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Student Nature Photography Contest

The Musconetcong Watershed Association is thrilled to announce a brand-new nature photography contest for students of high school age in our watershed communities.  We are excited to highlight the beauty of this river that has been designated “National Wild & Scenic” by the National Park Service, while also showcasing the talents of the youth who call it home.  Whether you have the latest and greatest camera or a smartphone, we want to see the incredible photographs you’re able to capture.  Winners will have their photographs displayed throughout the Musconetcong Watershed in addition to receiving a mounted canvas print of the winning shot.

Deadline for submission:

January 6, 2023


Flora & Fauna


Mushrooms growing on a piece of dead wood, Musconetcong Gorge

Examples: animals, plants, and mushrooms


View of Musconetcong Valley from the top of Point Mountain

Examples: rivers, lakes, mountain ridges

Musconetcong Landscapes

Working in the Watershed


Historic Hoffman Grist Mill, Asbury

Examples: Agricultural scenes, historic buildings, bridges, and other structures

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Paddler enjoying a calmer section of the Musconetcong

Examples: People fishing, paddling, hiking, etc.

Playing in the Watershed


Any student in grades 9 – 12 enrolled in a “Watershed High School”:

  • Delaware Valley Regional H.S.

  • Hackettstown H.S.

  • Hopatcong H.S.

  • Jefferson Township H.S.

  • Lenape Valley Regional H.S.

  • Mount Olive H.S.

  • North Hunterdon H.S.

  • Phillipsburg H.S.

  • Roxbury H.S.

  • Sparta H.S.

  • Voorhees High School

  • Warren Hills Regional H.S.

  • West Morris Central H.S.

  • Vocational Technical Schools for Hunterdon, Morris, Sussex, and Warren Counties

  • Home-schooled or private-school students ages 14 - 18 living in areas served by these schools

A Few Basic Rules:

  • It’s free to participate in this contest!

  • Photographs must have been taken within the Musconetcong River Watershed. Not sure what that means? Check out this map on our website. Your safest bet is to take photographs on or near the Musconetcong River, as well as any streams that flow into the Musconetcong. If you’re still unsure, please contact us using the information at the end of this document.

  • You may submit up to three photographs total. Please send your photograph(s) and all submission information to (more submission details linked below). All submissions must be sent to this email account in order to be considered for the contest.

Ownership of Submissions

  • You retain the copyright for all of your submitted photographs. However, by submitting, you consent to these photographs being used by the Musconetcong Watershed Association for promotional and educational purposes that further our mission. If you’d like to be properly credited when we share these photographs and are younger than 18 years of age, please submit the Name Usage Consent Form (below).

Click on the button below for more details and a complete set of rules:

Important Dates!

January 6, 2023

Deadline to submit photographs 

January 23, 2023

Contest winners are announced

February 2023

Winning photographs will be displayed at two different locations in the Musconetcong River Watershed (such as a library or coffee shop, specific locations to be determined), and winning photographers will be invited to gather at each of these locations on a specific night in order to meet and discuss their photographs with visitors/attendees.

Questions?  Please contact:

Ryan Jiorle

Community Engagement Coordinator

Musconetcong Watershed Association

(908) 537-7060

All submissions must be emailed to along with the required information!

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