2013 Fly Fishing Photo Contest

Once again, all the nitty gritty of the contest rules and regulations will follow below, but the idea remains simple: go fishing, take pictures, send us your favorites (you can submit up to 3 and change them at any time). This year, we're going to let the readers have a say in who gets a shot at winning. Once the contest closes, we'll let the readers vote for their favorite photos from the group. The 10 photos with the most votes will then be reviewed by a bunch of folks that think they know a thing or two about what makes a great fly fishing photograph. Some people will get prizes. The rest of you won't.

Here are some guidelines/helpful tips on submitting a contest entry:

  • Anything fly fishing related goes. Photos of landscapes, gear, people, fish, etc. Don't limit yourself to grip and grin shots (seriously, please don't).
  • Submit your most creative shots. The judges are all seasoned fisherman and/or seasoned photographers. Think big.
  • You need to be logged in to send us your contest photos. You can do this by registering with us directly, or you can use your Facebook or Twitter login. Clicking the ENTER NOW button above will prompt you to login if you're not already, and will present you with options.
Grand Prize
Thomas and Thomas NS5 Fly Rod

The grand prize winner will receive the much-heralded Thomas & Thomas NS5 fly rod. The rod is a 9' 5-weight rod.

Louis Cahill of GinkAndGasoline.com said of the NS5, "“Every T&T rod we cast impressed us but our recommendation is the 9’ 5 wt ‘No Sanctuary’. The first time this rod loaded I thought WOW. It has the power to cast to the backing and the delicacy you need for a spring creek. Its the closest thing to perfection I’ve cast."

We quite like the NS5 too, and would really prefer to keep this one instead of sending it to the winner. You can read our review here. Retail Value: $820.

Maui Jim Island Time Sunglasses
1st Prize

First prize is a pair of Maui Jim Island Time sunglasses.

Many consider Maui Jim sunglasses to be the finest in the world, offering amazing clarity, color and polarization. The Island Time sunglasses are inspired by the slower, relaxed pace of life on the islands inspired by the ocean surrounding. Hang loose, take a break, and let the islands be your guide to an easygoing lifestyle. Retail Value: $229.

Montana Fly Company Madison IIa 'Maddox's Snack' Artist Series Reel
2nd Prize

Second prize is a Montana Fly Company Madison IIa "Maddox's Snack" Artist Series Reel.

Fully machined from high quality bar stock aluminum, this large arbor reel delivers excellent performance at an unbeatable value. Field tested, this reel will not let you down when it matters most. The Madison IIa was developed with a solid reel housing to create a classic look. Retail Value: $224.

Airflo SuperDRI Fly Line
3rd Prize

Third prize is a your choice of any one of Airflo's new SuperDri Fly Lines.

Airflo's chemists have formulated super-DRI, a new material that repels water, dirt and surface scum better than any material in the history of fly lines. super-DRI optimizes line floatation and eliminates friction, adding supreme distance to your cast. Coupled with Airflo's ZONE, Ridge and Power Core technologies, you'll notice a difference from the first cast. Retail Value: $75.

* Winners may choose to substitute a lesser prize, deferring the higher valued prize to the next winning contestant.



ELIGIBILITY: The "2013 Hatch Magazine + Thomas & Thomas Photo Contest” (Promotion) is open internationally to individuals age 18 or older. Do not participate in the Promotion if you are not 18 years of age at time of entry. Contest is void wherever prohibited by law.

PRIZES: One (1) Thomas & Thomas 9' 5 weight fly rod, one (1) pair of Maui Jim Island Time sunglasses, one (1) Madison Fly Company Madison IIa "Maddox's Snack" Artist Series Reels, one (1) of Airflo's superDRI series of fly fishing lines.

HOW TO PLAY: Enter to win at https://www.hatchmag.com by following provided instructions to upload your favorite fishing photos of 2013. Each contestant may submit up to three (3) photos for inclusion in the contest.

PROMOTION PERIOD: From May 1, 2013 until Oct 31, 2013.

WINNER NOTIFICATIONS: Winning contestants will be posted on Hatch Magazine's web site. It is the responsibility of the contestants to monitor contest results and claim their prize via provided instructions. Prizes will be shipped via FedEx or USPS. Except where prohibited by law, winning constitutes permission to use winners' names, hometowns, likenesses, prize won and photographs for online posting, and/or any advertising and publicity without additional compensation. Winners must provide Hatch Magazine with their legal name, current mailing address, and photo upon request.

WINNERS LIST: Winners will be posted within Hatch Magazine web site.

PRIZE VALUE / TERMS OF SERVICE OF PRIZE: Each of the pairs of Maui Jim sunglasses offered as contest prizes are valued at $299 USD retail. Maui Jim Script hats are valued at $16.99 USD retail.

INVALID ENTRIES: Winners are only eligible to win one (1) prize per via this Sweepstakes, duplicate winners within the same sweepstakes will be deemed invalid. Any entries deemed to be fraudulent by Hatch Magazine will be invalid. Employees, officers, editors (and their immediate family and household members (whether or not related) of Hatch Magazine, Inc. (the "Sponsor"), and its divisions, participating vendors, participating advertising and promotion agencies and affiliated entities not eligible to participate. In the event of sabotage, acts of God, terrorism or threats thereof, computer virus or other events or causes beyond the Sponsor's control, which corrupt the integrity, administration, security or proper operation of the Promotion, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify entrants and/or modify, cancel or suspend the Promotion.

RELEASE: By entering this promotion, participants agree, to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law, to release, discharge and hold harmless Hatch Magazine / Cignal Media LLC, their affiliates, their respective owners, and representatives from any and all damages, liabilities, costs and expenses which may arise out of participation in Promotion or out of the acceptance, use, or misuse of prizes. By submitting images for this promotion, you agree to release these images for use by Hatch Magazine / Cignal Media LLC for uses such as: current or future contest promotion, newsletters, use on social media outlets such as (but not limited to) Facebook and Twitter, display anywhere on the Hatch Magazine or relates web site(s). By participating, you agree to these Official Rules and to the decisions of the judges whose decisions shall be deemed final and binding. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute for any reason whatsoever a prize (or portion thereof) of comparable or greater value, at their sole discretion. Prize is awarded "as is" with no warranty or guarantee, either expressed or implied by the Sponsor. The Winners are responsible for the reporting and payment of all taxes (if any) as well as any other costs and expenses associated with acceptance and use of prize not specified herein as being awarded. Winner may be required to execute an affidavit of eligibility, liability release, tax acknowledgment form and, except where prohibited by law, a publicity release and return within five (5) business days of issuance of notification. Noncompliance within this time period or failure of potential winner to respond after three (3) notification attempts may result in disqualification. The Promotion Entities expressly disclaim any responsibility and entrants agree to indemnify and hold harmless Hatch Magazine / Cignal Media LLC from and against any and all claims, actions, demands and/or liability for injury, damage or loss whatsoever relating to or arising in connection with participation in this Promotion (regardless of the cause of such injury, damage or loss) and/or the delivery and/or subsequent use or misuse of any of the prizes awarded.