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National Estuaries Week: Photo Contest 2019

In celebration of National Estuaries Week, September 14 to 21, 2019, NOAA is hosting our third annual photo contest. Send us your best photos from a National Estuarine Research Reserve, pictures that display education, research, recreation, beauty, and smiles within the reserve. We want to see them all! Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and will be featured in our social media campaign during National Estuaries Week. Submit your photos under the following categories:

  • Learn

  • Work

  • Play

  • View

  • Smiles

  • I Did This – New this year. Share your accomplishments, whether it’s volunteering or a physical feat within the reserve. We want to see it!

To Enter

Submit your images (minimum of 1200 pixels wide, no more than 10 photos) to OCM.NERRS.PhotoContest@noaa.gov. All images MUST include the following: photographer’s name, short description of when and in which National Estuarine Research Reserve the photo was taken, and what is shown in the photo.


Photos must be submitted by August 31, 2019, to be eligible for the contest.

Additional Contest Rules

  1. Photographers must be at least 13 years of age or older as of August 1, 2019.

  2. We will assume that, in submitting a photo, you are the owner of the photo and have the right to publish it (including permission and model release for anyone identifiably pictured).

  3. By submitting a photo, you are giving NOAA, the National Estuarine Research Reserves, and National Estuarine Research Reserve Association permission to use the photo for other purposes, such as within NOAA’s photo galleries, on the coast.noaa.gov/nerrs website, for social media, and in other office publications. We will, of course, provide credit to photographers whenever their photo is used.

  4. Photos that are submitted without information stated under “To Enter” will not be considered.

  5. You are eligible to submit photos if less than 20 percent of your total income is from photography.

  6. No watermarks on submitted photos.

  7. Photos must be a minimum of 1200 pixels wide (but the bigger, the better!)

  8. Only 10 entries per person.

  9. Please keep the content clean and appropriate. Inappropriate content will not be accepted.

Email us with questions at OCM.NERRS.PhotoContest@noaa.gov.