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Friends of Princeton Open Space launches photo contest


Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS), a nonprofit devoted to land preservation and stewardship in Princeton, N.J., announced its 2024 photo contest, “Perspectives on Preservation,” sponsored by REI Co-op Princeton.

“Our goal is to encourage residents to explore the natural world more deeply and for us to learn what our community loves and values most about the Mountain Lakes Preserve,” said Fran McManus, photo contest co-coordinator and longtime FOPOS board member.

Adult photographers (17 and over) are invited to submit up to three photographs of the Mountain Lakes Open Space Area, which comprises the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve, Mountain Lakes North, John Witherspoon Woods, Community Park North, Tusculum Preserve, Pettoranello Gardens, and the J. Seward Johnson, Sr. Trail & Boardwalk. Student photographers (16 and under) are also invited to compete in the contest to win gift cards from Princeton-based businesses: jaZams, LiLLiPiES, and the bent spoon.

Photos can be taken at any time of year during the past three years as long as they have not been submitted in a previous FOPOS photo contest. There is no entry fee.

Entries will be judged on their aesthetic merit, creativity, and originality and how they help to celebrate the Mountain Lakes Open Space Area as a refuge for nature and visitors. One winning photograph will be chosen in each of three categories and the photographers will receive a $100 gift card to REI Co-op. In addition to the winning photographs, approximately 20 photos from the submissions will be selected for FOPOS’s annual photo exhibition in December.

Entries must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, Sept. 8. For contest details, rules, categories, and age ranges, visit or email

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