Save the Bay Photo Contest

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We're looking for your best photos of the Bay, its rivers, and streams


CBF's annual photo contest is open to both amateur and professional photographers. Share your experience of the Bay and your local waterways.

Submissions will be accepted beginning March 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time and ending March 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Read the complete official rules Submit your photos


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 eyes of those who enjoy them. We are seeking photographs that illustrate the positive aspects of the Bay and the rivers and streams throughout its watershed. Show us your vision of the Bay watershed—from the 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 a body of water within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, such as a pond, lake, river, stream, creek, or the Bay itself.

Please read the complete official rules before submitting your entries.

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 starting April 6.

The awards are:

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

In addition, the first-prize photograph will appear in CBF's 2021 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 between March 2 and March 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  All winners will be notified of the outcome, and their images will be posted on the CBF website, by May 1, 2020.

Important Documents:

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)

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