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 through the eyes of those who enjoy it.

Get notified when our 2024 event kicks off.

And the Winners Are...

First Prize ($500)
Red Fox Hunting
Bill Mish

A red fox gazes into a nighttime stream, its reflection showing in the still water.

A red fox is caught night hunting near Bell Branch Stream in Gambrills, Maryland.

Bill Mish

Second Prize ($250)
Frozen in Time
Justin Ross

A great blue heron is caught in the act of catching a fish, wings spread and feathers flying.

A great blue heron grabs breakfast along Virginia's James River.

Justin Ross

Third Prize ($150)
Pelican Fun on the Bay
Billy Garrett

A rare sight, a group of white pelicans play with an oyster shell near Gwynn's Island, Virginia.

Billy Garrett

Viewer's Choice Award ($100)
Lucky Drop
Kathy Dennehey

Along the James River in Newport News, Virginia, an osprey grabs a fish with a pelican and great blue heron looking on, only to drop the fish right in the pelican's mouth.

Kathy Dennehey

Check out our map below to see where this year's, and previous year's, winner photos were taken.

The first-prize photograph will appear in CBF's 2024 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 Save the Bay magazine.

Thank you to everyone who submitted photographs illustrating their vision of the Bay region—from Pennsylvania to Virginia, from the Shenandoah Mountains to the Eastern Shore.

Be sure to check back next spring for our 2024 photo contest!

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