#HBtarpon Photo Contest

a photo contest

May 4 – July 26, 2020

Tarpon season is here. We’ve all been waiting for it, and now more than ever, we’re ready to hit the water in chase of these silver kings.

This year, we want to see your tarpon pictures. Not just the trophy shots. We want it all. The pre-dawn boat launches, long open runs, looks of elation mixed with sunburn and exhaustion. The fly-tying, gear-organizing preparation shots, the boat-side celebratory shots, the mid-flight head-shaking jump shots. We want to see everything that makes tarpon fishing the great chase that it is.

To give us a hand selecting the winners, we’ve got three tarpon-fishing icons joining us this year:

Flip Pallot, Andy Mill, and David Mangum.

Entering gives you a shot at winning some awesome prizes. One Grand Prize winner will take home a new tarpon fishing setup, gear from Yeti and more. Each judge will select one photo to take home the Judge’s Pick Prize fit for a day on the water. 

Additionally, we’ll select a handful of unique photos each week to take home a contest-exclusive Hell’s Bay Tarpon hat. You can’t buy these hats, you can only win them.

How to Enter:

To enter the #HBtarpon Photo Contest, upload your photo(s) to Instagram, tag Hell’s Bay Boatworks (@hellsbayboatworks) in the photo, and add the hashtag #HBtarpon to the caption during the Submission Period. Each submission must include the tag and #HBtarpon to be eligible. Each new photo must be submitted as a separate post.

You may also submit photo(s) via email to hellsbay@submit.media. The email must include “HB Tarpon” and your full name in the body of the email, and the photo submission as an attachment. Each new photo must be submitted as a separate email.

There is no limit to the number of photos an entrant may submit during the submission period, but each photo must be entered as an individual submission.


All photo entries must be submitted between May 4 and July 26, 2020. Photos do not need to be current and may be from past tarpon seasons but must be submitted within the submission period to be eligible.

Photos submitted via Instagram must tag Hell’s Bay Boatworks (@hellsbayboatworks) in the photo and must use the hashtag #HBtarpon in the photo caption to be eligible.

Photos submitted via email must include “HB Tarpon” and your full name in the body of the email to be eligible.

Photos do not need to include a Hell’s Bay skiff to be eligible, but photos that include competitor skiffs will not be considered.

Entrants are strongly urged to follow the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust guidelines for handling tarpon. Photos that are in clear and obvious violation of these guidelines may be considered ineligible, and the decision will be made at the sole discretion of Hell’s Bay Boatworks.

Complete rules and terms are listed below.

Submission Period: May 4 – July 26

Winner selection Period: July 27 – 30

Winners announced: July 31, 2020

More Rules:

By entering, you agree that the photo you submit is original and is your own, and does not infringe on the rights of any third party. You further warrant that your participation in this photo contest does not violate any agreement between you and a third party.

If your photograph(s) include a recognizable person or people, permission from each person (or in the case of a minor, the minor’s parent or guardian) to use his/her image in the photo contest must be presented to Hell’s Bay Boatworks if requested. Hell’s Bay Boatworks reserves the right to disqualify an entry if it finds, in its sole discretion, that an entrant has not secured a necessary release.

Any photos containing offensive content will be ineligible. All content must be appropriate for posting on a website that may be viewed by anyone. Obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered, and will result in disqualification of the photo. Hell’s Bay Boatworks retains sole discretion to determine what constitutes inappropriate content.

By entering the photo contest, you grant Hell’s Bay Boatworks the non-exclusive right to publish, use, distribute, reproduce and publicly display your photograph, and to create derivative works from your photograph, in perpetuity, in any of its online, print or other media publications, materials or exhibitions, for promotional purposes, including but not limited to for editorial, advertising, and publicity. You grant Hell’s Bay Boatworks permission to provide your name, and your city and state of residence, when publishing, reproducing or otherwise using your photo and when identifying you as an entrant or prize winner in the photo contest. While Hell’s Bay Boatworks will make every effort to credit photographers when using photos, there may be circumstances where it is not possible to do so. Subject to the rights granted to Hell’s Bay Boatworks, you retain all other copyrights and rights to future use of the photographs you enter into the contest. Hell’s Bay Boatworks reserves the right to modify any photo to fit spatial or branding requirements.


No purchase necessary to enter. Purchase will not improve chances of winning. This Promotion is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. who are at least 18 years of age at time of entry. Employees of Hell’s Bay Boatworks, employees of prize suppliers, judges, and immediate family members of each are not eligible to win. Odds of winning depend on number and quality of eligible submissions during the Submission Period.

Winner Selection:

Up to 48 Unique Photo submissions will be selected throughout the submission period. Unique Photo selections will be shared via Instagram stories each Sunday following the first week. Each Unique Photo entrant will receive one Hell’s Bay hat and will be notified via email or Instagram Direct Message, respective of method of entry. Entrant must respond within the submission period to collect the prize. Unique Photo selections are at the discretion of Hell’s Bay Boatworks and all decisions are final.

Submissions will be reviewed and selected by Hell’s Bay Boatworks and a panel of three judges: Flip Pallot, Andy Mill, and David Mangum (The Panel).

Four Prize Packages will be awarded to the finalists. One photo submission will be selected by Hell’s Bay Boatworks and The Panel as the Grand Prize winner. One photo submission will be selected by each of the three judges as “Judge’s Pick” winners.

Winners will be notified by End of Day July 30, 2020 via email or Instagram Direct Message (based on submission method). Prizes must be claimed within seven days, by End of Day August 6, 2020. Prizes not claimed within seven days will be forfeited, and an alternate Winner will be selected by Hell’s Bay Boatworks if a sufficient number of eligible and qualified submissions remain. Prizes may not be returned or exchanged for cash.

Grand Prize winner is not eligible for the Judge’s Picks, and each judge will select a different photo, for a total of four different winners. Unique Photo winners are eligible for either prize.

General Conditions:

All Entrants who submit photos via email consent to being added to the Hell’s Bay Boatworks email subscriber list.

All Entrants agree that Hell’s Bay Boatworks may publish, display, and otherwise use their name, likeness, and submitted photos for promotional purposes without further permission or additional compensation.

This Promotion is in no way sponsored, supported, promoted, or organized by Facebook or Instagram. Neither Facebook nor Instagram is responsible for any content published as entries to this Promotion.

Hell’s Bay Boatworks reserves the right to cancel or postpone the #HBtarpon Photo Contest in situations where the continuation of the contest can no longer be guaranteed due to technical, legal, or otherwise inhibiting reasons.

For a copy of these Official Rules and a list of the winners’ names, please mail your written request with a self-addressed and stamped envelope to:

Hell’s Bay Boatworks, Attn: Marketing

1520 Chaffee Dr

Titusville, FL 32780