Photo Contest

woman kayaking with dog in Black Canyon
The winner of the 2019 Love Your Lakes photo contest is Terry Maurer of @insightoflifephotography.
Thank you to everyone who entered. We received more than 250 photos. This contest is now closed. To view the top ten, visit us on instagram.

2019 Photo Contest Theme: Love Your Lakes

We are celebrating the bodies of water that make up our beautiful recreation area. Love your lakes by shooting a picture that represents what makes Lakes Mead and Mohave special to you.

Grand Prize
The winning photo will be featured on the 2020 Lake Mead National Recreation Area Annual Pass, and the winner will receive a 2020 annual park pass courtesy of Get Outdoors Nevada's - Lake Mead Circle, our non-profit partner (a $45 value). The winner will be announced Sept. 20, 2019.

The pass will be delivered by mail and may not arrive until January or February 2020. The winner will not be able to use this pass until it has been delivered. Top images will be featured on the park’s social media accounts and website.

How to Enter
  • Entries will be accepted from July 15, 2019, through Aug.31, 2019. Contest winner will be announced Sept. 20, 2019.
  • Entries will only be accepted via Instagram. Entrants must post an image using the hashtag #LAKEphotocontest19 to enter. Posts should also tag @lakemeadnps and include a caption describing why the photo fits this year’s theme, Love Your Lakes.
  1. A judging panel will review entries and select the top 10, including the grand prize winner. Finalists will be selected based on the following criteria: originality, artistic composition, technical quality, and how well the photograph showcases how you “love your lakes.”
  2. Entries should show best practices for visiting national parks and public lands. Photographers and visitors are not allowed to harass wildlife or pick vegetation at any time. Touching or baiting wildlife is a form of harassment. Images containing illegal or prohibited activities will be disqualified. It is the entrant's responsibility for knowing and following park regulations. Photos must be family friendly.
  3. The contest is open to all. Entrants under 18 years of age require the permission of a parent or guardian. By entering the contest, entrants under 18 years of age indicate that they have obtained the permission of a parent or guardian.
  4. Photos must be the original, unaltered work of the entrant.
  5. Photos must be taken within the boundary of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
  6. By submitting, the entrant agrees that they are the sole copyright owner of the image. By submitting an entry, the entrant (in case of minors, the minor's parent/legal guardians) grants the National Park Service, or its authorized representatives and contractors, the right to reproduce, prepare derivative works of, distribute or display and use these materials in whole or in part, for government and non-government purposes, in any manner or media (whether now existing or created in the future), in perpetuity, and in all languages throughout the world. Use of this material shall include, but not be limited to, audiovisual programs; museum exhibits; websites; publications; product artwork; and project publicity. Additionally, entrants 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. The entrant holds harmless and release and forever discharge the National Park Service from all claims, demands, and causes of action which they, their heirs, representatives, executors, administrators, or any other persons acting on their behalf or on behalf of their estate have or may have by reason of this authorization. The entrant agrees to indemnify and hold the Government harmless for any and all losses, claims, expenses, suits, costs, demands and damages or liabilities on account of personal injury, death, or property damages of any nature whatsoever and by whomsoever made, arising out of the activities associated with the photo contest in which they are taking part.
  7. Size requirements: photos must be a minimum of 960 pixels wide. If selected as a winning image, the entrant must be able to provide the highest resolution version of the image possible via email.
  8. Do not use Instagram filters to modify your image. The spirit of the contest is to capture a moment that has been experienced. No alteration or manipulation of photographs is permitted except for minor cropping, red eye removal, and/or adjustment of contrast and brightness. Photographic techniques such as HDR, light-painting and long exposures are allowed. To ensure compliance with the alteration and manipulations rules, for those photos that are finalists the park has the right to request the photographer provide the file that was recorded by the camera. The park retains the right to disqualify photos that, in their sole discretion, have been noticeably and/or excessively altered.
  9. Entries with watermarks will be disqualified.
  10. Participants may enter as many images as they wish.
  11. Photos posted to Instagram before July 15, 2019 will be disqualified. If you want to enter a photo taken before July 15, 2019, you must upload the photo as a new post on Instagram.

Last updated: September 20, 2019

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