Snap the Shore, Face the Future! Enter to Win NH King Tide Photo Contest & Raise Awareness of Rising Tides, Oct. 17-19, 2016

Photo by Mike Barron, Hampton NH (2014)

Photo by Mike Barron, Hampton NH (2014)

Portsmouth, NH –The New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (NHCAW) is excited to announce the return of the New Hampshire King Tide Photo Contest on October 17-19, 2016 and is calling all citizens to grab their cameras and help us “catch a king” for a chance to win prizes.

King Tides are especially high tides that occur naturally once or twice a year when the sun, moon, and Earth align to produce above-average tidal ranges. King tides bring unusually high water levels and can cause local tidal flooding. This year’s extra-high high tide is expected to reach approximately 10 feet along New Hampshire’s tidal shorelines around noontime on October 17, 18, and 19 (a typical high tide for the region is between 6 and 8 feet). These tides will provide a preview of what we might experience daily in the future if sea level rises as projected.

Photos collected during this year’s photo contest will be used to help residents, planners, and local officials identify coastal areas vulnerable to tidal flooding, visualize projected impacts of sea-level rise, and plan for the future.

King Tide 2015

King Tide 2015

Participation is easy and everyone is encouraged to enter by sharing up to three photos on social media using the hashtag #KingTideNH2016, or e-mailing them to kingtidenh@gmail.com. All photos must be taken on October 17, 18, or 19 and feature the extreme high tide along New Hampshire shorelines (e.g., Atlantic Coast, Great Bay, Little Bay, tidal rivers).

The top three photos will be selected by a panel of judges and the photographers will win some stellar local prizes. For complete contest rules, terms, and conditions, please visit: http://bit.ly/KingTide2016.

To see the photos as they roll in during contest week, follow @nhcaw on Twitter and @nhcoastaladaptation on Instagram and Facebook.

For questions, please contact Kirsten Howard with the NH Department of Environmental Services Coastal Program at Kirsten.howard@des.nh.gov, or at (603) 559-0020.

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