PA Resources Council Now Accepting Entries To Gene Capaldi Lens On Litter Photo Contest

The PA Resources Council is now accepting entries to the annual Gene Capaldi Lens on Litter Photo Contest.  The deadline for entries is October 31.

A Pennsylvania Litter Summit held in Harrisburg in late 2019 determined that approximately 502.5 million pieces of litter are on Pennsylvania roadways, and that increased awareness and education are key to moving toward a resolution to the problem.  Read more here.

Just take a stroll around your neighborhood or nearby park and this will become quite evident!

There are two categories for entries-- adult and students (through Grade 12).

Photos should demonstrate 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.

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each category with the first-place winner receiving $500, second-place $250 and third-place $100.

Click Here for previous winners.

In 2018, the Lens on Litter Photo Contest was renamed in memory of longtime PRC volunteer and contest director Gene Capaldi.


Program sponsors to date include Carolyn Capaldi, Robert & Mary Capaldi, Sheetz, Inc. and Google.  PRC greatly appreciates their support!


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.

Click Here for an online submission form.  Questions may be directed to and additional information.

Individuals, groups or organizations that would be interested in helping to sponsor this program may contact us at or refer to the sponsor tab at Lens On Litter webpage. 

All the details are available at PRC’s Gene Capaldi Lens on Litter Photo Contest webpage.

For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the PA Resources Council website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates, follow PRC on Twitter or Like them on FacebookClick Here for PRC’s Events Calendar.  Click Here to support their work.

(Photo: 2019 1st place adult winner titled “They Shouldn’t Have to Live With Your Litter.”)

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