The 2024 Photo Contest is now open!

We are now accepting pictures from around the watershed, in all seasons, from all people. You can submit photos until September 13th, 2024 at 3:00 PM. Please make sure to read the rules and submission guidelines thoroughly, as photos that do not comply with the rules will not be considered.

Winning pictures will be featured in the 2025 Photo Calendar. A complimentary copy will be mailed to all winners. Free copies will be available in December 2024 at city halls and libraries around the watershed, as well as the District office Discovery Point.

Official Rules

  1. Photos must be taken within the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District within the past 5 years.
  2. Photographers may submit a maximum of 15 photos.
  3. Photos must be:
    • Horizontal format/orientation
    • TIF, PNG, or JPEG format (only digital photos will be accepted)
    • Unenhanced, except for standard optimization (cropping, correcting color balance, etc.)
  4. Photos should accurately represent the reality of the photographed scene.
  5. Photographers must know the names and addresses of all identifiable people in the photo.
  6. By submitting the entry form, photographers are also accepting the grant of photo license.
    • If you are not using the digital entry form, you must sign and submit the grant of photo license with your form (see printable entry form below).
  7. Photos that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.

How to Enter

Man fishing in a lake
Photo by: 2019 winner Aldo Abelleira

Fill out your contact information and upload your photos on the form at the end of this page, or using the link below.

Upload photos using the form below (also available at this link:

A maximum of 15 photos allowed per photographer (limit of 15 MB per photo)

Alternatively, mail a CD or flash drive* with pictures and printable entry form to:

Nine Mile Creek Discovery Point
Re: Photo Contest
12800 Gerard Dr.
Eden Prairie, MN 55346

*Storage media used to submit photos will not be returned. Nine Mile Creek Watershed District assumes no responsibility for the photos or storage media.

October Trees


We are especially looking for spring and winter photos. Check to see if your location is within the watershed boundaries at this link: Are You in the Watershed?

Photo Selection

Baby ducks by S Schmalowsky, 2016 contest winner
Photo by: S Schmalowsky, 2016 contest winner

Judging of photographs is completed by the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District and its Citizen Advisory Committee in October. Approximately 25 photos are selected for the calendar.

For More Information

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Contact Gael, Education and Outreach Coordinator, at 952-658-9104 or

Fill out my online form.