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2018 Annual Photography Contest

The Theme for the Thirteenth Annual Competition is:


Each year the Library holds a photography contest to enhance our local history collections through a community-wide photography competition.

Local photographers, both professional and amateur, are encouraged to contribute to the building of Plainfield's visual archives for future historians. All ages are welcome!

Help us document the contemporary holidays and special occasions that Plainfielders celebrate with our families, friends, and neighbors.

Library employees are not eligible to win monetary prizes, but are welcome to submit photographs.

Be creative, think outside the box,

Please be aware: if you are photographing indoors or in a non-public space, you may need permission to do so.

Submission Deadline is
Saturday, September 29th.

Exhibition Opening Reception
& Awards Presentation:
Saturday, November 17th from 1 to 3 pm.

Submitted photographs must be contemporary images taken within the past two years (2016 to 2018).

Click Here for Entry Form.

See below for judging criteria.

[Photo: Plainfield May Day Celebration, 1912 by Paul Collier]

Criteria for Winning Photographsl

Photographs are selected through a blind judging process (i. e. photographer names are not presented to the judge). They are evaluated on a variety of criteria, including:

  • Relationship to contest theme
  • Composition - the arrangement of elements in the scene.
  • Cropping - the removal of parts of an image in order to improve the image’s composition.
  • Focus - the clear and sharply-defined condition of an image, as in “This image is in focus,” meaning it is sharp and well-defined.
  • Lighting - time-of-day or artificial illumination
  • Color - accent or overall effect
  • Timing - right-place-at-the-right-time
  • Emotion - such as joy, sadness, whimsy, etc.
  • Unique perspective
  • Creativity

Each of the winning photographs below demonstrate the use of nearly all of these elements.


Winning Example


Theme-related weinerman
"Weinerman" by William Monroe
First Place - Amateur
2008 Contest, Storefronts & Shopping Scenes
Composition 7465 "Golden Lamps" by Jackie Schnoop
Second Place - East Side,
2010 Contest, East Side, West Side, All Around the Town
Cropping 7043 "North Avenue Scene" by Paul R. LeGrand
Second Place
2006 Contest, Plainfield In Focus


"Strong Family" by Louis Hickman
First Place, Black & White
2007 Contest, Plainfield - A Multicultural Community
Lighting monroe "Netherwood Christmas" by William Monroe
First Place,
2006 Contest, Plainfield In Focus
"Front Street - Thanksgiving Eve" by Victor D. Reynolds
Second Place -Professional
2008 Contest, Storefronts & Shopping Scenes


"Heron" by Dan Damon
Third Place,
2009 Contest, Four Seasons in Plainfield
Emotion Thief "Thief!" by William Monroe
First Place - East Side,
2010 Contest, East Side, West Side, All Around the Town
Unique perspective carts "Carts" by Sonja Sekely-Rowland
Second Place - Amateur,
2008 Contest, Storefronts & Shopping Scenes
Be creative but keep it simple parkrow
"Park Row" by Tony Grey
Third Place - Professional,
2008 Contest, Storefronts & Shopping Scenes


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