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EPA Region 2 September 14, 2011
Our photo contest continues, and September’s theme is “Urban Waters”. Submit your photos on our Flickr page through the end of the month.

Group Description

In celebration of our new blog, U.S. EPA Region 2 is inviting you to participate in our first photography contest, "A Greener Apple." The topic is, “What does sustainability look like in New York City?” Pick your best work, submit your photos here, and have a chance at some exposure and recognition on our blog, "Greening the Apple." Photography is story-telling. Share your stories with the rest of us. Your deadline is midnight, August 12th, 2011 (EST).

You might ask, “What is sustainability?” For our purposes here, sustainability incorporates strategies, events, and procedures that meet society’s present needs without compromising the needs for future generations. Sustainable development can be facilitated by policies that integrate environmental, economic, and social values in decision making. This topic is meant to be broad—a way to link your life and what you see to your own definition of sustainability. In other words, how do you see New York City’s connection to the environment?

The winner will have his or her photo featured as part of EPA's “Photo Friday” blog post on “Greening the Apple.” EPA will not pay a monetary prize or provide any other item of value to the winners. By submitting photos for this contest, entrants acknowledge that they will not receive monetary prizes or other compensation.

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. By posting your work, you grant EPA irrevocable permission to copy, distribute, make derivatives, display or perform the commenter’s work publicly and free-of-charge. However, where reasonable, we will give you credit for the photos.
-By submitting photos you agree to the terms listed above-

Please visit our blog for rules and conditions:


Group Rules

Any citizen from any country, as long as you are 18 may submit photos. If you’re under 18, have a parent or guardian submit your work for you. EPA employees who are not on the contest selection committee are encouraged to submit photo entries.

Contest entrants may ….

• Enter photos that have been taken within the New York City Metro area
• Enter color, black and white, desaturated, and even infrared photos
• Edit photos however you would like
• Enter photos taken at any date or time
• Enter up to three photos
• Enter photos that have been published or used elsewhere, so long as you have permission to do so and can demonstrate such permission upon request.


Contest entrants may NOT ….

• Enter photos you have not personally taken or created
• Enter photos that are copyrighted or contain other proprietary material unless you clearly indicate you have permission to do so
• Enter photos that depict another person’s or other entity’s work or that promote or endorse services or products (e.g., a photo of a painting or piece of artwork that represents the majority of your photo)
• Enter a photo that significantly features a recognizable commercial brand or product
• Enter a photo that contains obscene, indecent or profane language or images
• Enter a photo that contains threats or defamatory statements
• Enter a photo that contains hate speech directed at race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, religion or disability; or
• Enter a photo that for any other reason would be illegal or prohibited by law.

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. By posting your work, you grant EPA irrevocable permission to copy, distribute, make derivatives, display or perform the commenter’s work publicly and free-of-charge. However, where reasonable, we will give you credit for the photos.

EPA reserves the right to remove photo submissions that are not consistent with these guidelines.

Additional Info

  • Members can post 3 things to the pool.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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