LCBP Hosting Patrick Leahy Photo Contest

Grand Isle, VT – In recognition of Senator Patrick Leahy’s long-standing commitment to Lake Champlain and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the LCBP is holding the Patrick Leahy Lake Champlain Basin Photo Contest.

The LCBP will accept photo submissions in four categories that correspond to the four management goals of Opportunities for Action: Clean Water, Healthy Ecosystems, Thriving Communities, and Informed and Involved Public.

Photos may be submitted on Twitter, Instagram, or using the submission form on the LCBP website.

“Lake Champlain has long been one of my favorite subjects to photograph, as I know it is for many Vermonters. As honored as I am to have this contest named after me, I’m even more excited to see the undoubtedly wonderful entries the basin program will receive showing not only the lake itself, but the people and wildlife which call the Lake Champlain Basin home.”

“There are so many talented photographers of all skill levels in the Lake Champlain Basin. We are excited to see how people express their shared love of the Lake with one of the most accessible and engaging creative outlets we have,” said Dr. Eric Howe, Director of the Lake Champlain Basin Program.

The LCBP anticipates awarding prizes for first, second, and third place for submissions across all categories. In addition, a prize will be awarded for each of the four goal categories. Prizes will include an afternoon cruise on Lake Champlain with Sail Vermont, a workshop with Adirondack photographer Carl Heilman, and photography equipment gift cards.

Senator Leahy is expected to announce prize winners at a Clean Water Act anniversary event on October 8 in Burlington, Vermont. Select photos will be featured in an exhibit at the event. Entries may be used by the LCBP and partners in future lake-related digital and print publications and outreach materials.

All photos must be submitted by 11:59pm September 28, 2022 for consideration. Full contest rules, a submission form, and a gallery of submissions are available at


The Lake Champlain Basin Program coordinates and funds efforts that benefit the Lake Champlain Basin’s water quality, fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources. The program works in partnership with federal agencies, state and provincial agencies from New York, Vermont, and Québec, local communities, businesses, and citizen groups. NEIWPCC—a regional commission that helps the states of the Northeast preserve and advance water quality—serves as the primary program administrator of LCBP at the request of the Lake Champlain Steering Committee and administers the program’s personnel and finances. LCBP is a program partner of NEIWPCC. For further information, contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program, 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VT at (802) 372-3213 / (800) 468-5227 or visit

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