New Jersey High Water

King Tide Photo Contest

November 23-28

Calling all citizen scientists!
The final highest tides of 2022 are hitting our coast in November.
Submit photographs of flooding in your community for a chance to win prizes and be featured on our social media and websites.

Contest Timeline

Submission Period

Nov 23-28

Use the MyCoast app or website to submit photos that showcase flood vulnerability or resilience in coastal communities.

Public Voting

Dec 7-16

Anyone can vote for the best photos in three categories, based on flood source: Ocean, Bay, and River/Stream.

Winners Announced

Dec 21

Winners will be featured on websites and social media. Also, taking home a swag bag from the Jacques Cousteau Reserve!

How to Enter

Take photos at high tide to capture the most extreme flooding.

Check your local tide chart for high tide times.

Entrants may submit a maximum of one photo of the same flooded location each day of the contest.

Entrants may submit multiple photos of different flooded locations each day.

How to Win

Winners will be chosen from three categories based on the source of flooding in the photo: Ocean, Bay, and River/stream.

Staff from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve will vote on the top 3-5 finalists in each category that best showcase the vulnerability or resilience of people, places, and things impacted by flooding in New Jersey’s coastal communities.

The public will then vote to choose the winners!

Winners will be featured on our website and social media and win a swag bag from the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (including a MyCoast tote bag, JC NERR T-Shirt, baseball cap, and more!)

Winners will be notified via the email address they used to register for MyCoast.

What are King Tides?

King Tides are the highest tides of the year. They occur when a new or full moon coincides with the moon being at its closest point to earth in its orbit. This will happen during the new moon on November 23, causing exceptionally high tides from November 23-28. Learn more here.

Why Photograph King Tides?

King Tides cause flooding that represents a preview of how and where sea level rise will affect local landscapes. Documenting current flood impacts helps ground-truth local sea level rise models for more accurate planning in the future.

Recent Reports

Spring 2021 King Tide Photo Contest Results

Citizen scientists submitted over 55 photos of flooding in their communities from May 24-29 during New Jersey’s highest predicted tides of 2021.

Winners Gallery