(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) announces its 12th annual watershed photo contest. Photo submissions are being accepted between now and April 10. Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to participate to win cash prizes of from $100 to $500, and to have their photos featured in CBF's award-winning publications. This year we have added a new category specifically for high school students and the winner of this category will receive a 32 gigabyte iPad® mini.
We are seeking photographs that illustrate the positive aspects of the Bay and its rivers and streams. We want to see your vision of the Bay region—from Pennsylvania to Virginia, from the Shenandoah Mountains to the Eastern Shore. Images depicting people, wildlife, recreation, and farms within the watershed will all be considered. All photos must include water from the Chesapeake Bay or a river, stream, creek, or other body of water in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
"We constantly are impressed with the quality of the photos submitted," said Jennifer Wallace, CBF managing editor and contest organizer. "It's wonderful to see how connected and aware people are of our great rivers, streams, and the Bay."
All winners will receive a one-year membership to CBF and winning photos may be displayed on CBF's website, in a CBF e-newsletter, in CBF's 2016 calendar, and in CBF's award-winning magazine, Save the Bay.
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 considered more than 1,000 entries. Participation in the Viewers' Choice Award was outstanding, too, with more than 2,300 votes cast.
Contest rules and details are available online at cbf.org/photocontest.