From Lake Michigan to the Ohio River and the Wabash to the Mississippi, Illinois is a state defined by its waterways. Our rivers, lakes, and groundwater aquifers played a central role in the state’s history and continue to shape our economy and culture. 

Now you can show others what water means for you and your community with the “Water Is…” photo contest. Hosted by the Illinois Water Resources Center (IWRC), amateur and professional photographers alike are invited to submit photos until May 21. 

Winning images will be featured in IWRC materials promoting the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, a new state plan designed to improve local and regional water quality.
The contest is open to the public, including state employees.
A panel of judges will select first place and honorable mention winners for amateur and professional categories. 
Find more information and submission instructions on IWRC’s website