Despite decades of efforts to improve recycling and waste management practices, Pennsylvanians still experience too much littering and illegal dumping in their communities. Since 2008, PRC has organized the Gene Capaldi “Lens on Litter” Photo Contest, which focuses on capturing ugly and avoidable examples of littering and galvanizing public commitment to solutions.
PRC invites Pennsylvanians to submit photos showing the ways in which litter spoils our Commonwealth in the hopes that education and action will follow. The deadline to enter is Monday, October 31, 2022.
“Littering and dumping impacts Pennsylvanians everywhere and is both an environmental and economic problem,” according to PRC Executive Director Darren Spielman. “We must tackle the Commonwealth’s growing waste problem and start moving toward the goals of a zero-waste and circular economy where post-consumer materials are reused and recycled.”
Participants in the photo contest are encouraged to use their cameras or mobile devices to snap eye-catching examples of litter in their Pennsylvania communities. The contest is open to amateur photographers only. Contestants will be divided into two categories: students and adults. Six prizes (three to each group) will be awarded, with the first-place winner receiving $500, second-place $250 and third-place $100. Entrants are also encouraged to initiate a clean-up of their photographed area for extra judging points.
2022 contest sponsors include Carolyn Capaldi, Robert & Mary Capaldi, Sheetz, Inc., and Wegmans.