Princeton Public Library and The Nature Conservancy have teamed up to give college and high-school student filmmakers aged 15 to 25 an opportunity to raise awareness of New Jersey’s natural riches- and the chance to win $1000. The co-sponsors of Reel Impact, a juried competition for local budding filmmakers and naturalists, are asking participants to consider the theme “From Turnpikes to Terns and Pikes: The Real Nature of New Jersey,” and to focus in on the natural treasures of our state in short movies of 5 minutes or less.

Film entries should use the beauty of New Jersey’s coast, forests, rivers and open spaces and their importance to people and wildlife to dispel negative stereotypes of the state. Creativity, humor and unusual approaches to filmmaking, editing and storytelling are encouraged. Films are limited to 5 minutes in length, and may be in any genre or mix of genres including, but not limited to, action, animation, comedy, documentary, drama, music video, personal narrative or public service announcement.

A cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the first-place winner, and the film will be shown at the 2016 Princeton Environmental Film Festival and other events hosted by the co-sponsors. There is no fee to enter.

The deadline to enter the competition is Sept.1, 2015. All entries must be submitted by providing a link to view the film online on Vimeo or YouTube. Entrants must live in and/or attend high school or college in New Jersey, New York or Pennsylvania, and be between the age of 15-25.

For more details about the competition and an entry form, please visit, or email Susan Conlon,