Spring is here, a perfect time for capturing the beauty of the upper Raritan River watershed – and perhaps snapping a photo that could win you a cash prize or a new camera.

Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA), the region’s watershed watchdog, is sponsoring a photography contest with “Healthy Water, Healthy Life” as its theme.

“Protecting water quality is Raritan Headwaters’ mission, and we want the photo contest to spotlight the role of clean water in a healthy environment,” said Cindy Ehrenclou, executive director. “There are so many scenic places in the watershed, and we can’t wait to see what photographers come up with.”

There is both a juried contest with cash prizes of up to $1,000, and an online popular vote contest with a new Nikon Z-50 mirrorless camera as the prize.

All photos must be taken within the upper Raritan River watershed – a 470-square-mile region covering parts of Hunterdon, Somerset and Morris counties – between March 31, 2020 and Oct. 31, 2021.

The fee to enter the “Healthy Water, Healthy Life” photo contest is $20 per submission, and all proceeds support RHA’s education, science, advocacy and land preservation programs. The contest is open to photographers over the age of 18.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 10 entries.

Winners of the juried contest will be decided by a panel of four judges: art professor Berrisford Boothe, conservation photographer Alison M. Jones, nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen and young wildlife photographer Ashleigh Scully.

For more details on the photography contest, visit the RHA contest webpage at www.raritanheadwaters.org/photo-contest.

About Raritan Headwaters

Based in Bedminster, Raritan Headwaters has been working since 1959 to protect, preserve and improve water quality and other natural resources of the Raritan River headwaters region through efforts in science, education, advocacy, land preservation and stewardship. RHA’s 470-square-mile region provides clean drinking water to 300,000 residents of 38 municipalities in Somerset, Hunterdon and Morris counties and beyond to some 1.5 million homes and businesses in New Jersey’s densely populated urban areas. To learn more about Raritan Headwaters and its programs, please visit www.raritanheadwaters.org or call 908-234-1852.