The Delaware River Basin Commission is now accepting entries for their Fall Photo Contest, which seeks to feature the beauty and significance of the Delaware River.

Rapids on the Mongaup in the Fall by Andy Smith.
Fall 2017 Delaware Basin Photo Contest Winner.

The seasonal contest began just one year ago and has different entry times for fall, winter, spring and summer. The commission receives roughly two dozen photographs per season, according to DRBC Communications Specialist Kate Schmidt.

“People can enter more than one photo,” Schmidt said. “If you are interested in entering, we encourage you to submit as many as you like.”

The winning image will be chosen by a panel of judges at DRBC after the contest closes on November 15th. The winning image will be seen in the DRBC annual report, on its social media pages, and on its website.

“The contest looks to highlight photos that celebrate the importance of the Delaware River Basin water resources as well as their beauty,” Schmidt said. “Pictures can be of the river itself or taken anywhere throughout the basin. Sometimes we’ll get photos of farms or tributaries so it doesn’t just have to be of the river.”

Schmidt also elaborated on the purpose of the contest; while it is nice for the DRBC to see wonderful pictures of the places they work to preserve, they hope the photographers are able to take away something for themselves.

“We really hope people are out and about enjoying the environment, nature, and their time in the Delaware River Basin,” Schmidt explained. “And taking photos to capture that for themselves and also consider submitting them for our contest.”

The commission is responsible for maintaining the source 15 million people use for drinking water, and more use for power and agriculture. Thanks to a DRBC initiated policy, any facilities using water from the Delaware River must replace one gallon back into the river for every gallon used during times of drought. This allows the river to flow continuously despite billions of gallons being used per day.

More details on guidelines, prizes, and submission are available on the Delaware River Basin Commission’s website.