Solar in the Spotlight with Dept. of Energy Photography Contest

Source: US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.
Source: US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.

On July 17, 2017, the US Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative kicked off its “Hit Me with Your SunShot” photo contest.

The contest will award prizes up to $2,500 to those who submit the best photos that contain solar energy technologies. Winning entries will be featured on SunShot’s webpage and in other collateral from the office.

In addition to the $500 grand prize for the best overall photo, $250 prizes will be awarded to the best photos in the following categories:

  • Solar Installers and Installation
  • Utility-Scale Projects
  • Solar + Storage
  • Solar Hardware and Power Electronics
  • Concentrating Solar Power
  • Community Solar
  • University Research
  • Solar and Weather

The full set of rules can be found on the photo submission webpage, as well as instructions on how to submit.

All submissions are due by August 17, 2017.

Submissions will be judged by Simon Edelman, Chief Creative Officer for the Department of Energy, and Dennis Schroeder, a photographer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado who frequently photographs solar arrays. All professional and amateur photographers are encouraged to submit their photos.

Winners of the “Hit Me with Your SunShot” photo contest will be announced by August 31, 2017.

The US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a national effort to support solar energy adoption by making solar energy affordable for all Americans through research and development efforts in collaboration with public and private partners.

Find out more about the SunShot Initiative at

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