Save the Bay Photo Contest Now Seeking 2024 Submissions

Local photographers are now invited to submit their top photographs from around the Chesapeake Bay watershed for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF)’s annual Save the Bay Photo Contest.

CBF is seeking photos that illustrate the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, as well as the plants, animals, and people that rely on it. Images depicting water, wildlife, recreation, farms, and flora within the watershed will be considered. 

Photographs captured from across the watershed are eligible, including in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. All skills levels are encouraged to participate.

“The beauty of the Bay is captured best by our everyday interactions with it,” said Jennifer Wallace, CBF’s senior creative project manager and contest organizer. “That is proven to me every year when submissions for the photo contest roll in. I am always amazed by the talent of each contestant and the benefits these photos have for our mission to save the bay.”

“As photographers, it’s wonderful to be able to share our work with other nature lovers in the Chesapeake Bay community,” said Bill Mish, winner of the 2023 Save the Bay Photo Contest, from Annapolis, Maryland.

The deadline for submissions is March 29. Photos will be narrowed down by a CBF panel based on subject matter, composition, focus, lighting, uniqueness, and impact. The public will then vote for their favorite image in the Viewer’s Choice Gallery from April 8 to April 30.

Winners will receive a one-year membership to CBF and can receive cash prizes ranging from $100 to $500. Winning photographs will also be featured on CBF’s website, social media, 2025 calendar, and award-winning Save the Bay magazine.

More information and submission instructions can be found at


Valerie Keefer

Maryland Communications & Media Relations Manager, CBF

[email protected]

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