Oh, snap! Enter the CalTrout Photo Contest


The 2017 California Trout Photo Contest is accepting submissions now through August 31! Share your best photos of California’s rivers, streams and creeks and your angling experiences. Photos can include fish, anglers or others enjoying California waters or be more scenic in nature. Enter today for a chance to win some great gear and be featured on the CalTrout website, social media channels, and in issues of The Current.

Eleven winners total will be selected. One Grand Prize Winner, one People’s Choice Award and nine Best Photo winners.

Prizes awarded:

GRAND PRIZE – 1 Winner
Photo featured on home page of CalTrout website, one-year CalTrout membership, Limited Edition CalTrout-engraved Abel Classic Reel ($625 value)

Photo featured on home page of CalTrout website, one-year CalTrout membership, CalTrout neck gaitor, Tenkara USA Fly Rod Kit complete with all the essentials to get started tenkara fishing: Tenkara rod, 11’6″ Nylon Tapered Line, the keeper, 3 flies, tippet, and forceps & nippers. ($279 retail value)

BEST PHOTOS – 9 Winners
Photo included on Caltrout.org photo contest page, one-year CalTrout membership, CalTrout Patagonia Refugio backpack, and Smith polarized sunglasses ($189 value)
Contest Rules and Guidelines:

Once the submission period has ended, CalTrout will select 25 finalists. From those finalists, our members and social media followers will vote to determines the People’s Choice Award winner and 9 best photo winners. CalTrout judges will select the grand prize winner.

Judging Criteria: Photos will be judged on how well they depict the spirit of California waters and/or the sport of fly-fishing as well as overall artistic merit (lighting, color, composition, etc).

All photos must in some way be related to California rivers, creeks, or streams and the activities around them. Ideally, photos should have a horizontal format.
Maximum number of entries: 10 per individual.

All submissions must include a contest entry form.

Photographs must be in digital format.

Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted.

The photograph need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable.

Digital files must be high resolution, 300ppi, file size 3MB or larger (at close to actual size) and must be in .jpg format.

All entries must be received by midnight PST, August 31, 2017.

All entries require a signed model release for all people depicted in the image.

Please read our Full Contest Rules before entering. If you have further questions please email photos@caltrout.org. Photos must be submitted using our online form. Photos emailed to photos@caltrout.org will not be considered.


Photo: Jonathan Matthews, 2017 Finalist

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