In a 2019 Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Questionnaire included in the Pennsylvania Litter Research Survey, the majority of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that litter is an environmental problem, ends up in our waterways, impacts quality of life, poses health and safety risks to people and animals and affects property values.

During the summer months and COVID restrictions, grab your cameras and mobile devices and safely take photos of the worst or unusual examples of litter in your Pennsylvania community. To focus attention on the litter problem, the Pennsylvania Resources Council is continuing its annual Gene Capaldi Lens on Litter Photo Contest, with a deadline of Oct. 31. Exposure leads to prevention.

In the student category (through 12th Grade), three prizes will be awarded with the first-place winner receiving $500, second-place $250 and third-place $100. The same prizes will be awarded in an adult category. Entries should help bring awareness to how litter threatens public health and safety, scenic beauty, property values, the environment, pets or wildlife. Entries will be judged on six criteria: anti-litter message, originality, photographic technique, quality of photo, originality of title and severity of the litter. Contestants are also encouraged to safely initiate a clean-up of the subject area and provide a photo of the results of your efforts for additional 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 the above will not be judged. All photos may be used by PRC at their discretion.

Questions may be directed to and additional information, as well as previous winners, can be found at .

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