2013-06-13 / Local & State

Your Trashy Photos Could Be Worth Money

From woodlands strewn with beer cans to creeks pockmarked with tires, litter is a blight on Pennsylvania’s landscape. Just as a wall full of graffiti attracts more scribblers, so litter begets litter.

To focus attention on this ugly and avoidable environmental problem, the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) announces its 27th annual Lens On Litter Photo Contest, with a deadline of October 31, 2013. Use your camera to identify the worst examples of litter in your Pennsylvania community. The contest is open to amateur photographers only. Contestants will be divided into two classes – school-age children and adults. Eight prizes, four to each group, will be awarded with firstplace winners receiving $1,000 in cash, second place $500, third place $250 and The People’s Choice Award of a camera.

Almost 70 percent of the counties in Pennsylvania were represented last year. The contest identifies sites, which PRC then targets for clean up through local action – be it the governing body or civic-minded organizations. In the past five years, litter has been removed from over 300 sites. PRC provided literature to the groups describing cleanup methods.

Send entries (limit three per person) to the Pennsylvania Resources Council, 3606 Providence Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073. All entries must contain the following information on the back of the photo: entrant’s name, address, telephone number, title given to photo, and location of litter site. If a school-age child, the school grade and school name must be provided. Photos will not be returned and will become the property of PRC.

Anyone interested in becoming a member or making a contribution, call PRC.

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