Grab your snapshots and selfies of summers on the Chesapeake Bay at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Exhibition

It’s time to gather your favorite personal photos from the last 50 summers on the Chesapeake Bay for an opportunity to take part in a new exhibition at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Called Snapshots to Selfies: 50 Years of Chesapeake Summers, photo submissions for this community-curated exhibition will be accepted beginning May 23, 2015 and continue through November 30, 2015, and is scheduled to open in 2016.

1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse

1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse

“Since the museum’s beginnings in 1965, the community has always been at the heart of everything we do,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “We want to celebrate that sense of community for our 50th anniversary in a meaningful way. This exhibition is a great way for people to share their favorite family or personal memories of time spent on the Chesapeake’s waters. And when the exhibition is complete, the photos will share an interwoven story of the meaningful ways people have connected with the Bay over these last 50 years.”

Snapshots to Selfies will be both an online and an on-campus exhibition of photos documenting people’s memories from the last 50 summers spent around the Chesapeake Bay. The exhibition will incorporate images from CBMM’s own collection, with a majority of the content coming from the community’s submissions.

“We’re looking for pictures of you—fishing, boating, swimming, or just enjoying a beautiful summer day on the Chesapeake with your friends and family,” said CBMM Director of Education Kate Livie. “The beautiful images in this exhibition won’t be landscapes or sunset shots. Instead, they’ll be all of us, making memories during the summertime in the Chesapeake.”

“With CBMM’s 50th anniversary coming up, we want to create an exhibition that’s all about our community,” continued Livie. “To collect and celebrate the moments we all love about living here. Crabs on 4th of July, a day at Betterton Beach, the log canoe race you almost won, maybe even a family picture taken at the top of our own Hooper Strait Lighthouse.”

To be considered for the exhibition, Snapshots to Selfies photo submissions must document a summer moment; be taken during or after 1965; feature the Chesapeake Bay or its tributaries; include at least one person in the photo; and can be taken by either an amateur or professional photographer. Individuals can submit up to three photos, which will require a brief explanation of the story behind the photos, as well as location and year taken.

With high-resolution digital or scanned photo submissions needed, CBMM is offering scanning opportunities of original photos at its major events, beginning May 23 at Party on the Point: Celebrating 50 Years on the Bay. For those unable to get to a CBMM festival for scanning, Pixel, Print, & Post of St. Michaels, Md. is offering special rates for exhibition submissions.

All submissions can be uploaded online at beginning May 23, 2015, when CBMM kicks off its year-long 50th anniversary celebration.