PHILADELPHIA - The Schuylkill Action Network is showcasing the beauty, fun, and purity of the Schuylkill River with the Schuylkill Shots Photography Contest.

Photographers of any age and skill level can submit up to nine pictures, or three per category. These categories include Wild & Scenic, Fun on the Schuylkill, and Tip Top Tap.

'Many people only see the river from cars while driving over bridges or past refineries,' said Tom Davidock, Schuylkill Action Network coordinator at the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. 'What they don't see are the forests, fun seekers and wildlife; all of it made possible by water clean enough to quench the thirst of most Philadelphians.'

The deadline for entries is Oct. 30. This gives photographers four months and two seasons to capture what artists have tried to depict for centuries. During this time, those who follow the Schuylkill Action Network on Facebook can watch and comment on each entry as it is uploaded.

A panel of judges affiliated with the Schuylkill Action Network will select 10 finalists per category by Nov. 15. The public will then have one month to vote for their favorites.

Those with the most votes will receive a $300 gift provided by one of three sponsors: the Philadelphia Water Department, Calumet Photo, and REI. Other prizes include $100 gift cards for second place and $50 gift cards for honorable mention.

The Schuylkill River travels 130 miles through the cities of Pottsville, Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, and Philadelphia. The Saturday Evening Post once described it as 'foul,' 'chemically poisonous,' and 'unhappy,' but much has changed since this 1949 article about coal mines. So much has changed that, 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 River and Bay.

For more information, call the Schuylkill Action Network at 800-445-4935, extension 109.

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