Threatened Rivers Photo Contest
| Support California's Wild Rivers! Share Your Best Photos! Do Good!
Your Rivers Need Your
is here and while the drought still has California in its grips, we have had
just enough rain lately to put some green on the hills and help the wildflowers
bloom. However, the drought has had one impact that is hanging on and hanging
over the rivers we love – a plethora of proposals to build bad dams and
increase water diversions.
shows that one of the best ways to save a river or threatened place is to show
it in all its beauty, to show people enjoying it, and to show its value for the
people and wildlife that depend on it. FOR needs breathtaking and memorable
photos to help demonstrate to politicians, the press, opinion leaders, and
others what these river gems and threatened places mean to and for all of us.
Here are the details! (aka the
| Contest Rules and Categories
can enter only one photo for each
river/threatened place (6) in each of the following four (4) categories
– up to 24 entries in total:
1) Wildlife (Flora & Fauna) in/along
rivers or waterways or other threatened places
2) Scenic Shots rivers/waterways
3) On-River Recreational Activities
(fishing, swimming, rafting, kayaking, wading…etc)
4) Historical or Cultural sites/ruins
along rivers/waterways or threatened place
each category, there will be a Fan favorite. FOR’s staff will judge the above
categories. However, for each category fans can “like” the photos posted on
FOR’s Facebook Page in the Photo Contest Album. The photo with the most “likes”
will win the Fan Favorite for that category.
is a list of eligible rivers & designated segments that are threatened by
potential & proposed new and expanded dams. All photo entries must be of
eligible rivers and segments.
Sacramento River above Lake Shasta or the Lower
Sacramento from Red Bluff to Colusa [MAP] : Main stem up to 3 miles from
reservoir on the Upper Sacramento is threatened by the proposed expansion of
Shasta dam and the Lower Sacramento is threatened by diversions to fill the proposed
River: North & Middle Forks & Confluence area [MAP]
by the proposed Auburn dam.
National Wild & Scenic River [MAP] :
(last river mile before Lake McClure): Threatened by the proposed expansion of New
Joaquin River Gorge [MAP] : Threatened by the proposed
Temperance Flat dam.
Creek/Antelope Valley [MAP] : (in Colusa County):
Threatened by the proposed North of Delta off-stream storage project or “Sites reservoir” this would draw up
1.9 million acre feet out of the Sacramento River.
Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta [MAP] : Threatened by the proposed
photos will be deleted. When going out in nature: know your limits, always
respect private property, check whether conditions and forecast in advance,
obey and head posted sings and warnings, be aware of and avoid natural hazards
like poison oak, rattlesnakes, and slippery or unstable rocks, always take a
friend and always let someone else know exactly where you are going and when
you will return.
We will start accepting submissions on March 26, 2014
at 12:00 am, and the contest will run for four weeks. The last possible time to
submit a photo will be April 23, 2014 at 11:59 pm. PST.
Every photo entry that Friends
of the River (FOR) receives as part of the contest becomes the property of FOR
and FOR’s coalition partners. FOR will have non-exclusive, unlimited use of the
photos. Use of these photos shall include, but is not limited to, audiovisual
programs, exhibits, web sites, publications, news releases, public service
announcements, conservation campaigns, internal communication, blog posts, and
product artwork. Additionally, you waive the right to inspect or approve any
use of the material and any right to royalties or other compensation arising or
related to the use of the material by FOR. We will provide photo credit when
FOR determines it practicable. You still own the photo to use however you see
fit and are entitled to royalties and compensation arising from your personal
use of the photo. FOR employees and
Board members are excluded from participating in the contest. There will be
four winners in each of the categories: First, Second, Third, and Fan Favorite.
Winners will receive a certificate and possibly a prize from an FOR sponsor.
Photos of people: Do not submit photos that
clearly identify people unless you have their permission to do so and can
contact them to sign a photo release.
Please keep these photos appropriate to
the family-friendly nature of our Facebook page and website. People in the
photos must be demonstrating good stewardship of the river and behaving in a
manner consistent with the laws, rules and river safety.
| How to Submit a Photo
How to Submit a Photo: You can submit your photo to Friends of the River by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org please submit them in jpg or png formats only and up to a maximum of 10 meg in size is acceptable. You must write 2014 Photo Contest Entry in the subject line and in the body of your email include the text listed below with your responses. Any photo that does not say 2014 Photo Contest Entry and does not complete the text below will not be considered. Any submission indicates that you have read and understand these contest rules, intend to have your photo be part of the contest, and understand that every photo entry that FOR receives as part of the contest becomes FOR property and that FOR has non-exclusive, unlimited use of the photo.
Text to be included in the body of your email:
- River/Waterway/Threatened Place:
- Specific Location:
- Date of Picture:
- Your Full Name:
- Mailing address:
- Photo release needed/not needed (and attached):
- Any additional notes:
| What if you Win!
We will notify you via e-mail. Winners must provide a mailing address to receive prizes and certificates; international entries will not be considered. Participants must be living in the United States. Prizes will be awarded for only first place entries. If additional prizes are available from our sponsors, FOR will award second and third place winners prizes. All winners will receive an award certificate, if a mailing address is provided.
| How You Can Vote for the People's Choice
Facebook managers will set up a Photo Contest Album on our Facebook page for the contest
and you can “like” as many photos as you want. The photos in the People’s
Choice category will be selected based upon quality, appropriateness of the
photo, and number of likes. We will notify our fans when the photo album is
available for voting.