Calendar Photo Contest

2019 Water Reflections Calendar Photo Contest NOW OPEN!

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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. 2019 winning photographs receive a cash prize and will be included in the 2020 Water Reflections Calendar. 

The grand prize winner will also receive a $75 gift card from PeachDish, Atlanta’s premier (and locally-based!) farm-fresh meal kit delivery service. PeachDish cares about their community and strives to reduce their natural resource footprint wherever possible. Thank you, PeachDish, for sponsoring our 2019 contest!

Ideas for images:

  • Natural and built water features/landscapes
  • People enjoying recreational opportunities and events
  • Wildlife
  • River Clean-ups
  • Stormwater challenges
  • Green Infrastructure
  • People conserving water and using it wisely
  • Photos taken during all months of the year are welcome and encouraged

2019 Challenge Image: Proper F.O.G. Disposal and Sustainable Kitchens

Want to get creative? We love seeing your beautiful nature photographs, but we also challenge you to incorporate the themes of each year’s educational focus. This year, an additional prize may be awarded for the photo that best captures an awareness of the proper way to manage your household fats, oils, and grease (F.O.G.), and general ideas for having a sustainable home kitchen. F.O.G.s continue to be a leading cause of sewer overflows in our region. Did you know that when F.O.G.s are poured down the drain, they harden and solidify and can create massive clogs in your sewer pipes? It is important that we scrape or wipe F.O.G.s and food scraps into the trashcan or compost them to keep them out of our drains! Additionally, when you compost your food scraps or scrape them into the trashcan instead of using your garbage disposal, you can save 2 gallons of water per day!

We want to see how you are reducing F.O.G.s and conserving water in your kitchen!  See this PeachDish blog post on creating a more sustainable kitchen and visit for more in-home water conservation tips. And, visit to test your knowledge on what kind of foods are considered F.O.G.s – bet you can’t get them all!

Submit Your Images All Year!

Good news! We are now providing the opportunity to submit your awesome water photos as you take them!! 

From this point moving forward, we will be accepting images and reflections all year-round. We will keep the entry form open throughout the year, and we’ll mark the close the contest each year as the Friday after Labor Day. 


Please submit a separate form for each entry (up to 5).

Eligibility: Professional and amateur photographers 18 years of age or older are welcome to submit photographs for this contest.


  • Each photographer may submit up to five (5) photographs and one (1) additional photograph for our F.O.G. awareness and sustainable kitchens 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, 2017; no picture taken before January 1, 2017 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 email
  • All photographic entries and accompanying release forms must be received by the Friday after Labor Day to be included in the 2019 contest. Photos submitted after this date will be considered for the 2020 contest. 

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 plus an additional prize from our 2019 contest sponsor, PeachDish
  • 11 finalists will receive $100 each
  • 1 highlight image winner will receive $50
  • All winners will receive three copies of the 2020 Water Reflections Calendar, an outdoor spray nozzle and a rain gauge.

2018 Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Water Reflections Calendar Photo Contest! The Grand Prize Winner is Bryan Cochran of Norcross. Bryan’s image, Vulture Island, is pictured above, and is featured on the cover of the 2019 Water Reflections Calendar and for the month of June. As part of the prize package, Bryan also received a one night stay for two at the Len Foote Hike Inn in Dawsonville. A special thanks to Hike Inn for sponsoring our 2018 contest!

Be sure to peruse the gallery of 2018 winning images with photographer names above. 

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.  

Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District