Say Leaves! Meet the 2020 Wissahickon Photo Contest Judges

Events // July 29, 2020

As you’ve been escaping to the open spaces of the Wissahickon this year, we hope you’ve been documenting some of that peace and green… because the Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest 2020 is going on right now! Presented by Friends of the Wissahickon, Wissahickon Trails, and for the second time, Woodmere Art Museum, it celebrates the beauty of the unique Wissahickon Creek.

Submissions have now closed for the 2020 contest – thank you so much for sharing your work with us!

We’re excited to announce our judges for the contest: Troy Bynum, a Mt. Airy naturalist and wildlife photographer; Brad Maule, FOW Instagram editor; Jamie Stewart, a nature photographer and event photographer for Wissahickon Trails; and Christina Warhola, Woodmere Art Museum’s Director of Communications. Meet them here!

Troy Bynum

My name is Troy B. and I’m a hobby naturalist and wildlife photographer located right here in Mt. Airy! I grew up in Philadelphia and frequently visited Wissahickon Valley Park as a kid, and now I get to enjoy visiting the park with my daughter – the frog ponds in particular. Growing up, I always had a fascination with nature and wildlife and found myself watching a lot of Animal Planet and documentaries on various interesting animals. Now, I have a passion for showcasing natural designs, patterns, and colors that appear throughout various wildlife species. I enjoy exploring the local wildlife around Philadelphia and bring attention to the natural beauty of things that we encounter on a regular basis and often overlook.

“The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world.”
― Alexander von Humboldt

Double-crested Cormorant, 2020

Brad Maule

Brad Maule has been FOW’s Instagram editor since early 2016. After growing up in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania and spending the better part of his college years on the Appalachian Trail, he moved to Philadelphia in 2000, largely inspired by a visit to Devil’s Pool and the Wissahickon. He’s lived in Mt. Airy for the past seven years and counts five Wissahickon trailheads within a 10 minute walk of his home. He also trained to become an FOW volunteer crew leader in 2016.

His yearlong art project One Man’s Trash involved picking up litter in the Wissahickon in 2014. It was conducted with FOW’s support and culminated in an exhibition of the trash, interpretive panels, and several photos at Fairmount Water Works in Spring 2015. Brad has been into photography for over 30 years and has used his platforms as editor of phillyskyline.com and hiddencityphila.org to share his work. He’s also hosted several photo exhibitions, most recently at Gravy Studio + Gallery in 2014.

Wissahickon Memorial (Henry Avenue) Bridge, 2019

Jamie Stewart

Jamie Stewart is a retired electrical engineer with a background in industrial controls design. He is a graduate of Germantown Academy and Spring Garden College and lives in Upper Dublin Township. He sharpened his skills in photography as a birder traveling over North and South America. His photographs are the basis for the book “Wissahickon: Worth Preserving” published in 2007 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (now Wissahickon Trails). He is currently a member of the Wissahickon Trails advisory council.

Downstream of Germantown Academy, Ft Washington

Christina Warhola

As Woodmere Art Museum’s Director of Communications, Christina Warhola supports the Museum’s mission by strengthening outreach to growing, surrounding communities. Woodmere has strategically focused on integrating the museum experience with the natural environment of the Wissahickon as it expands its collection outdoors. For over a decade, Christina provided communications, branding, and business development know-how to nationally acclaimed design firms dedicated to environmental stewardship. In 2017, she brought her expertise to Woodmere to merge her passion for the arts with a personal commitment to creating a meaningful, direct impact within her community. Christina studied architecture and photography at Philadelphia University (now Thomas Jefferson University) and was recently re-elected to serve a second term on the board of Chestnut Hill’s Business Association.

Photo Contest Rules

Entrants can submit up to 4 photos and submissions will be accepted from April 6 to October 9.

All photos must be taken within the Wissahickon Valley Park, along the Green Ribbon Trail, or on one of the Wissahickon Trails managed preserves.
Enter only photographs taken by you, the entrant.
The four categories are: People, Wildlife, Landscape, and Structures.
Enter photos taken within the last 3 years.
Photos should be high resolution (at least 300 DPI) and in one of the following file formats: .tiff, .eps, .jpg, .png, or .gif.
File names should follow this format:
last name_category_submission number or
last name_youth_category_submission number
EX: smith_wildlife_1.jpg or smith_youth_wildlife_4.jpg.
Location of the photo must be included in the description of each photo.
Provide a current phone number, email and mailing address.