NHCAW’s “King Tide” Photo Contest Goes International: NH Citizens and Photographers Invited to Capture Seacoast’s Highest Tide of the Year along with citizens from New Brunswick, Canada to Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Durham, NH – King Tide, the highest tide of the year is rolling into the Seacoast midday this Wednesday October 28th. The New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (NHCAW), in partnership with Gulf of Maine King Tides Initiative, are seeking the support of Seacoast residents and photographers to capture this natural phenomenon as its seen on New Hampshire’s coast through the announcement of the 4th Annual King Tide Photo Contest.
“We want to make New Hampshire the most photographed King Tide in the Gulf of Maine. Friendly competition is always fun,” explains Jill Farrell from the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership, a NHCAW member. “Just because we’ve got the smallest coast doesn’t mean we can’t beat out Massachusetts or Nova Scotia with the number of photos collected.”
King Tides occur twice a year, when the Earth, moon and sun align and maximize the gravitational forces to produce extreme tides and currents. This year’s tide is expected to be around 11.2 feet. A typical tide in the Seacoast region is between 6 and 8 feet. This extreme high tide on October 28, 2015 will illustrate what may become—with sea-level rise—the new tidal norm. 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. All citizens are encouraged to join the contest—submitting images from their cameras or smart phones via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and then sharing their images via social media using hashtags #KingTideGOM and #KingTidesNH. Only photos emailed will be entered into the contest.
The photos collected during this one day contest will be used to help residents, planners and community leaders identify coastal areas vulnerable to tidal flooding, visualize projected impacts from rising sea levels and plan for the future. You can see the last four years of contest photos here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/seacoastkingtidephotos/
“King tides – higher than normal high tides that occur a couple of times a year – are an annual part of the tidal cycle,” explains Steve Miller co-chair of the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup. “We photograph them because king tides are a window into the future. They show us what future tides on the Seacoast could look like and how our lives could be impacted due to sea level rise. NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup works with communities to prepare for those impacts and make for a more resilient coast.”
Assembled in 2010, NHCAW is comprised of local, state and federal officials and regional organizations. Working with the NH Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission, NHCAW is dedicated to educating and informing community members and municipal staff about the importance of preparing and adapting to our changing climate, including sea-level rise.
Through the Gulf of Maine King Tide Photo Contest, participants are asked to explore the Seacoast – the low lying areas, marshes and estuaries on Wednesday, October 28th around high tide which is 11:59am EST to capture photos that document the surge.
How to Enter
Those who email their 3 best high-resolution images to email@example.com by Wednesday, November 4th before 11:59pm will be entered to win prizes contributed by Patagonia and Photo Market in Portland, ME. The GRAND PRIZE is a Fujifilm FinePix XP80 waterproof digital camera!
When uploading images to the contest site users should include:
- 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. Photos submitted to the contest must be taken between 12:01am on October 28, 2015 and 11:59pm on October 29, 2015. All photos must be received via email no later than 11:59pm on November 4, 2015.
The winners of the Grand Prize King Tide Photo Contest will be announced on Wednesday, November 25th.
Additional information, including a complete list of contest rules and regulations, tide charts and times can be viewed at http://gulfofmaine.kingtides.net/add-your-photos/ or by contacting PREP’s Community Impact Program Manager, Jill Farrell at 603.862.0724 or firstname.lastname@example.org.