Friends Photo Contest

Welcome to the Friends of the Petaluma River Second Annual Photography Contest. We very much look forward to seeing what the Petaluma River means to you.

Please feel free to have a look at the winning entries from the 2011 Contest and keep current through the Contest’s Facebook site.

What to enter:

  • Any photos you have made that express what the River and its environs mean to you. Wildlife, people, boating, the marsh, birds, commercial traffic, celebrations, mud, kids having fun, the River itself in all its glory: we want to see the River and its environs through your eyes!
  • There will be two categories: color and black/white. Each category will have a 1st – 5th  place winner (for a total of ten winners) for a total cash prize of $900.  Ten Honorable Mention prizes will also be awarded. Additionally, a grand prize of $500 will be awarded to the top entry.
  • The purpose of the Contest is to celebrate the River. Accordingly, the emotional content of the photo will be at least as important as the technical quality of the photo.


The Second Annual Contest begins now, and all entries must be received by no later than November 15, 2012.

Who may enter:

Anyone of any age, other than the judges or family members of the judges.


  • Photographs must be made within the Petaluma River watershed (photos do not necessarily be of the River itself).
  • Photos that violate or infringe upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright, are not eligible.
  • By entering the contest, entrants grant Friends a royalty-free and non-exclusive license to display and reproduce any prize-winning entry and any Honorable Mention entry. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit.

How to enter:

  • Each entrant may enter up to six photos.
  • Entry fee is $25 for members of Friends and $30 for non-members.
    Send entry fee by check to Friends of the Petaluma River,260H N. Water St., Petaluma CA 94952. Make your check out to “Friends of the Petaluma River” and mark it “PC” (for Photo Contest) in the lower left hand corner of the check.
  • Photographs must be in a .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format. Files submitted may not be larger than 1Mb.
  • High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable.
  • Make sure to include your name, phone number, email address, and where each photo was taken along with each photo submitted. Please do not watermark or in any other way imprint the actual photos with your identity, because we want the judging process to be completely anonymous.
  • Send all photographer info and photos to


Judging will be conducted by Petaluma Fine Art and Portrait photographer Murray Rockowitz and Gretchen Singer of the Barry Singer Gallery, which offers social documentary photographs by the great photographic masters and contemporary works by internationally renowned artists.

Prize Winners:

  • No photographer may win more than three awards.
  • The ten winning photos and the ten Honorable Mention winners will be announced on November 21, 2012.
  • Each winning and Honorable Mention photo will be framed and wired to hang at the photographer’s expense and discretion.
  • Printed photos must be representative of the digital images submitted for judging.
  • The Friends of the Petaluma River annual meeting will be held in mid-December, and the winning photos and Honorable Mention photos will be displayed at the meeting.
    Friends members, local press, River aficionados, and art collectors will be invited to the meeting.


  • Cash prizes: Grand Prize – $500, First = $200, Second = $100, Third = $75, Fourth = $50, Fifth = $25; for a total of $1,400.
  • Each winning photo and each Honorable Mention photo will be auctioned off at the annual Fandango event following each year’s contest, with the proceeds going to Friends.
  • Each prizewinning photographer will be given a membership to Friends and will be invited as our guest to a wine and cheese River Tour.  A Friends’ skipper will lead the Tour into the backwaters of the Petaluma River marshlands for great photo opportunities!
  • Each Honorable Mention photographer will be awarded a year’s membership in Friends of the Petaluma River.

Corporate Sponsors

Sonoma Raceway clover The Rose Foundation

River Tour Sponsors