The Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) is pleased to announce “Pinelands” 2023 Juried Photographic Exhibition. The goal of this exhibit is to celebrate the New Jersey Pinelands, our Nation’s first National Reserve, with photographs that capture its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. This year, 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 and Fauna, and (3) Other (People, Towns, Architecture, Culture, History, Recreation, etc).
See all the acceptable photographs submitted for this exhibit since 2017 in our New Jersey Pinelands online art gallery.
Categories and Entry Fees
Open Submissions (all ages): Landscape, Flora & Fauna, and Other. Fee is $40 for up to 3 images and $7 per image for each additional entry.
A total of 6 images can be submitted per photographer.
Online Submission is now open. Registration will close January 30, 2023. PLEASE REVIEW important file submission information at the bottom of this webpage. All participants must use our Smarter Entry system to register.
Open: $1,000 for 1st Place Best in Show
$350 each for 1st Place in Landscape, Flora & Fauna, and Other.
- Online Submission Opens: October 1, 2022
- Online Submission Closes: January 30, 2023
Acceptance Notification (by email): February 15-17, 2023
Delivery of Accepted Work:
Friday, March 10, 2023 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 11, 2023 from 10:00 am – noon
Sunday, March 12, 2023 from 10:00 am – noon
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: March 27 to April 28, 2023
Online Gallery of Photographs Opens: April 15, 2023
Visit the gallery here.
Awards announced at the reception.
Sunday, April 30, 2023 from 10:00 am – noon
Monday, May 1, 2023 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Each photographer can submit a maximum of 6 images.
All photographs must be made within the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve (see map). All wildlife, flora and fauna must be photographed in their natural environment.
All photographs submitted, whether juried into the show or not, will be displayed in a video slideshow during the exhibit and in a special online Pinelands Photography Gallery. However, The Pinelands Preservation Alliance reserves the right to disqualify any image that doesn’t meet the contest rules or where the subject matter is not within the Pinelands.
All photographs that meet our criteria must be created within the Pinelands National Reserve. They must be created lawfully (e.g. not through trespass) and their content must be lawful. It is the sole responsibility of the photographer to certify that his/her photos were created legally.
Judge – Robert Zurfluh
Robert grew up in the 1970’s in a small Bavarian town not far from former East Germany and what was then Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) and was always fascinated by the American landscape that he saw in books, movies, and on American TV shows. He bought his first camera, an Agfa Pocket camera, after he saved up money by delivering the Sunday newspaper in the early 1980’s.
Coming to the US in 1990 as part of a job transfer, his first trip took him to New York City, where he bought his first serious camera. In 2009 he made the jump to digital photography after attending a free Canon workshop in Acadia National Park, and realizing that digital camera technology had in many ways surpassed traditional film.
Since then, he has been photographing mostly landscapes, nature and wildlife. He has photographed both locally in New Jersey and throughout the country and the world. Most of the wildlife shots on the website are taken in central New Jersey.
To Robert, photography is a lifelong journey in which there is always room to discover something new and to grow. Most importantly however, photography is something that should always be enjoyable.
Registration Instructions – please read
We are using the Smarter Entry system to allow easy submission of digital images and online payment for this exhibition. In addition, the system lets you add new images and/or change images at any point up until the submission deadline.
All files submitted must be in JPEG format and 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.
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.
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 the 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). The 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 map)
For more information or questions please contact:
The committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 609-859-8860.