Photography Exhibit

Pinelands Juried Photographic Exhibition – over $2000 in cash prizes

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Morning Mist, Morning Light by Patricia Worley
Morning Mist, Morning Light by Patricia Worley. Won First Place in Landscape Category, 2023
Pinelands Juried Photo Exhibit 2024

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) was pleased to announce Pinelands 2024 Juried Photographic Exhibition. The goal was to celebrate the New Jersey Pinelands, our Nation’s first National Reserve, with photographs that capture its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Photographs had to be taken within the boundaries of the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve (see map) and submitted in one of the following categories: (1) Landscape, (2) Flora and Fauna, and (3) Other (People, Towns, Architecture, Culture, History, Recreation, etc.).

This year we had 165 photographers submit 715 photographs for consideration. The jury selected 86 photographs to display as part of this exhibit.

To view the winning photographers visit the New Jersey Pinelands Photo Gallery and filter by year and award. All acceptable photographs submitted are displayed in this gallery!


Congratulations to Our 2024 Pinelands Juried Photography Exhibit Winners!

This year, we were honored to have Henry Rowan as our judge. Learn more about Henry Rowan. 

Best In Show

Pine Barrens Tree Frog on Pitcher Plant by Robert Ferguson II (#6)

Open Exhibition Awards

1st Place  Moore Farmers – Moore Fruit by Rob Auermuller  (#1)

2nd Place  Abrams Farmstead by Tony Mondelli (#62)

3rd Place  Capturing a Pinelands Moment by Karen Crisfulla (#69)

Flora and Fauna Exhibition Awards

1st Place   Plumes of Passion–Egret in Breeding Splendor by Greg Zanoni (#30)

2nd Place  Grumpy Pine Snake by Robert Ferguson II (#8)

3rd Place  Natures Drama – Culinary Catch Greg Zanoni (#31)

Landscape Exhibition Awards

1st Place   Autumn Medley by Cynthia Mezick (#43)

2nd Place  Snowy Owl – Whoo Can See It? by Rob Auermuller (#2)

3rd Place  Sunlit Cedar Swamp by Martin Kavanagh (#22)

Honorable Mentions

Grass Pink, Double Blossom by Dennis Abriola (#48)

Snow Covered Trail From Above by Matt Baron (#11)

Terrapin Love by Anthony Ferraina (#32)

Round Leaf Sundew by Amy L Golden (#79)

Rhythms of the Batsto River by Rafal Goraczniak  (#18)

Light Invasion by Rafal Goraczniak  (#19)

Footprints of the Jersey Devil by Rafal Goraczniak  (#20)

Pollen Swirl by Jordan Marsh (#37)

Emil Brown at Home by Dennis McDonald (#10)

Dew Bound by Kenneth Thompson (#47)

Spotlight on New Growth by Patricia Worley (#59)

Winter Simplicity by Patricia Worley (#60)

Executive Director Honorable Mention

Grass Pink, Double Blossom by Dennis Abriola (#48)

*Executive Director of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance


2024 Juried Pinelands Photography Exhibit: Finalists

Meet Our Judge

In 2024, we are honored to have Henry Rowan as our judge. 

Henry is a national award-winning photographer, author, and the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Photography (PCP) in Doylestown. In addition to being a working, professional photographer, Henry is a frequent lecturer and judge throughout the region and teaches a variety of workshops at the PCP. Henry’s work is frequently on display at galleries and shows and he has gained a following for his distinctive style of portraiture as well as his unique portrayal of landscapes, nature, and sports.

Photographically, Henry’s style is well-defined but somewhat difficult to describe. He plays with movement, light, and color in unison to create images that are easy to identify as his. The driving theme of his work is his concept of Non-Existent Imagery:

“The images I create never existed and never will exist. They are combinations of angles, colors, light, time, lenses, sensors, and more, which produce images that the human eye can’t see and the human mind can’t process in real life. Unlike the photojournalist, I am not trying to capture a moment in time, but rather I am hoping to create a feeling in space that conveys the essence of the subject.”

Working within this framework provides a great deal of artistic freedom and fosters a worldview that is both individualistic and offers unlimited creative opportunities. Many of his images are the result of hours of work and are part of his CameraGraph® series, in which post-processing plays a major role to visually construct his “reality”. Regardless of the scene, Henry strives to reveal the essence of his subjects in a manner that is as unique as the subjects themselves.

You may see his work at www.hrowanphotography.com.


Exhibit Steering Committee Members:
Richard Lewis (Chair); Barry Nealis; Bonnie Rovere; Ed Tenthoff; Peter Hewitt; Sarah Puleo and Robert Zurfluh

For more information or questions please contact:
The committee at entries@pinelandsalliance.org or call us at 609-859-8860.

All photography contest entry questions must be emailed to entries@pinelandsalliance.org or made by phone at 609-859-8860.  Do not use our general Contact Us form – we can’t guarantee we will be able to respond in time.


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