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2016 Annual Amateur Geothermal Photo Contest

Drill Casings for New Geothermal Well
by Cari Covell
Coil Tubing from 125 ft. Manlift by Jay Hepper
2013 –
Geothermal Sheep by Hildur

Entry Form (PDF)....... Entries must be RECEIVED by the GRC office no later than September 16

Do you work somewhere beautiful? Is your site too amazing to keep to yourself? Do you have an eye for steam? The GRC is looking for your pictures of geothermal energy: areas of geological interest, well testing, drilling, geothermal equipment, power plants, EGS, direct use, and geothermal heat pumps.

1st Place ‐ $150 prize
2nd Place ‐ $100 prize
3rd Place ‐ $75 prize
Honorable Mention ‐ certificate

As part of the GRC Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, USA, the GRC will hold its 37th Amateur Photo Contest. The purpose of the contest is to showcase quality photography featuring geothermal energy and to augment the GRC’s photo library. Only amateur photographers are eligible to participate.

Photographs on any subject related to geothermal energy including geothermal energy production, EGS, Direct Use and geothermal heat pumps can be submitted. This includes photos in the areas of well testing, drilling, operation of geothermal equipment, newly developed equipment, or plant operation, construction of a geothermal plant or plant site and geological areas or manifestations that hold potential for geothermal exploration or development.

Either black & white or color photos taken by the entrant are acceptable.

The photos must be submitted in a digital jpeg format. Photos taken with a digital camera are acceptable. Photos taken with a film camera can be converted to digital and put on a CD at stores that have a photo processing department. Entries should be emailed to grc@geothermal.org with “Photo Contest” in the subject line, or mailed as a CD to the GRC. If you submit your photos by email, please make sure the total files are under 10MB. The winning entries will be displayed in PowerPoint format before the Opening Session and displayed during the GRC Annual Meeting.

Judging Criteria
All photographs will be judged on their Industry portrayal, impact, relevance, composition and technical quality.

Submissions and Deadline
Use the GRC Photography Contest entry form to submit your photograph(s). Up to three entries may be submitted. Each submission MUST be accompanied by a completed entry form. Forms must include the photo title, a description of the subject matter and location, names of people in the photo if they are part of the picture, date picture was taken, and a signature authorizing the release of the photo for inclusion in the GRC Photographic Library. The photographer’s name, company, address, email and telephone number must also be provided.

Entries must be RECEIVED by the GRC office no later than September 16, to qualify for this year’s contest.

Awards will be presented to winners at the GRC Annual Member Meeting and Awards Luncheon. First Place will receive $150, Second Place ‐ $100, and Third Place ‐ $75. Honorable Mention photos will receive certificates. The award checks will be drawn on a US bank.

If you have any questions concerning the Photography Contest, please contact the Committee Chair Laura Garchar at laura.garchar@gmail.com or Estela Smith, grc@geothermal.org.

Entry Form (PDF).......

This form must accompany all entries submitted to the Geothermal Resources Council’s Amateur Photography Contest. All entries must be received by the GRC office by September 16. All entries must be submitted in electronic format as a jpeg. A CD can be mailed to GRC Photo Contest, 630 Pena Drive, Suite 400, Davis, California, 95618 or attachments emailed to grc@geothermal.org with “Photo Contest” in the subject line. Please put your name and entry number as the file name, (e.g., John Doe = jdoe1. jpeg). Only three photos total.

GRC Members

  • Do you have an eye for steam?
  • Do you know a quality photograph when you see one?
  • Do you want to be part of the team that chooses the face of our geothermal energy community?

The GRC wants YOU to be a judge in the 37th Annual Geothermal Amateur Photography Contest.

Judges will review photo submissions and use a rubric to score photos based on Industry Portrayal, Impact, Relevance, Composition, and Technical Quality.

Judges with appropriate qualifications and from diverse backgrounds will be selected. PLEASE NOTE: Judges will NOT be allowed to enter their own photos in the contest!

If you’re interested in judging, please send a letter that includes:

  1. Your motivation for judging,
  2. Personal background, and
Judging qualifications, to Laura.Garchar@gmail.com by June 3, 2016.
Accepted judges will be notified by July 1, 2016.

The winners of the 2015 Amateur Geothermal Photo Contest.

1st Place
Drill Casings for New Geothermal Well
by Cari Covell, Reykjavik University - Iceland School of Energy, Reykjavik, Iceland

2nd Place
Geothermal Mist
by Paweł Krok, Lubawka, Poland


3rd Place
Champaign Pool Divide
by Ning Tai (aka Nelly Alison), Albert Park, Victoria, Australia

Honorable Mention:  
Sunset at Alaşehir 2
by Tim Dunford, Hailey, Idaho, USA

Honorable Mention: 
Cold Faithful
by Greg Rhodes, Reno, Nevada, USA


2015 Entries

In total, 52 photos were entered in the 36th Annual Geothermal Amateur Photography Contest where they are judged for impact, relevance, composition and technical quality. GRC appreciates the creativity and quality of all contest submissions.

The winners were honored at the GRC Annual Member Meeting and Awards Luncheon, the climax to the 39th GRC Annual Meeting & GEA Geothermal Energy Expo held at the Peppermill Resort Spa, Reno, Nevada, USA from September 20-23, 2015.

The first place winner received $150, second place - $100, and third place - $75. Honorable Mention photos received certificates.