Competitions & Contests

Voices for the Marsh 2024

Entry Dates 2024-09-20T23:59:00+00:00 - 2024-07-01T01:00:00+00:00 59 Days Left


The Abbott Marshlands are a critical natural and cultural resource located in central New Jersey along the Delaware River between
Trenton and Bordentown. Its 3,000 acres of open space include the northernmost freshwater tidal marsh on the Delaware River and
surrounding lowland and upland forests. The Voices for the Marsh 11th Juried Photographic Exhibition provides an opportunity for
both local hobbyists and fine art photographers to capture the cultural and ecological richness of the marshlands and participate in
the Friends’ efforts to build awareness and support for the protection and stewardship of the marshlands.

Friends for the Abbott Marshlands (FFAM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the Abbott Marshlands.
For questions about the show, contact the Voices for the Marsh Committee at Previous Voices for the
Marsh images can be found on our website; show information can be found here.


Best in Show - Adult ($500)
Best in Category: ($250 each) - Plants, Wildlife, Landscape, Other (e.g Abstract, Architecture, History, Fungi)
Honorable Mention - (Abbott Marshlands Baseball Hat)  - for each category - Plants, Wildlife, Landscape, OtherNote:  Awards will be limited to one award per photographer.


Entry Requirements 

Open to all photographers.
All photographs must be taken within the borders of the Abbott Marshlands.  The area includes multiple access points and trails.  See map and directions here:
Note:  Several Photography programs/field trips are planned.  Check the event calendar for details.
All images created utilizing photographic processes, including film and digital, and black & white and color photography are eligible. All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter as it appeared. Photographs that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization     (e.g. dust removal, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color, and contrast, etc.) will not be allowed.  Multiple exposures that have been combined to produce a single “High Dynamic Range” image are acceptable.  
Photographs must be available for sale. A portion of the sale price will be retained to support the future exhibits.  For photos sold at the Tulpehaking Nature Center, the artist will receive 70% of the sale price and 30% will be retained by Friends for the Abbott Marshlands to support its mission.
Photographs previously hung in any of the earlier Voices for the Marsh exhibitions will not be accepted.
Entries will be judged based on artistic merit, professional quality presentation, and their celebration of the natural beauty and diversity of the Abbott Marshlands. 
All awards will be given at the discretion of the juror. 

Reproduction Rights:
Photographers retain all copyrights to their images.  The Friends for the Abbott Marshlands reserves the right to use all submitted images for the promotion of the exhibit and for the promotion of the mission of Friends for the Abbott Marshlands in print and online without financial compensation.  The photographer will be credited.

Conditions & Liabilities:
Photographs will be handled with care, but Friends for the Abbott Marshlands will not be held liable for any loss or damage to photographs or frames while in transit to or during exhibitions. Artists can provide their own insurance during the judging and exhibition period if desire 
Entry FeesOpen submissions are $36.00 for up to 3 images, plus $6.00 for each additional image up to a total of 6 images per photographer.   Members of the Friends for the Abbott Marshlands receive a 25% discount.   (Check here for membership information and details.)Open submissions are $36.00 for up to 3 images, plus $6.00 for each additional image up to a total of 6 images per photographer.   Members of the Friends for the Abbott Marshlands receive a 25% discount.   (Check here for membership information and details.)
JurorFrank Sauer

Frank Sauer is a fine art photographer residing in
Princeton, NJ. Over the past ten years, he turned his lens
toward the natural beauty of New Jersey. He holds a
profound belief that beauty isn’t exclusive to grand national
landscapes — it’s equally present in our local environments.
He often returns to the same spots throughout the year,
observing the seasonal changes and capturing compelling
views in different light and weather conditions.

In support of preservation, Sauer has been collaborating
with local organizations on a variety of photo exhibits.
He has visited the Abbott Marshlands preserve over one
hundred times, and in partnership with the Friends for the
Abbott Marshlands he presented thirty-three photos from
his Abbott Marshlands portfolio in the Tulpehaking Nature
Center in spring of 2022. More of his work can be seen at


Calendar of Events
Submission of electronic images for judging:

Entries must be submitted on this site no later than September 20, 2024, at 11:59 pm (EDT)
A tutorial for the user entry process is available at the end of this page.
Specify the photo category in which each photo is being entered
The Voices for the Abbott Marshlands Committee reserves the right to reassign an entry to a different category

Notification of accepted entries:

Notification will be made on or before September 27, 2024 via email only.

Delivery of accepted entries:

After notification that one or more of your entries are accepted for inclusion in the show, please adhere to the following requirements. 

Photographs must be delivered to the Tulpehaking Nature Center at one of the following times:  

Wednesday, October 23rd, 3 pm – 6 pm
Thursday, October 24th, 3 pm – 6 pm
Saturday, October 26th, 8 am – noon

Entries must include a label taped to the back of each photograph containing details matching electronic submissions. (The artcall site will supply labels to match your submissions)
Quality matters. Please use archival paper for digital prints, and proper fixing for those prints developed using traditional methods.  
You are encouraged to celebrate the marsh by displaying your work in the size that you feel best expresses it; however, the maximum framed size of any submission will be 16” x 20”.  Black frames with white mats are preferred.
When delivered, photographs must be framed and wired for museum hanging. No clip-type frames or saw-tooth hangers allowed. Improperly framed/wired photos will be disqualified.  
Accepted photos must not be removed until the exhibition closes.  


Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Ave. Hamilton, NJ 08610

Exhibition dates at Tulpehaking Nature Center: 

November 3, 2024 – January 12, 2025

Reception and Award Ceremony:

Sunday, November 3, 2024, reception from 2-4 pm, award ceremony at 3:00 pm.  

Return of work:

Wednesday, January 15th, 3 pm - 6 pmThursday, January 16th, 3 pm – 6 pmSaturday, January 18th, 8 am – noon

Exhibition Committee
Ann E. Darlington, an award-winning fine art landscape nature photographer, lives in Bordentown, NJ. She serves as chairperson for the Voices for the Marsh 2024 and 2022 juried photography shows. To learn more about Ann Darlington photography, visit her website: http://annedarlington.myportfo....Pat Coleman, FFAM President and naturalist, serves as image location expert for the photographic exhibition. She leads FFAM monthly tours, alternating at all Abbott Marshlands trail locations. (Please join us!)Margaret Simpson is a FFAM board member, instructs Art in the Marsh classes and created the graphics for the exhibition.Bob Simmons is a volunteer extraordinaire, the 2023 Mary Leck Award recipient and FFAM Ambassador. He serves as gallery assistant for the exhibition.

For questions contact the committee at

User Entry Process Tutorial