Save the Bay Photo Contest

Chesapeake Bay Foundation's 2018 Save the Bay Photo Contest

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Open to both amateur and professional photographers, CBF's annual Photo Contest highlights the beauty and character of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed's rivers and streams through the eys of those who enjoy them. We are seeking photographs that illustrate the positive aspects of the Bay and the rivers and streams throughout the its watershed. Show us your vision of the Bay watershed—from Bay's headwaters in New York to its mouth in Virginia, from the Shenandoah Mountains of West Virginia to the eastern shores of Maryland and Virginia. Images depicting people, wildlife, recreation, and farms within the watershed will all be considered, however all photos must include water from the Chesapeake Bay or a river, stream, creek, or other body of water inside the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Official judging will be conducted by a panel of CBF employees who will judge entries on 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. The awards are as follows:

  • First Prize: $500
  • Second Prize: $250
  • Third Prize: $150
  • Viewers' Choice: $100  

In addition, the first-prize photograph will appear in CBF's 2019 calendar. And that's not all:  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 Save the Bay magazine.

Submissions will be accepted online at from 10:00 a.m. on March 12 to 5:00 p.m. April 6, 2018.  All winners will be notified of the outcome, and their images will be posted on the CBF website by June 29, 2018.


Official rules and guidelines

Adult photo release (required for any photograph featuring identifiable people)

Minor photo release (required for any photograph featuring identifieable people under the age of 18)

Share Your Clean Water Story

What does the Bay, its rivers and streams mean to you? What impact have the Bay and its local waters had on your life? We'd like to know.

Share Your Story


Do you enjoy working with others to help clean the Chesapeake Bay? Do you have a few hours to spare? Whether growing oysters, planting trees, or helping in our offices, there are plenty of ways you can contribute.