If you have a great photo that celebrates and embraces the natural elements of our state's beautiful coastline, here's how you can enter the NJSGC's (revamped!) "Favorite Beaches" photo contest!

New Jersey Sea Grant's graphic design team will select 24 photos from all entries received by May 23rd. Those finalists will then be posted on the NJSGC website where visitors can vote for their favorite until June 24th.

The Top 12 photos that receive the most votes will be announced right before the July Fourth holiday. These images will be used to create the 2020 NJSGC downloadable desktop calendar, which will also feature useful coastal facts and info that will help you learn more about and appreciate the Jersey Shore.

Here are the photo contest submission guidelines:

-- One photo submission per person.

-- Entries should be submitted as an attachment via email to dbellini@njseagrant.org

--The email entry must include: Name, current hometown, contact info (phone and email) and a title or name for the image.

-- Photo files must be .JPG format and a minimum of 300 DPI saved at quality setting of '10' or higher and 8 1/2" for longest side

-- Images should be horizontal (landscape)

-- Entries will be accepted until 9 pm (EST) on May 23rd.

-- Submit only your own original work.

-- Stick to the contest theme: The Natural Elements of New Jersey Beaches. (Both traditional and innovative approaches to the subject are welcomed.)

-- Photos should be appropriate for a general audience. Explicit content is expressly prohibited.

-- Post-processing and digital manipulation is not allowed, but minor adjustments to contrast, subtle burning, and dodging are acceptable since some images need minor adjustments due to scanning process or camera settings.

-- All entries become the property of NJSGC and may be used by the organization for other educational or marketing materials (the 12 finalists will receive an additional waiver for signature prior to publication of the calendar.)

--  By submitting your photo to this contest, you grant NJSGC permission to publicly display, reproduce, and use the photos in all manner and media for any and all purposes, including related promotional purposes, in perpetuity. However, you will retain the copyright to your photo and NJSGC will not sell your photo. You also warrant that the photo is your original work and does not violate the copyright or any other personal or property right of any third party, and that you may be required to and can obtain any and all releases and permissions necessary for its use in the production of the NJSGC calendar, including releases for any recognizable faces, unless they are incidental to a larger scene (like a group of sunbathers on the beach.)



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