Add Your Photos

How to Participate

Please check back for notice of the next regional contest. 

Contest photos should be taken within 30 minutes on either side of the high tide peak, so please check local tide charts for precise timing. Scout out the area to ensure safety. In your images, consider including landmarks or infrastructure (buildings, bridges, roads, sidewalks) to help provide clues about water depth.

After taking photos, you can share them with friends on Twitter and Instagram (using the hashtag #kingtidesgom), and post them to the King Tides Facebook wall. There are also two sites where you can post photos on regional maps (see this site’s “King Tides Explained” page for details).

Submit up to three of your best images to the Gulf of Maine King Tides Photo Contest via e-mail ( with the following information:

  • photographer’s name;
  • photo title (if any);
  • photo location; and
  • a brief description or reflection (<50 words) on the image (optional).

In addition to illustrating the extreme high tide, each photo submitted should be visually compelling with a strong composition, sharp focus and proper exposure.  Please use the high-resolution setting on digital cameras.

Timeline for Submissions

Please check back for notice of the next regional contest. 


Be sure to read the photo contest rules and fine print below before submitting.

Rules for Photo Submissions

  • All photos must be taken along the shores of the Gulf of Maine, within the coastal zones of the participating states (MA–Cape Cod Bay and north, NH, ME) and provinces (NB and NS—with submissions limited to the Bay of Fundy shoreline). Contestants must be citizens or legal residents of the U.S. or Canada.
  • All photos must be taken by the contestant and must not be subject to any digital manipulation. By submitting, each contestant acknowledges and warrants that the submitted photographs are original, the contestant is the sole copyright holder, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the submitted photographs.
  • The submitted images will not be acknowledged or returned. Proof of submission is not proof of receipt.
  • Entries are void if the Contest Sponsors determine that a submitted image is not original or is altered. The contest organizers reserve the right to disqualify without notice any photographs deemed—at their sole discretion–inappropriate or those that fail to comply with these guidelines.
  • Gulf of Maine King Tides Contest project partners and their families may submit photographs but are not eligible for any Contest awards or prizes.


Each contestant retains the copyright to his/her photograph(s) and description(s). However, through their submission, each contestant explicitly grants the contest sponsors and designees an irrevocable, nonexclusive license for the duration of copyright to use and share each photograph and any accompanying narrative text for non-commercial educational and promotional purposes, in any and all media now known or hereafter created (including but not limited to publication in catalogs, brochures, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and websites), without additional consideration to or permission from the contestant.

Judging Criteria

The photo contest judges will evaluate entries on the basis of

  • Photographic quality;
  • Effectiveness at conveying tidal impact; and
  • Creative/aesthetic/narrative effect.

Awards will go to the images deemed highest in all three criteria, with those photographers receiving gift prizes. Award winners will be notified by e-mail and winning entries will be posted on this website by December 7, 2016.

Limitation of Liability

By participating in the Gulf of Maine King Tides Photo Contest, participants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless the organizers and partners from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities. The photo contest organizers assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in telephone network or lines; computer online systems; servers or providers; computer equipment; human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof.