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"Schuylkill Shots" Questions and Answers

Tue Sep 18, 2012 / Education and Outreach

 

If you haven't yet submitted your photos for the 2012 Schuylkill Shots Photo Contest, you have about a month and a half left to do so.  All submissions are due by Tuesday, October 30th 2012.

We have compiled some of the frequently asked questions and answers about the contest.  If you're interested in participating in the contest, you may find some helpful information below.

SCHUYLKILL SHOTS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

When is the last day that I can submit a photo for the contest.

What are the different categories and can I submit more than one photo?

How do I know what category to select for my photo?

Do the photos need to be of the Schuylkill River?

Can I use a photo I have already taken?

Are there Prizes for the contest?

What if I don't have a Facebook account, can I still participate?

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Tom Davidock at tdavidock@DelawareEstuary.org or (302) 655-4990 ext. 109


When is the last day that I can submit a photo for the contest.

Submissions will be accepted through October 30th 2012. 

 


What are the different categories and can I submit more than one photo?

There are three different categories (see below).  You are allowed to submit 3 photos per category (a total of 9 pictures). 

1.) Wild and Scenic

2.) Fun on the Schuylkill

3.) Tip-Top-Tap (show us your favorite use of tap water)

 


How do I know what category to select for my photo?

This is really up to you, but keep in mind the general themes of the categories when making your decision.  This will allow the judges to make better decisions when selecting the top photos for each category.  See below for some additional guidance on the different categories.

Wild  and Scenic:  This category is pretty straight forward.  Capture that wild and scenic beauty that the Schuylkill Watershed has to offer.  When thinking about the river, it's easy to think water; but don't forget about all of the amazing and beautiful landscapes that the watershed has to offer. 

Fun on the Schuylkill: This category is all about fun, which is only limited by your imagination and willingness for adventure.  This category will surely receive submission of people kayaking and fishing in the streams, creeks, and lakes in the watershed, but don't forget about other ways to show us your own definition of fun.  Whether you're hiking or biking along the Schuylkill River Trail, swimming at Blue Marsh, or rowing along historic Boat House Row in Philadelphia, your depiction of Fun on the Schuylkill can be anything you want it to be.

Tip-Top Tap: All of us living in the Schuylkill Watershed get our drinking water from somewhere, whether it's from a reservoir, ground water, or in many cases, the river itself.  When highlighting the Schuylkill, we need not look any further than our own kitchen sink.  This category aims to capture the creativity of all photographers to depict their favorite use of the water that we use every-day.  There are more options for this category than can be mentioned.  Perhaps you want to capture that perfect water drop coming out of your faucet, a summer day in swimming pool, a pitcher of home-made lemonade, doing the laundry (well, maybe not, but you never know).  In short, be creative and try to tell the story about why clean water is important to you and your family.

 


Do the photos need to be of the Schuylkill River?

No they don't.  While many of the photos submitted will depict the beautiful Schuylkill River, this contest is really trying to highlight all of the wonderful rivers, streams, and landscapes in the entire Schuylkill River Watershed.  Check out the map to learn more about the watershed: http://www.schuylkillwaters.org/docs/SchRiverSubwatersheds.pdf

Your photos can be taken anywhere in the watershed.  Your photo may be of a sunset over Locust Lake in Schuylkill County, somebody fishing in Pickering Creek, the rolling landscape of Valley Forge, or even your son or daughter playing in a sprinkler in your own back yard. 


Can I use a photo I have already taken?

Absolutely!  While we hope that this contest will encourage people to go out and explore the watershed, you may already have that winning picture sitting on your hard drive.    

 


Are there Prizes for the contest?

Yes there are.  All 1st place winners will receive $300 gift cards to either Calumet Photography, REI, or Amazon.com (depending on the category).  2nd place winners will receive $100 gift cards and Honorable mention winners will receive $50 gift cards.  In total, there are 9 different prizes being offered for this contest.  In addition to this, we plan to display the winning photos at locations throughout the watershed at the end of the contest.  Good Luck!

 


What if I don't have a Facebook account, can I still participate?

If you don't have a Facebook account and don't want to sign-up, that's not a problem.  You have two options.  First, if you have a friend or family member with an account, you can simply have them upload it for you.  They can enter all of your contact information when submitting the photo.  You can also simply email the photo to Tom Davidock, tdavidock@DelawareEstuary.org, and he will upload it for you.  If you choose to email your photo, please be sure to include all of your contact information and the category for your photo.