The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative made headlines last week after announcing millions of dollars in funding for research projects, and now the federal program is launching a fun contest to see your best solar photos.
The SunShot Initiative has kicked off its “Hit Me with Your SunShot” photo contest, which will award up to $2,500 in prizes to those who submit the best photos that contain solar energy technologies. Winning entries will be featured on SunShot’s webpage and in other collateral from the office. All submissions are due on Aug. 17.
In addition to the $500 grand prize for the best overall photo, $250 prizes will be awarded to the best photos in the following categories:
- Solar Installers and Installation
- Utility-Scale Projects
- Solar + Storage
- Solar Hardware and Power Electronics
- Concentrating Solar Power
- Community Solar
- University Research
- Solar and Weather
Submissions will be judged by Simon Edelman, chief creative officer for the DOE, and Dennis Schroeder, a photographer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado who frequently photographs solar arrays. All professional and amateur photographers are encouraged to submit their photos.
The full set of rules can be found on the photo submission webpage, as well as instructions on how to submit. Winners will be announced by Aug. 31.