Photography Exhibit

Call for Entries. Over $2,500 in cash prizes! Submit images of Pinelands landscapes, flora, wildlife, communities or people.


Pinelands Juried Photographic Exhibition
Celebrating the Pinelands 40th Anniversary: Conservation, Culture & Community

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) is pleased to announce “Pinelands” 2019 Juried Photographic Competition and Exhibition. This year, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Pinelands with photographs that capture its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Black and white and color images taken within the boundaries of the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve (see map) depicting its landscape, flora, wildlife, communities and people will be accepted. Click here to see the Pinelands National Reserve Boundary map.

The juried exhibit will hang in the beautiful renovated barn at PPA Headquarters in Southampton, New Jersey. All photographs submitted will be displayed in a special online Pinelands art gallery.

Submissions open from April 1st until September 21st.

Juried Categories
  • Open Submissions
  • Student Submissions – for students 18 and under
Entry Fee
  • Open: $30.00 for up to 3 images and $5.00 per image for each additional image
  • Student: $10.00 for up to 3 images and $5.00 total for up to an additional 3 images

A total of 6 images can be submitted per photographer

All photos must be submitted using the Smarter Entry registration link. You will be able to submit digital images and online payment at the same time. In addition, the system lets you add new images and/or change images at any point up until the submission closes.

Registration Instructions: Please Read

Online Submission is now open. Registration will close September 21, 2019. Smarter Entry allows easy submission of digital images and online payment for this exhibition. In addition, you can add new images or change images at any point up until the submission deadline. All files submitted must be:

  • JPEG format
  • Files cannot exceed 8MB in size

It is recommended that your digital files are:

  • At least 2000 pixels on longest side – The lower the number of pixels, the smaller your photographs will appear on the screen which will make them difficult to judge.
  • A minimum of resolution of 180 dpi and an sRGB color profile. If you don’t know what this is, don’t worry, just submit your photographs.
Register Here: Smarter Entry Registration Link
  • Open: $1,000 First Place, $500 Second Place, $250 Third Place
  • Student: $350 First Place, $250 Second Place, $150 Third Place
Important Dates
  • Online Submission Closes: September 21, 2019
  • Acceptance Notification: October 7, 2019
  • Exhibition Dates: November 10 to December 14, 2019
  • *Opening Reception: Saturday, November 9, 2019, 2-4pm
  • Online Gallery of All Photographs Opens: November 10, 2019

*Awards will be announced at the reception.

Judge: Richard Lewis, Photographer & Educator

“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

Other details:

All photographs must be taken within the New Jersey Pinelands National Preserve. All wildlife, flora and fauna must be photographed in their natural environment. You can download a map here.

PPA reserves the right to disqualify any image that doesn’t meet the contest rules or where the subject matter was not created within the Pinelands.

Delivery of Accepted Work

All accepted work must be framed in a professional manner. The wire must be securely fastened to the actual frame, not the backing. While it is not a requirement, we suggest using black frames with white or off-white mats. Metal, Acrylic and canvas prints are also acceptable and do not need to be framed or matted. The accepted artwork may not be larger than 24” x 36” (including the frame). Images may be color or monochrome. Image tags must be attached to the back of the artwork. The organizers of the exhibition will have the right to disqualify an image based on the quality of the print, frame or mat.

Photographer’s Rights

All photographers retain all copyrights to their images. The Pinelands Preservation Alliance reserves the rights to use all submitted images for the purpose of promoting the exhibition and/or photographer and for the promotion of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance’s mission in print and online without financial compensation. Where possible the photographer will be credited.


By entering this competition, the entrant agrees to hold harmless PPA, all agents, officers and volunteers from any claims of damage or loss that might occur to the art submitted for this exhibition.


All photography should be for sale unless it is marked NFS (not for sale). PPA will take a 30% commission on all sales. Photographs that have been sold will remain in the exhibition until its conclusion. Photos must be taken within the boundaries of the Pinelands.

See a selection of photos from the 2018 Juried Pinelands Exhibit from Pinelands Preservation Alliance on Vimeo.

Exhibit Steering Committee Members: Rich Lewis (co-chair), Chris Kosseff (co-chair), 
Peter Hewitt, Albert Horner, Robert Laramie, Cathy Melfi, Charles RiterBonnie Rovere, Janet Giardina and Edward Tenthoff.

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