Photography Contest 2021

The New Brunswick Free Public Library is presenting its 14th Annual Photography Contest in the summer of 2021! Deadline for contest submission is August 6th. The contest submission form with complete details is available in the library, or click here to download a copy (o en español aquí.). Key details include: limit three (3) photos per individual; each photo must have a title; printed photos must be 8x10 inches only; both a printed photo and digital copy in JPEG format for each photo must be submitted. Acceptable digital storage devices are a USB flash drive or CD (these will not be returned), or via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include a brief caption detailing the title of your photograph, where it was taken (city, state), and when it was taken.

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, September 17. More details about the Reception and Exhibit will be posted once details are finalized.

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.

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: