Lens on Litter

Since 1984 PRC has sponsored an annual Lens on Litter Photo contest to call attention to the litter problem in communities across Pennsylvania. More than 4000 photos have been submitted over the years and comprise a “Rogue’s Galley” of the Litterbug at work. The photos are loaned to schools and community groups interested in working to help fight litter. The winning photos are displayed throughout Pennsylvania, including PRC’s offices in Ridley Creek State Park and Pittsburgh, and the offices of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in Harrisburg.

All photos become the property of PRC and will be used in its anti-litter campaign.  Any photos not meeting contest regulations will not be judged.  Persons who want to know if an entry was received should enclose a self addressed, stamped postcard with their entry.

Prizes

Contestants are divided into two categories: Adults or Students (under age 18). Each category will be awarded the following prizes: First prize, $1000 cash; second prize, $500 and third prize is $250. Visitors who see the photos on display may also vote for a “People’s Choice” winner who will receive a new camera.

Rules

· Photos must be taken in Pennsylvania.

· Each photo must have a 3×5 card attached to its back listing contest category (if student, list age and grade), photographer’s name, address, and phone number, title of composition, location and date photo was taken.

· Photo must be no smaller than 4×6 inches and no larger than 8×10 inches in black and white or in color.

· There is no limit on the number of photos that can be submitted.

· Each photo will be judged on six criteria:

anti-litter message
originality of photo
photographic technique
quality of photo
originality of title
severity of the Litterbug’s crime
Photos should help to heighten litter consciousness by showing how litter threatens public health and safety, scenic beauty, property values, the environment, pets or wildlife.

Contest dates are January 1-October 31. Send all entries by October 31 of this year to: PRC/Lens on Litter, 3606 Providence Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073.

Photos may also be submitted via email to lensonlitter@prc.org

2014 Lens on Litter

The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) had a great response from Pennsylvania residents participating in the 2014 Lens on Litter Photo Contest.  Photos were received from all over the state.  The entries were placed into two categories—students (under 18) and adults.  Judging was conducted at PRC’s Environmental Living Center in Newtown Square, PA.

In the “student” category, the winner of the $1,000 First Place cash prize was Owen France of Osterburg, an 11 yr. old 6th grade student at Chestnut Ridge Middle School.  Owen’s photo, titled “Falling for Two Bad Habits”, shows a pile of cigarette butts among colorful fall leaves.  The judges awarded the Second Place prize of $500 to Anthony Sidari, a 17 yr. old high school senior from Hazle Township.  His photo titled “Stop Litter—That’s Our Goal”, depicts a soccer field with a pile of water bottles and debris.  The Third Place prize of $250 was won by Hannah Chop, a 13 yr. old 8th grade student from Canonsburg.  Hannah’s photo, titled “Good Athletes, Bad Aim”, shows an athletic field with a trash can surrounded by litter.

The winner of the $1,000 First Place cash price in the “adult” category was Mary Ann Riffon of Barnesville.  Her photo titled “The Mockery of Nature” shows a sign “Trees…Not Trash, Stop Forest Dumping” with a huge collection of litter nearby.  Heather Yencheck of Hazle Township was awarded the Second Place prize of $500 for her photo titled “Geese Amongst the Garbage” depicting geese swimming in water surrounded by floating cans, bottles and debris.  The judges awarded the Third Place prize of $250 to Laura Lind of Pittsburgh.  Her photo titled “Parking Violation” shows heavily littered parking spaces.

The photos will be displayed on the PRC website, www.prc.org which gets approximately 200,000 hits per year.

The objective of PRC’s Lens on Litter Contest is to focus 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.  Farm animals, pets and wildlife often ingest poisonous matter and harmful items.

Sponsors of Lens on Litter 2014 were AAA Mid-Atlantic, Inc., Sheetz, Inc., and Wawa.

PRC encourages students and adults to enter the 2015 Lens on Litter Contest, which is already open for entries and closes October 31, 2015.  Photos would help to heighten litter consciousness by showing how it threatens public health and safety, scenic beauty, property values, the environment, pets or 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!

2015 Lens on Litter

In the “student” category, the winner of the $1,000 First Place cash prize was Tim Price of Hazleton, an 18 yr. old 12th grade student from Hazleton Area Career Center.  Tim’s photo titled “Fenced Out” shows a line of fencing catching blown litter.  The judges awarded the Second Place prize of $500 to Hannah Chop, a 14 yr. old 9th grade student from Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg. Hannah was also a 3rd place student winner in 2014.  Her photo titled “Littering Gets Me Down in the Dumps” depicts a wooded area used as a dumping ground.  The Third Place prize of $250 was won by Andrew Yenchick, a 10 yr. old 5th grade student from Holy Family Academy in Hazleton.  Andrew’s photo titled “Which Side of the Fence Are You On?” shows trash accumulated at the bottom of a fence.

The winner of the $1,000 First Place cash price in the “adult” category was Marina Meunier of Morton.  Her photo titled “Deciduous” shows a row of trees which appear to be dropping litter instead of leaves.  Anthony Sidari of Hazle Township was awarded the Second Place prize of $500 for his photo titled “Working Together Let’s CAN Litter” depicting an upset trash can spewing litter.  Anthony was also a 2nd place student winner as a senior in 2014 and a 3rd place student winner in 2013.  The judges awarded the Third Place prize of $250 to Rita Lacey of Pittsburgh.  Her photo titled “A Real Jerky Thing to Do!” shows a pond with a floating beef jerky package.

2016 Lens on Litter

In the “student” category, the winner of the $1,000 First Place cash prize was Vincent Cavallero of Newtown Square, a 15 year old 10th grade student from Newtown Square.  Vincent’s photo titled “Nature is no Cup Holder” shows cups and bottles in and around a decaying tree stump along the Darlington Trail.  The judges awarded the Second Place prize of $500 to Andrew Yenchick, an 11 year old 6th grade student from Holy Family Academy in Hazleton. (Andrew was also a 3rd place student winner in 2015!)  His photo titled “Extra! Extra! Read All About it…Littering is Bad News” depicts litter strewn alongside a newspaper vending machine.  The Third Place prize of $250 was won by Hannah Chop, a 15 year old 10th grade student from Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.  Hannah’s photo titled “Off Key Site” shows sheet music and other debris in Munhall.  (Hannah was also a 2nd place student winner in 2015 and a 3rd place student winner in 2014!)

The winner of the $1,000 First Place cash price in the “adult” category was Patrick Duffey of Pittsburgh.  His photo titled “Rail Against Refuse” shows litter accumulated along a Troy Hill Road rail station. Will McKeown was awarded the Second Place prize of $500 for his photo titled “Get On Track-Stop Littering” depicting cans and bottles along a railroad track on the Darlington Trail.  The judges awarded the Third Place prize of $250 to Tim Price of Hazleton.  His photo titled “Party Pit” shows cans and bottles strewn near a dilapidated stone building in Nescopeck Township.