Friends of the St. Clair River (FOSCR) and the St. Clair River Binational Public Advisory Council (BPAC) invite all amateur digital photographers to train their cameras on the majestic St. Clair River this summer and capture images of how an appreciation of nature has provided some relief from the stress caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Celebrating the St. Clair during stressful times” is the theme for this third digital photography contest organized by FOSCR since 2006. The organizers hope the contest will raise public awareness and appreciation for this beautiful body of water just steps from our door and provide some fun and motivation as people seek ways to cope with the stress created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The contest is open to all amateur photographers living in the St. Clair watershed in both Canada and the United States.
“The ‘Celebrating the St. Clair’ photo contest is another measure of FOSCR’s continuing efforts to raise people’s appreciation for the water treasure that is the St. Clair River. The contest is a worthwhile effort to get people thinking about the river and we hope that many people will participate,” said Craig Griffith, FOSCR President.
- “Our Wonderful Waterway” – a focus on the St. Clair River’s natural features: water, flora, fish and wildlife.
- “Floating Away” – a tribute to the St. Clair River’s benefits to residents and tourists for recreation, transportation and commerce.
- “Digital Perspectives” – an opportunity for digital editors to add an artistic touch and present a new perspective of the St. Clair River during the current pandemic.
Contestants may submit a maximum of three photographs. Contest categories are:
The contest begins Saturday, August 1, 2020 and runs until Saturday, September 26, 2020. A panel of judges will select the winning photos and cash prizes totaling $3,000 will be awarded.
All entries must be electronically submitted using the form below. All entries must include the photographer’s name, address and phone number. Photographers will receive credit for photos used in FOSCR and BPAC materials to promote greater public awareness of environmental conditions on the St. Clair River.
Received photographs will be posted in a special “Celebrating the St. Clair” photo gallery on this website shortly after they are received and for the duration of the contest.
- The contest runs from Saturday August 1st to September 26th, 2020. Photographs received after midnight on September 26th will not be considered.
- The theme of the contest is to capture in images how an appreciation of nature and the St. Clair River has helped relieve the stress caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Subject of photographs is to be the St. Clair River. This may include any activity, scenic view, people, buildings, etc. related to, along, in, under, or from the St. Clair River.
- The photo contest is open to anyone with exception of FOSCR members, persons on the St. Clair River Remedial Action Plan (RAP) Implementation Committee, and professional photographers.
- Photos must be submitted in electronic (digital) format via the Friends of the St. Clair website at www.friendsofstclair.ca.
- Photographs may be submitted in .JPG, .BMP, or .RAW format. File size must not exceed 5 megabytes.
- Photographers must include their name, address and phone number. Entries without this information will not be considered.
- Each photographer may submit a maximum of three photographs.
- All photographs submitted become the property of FOSCR, which reserves the right to use these photographs in the promotional materials supporting the St. Clair River Remedial Action Plan (RAP). All photographs used will be given photo credit.
- While every precaution will be taken, the contest organizers, sponsors and associates will not be responsible for loss or failure to receive electronic files transmitted over the internet.
- Selection of the winning photographs will be performed by a panel of judges including members of the FOSCR board of directors and a volunteer local professional photographer. The judging criteria will be visual impact, technical and artistic merit. The decision of the judges will be final.
- Prizes will be confirmed and publicly announced before October 10th, 2020. Two prizes will be awarded in each contest group category (-18 Youth and Adult). Prizes will be of significant value.
- All contest entrants accept the rules of the contest and agree to abide by them.