‘Land and the American Dream’ photography contest seeks submissions

Aug 14, 2015

Is an American Dream that equates progress with prosperity and democracy with development a sustainable way forward? How has the American Dream impacted the nation’s land and natural resources, and how can people pursue a more sustainable American Dream? These and other questions will be discussed at Delaware Valley University’s upcoming sustainability symposium “Land and the American Dream,” which will be held on campus Oct. 14 through Oct. 16. The University is asking photographers to explore the symposium’s theme visually. The best photos in four categories will be awarded cash prizes. Some of the best entries in each category will be displayed at the upcoming symposium to give guests a chance to view the work.

Categories and Prizes:

  • Student (open to both college/university and high school students)-First prize ($150), second prize ($100), third prize ($50).
  • Amateur (open to anyone who is not a student or a paid photographer)-First prize ($150), second prize ($100), third prize ($50).
  • Professional (open to all paid photographers)- first prize ($500), second prize ($350), and third prize ($250).
  • Social Vote (Guests attending the symposium will have a chance to view the top images in the University’s Life Sciences Building and vote for their favorite image on Twitter by tagging the symposium’s account @LandAmerDream and sharing the image with #DVUsocialvote. The three photographers who have their images shared the most during the conference will receive prizes for the social vote category. First prize ($300), second prize ($200), third prize ($100).

How to Submit a photo:
Please email a high-resolution photo to Entries should include: the full name and phone number of the photographer; the entry category; a two-to-three sentence description of the work, including the location where the photo was taken, and a few words about how the photo fits the symposium’s theme. Winners do not have to be present at the symposium to win. Finalists will be asked to sign a waiver giving permission for the image to be shared online as part of the conference. Submissions are due by Sept. 10.  There is no fee to enter. Photographers may only submit one photo. To learn more about the conference, or, register to attend, please visit


  • Dr. Richard Bortnick, associate professor of biology, Delaware Valley University
  • Doug McCambridge, media and communication faculty member,  Delaware Valley University
  • Annmarie Ely, media relations and publications coordinator, Delaware Valley University
  • Natalie Wi and Jung Wi, professional photographers, Allure West Studios