Photography Exhibit

Pinelands Juried Photographic Exhibition


First place overall in 2019 – Whitesbog by Rafal Goraczniak

Celebrating the New Jersey Pinelands, OUr nation’s first National Reserve

In the interest of safety, our Pinelands 2021 Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition has been pushed back until 2022. The submission deadline is now January 30, 2022. All prior submissions for our rescheduled 2021 exhibit will be included in our 2022 exhibit. The opening reception is scheduled for March 26, 2022.

Over $2,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. Awards – Open (all ages): $1,000 for 1st Place Best in Show, $350 each for 1st Place Landscape, Flora & Fauna, Other categories.

This year, we are honored to have renowned National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita as our judge! Read his biography.

The juried exhibit finalist photos chosen will hang in the beautiful renovated 1932 barn at PPA Headquarters in Southampton, New Jersey. All photographs submitted will be displayed in a video slideshow during the exhibit.

In addition, we have also created a new online searchable photo gallery for all photo submissions from our previous and future exhibits. This will allow participants to more widely share their art while helping us raise awareness of the Pinelands.

Check out the Online Photo Gallery here.

Our annual exhibit was launched in 2017 to celebrate the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage of the Pinelands. Black and white and color images taken within the boundaries of the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve (see map) in the following categories will be accepted: (1) Landscape, (2) Flora & Fauna and (3) Other (People, Towns, Architecture, Culture, History, Recreation, etc).

These exhibits, held at our historic Bishop Farmstead, have been very well attended every year. They have received good press coverage, including an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer for the past two years: “The best Pinelands photography of 2019 and “These might be the prettiest pictures of the N.J Pinelands you’ll see this year (2018).”

2022 Pinelands Exhibit Prospectus – Open Category (all ages)
Pinelands Boundary Map
Spread the word – Share the Exhibit Poster – PDF


Online Submission is open until January 30, 2022.

PLEASE REVIEW important file submission information at the bottom of this webpage.

All participants must use the Smarter Entry system to register.

Entry Fees

  • Open Submissions are $30.00 for up to 3 images and $5.00 per image for each additional image. A total of 6 images can be submitted per photographer


  • Open (all ages): $1,000 for 1st Place Best in Show, $350 each for 1st Place Landscape, Flora & Fauna, Other categories

Acceptance Notification: February 14-18, 2022

Delivery of Accepted Work

  • Friday, March 18, 2022, 5-7 pm
  • Saturday, March 19, 2022, 10-noon
  • Sunday, March 20, 2022, 10-noon

Exhibition Dates

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, March 26, 2022, 2-4 pm (Awards will be announced at the reception)
  • Exhibition Dates: March 28, 2022, to April 30, 2022
  • Online Gallery of All Photographs Opens: Saturday, April 15, 2022

Pick-up Artwork

  • Sunday, May 1, 2022, 10-noon
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 5-7 pm

Photo Submission Instructions: Please Read

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 180 ppi and sRGB color profile – If you don’t know what this is, don’t worry, just submit your photographs.

Other details:

All photographs must be made within the New Jersey Pinelands National Preserve (see map). All wildlife, flora and fauna must be photographed in their natural environment. The 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. In addition, due to New Jersey regulations on public land, drone photography is not permitted. 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; wired and ready to hang. 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.

Exhibit Steering Committee Members: Erin Tobiassen (PPA), Chris Kosseff (co-chair), Richard Lewis (co-chair), Barry Nealis, Sarah Puleo, Bonnie Rovere, Charles Riter, Robert Laramie, Peter Hewitt, and Edward Tenthoff.

For more information or questions please contact:
Erin Tobiassen, 609-859-8860 ext. 112 or

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