Calendar Photo Contest

2018 Water Reflections Calendar Photo Contest 

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The 2018 Contest is now closed. We appreciate everyone who entered this year and took the time to write thoughtful reflections about their favorite local water resources! We had record participation with over 200 images entered. We are looking forward to perusing your images. 

Winners will be announced during the week of October 1. 

About the Contest

Metro Atlanta is home to many beautiful water features including Lake Lanier, Allatoona Lake and the Chattahoochee, Flint, Yellow and Etowah Rivers. These lakes and rivers provide Metro Atlantans with more than just recreational and photo opportunities; they also serve as valuable resources for our region’s water supply! As good stewards of our natural environment, it is imperative that we protect our water supply from point source and nonpoint source pollution and conserve whenever we can.

Each year, the Metro Water District holds a photography contest to promote awareness of the need to protect our shared water resources. Entries should capture the beauty, heritage, activities and character of metro Atlanta’s water resources. Winning photographs receive a cash prize and will be included in the 2019 Water Reflections Calendar. Preview the 2018 Calendar here. The grand prize will also receive a one night stay for two at the Len Foote Hike Inn

Feature photo – Let’s stop illegal dumping together!

This year, an additional prize will be awarded for the photo that best captures an awareness of the critical issue of illegal dumping in metro Atlanta. Illegal dumping sites are being discovered all over the metro area and include hazardous and other materials such as tires, appliances, paint, chemicals, car batteries, and construction material. These piles of waste pollute streams and threaten human and watershed health. It is imperative that all solid waste be disposed of properly in the landfill or recycled at permitted facilities near you. Think before you dump and be the solution to stormwater pollution!



  • Each photographer may submit up to five (5) photographs and one (1) additional photograph for our illegal dumping feature. Please submit a separate form for each photo entry.
  • Photographers are eligible to win for up to three (3) photographs submitted, plus the feature photo; an individual photographer can win with up to, but no more than four (4) photos.
  • Photographs must be taken with the geographical boundaries of the 15 county Metro Water District area which includes the counties of Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale. The District does not encompass the cities of Braselton and Loganville.
  • Photographers must submit pictures that have been taken since January 1, 2016; no picture taken before January 1, 2016 should be submitted.
  • A completed entry/release form must be provided by each photographer (see link above).
  • No submittal of copyrighted material is allowed.
  • Participants understand that each photographic entry is subject to the free and unlicensed use by the Metro Water District and the Atlanta Regional Commission in the preparation of annual reports, planning material, website pages, handouts and educational materials. See full Terms and Conditions.
  • All photographs must be at least 300 dpi at the dimensions of 8.5 x 11 inches.
  • Please note that the format of the calendar is landscape. Photographs should be in landscape/horizontal format, or should be able to be easily cropped as such.
  • All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified.
  • Images must be submitted digitally. No printed photos will be accepted.
  • Save photographs with the following naming scheme: last name_first name_title of photograph. Ex: Smith_John_Chattahoochee Sunset
  • If you are experiencing issues submitting your photographs using the online form, please emial
  • All photographic entries and accompanying release forms must be received by Friday, September 7, 2018.

Judging: Submissions will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Success in reflecting an appreciation of Metro Atlanta’s shared water resources
  • Relevance of subject and quality of composition
  • Originality of photo
  • Quality of photo
  • Excellence in photographic technique


  • 1st Place will receive $500 and a one-night stay for two at the Len Foot Hike Inn in Dawsonville, GA.
  • 11 finalists will receive $100 each
  • Best illegal dumping awareness feature photo will receive $50
  • All winners will receive two copies of the 2019 Water Reflections Calendar, an outdoor spray nozzle and a rain gauge.
Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District