Get Inspired! Enter the Wissahickon Photo Contest.

News // March 21, 2018

Artists, photographers, writers, poets, and musicians can all claim the Wissahickon Valley as a muse. So what’s stopping you from joining their ranks and entering the Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest 2018? This year’s contest is being presented by FOW, the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, and (for the first year ever) the Woodmere Art Museum. Entrants can submit up to 4 photos and submissions will be accepted from April 2 to October 15. Scroll down for specific contest rules.

Please submit your photos electronically here.

If you need inspiration, here’s a short list of artists inspired by the Wissahickon to get your creative juices flowing.

Melvin Chappell. An award-winning photographer, Chappell’s book, The Wissahickon Valley: The Photography of Melvin A. Chappell (2015), contains 28 of his favorite photos of the park. His work has been used by FOW and other organizations, such as Historic RittenhouseTown and the Morris Arboretum. His photograph of the Indian Statue won Best in Show in FOW’s Biennial Photo Contest in 2008. Many of his photographs can be found in numerous private and public collections around the world, including the permanent collections of the African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Woodmere Art Museum. You can view some of his Wissahickon photos here. 

Allison Ostertag. The Executive Director of the Whitesbog Preservation Trust in New Jersey, Ostertag is an environmental educator, landscape designer, artist, and photographer with a master’s in Landscape Architecture. She works with communities and businesses to green their spaces with ecological restoration, habitat creation, community engagement, and stormwater management. View some of her Wissahickon photographs here.

Ruth Pfeffer. An expert birder and photographer, Pfeffer is the owner of Birding with Ruth. She is credited with creating the birding program at the Morris Arboretum, where she is an instructor. She has led birding expeditions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and abroad since the 1990s and contributed to the Breeding Bird Atlas project in the 1980s. View some of her Wissahickon bird photographs here.

Jamie Stewart. This local photographer dedicates his time and talents to support local non-profit organizations that help to protect the environment. A former member of the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association’s board of directors, he allows WVWA to use his photos to illustrate the mission of protecting the Wissahickon Creek by protecting open space within the Watershed. Many of his photos were featured in Wissahickon: Worth Preserving (2007). He is the judge of this year’s Biennial Photo Contest. View his photos here.

Walter Elmer Schofield. (1866-1944) Born in Philadelphia, Schofield attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and is well known as one of the great American impressionists. After spending time in France, he returned to his home to paint the Pennsylvania countryside. View his paintings of the Wissahickon here.

by Denise Larrabee, Editor/Writer; updated by Giulia Morrone, Development Manager

Photo by A.Z. Hamburg

Contest Rules:

  • All photos must be taken within the Wissahickon Valley Park, along the Green Ribbon Trail, or on one of the WVWA managed preserves.
  • Enter only photographs taken by you, the entrant.
  • Categories are People, Wildlife, Landscape, and Structures.
  • Enter photos taken within the last 3 years.
  • You may enter up to 4 photos.
  • Photos should be high resolution (at least 300 DPI) and in one of the following file formats: .tiff, .eps, .jpg, .png, or .gif.
  • File names should follow this format:
    last name_category_submission number or
    last name_youth_category_submission number
    EX: smith_wildlife_1.jpg or smith_youth_wildlife_4.jpg.
  • Location of the photo must be included in the description of each photo.
  • Provide a current phone number, email and mailing address
  • Entrants who wish to have your their photo displayed at the Winners Reception should submit a paper copy of the photo to the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association at 12 Morris Road, Ambler, PA 19002. All prints should be on quality paper sized 8″ x 10″.
The 2018 Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest is presented by