Photography Contest 2018: Express Your Emotions

The New Brunswick Free Public Library presents its 11th Annual Photo Contest! The theme this year is "Express Your Emotions." When taking your photographs for this contest, simply capture whatever sparks your emotions! The submission deadline is May 4, 2018. Please include a brief caption detailing the title of your photograph, where it was taken (city, state), and when it was taken. The submission form will be available in the library, or you may download one here (o en español aquí). This contest is open to all ages!

Along with the contest, the library is again offering free photography workshops presented by professional photographers. All three workshops will be held on Thursday evenings (from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.) in the library's Community Room. Time will be allotted at each workshop for Q&A, so bring your ideas and questions!

  • 1st Photography Workshop: The Road to Better Black and White
    Thursday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m.

    In this workshop, photographer Jim LaSala will cover the following topics: Understanding what makes for great B&W photos, “from capture to print,” what not to use to convert to B&W, and plugins to push your creativity.
  • 2nd Photography Workshop: Tips for Taking Better Pictures of People, Pets, and Wild Animals
    Thursday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    Photographer and author Andrew Darlow will discuss tips for getting great quality images from any camera; suggested places, inside and outside the home, where you can photograph people and pets; how to get captivating images, even through fences and glass; how to use natural and artificial lighting to make people and pets look their best without spending much (or anything!). He will also cover some suggested photo labs and some of the amazing papers and other surfaces on which you can have your images printed, as well as recommended software programs (some free) that you can use to edit your pictures.
  • 3rd Photography Workshop: Photography as Fine Art
    Thursday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m.

    Photographer and artist Walter Choroszewski presents the history of photography from its origins as a "Science" through its transition to "Fine Art." He showcases the works of pioneer avant-garde photographers including Stieglitz, Steichen and Strand, mid-20th century masters including Adams and Weston up to present-day artist Cindy Sherman. In addition to photographic art, Walter will also feature Iconic Images from the world of journalism and the stories behind these famous photos.

To attend these workshops, please register at the library's reference desk, or call 732-745-5108 ext. 20.

Photographs entered in the contest will be displayed in an exhibition at the New Brunswick Free Public Library. 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, June 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Photos will be on display at the library from June 15th to July 15th, 2018. The contest and related 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.