Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced that 75 artists, historians and local non-profit organizations will receive funding through the 2019 Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program. The Rahway River Watershed Association has recieved $2,400 to run a Nature Photography Event Series consisting of a workshop, contest, and exhibit.


The RRWA will be kicking off the series with a Nature Photograhy Workshop this Saturday, September 28, from 10am to noon at the Rahway Library. The workshop will be given by Union County photographer and educator Jacki Dickert. Jacki is passionate about  the beauty of nature. Her images reflect an open and creative way of viewing the natural world.  She has exhibited at photography clubs, libraries and nature centers all over the state. She is an active member of the Camera Naturalist Photo Club, a delegate to the NJ Federation of Camera Clubs, and an Ambassador for the Adoramapix printing company. Jacki’s work has been published in Backpacker, The Sun Magazine, numerous online blogs, and book covers. She won first place in the Ansel Adams contest at the Fenimore Art Museum. In her mission as an “Ambassador of Wonder,” Jacki self-publishes the annual "World of Wonder" photography calendar, and has curated and judged many photography contests

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Register for the workshop by calling RRWA Executive Director Clea Carchia at 908-892-7229 or emailing her at cleacarchia@yahoo.com.

Jacki's amazing photos can be viewed at www.lightdance.org or on her facebook page (search for Jacki Dickert).


We are accepting photos of local wildlife, plants, scenery and general nature subjects. Please submit photos online at  www.rahwayriver.org/photocontest between Saturday September 28 and Sunday November 24. Full contest rules will be on the submission page, website and facebook page. It is free to enter the contest. There will be cash awards for winners. Winning photos will be framed and exhibited at several Union County locations, to be announced.

Details about our upcoming Field Session and Exhibit will be announced shortly. Please check our website (RahwayRiver.org) and facebook page regularly for more information.