California Trout Photo Contest


The 2019 Photo Contest voting period has concluded. Submissions for next year’s contest will begin July 2020.

Prizes awarded:

  • GRAND PRIZE – 1 Winner
    Photo featured on home page of CalTrout website, one-year CalTrout membership, Sage Foundation rod and 2200 Series reel with 20 lb. Rio line, and CalTrout embroidered Patagonia Fleece, and CalTrout neck gaitor ($575 value).
    Photo featured on home page of CalTrout website, one-year CalTrout membership, Tenkara USA Fly Rod and Starter Kit, CalTrout embroidered Patagonia Refugio backpack, CalTrout neck gaitor. ($300 value).
  • BEST PHOTOS – 9 Winners
    Photo included on photo contest page, one-year CalTrout membership, CalTrout Embroidered Patagonia Fleece, and CalTrout Neck Gaitor. ($115 value).

Contest Rules and Guidelines:

Once the submission period has ended, CalTrout will select 25 finalists. From those finalists, our members and social media followers will vote to determine the People’s Choice Award winner and 9 Best Photo winners. CalTrout judges will select the Grand Prize winner.

Judging Criteria:  Photos will be judged on how well they depict the spirit of California waters and/or the sport of fly-fishing as well as overall artistic merit (lighting, color, composition, etc).

  • All photos must in some way be related to California rivers, creeks, streams, or lakes and the activities around them. Ideally, photos should have a horizontal format.
  • Maximum number of entries: 10 per individual.
  • All submissions must be submitted using the contest online entry form. (This will be available when the submission period begins on 7/15.)
  • Photographs must be in digital format.
  • Only online entries will be eligible. No print or film submissions will be accepted.
  • The photograph need not be taken with a digital camera; scans of negatives, transparencies, or photographic prints are acceptable.
  • Digital files must be high resolution, 300ppi, file size 3MB or larger (at close to actual size) and must be in .jpg format.
  • All entries must be received by midnight PST, August 31, 2018.
  • If a person is in the photo, you must submit a signed model release for each person depicted in the image.

If you have questions please email