MEA Photo Contest

Annual MEA Photo Contest

Highlight the people, the work, the facilities, and the activities of your industry

Whether you’re an enthusiast with a passion for the great shot or a professional photographer, enter your work into the Annual MEA Photo Contest. Check back in October to submit photos for the 2023 Annual MEA Photo Contest.  

This is your opportunity to highlight the people, the work, the facilities, and the activities that make up the energy industry. Bolster your commitment to the industry through features in MEA publications and promotional materials. Boost staff morale and improve motivation through personal and public recognition.

Natural Gas Photos

Pipes, construction, facilities, people, objects, activities, or R&D processes and endeavors.

Cast Your Vote

Electric Photos

Poles, wires, construction, facilities, people, objects, activities, or R&D processes and endeavors.

Cast Your Vote

Renewable Energy Photos

Generation, equipment, people, objects or activities; landscapes related to energy production/distribution; or scientific processes and endeavors.

Cast Your Vote

Human Focus Photos

Corporate service departments, teams, corporate heritage and culture (i.e. photographs that tell us what it means to work in energy and for your company and provide a sense of what it is like every day on the job).

Cast Your Vote
  • Eligibility

    Open to all employees and hired photographers, amateur or pro, of MEA member companies.

    To be eligible for any category, a photograph must have been shot by the entrant since January 1, 2022. This date applies to all images in a composite.

  • Copyrights & Usage Rights

    The photographer:

    • retains copyright of all submitted work.
    • certifies that they are the sole creator of the submitted photograph and can provide copyright permission.
    • warrants that the rights (of any kind) to the photograph have not previously been sold or granted to any third party.
    • warrants that the image includes no copyright infringements, and all model release forms have been signed and can be produced upon request.

    All entrants agree to the storage of their images in electronic form for the purpose of judging the competition and the private distribution of those images as required to complete the judging process.

    Upon entry, the photographer/submitter (“submitter”) grants MEA world-wide, royalty-free rights and licenses to use the submitted images in perpetuity, with attribution to the submitter, in electronic or print form in any and all MEA materials including but not limited to print and electronic issues of Energy | Empowered magazine, MEA marketing, training and EnergyU materials. The photographer also grants rights to the technology host, Woobox, to use submissions for the promotion of Woobox as found in their User Terms Of Service (

  • Contest Dates & Entry Requirements

    The contest opens October 1, 2022. All entries must be received through by 5:00 PM Central Time on January 6, 2023.

    You may submit up to 10 photographs per category for a contest total of 40 submissions. The same photo may be entered in up to two categories. To be displayed in our online gallery, photographs must be submitted as .jpeg, .jpg, or .png files, at least 1024 x 768 pixels (5”x7” print), and have a dpi between 200-300. 1 MB files are preferred, 50 MB is the max file size accepted. You must complete a separate form for each photo submitted.

    This contest does not require an entrance fee.

    Please submit photographs and requested information, including photo captions, online through our website at and the photo contest software Woobox.

  • Judging

    Judging is based on the following elements, in order of importance:

    1. Entry requirements
    2. Subject
    3. Impact & Creativity
    4. Composition
  • Winners

    Winning photographs will be featured in print and digital versions of the spring issue of Energy | Empowered, on, and all MEA social media channels. Photos will also be shown at all MEA events with over 100 attendees. Photographers and/or companies will be recognized in MEA news and via the permanent addition of copyright/attribution on the photo (post-contest).

    All Around Winner

    • Selected from the finalists in all categories

    Category Winners

    • Natural Gas
    • Electric
    • Renewable Energy
    • Human Focus

    Readers’ Choice

    • Based on most votes

And the Winners Are...

Thank you to all member companies that submitted images to help make the first-ever photo contest a success. MEA is proud to share your contributions in the industry magazine, MEA news and website, events, and marketing and communications materials.

2022 Contest Results | 2021 Contest Results

More Information


Please contact Lindsay Robertson or Elizabeth Fischer with any questions about the contest.

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