Forsythe Refuge Juried Show Taking Submissions

Mar 20, 2019
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Entries are now being accepted got for the Friends of Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge “2019 Juried Photographic Exhibition – Celebrating 80 Years of Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.” For this juried competition, color and monochrome images must have been taken within the 47,000-acre boundaries of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge within the past three years, depicting its landscape, flora and wildlife. An exhibition of the winning works plus honorable mentions will hang in the auditorium of the refuge visitors information center in Oceanville from June 27 through the end of July.

There are two competition categories for the contest, open submissions and student submissions; the latter is open to students ages 22 and younger. There is an entry fee for both categories, and cash awards will be made to first, second and third places in both. Online submissions close at midnight on May 15.
Submitters will be notified on May 31 if their work is accepted for the final judging. A gala opening reception announcing the winners will be held on June 27; it is open to the public and all entrants.

The Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge contains more than 47,000 acres of wildlife habitat in southern New Jersey, spanning 50 miles from Oceanville to Brick Township. The refuge’s location on the Atlantic Flyway’s most active flight paths makes it an important link in the vast network of national wildlife refuges administered nationwide by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Its value for the protection of water birds and their habitat continues to increase as people develop the New Jersey shore for human use.

New Jersey coastal wetlands have long been the preferred habitat of rails, large numbers of Atlantic brant and the American black duck. While the refuge’s primary concern is to meet the habitat needs of these species, its habitats are managed to support a wide variety of water birds and other wildlife. Additionally, many public-use opportunities are available.

The Friends of Forsythe NWR is a nonprofit group established in 1998 to provide support and services to the refuge.

Detailed information about the exhibition is located at: friendsofforsythe.org; click on the Exhibition page link on the home page, which has instructions and links to the prospectus and submissions. SmarterEntry is being used for all submissions.

For further information about the competition, call Susan Puder at 609-276-0541 or email photo822@yahoo.com. —E.E.

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