Photography Contest 2023

The New Brunswick Free Public Library presented its 16th Annual Photography Contest, starting in July 2023. The deadline for contest submissions was extended from October 13 to October 20, 2023. A panel of professional photographers judged the submissions for first, second, and third place. Winners were announced at the exhibit's Opening Reception on Friday, November 10th. Entrants in the contest were featured in a joint exhibition at the library and Above Art Studios (located at 55B Morris Street, New Brunswick, NJ). Photos were on display in the library’s Carl T. Valenti Community Room from November 10 until December 8, 2023. Winning and selected photos were exhibited at Above Art Studios until November 24, 2023. The contest and related events were 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 download 2023's Photo Contest Presentation here to view all submitted photos, including the winners. View photos from the reception here. You can also find links to previous years' presentations and some Flickr albums of previous exhibit receptions at the bottom of this page.

A big "Thank You!" to this year's prize sponsors:
Costa Chica Restaurant; Destination Dogs; Douglas Pizza & Grill; El Jefe's Taqueria; Evelyn's Restaurant; Filippo's Famous Pizza; Fritz's; George Street Camera; Nirvanis Indian Kitchen; Scarlet Restaurant 158; The Original Picken Chicken; Thomas Sweet; Victoria's Tratta Italiano - all located in New Brunswick, NJ; and Hamilton BBQ in Somerset, NJ.

Two workshops were presented in conjunction with the contest:

  • Photography Workshop 1: Practical Travel Photography, led by professional photographer Ron Wyatt.
    Wednesday, July 19, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    If you are planning a luxury African safari or just a weekend escape, you won’t want to miss this workshop when 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.
    View photos of this workshop here.

  • Photography Workshop 2: How to Get Stunning Photographs from Your Smartphone, led by professional photographer Andrew Darlow.
    Wednesday, July 26, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    Today’s smartphones make it easier than ever to capture stunning photographs almost anywhere. In this workshop, award-winning photographer, author, and consultant Andrew Darlow will reveal many tips and techniques for capturing photographs with any smartphone. Each attendee will receive a printed handout with many valuable tips that can be used as a reference for years to come. Some of what will be covered includes: An overview of some common features on most smartphones; how to increase your chances of getting sharp images any time, day or night; how to use the panoramic mode (available on most smartphones); and how to protect your images so that you and your family can keep them for many years to come.
    View photos of this workshop here.

Feel free to call the library at 732-745-5108 x20, and/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:


Previous Photography Contest Reception Photos

You may view photos of previous years’ Receptions on our Flickr page. Here are links to a few recent albums: