Celebration of Sports Photo Contest

CLICK HERE to submit up to 3 photos for the 2019 Photo Contest!

Think you’ve captured what it means to be a good sport? Enter up to three photos of your own that represents respect, positive leadership, team ethics and/or dedication in community sports. The deadline is September 20, 2019. Winners will receive two complimentary tickets to Celebration of Sports on October 29, 2019 at Turf Valley Resort and have their photos on display at the event.

Submissions Rules

  1. Contestants may submit up to three photos. 
  2. They must be your original photos. 
  3. The contest is open to all. 
  4. Photos must represent respect, positive leadership, team ethics and/or dedication in community sports. 
  5. Contestants must be 13 years old or older on August 1, 2019. Contestants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian submit photos and verify consent. 
  6. Submissions must be received by Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:59 EST. 

Photo Specifications 

  1. Photos must be your original work. 
  2. Photos must be high-resolution JPEG files of at least 300 dpi. 
  3. Photos can be in color or black and white. 
  4. Photo subjects can be all ages. 
  5. Photos do not have to be taken during the entry period. 
  6. Along with your photo submission, include a one- or two-sentence description that includes the location (does not have to be in Howard County), the sport, the subject names if possible, and the community sports organization or league being photographed.

Judging and Prizes 

Photos will be reviewed by a panel of Howard County Recreation & Parks employees for quality and how well they represent the tenants of community sports. Winners will be selected and notified by September 27, 2019. The winners will receive two complimentary tickets to Celebration of Sports on October 18, 2018 at Turf Valley Resort and have their photos on display at the event. They will also be recognized at the event.  

Terms of Service 

  1. Entrant represents and warrants that the submitted entry is an original, non-published work that does not infringe the rights or intellectual property claims of any third parties. By entering the contest, contestants agree to have their submitted photo displayed on the Internet without any fee or other form of compensation, and agree that Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks may display winning photos in Howard County newsletters, social posts and in future contest promotions. In the event that ownership of any photograph submitted to Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is contested in any manner, Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will retain the discretion to disqualify and discontinue use of the photo. 
  2. In consideration of judges' review of entries, winners who enter the contest grant permission (except where prohibited by law) to use and license their photos/images in all media without further compensation. 
  3. Photos, in whole or in part, that, in Howard County’s sole judgment, are inappropriate, are noncompliant, or are in any other respect unsuitable (at the sole discretion of Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks) will not be considered.  
  4. All taxes are the sole responsibility of finalists' or winner's parents/guardians. Prizes are non-transferable and cannot be substituted. 
  5. Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks and its affiliates are not responsible for technical failures in entry transmission, or lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, illegible, or postage-due mail, or any damage to participants' computers relating to information about or participation in the promotion. 
  6.  Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks reserves the right to make any changes to the rules and/or to the contest at any time.



CLICK HERE to submit up to 3 photos for the 2019 Photo Contest!






Past COS Photo Contest Winners:

2016 Winners

Kate Hernandez, Laurel
This picture was taken during an HC Lax rec lacrosse game in 2013, at Rockburn Park. In the middle of the game, my son, Ryan Hernandez, noticed that one of the opposing player’s shoelaces was untied. In the picture, Ryan is tying the shoelaces of the opposing player’s cleats. The ref stopped play and gave his approval with 2 thumbs up!
 Michele Fuhrman, Fulton
Hero’s TLC 2022 Green celebrating their championship win over M&D 2022 Black at Lax for the Cure in New Jersey, July 2016.
 Tommy Tucker, Laurel
Exhibiting exemplary sportsmanship, after a close game against Marriotts Ridge High School, Reservoir High Quarterback Josh Miller takes a brief moment away to celebrate his victory with an adoring fan.

2017 Winners



Don Sabatini, Ellicott City
Hurricane Football. Thanking the referees even after a loss. Good sportsmanship.
 Denise Garvin, Columbia
In February, a group of 16 year old baseball players from various Howard County teams came together and traveled to Cuba as part of the USA Cuba Goodwill Tours to play baseball games against Cuban teams and donate school supplies and equipment to local communities. In this photo taken after a game at Los Cocodrilos stadium in Matanza City, Michael Garvin greets a player from the other team. During the game, the two had started to try to strike up a conversation during a Cuba pitching change. They found each other after the game to continue. 
 Jerry Krasnick, Columbia
Atholton High School Junior Varsity Lacrosse Game. Atholton was playing Hammond. One of the Hammond players went down, and Atholton HS player, Justin Ahmuty, immediately went over, helped the Hammond player get up, and stayed with him until the opposing coaches came onto the field to help. I've photographed high school sports for over five years, and have rarely seen a player take so much genuine interest/worry about an injured player on an apposing team. It was a breath of fresh air to watch. 

2018 Winners



Mindy Barnowski, Mount Airy

During a WHC Soccer game held at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School, Nicholas and Mark encourage Kaden after a missed goal. Awesome support and team spirit from a group of 4-5 year old micro soccer players on Team Spain!

Marie McGing, Columbia
Special Olympics' Basketball Skills Level State Games in Frederick, Maryland. The volunteers showed each athlete kindness and encouragement to athletes to help them do their best. It was a pleasure to watch the young volunteers not only help but become apart of the sport that day.

Yumi Okamoto, Laurel
TEAMMATES! Reservoir High School JV Football Team at Glenelg High School.