Park system extends deadlines for 2021 photography exhibit


The Monmouth County Park System is extending the deadlines for winter and spring submissions into its 2021 photography exhibit to Aug. 30.

The exhibit will be held from Jan. 1-31, 2021, at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown, and from Feb. 1-28, 2021, at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell. Each site will have its own display. Both shows are open to professional and amateur photographers of all ages, according to a press release.

This year’s theme is “The Wonder of Nature” and is divided into two categories, General and Wildlife, and by the four seasons. The deadline for summer is Aug. 30 and the deadline for fall is Nov. 29.

Entrants may submit a maximum of two photographs per season. Photographers can enter either or both shows, but separate submission is required, according to the press release.

Divisions include youth (under 18), amateur adult and professional adult. Each division will have a first, second and third place photograph. All winning photographs will be exhibited.

Photographs must be taken at Deep Cut Gardens or at the Manasquan Reservoir, respectively, according to the press release.

Due to this year’s circumstances regarding the coronavirus pandemic, the park system is also allowing photos that were taken in previous years to be submitted as long as they are for the appropriate season.

The cost to enter is $5 per photograph. Acceptance into the shows is not guaranteed. Rules and entry form are available on the Deep Cut Gardens and the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center webpages at

For more information, email Paul Mandala at [email protected]

For information about the Monmouth County Park System, visit or call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312. For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711.

The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s open space, parks and recreation agency, according to the press release.