The new license plate was created as a team effort, Atkins said. He and Tyndall each won a $1,000 award, and Atkins, a digital designer, was paid for time spent coming up with the final product.
"I created more than 70 different concepts," Atkins said. "It was a job."
The two artists, selected after a rigorous competition involving 300 applicants, were asked to meet together in San Francisco at Coastal Commission offices to begin the creative process, Atkins said.
Atkins used his digital skills and worked with Tyndall's paintings to create the final image of an upright humpback tail against a bright sky, with water droplets.