2016 Lens on Litter Winners
“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 Lens On Litter Photo contest!
PRC had a great response from Pennsylvania residents participating in the 2016 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 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. .
2016 Lens on Litter Winners
The photos will be displayed on the PRC website here for all of 2017!
Thank you to Lens on Litter’s 2016 sponsors: Sheetz, Inc., Wegmans, Close the Loop and Sustainable Solutions Corp. 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 2017 Lens on Litter Contest, which is already open for entries and closes October 31, 2017. 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!