Photography Contest 2020

The New Brunswick Free Public Library is presenting its 13th Annual Photography Contest in the Spring of 2020! Simply capture an image of whatever you would like in a photograph and follow the submission requirements to enter the contest. Please include a brief caption detailing the title of your photograph, where it was taken (city, state), and when it was taken.

Deadline for contest submission is May 8, 2020. The contest submission form with complete details is available in the library, or click here to download a copy (o en español aquí.)

Photographs entered in the contest will be displayed in a joint exhibition at the New Brunswick Free Public Library as well in the Above Art Studios. A panel of professional photographers and library staff will judge the submissions for first, second, and third place. Winners will be announced at the Photography Contest Exhibition Reception on Friday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

Photos will be on display at the Library from June 12 to July 12 and at Above Art Studios (located at 55B Morris Street) from June 12 – June 19, 2020. Only winning and selected photos will be displayed at Above Art Studios.

The contest and related events are free and open to the public. This contest is open to all ages!
Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.

Along with the contest, the library is offering free photography workshops presented by professional photographers. All three workshops will be held in the library's Carl T. Valenti Community Room on Thursday evenings. Time will be allotted for Q&A, so bring your ideas and questions!

  • Photography Workshop 1: Getting Over the Fear of Photographing People on the Street, led by professional photographer Jim LaSala.
    Thursday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m.

    This workshop will cover the following: Street Documentary, getting over the fear of photographing strangers, tips and techniques on how to tell the whole story, what equipment works best for different situations, understanding the use of natural light.
  • Photography Workshop 2: The Art of Self-Promotion, led by professional photographer Christopher Galluccio.
    Thursday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m.

    Learn the most important skills you must have as an artist or photographer. A life in the arts comes down to two things, mastering your craft and your ability to then share your art with the world. In this workshop, you will learn a complete step-by-step system to start promoting your art, along with tips that have taken the presenter from a complete introvert to a photographer who loves sharing and promoting their art & message.
  • Photography Workshop 3: Learn to Shoot Portraits or Head Shots, led by professional photographer Frederick C. Simonson.
    Thursday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m.
    Learn how to shoot great portraits. You will get hands-on experience in this workshop; we encourage you to bring your own camera.

To attend any of these workshops, please register at the library’s Reference Desk, or call 732-745-5108, ext 20.

Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through a grant provided by New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State.

Previous Photography Contest Presentations

To view 2019's photo contest submissions, including the winners, you may download the presentation here. You may also view the presentation of 2018 contest winners and entries here.