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Jul 14, 2020

Park System Photo Contest Accepting Submissions of Deep Cut Gardens, Manasquan Reservoir

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

Held from Jan. 1 to 31, 2021 at Deep Cut Gardens in Middletown and from Feb. 1 to 28, 2021 at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center in Howell, each site will have its own display.

Both shows are open to professional and amateur photographers of all ages.

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 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.

Deep cut gardens park middletown nj

Deep Cut Gardens

Divisions include youth (under age 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 the Manasquan Reservoir.

Due to this year’s circumstances, the Park System is also allowing photos taken in previous years 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’s webpages at

Manasquan Reservoir

For more information, email Paul Mandala at For information on the Monmouth County Park System, please visit or call 732-842-4000, Ext. 4312. For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711.

Additionally, if you’d like to be considered for The Journal’s ‘Photo of the Day’, contestants can tag @thejournalnj on Instagram with their photo!