2022

Before you submit your photo: please take a look at our guide on file names, format, titles, metadata. We expect technically solid photography without obvious flaws and distractions: have fun, but honestly self-evaluate. Take pride in your work!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask — simply leave a comment below.

Our monthly Photo Quest is a members-only photographic scavenger hunt. Current members will receive a submission link in their email with the theme announcement, at the beginning of each month. If you want to participate, please join the Sierra Club Photo Section.

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