DHEC Coastal Photography Contest

The 2021 Photography Contest has ended.

Receding Tide - Coastal Photo Winner
"Receding Tide," Pinkney Island National Wildlife Refuge by Blake Womick | 2021 Winner

Who can enter?

Photographers of all degrees of expertise are invited to participate in the annual photography contest sponsored by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

What kind of photos should I submit?

We are looking for coastal South Carolina scenes including marshes, beaches, or wildlife.

What do I win?

The winning photo will appear on DHEC's 2021 Tide Table Poster. See the winning photo from last year’s Coastal Photography Contest here: https://scdhec.gov/2020-tide-tables

What are the rules?

  • Pictures must be the original work of the photographer
  • Horizontal orientation is required
  • Digital photos are accepted with a limit of five pictures per contestant
  • Digital photos should not exceed a total combined file size of 100 megabytes
  • All entries must be submitted between August 1 and September 1, 2020

I authorize the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to use any image(s) I submit of coastal South Carolina scenes on the 2021 Tide Tables, if my photograph is chosen as the winner of the DHEC Coastal Photography Contest.

I understand and agree, even if the image(s) I submit are not chosen as the winner of the DHEC Coastal Photography Contest, any/all image(s) I submit may be used in other DHEC publications, website, videos, or film for promotional purposes with attribution.  I understand and agree any/all image(s) I submit, without personal identifying information or metadata other than photographer's name, may be disclosed to the news media and/or the public in an effort to promote environmental protection and conservation efforts.  I also understand any/all image(s) I submit will be in the public domain, and may be used for purposes other than intended or identified in this document.  I understand and agree that DHEC will have no control over the re-release and use of these images by any media outlets, and cannot be responsible for their reuse and publication.

I understand that agreeing to these terms is a condition precedent to my participation in the DHEC Coastal Photography Contest.

I understand I am not required to participate in this contest.

By submitting an image for the purpose of entering the DHEC Coastal Photography Contest, I certify that I am 18 years of age or older and I grant DHEC permission to use or disclose the image(s) as previously specified.

How do I submit entries?

Go to the photo contest entry form located at scdhec.gov/CoastalPhoto.

Who do I contact with contest questions?

For questions about the contest, contact Liz Hartje, Coastal Projects Manager, at hartjeen@dhec.sc.gov or 843-953-9237.

Pernicious Beauty by Kristen Kappel | 2020 Winner
Folly Beach Air Force by Richard Brendel | 2019 Winner
Light over the Lowcountry by Dennis Balkham | 2018 Winner
Ghost Crab at Sunrise on IOP by Michael Trotman | 2017 Winner
Orange Crush by Justin Morris | 2016 Winner
Morning Ride by Benjamin Coy | 2015 Winner
Garris Landing by Ben Sumrell | 2014 Winner
New Moon Over Hobcaw Beach by Donald Withers | 2013 Winner