North Dakota Waterways Photo Contest

North Dakota Water magazine is looking for those hidden away people and places to help us showcase North Dakota’s water treasures. Take a picture suitable for the magazine’s front cover. It could be taken in your backyard, at the neighborhood playground, by the creek, behind the farm house, or near your favorite fishing hole – in any season. Be creative! If you “Discover our Cover,” you win!

The 2023 North Dakota Waterways Photo Contest is now accepting entires.

Photography Contest Rules

Entries will be judged on suitability for publication on the front cover, appropriate representation of North Dakota’s water, and photographic creativity, and quality.

Photographs must have been taken in North Dakota and water must appear in some form (i.e., snow, rain, ice, lake, river, dew, etc.) in the photograph. Digital photos preferred and must be at least 300 DPI at 9 x 12 inches, vertical orientation. Photographs not meeting these specifications will be disqualified. 

E-mail digital photos to Entries must be received by May 19, 2023.

Entries may also be mailed to 2023 ND Waterways Photo Contest, c/o North Dakota Water magazine, PO Box 2254, Bismarck, ND 58502. Winners will be notified; there will be no acknowledgement of receipt of entries. Entries will be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with the entry.

There are no categories. One overall winner, three runners-up, and six honorable mention winners will be chosen at the judge’s discretion. The decisions of the judge are final. There is no entry fee and no limit on the number of photographs you may enter.


Winners receive cash prizes. Winning photos may appear on a future front cover of the magazine.

Entry forms can be found at here.