Photography Contest 2021

The New Brunswick Free Public Library presented its 14th Annual Photography Contest in the summer of 2021. The deadline for contest submission was extended from August 6th to August 27. The contest submission form with complete details is still available to download here (o en español aquí) for informational purposes. The contest and related events are free and open to the public of all ages. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.

You may view the presentation of all submitted photographs here. A panel of professional photographers judged the submissions for first, second, and third place. Winners were announced at the opening reception on Friday, September 17th; view photos of the reception in our Flicker album here. There was also a virtual reception on September 24th.

Photos will be on display in the library’s Carl T. Valenti Community Room from September 17 until October 15, 2021. The winning photos will also be exhibited from September 17 until October 8 at Above Art Studios, located at 55B Morris Street, New Brunswick, NJ. To view the photo exhibit at the New Brunswick Free Public Library, please call 732-745-5108 x29 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment. To view your winning photo at Above Art Studios, please call 732-993-8096 to make an appointment.

Two virtual workshops were presented in conjunction with the contest:

  • Photography Workshop 1: Long Exposures in Nature Photography, led by professional photographer Danielle Austen.
    Thursday, June 10th at 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

    Long exposure photography is about capturing and translating movement within a frame. Using the technique has the ability to take your images in a new creative direction by exploring the interplay of light, patterns, and tones. The effects can be surreal and even ethereal. In Danielle’s presentation, she discussed the skills and tools needed to achieve your creative goals, as this technique can be used in various photography genres.
  • Photography Workshop 2: Street Photography Now and Then: How to Capture the Whole Story, led by professional photographer Jim LaSala.
    Thursday, June 17th at 7:00-8:30 p.m.

    Jim LaSala talked about his approach to street photography. His approach centers on understanding the use of available light, but also involves using all your resources, including your heart, to tell the story. He shared his tips and experiences working as a documentarist on the street.

View photos from these programs on our Flickr page here.

Please feel free to call the library at 732-745-5108 x20 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

"Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund."


Previous Photography Contest Presentations

You may view the presentations of previous submissions, including winners, with the following links: