2017 Best in Show by Joe Meiman

We’re inviting you to participate in a grand campaign – declaring 2020 the year to Embrace the Gulf of Mexico.

Submit your best snaps in our Embrace the Gulf Photo Competition. We need quality images from those of you that live, work, and play around the Gulf. Images will be used in our Embrace the Gulf social media campaign and other Gulf of Mexico Alliance materials. Learn more about Embrace.

Under18 Photo by Cory Diaz

Photo Themes

We need photographs that relate to any of our five campaign themes: community, environment, education, economy, and tourism. Images must relate to the Gulf of Mexico and/or its watersheds within the five U.S. Gulf States. We want the feel good images; the snaps that really bring out the best the Gulf has to offer.

Photo by Maire Kelly

Who can submit?

Anyone!
We will divide judging into two categories. A Junior Division will include anyone under the age of 18. An Adult Division is for people 18 and over.

By Brian Bendis

Submission Requirements

  • Image Specifications – Images must be at least resolution 300 dpi or 1 megapixels (2048 x 1536) for a print size of 4″ x 5.3” as a JPEG only. No Photoshop funny stuff is allowed. Minor cropping and photo orientation allowed. No special app or computer program filter or altering.
  • Photos must be your original work.
  • Minors must have the parent or guardian permission to participate.
  • For images that include people, photographer must have permission to use the likeness of said individuals.

    Think positive and show us that!
    We want to embrace all the good things about the Gulf of Mexico.

By Sushil Pallemoni

Deadlines & Timelines

Submission deadline is Friday, December 6, 2019.
Judging will occur in December 2019.
Winners will be announced shortly after judging concludes.

By Kim Caviness

Winners & Awards

When you submit your photo, choose the theme you think best fits your image. We may choose to put your image in another theme if we think it fits better somewhere else. Our volunteers will pick the top five to ten images from each theme, in both age groups, and create two pools of photos. We will choose a 1st place in each category and a Best in Show for both age groups. All images, despite placement, may be featured in the Embrace the Gulf social media, the campaign website, and used in other Gulf of Mexico Alliance materials. We will throw together a little swag for our winners.

Under18 Photo by Trey Spearman

What are you waiting for?
Show us how you Embrace the Gulf!

  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg.
  • Photographers grant permission to the Gulf of Mexico Alliance to use the photo in any way it deems appropriate. However, the photographer also retains the right to use the photo. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance will not sell or otherwise use photo for profit.

    Photos must be your original work. Photographs that include sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art will be accepted if they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud. For images that include people, photographer must have permission to use the likeness of said individuals and/or if any person appearing is under the age of majority photographer must have permission of the parent or legal guardian.

    Participants under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent or legal guardian to enter the Contest.

    The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsor, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance accepts the right to reject any photograph that it deems inappropriate to the contest for any reason.