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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.