See the winning images.

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance needs pictures.

What better place to get them than from our partners!
We need quality images from those of you that live, work, and play around the Gulf so we’ve decided on a competition.


Photo by previous winner Sherry Halbrook

Photo Themes

We need photographs that relate to any of our six themes: coastal resilience, data & monitoring, education & engagement, habitat resources, water resources, and wildlife & fisheries. Images must relate to the Gulf of Mexico and/or its watersheds within the five U.S. Gulf States.


Previous photo submission by Antoinette Quigg

Who can submit?

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


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.

Deadlines & Timelines

Submission deadline extended to September 15th. Now closed.
Judging will occur in September 2017. Underway!
Awards will be announced the last week of September. Yes it is October, but we are in the middle of judging right now!

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, 2nd, and 3rd place and a Best in Show for both age groups. Best in Show images will be featured on the Alliance website homepage and featured in our eNewsletter. We will throw together a swag bag of goodies for our winners.

  • 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.