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Posted on: September 9, 2022

"Lens on Litter" Photo Contest

Pennsylvania Resources Council Invites Submissions to Annual

“Lens on Litter” Photo Contest

Pennsylvanians urged to document and fight waste, encourage recycling

(Media, PA) Despite decades of efforts to improve recycling and waste management practices, Pennsylvanians still experience too much littering and illegal dumping in their communities. Since 2008, the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) has run the Gene Capaldi “Lens on Litter” Photo Contest, which focuses on capturing ugly and avoidable examples of littering and galvanizing public commitment to solutions. Until October 31, 2022, PRC invites Pennsylvanians to submit photos showing the ways in which litter spoils our Commonwealth in the hopes that education and action will follow.

“Littering and dumping impacts Pennsylvanians everywhere and is both an environmental and economic problem,” said Darren Spielman, Executive Director of PRC. “We must tackle the Commonwealth’s growing waste problem and start moving toward the goals of a zero-waste and circular economy where post-consumer materials are reused and recycled.”

Participants in the photo contest are encouraged to use their camera or mobile device to snap eye-catching examples of litter in their Pennsylvania community. The contest is open to amateur photographers only. Contestants will be divided into two categories—students and adults. Six prizes (three to each group) will be awarded, with the first-place winner receiving $500, second-place $250 and third-place $100. Entrants are also encouraged to initiate a clean-up of their photographed area for extra judging points.

Entries (limit five per person, no smaller than 4x6 and no larger than 8x10) should be sent to:

PRC Gene Capaldi Lens on Litter Contest 1671 North Providence Road Media, PA 19063

High resolution digital submissions may be sent to All entries (including digital) must include the entrant’s name, address, telephone number, email address, title given to photo, location of litter site and how you learned about the contest. Students should also include age, grade and name of school. Photos submitted without all required information will be disqualified. All photos may be used by PRC at their discretion.

Program sponsors include Carolyn Capaldi, Robert & Mary Capaldi, Sheetz, Inc., and Wegmans.

For complete details, previous winners and an online submission form, visit:


About Pennsylvania Resources Council

Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) is Pennsylvania’s oldest grassroots environmental organization. Since 1939, we have worked to protect the Commonwealth’s resources for future generations through environmental education, recycling, waste diversion programs, anti-litter campaigns, and much more. For more information, visit

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