GELIA Photo Contest Rules

Download the Contest Entry Form

There are three main reasons for holding this contest:
1: To provide a means for people who love Great East Lake to share their best pictures of the lake and show why they love it.
2: To provide a fund raising opportunity for GELIA. This would be via sales of calendars containing the best 12 to 18 pictures submitted to this contest. The calendar would be sold at the annual meeting.
3. To build a historical archive of pictures of Great East Lake.

Photos submitted should fit one of the following categories:
Animals (all non-human types)
Sun or Moon rise and set
Historical (more than 25 years ago)
Event (annual meeting, sailboat race, swimming race etc)
Four seasons [Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter (including skating, snowmobiling and ice fishing etc)]
Water Sports (boating, fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, swimming)
The SPECIAL category (announced at each annual meeting)

1) You must be the photographer who actually took the submitted pictures
2) 5 submissions per person (no more than two pictures in any category)
3) Photo must not have been submitted previously
4) Must be photographed at GEL (within 100 yards) or show a part of the lake.
5) Sizes: Digital, 8”x10” print, 35mm slide (only slides will be returned )
6) No digitally altered reality (cropping,  and contrast/brightness adjustments are OK)

Submissions must be made between January 1st and March 31st using the official form.

Judging will be done by a panel of 3-5 judges selected by the GELIA board, and will be done without photographer names associated with the picture to avoid any favoritism. Judges and their families will not be allowed to submit pictures.

Pictures will be rated on a scale of 1 to 5 for each criterion (Composition, Lighting, Sharpness, Creativity) for a score of 5 to 20 points. Pictures will be selected based on which have the highest score. Ties will be broken by a second round of voting.

Plaque and free calendar for the top 3 pictures, Certificates for honorable mentions.

You must grant GELIA the right to reproduce your submitted pictures, by signing the release on the entry form. Also, if the photo contains pictures of people, any recognizable person in the picture (or their parent/guardian if under 18) must also sign the release.
Photographer credit will be given in a caption/title below the picture on the finished calendar.


About the Watershed Survey

 We are pleased to announce that the Great East Lake 2021 Watershed Report is finished and
available as a PDF link below. Many thanks to Jon Balanoff, the AWWA Executive Director, for
his perseverance in seeing the project through to this point.
We all know that our lake is very clear and clean, but the challenge before us is to keep it that
way for future generations. The survey identified many sites throughout the watershed that
threaten its present condition. Here is a quick summary of the findings:

           -25 sites were identified as having a high impact on water quality
           -97 sites were identified with medium impact
           -101 sites were identified with low impact

Of these 200+ sites, about half of them require no-cost or low-cost remediation. The other half
are more involved, more technically challenging, and will have a greater expense associated with
them. Please keep in mind that AWWA’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is available to assist
with remediation projects and property owners need only pay the cost for materials, not labor.

Letters and emails have been sent to all participating members informing them if erosion issues
were found on their property or not. If issues were found, members were provided with details
of the findings and suggested remediation methods.

If you do not receive a letter or email and would like to inquire about findings on your property
you can send your request to either the GELIA Watershed Committee email or the AWWA email
address listed below to request that information. Please provide your name, the property
owner’s name and the property address in your request.

We urge all property owners to read the report as it’s filled with useful information, helpful
remediation options and best practices for all kinds of issues. We also want to stress the
importance of addressing issues promptly should any be identified on your property.
Thank you again to all those who assisted with this survey and thanks to everyone for helping to
keep our lake as clean, clear and beautiful as we possibly can.