Washington, DC - Have you submitted your solar technology photos to the “Hit Me with Your SunShot” photo contest yet? The deadline to submit is August 17.

The best overall photo will receive a grand prize of $500, and there will be $250 prizes awarded to the best photos in eight categories, including solar installation, solar hardware and power electronics, and university research. See the full list of categories here. Submissions will be judged by Simon Edelman, Chief Creative Officer for the Department of Energy, and Dennis Schroeder, a photographer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado.

Need some guidance on taking the best solar photos? Simon wrote a blog post with five tips for capturing compelling solar power photos. We also posted all of the submissions received in July on the Department of Energy’s Flickr account, so be sure to check them out for some inspiration.