Conserving Through Art: Parents and Kids Can Fight Littering with Photos

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Taking photos of litter is far from trashy. Pennsylvania is taking action against litter in a unique, artistic way. The “Lens on Litter” contest challenges Pennsylvania residents to capture humanity’s destructive footprint – trash.

And both parents and kids can take up the challenge.

The Pennsylvania Resources Council’s 2023 Gene Capaldi Lens on Litter Photo Contest is for amateurs only but will have two categories – students and adults. The student category is for children in grade 12 and younger. A total of six prizes will be available, three for students and three for adults.

First-place winners will receive $500, second-place winners will receive $250 and third-place winners will receive $100.

The pictures must be taken in Pennsylvania, by Pennsylvania residents. The photos will be judged based on their anti-litter message, originality, photographic technique, quality of photo, originality of title and the severity of the litter. There is a limit of five entries per person and photos must not be smaller than 4×6 or larger than 8×10.

Oct. 31 is the last day for submissions.

Entries can be sent via mail to PRC Lens on Litter Contest, 1671 North Providence Road, Media, PA 19063. High-resolution digital submissions can be sent to [email protected].

When making an entry, be sure to include the entrant’s name, address, phone number and email address, the title of the photo, the location of the litter site and how the entrant found out about the contest.

Find more information about the contest and see previous winners online at


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