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“River Clicks” Photo Contest

Thank You for Sharing your photos of the San Antonio River Basin!

*Online voting for the People’s Choice category will be underway May 27 – June 7.*

Spring is here!  With the warmer temperatures, native plants are in bloom, the pollinators are pollinating, and wildlife is on the move. It’s a great time to get out and enjoy nature in the San Antonio River Basin!  This year also marks the 10 year anniversary of the opening of the San Antonio River Walk Museum Reach!  The San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) encouraged you to get out and enjoy the beauty of the Museum Reach, as well as the entire San Antonio River Basin, and share your photos with us, and you did!

The River Authority sought photo submissions for a photo contest intended to help capture unique aspects of the San Antonio River Basin, as well as the San Antonio River Walk Museum Reach success story. The submission period has ended, and now the judging process is underway.  Winning photographs will come from the following categories:

  • Recreation
  • Animals
  • Plants
  • Creeks and Rivers
  • Student
  • Special Category – San Antonio River Walk Museum Reach   
  • Judges’ Choice for Best Photograph from Bexar County 
  • Judges’ Choice for Best Photograph from Wilson County
  • Judges’ Choice for Best Photograph from Karnes County
  • Judges’ Choice for Best Photograph from Goliad County
  • People’s Choice

The winners of each category will win a prize package!


Prize packages have an estimated value of $500 with the Special Category: Museum Reach being valued at $1,000.

Cannondale Catalyst 4 27.5 Bike, Bern FL-1 Bike Helmet, Hydro Flask Standard-Mouth Water Bottle with Flex Cap 24 fl. oz, Kryptonite Kryptolok Series 2 Mini-7 U-Lock with flex Cable

Nikon Prostaff 3S 10 x 42 Binoculars, Osprey Katari 3 Hydration Pack 2.5 Liters, Garmin eTrex GPS, Kelty Discovery Shade Shelter

Pepper’s Cutthroat Floater Polarized Sunglasses, AfterShokz Trekz Air Headphones, Amphipod Profile Lite 20 Bottle Waistpack with Jett-Lock, The North Face Breakway Hat, Fitbit Charge 3 Heart Rate Monitor Fitness Tracker, REI Co-op Pack-Away 12 Soft Cooler, JBL Clip 3 Portable Speaker

Creeks and Rivers:
Perception Access 9.5 Sit-on Top Kayak with Paddle and MTI APF Personal Flotation Device

GoPro HERO7 Black Camera, GoPro Adventure Kit, GoPro Dual Battery Charger and Battery Set-HERO7 Black

Special Category: San Antonio River Walk Museum Reach:
‘Experiential’ Package featuring businesses along the Museum Reach.

Judges’ Choice for Best Photograph from Bexar County:
United By Blue Breakers Trail Weekender Duffel, Hobie Soft Cooler/Fish Bag, Kelty Discovery 2-Person Camp Bundle with tent, sleeping bags and sleeping mats, Hydro Flask Standar-Mouth Vacuum Water Bottle with Flex Cap- 18 fl. oz.

Judges’ Choice for Best Photograph from Wilson County:
REI Co-op Trail Pod 15 Sleeping Bag, Osprey Hydraulics Reservoir- 3 Liters, Black Diamond Moji Lantern, REI Co-op Camp X Chair, ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek 4 Tent, GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Camper Cookset.

Judges’ Choice for Best Photograph from Karnes County:
Granite Gear Vapor Trail 60 Pack, YETI Ramber Tumbler with MagSlider Lid- 30 fl. oz., Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS Watch + Heart Rate Monitor, NEMP Victory Blanket- 4P, Goal Zero Sherpa 40 Power Pack, REI Co-op Vented Explorer Hat.

Judges’ Choice for Best Photograph from Goliad County:
Osprey Daylite Shoulder Sling Bag, BioLite PowerLight Mini Light, Hydro Flask Unbound Soft Cooler Pack, Klean Kanteen 5-Piece Straw Set, Speaqua The Barnacle + Bluetooth Speaker, Rite in the Rain Journal Kit Box.

People’s Choice:
Garmin vivoactive 3 GPS Heart Rate Monitor Smart Watch, Pacsafe MetroSafe LS 350 Daypack, JBL Charge 3 Portable Speaker, Osprey Ultralight Dry Sack- 12L, Goal Zero Flip 10 Portable Charger.


Photo entries will be judged based on creativity, quality, originality, responsiveness to the prompt, and overall impact.

A panel of judges will select photos from each category to be displayed on the San Antonio River Authority website and be voted on by the public. The photo that receives the most votes will win the People’s Choice category.

Judges will then select one overall winner from each individual category. Judges will also select one “Judge’s Best” photo from Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad county. Winners will be notified of their status in June 2019

THE RIVER AUTHORITY will notify winners via the contact information provided at the time of entry; THE RIVER AUTHORITY may disqualify anyone who fails to respond to the notification within five business days. Winners will be recognized at the Environmental Film Fest taking place in Bexar and Goliad Counties, featured in the River Authority’s September issue of the River Reach, and featured at the Witte Museum’s “Fotoseptiembre” event.

Please do not contact THE RIVER AUTHORITY staff or judges about the status of entries or judging.

Conditions of Entry

INDEMNIFICATION: All entrants hold the Sponsors and their respective directors, officers, employees, interns, research associates, and volunteers (the “Indemnified Parties”) harmless from and against all claims of any nature arising in connection with entrant’s participation in the contest and acceptance or use of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not liable for any costs, damages, injuries, or other claims incurred as a result of entrants’ participation in the contest or winner’s acceptance and usage of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not responsible for incomplete or misdirected entries, technical or network malfunctions or failures, or causes beyond their control. Entrants are solely responsible for their entries. Entrants may not submit materials that introduce any software viruses, worms or other programs designed to damage software, hardware or telecommunications equipment or are off-topic, partisan-political, contain advertising, nudity, personal attacks or expletives, or is otherwise abusive, threatening, unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, false, sexually explicit, or that infringes on the rights of any third party.

The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. THE RIVER AUTHORITY reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. THE RIVER AUTHORITY reserves the right to award or not award the prizes in its sole discretion. THE RIVER AUTHORITY reserves the right to disqualify any entrant whose entry or conduct appears in any way to: inhibit the enjoyment of others; tamper with the competition; violate these rules or other applicable law or regulation; infringe on the rights of third parties; or act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. The RIVER AUTHORITY shall determine entry eligibility in its sole and absolute discretion. Decisions of THE RIVER AUTHORITY are final and binding.

Last updated: May 2019.