Become a Part of Wissahickon History, our Biennial Photo Contest!

News // February 28, 2024

There is no shortage of picture-perfect scenes in Wissahickon Valley Park. History has proven many writers, artists, and musicians agree and have created works to capture its essence.

Famously, Edgar Allen Poe wrote his essay, Morning on the Wissahiccon, and reveled in the sheer beauty of the Wissahickon Creek and the landscape surrounding it, which led him off the beaten track, “the Wissahiccon is of so remarkable a loveliness that, were it flowing in England, it would be the theme of every bard, and the common topic of every tongue.”

Thomas Moran, a nineteenth-century painter, created his signature grand-scale rendering of our beloved park with an Autumn Afternoon, the Wissahickon, flush with color and wrought with dimension.

Want to make like these cultural heavyweights and become a part of the history of the Wissahickon? Join us this year for our 100th anniversary Biennial Photo Contest in partnership with Wissahickon Trails and Woodmere Art Museum.

The contest starts on April 1 and will be open for submissions until October. Just enough time to shoot the luscious meadows in the late summer and the changing foliage in early fall.  For contest rules and how to submit, visit our website.

Need some more inspiration? Look no further.

Melvin Chappell- An award-winning photographer and FOW-trained volunteer, Chappell’s book, The Wissahickon Valley: The Photography of Melvin A. Chappell (2015), contains 28 Wissahickon photographs across the seasons, structures, and perspectives. We are among his biggest fans; his photograph of the Tedyuscung statue won Best in Show in our 2008 Biennial Photo Contest! His work has also been featured 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.

Lisa Myers- Local mosaic artist, painter, photographer, and FOW-trained volunteer, Lisa Myers creates artwork inspired by the Wissahickon across all her mediums. “I grew up in the Wissahickon and had fond memories of riding horses all throughout the park. I seek out trails to find solitude and to further my interests in the natural sciences. The Wissahickon has provided inspiration for some of my artwork and photography.” You can take a tour of her work on her Instagram, @mosaipho.

Walter Elmer Schofield- (1866-1944) Is regarded as one of the American impressionists and spent a great part of his career painting his way through the Pennsylvania countryside, the Wissahickon included. Find a collection of his Wissahickon autumnal and winter-scapes on our website here.

Dan Ravasio- Chestnut Hill local Dan Ravasio is a lifelong artist and craftsman, but it was only in 2020 that he quit his day job to pursue his art full-time. While he has a background in sculpture, haikus, photography, and carpentry, the majority of his Wissahickon Wonders are ceramic and painted renderings of the Wissahickon. Native trees, Andorra and Houston Meadows, and the Wissahickon Environmental Center’s resident, Tommy the Cat, are focal points of his work.

“Wissahickon Park inspires my art, poetry and my spirit because I have been fortunate enough to develop deep personal relationships with so many of the trees, hikers, trails, landmarks and Tommy the Tree House Cat,” said Ravasio. “I feel deeply at home in the midst of the trails.”

You can check out Ravasio’s work on his website, or stop by his gallery show at Cathedral Village’s “Top of the Stairs Gallery” from March 1 through April 30.

Jamie Stewart- This local photographer dedicates his time and talents to supporting local non-profit organizations that help to protect the environment. A former member of the Wissahickon Trail’s board of directors, his photos are the imagery that illustrates their mission of to protect the Wissahickon Creek. Many of his photos were featured in Wissahickon: Worth Preserving (2007). Take notes; he’s been a judge for the past three photo contests! View his photos here.

Photo courtesy of Melvin Chappell