RANDOLPH, NJ - New Jersey high school students with an eye for photography have until April 11 to enter the County College of Morris (CCM) Third Annual Photo Contest for the chance to win prizes and recognition.
This year, the competition’s first sponsor, Unique Photo Superstore in Fairfield, will be providing first-, second- and third-prize gift certificates. The CCM Visual Arts department and Photo Club will provide awards for honorable mentions.
High-school-age photographers are being asked to submit photos on the theme of the cultural topography of New Jersey. Entries should explore the settings, rituals and moods of social experience within one group of people (place of work, school, friends, sports teams, family, etc.) Contestants are encouraged to depict the tension and/or harmony created among people of different generations, cultural backgrounds, political or religious beliefs, etc. Photographs can be critical or celebratory, and the subjects can range from the heroic to mundane.
Winning photographs, honorable mentions and finalists will be featured in an exhibition also including work by CCM photography students. The exhibit will take place in May in CCM’s new art gallery. Winners are required to submit high-resolution files for the exhibition and may need to show proof of ID and authorship.
Contestants should join the “CCM Photo Club Competition” Facebook page (http://tinyurl.com/ludm5al) to receive news, announcements and vote for the photo that will receive the “Popularity Award” for obtaining the most likes. Voting begins at midnight on April 25, and the winner will be announced at the opening of the exhibition.
Last year, the CCM Photo Club received over 800 submissions from dozens of high school students around the state. In the previous competitions, the winners came from Morris Knoll, Columbia, Bridgewater-Raritan, Sparta and Mount Olive high schools, Blair Academy and many other schools.
Photos can be submitted now through midnight April 11. To enter online, go to https://www.flickr.com/groups/2015photocontest/. To enter by mail, send prints or digital files to County College of Morris, Photography Department, DH 201, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph, NJ 07869-2086 with contact information included. There is no limit to the number of entrees and finalists will be notified on April 25.