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Enter the Pinelands Photo Contest

Submit your Pinelands photograph for consideration as part of our Juried Exhibit. Over $2,500 in Cash Prizes awarded.


The Pinelands Preservation Alliance and a volunteer committee composed of professional and amateur photographers will host their annual juried photography exhibit focused on the Pinelands National Reserve.  The exhibit will hang in PPA’s newly renovated barn at its headquarters in Southampton from November 10, 2019 to December 14, 2019.  The deadline for submissions is September 21, 2019.  An opening reception will be held November 9th from 2pm to 4pm.

This year we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Pinelands Protection Act, the landmark state legislation that established the framework for Pinelands protection that we know today.  We also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, established in July 1989 to protect the natural and historic resources of New Jersey’s Pinelands National Reserve.

Black and white and color images taken within the boundaries of the National Reserve depicting its landscape, flora, wildlife, communities and people will be eligible for over $2,500 in cash awards.  Photographers of all skill levels are welcome to apply – all submissions will be digitally displayed at the opening reception and at the exhibit.  The deadline for submissions is September 21, 2019. Registration information is available at www.PinelandsPhotoExhibit.org.

This year we place special emphasis on expanding student participation.  Sight is our most powerful sense and images can appeal to emotion without any written word needed.  In April, students and teachers from Shawnee, Cherokee, Lenape and Rancocas Valley Regional High Schools participated in a focus group meeting on the topics of photography, the Pinelands and participation in this year’s exhibit.  In May, twenty students took a photography walk at the Black Run Preserve in Evesham led by award-winning photographer Richard Lewis.  We are very excited to see how these young people capture and memorialize their experiences, whether it is with a digital camera or a smart phone.  

Photographers are welcome to submit up to 3 images for $30 and $5 for each additional image up to a total of 6 total submissions.  Student (18 years of age and under) entries are $10 for 3 images and $5 for each additional image up to a total of 6.

This year’s Exhibit Judge is Richard Lewis, photographer and educator.  Richard says, “My love for photography started in 1973 when I met my wife and her 35mm camera. Ever since then I’ve been involved with photography both as a fine art and professional photographer. My mother owned an art gallery in New Hope, Pennsylvania in the 1960’s and 70’s so my earliest exposure to art came from painters. My biggest influences are the great American landscape painters, especially the Hudson River School and Andrew Wyeth. As a result, I call my photographic style “Painting with a Camera” which involves equal amounts of time in both creating and editing photographs. While I love to photograph the American landscape, no place is more special to me than the New Jersey Pinelands. The unique beauty hidden in these pine trees and tea colored water is a treasure and a landscape that I especially love to explore, photograph and share.”  Learn more about Richard and view his work at www.richardlewisphotography.com.

Important dates:

Submission Deadline: September 21, 2019
Gallery exhibition: November 10, 2019 to December 14, 2019
Opening Reception: November 9, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
*Awards will be announced at the reception

For more information or questions please contact:
Steve Sebastian, 609-859-8860 ext. 124 or steve@pinelandsalliance.org

Juried Exhibit Committee members: Richard Lewis, Christopher Kosseff, Albert Horner, Bonnie Rovere, Cathy Melfi, Charles Riter, Ed Tenthoff, Janet Giardina and Peter Hewitt


The Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) was established as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 1989 by environmental leaders and Pinelands residents, with the goal of preserving and protecting the more than 1 million acres of the New Jersey Pinelands.   PPA remains the only private organization dedicated solely to environmental protection throughout the Pinelands.

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance is located at 17 Pemberton Rd., Southampton NJ 08088. 




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