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2019 Amateur Photo Contest

GRC Photo Contest entry form(PDF)...........

As part of the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California September 14-18, 2019 the GRC will hold its 40th Amateur Photo Contest. The contest serves to showcase the talent of the membership as well as the beauty and intrigue found in every aspect of the geothermal industry. 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 exploration, drilling, well testing, research and development, power plant construction, operation, and maintenance, geological features or geothermal manifestations. For the 2019 photo contest, GRC is helping to raise awareness of the community benefits of geothermal energy through providing honorable mention awards for photos that help demonstrate two specific categories:

  • Diversity: Celebrating inclusivity in the geothermal industry
  • Community: Providing positive interaction and impact on communities

Color or black & white photos are acceptable. Photos must be submitted in a digital jpeg or GIF (short animated movies of no more than a few seconds) format. Photos taken with digital or film cameras are acceptable: photos taken with a film camera should be converted to digital format. Entries should be emailed to ICrawford@geothermal.org with “Photo Contest” in the subject line. Please make sure the total file sizes are under 10MB per email (send multiple emails if this limit is exceeded). The winners will be displayed in PowerPoint presentations, within the GRC Annual Meeting Event App, and will be found on the cover or on the pages in future GRC publications. All entries will be physically displayed throughout the event.

Judging Criteria

Photographs will be judged on their originality, impact, relevance, composition and technical quality. Additionally this year consideration will be given for photos that demonstrate: Diversity in the geothermal industry and/or ways that the industry builds Community.

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 and include a title, description, location, date picture was taken, and a signature authorizing the release of the photo for inclusion in the GRC Photographic Library. It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that any person included in the photos has expressly given their permission to use the image. It is the responsibility of the entrant in ensure that images of private property or confidential information have consent of the owner for use of the photo. The photographer’s name, company, address, email and telephone number must also be provided.

Entries must be RECEIVED no later than August 2, 2019, to qualify for this year’s contest.


Awards will be presented to winners at the GRC Annual Member Meeting. 1st place will receive $150, 2nd place $100, and 3rd place $75. The award checks will be drawn from a U.S. bank. Honorable Mention photos for the topics Diversity and Community will receive certificates.


If you have any questions, please contact the Committee Chair, Kelly Blake at Kelly.blake@navy.mil or Ian Crawford at icrawford@geothermal.org.

Winners of the 2018 Geothermal Photo Contest Announced (PDF) (October 9)


Ray of Steam

Piyush Bakane, Reno, Nevada, USA


Cooling Tower, Theistareykir Power Station

Hreinn Hjartarson, Reykjavik Iceland


Zunil Geothermal Plant

Steven Fercho, Reno, Nevada USA


Krafla Power Station

Hreinn Hjartarson, Reykjavik Iceland


Light Snow

Giulia Bonifazi, Brescia Italy


Kizildere Clouds

Umut Destegul Solaroglu, Istanbul Turkey

All the 66 entries from 2018

GRC 2018 - Photo Contest

Past Winners

Northern lights over a well protection dome in Hellisheidi and the Nesjavellir power plant by Bastien Poux
Drill Casings for New Geothermal Well
by Cari Covell
Coil Tubing from 125 ft. Manlift by Jay Hepper
Geothermal Sheep by Hildur