The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) announces its seventh annual watershed photo contest. Photo submissions are being accepted through April 15. Photographers of all skill level and ages 13 and up are encouraged to participate to win the top cash prize of $500 and have their photo featured in CBF’s award-winning publications.
The contest promotes awareness of conservation issues relating to the Chesapeake Bay and local rivers and streams. CBF is seeking images from around the watershed that illustrate the beauty, benefits, and bounty of the Bay and its rivers and streams. Photos can illustrate a wide variety of topics, but all MUST include water in the photo.“We have been impressed with the caliber of the submissions over the years, and it’s also a wonderful opportunity to share them with the public and hopefully inspire others to explore their watershed,” said Jennifer Wallace, managing editor and contest organizer.
All winners will receive a cash award ranging from the top prize of $500 to $100. The first prize winner also receives a premium spot in the CBF 2012 calendar. All winners will also receive a one-year membership to CBF and will have their photos displayed on CBF’s website, in a CBF e-newsletter, and in CBF’s award-winning magazine, Save the Bay.
This year’s concepts and topics for photographers to consider include: beauty, recreation, history and legacy, and agriculture. Judging will be conducted by a panel of CBF employees on the basis of subject matter, composition, focus, lighting, uniqueness, and impact. The public will also be able to vote online for their favorite photo in the Viewers’ Choice Gallery. Last year the judges had their work cut out for them with more than 600 entries. Participation in the Viewers’ Choice Award was outstanding, too, with more than 6,000 votes cast.
Contest rules and details are available online at cbf.org/photocontest.
(Entire post taken from a release from the CBF)