2015 Summer Photo Contest

2015 New England Ocean Odyssey Summer Photo Contest Rules and Information

How to Enter:
It’s easy! All you need to do is post your photo to Instagram with the hashtag #SeeMySeaStory. That’s it! You’re entered. 3.14_f1.8photography

Two winners of the New England Ocean Odyssey Photo Contest selection will win a copy of Brian Skerry’s book, Ocean Soul. In addition, the winning photographs will be published on www.newenglandoceanodyssey.org and promoted through CLF’s social media channels. Each of the three winners will also receive exclusive New England Ocean Odyssey “swag” (think t-shirts, postcards, etc.).

The New England Ocean Odyssey photo contest begins July 29, 2015, and ends September 7, 2015. Two winners will be chosen at random dates throughout the contest period, and one at the end of the contest period.

Official Rules:
By submitting an entry, you agree to the Official Rules and warrant that your entry complies with all of them. Each entry consists of a single image.

Only images posted to Instagram will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be considered for the contest. By posting the image to Instagram with the designated hashtag, you are granting CLF permission to use the image. CLF staff are permitted to submit photographs, but may not win.

The entries will be judged by the quality of the photograph and by the beauty of the scene it captures, as well as its popularity on Instagram. Photographs of New England’s marine environment, including people and places, both above and below the water, are eligible, so long as they are taken in New England. Photographs taken outside of New England, even though they are of species that occur in New England, are not eligible.

If chosen as a winner, the entrant must be prepared to provide a high resolution copy of the image to CLF.

The photograph must not contain content that is, in the sole and unfettered discretion of CLF, obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate.

The entries will be judged each month by CLF staff. All entries must be submitted and received by 11:59 p.m. on September 7, 2015. CLF reserves the right to examine the photograph/source material in order to confirm compliance with these rules.

Maine lighthouse. Image via Shuttershock


You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit, including ownership, other than those rights licensed in the following paragraph.

By submitting your photograph to our New England Ocean Odyssey Summer Photo Contest, you hereby grant to CLF (i) a nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, distribute, publicly display and publicly perform the photograph on its website, on the New England Ocean Odyssey website, and through CLF’s social media channels, and (ii) the right to use your name, city, state and country of residence in the photo caption to identify you as the photographer.


Q: How do I submit my photo?
A: You can submit your photo by posting your image to Instagram using the hashtag #SeeMySeaStory.

Q: How long does the contest run?
A: This year’s contest runs from July 29, 2015, to September 7, 2015.

Q: When will winners be announced?
Winners will be announced two times at random throughout the contest period, and one time after the contest period closes.

Q: What is the entry fee?
A: There is no cost – it’s free!

Q: How do I know that you’ve received my entry?
A: If you have tagged your photo with the hashtag #SeeMySeaStory, you are entered! If you have questions about how to use a hashtag, contact Amanda Yanchury at ayanchury@clf.org for assistance.

Q: How many photos may I submit?
A: You may submit as many photos as you like, but only one photograph per person will be considered for the contest.

Q: Who do I contact if I have outstanding questions?
A: You can email ayanchury@clf.org.

Q: Do I give up my rights or ownership of my photo my submitting them to this contest?
A: As described under “Copyright” above, you retain ownership of your photo, but grant certain rights of publication to CLF.

Q: What is the New England Ocean Odyssey?
A: The New England Ocean Odyssey is a project of CLF and Brian Skerry that invites people to join photographer Brian as he embarks on a first-of-its-kind journey to explore New England’s ocean.

Q: What is Conservation Law Foundation (CLF)?
A: Since 1966, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has used the law, science, policymaking, and the business market to find pragmatic, innovative solutions to New England’s toughest environmental problems.