At the Water's Edge Online Photo Contest

In conjunction with this spring’s exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond, the Museum is hosting an online photography contest. Photographers of all ages and experience levels are invited to submit images based on the theme of “at the water’s edge” that capture the magical place often seen in Movalli’s work where land and sea meet. Photos must be taken in Rockport, Gloucester, Essex or Manchester-by-the-Sea.

  • Submission deadline April 30
  • Live Facebook voting May 5 through May 19
  • Winners announced May 26




Each entrant must complete and sign an entry form (download here). The contest is limited to two photos per entry.

A photographer in the pulpit of a sword fishing vessel, Gloucester, MA (possibly Vincent's Cove). Fishermen's Institute lecture slides, c. 1921. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives.


Cape Ann Museum staff will select photos for public voting on the basis of creativity, photographic quality and effectiveness in conveying the theme of “at the water’s edge.” Beginning on Friday, May 5, the selected photos will be posted on the Museum’s Facebook page. The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite photo(s) by “liking” them. Voting will close Friday, May 19. The top three photos with the most “likes” will be awarded first, second and third place.


Photos that violate or infringe upon another person's copyright are not eligible. For a photo in which a person is recognizable, you must provide a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject's parent or guardian. A model release form is available for download here. Photographers retain all rights to their work. Photographers grant the Cape Ann Museum the right to reproduce, distribute, publically display and/or use submitted photographs in print or electronic publications, including promotional materials. The Cape Ann Museum reserves the right to disqualify any entry based on inappropriate content. The Cape Ann Museum will always attempt to credit any reproduced photograph(s).

Winning Images

Winning entrants will be notified by May 26, 2017; top three selections will be awarded the following prizes:

1st Prize: One year Cape Ann Museum Membership (Contributor or Red Cottage Society Individual level)

2nd Prize: $50 Gift certificate to Museum Shop

3rd Prize: Copy of Kodachrome Memory by photographer Nathan Benn

A selection of photographs, including the top three winning entries, will be displayed on the Cape Ann Museum website.

Image Guidelines

The digital image size should be 300 dpi with larger dimension at no less than 8 inches/2400 pixels.

Photographs must be in jpeg format.

High-resolution scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable.

How to Enter & Submit Photographs

  1. Fill out and sign an entry form for your photograph(s).
  2. Fill out model release form if applicable.
  3. Email the entry form (1 per photographer), model release form (if applicable) and photo(s) to


The Cape Ann Museum cannot be held responsible for entries that are lost or damaged in transit.


A photographer in the pulpit of a sword fishing vessel, Gloucester, MA (possibly Vincent's Cove). Handcolored slide from the Fishermen's Institute, c. 1921. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives.