Using a camera that takes infrared photographs, Ojai native Clinton Edwards painstakingly captures images of coral reefs at the Maug Islands, part of the North Marianas Islands. (Photo by Stephanie Gordon/Open Boat Films)
Kimberly Rivers, Ojai Valley News correspondent
A marine biologist who hails from Ojai is in the running to win a $50,000 grant from National Geographic — but he needs your vote by Sept. 29 to lock in the prize. From a field of 700 entrants, National Geographic selected “Through the Surface” — a project designed by Ojai’s Clinton Edwards and his teammate, Clifford Kapono — as a top-10 finalist in its Expedition Granted contest.