2017 Lens on Litter Winners!

Posted by: Mary Kate Ranii on December 21, 2017

“Use your camera to focus on litter, exposure leads to prevention.”

Photographers across the state did just that and the results are in for this year’s Gene Capaldi Lens On Litter Photo contest!

PRC had a great response from Pennsylvania residents participating in the 2017 Gene Capaldi Lens on Litter Photo Contest.  Photos were received from all over the state.  The entries were placed into two categories—students and adults.  Judging was conducted at PRC’s Environmental Living Center in Newtown Square, PA. The Lens on Litter Contest focuses public attention on the problems of litter – litter is a quality of life issue that needs to be addressed by all.  Litter is unsightly and attracts rodents and insects that carry and spread disease, and farm animals, pets and wildlife can ingest poisonous matter and other harmful littered harmful items.

In the “student” category, the winner of the $1,000 First Place cash prize was Micah Wood of Nany Glo. Micah’s photo titled “Wow! 3 Miles into the Wood” shows litter even far into the Pennsylvania forests. The judges awarded the Second Place prize of $500 to Josh Milteer of Bridgeville. His photo titled “Lost Bottle = Lost Beauty” depicts bottles littered near railroad tracks.  The Third Place prize of $250 was won by Hannah Brady of Springfield. Hannah’s photo titled “Litter Just Hangs Around” shows plastic bags and other litter hanging into a stream.

The winner of the $1,000 First Place cash price in the “adult” category was John Fried from Wayne.  His photo titled “A Child’s Dream of a Litter Free Tomorrow” shows litter accumulated in front of a mural of a sleeping child. Kelly Facenda of Lansdowne was awarded the Second Place prize of $500 for her photo titled “No Thanks, I’m Stuffed” depicting a storm sewer packed with littered cups and other debris.  The judges awarded the Third Place prize of $250 to Chris Townsend of Media.  His photo titled “Schuylkill Flotsam” shows a waterway crammed with litter ranging from bottles and cans to basketballs and life vests.


The photos will be displayed on the PRC website here for all of 2017!

Thank you to Lens on Litter’s 2017 sponsors: Wawa, Sheetz, Inc., Wegmans, Sustainable Solutions Corporatoin, and The Fresh Grocer. Click here for more information about the contest and how to submit your photos for next year!

PRC encourages students and adults to enter the 2018 Gene Capaldi Lens on Litter Contest, which is already open for entries and closes October 31, 2018.  Photos help to heighten litter consciousness by showing how it threatens public health and safety, scenic beauty, property values, the environment, pets and wildlife.  With more entries, more people will become aware of the problem of litter and the more likely it is that we will all live in a litter-free world!

Click here for more information about the contest and how to submit your photos for next year!

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