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Make A Splash Photo and Video Contest

Capture a moment that makes a splash! Help document the technologies, settings, and people of water power through photos and videos.

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Make A Splash Photo and Video Contest

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) created the Make A Splash Photo and Video Contest to recognize and document the latest advancements in water power technologies, research and development activities, and infrastructure. The contest also seeks to capture the beauty of the landscapes, people, and communities rooted in water power. By participating in this contest, competitors can help WPTO raise awareness around hydropower and marine energy’s potential to contribute to a carbon-free power grid. The Make A Splash Photo and Video Contest invites photographers and videographers at all proficiency levels to capture photos and videos of water power that transport viewers and showcase the scope and potential of water power as a renewable energy. Contest winners will be awarded up to $2,000 for a photo or video in one of nine categories.

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Prize Structure

27 prizes will be awarded from a cash prize pool of $31,500. There will be three awards per category—grand prize, second place, and third place—and the following amounts will be awarded to each winner:

  • Grand Prize: $2,000
  • Second Place: $1,000
  • Third Place: $500

Entrants may submit up to 20 photos (total) in the following six photo categories:

  • Conventional Hydropower and Pumped Storage
  • Small, Distributed, or Low Impact Hydropower
  • Marine Energy
  • Powering the Blue Economy™
  • Faces of Water Power
  • Communities Powered by Water

Entrants may submit up to six clips or timelapse videos (total) in the following three categories:

  • Clip or Timelapse: Marine Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Clip or Timelapse: Hydropower Technologies
  • Clip or Timelapse: Faces of Water Power

* All photos and videos must be taken within the United States or U.S. Territories or be of U.S. technology in non-U.S. territory. Please see the official rules for details on each category.

Important Dates

  • Contest Opens: August 9 2023
  • Submissions Due: November 17, 2023
  • Winner Announcement: January 2024

Who is Eligible to Compete?

The competition is open to all amateur and professional photographers and videographers with original work. For more information about submission requirements, please review the official prize rules.

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