Rules and Submissions

Photos submitted to the Lens on Litter Photo Contest should help to heighten litter consciousness by showing how litter threatens public health and safety, scenic beauty, property values, the environment, pets, or wildlife.

Each photo will be judged on 6 criteria:

    • Anti-litter message
    • Originality of photo
    • Photographic technique
    • Quality of photo
    • Originality of title
    • Severity of the Litterbug’s crime

Photo Rules

  1. Photos must be taken in Pennsylvania by Pennsylvania residents.
  2. Photos may be black-and-white or color.
  3. Printed photo entries must be no smaller than 4×6 inches and no larger than 8×10 inches.
  4. Digital entries must be submitted in high resolution. (This will improve the quality of the printed photos.)
  5. Only one winning photo per entrant.

Photo Submittal Requirements

  1. Each participant may submit up to 5 photos.
  2. Each photo must include the following:
    • Contest category (adult or student)
      • Students must also include age, grade, and school name
    • Photographer’s name, address, email and phone number
    • Title of composition
    • Location of composition
    • How you heard about the contest
  3. Optional but encouraged: Extra points are awarded for entrants that coordinate clean-up of the subject area and submit a “before and after” photo as evidence of your clean-up efforts.
  4. Digital entries should be submitted via the form on this page or by emailing Please include all required information listed above in your email.
  5. Mail-in entries should be posted by October 31 and sent to:

PRC/Lens on Litter
1671 N. Providence Road
Media, PA 19063

Photos submitted that do not meet all requirements and rules above will not be considered. 

Important disclosure: By submitting a photographic image in the Lens on Litter Photo Contest, entrants agree to allow PRC to use the photos at its discretion.

Questions? Please email

2023 Student Winners


Jason Joniec, Millersville, Penn Manor High School, “Natural Grown Couch”

2023 First-Place Winner, Student Category


Christianna Wright, Fenelton, Butler Area Senior High School
“Peck Out Litter”

2023 Second Place Winner
Student Category


Brodie Bard, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy
“A Water Bottle Wonderland”

2023 Third Place Winner
Student Category

2023 Adult Winners


Jason Bye, Pittsburgh, “Let’s Not Walk Away from Trash”

2023 First Place Winner, Adult Category


Cassie Frack, York
“Unintended Catch”

2023 Second Place Winner
Adult Category


Larissa Gula, Carnegie
“Offroading: Dumpsite Edition”

2023 Third Place Winner
Adult Category

Current Sponsors

Anti-Litter Champion


Carolyn Capaldi

Robert & Mary Capaldi

Anti-Litter Advocate


Anti-Litter Supporter


Sponsorship Tiers

  • Anti-Litter Champion — $1,000
  • Anti-Litter Advocate — $500
  • Anti- Litter Supporter — $250
  • Anti-Litterbug — $100

Sponsorship Contributions

Make Checks Payable To:
Pennsylvania Resources Council

Send To:
Pennsylvania Resources Council (Lens on Litter)
1671 N. Providence Road
Media, PA 19063

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