Andy Smith’s "Rapids on the Mongaup" (pictured) won the Delaware River Basin Commission's fall photo contest. Seventy photographs were submitted by 21 people for the contest.

“Andy’s photograph captured the unique perspective of lively rapids flowing down New York’s Mongaup River, a Delaware River tributary, framed by the vibrant and beautiful golden tree colors of autumn lining the riverbanks," said DRBC Executive Director Steve Tambini.

The winning image was chosen by a judging panel of four DRBC staff members. It will be featured on the commission’s website at nj.gov/drbc and on DRBC’s Twitter and Flickr social media sites. The photo will also be published in the commission’s 2017 annual report, and the winner will receive a certificate of recognition.

The seasonal photo contest aims to highlight amateur and professional photography representing the beauty, diversity, function, and significance of the water resources of the Delaware River Basin, a 13,539-square mile watershed. In legislation signed into law last December, the U.S. Congress declared that “the Delaware River Basin is a national treasure of great cultural, environmental, ecological, and economic importance.” Approximately 15 million people (or about five percent of the nation's population) rely on the water resources of the Delaware River Basin to support a variety of significant uses including public drinking water, industry, agriculture, power generation, recreation, fisheries, and aquatic life.

The winter photo contest will begin on Dec. 21 and has a deadline of Feb. 1. Complete contest details, including instructions on how to submit photographs, are available on the DRBC website.

The DRBC is a federal/interstate government agency responsible for managing the water resources within the Delaware River Basin without regard to political boundaries. The five commission members are the governors of the basin states (Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania) and the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ North Atlantic Division, who represents the federal government.

“DRBC’s inaugural photo contest was a great success, and we thank everyone who entered,” Tambini said.