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Local Coastal Plan Photo Contest

Permit Sonoma is holding a photo contest to highlight the beautiful Sonoma Coast in preparation for publication of the updated draft Sonoma County Local Coastal Plan.

Photo Contest Details

Timeline

Submission Start:June 1, 2019
Submission End:July 12, 2019
Pre-Screening Review Period End:July 19, 2019
Final Review Period End:July 31, 2019
Winner Announced:August 5, 2019

Photo Contest Sponsors/Contributors

  • Shutterbug
  • Sonoma County Regional Parks
  • Sonoma County Tourism

Prizes

  • People’s Choice:
    1. A 12 inch x 18 inch metal print of your photo
    2. Recognition on social media and the website
    3. A Sonoma County Regional Parks Pass
    4. Swag gift bag from Sonoma County Tourism
  • Professional Category Winner:
    1. A $50 gift card to Shutterbug
    2. A 12 inch x 18 inch metal print of photo
    3. Recognition on social media and the website
    4. A Sonoma County Regional Parks Pass
    5. Swag gift bag from Sonoma County Tourism
  • Non-professional Category Winner:
    1. A $50 gift card to Shutterbug
    2. A 12 inch x18 inch metal print of your photo
    3. Recognition on social media and the website
    4. A Sonoma County Regional Parks Pass
    5. Swag gift bag from Sonoma County Tourism

Photo Contest Rules

  • The photo must be taken in Sonoma County.
  • Must be a photo that predominantly highlights the coastline, coastal vegetation, coastal communities and landmarks, or wildlife.
  • Only one submission per person.
  • The People’s Choice category will be based on the total number of likes within the album the photo is posted.
  • Photos that include minors (who are identifiable), must include a photo release signed by the parent. Photo Release Form (PDF)

Contest Process

  • Submissions will be accepted via email at: PermitSonoma-Communications@Sonoma-County.org

    Note: Submit photos as attachments to the email. Emails must be a maximum of 20 MB in size (including attached photos).
  • All submissions should be submitted with each of the following:
    • A brief description that includes the location of the photo
    • The date it was taken
    • Whether it is a professional or non-professional photo
  • Photos will be posted in the order received.
  • Submissions will be narrowed to 15 finalists in the professional and non-professional categories.
  • Finalist photos will be reviewed by a panel of voters. The panel includes:
    • Cea Higgins, Executive Director of Coastwalk/California Coastal Train Association
    • Dennis Kohn, Professional Photographer
    • Lynda Hopkins, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
    • Sarah Heyne, Sonoma Coast Chapter Surfrider Foundation
  • Please refer your fans to the photo contest album on the Permit Sonoma Facebook page so their vote is counted!
  • All pictures submitted will be eligible for use in the Local Coastal Plan and County outreach materials, but photographers retain all commercial rights to their photos beyond that use.

Scoring Categories

  • How well does the photo represent Sonoma County (1-10)
  • Color (1-10)
  • Composition (1-10)
  • Creativity  (1-10)

If you have any further questions please contact Domenica at PermitSonoma-Communications@Sonoma-County.org