Photography Contest 2019: Love and Unity

The New Brunswick Free Public Library presents its 12th Annual Photography Contest and Exhibit! The theme this year is "Love and Unity." Participants of all ages were asked to simply capture an image of love and unity in a photograph and follow the submission requirements to enter the contest. The contest and related events were free and open to the public. The deadline for contest submission was extended from May 10 to May 22, 2019.

Photographs entered in the contest will be displayed in a joint exhibition at the New Brunswick Free Public Library and Above Art Studios. A panel of professional photographers and library staff judged the submissions for first, second, and third place. Winners were announced at the Photography Contest Exhibition Reception on Friday, June 14th.

Photos will be on display at the Library from June 14th to July 14th, and at Above Art Studios located at 55B Morris Street (next to the cemetery behind the library) for one week beginning on June 14th, 2019.

To view all of this year's photo contest submissions, including the winners, you may download the presentation here.

The library thanks the following prize donors:

Along with the contest, the library offered free photography workshops presented by professional photographers. All three workshops were held in the library's Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

  • Expanding Your Approach to Landscape led by professional photographer & author Joel Simpson.
    Thursday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m.

    Whether you like to photograph in your backyard or on your exotic travels, New Jersey native Joel Simpson can show you how to make your landscapes stronger, really wow your friends, and make great wall art (and gifts!).
    Joel has just released his book of world-wide geological photography, Earthforms: Intimate Portraits of Our Planet, which contains his best natural scenic photographs from the past 15 years. He'll show you the photographs in the book, explain why he chose them (among the 1000s he took), what he had to do to capture them, and how he modified them on his computer to make compelling art works.
  • The Fine Art of Black & White Photography led by professional photographer & speaker Michael S. Miller.
    Thursday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m.

    Photography began in 1826 with the first latent image in black and white. The black and white photograph in today’s digital world is still a timeless art form. To create an inspiring black and white photograph still requires process and emotional connection to the content that you are photographing.
    Renowned photographer Michael S. Miller will share with you his thoughts on black and white photography, how to simplify the technical aspect with a few simple techniques, minimizing the complexity of today’s technology and getting down to the art of black and white photography.
  • Practical Travel Photography led by professional photographer Ron Wyatt.
    (Originally to be The Essentials of Digital Photography led by Princeton Photo Workshop.)
    Thursday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m.
    If you are planning a luxury African safari or just a weekend escape, Ron Wyatt presents his tips for memorable travel photography. In an easy-to-understand, straightforward manner, Ron will teach you the fundamentals of shooting great vacation shots, as well as capturing the flavor of local cultures and capturing landscapes in their best light. Ron will discuss what you need to do in preparation for your trip and the practicalities of traveling with your photo gear. Selecting the right lenses is always a critical decision before traveling; Ron will offer simple and practical suggestions on which lenses are best for various shooting situations. He’ll discuss “storytelling with your camera”, provide tips for photographing people, and reveal his methods for great street photography. Ron’s presentation is perfectly illustrated with his images from his recent travel to China, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

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.

~ Want to see last year's exhibition? You may view the presentation of 2018 contest winners and entries here.