Source to Sea Cleanup 2019 Photo Contest

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2019 Winners (Click on image to see full view)

Judges’ Choice Best of the Cleanup (left): Mother Lode of Trash, by Bill Lipfert, LTK Engineering; Judges’ Choice Advocacy Award (middle): Tired of Tires, Melissa Vanek, Water is Life; People’s Choice Award (right): David Boles, River Protector, by Roberta Baker, Green River Cleanup

Our panel of judges, including professional photographers and CRC staff, awarded prizes for the Judges’ Choice Best-of-the-Cleanup Award and Judges’ Choice Advocacy Award. Our People’s Choice Award was determined by the largest number of votes from the public. Our judges also chose two Honorable Mentions, shown at right. Thank you to all of our 2019 contestants!

SUBJECT MATTER

  1. Be the change you want to see: What are you doing to take personal responsibility around reducing waste? Photograph individuals and/or group members doing their part to clean up our rivers. Keep your photos full of action. Include the people, the trash, AND the river for greater impact.
  2. Purge the Plastics: Over 150,000 beverage containers have been removed from in and near our rivers in the 23 years that volunteers have been cleaning up the Connecticut River basin. Manufacturers, businesses, and government need to lead the way on overhauling how we make and use plastic – ban single-use plastic, use better types of plastic, make recycling easy, and keep plastic foam (aka Styrofoam) out of our rivers by using better types of dock floats. In your photos, show how much plastic waste you are finding and let’s tell our stakeholders we expect better. Post and share on Facebook, Instgram, and Twitter using  #PURGETHEPLASTIC, then read more about the plastic problem.
  3. Tired of Tires: Tires are one of the most commonly found items during CRC’s annual Cleanup. It’s time that tire manufacturers take greater responsibility for the recycling and reuse of the tires they generate. Tire manufacturers insist the tires we find are old and that dumping is no longer a problem. Help us prove dumping is STILL happening. Show us the tires you find and post on Facebook, Instgram, and Twitter using #TIREDOFTIRES, then read more about the tire problem.

PRIZES

  • Best-of-the-Cleanup Award: Gorgeously photographed book: The Connecticut River From the Air: An Intimate Perspective of New England’s Historic Waterway by Jerry Roberts and Photography by Tom Walsh and a CRC hat.
  • Advocacy Award: CRC stainless steel water bottle, reusable bamboo cutlery set, hand-made shopping bag made from brew bags from the People’s Pint, a $20 gift certificate to the People’s Pint, and a CRC hat.
  • People’s Choice Award: REI Trekking Poles and a CRC hat.

ELIGIBILITY AND USE OF IMAGES

  • 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. Credit given where possible.
  • 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.
See 2019 Photo Gallery

Honorable Mentions (click image to see full view):

Never stand up in a canoe…!
Photo
by Jeff Feldmann
Connecticut River Watershed Paddlers
(Bondi’s) Island View
Photo by Jaimye Bartak
SWSC/SUEZ
Stop Trash Now: Sign the petition
Contest Ended
David Boles - Devoted river protector & long time Green River Clean-Up Organizer & Site Identifier: Friends of Green River, a Chapter of the Deerfield River Water Association; Nash's Mill Rd, Green River Swimming Area, Greenfield, MA - Home Base of 2019 Clean-Up.
33 Votes
Collection of tires at Nash's Mill Road, Greenfield, MA removed from the Green River during the 2019 Source to Sea Connecticut River Clean Up
25 Votes
One of many annually recycled signs encouraging participation in the Connecticut River Conservancy's Source to Sea Cleanup by helping to cleanup the Green River. The Green River watershed is the Deerfield River's 2nd largest tributary.
23 Votes
Iliana Cloughley, age 12, holding trash she pulled out of the river.
20 Votes
Our troop loves participating in the clean up. Here we are at the site of a former trailer park after a failed attempt at reaching the riverbank. (We found a path a few minutes later.)
20 Votes
Pulling a mini frig from the Mattabessett River, Never stand up in a canoe......Scott Larkham
15 Votes
This father and son duo wrapped up soccer practice on an athletic field adjacent to our cleanup "HQ," and came over to see what we were up to. Within seconds, they proceeded to grab gloves and get busy!
10 Votes
Wall of Tires Colchester, CT - GZA, Benesch Engineering, and Cisco Geotechnical
10 Votes
Iliana Cloughley, age 12.
8 Votes
Iliana Cloughley and workers.
8 Votes
Scouring the banks of the Connecticut River, Volunteers from Friends of Green River, a Chapter of the Deerfield River Watershed Association
7 Votes
Bob Cloughley and group of workers.
7 Votes
GZA Connecticut, Benesch, and Cisco removed 61 tires!
7 Votes
Girl Scout Troop 64792 in an area know locally as Boogeyman's Trail. We were very excited with our finds, especially a full jar of pickles!
7 Votes
The volunteer who found the ‘most interesting’ piece of trash.
4 Votes
On the last day of river clean-up, the Connecticut River gave to us; 12 soda cans 11 hundred glass shards 10 dozen bags 9 sneakers sneaking 8 cartons milking 7 cups a swimming 6 pairs of glasses 5 plastic rings 4 chairs for sitting 3 auto tires 2 traffic cones And a trash barrel on a sand bar.
4 Votes
Sam Woodworth in the Princeton Hydro john boat with tires plucked from flats exposed at low tide on the Folly Brook "delta" in the Wethersfield Cove.
4 Votes
When I found the Laffy Taffy wrapper, I realized I needed to snap this pic
4 Votes
Cleaning up tires along the CT River in Agawam
3 Votes
This is a photo of the last tire to get thrown out by myself, and 2 other volunteers sporting the Source to Sea T-Shirts.
3 Votes
A picture of the trash that was collected, over 2 tons in total, and a volunteer attempting to wrap his arms (and head) around the amount trash collected.
3 Votes
Julie Gardow went out on a limb to snag trash flushed off the streets of Wethersfield and Hartford into Folly Brook and snagged by a log before it flowed into the Wethersfield Cove and out into the Connecticut River.
3 Votes
just down river from the Wethersfield Cove the remains of the town landing and I91 and tank farm dikes snag trash, including a laundry hamper and a cooler. Tim Lewis fills the laundry hamper with trash. Plenty left over for Saturday's cleanup.
3 Votes
Greenfield High School students cleaning along the bike path next to the Green River.
3 Votes
Team Captain Kelly Simpson snapped this photo after Team PNT finished their cleanup along the Coginchaug River. The site was much cleaner than last year but the team did find something they didn't spot during last year's cleanup, some tires!
3 Votes
South Hadley High School students pulling trash from the mouth of Buttery Brook at the Connecticut River, South Hadley, MA
3 Votes
CT River Conservancy Board Member thanking South Hadley High School volunteers
3 Votes
Members and supporters of Friends of Machimoodus and Sunrise (not all volunteers pictured, some were still out in kayaks and on land).
3 Votes
HUGE TIRE DUG UP BY 3 PERSISTENT MEN
3 Votes
Remember to collect your postings after a garage sale, fundraiser, or lost dog posting. This one was found near the Cresson covered bridge on the Ashuelot River in Swanzey. I hope Luna was found!
2 Votes
Liz and Nick from Geo SubSea LLC with their rotary mower and trash pulled from the banks of the CT River at Haddam Meadows State Park.
2 Votes
Some of the wonderful volunteers from the last group out cleaning.
2 Votes
The heavy stuff needed some light technology to get up the bank
2 Votes
Volunteers finding a frog while cleaning up the creek.
2 Votes
2 Votes
Marty and Jonathan pose with their harvest, pulled about 100 feet up steep terrain using ropes.
2 Votes
Jonathan shows off his fancy rope work to get a big piece of steel up the steep incline
2 Votes
Sporting S2S tees and boots,the young women, of the Wethersfield High School Environmental Club get ready to get dirty down and dirty to clean the Wethersfield Cove.
2 Votes
Melissa Vanek and Keith Davis canoeing out four tires from an island on the Connecticut River
2 Votes
A root had wrapped itself around the tire.
2 Votes
2 Votes
Giovanna Parnoff
2 Votes
GZA Connecticut, Benesch, and Cisco worked together in Colchester, CT to remove trash of many varieties, tires, and one rusty drum.
2 Votes
Vehicle hood found along the Goodwin College South Meadow trail in East Hartford, CT. Shown are a college student, alumnus and instructor
1 Votes
Employees from Springfield Water and Sewer Commission and SUEZ cleaning up tires and trash on Bondi's Island, with the City of Springfield seen in the background
1 Votes
The "dark side" or north side of the Cove is inaccessible except by boat or over the dike, Trash from Folly Brook and I91 float and blow into the corner and pile up. Left to right, teaming up to take on the 2000 feet of shoreline, stream bank and floodplain, are Gerry Hayes, Lynn Ofori. Linda Nielson, Leah, Alicea Charamut, Peter Gardow, Julie Gardow.
1 Votes
Greenfield High School students cleaning up the Green River.
1 Votes
Dover School 5th and 6 th graders cleaning up along the West River in Brattleboro, Vermont
1 Votes
We wanted to leave the site so that all who entered the space could remember that water is life.
1 Votes
Jesse Frazer Jr. Cromwell, CT Xavier High School 2021
1 Votes
Jason pulls out a BIG tire!
1 Votes
Giovanna & Mattea Parnoff
1 Votes
Giovanna & Mattea Parnoff
1 Votes