Photographers and Videographers Are Invited To Make a Splash With Their High-Impact Water Power Imagery
DOE Water Power Technologies Office’s Photo and Video Contest Open to Photographers and Videographers of All Skill Levels
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. A poignant image can often elicit emotion, inspire action, and enlighten viewers—no words necessary.
The contest encourages amateur and professional photographers to take a closer look at all that water power has to offer, and to help make water power more visible as a source of renewable energy.
“As a communicator at NREL, my task is often to take complicated research subjects and make them both understandable and impactful,” said Taylor Mankle, multimedia coordinator for NREL’s water power team. “Taking photos or videos of our researchers and their work can be the simplest and most effective way to demonstrate just how innovative and inspiring renewable energy can be. I’m looking forward to seeing how competitors take this challenge and run with it!”
The contest is open now through Nov. 17, 2023. Contest judges will select three award recipients per category: the grand prize winner will receive $2,000, second place will receive $1,000, and third place will receive $500.
Spark your imagination! Use these example reels, photos, and expert tips and tricks as inspiration for your own photos and videos.
Entrants will be able to submit up to 20 photos (total) across the following categories:
- Conventional Hydropower and Pumped Storage
- Small, Distributed, or Low-Impact Hydropower
- Marine Energy
- Powering the Blue Economy™
- Faces of Water Power
- Communities Powered by Water.
Entrants will be able to submit up to six videos (total) across the following categories:
- Clip or Timelapse: Marine Energy
- Clip or Timelapse: Hydropower
- Clip or Timelapse: Faces of Water Power
The winning photos and videos will be featured on WPTO's website and in outreach efforts such as presentations, newsletters, educational materials, social media, and other engagement opportunities. Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges, and winners are expected to be announced in January 2024.