Back Bay Restoration Foundation
BBRF's mission is to preserve, protect, and improve
Back Bay and its watershed
through stewardship,
education, and outreach.

BBRF Photo Contest

Contest Description:

Let your camera show your support and appreciation of Virginia Beach’s southern watersheds by entering Back Bay Restoration Foundation’s Second Annual Photo Contest!


We invite you to enter your most striking photo from the Back Bay and North Landing watersheds. We are looking for digital photographs that represent the beauty and diversity of the southern watersheds, associated flora and fauna, as well as the anthropogenic activities we enjoy here, such as recreation and agriculture.


The top 12 photos will be featured in our 2013 calendar. The calendar will be sold as a fundraiser to support BBRF’s mission to preserve, protect, and improve Back Bay and its watershed through education, stewardship, and outreach.

How to Enter:

Upload to Facebook ( Back Bay Restoration Foundation’s group page: be sure to indicate the photo is for the photo contest and include a caption as described in the contest rules below. Please note the 2012 contest rules require photos to be labeled with one of the nine specific categories as outlined in the contest rules.


Send via email: attach your photo (as JPG or JPEG file) to an email and send to In the subject of the email, indicate the photo is for the BBRF’s 2012 photo contest. Emails must also contain a descriptive caption and category (see contest rules).


Your original photographs must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (EST), on September 1, 2012 to be eligible for the contest. Winners will be notified via email or phone.      

Contest Rules:

To be considered eligible, the photograph must be taken in the Back Bay or the North Landing watersheds. Photographs that are not applicable to this geographic area will be disqualified (please note: the beach is not considered part of the Back Bay watershed).


There are 9 categories available for entry: Sunset/Sunrise, Wildlife, Flora, General Landscape, Aquatic Scenes, Agriculture, Recreation, Youth (under 18), and an Open Category. Each photographer may submit no more than 3 photographs per category. Each submission must be clearly identified with the intended category, or be eligible for disqualification.   The top photograph from each category will be included in the 2013 Back Bay calendar, with the top three honorable mentions also included.


All photographs must be digital and have a high quality resolution (3 megapixels or better). Photographs must be in JPG or JPEG format. Photographs are not to be digitally altered beyond standard optimizations such as cropping, dust removal, and reasonable adjustments to exposure, brightness, and color.


All photographs must be accompanied by a caption that includes the name of the photographer(s), category of entry, location of the photograph, and adequately describe any subjects in the photograph (name(s), species description, etc.).   The entrant is responsible for obtaining any necessary third-party releases or copyrights of such subjects if appropriate. If selected as a winning entry, the entrant must be able to provide such releases to BBRF upon request. The caption should also include biographical information about the photographer, including name, city and state of residence, and contact information (email and/or phone number, whichever is preferred method of contact).


Children under age 18 must have parental permission to participate and must be able to produce this permission upon request.


Any photograph that indicates harassment of wildlife or deemed to endanger the environment, wildlife, or any person will be disqualified.


Entrants retain ownership over their photographs, but by entering the contest give BBRF the permission to use these photographs for our promotional activities including, but not limited to, our website, educational and marketing publications, and fundraising material.


BBRF’s Executive Director, Board of Directors, and any other judges appointed by the aforementioned individuals, will evaluate all submissions based on originality, composition, overall impact, and most striking representation of Back Bay and its watershed. During judging, photographs will remain anonymous (i.e. photographer’s name will not visible on the photograph) so that selection remains unbiased. Employees of BBRF and photography contest judges are not eligible for the competition. All decisions made by the judges are final.


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