Photo Contest

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Dale Hollow Photo Contest

Attention all shutterbugs! The Corps of Engineers at Dale Hollow Lake invites you to enter your pictures in our photo contest! As you are out enjoying the lake, be sure to have your camera handy to capture the fun and memories of your visit, the beauty only Dale Hollow can offer, and anything else that shows why you love it here!  Submit your digital photographs by following the Contest Rules below. Entrants whose photos are selected will receive two nights camping on Dale Hollow Lake.


Contest Rules:


By entering or participating in the Contest, Contestants agree to be bound by these official rules.


Who May Enter:


Any photographer who is at least 18 years of age and is a legal resident of the United States.


  1. Employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or any other agency or organization affiliated with the contest, and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, siblings, grandparents etc.) and persons living in the same household of each, are not eligible to participate in the contest.
  2. Photographers who derive 5% or more of their income from taking photographs are also ineligible.

What to Enter:

The submission period will end at midnight on October 31st of the current year :

Contest judging categories [category code for emailing photo]:

    Boating & Water Safety (water sports, life jacket wear)  [BoatWS]

    Fall, Winter & Spring Scenic [WinScenic]

    Family Fun (people shots) [FamFun]

    Flora & Fauna (flowers, plants, animals, birds) [FF]

    General (any category, any season) [Gen]

    Hunters & Anglers (people hunting and fishing)  [HunAng]

    Recreation (marinas, camping, day use areas) [Rec]

    Scenic [Scenic]

Photographs containing nudity, obscenity, profanity, pornography, violence, and anything that is lewd or offensive in nature, or otherwise inappropriate images will be excluded from the contest.  Images that are in violation of Title 36, the Rules that govern public use on Corps of Engineers properties will also not be accepted. The U.S. Government reserves the right at its sole discretion to reject and disqualify any images that are considered inappropriate or depicting unsafe activities.

No alteration or manipulation of photographs is permitted except for cropping, red eye removal, and/or adjustment of contrast and brightness. 


How to Enter:


Photos must be submitted by email in a jpeg (.jpg) format, with a maximum file size 3 MB.

The e-mail must contain appropriate contact information for the entrant, and must contain at a minimum, full name, address, and phone number of the entrant.

Identification of the location at which the photograph was taken is strongly recommended. 

Choose your judging category and name the file accordingly.  Each photo entered must be named using the following format:

Category Code, Number of Photo Entered, First Name, Last Name, City, State, Zip Code. 

For example, entering a photograph under the Boating & Water Safety category the file name will be entered as:   BoatWS1JohnDoeAnytownTN38551.jpg

Any photos received not using the naming format will be entered under the General category. 

The subject line of the e-mail should indicate the category in which the photograph is being entered.  A maximum of three photos per entrant will be allowed.  If submitting via a cell phone in which the file name cannot be edited, please enter the required category and file name in the text portion of the message.

Any personal information that is submitted by the contestants will be for Corps of Engineer internal use only and for the sole purpose of this photo contest.  Contestant entry information will not be shared with any other parties. 

Each entrant may submit up to 3 photos. Each photo must be an original photo personally taken by the entrant on Dale Hollow Lake and not have any name or business title placed on the photo.

A credit will be provided under all images used on the web page.  Entrants should include how they want their name to appear in the credit line.  Descriptions or titles, if any, used with the photos are in the government’s sole discretion.


Entry Deadlines:


Entries for each category must be submitted midnight Central time on the 31st of October of the current year to be considered for that particular term of the contest. 


Judging and Prizes:


All photographs will be judged on the basis of how well the photo captures the positive experience of Dale Hollow Lake.  Judging criteria will include the overall quality and composition of the photo.   All decisions by the judges will be final and binding.  Winning photographs will be announced on the Dale Hollow Lake Facebook pages, and in other related media outlets.  Winning entries in each category will receive a coupon for two free night’s camping at Dale Hollow Dam, Lillydale, Obey River or Willow Grove campgrounds and Dale Hollow Primitive Camping.  Coupons are not valid for any other location and cannot be used in coordination with reservations made through the Recreation One Stop/ reservation platform.  Camping coupon and instructions for redemption will be sent by postal mail.  Camping coupons will be valid for one year from date of issue. 




The submitted images must be the photographer’s original work.  The photographer certifies that the images submitted have never been copyrighted or, if copyrighted, that the photographer is the copyright owner.  The photographer must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted.  The submission of the photograph is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of such photograph.   Photographs from the public domain are excluded from the contest.  Copyright of the images will remain the property of the photographer.

All photographs must have been taken at Dale Hollow Lake.

It is the sole responsibility of the submitting photographer to obtain a written release from any recognizable person in a submitted photo.  Submittal of the photograph is the entrant’s warranty that the photograph does not infringe on any third party’s rights, and that written permission has been received by the entrant from any third party whose image appears in the photograph.

By submitting a photo in this contest, you give the U.S. Government the right to use or display the photo on U.S. Government web pages and publications, as well as the web pages and publications of associated organizations without payment, compensation or other consideration to the contestant.   Entrant also gives the government the right to edit, resize, convert, and recompress the photo for viewing convenience and/or faster loading.  The submitted photograph may be used singly or in combination with other photographs.

All photos entered in this contest will become the property of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and will not be returned. The entrant of the photos grants the Corps the right to display the photos online, and to use the photos in print or online marketing.

In the event that the ownership of a photograph submitted is challenged in any manner by any person, the Government may disqualify that photograph and will discontinue its use.

All aerial photos must comply with the Nashville District drone policy.  For more information click here.

Volunteer Status:

By submitting photos for this contest entrant recognizes that they are acting as a volunteer.

Volunteers are not considered Federal Employees for any purposes other than tort claims and injury compensation.  Volunteer service is not creditable for leave accrual or any other benefit.  However, volunteer service is creditable work experience. 


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