The Western Division American Fisheries Society (WDAFS) and the Pacific Islands Chapter of AFS (PIAFS) invite you to submit an aquatically oriented films and photographs to be showcased as part of the AFS 2024 Aquatic Film and Photography Festival. This film and photography festival will occur during the AFS Meeting in Honolulu, HI, September 15-19, 2024 (154th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society – September 15-19, 2024, Honolulu).

To accommodate organizational needs, film submission forms are due July 1, 2024 to secure a tentative spot in the festival and final film and photography submissions are needed by July 15, 2024.

** Film and photography submissions may be used in promotion of the conference (e.g., publication and film festival trailer).

Film submissions must:

  • Focus on aquatic themes (freshwater, estuarine, and marine) that advance our understanding, appreciation, and management of aquatic ecosystems. This could include films that showcase beauty, science, restoration, and management. Of particular interest are films that address the meeting theme of “Conserving Fishes and Fishing Traditions Through Knowledge Co-Production”
  • Be less than 30 minutes in length – preference will be given to shorter films (ideally 10 minutes or less) to allow for more films to be included in the festival.
  • Be downloadable to conference organizers online or via
  • Participants are limited to three film submissions but priority will be given to films that provide an opportunity for more individuals to present their work.

Deadlines: Completed submission form is due on July 1, 2024. Final cut film submissions with web links are due no later than July 15, 2024. As long as organizers can access the films online to facilitate the jury selection process, videos do not need to be uploaded to Vimeo and available for download at this time.

If you have any questions please contact Tim Copeland at [email protected] or by phone at (208) 697-7520.

Jury-selected best films will be played during a dedicated film festival event during the conference. Jury and audience-selected best films will be recognized after completion of the conference.

Film Submission Form (send no later than July 1, 2024 to [email protected]):

  • Film Contact First and Last Name:
  • Film Contact Organization:
  • Film Contact Member Type, Student or Professional (if applicable):
  • Film Contact Email:
  • Film Contact Web address (if applicable):
  • Film Name:
  • Film Description (200 words or less):
  • Film length:
  • Permanent URL for film to be shared in the festival program (if applicable):

Upload film to Vimeo – If your film is selected, you will be asked to upload your film to Vimeo so that it can be accessed and downloaded by the festival organizers prior to the event. If you don’t already have an account on, begin by signing up (it’s free!). Using this platform’s uploading service, upload your finished film and share the link in your submission form (above). The link should look something like this: . You must change the privacy settings so that we are able to download your submission. To do this, scroll below your downloaded video and description and click the ‘settings’ button. Select the ‘privacy’ tab and scroll to where it says ‘What Can People Do With This Video’ and select ‘Download The Video’. By following these steps, Vimeo will compress your video and allow us to easily watch and download your film for
the festival. Once your film has been downloaded we will let you know so you can change the privacy setting on Vimeo or delete it upon your preference. Please send an email to Tim Copeland with your Vimeo link details.

Photo Submissions
Photos – High-resolution photographs with aquatic themes can be emailed directly to Tim Copeland by July 15, 2024. Aquatic themes can include riverscapes, oceans, estuaries, underwater biota and scenes, fish activities, science activities, management activities, etc. Photographs will be viewable by AFS meeting attendees in a slide show as part of the film festival; photos will not be individually posted on the meeting website or available for download or use beyond the meeting. In addition, select photographs may be shown opportunistically throughout the meeting. The best photographs will receive awards and be recognized during the conference. In addition, top photos will be printed on wrapped canvas, displayed during the film festival, and offered in the silent auction to raise funds for AFS programs. Photographers may submit between 1-5 photographs. The following information should accompany each photograph and should be provided at the
time of photo submission.

  • Photographer’s name:
  • Photographer’s Member Type, Student or Professional (if applicable):
  • Photograph title (should include fish name and location taken if appropriate):
  • Photograph purpose (What is the purpose or story of the image? For example, purposes may be to increase awareness of a certain topic or to show the beauty of underwater life):
  • Filenames of the photographs should include the last name of the photographer and a short title of the image.
  • Files should be .jpg format.
  • If you have any questions about photo submissions please contact Tim Copeland.