Photography Contest 2020

The New Brunswick Free Public Library was planning to present its 13th Annual Photography Contest in the Spring of 2020, but had to suspend the program due to the COVID-19 shutdown. We are now presenting a Virtual Photography Contest with three free workshops which will be held online via the Zoom platform.

Deadline for contest submission is October 15, 2020. See below for links to submission forms. Please note that this is a digital submission only contest; do not send any hard copies of your photos to the library. There will be a Virtual Opening Reception on Friday, November 20, at 6:30 p.m., during which the winners will be announced. The Zoom link to the live session will be provided to the participants a few days before the reception. After the reception, winners will be invited to pick up their prizes at the library by arranging a time they would like to come in. The winning photographs will be displayed in an exhibition at Above Art Studios until December 12th, 2020. To view your winning photo, please call the art gallery at 732-993-8096 to make an appointment. Above Art Studios is located at 55b Morris St, New Brunswick, NJ.

These events are free and open to the public. 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.

  • Photography Workshop 1: How to Take Better People Portraits with ANY Camera, led by Professional Photographer and Author Andrew Darlow.
    Thursday, September 17, at 7:00 p.m.

    In this online lecture, Andrew will cover these and other topics: • Overview of camera settings for portrature, including Aperture vs. Shutter Priority, and Auto ISO. • What to say to your family members or professional models to help them relax or for fun expressions. • Simple and more complex background (a.k.a. backdrop) options and what to use in different situations. • How to use natural and artificial lighting to make people look their best. • How to make the most of inexpensive reflectors for controlling light both inside and outdoors.
  • Photography Workshop 2: From Minor League to the Olympic Games; Ron Wyatt's Journey through the World of Sports Photography, led by Photographer Ronald Wyatt.
    Thursday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m.

    Ron Wyatt discusses capturing the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in sports photography. Whether you're an ambitious beginner, or a seasoned pro, Ron will cover equipment, camera set-up, and planning an awesome shooting strategy. Ron will also emphasize the importance of knowing the game - how to have fun photographing sports and what it's like to cover the Olympic Games. Before you know it, "play ball" will resound in your neighborhood and ballparks across the land. Ron will help the family photo-bugs prepare for capturing action on and around the field. This is the perfect seminar to learn the basics of sports photography, and see images of epic sporting events captured by a true pro.
  • Photography Workshop 3: Tips for Taking Better Pictures of Pets and Wild Animals with ANY Camera, led by Professional Photographer and Author Andrew Darlow.
    Thursday, October 1, at 7:00 p.m.

    In this online lecture, Andrew will cover these and other topics: • Tips for getting great quality pet and wild animal images from any camera (even camera phones). • An overview of lenses and settings for DSLR and mirror less camera users. • Some "Secret tips" for capturing unique camera angles and expressions of your pets with DSLR, mirror less and smartphone cameras. • Suggested places around the house where you can photograph pets. • How to light pets like movie stars without spending much (or anything!) • Specific tips for getting great shots when you visit zoos or wildlife parks.

To attend any of these workshops, please register using one of the following links

To directly submit photos for the contest, instead of emailing the photos, please use one of the following JotForm links:

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.

Listen to the September 8 NBFPL Podcast episode, during which Ms. Kavita talks about the contest and workshops!

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.


Virtual Painting Workshop by Above Art Studios

Thursday, October 8, at 6:00 p.m.
In addition to the Photography Workshops, the library is presenting a virtual painting workshop. Artists Charles Wilford and Dontae Muse will teach you how to make a masterpiece right at home. Registration is required for the workshop: register here. All materials will be provided. Please call at 732-745-5108 x20 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a time to pick up painting materials.
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

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