#KingTideNH2016 Photo Contest

The King Tide NH 2016 Photo Contest is closed. Thank you to everyone to followed along, donated prizes and resources, and participated! To view a the winning photos and a selection of other photos submitted, click here.

Important Details & Rules

The New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup is excited to hold the King Tide NH 2016 Photo Contest Monday, October 17 through Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

King Tide is an especially high tide that occurs when the gravitational pulls of the sun and moon reinforce one another. This extra-high tide happens a few times per year when the moon is closest to the earth. This year on the NH Seacoast, the high tide is expected to reach approximately 10 feet between October 17 and October 19. To learn more about King Tides, click here.

While tides are not affected by climate change, the climate and weather do influence coastal sea levels through storm surges, the El Niño/La Niña-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the Jet Stream cycles, ice sheet melt, ocean warming expansion, and other factors. When combined with high tides (especially King Tides) these conditions can cause widespread damage due to flooding and erosion, a risk that will only increase with sea level rise. King Tides occurring within the Seacoast region this October will provide a preview of what we might experience regularly in the future as a result of rising sea levels.

The photos collected during this photo contest will be used to help local leaders, planners, and communities identify coastal areas vulnerable to tidal flooding, visualize projected impacts from rising sea levels, and plan for the future. The photos will be used in publications, presentations, and websites by NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup partners. For questions regarding the King Tide NH 2016 Photo Contest, please contact Nathalie Morison at the N.H. Department of Environmental Services Coastal Program; Nathalie.Morison@des.nh.gov or 603-559-0029.

How to Enter

Take photos around the coast during the upcoming King Tide between Monday, October 17 and Wednesday, October 19. Contest photos should be taken close to the high tide peak (mid-day high tide times below are for Portsmouth, NH):

  • Monday, Oct. 17; 12:39PM
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18; 1:30PM
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19; 2:22PM

You can also check your local tide chart for precise timing. Scout out the area to ensure safety. In your images, consider including landmarks or infrastructure (buildings, bridges, roads, sidewalks) to provide clues about water depth.

Submitting Photos

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

You may enter up to three photos in the King Tide NH 2016 Photo Contest. The deadline for photo submission is Friday, October 21st at 5:00pm EST. There are four ways to submit photos to the contest.

  1. Share your photo(s) on Facebook with hashtag #KingTideNH2016
  2. Tweet your photo(s) on Twitter with the hashtag #KingTideNH2016
  3. Share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #KingTideNH2016
  4. Email your photo(s) to kingtidenh@gmail.com

All posts, tweets, and email submissions should include the following:

  • Photographer’s name or social media handle (required)
  • Photo location (required)
  • Photo title (optional)
  • A brief description or reflection (optional)

Rules for Submissions

  • All photos must be taken along the New Hampshire coast.
  • All photos must be taken by the contestant. By submitting, each contestant acknowledges and warrants that the submitted photographs are original, the contestant is the sole copyright holder, and no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the submitted photographs.
  • Entries are void if the contest organizers determine that a submitted image is not original. 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.
  • Some digital enhancement is permitted but photos should not be overly manipulated or distorted to exaggerate height of tide. Use of Instagram filters is permitted.
  • Contestants must submit a completed photo release form to kingtidenh@gmail.com if photo(s) includes person(s) who are recognizable. Photos that include recognizable person(s) without appropriate consent will be disqualified from the contest.

Judging and Awards

A total of four prizes will be awarded this year! A panel of local judges will select the grand prize, 2nd prize, and 3rd prize photos. The judges are Jason Moon of New Hampshire Public Radio, City Councilor for Portsmouth Eric Spear, and Strafford Regional Planning Commission Executive Committee Chair Victoria Parmele. Additionally, there will be a People’s Choice award for the photo that earns the most “likes” on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Photos submitted by email will not be eligible to win the People’s Choice award. The contest organizers will compile all photos submitted and select the top 25 photos for the judges to evaluate and select the winners. The panel of judges will meet to identify the winning photos at a judging meeting on Thursday, October 27th. Photos will be judged on:

  • Photographic quality;
  • Effectiveness at conveying tidal impact; and
  • Creativity

Award winners will be notified via e-mail or the social media account used to submit the photo, and winning photographers will receive a prize package. Individuals may not win more than one prize in the People’s Choice contest or in the Grand Prize Contest, but may win one award in each contest (for different photos). Prizes will be awarded within 60 days after winner verification. No prize substitution or transfer is permitted, except that NHCAW reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any reason. Any taxes or other incidental expenses on prizes are the sole responsibility of each winner. Donated prizes include: Dinner for two at Row 34; $25 gift certificate to Flatbread; full-day surfboard and wetsuit rental for three people from Summer Sessions Surf Shop; half-day kayak rental from Portsmouth Kayak Adventures; two whale watch tickets from Atlantic Whale Watch; six tickets to movies at The Music Hall; 1-year family membership to Seacoast Science Center; and a framed aerial photo of winner’s choosing from the Rockingham Planning Commission.

Additionally, winning photos will be printed and displayed at various locations around the coast. Printing services have been generously donated by Live Free Photography. More details forthcoming.

Winning entries will be announced on http://bit.ly/KingTide2016 on Thursday, November 3, 2016.


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 edit, 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.

Limitation of Liability

By participating in the New Hampshire King Tide 2016 Photo Contest (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. 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. The King Tide NH 2016 photo contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Photo by Kirsten Howard, Rye NH

Photo by Kirsten Howard, Rye NH during King Tide 2015