Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Ferry photo contest on Twitter returns with more chances to win

By Justin Fujioka

After a one-year hiatus, our popular Ferry Photo Contest on Twitter is back!

We skipped 2020 because of the pandemic. Uncertainty in ferry ridership demand forced us to frequently modify our route schedules, which caused us to temporarily stop production of our seasonal printed brochures. That’s where we feature the contest’s winning photo.

But like many things, COVID-19 has changed the way we print our schedules. And in this case, it works out in in your favor by increasing the odds of winning the photo contest! How, you ask? Well we now print three separate brochures – one for Central Sound commuter routes, one for Vashon Island routes and one for our vehicle reservations routes – and each one needs an image on its cover!

So this year, we’re looking for three winning photos to be on the three different covers of our printed Winter 2022 Sailing Schedule! It’s your chance for thousands of people to see your best ferry shot!

How to submit a photo

All you need to do is follow @wsferries on Twitter, then tweet your picture between noon Monday, Sept. 27, and noon Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. Be sure to include the hashtag #FerryFotoContest. All members of the public, except WSDOT employees and contractors, are eligible and invited to participate. No fare purchase is required.

This beautiful shot of a ferry arriving at our Mukilteo terminal won our 2017 cover contest

Photo requirements and contest rules

We’re not looking for just any old image of a ferry – we’ve got plenty of those. We want something unique, striking and interesting. You may want to include a city skyline, mountains, passengers, or if you're lucky, wildlife. In addition to the submission qualifications listed above, each entrant must follow these requirements and rules:

  • Your photo:
    • Must include at least one vessel in the Washington State Ferries system (in full or partial)
    • Will be printed in black and white, so consider how that will look
    • Must have been taken yourself and you have the rights to submit it to this contest
    • May have been taken at any time
  • Do not break any laws or do anything unsafe in order to snap a shot. If you are on a ferry please steer clear of restricted areas, and if driving, please no photographing or tweeting.
  • Do not tweet a link to an image that has been uploaded to another site.
  • Do not send your photo via direct message on Twitter.
  • You may submit up to three pictures. If you Tweet more than three, we will only consider the first three shared.
  • You will retain rights to your photograph; however, finalists must agree to grant us rights to use their snapshots for marketing and communication purposes, which will include photo credit. We will never sell your picture.
A ferry with the Olympic Mountains in the background was the 2018 cover contest winner

Selecting winners

A panel of judges will select six finalists based on originality, technicality, composition, artistic merit and overall impact. The decision of the panel is subjective, final and cannot be appealed.

Tough to beat a shot of a ferry with Mount Rainier looming behind, as this picture was our 2019 cover contest winner.

The finalists’ pictures will be posted on the @wsferries Twitter page at noon Monday, Oct. 11. The three images with the most “likes” at noon Friday, Oct. 15, will be named the winner and their photo will be featured on our three different 2022 winter schedules!


CAPT RICK said...

HELLO, How can I enter the Ferrt photo contest. I don do social media, so No FB, not Twitter,etc...

WSDOT said...

CAPT RICK, we are only taking submissions via Twitter. You can sign up for an account or have someone else submit for you using their Twitter account.

Unknown said...

You guys should really post this on other social media platforms. Many of us don't have Twitter. My dad submitted some beautiful photos and I can't vote for him. I do not want to create a Twitter either. He shared his photos on Facebook asking for people to vote and everyone has replied they don't have Twitter and are frustrated that they can't vote for him. Please post to your Facebook Page.

Unknown said...

You guys should allow photo submissions outside social media

CAPT RICK said...

I agree with the previous comment. A lot of folks do not have or like social media platforms. I totally think this is being prejudiced.

BSams said...

Are you wanting them submitted in black and white? Or color? With or without watermark?

WSDOT said...

BSams, we encourage submitters to submit photos in the way that the submitter thinks looks best.

Post Alley Prints said...

Did you post the finalists yesterday?

Matthew I. said...

Any updated information on the three photo finalists for the #ferryfotocontest?

WSDOT said...

We are still going through submissions and hope to have the finalists posted shortly.

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