Make a Splash Photo Contest Seeks Best U.S. Water Power Photos

April 30, 2018

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Make a Splash Photo Contest, Water Power Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Water Power Technologies Office is searching for the BEST photos of water power in the United States* with the just-announced Make a Splash Photo Contest.

In addition to the prizes described below, including a $2,000 cash prize, winning entries will be featured on the Water Power Technologies Office website, exhibited at DOE headquarters, and displayed in other Office material.

*All photos must be taken within the United States or U.S. Territories or be of U.S. technology in foreign water.

Prizes and Photo Categories

Prizes up to $2,000 will be awarded to entries across seven categories:

1. Overall Hydropower – grand prize

Hydropower, including multiuse dams and reservoirs.

Photo of Ice Harbor Dam in Washington.
Example of a photo that could be entered under the Overall Hydropower category. Ice Harbor Dam in Washington.
Sarah Wagoner

2. Overall Marine Energy – grand prize

Marine energy technologies, such as measurement buoys, wave energy converters, and ocean thermal energy converters.

Photo of a wave energy device.
Example of a photo that could be entered under the Overall Marine Energy category. Northwest Energy Innovations' Azura(TM) wave energy device at the United States Navy's Wave Energy Test Site near Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawai'i. 
Northwest Energy Innovations

3. Recreational Hydropower

The recreational use of hydropower, including swimming, boating, fishing, camping, skiing, and hiking—just some of the recreational activities that take place year-round and across the country at sites developed and supported by the hydropower industry.

Photo of a kayaker in front of a dam.
Example of a photo that could be entered under the Recreational Hydropower category. St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis, MN, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project.
iStock.com/YinYang

4. Community/Local Hydropower

Small-scale, low-head hydropower that provides local or community power.

Photo of Weisenberger Mill in Kentucky.
Example of a photo that could be entered under the Community/Local Hydropower category. Weisenberger Mill in Kentucky.

5. STEM/Educational Opportunities of Water Power

Youth and students of all ages interacting with and learning about water power technologies.

Photo of children sitting on rocks beside the water.
Example of a photo that could be entered under the STEM/Educational Opportunities of Water Power. Children observe a test of the spillway gates at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers J. Strom Thurmond Dam in Clarks Hill, South Carolina.
Greg Deal, Savannah Smiles Magazine

6. Jobs/Economic Development of Water Power

Professionals employed by the water power sectors, including maintenance and operations.

A photo of scientists tagging eels
Example of a photo that could be entered under the Jobs/Economic Development of Water Power category. Scientists tag eels to track their migration through Dam 4 in the Potomac River to the Sargasso Sea.
Sarah Wagoner / U.S. Department of Energy

7. Research and Development of New Water Power Technologies

Researchers working to advance water power technologies, whether in a lab setting or in the field.

Research and development for water power.
Example of a photo that could be entered under the Research and Development of New Water Power Technologies category.

Submitting Photos

Submit photos and find a full set of rules and instructions for submittal on the Make a Splash Photo Contest website. Contact Water.Photos@nrel.gov with questions.

All submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. MDT on July 16, 2018.

Judging and Winner Announcements

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by DOE. We look forward to seeing your photos!

Water you waiting for? Submit today!