“King Tide” Photo Contest & Evening Photo Show Announced: Citizens & Photographers Invited to Capture Seacoast’s Highest Tide of the Year to Win $250!

The winning photo by Jim Lee from 2011’s Contest.

The winning photo by Jim Lee from 2011’s Contest.

King Tide, the highest tide of the year, is rolling into the Seacoast on Thursday October 9th, and area residents and photographers have a chance to capture this natural event and enter their photos in the 3rd Annual NH King Tide Photo Contest. NHCAW is sponsoring the one-day contest to help residents and community leaders identify coastal areas vulnerable to tidal flooding, visualize impacts from projected rising sea levels, and plan for the future.

This year’s King Tide is expected to be around 10.5 feet. A typical tide in the Seacoast region is between 6 and 8 feet. “This extreme high tide on October 9, 2014 will illustrate what may become the new tidal norm due to sea-level rise,” explained Roger Stephenson, NH consultant for the Union of Concerned Scientists and Stratham representative on the NH Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission.

Participating photographers and interested members of the public are invited  to attend  an evening Photo Show and People’s Choice Awards on Thursday, October 9th from 6pm-8pm at the  Seashell Oceanfront Pavilion, Hampton Beach.

“We hope participants in the King Tides Photo Contest will document how the astronomical high tide that day affects wharves, causeways, marshes, beaches and other coastal settings,” said Steve Miller, Coastal Training Coordinator at the Great Bay National Estuarine Reserve and co-chair of the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup.

Interested citizens are encouraged to join the contest by submitting images by one or both means:

  • from cameras or smart phones via social media (Twitter and Instagram): use hashtag  #KingTidesNH  When submitting images on social media or by email, participants should try to include the date, time and location of the photo(s).
  • or via email: attach hi-res photos and send to KingTidesNH@gmail.com.

A  complete list of contest rules and regulations, tide charts and times can be viewed at http://prepestuaries.org/2014-king-tide-photo-contest/

About King Tide

King Tides occur twice a year, when the Earth, moon and sun align thereby maximizing the gravitational forces to produce extreme tides and currents.

More About the King Tide Photo Contest

Participants are asked to explore the Seacoast – the low lying areas, marshes and estuaries on Thursday, October 9th around high tide which is 12:17pm EST  to capture photos that document the surge. Those who upload photos to Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #KingTidesNH will be entered into the People’s Choice Contest. Various prizes will be awarded to participants the night of October 9 at Hampton Oceanfront  Pavilion on Hampton Beach at the Photo Show and Awards Event. Prizes are made possible by Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café, the Seacoast Science Center, the Gundalow Company, and Live Free Photography.

Cash Grand Prize

Those who email their 2 best hi-resolution images to KingTidesNH@gmail.com by Friday, October 17 will be entered to win the Grand Prize of $250 donated from Smuttynose Brewery and Aquarion Water Company. The winners of the Grand Prize King Tide Photo Contest will be announced on Friday, October 31st.

For additional information contact 

PREP’s Community Impact Program Manager, Jill Farrell  at 603-862-0724 or jill.farrell@unh.edu

Union of Concerned Scientists Outreach Consultant Roger Stephenson at  603-770- 9484 or rstephenson@gmail.com