Enter the 6th Annual Photo Contest - 2020

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Somerset County Through YOUR Camera Lens

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Show Us Somerset County Through YOUR Camera Lens!
Winning Entries will Receive Honorarium

PHOTO CONTEST
October 1, 2020 – November 30, 2020

Vibrant connections happen every day in Somerset County and we need your help to capture these moments!

Whether you are an amateur or professional photographer living in Somerset County, you are invited to submit photos that showcase our vibrant communities, historic sites, engaging community events such as fairs, concerts or parades, picturesque natural landscape and recreational opportunities.

The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in cooperation with the county Cultural & Heritage Commission and the Somerset County Business Partnership, invites residents to participate in the fifth annual “Show Us Somerset County Through Camera Lens” photo contest.

Submissions must be the original work of the applicant and not previously entered in this photo contest. A panel of judges will select two winners for each theme, as well as an overall contest winner, up to a total of 9 winners! Each photographer whose artwork is selected as a winning entry will receive a $50 honorarium.  The overall contest winner will receive a $100 honorarium in lue of the $50 honorarium for their photograph.

The themes this year are in five categories:

  • Community (Comm) show us the vibrant community within your neighborhood. 
  • Historic Sites (Hist) – buildings, reenactments or other areas and events of historic significance to Somerset County (some inspiration). 
  • Natural Environment (NatEn) – parks, wildlife, lakes, rivers, forests, golf courses, etc.
  • Recreational Opportunities (RecOpp)  Somerset County offers many venues for recreation; show us your favorite activities. For example, wellness activities (e.g. hiking, biking, etc.) or leisure activities (e.g. golfing, dog walking, gardening, arts and culture engagements, etc.)
  • Creativity during COVID (Cov)  We have created a miscellaneous grab bag category to showcase your creativity during these trying times. Have you taken up a new hobby? Painting? Family fun night?  

Please read the following submission instructions and contest rules carefully.  If you have any questions, please contact photocontest@co.somerset.nj.us.  Thank you for your interest!

Made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Instructions and Rules  •  Subject Release Form

Photographer's Information
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Photographer's Information
Social Media Information - if we use your image on our Social Media and you would like to be tagged.
Social Media Information - if we use your image on our Social Media and you would like to be tagged.

Photographers may enter up to five (5) images regardless of theme.  All photos submitted must have been taken in Somerset County, New Jersey.

All photo files must be named in the following format, regardless of submission option, so they may be identifiable to other residents.  

Format: PhotoName/Subject_Location _Theme_Last Name.jpg

Example A: BirdsinFlight_ColonialPark_NatEnv_Smith.jpg
Example B: Concert_DivisionSt_Comm_Smith.jpg

Photographers may enter up to five (5) images regardless of theme. All photos submitted must have been taken in Somerset County, New Jersey. All photo files must be named in the following format, regardless of submission option, so they may be identifiable to other residents. Format: PhotoName/Subject_Location _Theme_Last Name.jpg Example A: BirdsinFlight_ColonialPark_NatEnv_Smith.jpg Example B: Concert_DivisionSt_Comm_Smith.jpg

Photographers must submit a Subject Release Form from identifiable individuals featured in their photographs. Failure to submit a release form for identifiable individuals appearing in a photograph will result in the photograph's disqualification (in the County of Somerset's sole discretion). 

Subject Release Form  files must be named in the following format, regardless of submission option.  If you are submitting more than one Subject Release Form, please zip all forms into one file before submitting. 

Format: Last name_First name__Theme_Number_Photo_Release.jpg

Example: Smith_John_Theme_Number_Photo_Release.jpg

 

  1. To receive a copy of your submission, please fill out your email address below and submit.
    Thank you to all that participated last year, below are the two overall winners.
    Please enjoy the gallery of local winners from this and previous years! Can you win this year? 

     Somerset County Through YOUR Camera Lens 2019 Photo Contest, 1st Place Natural Environment & Overall Winner, by Nikki Ferringo of South Bound Brook

     

     Somerset County Through YOUR Camera Lens 2019 Photo Contest, 1st Place Natural Environment & Overall Winner (Pro), by Parvathi Kumar of Bridgewater

    The 2019 overall winner in the amateur category is Nikki Ferringo of South Bound Brook for their Natural Environment entry: “Fall Focus”.    The 2019 overall winner in the professional category is Parvathi Kumar of Bridgewater for their Natural Environment entry: “Autumn Beauty Natirar Park”. 

    NJCA_LogoMade possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission,
    a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.