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Earth Day Photo Project

About the 2009 Earth Day photo project

Each year, for Earth Day, we conduct a photo project. We want to see how you would show EPA's mission to protect human health and the environment.

In April 2009, hundreds of you joined our Flickr photo groups and contributed nearly 500 photos! Throughout the month we featured your photos. Thank you all so much for your beautiful, thoughtful, inspirational contributions.

How did it work?

Here is all the information for how the 2009 Earth Day photo project was conducted. While we are no longer featuring photos, you are welcome to continue to share your photos on the Flickr groups.

Has your community organization cleaned up a stream? Have you enjoyed a day in the woods? Has a wild animal ever sparked your imagination? If you've caught anything like those moments in a photo, share it with us!

  1. In your Flickr account join one (or all) of the Earth Day Photo project groups, below.
  2. Enter one photo in each category:
    • People and the environment
    • The beauty of nature
    • Wildlife
  3. Well feature your photos on EPAs Earth Day site.

You can enter photos any time between now and April 30, 2009. Well be selecting photos to feature throughout April.

See below for more details.


Who can enter?

You can be a citizen of any country, living anywhere. As long as you're 18 or older, you're welcome to enter. If you're younger than that, please ask your parent or guardian to enter your photo.

Other than that, the only people who can't enter are the EPA selection committee who are choosing the photos to feature.

When do I enter?

You can enter photos any time between now and April 30, 2009. Well be selecting photos to feature throughout April.

A seagull skims over the ocean

How do I enter?

The project runs on Flickr.com, a photo sharing site, to encourage participation and provide maximum public access.

By putting the photos up in your own Flickr account, you control them and the comments they receive. Hikers sit in the sun looking across a valley at mountain peaks

What can I enter?

Do your best to show the categories. Make the judges see the connection.

Feel free to...

  • enter photos taken anywhere in the world.
  • enter color, black and white, or partially desaturated photos.
  • edit your photo however you like.
  • include a border (not required, though).
  • enter photos taken at any time.
  • enter composite photos, where you combine more than one photo into what looks like a single image.
  • enter photos that may have been published or used elsewhere.
  • enter photos of other kinds of artwork, as long as you made the artwork, too.

Don't enter photos that ...

  • you didn't take, or for which someone else owns the copyright.
  • just show someone else's copyrighted work (for example, a photo of a painting).
  • serve mainly to advertise a product.
  • show nudity, drugs, violence, or symbols or acts of hatred.
  • are illegal or prohibited.
  • violate Flickr's community guidelines Exit EPA Disclaimer

By entering your photos, you agree to all of the above. We reserve the right to disqualify photos for any reason; well remove disqualified photos from the pool, but theyll remain visible in your account.

How many photos can I enter?

One per category.

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Ibex (similar to a deer) standing on the edge of a cliff in the mountains

How will you choose the finalists?

Well review the photos submitted to the groups and feature those that inspire us, or make us smile, creatively show the category, or just grab our attention.

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Other Information

Earth Day photo contests are announced in March each year.

Do I need a Flickr account to participate?

You will need a Flickr account to enter your photo to the EPA Earth Day Photo project. You don't need an account to simply browse through the entries or finalists.

Who gets the copyright?

By submitting photos, you give the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permission to use them for non-profit governmental purposes, including but not limited to environmental education and awareness. This permission includes, but is not limited to, publication by EPA in printed materials, television broadcasts, Web sites, or our intranet. You will not be compensated for such use. However, where reasonable, we will give you credit for the photos.

Anything else I need to know?

By entering your photos, you agree to all of the above.

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