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2019 Annual Photography Contest


We are happy to announce our 14th annual photography contest to select the best new images of Plainfield, N.J.  Each entrant may submit up to five contemporary photographs reflecting the 2019 theme,
I Am Plainfield.”

This year’s theme:  I Am Plainfield
Thematic entries should capture documentary images of Plainfielders in front of familiar Plainfield places, structures or buildings. The goal of this theme is to create a documentary archive of Plainfielders in 2019, so future historians have an accurate picture of who lived/worked/studied/etc. here in Plainfield. This contest is a still-life counterpart to the City of Plainfield’s oral history project, “I am Plainfield.” ( )

Who should enter?
Photographers of all ages are invited to enter up to five photographs of contemporary images of Plainfielders.  Every photo must be identified, accompanied by an entry form, and conform to contest regulations. “Selfies” are welcome, but must comply with the GUIDELINES.

What are the GUIDELINES?
Entries must be submitted electronically and be of a resolution 300 dpi or higher. Printed photos will not be accepted as contest entries. To qualify, photographs must be taken during 2019. There is no cost to enter the contest. Subjects and locations in all entries must be identified. Photographers are welcome to post and tag their entries on social media with the hash tags #iamplainfield and #plainfield150, but only officially submitted entries that comply with the contest theme will qualify for the contest. A cash prize will be awarded to the winning entry.

The Submission Deadline is Monday, September 30, 2019.


Criteria for Winning Photographsl

Photographs are selected through a blind judging process (i. e. photographer names are not presented to the judge). They are evaluated on a variety of criteria, including:

  • Relationship to contest theme
  • Composition - the arrangement of elements in the scene.
  • Cropping - the removal of parts of an image in order to improve the image’s composition.
  • Focus - the clear and sharply-defined condition of an image, as in “This image is in focus,” meaning it is sharp and well-defined.
  • Lighting - time-of-day or artificial illumination
  • Color - accent or overall effect
  • Timing - right-place-at-the-right-time
  • Emotion - such as joy, sadness, whimsy, etc.
  • Unique perspective
  • Creativity

Each of the winning photographs below demonstrate the use of nearly all of these elements.


Winning Example


Theme-related weinerman
"Weinerman" by William Monroe
First Place - Amateur
2008 Contest, Storefronts & Shopping Scenes
Composition 7465 "Golden Lamps" by Jackie Schnoop
Second Place - East Side,
2010 Contest, East Side, West Side, All Around the Town
Cropping 7043 "North Avenue Scene" by Paul R. LeGrand
Second Place
2006 Contest, Plainfield In Focus


"Strong Family" by Louis Hickman
First Place, Black & White
2007 Contest, Plainfield - A Multicultural Community
Lighting monroe "Netherwood Christmas" by William Monroe
First Place,
2006 Contest, Plainfield In Focus
"Front Street - Thanksgiving Eve" by Victor D. Reynolds
Second Place -Professional
2008 Contest, Storefronts & Shopping Scenes


"Heron" by Dan Damon
Third Place,
2009 Contest, Four Seasons in Plainfield
Emotion Thief "Thief!" by William Monroe
First Place - East Side,
2010 Contest, East Side, West Side, All Around the Town
Unique perspective carts "Carts" by Sonja Sekely-Rowland
Second Place - Amateur,
2008 Contest, Storefronts & Shopping Scenes
Be creative but keep it simple parkrow
"Park Row" by Tony Grey
Third Place - Professional,
2008 Contest, Storefronts & Shopping Scenes


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