Photo Contest Information

Get out your cameras Shasta Lake! The City of Shasta Lake is holding a photo contest and you are invited to enter your best images of the City of Shasta Lake.

We invite you to capture what is special to you about the community and enter your best images into the #ThisisShastaLake Photo Contest (PDF). Photos can be representative of Shasta Lake history, community life, open space, recreation, arts, culture, or anything that embodies the spirit of what living in Shasta Lake means.

Contest entries will be judged on overall quality, creativity and how well the photograph portrays the City of Shasta Lake. The contest is open to all photographers. The City will award prizes, and will use the photo's for promotional purposes.


Contest begins: Friday, March 8, 2019
Contest ends: Friday, April 26, 2019
Winners will be announced the week of May 13, 2019


Grand Prize:

  • The winning photo will receive $300 cash prize
  • Winning photo will be featured in the Shasta Lake Visitor Guide, which circulates from Sacramento to Southern Oregon and North Coast reaching over 100,000 viewers, not including the social media shares.
  • The City will be launching a new version of our website May 2019. Winning Photo will be featured on the City Home Page.

Runner-up Prizes:

  • Runner-up photo's (up to 5) will be featured in the Shasta Lake Visitor Guide, which circulates from Sacramento to Southern Oregon and North Coast reaching over 100,000 viewers, not including the social media shares.
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Submission Details

Snap a Pic and Post a worthy photo to Facebook, or Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #ThisIsShastaLake. If you do not have a social media account. Photo can be emailed to the photo contest.

Other recommended hashtags to get even more exposure:  
#ShastaCascade #UpStateCA #outdoors #mountains #trees #beauty #nature #VisitCalifornia #NorthernCalifornia #NorCal #California #ShastaLake #ilovecityofshastalake 

The photo must be taken in the City of Shasta Lake City Limits. 

The photo must be posted to social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) between March 8, 2019 and April 26, 2019. Please make sure the public and not just friends can see your post.

The photo must include the hashtag #ThisIsShastaLake.

No limit on number of photos posted for submission into the contest.

Contest is open to everyone.

All submitted photography must be original work.

Photos must be posted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to be considered.

The photographer and all subjects in the photo will sign a waiver release form if selected as a winner.

The photo must be high enough resolution to be featured at the City Hall Gallery. There will not be the opportunity to re-take the photo.

Photo's selected will need to provide:

  • Photo submitted in .JPG or .PNG format
  • Only digital formats will be accepted. We do not accept hard copies of photos
  • Minimum file size 3 megabytes
  • Be sure to set your camera or smartphone settings at the highest possible resolution for best results
  • Be sure your email program is not set to reduce your attachments to a low-resolution format

Please submit the image only - do not embed captions, words, watermarks or photographer's name on the image. The city will add the photographer's photo credit to any image it uses using a standard format

If photo is selected for prize consideration, photographer will acknowledge understanding of rules listed below and will receive permission from any subjects in the photo before it is displayed at City Hall, in social media, on, in press release(s), or any other advertising or promotion efforts. The City of Shasta Lake will provide the waiver release form.

This photo contest is neither sponsored by nor affiliated with Facebook Instagram or Twitter. Email the photo contest with any questions.

Contest Rules

By entering this photo contest I give the City of Shasta Lake and its departments permission to use my name, image, and stories that are submitted on the given social media platform. I agree that the City of Shasta Lake has complete ownership of such pictures once they are submitted etc., including the entire copyright, and may use them for any purpose consistent with #ThisIsShastaLake missions. I acknowledge that in order for my photo to be selected as a winner for any prize or promotion related to this contest I will provide a signed photo release(s) from any/all subjects in the photo. These uses include, but are not limited to illustrations, bulletins, exhibitions, videotapes, reprints, reproductions, publications, advertisements, and any promotional or educational materials in any medium now known or later developed, including the Internet. I acknowledge that I am not entitled to receive any compensation for the use of such pictures, etc., and hereby release the City and its agents and assigns from any and all claims which arise out of or are in any way connected with such use.

Contest Disclaimers

Submitting a photo indicates you have read and understood the rules and are knowingly and voluntarily participating in the contest.

By submitting a photo to the contest, the contestant affirms that he or she has obtained written consent from all individuals whose image or likeness appears in the photo. The contestant further affirms that he or she has obtained the necessary rights, licenses, consents and permissions to use all material in the photo and that no copyright or other intellectual property rights are violated by the submission. The contestant assumes sole responsibility for the photo and the material contained in it and also for the consequences of the submission.

Photo submissions must not contain obscenity, explicit sexual material, nudity, profanity, graphic violence, incitement to violence, commercial solicitation or commercial promotion. Submissions also must not contain content or images that could be considered abusive, inflammatory, denigrating or disrespectful to groups, individuals or institutions. Submissions must be suitable for a public audience.

The City of Shasta Lake is not responsible for lost, late, or misdirected photos.

The City of Shasta Lake reserves the right to disqualify, at its sole and absolute discretion, any submission that does not adhere to these criteria, or to contest rules.

The City of Shasta Lake reserves the right to delete/discard submissions that don't adhere to contest rules and disclaimers.

The City of Shasta Lake reserves the right to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the contest or take any action in its best interest.

By entering the photo contest, participants grant the City of Shasta Lake and those authorized by it, a royalty-free, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce the entries in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any educational programs, publications, PowerPoint presentations, publicity efforts, and all other standard City of Shasta Lake purposes. Participants consent to The City of Shasta Lake's use of their names in any list of winners and for promotional purposes in any media without payment (with exception of Grand Prize winner) or further consideration.

Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit as feasible. The City of Shasta Lake will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

The City of Shasta Lake assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or harm resulting from any user's participation in or attempt to participate in the contest or ability or inability to upload, download or otherwise access any information in connection with participating in the contest. The City of Shasta Lake assumes no responsibility or liability for technical problems or technical malfunction arising in connection with participation in the contest.

All participants shall hold the City of Shasta Lake and its sponsors, directors, officers, employees, and agents (the "Indemnified Parties") harmless from and against all claims of any nature arising in connection with participant's entrance in the contest and acceptance or use of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not liable for any costs, damages, injuries, or other claims incurred as a result of participant's' participation in the contest or winner's acceptance and usage of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not responsible for incomplete or misdirected entries, technical or network malfunctions or failures, or causes beyond their control. Participants are solely responsible for their entries.

Participants may not submit materials that introduce any software viruses, worms or other programs designed to damage software, hardware or telecommunications equipment or are off-topic, partisan-political, contain advertising, nudity, personal attacks or expletives, or is otherwise abusive, threatening, unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, false, sexually explicit, or that infringes on the rights of any third party.

Participants agree that all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the #ThisIsShastaLake Photo Contest Rules or any prize awarded shall be resolved by the appropriate court located in Shasta County. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Rules, participants' rights and obligations, in connection with the #ThisIsShastaLake Photo Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of California.

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