2014 King Tide Photo Contest

Thursday, October 9th is KING TIDE DAY!


Brat at King Tide - WINNER

The winning photo by Jim Lee from 2011’s Contest

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Nicole Fel’Dotto captured Brown’s in Seabrook on 2011’s King Tide Day

King Tide is an especially high tide that occurs when the gravitational pull of the sun and moon reinforce one another. This extra-high tide happens twice a year at the times when the moon is closest to the earth. The next king tide in the Seacoast will occur on October 9th, 2014. To learn more about tides and the forces that affect them, visit the regional Gulf of Maine King Tide website.
While tides are not affected by climate change, the climate and weather do influence coastal sea levels through storm surges, the El Niño/La Niña-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Jet Stream cycles and other factors. When combined with high tides (especially King Tides) these conditions can cause widespread damage due to flooding and erosion, a risk that will only increase with sea level rise.

King Tides occurring within the Seacoast region this October will provide a preview of what we might experience regularly in the future as a result of rising sea levels.


We need YOUR help To Help Us Capture a King!


On October 9th we’re hoping to capture photos from around the Seacoast that help us tell the story of what King Tide looks like here. We’ve got some AWESOME prizes including CASH (cash is the KING!) and a fun Evening Awards & Photo Show planned, now all we need is you & your camera.





On the evening of October 9th from 6pm-8pm all participants and friends are invited to an Awards & Photo Show. We will have public “People’s Choice” voting on the 25 selected photos. Award winners, if present, will receive their prize or will be notified via Twitter or Instagram. ALL THOSE WHO ATTEND ARE ELIGIBLE FOR DOOR PRIZES AT NO COST!

PRIZES INCLUDE: Passes to sail on the Gundalow, Passes for the Seacoast Science Center, Free Print from Live Free Photography of Portsmouth, gift cards, and lots more!

Join us at the Seashell Oceanfront Pavilion on Hampton Beach at 6pm.



Take photos around the coast and upload them to Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #KingTidesNH. High tide is at 12:17pm so anytime an hour before or an hour after should Capture the King!

PEOPLES’ CHOICE CONTEST: Photos entered with the hashtag #KingTidesNH between 12:01 am EST on Thursday, October 9th and 4:00pm EST on Thursday, October 9th will be eligible for peoples’ choice prizes. At 4:00pm on Thursday, October 9th we will close the contest for people’s choice prize eligible photos,  the photo contest judges will select 25 images from the stream (#KingTidesNH) for people’s choice judging. BUT, if you want to keep on sharing, please continue to use the hashtag #KingTidesNH.”

GRAND PRIZE CONTEST: To enter to win the $250 cash prize submit your TWO BEST  hi-res images in .jpg or .gif format to KingTidesNH@gmail.com by 12:00pm on Friday, October  17th. Cash winner will be announced on Friday, October 31st via email, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

And for more chances to win more prizes with your 2 best images, join the Gulf of Maine regional photo contest.


The photo contest judges will evaluate all photo entries on the basis of:

  • Photographic quality;
  • Effectiveness at conveying tidal impact; and
  • Creative/aesthetic/narrative effect.

Nicole Fel’Dotto’s photo from 2011 King Tide Day

The photos collected during this one day photo contest will be used to help local leaders, planners and communities identify coastal areas vulnerable to tidal


Jill Farrell’s shot from 2011 King Tide

flooding, visualize projected impacts from rising sea levels, and plan for tomorrow. The photos will be used in future publications, presentations and websites for the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup partners.

This regional event is a collaborative effort headed up by PREP who is a member of the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup. The New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (NH CAW) is a collaboration of 16 organizations working to help communities in New Hampshire & Southern Maine’s coastal watershed prepare for dealing with the effects of extreme weather events, increased coastal flooding and other effects of long term climate change. NHCAW provides communities with education, facilitation and technical guidance.

Winner - Parking @Brat Kirsten Howard

Kirsten Howard’s winning shot from 2013’s King Tide Day

By participating in the  King Tide Photo Contest, participants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless the organizers and partners from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities. The photo contest organizers assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in telephone network or lines; computer online systems; servers or providers; computer equipment; human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof.





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PREP is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program, a joint program between local, state and federal agencies established under the Clean Water Act with the goal of protecting and enhancing nationally significant estuarine resources. PREP is supported in part by an EPA matching grant and is housed within the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.