The LCBP will accept submissions in four categories that correspond to and interpret the spirit of the four management goals of Opportunities for Action, the LCBP’s management plan for Lake Champlain:
Clean Water: Water in the Lake Champlain Basin’s lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams will sustain diverse ecosystems, support vibrant communities and working landscapes, and provide safe recreation opportunities.
Healthy Ecosystems: Ecosystems that provide clean water for drinking and recreating, and intact habitat that is resilient to extreme events and free of aquatic invasive species where diverse fish and wildlife populations will flourish.
Thriving Communities: Communities have an appreciation of natural and cultural resources, and the capacity to implement actions that will result in sound stewardship of these resources while maintaining strong local economies.
Informed and Involved Public: Basin residents and visitors will understand and appreciate Lake Champlain Basin resources, and will possess a sense of personal responsibility that results in behavioral changes and actions to reduce pollution.
More information about the goals is available in the Opportunities for Action document and in the 2021 Lake Champlain State of the Lake and Ecosystem Indicators Report.
The LCBP anticipates awarding prizes for first, second and third place for all submissions collectively. In addition, a prize will be awarded for each of the four goal categories.
Winners will be announced at the Clean Water Act Commemoration signature event in October 2022.
The contest is open to the general public, including amateur and professional photographers. Employees of the Lake Champlain Basin Program and NEIWPCC employees are not eligible.
Minors (under 18 years of age) must obtain permission from a parent or legal guardian to enter and the parent or legal guardian must co-submit the entry form.
All photos must be original and solely created by the submitting entrant. Entries that cannot be verified for authenticity (including missing, incomplete, or incorrect contact information on the entry form) will be disqualified.
All photos must be submitted by 11:59pm September 23, 2022 for consideration.
Photos maybe be submitted in one of the following ways:
All entries must include the following hashtags:
AND one of the following depending on the submission category
All entries must include tags to the appropriate social media accounts for Senator Leahy and the LCBP.
Twitter: @SenatorLeahy @lakechamp
Instagram: @senatorleahy @lakechamplainbasinprogram
You do not need to tag friends or pages on social media channels, other than those included above, to be eligible for this contest.
1st – Private Lake Champlain cruise for up to six people with sailing outfitter
2nd – Photography workshop
3rd – $100 gift card for photography equipment
Goal categories (four prizes) — $50 gift card for photography equipment
Photos will be judged based on originality, creativity, artistic merit, and technical quality. Prizes awarded for the “goal” categories will also be judged on their interpretation or representation of the spirit of each goal.
A panel of judges selected by the Lake Champlain Basin Program will choose the winning photos. Judging of all submitted photography will be “blind”. The name of the photographer will not be disclosed to the judging panel. The panel’s decision is final and binding. We reserve the right to not select a winner based upon the content or quantity of submissions. We will notify the winners using the contact information provided at the time of entry. We may disqualify you and pick an alternate winner if you do not respond to our notification within five business days.
This contest is wholly administered by the Lake Champlain Basin Program. No social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or any other entity have in any way sponsored, endorsed, or administered the contest.