On July 1, the Schuylkill Action Network kicked off its second-annual Schuylkill Shots Photo Contest and will be accepting entries on Facebook through October. Last year over 6,000 people from Philadelphia to Pottsville voted on the final selection of winning photos from over 150 submitted. Winning photographers will receive prizes of gift cards ranging from $100 to $250 to REI, Amazon.com, or Calumet Photographic.
It is the SAN’s 10-year anniversary of environmental organizations and agencies working together for clean water in the Schuylkill River. To help celebrate, the SAN is asking photographers of all ages and abilities to submit high quality photos that portray the beauty, purity, and enjoyment that the Schuylkill River brings to Pennsylvanians.
“I won a $50 gift certificate to Calumet Photographic, which is the exact price of an intro photography course. My boyfriend and I are going down there to take ,” said Becky Chanoux of Philadelphia, one of the winners from last year’s competition.
Photographers can submit up to six high-resolution, digital photos, or two per category, using the official contest app on the SAN’s Facebook page. These categories include Wild & Scenic, Fun on the Schuylkill, and Tip Top Tap. The deadline for entries is Oct. 30. A panel of judges affiliated with the SAN will then select 10 finalists per category by Nov. 15. The public will then have one month to vote for their favorites to determine the winners. The judges will also vote for their favorite photos in each category to determine the “Judges’ Choice” Awards. Followers of the SAN on Facebook can also watch and comment on each entry as it is uploaded to the internet.
The Schuylkill River travels 130 miles through the cities of Pottsville, Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, and Philadelphia. In 1978, it was the first river included in the state’s Scenic Rivers Program. Today the Schuylkill is a source of drinking water for millions of people and a critical source of fresh water for the Delaware Estuary, where salt water from the ocean mixes with fresh water from the Delaware River.
The Schuylkill Action Network is a collaboration of agencies, companies, individuals, and nonprofit organizations founded to help clean up the Schuylkill River and the many waterways flowing into it. The SAN does this by collaborating on projects in Berks, Chester, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and Schuylkill counties, among others. In this way, it helps to protect nearly 2 million Pennsylvanians, all of whom depend on these waterways for safe drinking water. Since 2003, the SAN has grown to include dozens of local, private, and public members, in addition to its five founders: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3; Philadelphia Water Department; Delaware River Basin Commission; Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.
For more information call the SAN at (800) 445-4935, extension 109.