Ripple Effects, Water in Louisville Photo Contest

Ripple Effects Photo Contest

To mark Earth Day 2022 and the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the 2nd annual Ripple Effects Photo Contest is asking students in our community, K-12th grade, to capture images of what clean and healthy waters in Kentuckiana mean to them. What is most beautiful about the waterways in our community? What water-related problems do we need to address?

Cash prizes will be awarded in the following age categories: kindergarten through 2nd grade; 3rd through 5th grade, middle school, and high school.

Photo submissions are due by JUNE 10 (one photo per student). Click on the button below for the official rules and to enter.


Special Workshop for kids aged 6-18

In support of the contest, Waterfront Park will host a free workshop on Monday, May 9, from 6 – 8 p.m. Facilitated by local and nationally recognized photographers Aukram Burton, John Nation, and Pam Spaulding, the workshop will teach participants the basics of how to take better photos, followed by a walk across the Big Four Bridge.

The class will meet at the Louisville Community Boathouse (1321 River Road). To register, please visit


The Ripple Effects Photo Contest is presented by the Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky Division of Water, Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, University of Louisville, Louisville Water Company, Waterfront Park, MSD, and River City Paddle Sports.

Special thanks to the Louisville Sustainability Council and donors to the Library Foundation for helping fund this year’s contest.



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Last Updated: 06/22/21