And The Photo Contest Winner Is…


Susan Simonson, Antietam Creek Rubbish Roundup, MD

2013 National River Cleanup photo contest winner: Susan Simonson photo from the Antietam Creek Rubbish Roundup in Maryland

You voted, the results are in, and we have the winner of the 2013 National River Cleanup® photo contest! After two weeks of you sharing the voting page on Facebook, tweeting the link to your followers on twitter, and emailing your friends asking them to vote we had over 1,600 votes tallied. Pulling in 353 votes Susan Simonson’s photo from the Antietam Creek Rubbish Roundup in Hagerstown, MD wins! 

This year’s photo features two ambitious volunteers who were nearly sinking their boat by the time they made it to the end of their cleanup! Shockingly enough these two had previously unloaded their boat of tires at a drop-point upstream. Volunteers removed 100 tires from the creek during the Rubbish Roundup. 

This year marked the 8th year that the Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance (ACWA) organized the Rubbish Roundup on the Antietam Creek in Hagerstown, Maryland. On September 21st 80 volunteers covered a three mile stretch of creek both paddling and walking along the banks cleaning up trash and debris. In total they filled 103 National River Cleanup trash bags and removed 5,060 lbs of trash in just 5 hours.

While speaking with Susan and Dave from the Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance it was clear that they are very proud of the diversity of their volunteers and how the entire community has become involved in caring for Antietam Creek and making the annual cleanup a huge success.

Volunteers at the cleanup range from single concerned individuals and families to groups from the Hagerstown Community College, Citicorp, and the Boy scouts. The organizers enjoy that their volunteers are exposed to the recreational and environmental benefits of having a clean creek and encourage them to remain engaged in other issues impacting the creek.

Contributing to the success of the Rubbish Roundup are the partnerships that ACWA has made with local businesses and community leaders. A local outfitter sends a truck of canoes so both experienced paddlers and folks new to the water can spend the day cleaning on the creek. Another local business makes a donation which enables ACWA to purchase cleanup t-shirts for their volunteers and local city and county government agencies provide support by picking up the cleaned up trash and recycling, and properly disposing of tires collected. 

Dave from ACWA realizes they are fortunate to have such great relationships in their community and offers words of encouragement to newer cleanup organizers, “We’ve worked hard over the past eight years, the cleanup has grown each year that we come back, these things can take time!”

The Rubbish Roundup is an excellent example of how you can involve the entire community in your own river cleanup! Join them on the Antietam on September 20, 2014 for their next river cleanup.

National River Cleanup thanks everyone who submitted photos to this year’s contest. Look for this year’s winner in future American Rivers’ publications and on the National River Cleanup webpage. We can’t wait to see your submissions for your cleanups in 2014.

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3 Responses to “And The Photo Contest Winner Is…”

Dave Biser

A big Thank You to River & Trail Outfitters in Knoxville, Maryland http://www.rivertrail.com/ for supporting the Rubbish Round-Up all these years!
And to our largest Corporate sponsor Holcim, Inc. Hagerstown Plant.
Let’s keep it going!

Nora Slick

River & Trail Outfitters is proud to help ACWA each year but it is your groups passion that gets the job done! And what an undertaking.

Kelly Stettner

Very nice, great photo capturing some awesome work! Terrific job, you guys! :-) Keep up the wonderful work.