Pinelands 2nd Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition

Call for Artists!

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This is a call for images that celebrate the Pinelands National Reserve and reveal a wilderness that is largely hidden in the mostly densely populated state in the nation. Our hope is that this exhibit exposes people to this lovely and under-appreciated part of our state and will inspire exploration and action on its behalf.

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance is pleased to announce our second annual juried photographic exhibition. Black and white and color images taken within the boundaries of the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve (see map) depicting its landscape, flora, wildlife, communities and people will be accepted. The exhibit will hang in the newly renovated barn at the PPA Headquarters in Southampton, NJ.

Juried Categories

  • Open Submissions
  • Student Submissions – for students 18 and under

Entry Fee

  • Open: $30.00 for up to 3 images and $5.00 per image for each additional image
  • Student: $10.00 for up to 3 images and $5.00 total for up to an additional 3 images
  • A total of 6 images can be submitted per photographer
  • All photos must be submitted using the Smarter Entry registration link. You will be able to submit digital images and online payment at the same time. In addition, the system lets you add new images and/or change images at any point up until the submission closes.

Register Using this Link

Pinelands National Reserve - Detailed Map


  • Open: $1,000 First Place, $500 Second Place, $250 Third Place
  • Student: $200 First Place, $100 Second Place

Important Dates

  • Online Submission Opens: June 4, 2018
  • Online Submission Closes: September 14, 2018
  • Acceptance Notification: September 28, 2018
  • Exhibition Dates: November 3 to December 7, 2018
  • Opening Reception: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 2-4pm

Awards will be announced at the reception.

For a map of the Pinelands National Reserve boundaries and complete details for submitting photos (including format, size, and framing), please download the 2018 prospectus and view pages 4 and 5.

2018 prospectus

Judge: Albert D. Horner, Pinelands Photographer

“My greatest dream is to capture the beauty of the Pinelands and, then, have those images help preserve it.” Albert D. Horner is an award-winning fine art photographer whose images distill the quiet beauty and intimate landscapes of New Jersey’s Pinelands National Reserve. Self-taught, he brings curiosity, patience and a practiced eye to his craft, recording the oak and pine forests, cedar swamps, meandering waterways and native wildflowers that make the “Pine Barrens” a place like no other. “Although the Pinelands does not have mountain peaks or lush valleys with babbling streams, it does have a beauty and uniqueness all its own,” says Horner. Horner began taking 35mm photos as a hobby, working first in black and white and then in Kodachrome. He visited scenic locations in the United States and abroad, but wasn’t quite satisfied with the images he produced. Horner soon realized he needed a subject close at hand where he could monitor light and weather conditions in all seasons. For the Medford Lakes resident that subject was the Garden State’s Pinelands, a place he had explored since childhood. In the past decade, using digital photography, Horner has produced more than 150 stunning images taken in the 1.1 million-acre Pinelands National Reserve. Some 80 of these fine-art photographs appear in his 2015 monograph, “Pinelands: New Jersey’s Suburban Wilderness.” A Pinelands Preservation Alliance board member, Horner uses his art to advocate on behalf of the ecologically important region, giving presentations and exhibiting his images. For more information, visit:


Other details:

All photographs must be taken within the New Jersey Pinelands National Preserve. All wildlife, flora and fauna must be photographed in their natural environment. You can download a map here.

The PPA reserves the right to disqualify any image that doesn’t meet the contest rules or where the subject matter was not created within the Pinelands.


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