"Deep in the Heart" Photo Campaign June 1 - 30, 2022

What's deep in your heart when you think of Texas water? Every Texan has a unique story or connection to water. What's yours?

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and Texas Water Foundation's statewide water campaign, Texas Runs on Water (TROW), are teaming up to highlight the state's unique water features and inspire Texans to draw a deeper connection to the water that keeps our state running. Together, we're launching a social media photo campaign and need your support.

We invite Texans to share photos on Instagram that represent your personal connection to Texas water. Maybe it's a fond memory of a trip to the coast, a scenic view of our lakes, rivers, or springs, or a tubing trip with friends. The sky's the limit. We encourage photos from the past and present.

Each photo entry will enter you into a random drawing for fun prizes. Our goal for this campaign is to inspire all Texans to appreciate the water that keeps our state running.

To enter:

  1. Submit your Texas water photo on Instagram and tag #MyTexasWater
  2. Follow @waterfortexas and @texasrunsonwater on Instagram
  3. Mention the location and tag both Instagram pages

Photos must be properly tagged for entry. The campaign begins June 1 and runs through June 30, 2022. A total of three Instagram participants will be selected at random after the campaign ends to receive a swag bag. Prizes may include TWDB and TROW promo materials/other items determined by the host organizations. Winners will be notified and announced on Instagram July 1.

Rules and conditions of campaign

  • This is not a contest, simply an invitation to share your Texas water photos
  • Tag your photos with the hashtag #MyTexasWater. Please note your account/posts must be on a public-viewing setting for us to view and count your entry.
  • Follow both Instagram accounts of the TWDB and TROW (@waterfortexas and @texasrunsonwater).
  • Tag your photo with the location, time it was taken (month/year, if available)
  • All photographs must be your own work. Previously published photographs for which non-exclusive rights were granted may be submitted as long as you still maintain the right to grant us a license.
  • You must have the consent of each person whose faces are recognizable in the image. Upon request, you may be required to provide a consent form for each individual in the photograph. It is your responsibility to ensure compliance with all applicable intellectual property rights.
  • All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared.
  • Photographs must not contain nudity, violent or offensive material, or trademarked or copyrighted images.
  • Any images captured by a drone must be in compliance with applicable law, including Texas Government Code Chapter 423.
  • TWDB and TROW reserve the right to remove or untag photos for any reason.
  • By sharing your photographs, you agree to RELEASE and HOLD HARMLESS the TWDB and TROW and their employees and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this photo project, including injuries, loss or damage arising out of allegations or claims of copyright violation.
  • You must review and consent to the terms of service for Instagram
  • A random drawing including the names of all participants will be held at the end of the campaign to award non-cash prizes.

Rights to photos

Submitted photographs will represent your personal connection to Texas water.

Subject to the terms of service for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter or other social media accounts, you will retain all rights to any photograph you submit—including ownership if applicable. By submitting photos to the informational campaign, you grant the TWDB and TROW a nonexclusive right and royalty-free license, in perpetuity, to:

  • Publish the images for the TWDB's and TROW purposes in any format, including but not limited to on their websites; other social media accounts; and in the agencies' publications or presentations, such as newsletters, brochures, fundraising appeals, public service announcements, grant proposals, reports, awards, thank-you cards, displays, mailings, and invitations.
  • Keep the files provided and to archive the images on CD or in other electronic forms currently existing or that may be developed in the future, so that your photos can be used to support the agencies' missions and be properly credited.

As conditions of this permission, the TWDB and TROW shall credit all photographs with the participant's Instagram username/handle "@ Person's Name" in the caption.

Sample posts and graphics are available for download in the social media kit