Save the Bay Photo Contest

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Billy Garrett, Justin Ross, Toni Paris, Lee Goodwin, Bill Mish, Daniel Horowitz, Daniel Hals


Open to both amateur and professional photographers, CBF's annual Save the Bay Photo Contest highlights the beauty and character of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed through the eyes of those who enjoy it.

Congratulations to our photo contest winners! 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.

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.

And the Winners Are...

First Place

Diane Leasure (prize: $500)

A pelican places a feather on a nest while its partner watches.

A pair of Smith Island pelicans work together to build their nest.

Diane Leasure

Second Place

Joshua Galicki (prize: $250)

A great blue heron perches on tree limbs close to the water, covered with with autumn leaves of red, gold, and green and looks out across the still waters.

A great blue heron perches near the shoreline of North America's northernmost bald cypress swamp at Trap Pond State Park in Delaware.

Joshua Galicki

Third Place

Arden Haley (prize: $150)

A duck brown, white, and black feathers stand out in detail as it turns its speckled head, with a deep green swoop running from eye to neck, and preens its feathers with its beak.

An American wigeon preens its feathers on a sunny winter day near Cambridge, Maryland.

Arden Haley

Viewer's Choice Award

Brian Wee (prize: $100)

A bald eagle stares at it's reflection in the water, as ripples spread from where it pecked at the surface.

A bald eagle appears to admire its reflection at Rock Creek on the southern border of the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Brian Wee

Winners Gallery

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

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Be sure to check back next spring for our 2025 photo contest! Want to get notified? Join our email list.

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