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Photo Contest

Source to Sea Cleanup PHOTO CONTEST 2017

2016 Judge’s Choice 1st Place Award – Christine Rouse

Take great photos at the 2017 Source to Sea Cleanup and you could win one of many great prizes! Our panel of judges, including professional photographers and CRC staff, will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Judge’s Choice Awards. And back by popular demand, our People’s Choice Awards will also have 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Great prizes from online retailers and our CRC store!


Get creative! CRC is looking for photographs that capture the spirit of the event in a unique way. Tell the story of the event with real moments—don’t be afraid to show the dirty truth, the impact of the trash on our rivers. Your subjects do not need to pose; candids are great too. Consider including close ups, action shots, wildlife, folks wearing their Cleanup t-shirts, and side-by-side “before and after” shots.


  • Photographers do not need to be members of CRC to participate.
  • If you are 17 years old or younger, you may participate in the Contest with the permission and assistance of your parent(s)/guardian(s).
  • Images that have won previous CRC photo contests are ineligible.
  • CRC staff, Board Members, interns, and their families are not eligible to participate.
  • Ownership and copyright of all entries remain solely with the photographer. By submitting your photos to this Contest, you grant use of your photographs for CRC publications, website, products, and other uses to promote CRC’s work.
  • Any entry will be disqualified if it is inappropriate, incomplete, fails to meet the required specifications, or for any other reason at the sole discretion of CRC. If your entry is rejected, it will be removed from the Contest website and you will be notified by email.


  • Each person is allowed to vote only once per photo per day, during the voting period.
  • Votes are tracked using your IP address.
  • You can vote for more than one photo each day.


JUDGE’S CHOICE AWARDS: Three finalists will be determined by a panel of judges from among the eligible entries based on the quality of the contestant’s entry and how well the images convey the theme of the contest. The photographs that receive the three highest average scores will receive the Judges’ Choice 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Awards, respectively. You do not need to collect votes to win the Judged Category. All decisions of the judges are final.

Winners will be announced via email and on our website by 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Judge’s Choice winning photographs will NOT be eligible for voting in the People’s Choice Awards and will be removed from the voting pool. Additional photographs submitted by the winning photographers WILL be eligible.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS: Three winners of the People’s Choice Awards will be determined by public vote. The three photographs with the highest total votes during the Voting Period will be deemed the 1st, 2nd and 3rd People’s Choice Awards, respectively. Share your entry with your family and friends and encourage them to vote for your photograph to increase your chances of winning.

Voting will take place beginning at 12:01pm on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 through 12:00pm (noon) on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Once voting begins, no other photos may be submitted. Winners will be posted on our website and via email by 5:00pm on October 10, 2017.



1st Place: Fishing or paddling trip with a CRC River Steward, $100 Ibex Gift Certificate, and a signed copy of Connecticut River: A Photographic Journey through the Heart of New England, by Al Braden.

2nd Place: $50 Ibex Gift Certificate and a signed copy of Connecticut River: A Photographic Journey through the Heart of New England, by Al Braden.

3rd Place: $25 Cabela’s Gift Certificate and Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail Map – Vermont & New Hampshire.


1st Place: Paddler’s Dry Top by Confluence Outdoors (Size XL), $50 Ibex Gift Certificate, and 2 signed books by Ted Williams: The Insightful Sportsman: Thoughts on Fish, Wildlife and What Ails the Earth, and Something’s Fishy: An Angler’s Look at Our Distressed Gamefish and Their Waters and How We Can Preserve Both and The Connecticut River Boating Guide: Source to Sea.

2nd Place: $50 Ibex Gift Certificate and The Connecticut River Boating Guide: Source to Sea.

3rd Place: $25 Cabela’s Gift Certificate and Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail Map – Vermont & New Hampshire.


  • Matthew Cavanaugh: Matthew is a freelance photojournalist and wedding photographer based in Western MA since 2010.
  • Kate Hunter: Kate is a wedding, portrait and fine art photographer based in Greenfield, MA. Kate is also the co-owner and photo printing specialist at The Greenfield Gallery & Fine Art Printing.
  • CRC Staff: Many of our staff members have photography backgrounds and are lending their expertise and enthusiasm to the Judges Panel.


  • Upload your photo(s) using the entry form below and complete all required questions as directed.
  • You may enter up to 5 photos in the Contest. Total votes are tallied per photo, not per entrant or email address. Accepted file formats are: jpg, jpeg, png, gif
  • Please limit file size to 2MB or less.
  • All entries will be displayed on CRC’s website once they have been reviewed and approved. We will make every effort to approve photos within 48 hours. Notification will be that your photo shows up on the page.
  • Be prepared to provide CRC with the written consent of anyone who appears in a photograph.
  • For more information contact Stacey:

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The Source to Sea Cleanup Photo Contest begins the day that your group goes out to the Cleanup! You may submit your photos through Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 12:00pm (noon).


Voting begins at 12:01pm on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 and ends at 12:00pm on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

Born on the Bayou, Keith Davis
2016 Judge’s Choice 2nd Place Award
Carting Out the Trash, Amanda Locke
2016 Judge’s Choice 3rd Place Award